(ST. JOSEPH, Mo.) After weeks of evaluating and meeting with the public, the Capital Improvement Program committee has finalized their $25 million budget for long term community improvement projects.
"We've never had a CIP that didn't pass, and there are several reasons for that," City Council member Donna Jean Boyer said. "One of them is the fact that the community is involved all along in the selection of the projects."
The committee has selected 35 projects, impacting every district in St. Joseph.
"It looks to me, this time, they have taken a look at the parks department and of course have included streets as well, and as usual they're included some items for public safety," Boyer said.
One of the projects approved was for the construction of a new fire station near Deer Park.
"At this time we only have one fire station on the other side of the Belt Highway," St. Joseph Fire Chief Mike Dalsing said. "So that means we have about $200 million worth of infrastructure and 20 percent of our population that only has one station to cover them."
The CIP committee has approved approximately $2.8 million for the construction of a new fire station and an additional $1.4 million to purchase a new ladder truck.
"Now with the station moving to 32nd and Faraon, that station and Station 8 will be relatively close," Dalsing said. "It's kind of the last piece of the puzzle, I think everything is relatively well located now for the future development."
But it might be awhile before you will start noticing changes around town.
"The CIP money comes in slowly because it has to accumulate over a period of time," Boyer said. "So the money for the project won't start coming in for about a year, which means some of these projects on the list won't be able to be started for several years, but they are slated to be completed by the end of this CIP cycle."
The CIP committee will present the proposed projects to the city council for approval Tuesday.