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County Commission approves SoutheastHEALTH bonds

The Cape Girardeau County Commission met Aug. 7. SoutheastHEALTH was approved to refinance bonds of the Industrial Development Authority for renovation projects not exceeding $95 million. The bonds will be sold through Morgan Stanley agents. Paul Koeper, first district commissioner, confirmed the county would not be held responsible for these bonds. 

SoutheastHEALTH Chief Financial Officer Steve Haas spoke to the commission about the upcoming renovation projects the company is planning. The company plans to move its psychiatric center to Dexter, Mo, and will then use that space to expand the cardio service unit. SoutheastHEALTH also plans to expand the primary care center in Jackson and the center on Mount Auburn Road in Cape Girardeau.

In other business:

• Clark and Sons Excavating from Cape Girardeau was awarded a bid for grading improvements on County Road 253 for $87,600.50. There were three other bids.

• Vandevanter Engineering from Fenton was awarded a bid totaling $8,936 for a sewage lift station for the South Park Levi’s Adventure Playground. This was the only bid and is contingent on approval from the grant administration from the Missouri Department of Natural Resources Land & Water Conservation.

Jay Forness covers education, county government and community events for The Cash-Book Journal. He graduated from Southeast Missouri State University with a degree in multimedia journalism and has lived in Jackson for the past five years. He can be reached at

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