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  • Public input sought on beautification of Laurie

  • The Laurie Board of Aldermen and Enhancement Committee is holding a public hearing in October in hopes of getting community input on its proposed sidewalk plan before making on decision on allocating funding for the project.
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  • The Laurie Board of Aldermen and Enhancement Committee is holding a public hearing in October in hopes of getting community input on its proposed sidewalk plan before making on decision on allocating funding for the project.
    The forum will be held at 6 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 2 at City Hall, and the community is urged to come and share thoughts on the project and any other ideas for enhancement of the city.
    The hearing was set as the committee chair Ron Holtz reported to aldermen at their Aug. 14 meeting that preliminary plans had been developed and were ready to move forward.
    In May, the board tapped Bartlett & West Engineering at a cost of $1,150 to help the committee create a sidewalk master plan as part of an application for a cost share grant for the project through the Missouri Department of Transportation.
    The proposed path would run along Highway 5 from around Dollar General to Central Bank then go down Highway O to Laurie Care Center and back to Highway 5 through the fairgrounds.
    Due to the large scope of the master plan, it has been broken down into four phases.
    Phase one would place sidewalk from Highway O just north of Laurie Care Center along North Fairgrounds Rd. by Westlake Aquatic Center and First Baptist Church to Highway 5.
    At five feet wide, the 3,920-foot length of concrete sidewalk in phase one is estimated to cost approximately $193,000.
    The committee wants to apply to MoDOT for partial funding of phase one through its Transportation Enhancement Program. With the grant, the city's share of the cost would be around $40,530 which could possibly be split over two budget years. A 21 percent match was chosen to give the city an extra point in the ranking process for the grant.
    Enhanced connectivity is the idea behind the project.
    Sidewalks and bike paths are the highest priority among the city enhancement committee's proposed projects due to their appearance and functionality.
    Updates on other projects
    • The committee is also considering a beautification project at the Highway 5 and 135 triangle on the north side of town. According to Holtz, MoDOT has agreed to the concept of landscaping a portion of the triangle within the state agency's guidelines. Nothing at the intersection could be taller than 30 inches. Any landscaping or items could not be closer to the highway than 30 feet. Holtz said the committee is in discussions with local landscapers to develop a plan that meets these criteria and that would be installed and maintained by the landscapers at no cost to the city in exchange for advertising at the site.
    • The proposed site for a Lake of the Ozarks, Westside "Hollywood" style sign has been surveyed. According to Holtz, the owners are seeking to have another survey done to verify the results. The project is being done through donations only. The cost of the property has been estimated at $3,500.
    Page 2 of 2 - • The committee is proceeding in the grant application process for Tree Resource Improvement and Maintenance (TRIM). The committee is working on a tree survey to submit as part of the application to the Missouri Department of Conservation.
    • Additional street lights in town has been deemed too costly for the project to go any farther at this time. The price tag for one pole is about $1,000. According to Holtz, the city could pursue increasing bulb size in existing lights with little cost difference.
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