Carl Junction pavilion project put on hold due to prevailing wag - KOAM TV 7

Carl Junction pavilion project put on hold due to prevailing wages


What began as a community donation project has now turned into a legal matter. The community of Carl Junction hoped to donate a pavilion in one of its parks by the end of the month, but now the project is at a standstill.

The opinion from the Division of Labor came as a shock to many in the community. Many people still have questions to why a donated item to the city has to be a prevailing wage. But while many are stressing over the issue...officials say it will ultimately bring the community closer together.

"Carl Junction has always been known for volunteerism. Whether it's somebody with cancer, or a devastating disease, or...we've always stepped up." says city mayor, Mike Moss.

The pavilion project for memorial park was halted a month ago, when Steve Daniels - a member of the Board of Aldermen - questioned whether it met the prevailing wage law. The division of labor standards looked into the project plans...and agree with the law due to the construction of public works on behalf of the city.

Chamber of Commerce president, Gary Stubblefield says "it may just be a matter of having to pass the hat, raise more money, and pay the prevailing wage, but that's unfortunate as it is because that's just raising the cost of the project."

The project was to be paid for with funds raised by the Carl Junction Cultivator's Club and the Chamber of Commerce's Community Betterment fund...it was set to be unveiled at the town's bluegrass festival on September 28th.

Officials say they don't want this issue to bring down the morale of the community.

"Small communities like ours, the only way we get things done is by pulling together, pulling our resources, and that's the way it is in a lot of small communities." Stubblefield says.

"The greater public has heard this is an issue and it's tugged on a lot of people's hearts, and I think they will jump up to the bandwagon or jump up and pay this prevailing wage." Moss says.

We reached out to Daniels multiple times...our calls were not returned.

The pavilion topic is set to brought up later on in the week at the ext board of aldermen meeting. That meeting will take place at 7 o'clock, Thursday night.

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