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|GACVB May Take a Side on Courthouse Issue
|The Galesburg Area Convention and Visitors Bureau may soon throw their support behind one of the sides of the highly debated Knox County Courthouse issue.
The tourism board met Tuesday afternoon at the Galesburg Welcome Center, and the issue was raised by a council member if they should draft a letter in support of preserving the Knox County Courthouse.
Of the few board members that were present, the consensus seemed to be they were in favor of preserving the courthouse not only for the immediate county needs but as a way to bring people to the area for such events like a tour of the building.
One of the council members, Steve Watts, told the tourism board, keeping the courthouse downtown can continue to bring visitors to the community. "I believe the courthouse needs to continue to be downtown, whether they're in that building or some other location," Watts said. "If tourists are going to come to Galesburg, and they enter on the East Main entrance, and they go into an abandoned downtown, that certainly is not good for tourism. So, we must preserve and protect the downtown. Part of that is maintaining the courthouse there."
One of the tourism board members who is also a District Two Knox County board member, Paul Stewart, said it was important for citizens to let their elected county board members know what they should do with the aging courthouse. He says he would be in favor of preserving and maintaining the historic fabric of the community with the building.
Stewart says what to do with the courthouse is a momentous decision and will take some time to sort through.
The council will talk more about drafting a letter of support at their next meeting in October.
|08 11 09 by Newsroom
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