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New Splash Pad to Open May 12

A ribbon cutting will precede the grand opening of the new West Plains Splash Pad at the Butler Children’s Park at 11:30 am on Wednesday, May 12.

Equipment for the new Splash Pad was installed last week by All Inclusive Rec, and City crews will begin landscaping the perimeter of the Pad.

The Splash Pad is the first phase of a larger project that will include additional play equipment, walking trails, fencing, and parking spots at the park, which was donated to the City in 1977 by Bob and Pearl Butler.

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City Council Seeking Letters of Interest

The West Plains City Council is seeking letters of interest to fulfill an open seat on City Council as of April 30. To be considered as a candidate, individuals must be a United States citizen, at least 25 years of age, have been a continuous resident of the City of West Plains for at least two years, and a qualified voter for the City of West Plains. Letters of interest may be addressed to the West Plains City Council, c/o City Clerk Mallory Snodgras, P.O. Box 710, West Plains, MO 65775 or may be emailed to Mallory Snodgras at mallory.snodgras@westplains.gov. Letters of interest are due by the end of the business day April 28. The chosen candidate will serve on City Council until April 2022, but will have the opportunity to run for a full council seat if desired.

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MS4 Operating Permit Public Hearing

A public hearing will be held on Thursday, April 15, 2021, at the West Plains Public Library, 750 West Broadway, West Plains, MO 65775, at 5:30 p.m., to consider the Missouri Separate Storm Sewer Systems (MS4) state operating permit for 2021 through 2026.

The MS4 operating permit requires the development and implementation of a formal, written stormwater management program plan (SWMP). The plan must include measurable goals, interim milestones, and an iterative process for evaluating best management practices (BMPs). Each plan must be placed on public notice as required by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.

The public hearing will give all interested parties an opportunity to provide input on this matter. Public comments will also be accepted through Thursday, April 15, 2021. The draft plan is available electronically at www.westplains.net  or a hard copy may be requested. For further information, please email comments to Michael McMahon, Project Grant Specialists, at Michael.mcmahon@westplains.gov.

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City of West Plains Submits Proposed FY22 Budget

City of West Plains Submits Proposed FY22 Budget

The City of West Plains and City of West Plains Utilities have submitted its proposed 2022 fiscal year operations budget and capital improvements plan, which can be found on the City’s website at https://westplains.gov/city-council/.

Overall, City operations (unrestricted operational spending) is budgeted to end the 2022 fiscal year with approximately $2.6 million (or 91.74 days cash on hand).  Utility operations (operational and capital spending) is budgeted to end the 2022 fiscal year with approximately $9.3 million (or 118 days cash on hand). 

Revenue budgeting for both city operations and utility operations was done very conservatively.  City operations is very dependent on sales tax revenue and utility operations is very dependent on the collectability of utility bills.     

A special work session with City Council will be held at 5 pm on Monday, April 5, 2021.  Before the work session begins, the City will allow for public comments regarding the budget.

For questions regarding the budget, contact City Hall at 256-7176.

                                                                   

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