Question 1 failed in Joplin, so what’s next for Memorial Hall?

The future of Joplin’s Memorial Hall is uncertain after a proposed ballot question failed to earn enough votes to pass earlier this month. KRPS’s Fred Fletcher-Fierro has more.

The 2022 proposed renovation of Memorial Hall

The 30-million-dollar bond failed, only receiving 45.1% of the vote on April 5. Two of the three new council members sworn in last week campaigned against the bond, Kate Spencer and Mark Farnham.

Gary Shaw, who ran unopposed in Zone 1, was also not in favor. Doug Lawson, who was elected mayor last week, said during a public forum prior to the election that he wasn’t choosing sides, only saying that the city council allowed residents to make the ultimate decision.

At Monday night’s meeting, councilmember Phil Stinnet suggested that the new council have a work session regarding the future of Memorial Hall. “But I would like to see the council back a request to have a work session on Memorial Hall within the next 60 or 90 days at least.”

The council agreed with Stinnett’s idea of a work session. So far, no date has been announced for that meeting.

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