Tom Reeder, center, receives resolutions from Sen. Bill White and Rep. Bob Bromley Monday during the Webb City Council meeting. Reeder only has another month to go before retiring as director of parks and recreation.

Reeder honored prior to retirement in May

A plaque presentation to Tom Reeder for his years of service as parks and recreation director was a highlight of the Webb City Council meeting on Monday.

Reeder is trying to get several projects before his last day on the job, which will be April 29. He deflected praise for how the parks and programs have improved under his leadership. Instead, he said it was a team effort. He credited the Park Board, parks employees, elected officials, city staff, and other departments, especially public works.

He received two resolutions from the Missouri Legislature, presented by Sen. Bill White and Rep. Bob Bromley.


Jasper County Clerk Charlie Davis spoke briefly about the security of the election process that he oversees. He told the council and city administration to feel free to call him if they every have election questions. 

He did say that hand counts verified the 2020 election outcome and in case anyone’s wondering, none of the election equipment in the county is connected to the internet.

Davis, mentioning that he is a proud Webb City resident, noted the city’s 19% population growth since 2010. The population now exceeds 13,000, according to the 2020 census.

Rick Roth, street and water director, was presented the Silver Shovel plaque from Spire in recognition of safe digging practices.

In other action, the council:

• Completed the rezoning of 217 1/2 W. Daugherty St. from commercial to residential.

• Approved both readings of a budget amendment for the current fiscal year. It’s a step that will keep the city in budgetary compliance.

• Approved a resolution granting an easement on property owned by Webb City for the sewer line connecting Oronogo’s system to the Center Creek 201 Wastewater Treatment Plant. As the line is being replaced, it was realized that an easement had never been granted.

• Allowed the police department to equip two new patrol vehicles at a cost of $23,653. A Law Enforcement Sales Tax Fund grant will cover $20,000, leaving the city to spend $3,653 to match the grant.

• Received notice from Police Chief Don Melton that the speed limit on Madison Street between 12th Street and Foundain Road has been reduced from 45 mph to 40 mph in an attempt to reduce collisions.