The City of California Board of Aldermen approved a motion to approach two companies regarding the potential Cobblestone Hotel project.
Mayor Rich Green updated board members on the potential building of a hotel during their May 2 meeting.
Green said the Cobblestone Hotels company appealed to the city about building a 42- to 60-unit hotel on Big Sky Road on the south side of Highway 50. The mayor said this land would be annexed into California to bring in funds and economic growth.
He explained California loses money to Jefferson City and Sedalia from visitors. With no large hotel in the community, visitors for funerals, sporting events or other activities must stay at locations outside of the city. The hotel would remedy this issue by bringing in visitors and new businesses.
Talk about the hotel is already active in the community. During the meeting, Green mentioned an individual who may want to put in an equity interest in the hotel approached the city. The California Area Chamber of Commerce also gave the city a letter of support for the hotel project.
Although it is too early to make a final decision to approve the hotel, the board did pass a motion allowing the mayor to reach out to two firms for a feasibility study. Mayor Green will be in contact with either Core Distribution Group or Growth Services Group to evaluate the project.
In other action:
• Alderwoman Lorrie Grimes took her oath of office after her absence during last month's special session.
• The board appointed Joe Coffelt as the city collector for California.
• Green updated members on the auction of surplus goods from Jackson Properties on Oak Street. The county paid 54 percent of the cost for the auction, and the city paid 46 percent. California received around $15,400. He said the sale of the properties closed in early May.