By Susan Redden
Globe Staff Writer
CARTHAGE, Mo. —
Plans to close out one building project and start another were reviewed by the Jasper County Commission last week.
Darieus Adams, Western District associate commissioner, met Thursday with officials of the firm who designed a $292,400 project to upgrade the lighting and make other changes to make four county-owned buildings more energy efficient.
That project is complete, Adams said, and workers will start soon on a project to upgrade the classroom area at the Jasper County Juvenile Detention Center, at Sixth Street and Pearl Avenue in Joplin.
The energy project was funded by federal stimulus money. The classroom project is being paid for by a grant obtained by the Joplin R-8 School District, which provides classes for students housed at the center.
Control Technology and Solutions designed the energy conservation project, which installed two building automation systems and upgraded lighting at the county-owned buildings in Carthage.
Automated systems to control heating and cooling, including programs for remote operation, were installed at the Carthage building that houses the county health department, county records and the area public defender’s offices. These systems were also installed at a building on the northwest corner of the square that houses county offices on the top floor and Bank of America on the lower floors.
Lighting was upgraded with energy-efficient fixtures in both buildings, along with the county courthouse and county jail.
Adams said plans for the juvenile detention center include upgrading the area used as a classroom by students held at the center. He said funding would come from a grant sought by the school district. The center houses juvenile offenders for Jasper County and other counties in the region.
Jasper County Commissioners announced Tuesday that the county had received a grant of nearly $21,000 from the Region M Solid Waste Commission. It will be used to fund a litter pickup program on county roads, using people sentenced by the courts for community service.