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Neosho's American Legion suing the city of Neosho over ownership of building

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The Neosho, Missouri American Legion Post is suing the city of Neosho to gain ownership of a city building at 211 West Brook.

The American Legion has been using the building and says it's legally theirs by a 2004 agreement, but the Legion has not yet received the deed.

The building was formerly the municipal court building and police station, and is still used for police evidence and records.

The city says in the 2004 agreement that they agreed to hand over the building after the complete transfer of police and court functions.

 

FULL NEWS RELEASE ISSUED DECEMBER 23, 2013 BY THE CITY OF NEOSHO

City responds to Legion suit

It is regrettable that the American Legion felt the need to take the litigation action it has taken.

Since the date the original agreement was executed, the City of Neosho has made multiple attempts to satisfy the needs of the Legion. These attempts include, but are not limited to, offering the no cost use of the Lampo Building meeting room and the Civic Auditorium for the Legion's various fundraising dinners and functions. At the time the original agreement was entered into, the Legion administration was aware of the language which required all police functions to cease prior to final transfer of the building. Currently, police functions at this facility include: record storage, police vehicle maintenance and parts storage, secured evidence storage and found property storage. The City of Neosho has and will continue to desire the full transfer of this building to the American Legion.

Furthermore, the City has steadfastly acknowledged the heroic and patriotic service provided by all veterans and will continue to do so. The City further desires that the administration of the American Legion and its members will again consider the offer of the City to utilize other facilities until such time as the City can find satisfactory alternative locations for the City police functions.

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