The Joplin Globe, Joplin, MO

May 22, 2013

Jasper County approves renovation, building plans

From staff reports

CARTHAGE, Mo. — Work is expected to start within two weeks on a project to renovate a county owned building near the courthouse for the Jasper County sheriff’s office.

County commissioners on Tuesday accepted a low bid of $495,000 from R.E. Smith Construction Co., of Joplin bid for the work and announced plans to construct a new building in Carthage that will be used to maintain sheriff’s cars and other county-owned vehicles.

John Bartosh, presiding county commissioner, said commissioners believe the county will have to borrow some money for the projects, but are not yet certain how much.

Commissioners will discuss the renovation project with other elected officials in a meeting set for 10 a.m. Thursday on the top floor of the building, also occupied by offices of the county treasurer, recorder and public administrator. The project has raised concerns about storage needs, because computerized voter equipment used for county elections currently is stored in the space to be occupied by the sheriff’s office. Plans call for the renovation project to be complete in November.