Callaway Chamber hosts March community update

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The Callaway Chamber of Commerce hosted a virtual community update on Tuesday, allowing local leaders to provide updates on projects around the county.

Ty Crain, Fulton Public Schools Superintendent, said all the spring sports and activities have begun in the district. He also said construction across the district continues.

Crain said the construction at the Fulton High School gymnasium is almost completed. Once the flooring is finished, it must sit for 28 days before it can be used.

In the summer, renovations are expected to begin on the north parking lot at FHS and the kindergarten center.

Sarah Wisdom, New Bloomfield Superintendent, said spring sports and activities have also begun in the district. Construction is continuing at the preschool and elementary school playgrounds.

She also spoke about a Reality Enrichment And Life Lessons (REALL) Simulation that was hosted at New Bloomfield High School last week. The simulation was facilitated by Central Missouri Community Action (CMCA).

"...really giving our kids some of those life skills and it's a great community event as well, so we were pleased with that," Wisdom said.

Kasi Lacey, vice president and dean of student life at Westminster College, said students are preparing for midterms. She added that Westminster's spring break is at the end of March. The semester will conclude on May 13.

Presiding Commissioner Gary Jungermann said things are looking good across the county. The construction of the new Callaway County Jail and the Justice Center should both be completed around the middle of April.

"We're just doing the normal stuff, battling the legislature a little bit. That's been kind of tough this year. There's been a lot of effort to streamline taxes and do away with a lot of different things...never ending battles right now," Jungermann said.

Callaway County Sheriff Clay Chism said the new Callaway County Jail is officially open.

He said staff has been there for about two weeks, and it took around 11 hours to move the inmates to the new facility.

"Sheriff's Office is busy as always," Chism said. "The patrol deputies and criminal investigators have handled just over 4,300 calls for service this year, and the jail we have already booked and processed 329 arrestees through the jail just this year."

Fulton Mayor Lower Cannell said the city's annual spring cleanup will be on April 15.

"That's a great program that we all look forward to," he said.

Construction is beginning on the 2nd Street bridge project, Cannell said. He said there will be disruptions in the area for the next two or three months.

Cannell said rates at the Tanglewood Golf Course have slightly increased recently.

"Basically that's the cost of doing business, so if you hear anything about that we did raise rates slightly," he said.

Renee Tyler, director of administration for Fulton, said a new officer was sworn-in last week with the Fulton Police Department.

A new grants analyst also started on Monday, Tyler said.

Security glass was installed in the lobby at City Hall yesterday, Tyler added.

Kingdom City City Manager Larry Doyle, Jr. said projects are continuing and a few projects are planned for the future. He said things are going well in Kingdom City.