City approves zoning change
The Cassville City Council approved a zoning change request from Access Family Care at its regularly scheduled meeting on Aug. 16.
"This is a recommendation from the Planning and Zoning Commission, which met on Aug. 12," said Eugene Dilbeck, city administrator.
The approved request will change the zoning at Business 37 and County Farm Road 2160 from a two family dwelling district to a general commercial district.
"The next step will be for Access Family Care's architect to present the Planning and Zoning Commission with site plans for the construction project," said Dilbeck.
Access Family Care plans to build a new 5,000-square-foot clinic at the location on Business 37. The new facility will be more than triple the size of the current James D. Warn Clinic, which is located on Main Street in Cassville.
Don McBride, Access Family Care chief executive officer, reported that the project architect is working with the Missouri Department of Transportation (MoDOT) regarding entrance locations and traffic on Business 37.
"We are anxious to get started," said McBride. "We are really excited about working with the community. Everyone has been very supportive so far."
Access Family Care received $635,140 in federal grant money through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act's (ARRA) Capitol Improvement Program (CIP) and a $476,000 congressional appropriation grant for the $1,000,000 construction project.
"The architect is finishing up preliminary drawings and acquiring a Phase I evaluation study as required by the federal agency," said McBride. "He will put out bids for the general contractor."
Access Family Care hopes to schedule a groundbreaking ceremony for the project in the near future.
In other business, the Cassville City Council:
* Set the tax levy for real and personal property at $0.
* Heard that Missouri Municipal League training will be offered at the Cassville City Hall on Saturday. Area city officials have been invited to participate in the training session.
* Received a report on city sales tax, which is down 1.7 percent compared to sales tax revenue received in 2009.
* Heard that Kenny Singer Construction began installing the new water lines in the Southern Hills subdivision on Monday.
* Received information on a project currently being completed at Second and West streets. City employees will extend the culverts at the intersection and install a concrete curb box for stormwater collection in order to correct drainage issues in that area.