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  • Former city could retain beloved park

  • Although the city no longer exists, Macks Creek residents may have managed to convince elected officials to allow them to keep the park.
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  • Although the city no longer exists, Macks Creek residents may have managed to convince elected officials to allow them to keep the park.
    Since the city of Macks Creek dissolved in August 2012, the fate of the community park has been up in the air.
    Trustee Charles McElyea has been faced with resolving unpaid debts and liabilities while the ownership of the park has been in question.
    A group of concerned residents formed a not-for-profit group called Macks Creek Community Park in an effort to regain control of the park.
    They have been trying to find a way to get control of the facility to ensure the park remains open to the public.
    Camden County Second District Commissioner Cliff Luber, has been in favor of the park group since they began their quest. 
    "I'd really like to see that local park taken care of by the local community," Luber said.
    It looks like that may be a reality soon. McElyea has received verbal permission from the Missouri Department of Natural Resources that will allow him as trustee to enter into a short term lease with community members. The next step is to send a drafted lease to DNR for approval.
    The funds collected from the lease will all be used to pay off outstanding debts left behind when the city was disincorporated.
    Macks Creek currently has about $4,500 in liabilities that need to be settled. McElyea has agreed to waive his legal fees.
    In the end, the rent for the park will be dependent upon the amount of debt that needs to be paid off.
    Once all debts are taken care of, the park will be turned over to the county. At that point, commissioners will decide what happens with the park. Commissioners Bev Thomas and Cliff Luber said that if the community takes care of the park and if all liabilities are paid, they would be open to allow the organization to enter into a long-term lease with the county.
     
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