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The Carthage Press
  • County approves cleaning bid, opens bridge bid

  • A Webb City company was awarded the contract to clean the Jasper County Courts Building in Joplin and the Jasper County Annex in Carthage.
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  • A Webb City company was awarded the contract to clean the Jasper County Courts Building in Joplin and the Jasper County Annex in Carthage.
    Living Green Inc., Webb City, was the low bidder among the six companies that submitted offers last week at $3,345 per month.
    Western District Commissioner Darieus Adams said the county has used contract cleaners since the retirement of the employees that used to work in the buildings full time.
    Adams said the $40,000 the county spends with a contractor replaces the salaries, benefits and supplies the county used to buy when the work was done in house and has saved the county money over the years.
    In other business, only one company bid to replace a bridge on County Road 48 over Deer Creek north of Avilla and south of Base Line Road.
    Commissioners opened bids Tuesday after their regular meeting. Burk Bridge Co., Brookline, was the lone bidder with an offer of $586,222 to replace the bridge.
    The bid specifications call for a the concrete bridge to be 81 feet long and 24 feet wide. The project includes rip-rap on the creek bank and vegetation restoration.
    Commissioners took the bid under advisement and will consider it at a later meeting.
    In other business, the commissioners will not meet next Tuesday, April 8, because of the municipal election. The County Clerk's Office normally uses the Commission Office for counting ballots on election day.
    Eastern District Commissioner Jim Honey said the county will hold a pre-bid conference at the Jasper County Road Barn on River Street to discuss a project to expand one of the buildings at the County Commons Road district complex.
    Honey said plans are to extend one of the buildings on the west side of River Street by 75 feet to provide additional storage and work space.
    Bids on the project are due by April 15.
    Sheriff Randee Kaiser said work is nearing completion on a new radio tower being built by the county just south of Missouri Highway 96 and west of Avilla.
    The county moved the tower from the former Sheriff's headquarters near the old Atlas explosives plant west of Carthage to that location.
    Kaiser said the Missouri Department of Transportation and Missouri Department of Conservation were already using their antennas on that tower, and the Sheriff's Office antennas and repeaters were nearing completion.

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