CITY COUNCIL MEETING
MONDAY, MAY 23, 2005
CALL TO ORDER
regular meeting of the City Council of the City of Liberty, Missouri was held
in the Council Chambers at City Hall on May 23, 2005 with Mayor Robert T. Steinkamp presiding. Mayor Steinkamp called the meeting to order
II. INVOCATION AND PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE
The invocation was given by Council Member Anna Marie
Martin who then led the pledge of allegiance.
III. ROLL CALL
call was answered by Mayor Robert T. Steinkamp; Harold Phillips and Coni
Hadden, Ward I; LeRoy Coe and Anna Marie Martin, Ward II; Juarenne Hester and
John Parry, Ward III; and Nick King, Ward IV.
Also in attendance were Patty Gentrup, City Administrator; Cynthia Boecker,
Assistant City Administrator; Brian Hess, City Engineer; Rebecca Wymore,
Planner; Craig Knouse, Police Chief; Chris Deal, Parks & Recreation
Director; Gary Birch, Fire Chief; Linda Tyree, Finance Director; Tony Sage,
Information Services Manager; Sara Cooke, Public Relations Coordinator; Lyndsay
Heal, Management Assistant; Jane Sharon, Deputy City Clerk; Angie Borgedalen,
Liberty Tribune, and 4 members of the public.
IV. APPROVE MINUTES AND SUMMARIES [SEE CONSENT AGENDA BELOW]
V. CITIZENS’ PARTICIPATION – None.
VI. MEETING SCHEDULE
Council Member Phillips requested the regular session
minutes of May 16, 2005 be removed from the consent agenda and voted on separately.
AND MEETING SUMMARIES FROM PREVIOUS MEETINGS
SESSION MINUTES OF MAY 9, 2005
Council Member King asked the May 9, 2005 minutes be corrected to reflect Council Member Martin
seconded the motion to waive the rules and consider the ordinance on first
reading regarding the code amendment pertaining to second readings.
Council Member Martin moved to approve the minutes as
corrected. Council Member Coe seconded
the motion, which carried unanimously.
SESSION MEETING SUMMARY OF MAY 16, 2005
Council Member Hadden moved to approve the meeting
summary as distributed. Council Member
Hester seconded the motion, which carried 6-0-1. Council Member Phillips abstained due to
VIII. PUBLIC HEARINGS
HAVEN ESTATES IN THE NORTHEAST CORNER OF KANSAS AND CONISTOR STREETS IN THE LIBERTY TRIANGLE (Only
the rezoning case requires a public hearing.)
Mrs. Gentrup noted that, while only the rezoning
application requires a public hearing, the final plat was placed with the
rezoning under public hearing, because they both pertain to the same property
in the Liberty Triangle.
Planner Rebecca Wymore reviewed the rezoning
application for 3.8 acres in the Liberty Triangle from R-1C, Standard
Single-family Residential District to C-2, General Business District. She stated the application meets the
requirements for adequate public facilities with the site having access to City
sewer and water systems. She noted that
the City’s Future Land Use Plan designates this property as commercial and also
suggests a mixture of land uses could be considered, if appropriate. Ms. Wymore also noted that Recommendation #6 in
the City’s Future Land Use Plan specifically mentions the City promoting redevelopment
of the Triangle and Recommendation #14 suggests that, as a Gateway to Liberty, the Triangle should be designed in a manner that
creates a sense of arrival. Ms. Wymore
added that the Planning & Zoning Commission recommended approval of the
Ms. Wymore then reviewed the replat application of 7.3
acres and six tracts in the Triangle.
She stated the tracts would allow for the development of three
free-standing restaurants, a retail center and the park and ride lot. She stated the application conforms to the
City zoning and subdivision requirements and the Planning & Zoning
Commission recommends approval of the final plat replat.
Council Member Martin asked for clarification of the
staff report which referred to “intense zoning district”. Mrs. Gentrup stated this phrase is used to
describe tracts that are more traffic-oriented.
Mrs. Martin asked what was planned for Tract B. City Engineer Brian Hess said that is a
Council Member Hester asked for clarification of what
changes have been made and what changes will be made to the roundabout in the
future. Mr. Hess said the existing
roundabout has been altered and the width of the lanes expanded slightly to
address issues with truck tires hitting the inside curb. The new roundabout will use a modified design
so it is not a hazard.
Mrs. Hester asked if there were commitments for any of
the pad sites. Mrs. Gentrup said there
is one and Planning & Development Director Steve Anderson was at a
conference which might identify more prospects as well.
Council Member King asked if the roundabout would be
larger in circumference. Mr. Hess said there
are two lanes and the circumference was redesigned so tires would not hit the
curb; the radius is larger to accommodate traffic in the two lanes.
OF PROPERTY FROM R-1C, STANDARD SINGLE FAMILY RESIDENTIAL DISTRICT TO C-2,
GENERAL BUSINESS DISTRICT (Continued from
the April 25, 2005 agenda) [P&Z CASE NO. 05-012R; APPLICANT: LTD ENTERPRISES
LLC] – ORDINANCE
Mayor Steinkamp opened the public hearing and asked if
anyone present wished to speak in favor of the application. Seeing none, he asked if anyone wished to
speak in opposition to the application.
Seeing none, he closed the public hearing.
Document No. 6364 was read. Council Member Martin moved to waive the
rules and consider the ordinance on first reading. Council Member Hadden seconded the motion,
which carried unanimously.
Council Member Martin moved to approve the
ordinance. Council Member Phillips
seconded the motion, which carried unanimously.
It was approved by the Chair and is inscribed in Ordinance No. 8824.
OF PROPERTY FOR A FINAL PLAT OF THE SHOPPES AT LIBERTY TRIANGLE, FIRST PLAT – ORDINANCE
Document No. 6365 was read. Council Member Coe moved to waive the rules
and consider the ordinance on first reading.
Council Member King seconded the motion, which carried unanimously.
Council Member Hadden moved to approve the
ordinance. Council Member Martin
seconded the motion. Council Member
Hester asked if work on the extension of Blue Jay Drive would begin with this final plat. Mrs. Gentrup said it would be extended to the
roundabout only. The motion carried
unanimously; it was approved by the Chair and is inscribed in Ordinance No.
OF VENDOR PAYMENTS FROM MAY 6, 2005 THROUGH MAY 20, 2005 – ORDINANCE
Document No. 6366 was read. Council Member Hadden moved to approve the
ordinance. Council Member Hester
seconded the motion.
Council Member Martin asked about check number 336 to
Commerce Bank for street sweeper payments.
Mrs. Gentrup said the two different amounts were for principal and
interest. Mrs. Martin asked about check
numbers 89099 and 89021 for spring cleanup ads.
Mrs. Gentrup stated the two newspapers had different advertising rates.
Council Member Coe asked about check number 88951 to
Grass Roots, questioning how much it cost to mow each cemetery. Parks & Recreation Director Chris Deal
said the figures are not broken down that way.
Mr. Coe expressed concern that the mowing was too high and that the
cemeteries would not look nice for Memorial Day. Mr. Deal said staff would check with the
Vote on the motion was as follows: Council Member Phillips – yes; Council Member
Martin – yes; Council Member Hester – yes; Council Member Hadden – yes; Council
Member Coe – yes; Council Member Parry – yes; Council Member King – yes. The motion carried unanimously; it was
approved by the Chair and inscribed in Ordinance No. 8826.
Member Hadden moved to approve the purchase.
Council Member Martin seconded the motion. Council Member King asked the age of the
equipment being replaced. Information
Services Manager Tony Sage said the equipment is on a three-year rotation for
replacement. He said the software
manufacturers have minimum platform requirements to run securely. The warranty for hardware expires at three
years, after which there is the possibility of employee downtime using out of
warranty equipment. He added that staff
is looking at other options, for which infrastructure is needed.
King asked if there have been problems due to equipment failure. Mr. Sage said the community center had
experienced 3-4 days of downtime, which caused delays for the patrons. If the equipment is still under warranty,
Hewlett Packard will replaced the equipment.
Member Parry asked how many computers were being purchased. Mr. Sage said there were 137 PCs and 26 lap
tops. Some servers are shared but most
have very specific purposes.
motion carried unanimously.
MATTERS FROM CITY ADMINISTRATOR
Gentrup noted there would be no meeting next week and on June 6 there would be
a joint study session for City Council and the Parks & Recreation Board.
MATTERS FROM MAYOR AND CITY COUNCIL
Member Phillips said he was sorry to see the departure of Kate Egan as
Preservation Planner and commended her for what she had accomplished during her
brief tenure with the City.
Member Martin said the wellness program would of great benefit to the
City. If only one person used the
smoking cessation classes offered through the program, the $6,000 spent could
save thousands in health claims. Council
Member Hester asked if the program was available to council members. Mrs. Gentrup said it is.
Hester commended staff for its efforts and those of the Spring on the Square
Committee for a successful festival.
Mrs. Gentrup said they were very pleased that the volunteers have
returned to coordinate the event.
Member King asked if there was any update on the children injured in the school
bus accident. Mrs. Gentrup said no
additional information has been made available.
King said he enjoyed Spring on the Square this year as well.
Steinkamp noted upcoming dates for the Council’s calendars – July 9 is the
Boards and Commissions Recognition Event and a Council retreat is slated for
August 6 and August 13.
Member King added that July 9 is Alexander Doniphan’s birthday and the question
had been raised why M-152 is not called Alexander Doniphan Highway. Council
Member Hester said the recipient of the Alexander Doniphan award would be honored
at a ceremony on July 10.
Gentrup reminded Council of Celebration Liberty, which is scheduled for June 25.
Hester also noted another Cruise Night on the square this Saturday.
meeting adjourned at