City report shares projects with MoDOT, other events
A report delivered to Moberly City Council at its April 19 business meeting by Community Development Director Tom Sander highlighted some major events within his department that took place in March.
A study carried out by the firm of Lee’s Summit Bartlett & West Engineering concerning the widening of S. Morley St. between Burkhart and Urbandale has been received by the city.
As part of the city’s long-term goals mentioned by Sander last year, the project was to include a central turning lane, a built-in roundtrip at the Morley St. and Urbandale interchange, curb and gutters, replacement or construction of new sidewalks and improvement of the storm drainage system.
“This project area as a whole is multi-million dollar and it would take several years to complete even though we are able to secure cost-sharing funds with other grants,” Sander said.
In an effort to make this project more manageable, Sander asked the company to break this idea down into phases, for example, the first phase would be the segment between Burkhart and Carpenter streets. The estimated cost of this work is projected at $ 2.1 million.
“We would need to improve and replace the sidewalks and maybe make changes to the extended access for private entities,” he added.
Communication continues with the Missouri Department of Transportation regarding offering a cost-sharing application for this work in conjunction with the proposed milling and layering that MoDOT is already planning to perform for the entire set. S. Morley St.
“If we can finish our upgrade and have it covered 50% by a cost-shared grant, and then have it covered by MoDOT when they do S. Morley, that could drastically reduce the overall cost to us,” Sander said.
The MoDOT tentatively plans to resurface S. Morley in the fall of 2023, which would allow the city to proceed with its first phase of the plan in the spring or summer of 2024.
Sander said the city’s efforts to acquire state grants to install sidewalks along the south side of E. Rollins St. / Rt. EE from the corner of Morley Street looking east toward the cemetery Oakland failed.
“MoDOT will complete the sidewalk on the north side of Rollins, but without this funding we won’t be able to do the south side,” Sander said. “It is questionable why this is not the responsibility of the MoDOT on both sides of their road, but at the moment they will not fund both sides.”
The demand for additional disabled and designated parking spaces in the downtown area of Moberly has increased.
As part of his code enforcement report, Sander informed council that the district primarily offers 2-hour parking spaces and that there are a few 5-hour spaces available, however, there are no of designated application. He said there was a higher percentage of older people in the city center and on the side streets where their business is located there were upstairs apartments with occupants having multiple vehicles, and these vehicles use parking spaces for a long time.
“Businesses see downtown residents and business owners or their employees park their vehicles on the street most of the day. It doesn’t open up space near their business, ”Sander said. “We have enough disabled spaces for the requirements and designating a parking space for a specific company is a tricky situation. While this is an option for restaurants, it is not for other downtown businesses. “
“I think the best solution is to find a way to enforce the current parking time ordinance,” he added. “Until that is a factor, you won’t get parking lot turnover, especially on some side streets.”
Flashing lights have been installed on S. Morley Street and Shepherd Brothers Boulevard. intersection with school level crossing signage.
The old historic Fennell / JT Cross Lumber Co. building on N. Clark Street, located across the street west of the No.1 Fire Hall, continues to undergo tapping work on the walls and the city plans to put a roof on the inner perimeter to allow it to become a shelter for community events. Sander noted that those associated with the Farmers Market held during the summer and early fall have an interest in moving their services to this location as it also offers ample parking.