Joplin council hears about laws that could tackle nuisance motels

March 5 – Lodging orders that could help the Joplin city government address health and safety issues at motels where issues cited in inspections are never corrected will be presented on Monday at a Joplin City Council meeting.

Joplin has 24 hotels and motels, according to the report. It says the majority of these properties periodically have minor violations of health and safety laws and resolve issues reported during inspections. But one couple has repeated violations that are never addressed.

This presentation will provide information on state law regulating lodging establishments, city ordinances, and ordinances of other Missouri cities that may complement the city’s enforcement efforts.

According to the report, City Manager Nick Edwards discovered during his listening tour nearly two years ago that there may be a loophole in the city’s lodging code that could help enforce compliance. nuisance related to accommodation.

Details of a trap and neuter or neuter program for feral cats to try to reduce or control local populations will also be presented. The report says feral cats trapped by Joplin Animal Police officers are taken to the Joplin Humane Society and then sent to a Kansas City socialization program that has high adoption rates for felines.

In other matters, a zoning application that faced opposition from neighbors last month when it came before the Joplin Planning and Zoning Commission will be heard by council. The property consists of four lots located from 2023 to 2121 S. Highview Ave., where single-family homes were rebuilt after the Joplin tornado.

Landowner Brad Fagan requested an amendment to a C-3 commercial use zoning, the highest level of commercial use available in the city’s zoning code. He told the zoning committee that he had not received any offers for the residential property since he acquired the lots in 2012.

Residents of this area have twice succeeded in pushing back commercial uses of neighboring lots that they believe would be inconvenient to the neighborhood. This time, the zoning commission passed a recommendation for commercial use C-3 with an added planned development designation that would give the city some oversight of the site plan and requirements for a buffer zone between any development and homes. .

The panel will also be asked to authorize annexation applications from the Joplin Industrial Development Authority and the Joplin Area Chamber of Commerce. These involve the property at 18758 Apple Road, 1897 Argon Road, and the northeast corner of 26th Street and Rob O’Brian Way. All are in the Crossroads Center business and distribution park.

Public hearings are also scheduled for applications to change zoning from C-1 to C-3, commercial use of land at 2502, 2508, and 2510 N. Range Line Road, and change to single-family duplex homes at 2636 and 2642 E. Fourth St.

Council will also need to authorize a $477,702.97 contract for the annual micropaving of certain streets and a $31,844.25 contract to seal certain city parking lots and pathways.