Jackson’s soccer fields No. 12 and 13 will receive more improvements, thanks to a donation valued at $68,000 from Jackson Area Organized Soccer Association (JAOSA).
The Jackson Mayor and Board of Aldermen accepted the donation form from JAOSA at their Nov. 20 meeting.
The donation includes all new soccer goals and chain link fencing.
In a related matter, the aldermen authorized a memorandum of understanding between the City and JAOSA that provides a payment of $110,000 in American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) funds from the City to JAOSA to improve Field 1 by rebuilding that field with a crowned playing surface and installing an irrigation system and Bermuda sod.
In other action
• Meeting date change: The regular meeting and study session of the Mayor and Board of Aldermen was moved from Monday, Jan. 15, 2024, to Tuesday, Jan. 16, 2024, at 6 p.m., in observance of the Martin Luther King, Jr. holiday.
• Water line: A $5,500 task order to Strickland Engineering was authorized for engineering services on the South Hope Street Water Line Relocation Project.
• Employee health insurance: The aldermen authorized a contract with Auxient and Roundstone Management, Ltd. to provide services under the 2024 Employee Medical and Dental Insurance Plans. A contract was authorized with Standard Insurance Company of Portland, OR, for providing services under the 2024 Employee Vision and Life Insurance Benefit Plans.
• Banking of city funds: The aldermen approved a text amendment to Chapter 3 (Administration) of the Code of Ordinances, relative to banking of city funds. This allows the city and a banking institution to make an agreement for three years relative to the banking of city funds; and at the conclusion of three years, to opt to renew for an additional three years upon agreed negotiations.
It is expected that this change will cut down on the amount of times the city has to switchbanks, eliminating a lot of extra effort and paperwork that is required when switching banks.
• Wastewater treatment: The aldermen accepted a quote and authorized the purchase of a replacement gearbox from Purvis Industries of Jackson in the amount of $8,906 for use in the wastewater treatment plant.
The item is part of the operation of the screw pumps that handle sewage coming into the plant.
• Jackson North Industrial Park: The aldermen accepted a proposal from and authorized a contract with the Southeast Missouri Regional Planning and Economic Development Commission of Perryville in the amount of $38,000 to provide grant writing and administrative services under the Community Development Block Grant Program at the Jackson North Industrial Park Subdivision, contingent upon the award of the grant and commitment of all project funds.
• Veterans Day parade: Alderman David Hitt reported that more veterans turned out to ride a float in the Jackson Veterans Day parade than there was room for them on the float. Next year, there will be two floats.
• Hockey rink: A request was made by a resident to provide a street hockey rink in City Park near the skate park. This would involve laying a slab of concrete at least 145 by 65 feet, and installing some side boards and netting. Currently, children are playing on public streets. There are 30-40 who show up and take turns forming teams of 5-7 to play. The rink could be used year-round and its possible that it could bring some revenue into the city.
Aldermen Paul Sander and Joe Bob Baker liked the idea. Mayor Dwain Hahs said the idea will be sent to the Park Board for its consideration.
• Study session: During study session, the aldermen received reports of the Nov. 8 Planning and Zoning Commission meeting and the Nov. 13 Park Board meeting. They discussed a proposed text amendment to the code of ordinances involving zoning for tow companies and salvage yards.
They also discussed the bid for the sanitary sewer lining program. The bid came in way over budget, so it was proposed to use funds from this year’s budget and next year’s budget to get the work completed this year.