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Council calls special meeting

A special meeting of the Richmond City Council has been called for Thursday night.
The 6 p.m. meeting in the council chambers has been called to sign four agreements for Surface Transportation Project (STP) funds.
The four separate agreements are for the resurfacing of Thornton Street from South Street to Missouri Highway 13. Another agreement is for the resurfacing of Wollard Blvd, from East Main Street to Missouri Highway 210.
A third project is for sidewalk construction along Spartan Drive from South Street to East Main Street. It is part of the Missouri Safe Routes to Schools program.
The final project agreement is for a master transportation plan for the city.
All STP projects are an 80 percent federal match, meaning the city would have to pay the additional 20 percent plus and cost overruns.
City Administrator Rick Childers in an e-mail sent to councilmembers said the agreements will be sent to the Missouri Department of Transportation to be approved by the Missouri Transportation Commission. Once the commission approves the agreements, they are then sent to the Federal Highway Commission for approval.
Childers said all of this must be approved by Sept. 30, 2009.
“While that seems like a lot of lead time, we’ve been waiting on these agreements since November,” he said.

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