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      Kirksville, Truman leaders talk topics of mutual interest

      Twice a year, leaders from the city of Kirksville and Truman State University sit down to discuss items of mutual interest.

      The first such meeting of 2014 was held on Monday.

      Truman President Dr. Troy Paino and another university representative met with the Kirksville City Council and City Manager Mari Macomber.

      They talked about how pleased everyone is with the revamping of the section of Franklin Street that runs through campus.

      Truman representatives talked about the university's desire to eventually make improvements on and along Patterson Street that would make it both safer and more pleasing to the eye.

      "The improvements would be on the crosswalks, maybe to try doing the brick crosswalks like we did on Franklin,â?? said Dave Rector, Truman vice president for administration and finance. â??That tends to slow down traffic a little bit when you have that rumble sound, and the other idea was just to make sure that the sidewalks from campus out to Baltimore along Patterson are in good shape to really encourage students when they want to go out to eat, that they can walk safely."

      The group also discussed improving and adding signage that would better direct visitors to the Truman campus.