Last updateFri, 23 Jan 2015 11am

City rejects offer to sell San Val Building, citing a delinquent bill owed by developer

    The city of Steelville has declined the proposal from Michael Conaway, president of Circle C Bottling Company, to purchase the former San Val building that is now owned by the city. Mayor Terry Palmer reported the city determined not to pursue the proposal because Conaway has a delinquent utility account with the city dating back to 2008.

    At that time, Conaway had operated a business called Total Transportation out of the old Brown Shoe Factory building. In 2008, the final amount due before penalties were added was $8,307.81.
    The city council met in executive session on Monday, February 19 to officially reject the proposal, but it had actually expired on February 3. Palmer noted the city had let it expire since they did not want to go any further in looking into the option with Conaway. The proposal had included two options: a lease with option to purchase in three years and an outright purchase of the building.
    In addition to the delinquency with the city of Steelville (where a case was filed against Conaway in 2007), a Missouri review of Conaway’s records show a number of cases of breach of contract, suits on account, small claims over $100, and criminal infractions.
    Palmer reported the city will wait on further decisions with the former San Val building until after a meeting with the Missouri Department of Economic Development which is scheduled to take place in Steelville on March 18.