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Public hearing to consider allowing more children to be at Jackson in-home daycares

Photo by Jay Forness

If you operate an in-home daycare in the City of Jackson, you are currently limited to no more than four children, unless you get special use permit. This is stipulated by Chapter 65 of the City’s Code of Ordinances.

Brian and Angela Powell are seeking to change the ordinance to allow six children to be at an in-home daycare (in a residential district) before a special use permit is required. This would make the city ordinance match state laws that limit the number of children that can be in an in-home daycare (six) before a license is required.

The Jackson Mayor and Board of Aldermen on March 21 set a public hearing for Monday, April 18, to receive community input on the Powells’ request for their text amendment to Chapter 65 (babysitting as a home occupation).

In other action

• In-home bakery: Only the applicant, Mandy Hatfield, spoke at a public hearing held to consider a special use permit for a bakery as a home occupation in an R-2 (single-family residential) district at 828 Eagle Dr., as submitted by Darrell and Mandy Hatfield.

Hatfield said she was requesting the special use permit so she could bake products at home while home schooling. No sales would be made out of the home; the products would be taken to their bakery in Oak Ridge.

The request was approved later in the meeting.

• Electricity: The Board of Aldermen approved five items relating to the City’s power plant and a new I-55 electrical substation.

The Board approved a $21,600 task order to BHMG Engineers, Inc., of Arnold, to perform EPA-required stack emission testing for Jack-son’s diesel generators at the power plant. The City is required to perform the stack test every three years and report the findings to the EPA which will issue our permits to operate these engines.

A $212,413 task order was approved to Blakely & Associates Consulting Engineers, Inc., of Chillicothe for engineering services provided for the Generator Controls Upgrade Project.

The aldermen accepted the bid and authorized payment of $150,700 for five 13 kV power circuit breakers and $35,700 for one 34.5 kV circuit breaker from ABB, Inc., of Belleville, IL, for the Electrical Substation Equipment Project.

A bid from KVA, Inc., of Greer, SC, in the amount of $218,557 was accepted and payment was authorized for purchase of a relay control house and associated equipment for the Electrical Substation Equipment Project.

A bid from Virginia Transformer Corp., of Roanoke, VA, for $878,998 was accepted and the purchase was authorized for a power transformer for the I-55 Electric Substation Equipment Project.

• Firefighters: The aldermen authorized an agreement with the Missouri Firefighters Critical Illness Pool to participate in the Cancer Award Program.

• Settlement: The aldermen authorized a mutual settlement agreement and release with MNT Industrial Underground, LLC, of Friedheim, regarding damage to a sewer pipe and forced main on Cortland Drive in Pioneer Subdivision. The City claimed the sewer line and forced main were damaged while MNT workers installed conduit for Charter. MNT denied all liability for the damage but agreed to pay $6,206.70 in exchange for the settlement and release.

• Civic Center sign: The aldermen agreed to a change order with Coast to Coast Signs of Scott City for work on the new Civic Center sign. The company was given a time extension to do the work.

• Brush disposal: Steve’s Hauling & Excavating, LLC, of Oak Ridge, was awarded the contract after its $24,800 bid was accepted to dispose of the City’s stockpiled brush.

• Mary Street low-water bridge: The aldermen accepted the dedication of general warranty and temporary construction deeds from Burna D. Walker for the West Mary Street Low-Water Crossing Replacement Pro-ject.

• Parking prohibited: The aldermen amended the “Parking Prohibited Schedule” – Schedule IX, by adding designations on Buckeye Pass, Byrd Creek Trail, Hubble Cove Drive and Pinedale Drive in Ramsey Branch Subdivision, Phase 2.

• Jackson in Bloom: UJRO Executive Director Janna Clifton requested street closures in Uptown Jackson for the Jackson in Bloom event, which will be from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, April 30.

• Dog park: During study session, Parks and Recreation Director Jason Lipe informed the aldermen that the Park Board is considering four different sites in which to build a dog park. They include the original site by the Civic Center, and three alternative sites in Brookside Park, City Park and on undeveloped property that the City owns on Ridge Road.

• Park concessions: Lipe also announced that Rockhill and Sons was the only bidder for park concessions and will provide concessions at Brookside, the Armory and Legion baseball fields and will pay the City 20 percent of the profits.

Gregory Dullum has worked for The Cash-Book Journal for more than 25 years. Prior to becoming the editor in May 2017, he was production manager, circulation manager and reporter. Before moving to Cape Girardeau in 1988, he was editor of the Saint Louis Park Sailor, a weekly community newspaper in suburban Minneapolis, MN. A native of Minnesota, he returned there after graduating with distinction in 1978 from Ambassador College in Pasadena, CA, with a degree in mass communications. His wife, Marie, whom he met in college, is a native of Zalma, a small town in southeast Missouri. They have two grown daughters and five grandchildren. Gregory may be reached at cashbook@mvp.net.

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