Presiding commissioner provides updates at Kiwanis meeting

Emily O'Leary/Fulton Sun Presiding commissioner Gary Jungermann addresses the Fulton Kiwanis Club. Jungermann provided updates about what is happening in Callaway County.

Presiding Callaway County commissioner Gary Jungermann gave county-wide updates at the Fulton Kiwanis Club meeting Thursday.

Jungermann said after meeting with school superintendents, they are looking to set up a tele-doc service.

"I'm looking at something more locally where we could potentially put a nurse practitioner in our health department and then utilize the schools as some assistance to that, and offer up some type of telemedicine," Jungermann said.

The University of Missouri Extension office will be moved back to the old courthouse, Jungermann said. The current extension office building will then be used for expanding the health department.

Jungermann said the first part of the I-70 expansion will be between Kingdom City and Columbia.

"Included in that three-lane expansion is an overpass in Kingdom City and also a different overpass over at 70-63 interchange," Jungermann said.

According to Jungermann, Callaway County's assessed valuation going into 2024 is $1.03 billion.

Sinclair Research, which was recently bought out by Alta Sciences, is conducting a $30 million expansion at their Callaway County facility, Jungermann said.

Ameren announced the installation of a 250-megawatt solar farm, Jungermann said, adding Ameren is seeking permission to build a small modular reactor as well.

The county has frozen the use of American Rescue Plan Act funding and will start looking to spend again next spring. According to Jungermann, there is about $2 million left from the $8.6 million the county received, and the funds must be used by the end of 2024.

"We're going to figure out where we're at, what we need to do," Jungermann said.

Jungermann also announced this will be his last term as presiding commissioner.

"It's time for someone else to take control," Jungermann said.