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story.lead_photo.caption The east door of the Latham Sanitarium was the last to fall during its July 8, 2019, demolition. Photo by Liz Morales / California Democrat.

California Progress, Inc. discussed plans to approach purchasing the now-demolished Latham Hospital property, along with other topics, at its Aug. 12 board meeting.

Members of CPI's board approved a motion to act as somewhat of a funnel for any funds raised by the community and put toward purchase of the property. Members said the lots on the property could vary in price depending on comparative values around California.

As far as what CPI might target to fill that space, some discussion revolved around ideas like a handicap-accessible playground. CPI board members agreed, following successful passage of the board's motion, to look into purchase options further.

Additionally, the board reported receipt of a partial dispersal from the Nothnagel Charitable Remainder Unitrust, valuing more than $30,000. The board motioned and approved for the funds to be placed in CPI's general operating account until such time that the board decides for another more specific use for the funds.

CPI Executive Director Liz Reed-Laster, according to members of the board, plans to step down from her role in the near future, due to commitments in her work and personal life. Reed-Laster was not present at Monday's meeting and thus has not yet submitted a formal letter of resignation. As such, the board informally discussed a plan of action for filling Reed-Laster's role in the process of the future transition.

The board also discussed moving ahead regarding a bid to replace the banners present on some light poles along the city of California's main stretch. A bid of approximately $46 per banner through Display Sales in Minnesota was approved — the board discussed purchasing 35 of these banners for future installation.

In other news, the board agreed CPI should forgo hosting a 9/11 tribute again this year, because of a lack of ample time to prepare for and publicize information about an event. The board agreed CPI will instead consider revisiting such an event next year.

CPI's next board meeting will take place at 6 p.m. Aug. 26 at the Moniteau County Library.

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