On April 12, the Barry County Board for the Developmentally Disabled tabled a $40,159 grant request presented by Mica Plummer, of the Monett Area Extended Employment Workshop.
"We would like to concrete in the north side of our building next to the railroad tracks," said Plummer. "When the front was paved, crews told us that they would make a drainage in the back so that the water would drain out, but they just made it worse. Now it is like a pool.
"After a few days of rain it becomes a mud hole, and it stays a mud hole for a week. We have 50 people loading and unloading in that muddy mess."
Plummer presented a bid from Vaughn's in Monett. According to the bid, crews will place three to four inches of rock and six inches of concrete in a 8,290-square-foot area on the back side of the Workshop facility.
"They said that they would reinforce the concrete, and then make saw cuts in the concrete so that if it gives it will give at the cut instead of cracking out," said Plummer. "They said that asphalt would not work in the area because of the big semi trucks that go through there. We have 15 to 20 trucks go through each day."
Vaughn's will create a natural drainage gutter in the center of the concrete. The gutter will allow water to drain out of the parking lot and away from the building.
"They will also place a handicap ramp at the back door," said Plummer. "This project will really help with the employees loading and unloading at the back of the building where they enter. It will also help on the wear and tear of our vehicles, because we get huge pot holes in that area, which we have tried to repair, but the repairs only last a few months."
Plummer estimated that around 65 percent of the employees who work at the Workshop are from Barry County and 35 percent are from Lawrence County.
All of the board members agreed that it was a necessary expense but expressed concerns over funding the entire project with Barry County tax dollars.
The board voted to send Jim LeCompte, board chairman, and Marvin Phipps, board vice chairman, to visit the Lawrence County Board for the Developmentally Disabled to discuss the issue and call a special meeting sometime in the next few weeks to make a final decision on the issue.
The board also approved a $37,382.41 grant request from Arc of the Ozarks. The grant will be used to purchase three chairs, three wooden outdoor swings and a mechanical chair scale. The grant will also fund transportation expenses for a special bus route, employment services expenses and social outing expenses for trips to the Cassville Aquatic Center and Cassville Bowl.
In other business, the Barry County Board for the Developmentally Disabled:
* Welcomed new board member Pat Jines, who was appointed by the Barry County Commission in February. Her term will expire on Dec. 21, 2012.
* Accepted the resignation of board member Lindy Lombard. After taking on new responsibilities with the Wheaton R-III School District's athletic program, Lombard has decided he is unable to dedicate necessary time to the board.
* Set the next board meeting, which will be held in the Barry County Courthouse in Cassville at 1 p.m. on Aug. 10. The meeting will include the board's annual tax hearing.