Dan Wehmer - Publisher's Pen

Dan Wehmer - Publisher's Pen

It appears a plan for downtown Seymour is on the future horizon.

Specifically, a plan for downtown revitalization, courtesy of students from Missouri State University (MSU) in Springfield.

City Administrator Hillary Gintz outlined the plan last Thursday at the regular meeting of the Seymour Board of Aldermen, tipping her cap to Brandon Jensen of the Southwest Missouri Council of Governments for setting the students up with Seymour.

“This project will occur at no cost to the city,” Gintz told the aldermen.

Elated was the reaction from the four aldermen,

Mayor Richard Vinson and about 20 folks who were attending the public meeting.

Gintz said the MSU students, as part of a specialized class, will begin working in Seymour this spring. They will accumulate information, dissect it, study it, then ultimately author a downtown-revitalization plan.

“Their findings will be presented to the city next May,” she said.

“I think that’s an excellent idea,” North Ward Alderman William Pogue said. “In the future, we could see more of our businesses leaving the downtown square, so it’s good that we have a plan for what to do if that occurs.”

On the city front, more good news, this time from the new Seymour Park Board.

The five-member group, including Eric Bennett, Andy Johnson, Trena Johnson, Michael Kyle and Kari Scislowicz, literally has been ablaze since its appointment by Vinson.

Late this summer, the board unveiled plans for six new grills at Seymour’s two main parks; four at the South Park, two at the Lee Binley Memorial Park.

Also ordered was a new water fountain at the South Park.

Last Thursday, the park board came before the aldermen with plans for a new ballfi eld.

This one will be built at the Binley Park, a T-ball field, complete with fencing a dugouts, with an estimated price tag of $11,000 to $12,000.

Aldermen unanimously gave approval for the park board to solicit bids for the project so it can be built and be ready next spring.

“It’s just amazing what this board has accomplished in such a short time,” South Ward Alderman Nadine Crisp said.

“We are so proud of how hard you’re working.”

 Spot on.

Given a budget of $30,000 this year, the park board has given the city a lot of bang for its buck.

Better yet, stay tuned, as within the coming weeks, another big acquisition and project will be unveiled by the park board.

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Reading time, two minutes:

• Free e-mail critics.

If you’ve got something to say to me, quit hiding out on social media or online, walk into this office and say your peace. I won’t bite. But I will talk back. My name for these warriors is “Generation Wimp.”

• Prior to the Seymour Lions Club’s “Trunk-or-Treat” event that evening, the Seymour YMCA is celebrating the Halloween holiday that morning. Breakfast is served at 9:30 a.m. this Thursday, followed by a costume contest and prizes. The event is open to all senior citizens following that morning’s water-aerobics class. All who attend are urged to bring a friend. Sponsoring the celebration is Joanne Coutchie of Seymour’s Murney Realtors.

• Want a free meal Saturday?

If so, stop by the Seymour R-II School District’s middleand high-school cafeteria from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. this Saturday for the a fish fry sponsored by the Seymour Community Action to Represent Education (C.A.R.E.) committee. Served will be catfish, fries, hushpuppies, drinks and a dessert. And you can’t beat the price.

• Applications for this year’s Share Your Christmas (SYC) program, also sponsored by the local Lions Club, can be picked up beginning this Friday at the Seymour Community Library. Completed applications have a postmark deadline of Thursday, Nov. 21. More on SYC can be found elsewhere in this week’s newspaper, online at www.webstercountycitizen.com and in future editions. As a reminder, the project always is in need of financial support, i.e. monetary donations.

If you can and want to help Seymour’s families in need this Christmas, send donations to the Seymour Lions Club, c/o Share Your Christmas, P.O. Box 215, Seymour, Mo. 65746.

Dan Wehmer is the Citizen’s editor, publisher and owner. He can be reached at 417-935-2257 or via e-mail at citizen@webstercountycitizen.com.

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