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Public hearing set on city’s CDBG application for North Industrial Park

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A public hearing has been set for 6 p.m. Monday, Dec. 18, at Jackson City Hall to discuss the City’s submission for an application for the Fiscal Year 2023 Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) Program for public infrastructure improvements in the Jackson North Industrial Park. The public hearing was set during the Dec. 4 meeting of the Jackson Mayor and Board of Aldermen.

In other action

• Civic Center security cameras: The aldermen accepted the bid of $26,745.31 from Freedom Security, LLC, of Ste. Genevieve, to provide security cameras at the Jackson Civic Center, and a contract was authorized.

• Water line: The aldermen accepted the dedication of water line easement deeds from Charles and Brenda Ross, trustees of the Ross Real Estate Revocable Trust 2014, u/t/a dated Aug. 27, 2014, relative to the Water System Facility Plan Implementation Project – Phase 2, Project 2E.

• Eagle View Subdivision: The preliminary plat of Eagle View Subdivision, submitted by Robert and Belinda Phil-lips, was approved.

• Soccer Park: A $7,900 task order to Koehler Engineering & Land Surveying, Inc., of Cape Girardeau, was authorized for providing design phase engineering services under the Industrial Drive Roadway Improvement Project in the Soccer Park.

• Sanitary sewer lining: A bid of $192,508 was accepted from SAK Construction, LLC, of O’Fallon, for work on the 2023 Annual Sanitary Sewer Lining Program. A contract was authorized.

• SEMO Redi: During study session, the aldermen heard an annual report from Shad Burner, a management consultant who currently runs SEMO Redi, about his organization which works to bring economic development to the area (formerly Cape Girardeau Area MAGNET).

“One of the biggest things, as I came on as a management consultant that we wanted to do, was expand the number of folks who were around the table,” Burner said. They wanted more input from businesses and organizations that affect economic development. Two levels of partners were developed. One level contributes at least $250,000 annually. Another group contributes at least $10,000 annually.

“Collectively, we are a little over a half a million for our annual budget, which is a significant improvement over where we were in the past,” Burner said. It’s not just the additional money that excites Burner—it’s having the additional voices around the table talking about economic development for this region, he added.

• Aerial photography: The county assessor is requesting that the City of Jackson participate in the cost of updated aerial photography. Both Jackson and Cape participated the last time in 2021. City staff is evaluating the proposal. If it is the best option, the proposal will be brought to the aldermen for approval at a future meeting.

• Pavilion bids: Two bids were received for construction of a park pavilion at the Civic Center. A recommendation will be made Dec. 18.

• Stockpiled brush: The aldermen discussed the removal of additional stockpiled brush from where it is stored in the Jackson North Industrial Park.

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 cashbook@mvp.net.

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