The Salem News, October 16, 2018, by Erin Harrell
Following the Thursday commission meeting a ground-breaking ceremony was held on the project lot at the corner of Iron and Water Streets for the County Jail Project. Project managers from Septagon, the architect firm Shive-Hattery that designed the jail and the commission were present for the event. The construction team hired for the project, Prost Builders of Jefferson City, estimated a 14-month construction period, slating the completed jail for Dec. 2019. From January, the jail tax for the county has raised nearly $1.5 million for the project in 2018.
“We had a great ground-breaking and a good crowd,” said Presiding Commissioner Darrell Skiles. “We appreciate everyone who showed up. It was just a good event and we appreciate members of the previous jail committee being there. The construction team was wanting to get going with this, they were just chomping at the bit and as I understand we are going to see ground moving today.”
Skiles also stated that in the beginning of next year parking will become sparse in the area of the jail project due to the use of the parking lot on Iron Street by the construction team. Skiles reminded those in attendance of the Bank of Salem parking lot, the lot behind the City Administration building and the lot on the east side of the annex. Skiles stated that the crews would hold up on closing the parking lot as long as possible.
At the Monday commission meeting First District Commission Dennis Purcell reported that his district received around one inch of rain and that crews would be working on cleaning out culverts following the weather. Grading and the hauling of material would take place on county road 6130 and brush cutting would also take place on 5130. Purcell also reported that he would attend a Tourism Board meeting Monday and a South-Central Community Action Agency meeting Tuesday.
Second District Commission Gary Larson reported that crews would be cutting brush on 3290 and stockpiling white rock from the quarry. Two of the graders would also have large maintenance work performed on them while rain is forecasted in the area.
Skiles reported that during the Transportation Advisory Committee the main topic of discussion was proposition D on the upcoming Nov. 6 ballot. It is estimated to generate $288 million for the state and $432,000 in revenue for Dent County alone. Skiles also reported that the annual dinner for MRPC is to be held Oct. 25 in Hermann with an RSVP deadline already passed.
County Clerk Angie Curley reported that the road and bridge budget would need to be amended reflecting new incoming revenues. A public hearing for this amendment process was scheduled for Oct. 29 and a tentative budget will be available Tuesday. Curley also spoke about a mailed announcement from the republican party that she received reminding her to absentee vote. Curley showed that the announcement had the wrong final dates for absentee voting stated. The last day to absentee vote is Nov. 3.
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