A dangerous route students use to get to Raymore-Peculiar High School is finally going to get some TLC.
Peculiar’s Board of Aldermen gave unanimous approval April 7 to a second reading to join a cooperative agreement with the county to improve School Road from Hubach Hill Road to 211th Street, a narrow, hilly 2.3-mile stretch without any shoulders.
The aldermen had approved a cooperative agreement nearly a year ago to make safety-driven improvements on the road, but the financing plan fell apart when Raymore officials declined to participate, saying they couldn’t justify spending the money outside the city limits.
The county leveraged its own funds to move forward with the first and second piece of the three-phase project, and Cass County Presiding Commissioner Jeff Cox has since come up with an alternate plan to fund the remainder by joining forces with Peculiar to fund the final phase.
“I think we’re all looking forward to getting it done,” Cox said.
Under the agreement, Peculiar would be picking up about 45 percent of the $1.2 million phase three project cost.
Both the city and the county are also working together to apply for available grant funding for the project.
“I would like to commend the Cass County Commissioners for their cooperation to get this done,” Peculiar mayor Ernie Jungmeyer said. “It will be a good benefit for Cass County, Peculiar and Raymore.”