The Kirksville City Council has approved a site plan for the construction of the Kirksville Arts Association’s new home.

The plans for the site at 215 S. Franklin St. were approved at the Council’s meeting Monday and included no off-street parking spaces. City Planner Chayton True said additional parking was not needed because several public parking lots are located nearby. 

The Council had initially approved a similar plan for the location the Arts Center occupied before it burned down in 2016, but later executed a land trade with the Arts Association, acquiring that property in exchange for the one on Franklin Street. 

The Council also approved an opportunity to construct sidewalks along a busy section of Baltimore Street. The Council unanimously approved a motion to authorize the submission of an application to the Missouri Department of Transportation’s Transportation 2018 Alternatives Program for the construction of sidewalks along the street from New Street to Highway 6 West. 

The grant would pay for 80 percent of the project’s cost if awarded. Administrative Services Coordinator Sarah Halstead estimated the total cost at appproximately $320,000 and the city’s matching funds at approximately $64,000. 

Halstead said the sidewalk could encourage more people to travel the road by means other than driving; crosswalks would also be added. 

“If we could get this to go through, that would be wonderful,” Council member Zac Burden said. “That’s a busy road, more people taking other types of transportation is helpful.” 

Other motions approved by the Council included: 

—A motion to lower the speed limit on Missouri Street west of Osteopathy Street from 30 miles to 25 miles 

—A motion to authorize a special use permit for the operation of a bed and breakfast, Kirksville’s third available for rent through the “AirBNB” app, on S. Bradford Street 

—A motion to approve a bid to purchase pipe and miscellaneous fittings for use in Osteopathy Street’s water main reconstruction for a total of $67,175 with an option to purchase more materials if necessary 

—A motion to authorize the purchase of a 2016 Weiler P385 street paver for $155,000

—A motion to approve the 2019 Tourism Budget of the Kirksville Chamber of Commerce, which totaled $185,167 

The Council appointed David Rouner to serve on the Board of Adjustment, re-appointed Robert Ehrlich and Don Crosby to the Tax Increment Financing Commission and appointed Burden to fill the seat on the Kirksville Historic Preservation Commission vacated by former mayor Jerry Mills. 

The meeting was attended by members of the Boeing TRU-Leaders Executive Leadership Academy, a program teaching leadership skills to freshmen students at Truman State University. Participants visit local businesses, take seminars designed to develop leadership skills and receive a certificate in ethnical leadership. 

Council member Philip Biston, serving as mayor pro tem, presented the students with a proclamation of support for the program and recognizing the members’ pursuit of leadership. 

“We thank every single one of you for taking the time out of your busy lives to be here tonight,” Council member Richard Detweiler said. 

“With this program, you represent the City of Kirksville well and you represent Truman well,” Burden said.