The Joplin Globe, Joplin, MO

October 2, 2012

Jasper County Commission OKs routine maintenance repairs at jail

By Susan Redden

CARTHAGE, Mo. — Jasper County officials told workers with the Sheriff’s Department on Tuesday to move ahead with repairs to plumbing and outside lighting at the county jail.

Lt. Shawn Carnes and John Terry, maintenance supervisor at the jail, reported a water leak affecting two detention areas at the jail, and the failure of outside lighting around the building.

Darieus Adams, Western District associate commissioner, characterized the issues as routine maintenance and said the sheriff’s budget still contains more than $46,000 allocated for maintenance and repairs, with less than three months remaining in the calendar year.

“It’s routine maintenance. Just go ahead and get it repaired,” he said.

Sheriff Archie Dunn has clashed with the commissioners over money issues in the past, but Adams said there was no need for the workers to come to the commission meeting for approval to start the work.

“This is routine maintenance inside the scope of the budget,” said Norman Rouse, assistant prosecuting attorney and counsel to the commission.

Disputes over money led to a lawsuit filed by Dunn against the commission more than a year ago. Those conflicts have continued, with the commission and Richard Webster, county auditor, saying most costs submitted for payment should be budgeted, or the subject of a contract approved by the commission. Rouse said that would not be the case with the maintenance work unless it exceeded $4,500; in that case bids must be sought.

Dunn was defeated in the Republican primary in August by Randee Kaiser, a candidate who was publicly backed by John Bartosh, presiding county commissioner.

Bartosh was not present for Tuesday’s meeting. Kaiser, assistant chief with the Carthage Police Department, attended the meeting but did not speak. His lone opponent in the November election is Libertarian candidate John J. Karriman.

Other repairs to jail doors, inside lighting and other security systems are under way, under a contract between the commission and Cornerstone Detention Inc.

In other business Tuesday, Jim Honey, Eastern District associate commissioner, said work is nearing completion on a bank stabilization project on Spring River at Morrow Mill east of Carthage.

The commission also approved a motion from Honey to extend for a year a contract with Viebrock Sales Inc. to supply culvert materials to the county.

Flood plain

THE COUNTY COMMISSION will hold a public hearing Tuesday, Oct. 9, on a flood plain map and ordinance changes recommended by the Federal Emergency Management Agency. The hearing is set for 10 a.m. in the commission chambers at the courthouse.