At the Saline County Commission meeting on Thursday, August 5, it was announced that a lease agreement had been signed, but the commission did not sign the lease, for land at Marshall Junction.
Bill Stouffer, county lobbyist at Flotron & McIntosh and also lobbyist for the National Steamboat Museum, which is expected to be tentatively placed at Marshall Junction on the southwest corner, further south than where the Countryside Palace was located, would have have signed the lease.
A question was asked: “Under what authority would Bill Stouffer have to sign a lease on behalf of the county?” The commissioners explained that it was not on behalf of the county.
Presidential Commissioner Kile Guthrey Jr. and Northern District Commissioner Stephanie Gooden explained in more detail.
In a phone call from KMMO to Stouffer, he clarified that this was in fact a memorandum of understanding signed by Stouffer and Greg Swift with the owner of 18 acre m / l of farmland near the Countryside Palace. Stouffer further explained that PGAV, the company that carried out the feasibility study for the project, offered them seven options, and this was the best location chosen for the project. Stouffer said the note set out the big plans, but a lease won’t be signed until closer to the start of construction.
Stouffer said the project is fully funded by the private sector and will cost around $ 50 million for phase 1. Phase 2 will cost around $ 100 million over 20 to 25 years.