Fire trucks blocked Main Street from Second to Daugherty streets Tuesday night for the second Wine Walk.

Council supports Wine Walk by closing Main Street during the third-Tuesday events through Aug. 17

Spaces for outdoor seating and musicians can now expand from sidewalk into the street

Webb City Council members voted unanimously Monday to support the new Wine Walk event by closing Main Street.

The first Wine Walk on May 18 exceeded expectations to the extent that mingling the Wine Walkers with traffic seemed to present a hazard. Participants taste varieties of wine when they visit Just A Taste and other participating downtown businesses.

Approval of the request to close Main Street came on the night before the June Wine Walk on Tuesday. Two more third-Tuesday Wine Walks are scheduled on July 20 and Aug. 16. They coincide with the Webb City Farmers Market’s Eat Street, which features food trucks.

In addition to being safer, closing the street will allow more space for outdoor seating and musicians.

Mayor Lynn Ragsdale said closing the street will provide more of an “event-feel.”

Jonathan Shull (3rd Ward) called attention to the need to block traffic with more than wood barricades. Fire Chief Andrew Roughton quickly volunteered to park fire trucks at both ends, on Second Street and Daugherty Street.

The highlighted triangle is city-owned property east of the soccer fields in King Jack Park, which will be cleared of unwanted vegetation. (Google Maps satellite view) 

TWO LAND CLEARING PROJECTS

The council approved contracts to clear two city-owned properties.

Nelson Demolition’s $11,000 bid was accepted to finish clearing the former G&H Redi-Mix property at the Broadway-Daugherty Street “Y.” 

Nelson has already removed the structures. The contract is to clear remaining unsightly foundations and vegetation, with the goal of making it more attractive for development.

City Administrator Carl Francis said the property is important because it connects the Centennial Retail and Industrial Park on East Street to the rest of the city.

The other property is a 7-acre tract that’s in King Jack Park to the east of the soccer fields. It’s on either side of Dawson Drive from the soccer fields to South Hall Street. Francis said that getting the land cleared of unwanted brush and trees will give a better view of the possibilities.

Freeman Land Clearing won the contract with a bid of $35,630.

REZONING AND ALLEY-VACATE BILLS ADVANCE

Two bills to rezone residential property on the west side of the 700 block of South Madison Street to commercial were accepted on first reading.

Shane Burns is requesting the rezoning for the north corner lot, 1016 W. Seventh St., plus 706, 710 and 714 S. Madison St.

The city is requesting commercial zoning for the houses at 720 and 724 S. Madison St. Owners of those houses are assured that if they choose to stay the change in zoning will not raise their taxes  – only if the purpose changes to commercial will the tax rate change.

An bill to vacate the alley where the new American Legion hall is being built on North Main Street became an ordinance by unanimous vote on second reading. It was said that the never-used alley, north of Webster Primary Center, had only been an alley on paper.

WASTE TREE-TRUNK PROBLEMS

Francis reported that storm water recently seemed to rise more quickly than usual in the drainage ditch on Oronogo Street south of 10th Street. When the water receded, was later found that three short lengths of a large tree trunk had clogged the culvert. 

“We were lucky this incident was not worse and quick action of our street department was appreciated,” Francis said.

Out at the sewer treatment plant where logs are chewed up by heavy machinery to make compost, Francis said a piece of railroad track mixed in with the trees caused an equipment repair that will cost $15,000.

In other action, the police department was allowed to lease two color copiers for five years from its current vendor, Copy Products Inc. The accepted bid, including 7,000 copies will cost $218 per month.

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