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City to auction off surplus vehicles

Do you need a 1999 Chevrolet Tahoe, a 1979 Ford tractor, a 1947 Schram air compressor or an old five-foot brush hog? These items and more will be auctioned off by the City of Jackson beginning at 9:30 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 29, at 412 Florence St., Jackson.

Fourteen items are listed to go on the auction block. They are no longer being used by the City or have been replaced. All items will be sold individually “as is, where is, with no warranty either expressed or implied.” All items must be paid for before leaving the premises by cash or approved check. The auction will be conducted by Chug’s Auction Service.

For a complete list, see the City’s Facebook page, or stop by the auction site to view the items.

The Mayor and Board of Aldermen authorized the auction at the Sept. 10 meeting.

In other action:

• Rezoning 204 N. Missouri St.: The Board held a public hearing on Delmar D. Welker’s request to rezone 304 N. Missouri St. from R-4 (general residential) to C-3 (central business) district. Welker was the only one to speak. Later, the Board approved his request. The property is expected to be sold to the County and be used as part of the property upon which the new Justice Center will be built.

• Gun sales special use permit: Applicant Brian Blankenship was the only one to speak at a public hearing on his request for a special use permit for gun sales as part of a retail business in a C-3 (central business) district at 105 E. Adams St., as submitted by Schooley Holdings Inc. The request was approved by the Board later in the meeting.

• Disposal of records: The Board approved including in the minutes the disposal of city records that have met their retention life and were properly destroyed according to state statutes.

• Public hearing notice publication policy: The Board approved a policy regarding publication of notices for public hearings. City administrators will be allowed to submit notices of public hearings to The Cash-Book Journal by its deadline of noon on Monday, even though the Board will not actually set the public hearing until it meets later that Monday evening. This will allow the notice to be published in that Wednesday’s issue of the newspaper, speeding up the process for applicants. If the Board should ever decide not to hold a public hearing, a notice of cancellation will be published in the following week’s issue of The Cash-Book Journal, which will still be published prior to the date of the hearing.

• Park Board: The Board approved the mayor’s appointment of Whitney Tate to the Park Board, filling an unexpired term ending in May 2019.

• Oil changes: The Board accepted the low bid of $25.99 per oil change submitted by Charlie’s Fast Lube of Jackson for oil changes on city fleet vehicles, which include 40 cars and 20 trucks.

• Christmas party: The Board set the annual City of Jackson employee appreciation Christmas party for 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Friday, Dec. 14, at the Jackson Civic Center.

• East Main St. / Oak Hill intersection: The City accepted the general warranty deed and a temporary construction easement deed from Darrell W. and Cheryl A. Rodenberry for the improvement of the East Main Street / Oak Hill Road intersection. This closed out the City’s purchase of one acre of real estate. The City will use fill material to level the southeast corner and square up the roadways where they meet at the intersection. They currently are skewed. Traffic lights will then replace the four-way stop signs.

• Crosswalks: The Board amended the Crosswalk Designated Schedule to reflect the new crosswalk on Route D next to the Middle School (at the recreation trail) and the removal of a crosswalk on Missouri Street at Jackson High School that is no longer needed because of the new drop-off traffic lane.

• Abandonment of East Jefferson Street: In study session, City Attorney Tom Ludwig presented a draft contract between the City of Jackson and Immaculate Conception Church and School to abandon a block of East Jefferson Street between the church and school. The Board gave a thumbs-up to the agreement. It will be brought before the Board for a formal vote Sept. 24.

• Prop D: The Board gave preliminary approval to a draft resolution that will inform city voters about Proposition D (a motor fuel tax increase). The resolution will be brought to the Board for final approval Sept. 24.

• New police station: George Harris, design-build project manager, updated the Board on the progress of selecting a design-builder for the new police station. Two firms have been selected and requests for proposals have been made. Selection of a firm to be the design-builder is expected to be made by Thanksgiving.

• City Park restroom: The Board received an update on the City Park restroom project. It was hoped that the new restroom facility would be open in time for the softball season (because it is near the softball fields), but delays from bad weather and site conditions have prevented that from happening. The restroom is expected to open within about two weeks. City engineers gave a final “punch list” to the contractor (listing things which still needed to be done) last week.

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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