Marceline, MO –
City Manager Richard Hoon and Bob Green, the Project Coordinator, have been
steadfast in meeting with government officials at the State and Federal level in
an effort to bring attention to a facility currently in the possession of the
City for re-purposing to a VA Veteran’s Home. The facility, the former St.
Francis Hospital (aka Marceline Business Complex) is currently vacant, and is
well-suited for a home for future care of our Veterans. The City of Marceline is
willing to transfer the property at zero cost as long as the facility is to be
used as a Veterans Home. Green and Hoon have provided government
officials with numbers requested, and an architect who is thoroughly familiar
with the code requirements of a VA facility has reviewed the site for
parties have expressed interest in this project, but are stymied by the lack of
funds allocated for a re-repurposing project such as this – the first of its
kind. The City is now embarking on another phase of bringing this project
to fruition: a letter writing campaign.
The City is seeking the public’s help on this phase of the initiative through a
“Call to Action” in the form of a letter writing campaign to let our government
representatives know how important this initiative is – not only to the
approximately 13,581 underserved Veterans in North Central / Northeastern
Missouri, but the huge economic impact such a facility would have on the region.
Currently, there are over 1,900 Missouri Veterans awaiting space in a facility
to provide for their continuing care.
Letters should encourage elected officials to enact and support legislation to
provide funding for re-purposing this existing facility to be used for care of
our deserving Veterans. This action will reduce the time to have a
Veterans Home operational at a cost of $6-10 Million versus a newly constructed
facility at an estimated cost of $50 Million over a 3-5 year time frame.
Template letters have been prepared for the campaign and can be viewed at the
Letters from individuals:
Letters from Groups/Organizations:
In addition, the City has prepared the names/addresses of the government
officials (with jurisdiction) where letters should be submitted. They can
be viewed here:
Our Veteran’s need your help! This is the time to make a difference and
let your voice be heard!
For more information about this initiative, please contact Bob Green at (660)
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