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The Daily Guide - Waynesville, MO
  • Administrator highlights city’s progress made throughout 2013

  • The City of Waynesville is using the end of the year as a time to reflect on all of the progress the city has made throughout the year, City Administrator Bruce Harrill said at the Waynesville City Council's December meeting.
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  • The City of Waynesville is using the end of the year as a time to reflect on all of the progress the city has made throughout the year, City Administrator Bruce Harrill said at the Waynesville City Council's December meeting.
    "During this time of year, it is good to review the year and note the progress that the city has continued to make," he said.
    At the meeting, Harrill went over a list mapping out some of the main projects the city took on in 2013.
    At the very top of the list was the city's response to this summer's massive flood.
    "In August, the city was hit by a major flood that damaged many homes and businesses," Harrill wrote in his list. "Damage to city infrastructure and facilities was estimated at $880,000. The city went above and beyond to take care of debris and address other problems impacting our citizens."
    Harrill also addressed the economic development progress the city made.
    "The city has seen continued economic development with the start of construction for a new movie theater and the new Phelps County Regional Medical Center. The historic downtown has seen continued growth with the addition of a new building-- Roubidoux Plaza-- which is housing several small businesses and continues the progress in our downtown," Harrill's report reads.
    Another way in which the city has progressed is through utility infrastructure improvements.
    Harrill said the city extended a water line to the Hunter's Point area, as well as a new water line that will serve the new movie theater and PCRMC building near Waynesville High School.
    There were also improvements to the city's sewer treatment plant.
    Beyond that, he said the city also completed a rebuild of an electric feeder line that serves a large chunk of Waynesville, including the downtown area.
    Electric re-closures were also installed, which Harrill said would make the city's electric service more reliable.
    Other areas of progress for 2013 include:
    * Sidewalks. The city has an expanded sidewalk network that includes new sections of sidewalk on Old Highway H and Historic Route 66 W.
    * Historic Downtown lighting. There are now 12 more street lights from the Downtown Square to the Roubidoux Bridge.
    * Bridge Improvement. The low-water crossing on Old Highway H now has a new bridge/culvert system.
    * Waynesville Industrial Park. On top of a new water line and improved drainage and street infrastructure for the park, there is also a new water tower under construction.
    * New chief. The city hired Dan Cordova as the new chief of police, replacing former chief Bob Carter.
    Page 2 of 2 - * Other projects included airport improvements, a new pavilion added to the parks system, having a "unique partnership" with Ozarks Technical Community College that allowed construction of the college's new facility, park trail lighting and improvements, work on the city's Trail of Tears site, additional parking, upgraded city employee programs and a new welcome sign on Highway 17 N.
    Even though these projects alone may seem like enough to keep a city the size of Waynesville busy, Harrill said that the city was actually engaged in several more projects.
    "I have only mentioned some of the key projects, and I am sure that many other projects and programs could be added to this list of accomplishments," he wrote in his report.
    "I feel like we can take pride in what we have accomplished as a team during the past year. Although we have many more projects to work on, we are continuing to make steady progress to improve the city and our services to our citizens."

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