The Boonville City Council Split on Location for Cancer Memorial

5 years 7 months 2 weeks ago Tuesday, March 05 2013 Mar 5, 2013 Tuesday, March 05, 2013 6:17:00 PM CST March 05, 2013 in News
By: Jiselle Mculligan
loading

BOONVILLE -The Central Missouri Cancer Memorial is an idea without a home.  Proponents want to build the 1000 square foot memorial in Boonville, but the city council can't make up its mind on a location. The Boonville City Council ended up deadlocked on a vote Tuesday evening to build the memorial on vacant area on the former Kemper Military School & College campus. Mayor Thacher was not present at the meeting to break the tie. Council member Kathleen Conway was one of the members who voted against its location.

"We don't want to put the park some where, and then there's a development coming in that really wanted that area to do something, but there's a park there. We do have other green spaces that perhaps aren't going to be a huge development area but lend itself to being a park," Conway said.

Kemper Military School went bankrupt in 2002, so the city of Boonville owns the 53-acre lot. Some windows of the buildings are boarded up with pieces of the roof missing. State Fair Community College uses some of its buildings for classrooms.

"I understand where the city is coming from. Also, we've had Kemper 10 years and very little has been done with it," Gregg said.

Charlie Melkersman and Dane Gregg are pushing for the Central Missouri Cancer Memorial, and said the foundation has been going on for more than two years and wants to set aside space for the memorial. Gregg said the undetermined location limits its fundraising efforts.

"The first word out of everybody's mouths was, 'where is it going to be?' It's like that with anyone who's investing their money. We can't move any farther until we know where it's going to be," Gregg said.

Charlie's wife, Sandy Melkersman, also attended the meeting. She was diagnosed with stage IV appendix cancer in 2009 and still getting treated. Melkersman said the Kemper campus fits the atmosphere for the cancer memorial.

"I think when someone goes to a cancer memorial park, they go there to honor or to mourn a loved one. You need a place for peaceful place of serenity and tranquilty which is why Kemper would be an ideal location. It has has all those qualities," Melkersman said.

Melkersman and Gregg said the council offered alternatives including the Harley Park, but they said the atmosphere doesn't fit the purpose of the memorial

"If we went to some of the other parks like Harley Park where they have the old wading pool. That's right there with all the shelter houses. That's right across from the ballfields and there are swings. To us, it'd be too loud," Gregg said.

The council asked the foundation to come up with two or three alternative locations for the memorial for the next council meeting. The council said the development of the Kemper campus won't be decided until all members inspect the buildings together to make a decision.

"The council thinks having that park is a good idea but the location is the part that we still have to figure out," Conway said.

Dane Gregg said the foundation has options to present to the council in the next meeting.

More News

Grid
List
COLUMBIA - The Missouri men’s basketball program suffered a crushing blow Sunday night when it was announced that sophomore power... More >>
1 hour ago Sunday, October 21 2018 Oct 21, 2018 Sunday, October 21, 2018 7:34:00 PM CDT October 21, 2018 in Sports
(CNN) - President Donald Trump announced Saturday that the US is pulling out of the landmark Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty... More >>
4 hours ago Sunday, October 21 2018 Oct 21, 2018 Sunday, October 21, 2018 4:20:00 PM CDT October 21, 2018 in News
(CNN) - The Washington Post says Saudi Arabia's announcement about the death of contributing columnist Jamal Khashoggi is not an... More >>
6 hours ago Sunday, October 21 2018 Oct 21, 2018 Sunday, October 21, 2018 2:28:00 PM CDT October 21, 2018 in News
COLE COUNTY - One man is dead after being ejected from his motorcycle during a crash Saturday night. Kin... More >>
11 hours ago Sunday, October 21 2018 Oct 21, 2018 Sunday, October 21, 2018 9:15:00 AM CDT October 21, 2018 in News
PECULIAR - Fourth generation dairy farmer Jay Fogle is one of many Missouri milk cow operators who are struggling to... More >>
12 hours ago Sunday, October 21 2018 Oct 21, 2018 Sunday, October 21, 2018 8:45:00 AM CDT October 21, 2018 in News
COLUMBIA - One person was killed in a crash late Saturday night on North Stadium Boulevard (State Route E) near... More >>
20 hours ago Sunday, October 21 2018 Oct 21, 2018 Sunday, October 21, 2018 12:47:00 AM CDT October 21, 2018 in News
HERMANN - One person was killed and several people were injured in a crash involving a trolley, according to the... More >>
20 hours ago Saturday, October 20 2018 Oct 20, 2018 Saturday, October 20, 2018 11:57:00 PM CDT October 20, 2018 in News
(CNN) -- President Donald Trump announced Saturday that the US is pulling out of the landmark Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty... More >>
1 day ago Saturday, October 20 2018 Oct 20, 2018 Saturday, October 20, 2018 5:11:00 PM CDT October 20, 2018 in News
COLUMBIA – Nineteen members of Missouri Task Force One returned to Boone County Fire Protection District headquarters Saturday morning after... More >>
1 day ago Saturday, October 20 2018 Oct 20, 2018 Saturday, October 20, 2018 3:16:00 PM CDT October 20, 2018 in News
SPRINGFIELD (AP) — A man has been criminally charged days after a woman's body was found near Fellows Lake at... More >>
1 day ago Saturday, October 20 2018 Oct 20, 2018 Saturday, October 20, 2018 1:58:08 PM CDT October 20, 2018 in News
SPRINGFIELD (AP) — A Springfield woman who killed her live-in boyfriend with a crowbar in 2017 has been sentenced to... More >>
1 day ago Saturday, October 20 2018 Oct 20, 2018 Saturday, October 20, 2018 1:48:36 PM CDT October 20, 2018 in News
ST. LOUIS (AP) — A restored St. Louis prairie of native grasses and flowers is in bloom, but the nature... More >>
1 day ago Saturday, October 20 2018 Oct 20, 2018 Saturday, October 20, 2018 8:50:24 AM CDT October 20, 2018 in News
COLUMBIA - Sen. Claire McCaskill spoke about health care in Columbia on Friday at Laborers Local 955, as part of... More >>
2 days ago Friday, October 19 2018 Oct 19, 2018 Friday, October 19, 2018 7:35:00 PM CDT October 19, 2018 in News
COLUMBIA - After realizing the underrepresentation of Hispanic business owners in mid-Missouri, three Hispanic professionals established a group of 12... More >>
2 days ago Friday, October 19 2018 Oct 19, 2018 Friday, October 19, 2018 5:49:00 PM CDT October 19, 2018 in News
COLUMBIA - This is the last week of the regular season and it's a cold one. Our game of... More >>
2 days ago Friday, October 19 2018 Oct 19, 2018 Friday, October 19, 2018 5:20:00 PM CDT October 19, 2018 in Friday Night Fever
COLUMBIA - Two Midwest companies issued separate food recalls this week for bacterial contamination concerns. Hy-Vee said its supplier,... More >>
2 days ago Friday, October 19 2018 Oct 19, 2018 Friday, October 19, 2018 4:53:00 PM CDT October 19, 2018 in News
CAMDEN (AP) — Toxicology tests show that a boater was drunk when he slammed into a bluff at Missouri's Lake... More >>
2 days ago Friday, October 19 2018 Oct 19, 2018 Friday, October 19, 2018 3:41:35 PM CDT October 19, 2018 in News
COLUMBIA - The Legion of Black Collegians and the FourFront Marginalized Student Council held a solidarity walk Friday to show... More >>
2 days ago Friday, October 19 2018 Oct 19, 2018 Friday, October 19, 2018 3:39:00 PM CDT October 19, 2018 in News
Columbia, MO
Broken Clouds 48°
9pm 49°
10pm 49°
11pm 48°
12am 47°