LS Historical Society museum plan ready for City Council

rpulley@lsjournal.comMay 14, 2013 

The Lee’s Summit Historical Society will present its business plan for a new museum in the Old Post Office Historical Center to city council members.

The council at its May 16 meeting will hear the proposal for covering the operating expenses once renovations have prepared the building for the museum.

The council made the museum’s occupancy contingent on a viable financial plan when including money for renovating a 1939 WPA building is part of a nearly $2.9 million bond issue approved by voters in April for spending on downtown cultural arts facilities. The issue also includes money for a proposed festival space adjacent to the post office.

The renovations will make the building at 202 S.W. Main St. accessible to handicapped persons and is to reveal historic murals and adapt it for museum space. It is now being used for offices for ReDiscover.

It will also expands space available to the historical society’s museum which is only about 800 square foot in the train depot at Howard Station Park. It has a corner of the depot which is mainly offices of the Lee’s Summit Chamber of Commerce and Lee’s Summit Economic Development Council.

The council also is scheduled to:

• Hold a public hearing on the 2013-14 budget of about $200 million

• Elect a mayor pro tempore

• Make a final vote on allocation of Community Development Block Grants

• Approve a negotiated contract with Town & Country Disposal of Western Missouri Inc. for minimum tonnages of trash taken to the city landfill.

• The contract is expected to increase volume at the facility which will help with its financial viability and preparing for closure costs.

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