County commissioners approved motions dealing with business of several county departments at its meeting Thursday along with a pay raise and promotion for an assistant county prosecuting attorney and release of funds for an all-accessible playground.
Commissioners first approved seeking bids for a used four-wheel-drive vehicle used for transporting shackled county juvenile center detainees to replace two vehicles that have become unreliable. The funds for the new vehicle will come from the juvenile division's budget.
Also approved was disbursement of $59,455.35 of a Missouri Department of Natural Resources grant to Melaina's Magical Playland for construction costs of an all-accessible playground at Cape County Park North.
The website for Melaina's Magical Playland says it will be the only playground that accommodates children and adults with special needs for almost 100 miles. It will have activities for all ages and ability levels, including flat, rubber safety surfacing, swings with extra back and arm support, ramps to allow access to higher elements of the play structure and handicapped-accessible restrooms and parking.
The estimated cost of the project is $750,000, which is still being raised by a board that is overseeing building of the playground.
At the request of Cape Girardeau County Prosecuting Attorney Morley Swingle, commissioners approved a pay raise for Cape Girardeau County assistant prosecuting attorney Julia M. Koester. According to a letter from Swingle to commissioners, Koester completed trying her 20th jury trial Feb. 10, which is required for the raise, along with trying 200 bench trials or preliminary hearings, drafting 15 search warrants and handling at least 10 suppression hearings.
In other action, commissioners:
* Approved a motion to allow use of the Jackson courthouse square and lawn for the annual Jackson Homecomers celebration, set for July 24 through 28.
* Approved a motion to fund a burial for an indigent resident of Cape Girardeau County at a cost of $600.
* Approved a motion to initiate programming with the Missouri Department of Transportation for a bridge removal and replacement on County Road 227.
* Approved a motion to enter into a closed session regarding real estate. No information was released from the closed session.
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