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Cole County to discuss courthouse repairs

Commission to hold second night meeting

The Cole County Commission has scheduled another night meeting in a continued effort to get more public input on issues.

Among the topics to be discussed Monday is continued efforts to put together a bid for preservation, maintenance and repair work at the county courthouse.

In January, the county’s grand jury sent a report to commissioners saying the exterior of the courthouse needed to be tuckpointed to prevent infiltration of moisture.

This project at one time had been estimated to cost as much as $1 million.

The county’s capital improvements sales tax is where the money would come to pay for the work.

Commissioners have pointed out that other county building infrastructures also need to be addressed, not just the courthouse.

Also on Monday night’s agenda is a discussion of what has been done since February when the commission suspended a county rule for 60 days allowing the county to bill landowners for false alarms involving ambulances.

The suspension only applied to the Jefferson City Housing Authority.

The action came after commissioners in January voted to be more proactive in enforcing the rule after they were told more than 51 percent of the 842 ambulance calls made to Dulle Towers from May 2010 through January were false alarms.

Housing Authority officials asked for the suspension to determine what could be done to improve the situation.

There is also a closed session on Monday night’s agenda for personnel matters.

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