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Aldermen approve Trussworks rezoning

Residents from a neighboring subdivision appeared before the Jackson Mayor and Board of Aldermen in a public hearing May 6 to express concerns over a request by Trussworks Realty to rezone 26.2 acres of property located on Cane Creek Road from R-1 (single family residential) to I-2 (heavy industrial).

Their concerns were mostly about the possibility of increased noise that a Trussworks factory might generate and that an industry so close to their subdivision might cause a devaluation of their home property values.

Alderman Steve Stroder recused himself from his aldermen’s position and represented Trussworks as the company’s president, answering all of the concerns of the neighbors. He stated that the Trussworks property is large and the factory would not be built close to the property line shared with the subdivision. In addition, there is a 10-foot wide tree line to help deaden noise and prevent dust from blowing in their direction.

Trussworks will bring 50 to 70 jobs to Jackson. The factory will manufacture building trusses and other building components.
Stroder, who was elected as an aldermen just this past April, had approached the City in October of last year with a request to build the Trussworks facility here.

With help from SEMO-Redi, an organization that works to bring businesses to this area, the City applied for a Community Development Block Grant from the Missouri Department of Economic Development. The grant was written in a cooperative effort with the Southeast Missouri Regional Planning and Economic Development Commission. The grant application was more than 700 pages in length.

The grant was approved by the State in early April. The grant money will be used to help fund the extension of Cane Creek Road and provide public utilities to the Trussworks facility (and to future development that will come to Cane Creek Road).

Later in the May 6 meeting (during action items), the aldermen approved the voluntary annexation of the property and voted to approve the rezoning. The requests from Trussworks squeaked by on a 5-0 vote (five votes were needed for them to pass).

Aldermen Stroder and Aldermen Katy Liley, who has rental property in the neighboring subdivision, abstained from voting and Alderman Shana Williams was absent.

In other action

• Appointment: The Mayor’s appointment of Wade Bartels to the Zoning Board of Adjustment was approved.

• Water plant improvements: The aldermen approved a change order to a contract requested by Robin-son Industrial, Heavy and Commercial Contracting for work on the Jackson Water Plant Improvements, Phase 2, Project 2D.

RIHC Contracting had requested a time extension of 277 days because of unforeseen project delays, and a modification to a control panel design that would result in cost savings of more than $43,000 to the City.

• Civic Center pavilion: the aldermen granted a time extension to Mark Sander Construction Co., of Benton, for work on the Civic Center pavilion. The completion date is now June 15.

• Park funds: The aldermen authorized the reallocation of $35,000 from the Pavilion No. 2 Replacement Project to salaries so that a new park maintenance person may be hired. They then authorized the allocation of $35,000 from American Rescue Plan Act funds to fund the Pavilion No. 2 Replacement Project in City Park.

• Concrete pavement improvement: The aldermen accepted the $253,899.27 bid from Putz Construction, LLC, for work on the 2024 Concrete Pavement Improvement Project, and authorized a contract.

Five bids had been submitted and Putz had the lowest. Putz Construction has done previous work for the City, constructing both the Mary Street bridge and the Hubble Ford bridge in City Park, and both were successful pro-jects.

• Engineering services: The aldermen authorized a contract with KimHEC, LLC, of St. Louis, to provide engineering services under a master agreement for professional engineering/architectural services.

The City establishes master service agreements with various engineering firms since engineering is hired on a qualification basis rather than a lowest-cost proposal basis. Then, as projects arise that fit the qualifications of a specific engineer, those projects can be authorized as a task order if the engineer’s proposal and cost is acceptable.

In the past, Jackson had a master service agreement with Kim Hovis Environmental Services. That company has reorganized as KimHEC, LLC, so a new master services agreement was needed.

The aldermen also approved a $12,100 task order to KimHEC, LLC, to provide work on the NPDES Permit Renewal Project.

This was for the services involving the preparation of Jackson’s National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) Permit that authorizes operation of Jack-son’s wastewater treatment plant.

The permit must be obtained every five years and includes a fairly intensive application process. This process requires expertise to successfully navigate. The same engineering firm, under their former name, assisted the City in obtaining its last NPDES permit.

• Speeding in City Park: During the non-agenda citizen’s input portion of the meeting, a resident who lives near City Park said he likes to walk in the park, but he is troubled by the number of speeding vehicles and asked if more speed limit signs could be posted.

• Study session: In study session, the aldermen discussed items that will come up for action in later meetings, including a bid tabulation for tennis court repair and resurfacing; an engineering services proposal for pickleball courts in City Park, an engineering services proposal for stage improvements at the Rock Garden and ADA facilities at Brookside and City Park; possible ideas for signage in the roundabout at U.S. Hwy. 61 and Deerwood Drive; and a bid tabulation for janitorial services at the police station.

Gregory Dullum has worked for The Cash-Book Journal for more than 25 years. Prior to becoming the editor in May 2017, he was production manager, circulation manager and reporter. Before moving to Cape Girardeau in 1988, he was editor of the Saint Louis Park Sailor, a weekly community newspaper in suburban Minneapolis, MN. A native of Minnesota, he returned there after graduating with distinction in 1978 from Ambassador College in Pasadena, CA, with a degree in mass communications. His wife, Marie, whom he met in college, is a native of Zalma, a small town in southeast Missouri. They have two grown daughters and five grandchildren. Gregory may be reached at

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