The Joplin Globe, Joplin, MO

May 10, 2013

Neosho residents weigh in on sports complex, TDD legal issues during town hall forum

By Roger McKinney

NEOSHO, Mo. — A town hall-style public forum presented by Mayor Richard Davidson on Thursday night drew comments from residents about ongoing legal disputes with the Neosho Transportation Development District and about an idea for a sports complex.

The sports complex idea has been put forward for 74 acres on the west side of the Neosho Golf Course,  the location of nine holes of the course the city closed during its financial crisis.

Kristi Cote lives next to the location. She said a sports complex would devalue her property and make life difficult.

“Can you buy us out then, since I’ve spent a lot of money on our house?” she said.

Richardson said the city wouldn’t do that.

“We would do everything we can to minimize the impact on those homes,” he said.

Councilman David Ruth said he thinks the sports complex won’t be built if the city can’t afford it and if it is built, that is still many years away.