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Councilman Mike Woolston Responds After a Private Investigator Advises He Steps Down

Joplin Councilman Mike Woolston also calls the findings faulty. He says comments from citizens were misused, giving the wrong impression.
JOPLIN, MO.--- Joplin Councilman Mike Woolston also calls the findings faulty. He says comments from citizens were misused, giving the wrong impression. Following the May 2011 tornado when he was mayor, Woolston had said some people would be affected by the recovery, specifically those around the changing landscape of 20th Street. The investigator suggested the city stop its contract with Master Developer Wallace-Bajjali, saying there had been improprieties. Woolston's concern is that the city still needs professional help with large scale redevelopment efforts.

"If we terminated them. Who else in this country would come into this environment knowing the political landscape and try to take on that job and help us redevelop this. So, if the Wallace Bajjali Company is terminated, wherever we're at the time, that's where we are going to be for the next 50 years," said Mike Woolston, Joplin City Council Member. 

Woolston says the city would have to pay a $2 or $3 million dollar penalty if they were to terminate the Wallace-Bajjali contract. He doesn't plan to step down, Woolston is up for reelection in April.

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