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April 22, 2014

Jasper County Commission approves contract for storage building expansion

CARTHAGE, Mo. — The Jasper County Commission on Tuesday approved a contract to expand an equipment storage building at the county’s Highway Department Complex on North River Street.

The commissioners accepted a bid from Matt Denney Construction Co., Carthage, to build the 3,000-square-foot addition at a cost of $62,375. Denney’s bid was the only one submitted, said Jim Honey, Eastern District associate commissioner who supervises county road operations.

“The economy must be getting better; a year ago, we’d have had a lot more,” said John Bartosh, presiding commissioner.

Honey said the expansion will enlarge the storage area at the complex and allow a wash bay to be constructed in part of another building.

A project to pave Goldenrod Road east of County Road 120 was completed last week, and work will start this week on replacing a culvert on Ivy Road east of Route D, he said.

The commissioners also approved an amendment to an ordinance governing the law enforcement sales tax advisory board to stagger the terms of the members.

Darieus Adams, Western District commissioner, said the commissioners are pleased with the work of the board that recommends the allocation of some of the tax funds to law enforcement agencies in the county. When the advisory board was created, the original ordinance omitted provisions specifying staggered terms for members. The amendment sets those terms and also specifies that a member whose term on the board expires can be reappointed after one year off the panel.

Under the arrangement, Leslie Haase will serve one more year, Brian Christmas and Jim Woestman two years, and Ken Williams and Stan Heater three years.

In other business, the commission:

• Approved a request from Richard Webster, county auditor, to declare as surplus old computers and terminals, including some he said had been in his vault for several years.

• Approved a request from Carthage Water & Electric Plant to vacate a sewer easement on county-owned property along Fir Road in south Carthage.

• Approved the purchase of a 2006 Chevrolet Silverado from the state’s surplus property pool at a cost of $12,500. Honey said the truck would replace another road district vehicle with more than 230,000 miles.


JIM HONEY, associate commission, said the county will hold a ceremony at 10 a.m. next Tuesday to mark the completion of a project that relocated a railroad crossing on a road north of Jasper.

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