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Examiner
  • Courthouse Annex exterior set for touchup

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  • The Jackson County Courthouse Annex on Kansas Avenue in Independence will get some maintenance work in the coming months.
    The County Legislature on Tuesday approved a $325,376 contract with Performance Contracting of Grandview for tuckpointing, brick repair and related work. The company had the lowest of three bids.
    The contractor will need good weather for the work and might not get going until spring.
    The building dates to 1948, and an addition in 1972. This maintenance work is not related to a long-term restoration of the building that county officials have been planning for some time. County Executive Mike Sanders has talked of wanting to make renovations to get at least another 20 years out of the building.
    The vote to approve the contract was 7-1. Legislator Bob Spence, R-Lee’s Summit, voted no, and James Tindall, D-Kansas City, was absent.
    Half of the money for the work is out of the county’s general fund, and half is out of the county’s anti-drug sales tax. Spence objected to using anti-drug funds.
    Chief Operations Officer Shelley Kneuvean indicated that the issue had been cleared by the county counselor’s office.
    “Well, I thank you for your comments,” Spence said, “but I certainly can’t buy off on it.”
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