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(West Plains) – The West Plains City Council approved a $874,750 bid to revamp the West Plains Municipal Airport terminal building.

The funding will come from roughly $675,000 that the city has saved up over the years from a $150,000 per year assistance agreement with MoDOT, and the rest will come from the general fund, according to finance director Dixie Williams. The demolition of the current terminal will cost over $11,000. City Administrator Tom Stehn told the council that the bid came in over their estimate, and because of that, the city will opt out of attaching a maintenance and fire truck bay to the terminal.

Also at the meeting, the council approved three rezoning bills, two for separate pieces of property west of Bill Virdon Boulevard and north of Butler Avenue, and one for property east of Chippewa Street and north of Jan Howard Expressway.

The council also heard updates on various work done by the city parks department, including equipment updates and fall protection to Wayhaven, Lofton, Kelley and Butler parks. All parks will have ADA parking added. The frog slide at the city aquatic park will be replaced this year, after the frog’s tongue broke and the slide became unsafe to slide down.

The council also approved bids for a water department service truck and pickup truck, a new patrol car for the police department, and a contract for two sidewalk projects in the city: one for sidewalks along Howell Avenue from Jackie Garrett Drive, and along Olden Street to Saint Louis Street, totaling $246,495.50.

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