The Joplin Globe, Joplin, MO

Carthage, Jasper County

June 25, 2013

Special session set for contract work moving sheriff's office

CARTHAGE, Mo. — The Jasper County Commission will meet in special session Wednesday to award a contract for financing work in order to remodel part of a county-owned building as the new headquarters for the Jasper County Sheriff's office.

Auditor Richard Webster said he was not ready to make a final recommendation during the panel's regularly scheduled session, which are held each Tuesday. Commissioners at a special meeting last Wednesday discussed proposals and asked Webster to enter into negotiations with one of the seven banks that submitted bids for the financing.

Webster said the county expects to finance $322,500 of two projects estimated to cost $620,000 -- $495,000 for the renovation project and about $125,000 to build a maintenance building on county road district property that will be used to service sheriff's vehicles and other smaller vehicles used by county departments. The remainder will come from county reserve funds, with all the money to be repaid from the county's Law Enforcement Sales Tax fund.

Also Tuesday, commissioners agreed to look into work that might be done at Woodlawn Cemetery, a county-owned cemetery just west of Carthage. Members of the county's cemetery preservation committee urged county action, saying the property has fallen into disrepair in recent years.


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