The Boonville City Council will decide whether to take possession of the former Kemper Military School's K Barracks in order to tear the building down.

Deciding whether to approve the demolition of the K Barracks and the building of a new Cooper County Ambulance District facility are on the Boonville City Council’s agenda when it meets for the first time in 2019 on Monday night.

The Cooper County Ambulance District has applied to build a new facility on Rankin Mill Lane, and the council will decide whether to approve its final site plan. The new facility would be built on a 14-acre piece of land owned by Cooper County.

The land sits between Cooper County Memorial Hospital and land owned by BTC Bank, which the council annexed Nov. 19.  The council will also decide Monday night whether to annex the county land into the city limits.

BTC Bank plans to build a new branch at the corner of Rankin Mill Lane and B Highway. The council approved a site plan for the bank Nov. 19.

The council will consider taking ownership of the former Kemper Military School’s K Barracks in order to demolish the building. The council has already determined the building is vacant, has fallen into disrepair and that it should be demolished.

The three-story, 42,000-square-foot building has been around since 1967. The boiler room in the basement of the building heated half of the Kemper campus, according to a report submitted to the Missouri Environmental Improvement and Energy Resources Authority in 2017.

Boonville acquired the K Barracks in 2003. The Boonslick Community Development Corporation took the building over in 2016, and had asbestos abated from the building so that it would be safe to demolish. To fund the cleanup, the development corporation obtained a $100,000 EPA -funded grant through the Missouri Environmental Improvement and Energy Resources Authority in 2017 out of the Missouri Brownfields Revolving Loan fund.

The development corporation also used a $100,000 grant to remediate lead paint and asbestos from the former Kemper administration building in 2015, according to minutes from a meeting of the energy resources authority.

Also on the council’s agenda is deciding whether to approve plans to expand truck parking at the Love’s Travel Stop on West Ashley road, just south of Interstate 70. It will also decide whether to annex three acres of privately-owned land just south of Love’s on West Ashley Road.

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