One hundred thousand dollars worth of improvements for the Jasper County Courthouse is included in appropriations for the U. S. Interior Department, according to a news release from Seventh District Congressman Roy Blunt.
The amount go will part of the way toward paying for $400,000 worth of upgrades the Carthage building will need, Blunt said. "Commissioners have found most of the wiring is cloth-covered and dangerous. The building’s antiquated boiler needs replacement with modern heating and air conditioning. The exterior of the structure needs tuckpointing, waterproofing, and sidewalk and step repairs.":
According to the news release, county commissioners will need to apply for the federal funding and when they receive it, they will be the ones who will determine how the money is used.
A news release issued by U. S. Senator Jim Talent says he is the one who secured the $100,000 (there's apparently plenty of credit to go around). The following is excerpted from the release:
"These funds will preserve one of the most historically significant buildings in Carthage," said Sen. Talent. "The Jasper County Courthouse is in dyer need of restoration. These funds will be used to restore the architectural integrity of the structure as well as help restore it for future generations."
"This funding addressed a very important safety issue," said Chuck Surface, Presiding Commissioner of Jasper County. "I want to thank Sen. Talent for securing this money for the court house. It’s a treasure in the community and is on the National Register for being a historically significant structure."