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Aldermen OK oversized sign for Aldi store

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Jackson will have an Aldi grocery store two years from now, if all goes according to plan. On Feb. 6, the Jackson Mayor and Board of Aldermen approved the extension of a special use permit for two oversized 75-square-foot signs at 2502 E. Jackson Blvd., as submitted by Aldi, Inc.

Construction of the grocery store is expected to start by July 31 of this year, and completion is expected by Feb. 6, 2025.

In other action

• Annual budget: Amendments to the 2022 and 2023 City of Jackson annual budgets were approved. Some funds exceeded their appropriations in 2022, affecting the year-end balances reported in the 2023 budget,

• Extension Council: The mayor’s appointment of Nels Bergmark to the University of Missouri Extension Council was approved 7-0 with Alderman Katy Liley abstaining.

• Tree trimming: Hourly service rates for 2023 under an existing contract with Townsend Tree Service Co., of Muncie, IN, were approved. The company trims trees around the city’s power lines.

• Electric generator engine: The aldermen approved four items relating to the removal of parts from a recently purchased used electric generator motor to replace worn out parts in the city’s Worthington generator engine at the city power plant.

• Sanitary sewer: A $2,503.50 change order was approved to SAK Construction, LLC. of O’Fallon, for work on the 2022 Sanitary Sewer Lining Program. Three changes occurred resulting in an increase: 285 feet of pipe were found to be 10″ versus 8″, two protruding taps had to be cut, and the actual length of total pipe for the project was 3,195 feet versus the estimated 3,177 feet.

• Wastewater Treatment Plant: A $6,000 task order was approved with Blakely and Associates Consulting Engineers of Chillicothe, for work on the instrumentation and integration design work at the Wastewater Treatment Plant.

• Sunset Drive bridge: The aldermen approved a $34,800 task order to Koehler Engineering & Land Surveying, Inc., of Cape Girardeau, for design work on a replacement bridge over Hubble Creek at Sunset Drive.

• Archiving documents: The aldermen accepted a proposal and authorized a $34,787 contract with Arca-Search Missouri, LLC, of St. Cloud, MN, for work on the city’s Archive Preservation Project. The company will scan old paper documents and preserve them in digital format.

• Easement: The aldermen accepted the dedication of a sanitary sewer easement deed from the Jerry J. and Linda K. Jansen Revocable Trust dated Oct. 16, 2018, relative to the South Old Orchard Road Lateral Sewer Project.

• Groundwater seepage: During study session, City Engineer Anna Bergmark reported on water seepage at 1424 Rolling Fields Drive and 1505 Mulberry Street. The water appears to be groundwater and is not leaking from city water mains.

• Storm sewer: Bergmark also gave an annual update of the Municipal Separate Storm Sewer System (MS4) Permit.

• Municipal courtroom: The aldermen heard a report on remodeling plans for the Missouri Room at City Hall, which is used for municipal court. The plan is to build awall from an existing closet across one end of the room and thereby create two offices, which will allow for private meetings. The room could also use new flooring.

City Attorney Curtis Poore said the current condition of the room “doesn’t represent the City of Jackson well, in my opinion.”

A $12,000 task order for the design of the two rooms will be brought to the aldermen at their Feb. 21 meeting.

• Purple Heart City: The aldermen discussed the steps needed to be designated a Purple Heart City.

There are seven steps involved in becoming a Purple Heart City. First, the aldermen must approve a proclamation. That proclamation must then be approved by the National Order of the Purple Heart. The signs must be purchased by the City for $100 each, and they must be approved by MoDOT before being installed along the highways.

There were no objections to proceeding, so a proclamation will be brought before the Board of Aldermen on Tuesday, Feb. 21.

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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