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City approves payment for 911 software, consoles

Combined 911 dispatch services between the City of Jackson and Cape
Girardeau County came a step closer to reality Aug. 5, when the Jackson Board
of Aldermen approved the City’s part of purchasing software and consoles.

The Board approved the reimbursement of $75,000 to the County for
the purchase of 911 software for the Central Dispatch Center.

In a related item, the Board approved the reimbursement up to
$515,000 to the County of Cape Girardeau for the purchase of consoles.

In other action:

• Rezoning: The Board held a public hearing to consider the
rezoning of 2370 N. High St. from C-2 (general commercial) to I-1 (light
industrial, as submitted by MAMCO Investments, LLC.

No one spoke in opposition to the rezoning.

Mark Guilliams, one of the owners of MAMCO, said he had a potential
tenant for his building, but the tenant needed the ability to do some light
welding, and that required the zoning change. This company will have 30-40

Guilliams could not disclose the name of the potential tenant. He
said he wanted to have the property ready for him to move in. Guilliams is
expecting a decision from the potential tenant to move to this location in

The Board later in the meeting voted to approve the rezoning

• Brookside Park: The Board authorized Koehler Engineering &
Land Surveying, Inc., of Cape Girardeau to provide engineering services for the
Brookside Park Topographic Survey Project.

• Small cell phone service: The Board approved an ordinance
amending the Code of Ordinances by adding Chapter 14 (Wireless Communications
Infrastructure Deployment) relative to small cell wireless facilities.

• Preliminary plan reapproved: The annual re-approval of the
preliminary plat of Jackson North Industrial Park was made by the Board.

• Liquor license: The Board approved a retailers of malt liquor
(beer) by drink, 5% license to Don Carlos Tres, 1901 East Jackson Blvd. The
Mexican restaurant is located in the old Dexter BBQ building and is now open
for business.

Roundabout: The Board accepted the dedication of a utility and
stormwater drainage easement deed from the William J. Penrod Revocable Trust
and a right of way deed dedication and temporary construction easement deed
from Bensworth Properties, LLC. Both were related to the construction of
roundabout at Shawnee Blvd. and East Main St.

In study session, Dave Christensen of PE/Cochran gave an update on
progress for the roundabout. He mentioned that all rights of way had now been
acquired by the City.

During construction of the roundabout, one lane of East Main will
remain open. Two-way traffic will pass through the intersection using one lane.
Shawnee Boulevard north of Main Street will be closed during the entire
construction period.

Construction will begin in the northwest quadrant. It will move in
phase 2 to the southwest quadrant, then to phase 3 in the southeast quadrant,
before finishing up with phase 4 in the northeast quadrant of the intersection.

Christensen recommended that the City bid out the project this
winter and have construction start in the spring. Contractors are busy at this
time, so if the project goes out for bid now, the bids will come back higher
than if they are made in January when Contractors are looking for work to do
during 2020.

In addition to getting more competitive bids, there is a better
chance that weather will not hold up construction if it is done in the spring
instead of winter.

“Our desire is to get this done before spring, before the diverging
diamond,” said City Administrator Jim Roach.

No one knows for sure when work will begin on the diverging diamond
intersection, forcing drivers to seek alternate routes, such as East Main St.
It was the City’s hope to get the roundabout completed before detour traffic
has to use the East Main/Shawnee intersection.

Christensen said if the City bids the project this fall and bad
weather delays it, work may end up being done next spring anyway. He
recommended that the City plan for spring construction on the roundabout. And
if the diverging diamond construction sends detour traffic to Shawnee and East
Main, the roundabout construction could be put on hold for a year.

• Diverging diamond: In a related issue, Kent Peetz, director of
Public Works, updated the Board on progress with the diverging diamond
I-55/U.S. Hwy. 61 interchange. He expects MoDOT to present its final plan at
the Southeast Metropolitan Planning Organization (SEMPO) meeting Aug. 21. MoDOT
is running out of time for discussion if it wants to bid out the project this

• City employee health insurance: Jeff Bierman of Swinford and
Associates presented a report on usage of the city health insurance plan for
employees and their families. The City switched Jan. 1 to United Healthcare
with no disruption of service. “It has gone extremely well,” he said.

So far this year, claims are down compared to last year. If the
trend continues, the City can expect good premium rates when it renews in

“We’re having a good year,” said Roach.

• Park pavilion: During study session, the Board discussed replacing
Pavilion No. 5 in City Park. It was damaged by the June 21 storm.

City Engineer Clint Brown gave a broad estimate of $42,000-$48,000
to restore the building to basically its current size. The building would be an
upgrade because it would be steel instead of wood, which would make it stronger
and have lower maintenance.

A second plan would be to enlarge the 20×30 floor plan to 26×36
feet. Capacity would increase from 50 to 70. The cost for this would be

A third option would be to double the current capacity to 100 at a
cost of $70,000-$75,000.

Roach said this was an opportunity to build a bigger and better
pavilion, perhaps one with an adjoining rest room. If the City goes this route,
it will need to hire an architect.

The City will be reimbursed about $20,000 for the shelter that was
destroyed. Some civic organizations have expressed interest in donating toward
a better shelter. By bundling the insurance money, donations from civic
organizations, and possibly a grant such as one that was received for Brookside
Park, the City could build a better shelter with rest rooms for little
out-of-pocket expense.

Parks and Recreation Director Shane Anderson was asked about the
opinion of the Parks Board. He said the Board wants to have its pavilion back.

He added that the number one question he is asked when people are
reserving a pavilion is if it has a rest room or how close it is to one. He
said he would like to see every new pavilion that is built in the future
include a rest room.

City staff was given instructions to contact the civic
organizations to see how much money they wished to contribute and to report

• Tax rate: Larry Koenig told the Board that the city’s tax rate
would remain the same at .8594 per $100 assessed valuation. The city has grown,
so the number of assessments has increased, which will produce more tax

• Clean-Up, Fix-Up: The Board was updated on the City’s plan to
convert Clean-Up Fix-Up week from a one-week event to something residents can
schedule throughout the year.

Every resident will get one free special pickup per calendar year
per residence. Special pickups can be scheduled for Mondays, Tuesdays and
Thursdays. Reservations must be made by 3 p.m. the day before.

If residents want more than one pickup per year, they must pay for
them with a minimum of a $50 charge. This has not changed from current rules.

The plan will go into effect Jan. 1, 2020. The Board of Aldermen
will be asked to approve this plan at its next meeting Aug. 19.

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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