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Resident asks if city can be made more accessible

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Jackson resident Joe Brice came before the Mayor and Board of Aldermen March 6 to ask if certain improvements can be made to make the city more accessible and safer for handicapped and disabled persons. “I’m not here to complain,” he said. “I want to bring to your attention things I’ve seen through the years.” He brought packets of information with photos showing problem areas.

He suggested adding handicapped parking spaces in parts of town, eliminating a parking spot at one corner to make it easier to see when entering the street, cutting back bushes and adding lighting. “We’ll get back to you on some of these things,” Mayor Dwain Hahs said.

One thing Brice did not need to mention was to make the Civic Center doors handicapped accessible. Earlier in the meeting, the aldermen accepted a $1,821 quote from Shawnee Electric Contractors, Inc. of Cape Girardeau, and authorized a contract for work on assisted door openers at the Civic Center. They also accepted a $5,986 quote from Cape Paint & Glass, Inc., of Cape Girardeau, and authorized a contract for that company’s work on the project.

In a related issue, a handicap parking spot was added on Daisy Avenue near Dallas Street as requested by a church there. The aldermen approved an ordinance amending the “Handicapped Parking Designated Schedule.”

In other action

• Bond issue: the aldermen passed a resolution declaring the City’s intent to issue combined waterworks and sewerage system revenue bonds.

• Payment processing: The aldermen approved a City of Jackson merchant application with CSG Forte Payments, Inc., of Allen, TX, for payment processing services through a CivicPlus application, CivicGov.

• Preliminary plat: The aldermen approved a preliminary plat of Orchard Place Subdivision, as submitted by the Villas of West Park, LLC.

• SEMO Pets: A contract with SEMO Pets was authorized relative to services provided to the City of Jackson.

Jackson will pay SEMO Pets $33,662 to house animals brought there by the City of Jackson or Jackson residents in 2023.

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