CITY COUNCIL MEETING
MONDAY, JULY 10, 2006
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 July 10, 2006 with Mayor Robert T. Steinkamp presiding. Mayor Steinkamp called the meeting to order
II. INVOCATION AND PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE
invocation was given by Council Member Harold Phillips who then led the pledge
III. ROLL CALL
call was answered by Mayor Robert T. Steinkamp; Coni Hadden and Harold
Phillips, Ward I; LeRoy Coe and Anna Marie Martin, Ward II; Juarenne Hester and
John Parry, Ward III; and Nick King and Bill Parker, Ward IV. Also in attendance were Curt Wenson, City
Administrator; Steve Hansen, Public Works Director; Craig Knouse, Police Chief;
Gary Birch, Fire Chief; Linda Tyree, Finance Director; Steve Anderson, Planning
& Development Director; Sara Cooke, Public Relations Coordinator; Tony
Sage, Information Services Manager; Jane Sharon, Deputy City Clerk; Jason Noble,
The Kansas City Star; Angie Borgedalen, Liberty Tribune; and 4 members of the
MINUTES AND SUMMARIES
A. REGULAR SESSION MINUTES OF JUNE 26, 2006
Council Member Hadden moved to approve the minutes as
corrected. Council Member Martin
seconded the motion, which carried 6-0-2.
Council Member Hester and Council Member Parker abstained due to
V. CITIZENS’ PARTICIPATION
OF APPRECIATION FOR THE NATIVE SONS OF GREATER KANSAS CITY – RESOLUTION
Mayor Steinkamp read the resolution thanking the
Native Sons for a historical marker to be placed at Mt. Memorial Cemetery. Council
Member Coe moved to approve the resolution.
Council Member Martin seconded the motion, which carried unanimously and
is inscribed in Resolution No. 2255.
Julie Struble, 36 Moss, asked to speak to the matter
at the end of the agenda regarding the stop signs at Sunset and Moss. She stated that if the 4-way stop was not
warranted because of traffic, she believed it was still warranted because of
the number of children that walk to school.
She stated the sight distance is a concern and westbound traffic cannot
see people in the crosswalk until they get to the top of the hill, which is
almost at the intersection. She stated
that the 4-way stop has been in place since she and her husband moved to their
current residence and no one mentioned it might be removed. Ms. Struble expressed concern that the change
had been made without any prior notice to residents. She stated it has changed the neighborhood
and again expressed concern about the safety of pedestrians at the
Mayor Steinkamp stated that staff would provide
comment later on the agenda.
Thomas Murdock, 14 Moss, asked to see sources stating
the 4-way stop is not warranted and can, in fact, cause accidents. He stated this street shouldn’t be considered
a major thoroughfare and should maintain the 25 mph speed limit to keep traffic
slow and to maintain the feel of the historic district. He stated the entire environment should be
VI. MEETING SCHEDULE
VIII. PUBLIC HEARINGS
CONTRACTS AND RESOLUTIONS
OF VENDOR PAYMENTS FROM JUNE 16, 2006 THROUGH JUNE 30, 2006 – ORDINANCE
Document No. 6548 was read. Council Member Coe moved to waive the rules
and consider the ordinance on first reading.
Council Member Martin seconded the motion.
Council member Martin referred to check number 96186,
a payment to the medical director, and asked if he is paid on a contractual
basis or as an employee with taxes being withheld. Fire Chief Gary Birch stated he is paid under
a contract and is not an employee.
Vote on the motion was as follows: Council Member Phillips – yes; Council Member
Martin – 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. 9007.
AGREEMENT WITH MISSOURI HIGHWAY AND TRANSPORTATION COMMISSION FOR FIRE
STATION WARNING SYSTEM – ORDINANCE
Document No. 6549 was read.
Council Member Martin 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 Hester seconded the motion. Council Member Parry asked where the loss
control funds are in the City’s budget.
City Administrator Curt Wenson stated the funds are a rebate from
MARCIT, the insurance pool in which the City participates and funds are placed
into the City’s account for its use in funding safety and risk management
projects. Public Works Director Steve
Hansen stated that program funds had been spent on several projects, including
retiling in the city hall stairwells and adding safety containers. Mr. Wenson stated that the City can receive
from $6,000 to $10,000 depending on the pool’s loss history. Council Member King clarified this meant the
City was not having to fund this purchase.
Mr. Hansen stated that was correct.
The motion carried unanimously.
It was approved by the Chair and is inscribed in Ordinance No. 9008.
D. MUNICIPAL AGREEMENT
WITH MISSOURI HIGHWAY AND TRANSPORTATION COMMISSION FOR I-35, US69, M33
INTERSECTION IMPROVEMENTS – ORDINANCE
Mr. Hansen reviewed the project for which this
agreement is required, stating that part of the process to obtain government
funding for the improvements includes entering into this agreement with the Missouri Highway and Transportation Commission. He stated that the City’s capital plan
includes $2.3 million for improvements at this interchange in 2007. The federal/state participation is $1.5 million
and $2.1 million has been identified through the Roadway Development Tax (RDT) fund
for the City’s share of the project cost.
Mr. Hansen stated the project design is nearing
completion. Following state approval,
construction is anticipated to begin later in 2007 with completion of the
project in 2008. He stated that improvements consist of additional lanes and
widening at the intersection for additional capacity, signal modifications and
the realignment of Glenn Hendren south to Shepherd Road. The City’s
participation level, set in this agreement, is $1 million, with $920,500
required to be deposited at least 90 days prior to the advertisement for bids. City’s costs include $79,500 for right-of-way
acquisition and a three percent contingency.
Council Member Martin asked for clarification of the
figures provided. Mr. Hansen stated that
the City’s obligation is the $1 million and any additional costs over the
estimated project total of $2.35 million.
Mrs. Martin asked about the $2.1 million in City funds identified for
the project. Mr. Hansen stated that
staff recommends that balance budgeted remain available for contingencies and
consideration for other projects after the deposit is submitted.
Council Member Parker asked about improvements to Petty Road. Mr. Hansen
stated there will be some improvements to Petty Road with the project, so it will be better following this
project. Mr. Parker asked about
improvements on the road up to the county line.
Mr. Hansen stated that a majority of the improvements in this project
would be to 69 Highway and 33 Highway.
At some point, Petty Road will be upgraded, but improvements at that location were held until
this interchange project. Mr. Parker
stated that residents are concerned about access during the project. Mr. Hansen stated there will be access for
them during construction.
King asked if there is $2.1 million in the RDT fund now. Mr. Hansen said there is. Mr. King asked about other projects included
in the fund’s balance. Mr. Hansen stated
that would require some time to review other projects and would best be left
for another meeting. Mr. Wenson stated
that capital improvements are reviewed annually for the next three years, which
will be brought to Council for budget discussions. Mr. King asked if $1.1 million of the $2.1
million could potentially be reallocated.
Mr. Hansen said it could. The RDT
funds must be used for arterial or major roadways that convey traffic from one
part of the City to another. He stated
that the South Liberty Parkway
is such a roadway, as is Kansas Street, Richfield
Road and Ruth Ewing Road.
Parry asked why funds are being spent on this interchange when it will not spur
development. Mr. Hansen stated this
project was identified for improvements along with the other three Liberty/I-35
interchanges in a corridor study prepared in the 1990s. Federal/state funding was identified for
improvements at these interchanges with actual allocation approved through the
Mid-America Regional Council. Mr. Wenson
added that other projects may not rank as high, but the City must leverage
funding for these projects. Mr. Hansen
added that very few City projects are eligible for federal funding. He noted that funds were originally included
in the capital improvements plan through Liberty 2010, but due to declining
revenues, the projects were moved to the RDT program. Mr. Hansen stated that, if the agreement is
not approved, the City would forfeit the funds, which would then be made
available to another city. Mr. Wenson
stated the City must leverage funds in competition the entire metropolitan
area. Planning & Development
Director Steve Anderson stated that Hallmark is a major property owner in this
area is pleased to see these improvements being planned. Mr. Hansen added that the new high school
should also spur development. Council
Member Martin stated the hospital is very pleased with the prospect of these
improvements, because of the difficulties turning onto 69 Highway from 33
Highway. She said it will be very
helpful to the City’s community partners.
Council Member Coe
asked if any of the improvements will affect the car lot at the old Blue Light
location. Mr. Hansen stated that some
right-of-way will need to be acquired but most would be through the hospital. Council Member King asked about the commuter
lot. Mr. Hansen stated it was be moved
but will be within the same general area on state-owned land.
Document No. 6550
was read. Council Member King moved to
waive the rules and consider the ordinance on first reading. Council Member Phillips seconded the motion,
which carried unanimously.
Hester moved to approve the ordinance.
Council Member Martin seconded the motion, which carried
unanimously. It was approved by the Chair
and is inscribed in Ordinance No. 9009.
MATTERS FROM CITY ADMINISTRATOR
Mr. Wenson reviewed the meeting schedule, including a
Tax Increment Financing Commission study session on Wednesday, July 12, a study
session on July 17 and the next regular session on July 24.
MATTERS FROM MAYOR AND CITY COUNCIL
Member Phillips stated he had met with an enthusiastic group about the proposed
Member Hadden mentioned a resource for electric vehicles who had been an
exhibitor at the National League of Cities conference. Mr. Hansen stated he would appreciate
receiving information on that option; staff had look at propane-powered
vehicles several years ago, but there were no fueling stations around.
Member Coe asked that Brown Street be included if the City considered adding traffic calming
devices. He stated he would attend the
Clay County Coordinating Committee dinner on July 20, but noted it conflicted
with the West Gate Division dinner meeting, being held the same night.
Steinkamp asked anyone planning to attend the West Gate dinner meeting to
contact City staff soon.
meeting adjourned at
Deputy City Clerk