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Police station construction still behind schedule

The construction of Jackson’s new police station is still
running behind schedule, the Jackson Mayor and Board of Aldermen learned during
a study session Sept. 4.

Earlier this year, it was reported that work was about 21
days behind schedule because of bad weather. Work is still behind schedule, but
it is expected that in the coming weeks and months, time will be made up and
the project will finish on time.

The project is scheduled to be completed early next summer.

In other action

• Retail and market analysis: Jen Berti, vice president of
the Jackson Area Chamber of Commerce, gave a report about new developments in
retail growth in Jackson. For details on her report, see the mayor’s column on
page 5A.

• UJRO Board appointment: The Board of Aldermen approved the
mayor’s appointment of Alderman Paul Sander as an ex-officio member of the
Uptown Jackson Revitalization Organization’s Board of Directors.

• Historic Preservation Commission: The Board approved an
ordinance that allows the appointment of alternate members to the Historic
Preservation Commission.

Estelee Wood was appointed by the mayor and approved by the
Board of Aldermen as an alternate member, with her term ending in 2022.

• Grant application: The Board passed a resolution in
support of a grant application to the Department of Natural Resources for the
Historical Architectural Survey Project.

• City Hall Painting: The Board accepted the bid of $22,000
from Robert Boitnott Painting of Cape Girardeau to paint the exterior of City
Hall, and approved a bill entering into contract with the firm.

• Employee appreciation: The Board set the annual city
employee appreciation Christmas luncheon for 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Friday, Dec. 13,
at the Jackson Civic Center.

• Cemetery storage building: The Board approved a change
order in the amount of $11,099 to Zoellner Construction Co., Inc., of Perryville
relative to the Russell Heights Cemetery Storage Building project.

• Asphalt Rehabilitation Project: The Board accepted the
$186,201.05 bid of Jokerst, Inc., of Ste. Genevieve for the 2019 Asphalt
Rehabilitation Project and authorized a contractural agreement with the firm.

• Crosswalk: A crosswalk on South Hope Street was deleted
from the Crosswalks Designated Schedule.

• Liquor licenses: In study session, the Board discussed a
process to streamline liquor license requests. An ordinance outlining the change will be brought back to the Board for approval.

• Employee survey: J. J. Wiseman, the City’s human resources
director, presented a report on the 2019 employee wage, salary and benefits
survey-proposal and contract. He said the turnover rate among City employees is
10 percent, and that is a healthy rate.

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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