Kirksville State of the City addresses major improvements for the year

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    The City of Kirksville held the "State of the City" address Friday morning at the Economic Development Building in Kirksville.

    Each year, the city hosts the address to review events that have happened in the past year and what improvements will be made in the coming year.

    The meeting started off with a moment of silence for former Mayor Richard Detweiler who passed away last month. Detweiler had been a member of the City Council since 2008.

    In the address, Kirksville City Mayor Chuck Long talked about some of the new projects to the city such as a new Aquatic Center that will be breaking ground in June, renewal of the City’s Economic Development Sales Tax, and the purchase and construction of the city’s asphalt plant. With the collaboration of local contractors, the city looks to repair up to seven miles of streets throughout Kirksville.

    Some of those streets are North Osteopathy and Marion to Baltimore.

    A possible plan to partner with MoDOT to repair Business 63 is also being discussed.

    "Our streets are in poor shape, we have to get them fixed. The base under the streets are in poor shape so we have to go clear to the base and rebuild the street from the base up," Mayor Long said.

    Another major addition is adding new support to Kirksville Law Enforcement.

    Kirksville Police Department added four additional officers last year and the fire department hired two additional firemen. A new fire truck was also purchased.

    The City of Joplin also donated a new fire truck for use at the Kirksville Regional Airport.

    This also was the last State of the City for Police and Fire Chief Jim Hughes.

    Hughes says what he will miss most is being apart of the team.

    "I'm not leaving for quite a few months, mixed emotions certainly one of the things that makes it that mixed emotion is that I've enjoyed working for the city and I've enjoyed working for the team. I think the state of the city, you were here today, this gives the people of the city an opportunity to look at how hard they are working, how dedicated they are and how fiscally responsible they are and trying to the best job for the city as best as possible and that's something I take a lot of pride in participating in that team effort and that's something that I will miss next year," Chief Hughes said.

    The City of Kirksville will continue to make improvements with the support of the community.

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