Missouri Attorney General May Seek Restraining Order to Stop Courthouse Demolition
By Mike Scott
Missouri Attorney Genera Chris Koster is considering seeking a temporary restraining order to stop the planned demolition of the Clark County Courthouse.
According to Nancy Gonder, spokesperson for the Attorney General’s office, the Clark County Commissioners have not responded to the November 10 letter from Koster. ?Gonder confirmed that as of Monday afternoon, November 29, their office had not received a response from Clark County.
Gonder characterized that letter as a “demand” for repayment of the $57,500 emergency stabilization grant received from the Historic Preservation Office.
In 2008, the county receive a grant to stabilize the aging courthouse. In the covenant signed at that time, the county agreed to “preserve, maintain and operate the Property for the purposes that are compatible with its historic use and function. The county further agreed it would not demolish the structure without written approval from the Missouri Department of Natural Resources.
In the past, the Commissioners have maintained that the grant was a gift that did not require repayment.