Cape Girardeau City Council agrees on using remaining ARPA funds on Osage Centre

CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo. (KBSI) – Cape Girardeau City Council had a lot to talk about tonight when it came to Bill 22-148 and what to do with unappropriated general funds for the fiscal year, which ends June 30, 2023.  

The bill includes plans to distribute funds to various departments to make improvements. 

Parks and Recreation Director Doug Gannon requested $100,000 in funds to be given to the Osage Centre to help with painting and fixing much-needed things around the building. 

“This is just to do some work on the building that gets zipped up and repaired and cosmetically looking good for the community as they pull into the center of Cape Girardeau it’s a heavily used facility, so this is just an opportunity to do some much-needed repairs and cosmetic works with facility to ensure its viability for many years to come,” said Gannon.  

 The need for improvements was not in question but the timing of requesting the funds was as Ward 5 City Council member Shannon Truxel suggested the funds be used to help improve the quality of life for citizens and asked either the council to increase the funds to $200,000 or wait to vote on the issues.  

“The intended use of these funds is to have the best or greatest impact on citizens as a whole to increase the quality of life. I can’t, I am not convinced that painting the structure or that at this time it’s going to have the most impact on quality of life … we have some social issues that we can address within our community, which is why I want to remove the $100,000 from that.”   

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