The Joplin City Council met in closed session for about an hour and 40 minutes Monday night (1/26) to discuss the city's master developer, Wallace Bajjali. It turns out both major partners in the company, David Wallace and Costa Bajjali, have resigned from the company. And as News Talk KZRG told you earlier, the company closed its Joplin office late last week. Joplin Mayor Mike Seibert tells News Talk KZRG a senior center at 26th and Maiden Lane and a public library at 20th and Connecticut can and will proceed.
"Basically these two projects can move forward without a master developer. Do we feel like the master developer has handled themselves in a professional way in exiting this town? No. But will this town be strong and move forward? Yes, we will."
The City has paid Wallace Bajjali about $1.68 million for work performed over the last two and a half years.
There's a Souper Bowl this week that has nothing to do with football. The Souper Bowl of Caring is a drive for non-perishable food items. This year, the City of Joplin will be collecting food for Crosslines Churches in Joplin. Crosslines Executive Director Kathy Lewis tells News Talk KZRG where you can donate.
"You can donate at your church. You can donate at City Hall. We just took bins up there and you can put your food in the bin with the name of the team that you want to win and we're going to have contests with the City of Joplin that way."
You can also donate at Crosslines at 131 South High in Joplin weekdays from 10 until 2. Lewis tells News Talk KZRG what canned food items they especially need: "Our biggest needs are canned fruit, canned soup, cooking oil, flour, sugar and peanut butter and jelly." Lewis says they've got plenty of canned vegetables right now.