A proposal to use part of a federal community development block grant to pay for a child care center was approved by the Joplin City Council Monday night, October 20. The center would be run by the Joplin R-8 School District and would combine pre-school and day care. Councilman Bill Scearce tells News Talk KZRG he and others on the Council have questions.
"We understand that under HUD rules you have to provide 51 percent low to moderate income. (Councilman Mike) Woolston brought up the idea of providing 100 percent low to moderate income. So you would not be competing with private day cares."
The proposal is that the City would use $5 million from a CDBG grant to go toward the child care center, with the Joplin School District getting the rest from federal funds. Joplin Mayor Mike Seibert tells News Talk KZRG he wants a work session between the Council and School District officials. "So we can have time to fully understand and let the District explain to Council just exactly how this facility will be run. Because we're not in the business of running day care here in the city."
Monday's vote does not mean the child care center is a done deal. The vote sent the application to HUD for block grants.
A Joplin man is recovering Monday after allegedly being shot during an argument by his own cousin around 1:15 Monday morning. Joplin Police responded to the call to 524 South Club. Lt. Matt Stewart tells News Talk KZRG about the victim.
"When we arrived on scene, we located the victim Quincy Wells, he's a 35-year-old male from Joplin. He was inside the residence with an apparent