Pettis County Commissioners Agree to Meet with Historical Society Concerning Equity Building
A public meeting concerning the fate of the historic Equity Building, located at 4th and Lamine, will be held Friday at 7 p.m., in the Pettis County Commissioners Chambers at the Pettis County Courthouse, 415 South Ohio.
The informational meeting was requested by members of the Pettis County Historical Society, and the Commissioners agreed to hold a meeting and make it public.
The Equity Building will be the only topic of discussion, it was noted.
It was rumored that the building was bought by the county and they might tear it down and turn it into a parking lot.
According to Eastern Commissioner Israel Baeza, everyone was jumping the gun.
The County Commission wants to be very clear, at no point has a decision been made to take any action on any vacant county property. What the Commission has done is perform due diligence by taking two bids, one for a restoration of the building and another for a demolishment. This standard practice was done to make the most informed decision on the reality of the cost required to decide the future of this building. As this is a public building, we are required to make it ADA (Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990) compliant, and we are also pursuing those options to serve all citizens of Pettis County. This is a good, fiscally responsible procedure required to make an informed decision with your hard-earned tax dollars.