Posted on June 21, 2011 at 6:46 AM
Sunday, Nov 10 at 8:17 AM
JOPLIN, Mo. (AP) -- Despite pleas from some residents, the Joplin City Council has put a 60-day hold on building permits for new houses in parts of the city damaged by the May 22 tornado.
The city staff had proposed the hold to allow "expedited debris removal" in the most severely damaged neighborhoods.
Opponents said the hold would force some people to leave Joplin if they can't start rebuilding their homes. Others questioned why businesses could rebuild but homeowners couldn't.
The Joplin Globe reports that City Manager Mark Rohr said safety and financial concerns prompted the hold.
The federal government has agreed to pay 90 percent of the debris removal costs until Aug. 7. If the city has to pay for that work, it would cost residents $3 million a day.
Information from: The Joplin Globe, http://www.joplinglobe.com
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