The lobby of the former Bank of America Building on the northwest corner of the Carthage Square has been changed completely in preparation for the building's new role as the Jasper County Sheriff's Office.
Jasper County Sheriff Randee Kaiser reported that builders might be a little ahead of schedule with the nearly $500,000 project to repurpose the former bank.
Kaiser said he expected to prepare a final “punch list” of last minute items that need to be fixed before the contractor receives final payment.
The former bank lobby has been replaced with a corridor and offices on both sides. On the south side of the old lobby, a mezzanine level has been added with space for a training room above the offices.
Kaiser said he expects to move the sheriff's offices from their current location, on County Road 180 between Carthage and Joplin, to the new headquarters, by Dec 2.
R.E. Smith Construction, Joplin, is the contractor making the $495,000 in renovations to the building.
County officials anticipate saving $70,000 a year in rent and utilities by moving the Sheriff's Headquarters back into Carthage into a building the county purchased in 1999 at a cost of $600,000.
Kaiser also reported that a final punch list of repairs to the Jasper County Detention Center is still awaiting completion after more than two months.
He said the list is not long, but it needs to be completed before the contractor receives final payment on the project.
Kaiser said the engineer working with the county on the jail repair will contact the contractor and discuss completing the project.
Cornerstone Detention Products, out of Alabama, is the contractor on the nearly $800,000 project to repair doors, locks, controls and replace the building's entire security system.
In other business, the county agreed to turn over to the Greene County Office of Emergency Management a $21,000 video conferencing system that was purchased for the county by the Southwest Missouri Regional Homeland Security Oversite Committee.
Jasper County Emergency Management Director Keith Stammer said the system was originally purchased for the county a few years back, but it hasn't been used in some time and Stammer said the emergency management system for which it was purchased is being phased out.
He said Greene County can use the video cameras and computer system, whereas the system won't be used at all here.