Send letters. Emails. call the city. It is unacceptable for behind-closed-door deals to be made by a city that is working for private interests and agendas, instead of the public good of the entire city and all the residents.
We attended the last meeting in order to express OUR intentions to use our skills and nonprofit status as a successful, well-supported, established community revitalization and preservation organization, in order to save, rehab, conserve and plan future uses for Jasper’s historic properties.
We have successfully brought Bauman Hall to the point of being able to start construction to fix its wall this winter, when our pending grant request is hopefully approved in November. None of the buildings being threatened are in as bad of shape as Bauman Hall was, they are all able to be repaired, and all are eligible for the National Register and millions of dollars in grant funding.
Please do not stay silent. We will continue to do everything in our power to save Jasper’s historic legacy. We ask you, the community, to do your part and hold elected officials accountable to the wishes of the community.
Listen for yourself to the City Council expressing intentions to demolish at least three historic Jasper buildings.
Listen to them state that they did not advertise the Bowling Alley lot for sale to anyone. (the Parcel transfer listed in the Closed section of this month’s agenda)
Listen to them state they are selling the lot for $1 + 50% closing costs, but did not offer that to the public or any other business.
Listen to them state they intend to buy the buildings on either side of the bowling alley lot and demolish them.
Part 1 Jasper City Council meeting September 2021