Organizations Make Final Plea for CIP Funding

St. Joseph Museums is one of the organizations asking for funds in order to repair the Wyeth Tootle Mansion.

Posted: Mar 2, 2018 11:02 AM

(ST. JOSEPH, Mo) Organizations wanting a piece of St. Joseph's next five year, $25 million Community Improvement Project budget are making their final pleas for funding.

At a meeting on Thursday, those supporting funding for the Wyeth Tootle mansion made their pitch.

The St. Joseph Museums are asking for $1.1 million in CIP funding to make repairs to the exterior of the Wyeth Tootle mansion.

The proposal had previously been struck down because committee members said the plans weren't specific enough. However, after a second look and talking with the mansion architect, CIP committee members are back on board.

"I think the committee as a whole was more concerned that we were spending taxpayer money wisely," CIP Committee Chair Brad McAnally said. "So we wanted to make sure that if we gave them $1.1million that we were using that money in a good manner, prudently, so five years from now we don't have that come back."

Representatives from the Wyeth Tootle mansion said they did not plan on reapplying for additional cip funding if they would be awarded the $1.1million needed for repairs.

The CIP committee will submit the proposed projects to the city council for approval next Tuesday.

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