The Joplin Globe, Joplin, MO

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July 9, 2013

Commission approves erosion control project

CARTHAGE, Mo. — The Jasper County Commission on Tuesday agreed to join in a federal project to prevent further erosion along an area of Center Creek north of Sarcoxie.

The county will work with the National Resources Conservation Service on the stream bank stabilization project near County Road 30.

John Feistner, NRCS area engineer, said the plans for the project have received federal approval and that federal funds will pay 75 percent of the costs of the work.

He said the work would be a “relatively small project” involving the installation of what he described as “rock armament” on the stream bank rock near the bridge, to prevent further erosion there. Commissioners agreed to schedule a pre-bid site showing on the project, which must be done by Sept. 30.

Feistner noted the agency and county also are working together on planning a larger project on Spring River along County Road 270.

Commissioners expected on Tuesday to be able to complete an agreement with Arvest Bank on financing for projects including work on a county-owned building being renovated as the new headquarters for the Jasper County Sheriff’s office. The  renovation is under way in a former bank building on the northwest corner of the Carthage square.

Richard Webster, county auditor, said he is still waiting for paperwork that will have to be reviewed by Norman Rouse, attorney for the commission.

“I think they got slowed down by the holiday,” he said.

Webster earlier had recommended the bank’s proposal to finance $322,500 at an interest rate of 1.8 percent.

The financing will pay for just over half the costs of a $495,000 project to remodel a county-owned building as a new sheriff’s headquarters, plus construction of a $125,000 vehicle maintenance building to be used by the sheriff’s office and other county offices.

Remaining funds will come from county reserves. All those funds will be repaid from the law enforcement sales tax trust fund over a period of four years.


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