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Firemen Move in June, Plus New Walking Trail Coming to Town and Country

Town and Country aldermen vote on a new trail, temporary housing for fire crews and the Fire and Ice event Monday night. View full agenda here.

is moving ahead with a new walking trail that would be built along Interstate-270, between Clayton Road and the  campus. 

Aldermen voted Moday night to authorize the city to enter into a trail licensing agreement with the  since the land on the east side of I-270, where the trail would build, is in MoDOT's jurisdiction. The  and Missouri Baptist Medical Center  In turn, the City of Town and Country will maintain the quarter mile trail, once it is built. 

The trail licensing agreement had to be entered into with MoDOT before any construction can begin. Construction of the quarter mile connecting trail is anticipated for late summer. 

Aldermen also voted to approve a temporary housing agreement for firemen at a BJC facility during the upcoming construction project on the firehouse at Mason and Clayton roads. It will cost the city $1 a month for the license agreement. Town and Country Department of Public Works Director Craig Wilde said fire crews could be housed at the facility at the old Missouri Highway Patrol building at Mason Road and Highway 40 from June 15 to November 15. 

"We intend to need it for three and half months, but we also know that circumstances could arise that could require us to need it for longer," Wilde tells Patch. "So it's a fairly open ended agreement."

A lease agreement was also approved for the temporary housing units that also will be used for fire crews during the relocation. The city will pay $22,295.30 for use of the units for three months and then $2,102.48 for each additonal month.

The agreements come after  Wilde said the upgrades are for cost effectiveness, better functionality and comfort. It would cost an estimated total of $853,400 and begin June 15. Fire crews will have to be housed elsewhere during construction. Work is expected to be compete by October. 

Aldermen also discussed securing plans for this year's  on June 26. A vote will likely come at the next board of aldermen meeting.

See agenda and supporting documents above for complete details. 

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