“Particularly in transportation as we move forward, we ought to be planning what big projects we might want to do. There’s some preliminary stuff we might look at,” Hancock said. “We’re going to be done relatively quickly with our runway project which will allow us to have some transportation funds.”

The Camdenton Board of Aldermen has been given a homework assignment by Mayor John McNabb and City Administrator Jeff Hancock.

Last Tuesday, July 18, Hancock told aldermen he wanted them to begin thinking about possible future capital improvement projects outlined in Destination Camdenton, the city’s master plan, as the new fiscal year of 2017-2018 begins in October.

“Particularly in transportation as we move forward, we ought to be planning what big projects we might want to do. There’s some preliminary stuff we might look at,” Hancock said. “We’re going to be done relatively quickly with our runway project which will allow us to have some transportation funds.”

Four possible projects mentioned in Hancock’s city administrator report included:

• Upgrade of Old Highway 5 North

• A funding contribution with MoDOT to widen West Highway 54

• Downtown upgrades, i.e. sidewalks, etc.

• Sidewalks and/or trails

“For example, improving North Highway 5, potentially surveying that in anticipation of a project. Another project is W. 54, where we’ve had some traffic issues. There’s a 50/50 match on probably a $4 million project,” Hancock noted. “There might be some downtown improvements you want to look at. We had talked about Illinois Street (as a connected alternative route to the square), there’s potential. We should begin planning what might be a high priority for some of these projects.”

Aldermen were tasked with reviewing the Destination Camdenton comprehensive master plan document for ideas and priorities for future discussions. City staff and elected officials hosted several implantation workshops and priority strategizing sessions in 2015-2016, but that was prior to the election of two new alderwomen — Bonnie Black and Brenda Oshel-Weir.

With the 2016-2017 fiscal year winding down, Hancock also briefed the Board of Alderman on the city’s current capital improvement projects through his bi-monthly administrative report. (Not included: two municipal airport projects, the status of which are detailed in a separate sidebar to this story.)

COMPLETE:

•Poplar/Scott’s Court/Roy Harmon Drive street improvements project

•2017 Camdenton Street Overlay project

ONGOING:

•East Highway 54 Sidewalk TAPS Projects — The project is well underway and the most eastern section is almost complete. A change order to extend the time for completion to August 16 was on the agenda. The change order was unanimously passed by the board.

•Sewer Treatment Plant Weir Project — The weir project is scheduled to start Thursday, July 13.

•Trail Ridge Lift Station Road — The engineering is done and the project is out for bids which are due on Tuesday, August 22, by 11 a.m., and will be publicly opened in the City Council Chambers. A pre-bid conference has been scheduled for 10:30 a.m. on Thursday, August 10.

POSTPONED:

•Water Line Replacement Project — The city is exploring postponing this project and incorporating it into another project scheduled for the upcoming October 1 budget. The city may bid the second project out along with the first and obtain the most competitive bids for the 2018 construction season.