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A Busy Agenda for the Webb City Council Tonight

Webb City City Hall
Fred Fletcher-Fierro
Webb City City Hall

The Webb City city council welcomes a new member. Also, staff and council members will discuss the railroad conditions around King Jack Park and work to improve the track. Also, the largest event on Webb City’s annual calendar starts Friday.

Webb City officials swear in a new councilperson tonight at their bi-weekly meeting.

It’s one of many items on the agenda as the community makes final preparations for this weekend's Cruise-A-Palooza Festival. KRPS's Fred Fletcher-Fierro has more.

Last month the council accepted the resignation of 3rd Ward councilperson Jonathon Shull who no longer meets the residency requirement due to taking a job out of state.

As a result, Webb City Mayor Lynn Ragsdale nominated Brad Baker to serve the remaining time of Schull’s term running through April 2025. Schull was reelected for a third, two-year term this past April.

Tonight the council will hold a swearing-in ceremony for Baker. Also, Webb City staff during their monthly meeting with officials from the Farmers Market discussed the possibility of paving the parking lot south of the pavilions. It’s estimated to cost between $80,000 - $90,000 to complete the project.

Council will continue to discuss the project and decide whether to use city funds or the remaining ARPA money. And a Webb City tradition is being held this weekend. Cruise-A-Poolza at King Jack Park kicks off Friday at noon, until Sunday at 10 pm. Over 80 vendors have signed up to attend.

Festival Organizers are dedicating the proceeds from Friday night's main stage show to the family of Corporal Jacob Williams.

There will also be commemorative T-Shirts available for sale during the festival with all proceeds going to William's family.

Corporal Williams died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound last week.

For 89 9 KRPS News, I’m Fred Fletcher-Fierro

Since 2017 Fred Fletcher-Fierro has driven up Highway 171 through thunderstorms, downpours, snow, and ice storms to host KRPS’s Morning Edition. He’s also a daily reporter for the station, covering city government, elections, public safety, arts, entertainment, culture, sports and more. Fred has also spearheaded and overseen a sea change in programming for KRPS from a legacy classical station to one that airs a balance of classical, news, jazz, and cultural programming that better reflects the diverse audience of the Four States. For over two months in the fall of 2022 he worked remotely with NPR staff to relaunch to an NPR style news and information website.

In the fall of 2023 Fred was promoted to Interim General Manager and was appointed GM in Feburary of 2024.