Bet­ter­ment Club Dis­cusses Trail Plan

McDonald County Press - - FRONT PAGE - Me­gan Davis

An­der­son Bet­ter­ment Club met last week

to learn about op­por­tu­ni­ties on a lo­cal and state level. The group re­viewed trail sug­ges­tions made by res­i­dents, con­ducted a fea­si­bil­ity study re­gard­ing th­ese pro­pos­als and made mod­i­fi­ca­tions to the

city’s trail plan.

An­der­son Bet­ter­ment Club met last week to learn about op­por­tu­ni­ties on a lo­cal and state level. Pres­i­dent Ken Schut­ten up­dated mem­bers on trail plan­ning progress. Ear­lier this month, Schut­ten toured An­der­son with Nikki Hill, of the Harry S. Tru­man Co­or­di­nat­ing Coun­cil, and Dave Tay­lor, MoDOT rep­re­sen­ta­tive. The group re­viewed trail sug­ges­tions made by res­i­dents, con­ducted a fea­si­bil­ity study re­gard­ing th­ese pro­pos­als and made mod­i­fi­ca­tions to the city’s trail plan.

Paved shared-use paths through town and pedes­trian cross­walks at busy in­ter­sec­tions were de­ter­mined to be high pri­or­i­ties. Schut­ten named three par­tic­u­larly dan­ger­ous in­ter­sec­tions for im­prove­ment — where Main Street meets High­way 59, Pat­ter­son Street meets Busi­ness 71, and Mus­tang Drive meets Busi­ness 71. The cross­ings of Busi­ness 71 cater to heavy bus traf­fic and are in­te­gral to the school.

Cross­walks would need to be ADA com­pli­ant, which would re­quire up­dates to a num­ber of link­ing road­ways.

Hill will mod­ify pro­posed trail maps and present a fi­nal trail plan to city plan­ners in June.

Schut­ten also up­dated mem­bers on the pos­si­bil­ity of con­struct­ing a skateboard/BMX park in town. Mayor John Sell­ers and Schut­ten re­cently met with the owner of an old storage area de­stroyed by flood wa­ter. The owner ex­pressed in­ter­est in do­nat­ing the prop­erty to the city. Schut­ten said the owner is re­search­ing the do­na­tion process. More in­for­ma­tion should be avail­able at the next meet­ing.

Schut­ten ap­proached mem­bers about a “Most Beau­ti­ful Yard” con­test. City coun­cil­man Ch­ester Neel made the sug­ges­tion and of­fered to spon­sor the pro­gram. A prize would be awarded to the home­owner with the nicest yard each month in hopes of inspiring oth­ers to keep up their lawns.

Club mem­bers spoke about the Westco build­ing on Main Street that is for sale. The prop­erty is spa­cious and across from Town Hole, which makes it a great con­tender for a pos­si­ble recre­ation cen­ter in town.

The ex­ec­u­tive di­rec­tor of Mis­souri Com­mu­nity Bet­ter­ment, Teresa Keller, was the spe­cial guest speaker. Keller of­fered in­sight on re­sources avail­able to ru­ral com­mu­ni­ties, as well as ways to foster project par­tic­i­pa­tion — es­pe­cially among youth.

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