The spring that gave House Springs its last name is getting a new overseer.
The Jefferson County Council voted unanimously Nov. 23 to transfer ownership of a 0.83-acre parcel near highways MM and 30 that includes the namesake spring from the county to a nonprofit group of surrounding businesses.
However, that group, which has registered with the state as House Springs Preservation Inc., has agreed to allow the Northwest Jefferson County Chamber of Commerce to maintain the area, said Councilman Jim Terry (District 7, Cedar Hill), who represents the area.
Danny Tuggle, president of the chamber, said the agreement gives the chamber the sole authority to name members to the five-member board of House Springs Preservation once it is established as a 501 (c) (3) nonprofit corporation, a designation that will allow it to accept donations.
The transaction – in which the county accepted $10 from House Springs Preservation to transfer the title to the land – clears the way for the county to consider allowing a medical marijuana dispensary to be built on the vacant lot at 3 Walters Place, in an adjoining shopping center.
Nirvana Bliss III LLC of Fenton, run by Bernard Goethe, had received state approval for the dispensary and had applied with the county’s Planning Department for a required conditional-use permit for an undeveloped 1.06-acre lot.
However, the county could not approve the permit because its zoning order prohibits medical marijuana facilities from being located within 1,000 feet of a school, daycare center, church or public park.
The area with the spring, which has been considered a county park since 2008, falls well within that radius, county officials said.
In addition to gaining approval for a conditional-use permit from the county, Goethe likely will need to be granted an extension by the Missouri Department of