The Higginsville Board of Aldermen approved two bills during their meeting Monday night.  Click to hear KMZU’s Bob Allen talk with Higginsville Mayor Bill Kolas:

Bill Kolas

Kolas says Citizens’ Cablevision applied for and received a conditional use permit to tear down an old tower and put up a new one in the near future.  The old tower was a transmitter, but the new one will be a receiver.  Kolas believes much of the ground work has been laid on the project and expects the new structure will be completed by this time next year.

The board of aldermen also authorized the city to enter into a seven-year agreement with Jensen Farm’s to farm the city land that recently came out of the U.S.D.A.’s  C.R.P. program near the airport according to Kolas.  The city will receive approximately $15,000 per year in the deal.

In other board news, the transportation committee reported on the progress of the city’s sidwalk project.  To date, 791 feet of sidewalk has been laid.  The grant money received through a SIM grant was supposed to fund 500 feet of sidewalk.  Kolas says the street department agreed to do the work themselves which has saved the city a tremendous amount of money.  According to Kolas, the city has only used approximately 1/4th of the grant money in completing the nearly 800 feet of sidewalk.  The city plans to continue adding sidewalk until the money runs out.

The board also approved a permit for Citizens Cablevision to install a new communications tower on property recently annexed by the city.