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Curtis Poore appointed to be new city attorney

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Curtis O. Poore of The Limbaugh Firm in Cape Girardeau has been appointed as the new city attorney for the City of Jackson. He replaces Tom Ludwig, who is retiring. Poore will assume the new position Jan. 1, 2022.

The Jackson Mayor and Board of Aldermen approved the appointment Dec. 6.

The Board of Aldermen also accepted the proposal from The Limbaugh Firm to provide professional services for the position of city attorney.

In other action

• Meeting date change: The Board changed the date of the Jan. 17, 2022, Board of Aldermen meeting to Tuesday, Jan. 18, in observance of Martin Lut-her King, Jr. Day.

• Water system: Change order No. 5 to Jokerst, Inc., of Ste. Genevieve was approved. This was for work on the Water System Facility Plan Implementation Project Phase 2, Project 2B. The dates for completion of the project were moved because of supply chain issues regarding equipment needed for well house No. 6. There is no change in the cost.

• Electric line: The Board agreed to pay Allen & Ho-shall of Memphis, TN, $45,000 for engineering services for the Wedekind 73 Electric Transmission Pole Replacement Project.

• Retail development: The Board authorized a contract with the Jackson Area Chamber of Commerce to continue the position of director of retail development, which is held by Jen Berti.

• Utility pole use: The Board authorized a contract with E. Ritter Communications Holdings, LLC, of Marked Tree, AR, allowing the company to attach cables to city utility poles.

• Hubble Ford: The Board approved a $39,500 task order to Smith & Company Engineers of Poplar Bluff for work on the Hubble Ford Low Water Crossing replacement Program.

• Concrete improvement: A change order in the amount of $22,224.53 to Putz Construction, LLC, of Millers-ville was approved for the company’s work on the 2021 Concrete Pavement Improvement Program.

This change order includes the additional quantities required for the full-depth patches added to the project on Lee Avenue and Shawnee Boulevard as well as the over-dig required on Shaw-nee Boulevard to address the unsuitable subgrade.

• Sewer lining: The contract with Insituform Technologies USA, LLC, of Chesterfield for work on the 2021 Annual Sewer Lining Program was reduced by $5,200. This change order addressed two changes that occurred during the project.

• Civic Center sign: A change order in the amount of $435 to Coast to Coast Signs, LLC of Scott City was approved. This was for the new Jackson Civic Center directional and informational sign.

This change order updates the location of the proposed sign to the south right-of-way of East Deerwood Drive and includes the cost of the no-rise floodway certification required for the new location.

 • Traffic ordinance changes: City ordinances were updated to reflect new traffic regulations, including the speed limit changes at the diverging diamond interchange, the removal of flashing signals at Highway 61 and Old Cape Road East, and East Main Street and Hwy. 61 (the roundabout), and the addition of one-way traffic inside the roundabout.

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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