CARTHAGE, Mo. —
Work to widen Jasper County roads should get easier with the purchase of new equipment authorized Tuesday by the County Commission.
The commissioners approved a bid of $29,000 from Bobcat of Springfield to supply the equipment, according to Jim Honey, Eastern District associate commissioner who oversees county road operations.
“You push it with a Bobcat, and we can use it to add asphalt, soil or gravel,” Honey said. “It’s really going to help on our narrow roads.”
He said the company demonstrated the equipment on County Road 60 north of Highway 96. Road crews will finish that project, then probably will move to County Road 240 south of Highway 96 as the next widening project.
In related action during the brief meeting, the commission approved Honey’s request to declare as surplus a snowplow blade the county had acquired from the Sarcoxie Road District when it consolidated into the county road district. The declaration will allow the blade, which is no longer used, to be sold, he said.
The commissioners also heard a report from Sheriff Randee Kaiser on work to relocate a communications tower to a site near Avilla. Work on the tower, which is more than 300 feet tall, had been delayed because of windy weather.
“They’ve got it up now, and they’re putting up the cable, so they’re in the final stages,” he said.
The tower, which was moved from rented property near Duenweg, will be shared by the Missouri Department of Transportation and the Missouri Conservation Department. Kaiser said the tower will not be in full use until a new radio system is operating and the department gets the required Federal Communications Commission approvals. Another tower near Highway 96 and County Road 110 is in use.
THE COUNTY COMMISSIONERS approved the appointment of Chip Wright, of Carthage, to fill a vacancy on the Jasper County Sheltered Facilities Board, which oversees the allocation of county tax funds to benefit the developmentally disabled.