Tuesday's Boonville City Council meeting is slated to cover the fates of the two Boonville Community Funds as well as the future of the former Stein House property.



The Stein House, irreparably damaged in an April 2011 fire, stood at 421 Main Street for decades, alongside 423 Main Street, the former Sapphire Room. A bill to be introduced Tuesday authorizes the purchase of these two properties by the city.


Tuesday's Boonville City Council meeting is slated to cover the fates of the two Boonville Community Funds as well as the future of the former Stein House property.

The Stein House, irreparably damaged in an April 2011 fire, stood at 421 Main Street for decades, alongside 423 Main Street, the former Sapphire Room. A bill to be introduced Tuesday authorizes the purchase of these two properties by the city.

Boonville has attempted to purchase these properties in the past, but negotiations stalled in October of last year as City Council put a kibosh on negotiations with Stein House owners Jeff Lueck and Tim Parish.

The city offered Stein House owners $30,000 for the two properties in April "to attempt to preserve the properties for future development opportunities," according to closed session minutes. City Administrator Irl Tessendorf said in September that a local business expressed interest in developing the property if the city assisted in brokering an agreement to avoid clean-up and legal costs.

The property at 419 Main Street, rented by Charlie Brown & Co. Insurance, was also destroyed in the fire. The owners of the building, W.N. Geiger and Sons of Boulder City, Nev., say they haven't been approached by the City of Boonville to sell their building.

Betty Kinney of W.N. Geiger and Sons says her company is looking into selling or donating their building for a nominal fee. Her overall goal is to maintain Main Street's appeal.

I'm looking at all options, but I'm looking for the best interest of downtown," said Kinney. "I think, for downtown, it would be better for someone to come in there and rebuild rather than build a parking lot."

The first reading of the bills creating the Boonville Community Foundation Legacy Fund and the Boonville Community Foundation Katy Bridge Redevelopment Project Fund was at the Feb. 6 council meeting. Tuesday's meeting will be the second reading and voting on the bills.

The two bills will allocate $250,000 to each fund. They are funded by gaming revenues.