City officials said the largest project in Union last year was Main Street resurfacing, which still is under way.

Mayor Mike Livengood told The Missourian that the Main Street project is behind schedule, but should be completed in early spring.

“We wish it was complete, but it’s not,” he said. “We are hoping by the end of March.”

He noted that the roundabout intersection at Main Street and Independence Drive has caused few problems, despite opposition from residents prior to its completion.

“It has worked out very well, said Livengood. “There was a lot of grief over that, but people have gotten adjusted.”

City Administrator Russell Rost said there was been a lot of progress in the city’s park system in 2012.

A new dog park was opened off Christina Avenue, and there also was additional play equipment installed between the park and sand volleyball courts.

Rost added that a new roof was put on the Franklin County Fair administrative building.

Last year there were new sidewalks put in on East State Street, Roosevelt and along some other city streets.

“Since we can do that in-house, we are able to get more sidewalks built than we could if we contracted that out,” said Livengood.

There also was about $400,000 spent in street overlays last year.

“We did the priorities in each ward, so there were some done all over,” said Rost.

Also in 2012, the former Quality Chevrolet, owned by the Reed family, was leveled. The site is located across Main Street from the United Bank of Union between Jefferson and Washington avenues.

Livengood noted that the city was fiscally responsible in 2012.

“We were able to stay in budget,” he said. “I am very proud of the city staff and board for being very conservative.”

A Union police substation was opened on the campus of East Central College.

There was a water study completed last year that provides information that included an evaluation of the overall water system, water supply wells and storage units.

The study identified shortfalls and proposed improvements to the city water system.

Rost explained that the study could possibly help lower the city’s international Organization for Standardization (ISO) which is a factor in determining home owners’ insurance rates.

“We found that the information required for the last ISO was not accurate and our water system is in much better shape,” he said.

Looking Ahead

In 2013, Independence Drive is slated to be resurfaced, and new curb and gutter will be installed from Highway 50 to Highway 47.

There also will be a roundabout built at Washington Avenue and Independence Drive.

There are plans to install sidewalks on Autumn Hill Drive from Clark Street to Independence Drive.

“That will connect Union High School to the city park,” said Livengood.

Earlier this month, city officials completed emergency management training. The city’s emergency management plan was updated last year.

The plan identifies risks and specifies ways to mitigate those risks.

There also are plans to clean up some properties in the city.

“We will continue to clean up property in violation of ordinances,” Rost said.

The city will move forward with preliminary work for the Prairie Dell Road project slated for 2014.

The scope of the project includes a divided roadway with an island and possible landscaping, left turn lanes, sidewalks and street lighting.