The City Council
Public Safety Committee is scheduled to meet this
evening at 6:30 p.m. in the Carthage Fire
Department. Items on the agenda include the
discussion of a possible Fire Department
The possibility of
adding a sub-station for the Fire Department has
been discussed for a number of years. According
to Fire Chief John Cooper, due to the southern
growth of the City a substation is needed to
shorten response time and allow for better
coverage. The recent construction of
McCune-Brooks Hospital in a southern location, as
well as the current construction of the new
Carthage High School contribute to this need.
previously said that when a City has 30%
under-coverage a substation should be considered,
adding that Carthage has been at that level since
During the recent
budget hearings, Fire Chief John Cooper told the
committee of a .9 acre plot of City-owned
property in Myers Park, on the southern side of
Carthage, on which a 2-bay metal substation with
living quarters could be built. Cooper included
in his budget the first payment for having the
building built, $30,000. The committee did not
cut this item from the budget, and requested that
Cooper discuss further details of the proposal
with the Public Safety Committee.
mentioned by the Budget committee was to build a
substation with more than 2 bays to allow better
coverage for future growth.
Committee is also scheduled to discuss street
closure requests for Relay for Life and Kids
Fishing Day as well as updates on new hirings at
the Police Department.
TIP: REPAIRING DAMAGE TO HISTORIC PROPERTIES
from the Missouri
have caused significant damage to homes and
businesses. Those trying to repair damage to
historic properties may face additional
challenges, but by taking a few special measures,
many of these properties can be saved.
Before entering a
storm-damaged building, be sure that it has been
deemed safe to enter. Then take a few immediate
steps to stabilize the structure:
gas, electricity and water are shut off.
licensed engineer or preservation architect about
the structural stability of the building and
and ceilings for any misalignment from the
secure broken boards with plywood.
and window openings with appropriate coverings.
broken historic elements for future repair or
protective roof coverings.
repairing a historic structure, repair rather
than replace by retaining original features
whenever possible. If replacement is necessary,
replace with similar features using items that
match the original. If matching replacements is
impossible because originals are no longer
available or are too expensive, retain the
historic character by reproducing the salient
visual characteristics of the original. When
possible, return to the original by replacing
previously missing parts and removing
Department of Natural Resources has additional
resources available to help guide tornado cleanup
efforts available on its Web site at