A long-standing lawsuit between the City of Neosho and Clyde Burdick American Legion Post 163 in Neosho has been settled.

A long-standing lawsuit between the City of Neosho and Clyde Burdick American Legion Post 163 in Neosho has been settled.
The lawsuit, originally filed in 2013, dates back to a change of ownership in the property which led to the lawsuit.
From a Neosho Daily News article written by reporter Dave Horvath, the history is as follows:
“The issue originated in 2004 when the Neosho Armory was abandoned by the Missouri National Guard and all local operations were relocated to Camp Crowder. The state then deeded the armory to the city and it later became used for police evidence storage.
The American Legion owned the land on which the armory was built, and was granted a perpetual lease to utilize the building, which was short-circuited by the transfer of ownership. The post continued meeting there for some time, but when red-tape determined the public could not have access to a facility holding police evidence, legion activities were moved to the former courts building adjacent to the police station, but that facility proved unsatisfactory to members, who now hold monthly meetings in the New-Mac Electric Community Room.
The city then traded the armory to the county for the 201 N. College St., facility now being utilized as police headquarters, while the armory is now the home of Newton County Emergency Management and Central Dispatch.”
The announcement on Friday that the issues and lawsuit have been settled came from the office of Neosho City Attorney Steve Hays and read, "The City of Neosho and Clyde Burdick, Post 163 American Legion are pleased to announce a settlement of all issues involving a lawsuit filed in 2013,” the statement read. “The City of Neosho and American Legion expressly acknowledge appreciation to the Neosho City Council and American Legion Command Staff for their willingness and desire to find a reasonable solution to this issue. Both sides further state that the relations between both parties have been entirely repaired and they have committed to continue working together for the benefit of our veterans and the citizens of Neosho."