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The Carthage Press
  • Moving the Sheriff to Carthage Square

  • Moving the Jasper County Sheriff's Office from its current headquarters on County Road 180 to the Carthage Square will cost county taxpayers another $650,000 over the next year.
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  • Moving the Jasper County Sheriff's Office from its current headquarters on County Road 180 to the Carthage Square will cost county taxpayers another $650,000 over the next year.
    Jasper County elected officials held a meeting on Thursday to discuss the details of plans to renovate the former Bank of America building, at Third and Main streets on the northwest corner of the Carthage Square, so it can be used as the Sheriff's headquarters.
    The Jasper County Commissioners on Tuesday accepted a bid from R.E. Smith Construction for $495,000 to rebuild the bank building, including adding a second floor over the former bank lobby that will be used as a training room and for future expansion, according to Jasper County Sheriff Randee Kaiser.
    In addition, the county will build a garage and storage building at the Jasper County Common Road District's property on north River Street between Central Avenue and Missouri Highway 96.
    County officials estimate that building will cost $150,000 although they hope the competitive bid process will bring that cost down considerably.
    Presiding Commissioner John Bartosh told the elected officials that building will include a 30-foot addition to replace the storage space lost when renovations to the bank building start.
    He also said the garage and sheriff's mechanic will be available to do light engine work, oil changes, brake work and other light maintenance, on county vehicles other than those assigned to the Sheriff.
    Eastern District County Commissioner Jim Honey said the changes will save the county $70,000 in rent, and more in utilities, each year.
    The county bought the building from Bank of America in 1999 for approximately $600,000, and rented the main floor back to the bank until it moved out in February 2011.
    Commissioners said a combination of county reserve funds and bank financing will be used to pay for the construction, but they haven't decided how much will be from bank financing and how much from county reserve funds.
    Jasper County's Law Enforcement Sales Tax Trust Fund, which receives the money from the quarter-cent sales tax for law enforcement, will be used to repay the county reserve fund and any bank financing.
    Jasper County Auditor Richard Webster said paying for the projects will cost the Law Enforcement Sales Tax Trust Fund between $225,000 and $260,000 a year for the next four years.

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