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Prairie City seeking supervisors approval for annexation plans

Published: Monday, Feb. 10, 2014 1:19 p.m. CDT • Updated: Monday, Feb. 10, 2014 1:22 p.m. CDT

While it’s not quite the Louisiana Purchase, an item at Tuesday’s Jasper County Board of Supervisors meeting could change how Prairie City looks on the map.

Jasper County Economic Development Corporation Executive Director Chaz Allen and Chad Allegar, who serves as the mayor of Prairie City and the president of the Prairie City Economic Development Corporation, will present an application for annexation.

The parties are seeking to annex a triangular piece of land, on the western edge of Prairie City, jointly owned by JEDCO and PCEDC to the City of Prairie City.

Prairie City is also seeking permission from the board to annex city owned land just north of the city limits to become part of the City of Prairie City itself.

County Engineer Russ Stutt will be presenting two measures to the board for approval. His first request is to accept the low bid from Brooklyn-based Manatt’s, Inc., for a repaving project on county blacktop T38 north of Lynnville.

Mannatt’s bid $3,327,070.56 for the project.

Stutt’s second request is for the purchase of two new pickup trucks for the Secondary Roads Department.  Bids were sent to various dealers across the state and ranged from $25,000 to more than $35,000 for each truck.

Count Sanitarian Kevin Luetters will present David and Nathan Jessen’s application for a hog confinement expansion in the Richland Township to the board. The expansion will make the operation capable of handling 1,920 animals and 4,800 finishing swine.

Luetters is suggesting to the board that public comment period begin Tuesday and end on Feb. 24. Comments may be made in person from 7 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at the Jasper County Environmental Health Office located at 115 N. Second Ave. E. in Newton.

Written comments may also be mailed to the office.

In other business:

• Jasper County Recorder Nancy Parrott will present two measures to the board. The first is a citizen’s request for a refund from the county portion of the escrowed transfer tax. Doris Byers is seeking $75.77 from the county.

• Parrott will also submit her office’s monthly report for approval. Her office collected $12,880.79 in January.

• Jasper County Human Resources Director Dennis Simon will present the hiring resolution for both a part-time and full-time jailors at the Jasper County Sheriff’s Office.

• Jasper County Treasurer Doug Bishop will submit a transfer order to the board.  If approved, transfer order 1321 would move $44,832.43 into accounts supporting Mariposa Park, the Chichaqua Bike Trail and nuisance/zoning funds.

Staff writer Ty Rushing may be contacted at (641) 792-3121, ext. 426, or at trushing@newtondailynews.com.