CITY COUNCIL MEETING
MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 11, 2006
COUNCIL CHAMBERS –
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 September 11, 2006 with Mayor Pro Tem Coni Hadden presiding. Mayor Pro Tem Hadden called the meeting to
II. INVOCATION AND PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE
The invocation was given by Council Member LeRoy Coe
who then led the pledge of allegiance.
III. ROLL CALL
call was answered by 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; Craig Knouse, Police Chief;
Gary Birch, Fire Chief; Linda Tyree, Finance Director; Tony Sage, Information
Services Manager; Chris Deal, Parks & Recreation Director; LeAnn Lawlor,
Senior Services Coordinator; Donna Kay Taylor, Community Center Manager; Steve
Anderson, Planning & Development Director; Sara Cooke, Public Relations
Coordinator; Shawnna Funderburk, Assistant to the City Administrator; Jane
Sharon, Deputy City Clerk; Jason Noble, The Kansas City Star; Angie Borgedalen,
Liberty Tribune; and 6 members of the public.
MINUTES AND SUMMARIES
A. REGULAR SESSION MINUTES OF AUGUST 28, 2006
Council Member King asked for the minutes to reflect
his follow-up questions and Planning & Development Director Steve
Anderson’s response with respect to the timing of amendments to the City Code
once the Council reviews regulatory matters at an upcoming Study Session. Council Member Coe moved to approve the
minutes as amended. Council Member
Martin seconded the motion, which carried unanimously.
B. STUDY SESSION MEETING SUMMARY OF SEPTEMBER 5, 2006
Council Member Coe moved to approve the meeting
summary as distributed. Council Member
Hester seconded the motion, which carried 7-0-1. Council Member Phillips abstained due to
V. CITIZENS’ PARTICIPATION
Pro Tem Hadden recognized Boy Scout Evan Russell of Troop 318, who is working
on his Communications badge.
CONSTITUTION WEEK – SEPTEMBER 17 – 23, 2006
Mayor Pro Tem Hadden read the proclamation for
Constitution Week for the week of September 17 through September 23,
2006 and presented it to Ann
Sizemore, Chapter Regent for the Alexander Doniphan Chapter, Daughters of the
American Revolution. Ms. Sizemore
thanked the Council for partnering with the Alexander Doniphan Chapter in recognizing
this most important part of United States history.
Twyla Ferguson, 511 Sarah Lane, stated that she appreciates restaurants like the
Sonic in Liberty and would like to be able to eat at a picnic table at
the site. Ms. Ferguson said she was told
by the Sonic manager that the City did not permit tables in that location. She asked the Council to review its policies
to permit picnic tables at restaurants like the Sonic in Liberty. City
Administrator Curt Wenson stated the staff would look at the issue for Council and
would contact Ms. Ferguson with a response.
VI. MEETING SCHEDULE
Wenson stated that the Council would meet in executive session both before and
after the study session on September 18.
Member King brought up a procedural question, asking whether Council Member
Hadden could cast a vote on issues while serving as Mayor Pro Tem. Mayor Pro Tem Hadden stated she had been
advised that she could continue to cast a vote on issues in her capacity as
VIII. PUBLIC HEARINGS – None.
CONTRACTS AND RESOLUTIONS
OF VENDOR PAYMENTS FROM AUGUST 18, 2006 THROUGH SEPTEMBER 1, 2006 – ORDINANCE
Document No. 6567 was read. Council Member Coe moved to approve the
ordinance. Council Member King seconded
Vote on the motion was as follows: Council Member Phillips – yes; Council Member
Martin – yes; Council Member Hester – yes; Council Member Parker – 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. 9027.
MID-AMERICA REGIONAL COUNCIL GRANTS
FOR SENIOR TRANSPORTATION TRIPS IN AN AMOUNT NOT TO EXCEED $96,580 – ORDINANCE
Document No. 6568 was read. Council Member Martin moved to waive the
rules and consider the ordinance on first reading. Council Member Hester seconded the motion,
which carried unanimously.
Council Member Martin moved to approve the
ordinance. Council Member Hester
seconded the motion. Council Member King
asked for clarification of the numbers showing 10,000 trips in previous years
and only 7,500 for 2006-07. Senior Services
Coordinator LeAnn Lawlor stated that transportation is based upon demand for
service. While this year’s numbers are
lower, they reflect the funding currently available for the program. When a review of the program takes place
later in the funding year, the numbers may be amended if additional funding is
available. It is anticipated that may
happen as it has in previous years.
Council Member Martin stated that this should have been presented to
Council earlier in the year but the Mid-America Regional Council (MARC)
operates on a different schedule. Ms.
Lawlor added that the funding year is July through June and that amendments to
the program funding come forward in late spring.
Council Member Parry asked how long this program has
been receiving funding. Ms. Lawlor said
it has been funded for about 20 years.
Mr. Parry asked if it is possible the City will receive less funding
because the State provides the funds to MARC, which distributes the funds for
this and other Clay County senior services.
Ms. Lawlor said that is possible but about the same funding has been
provided for the program for many years.
Council Member Phillips clarified it could be the same amount as in
previous years. Ms. Lawlor said that was
correct. Council Member Parry asked
about funding for the senior center and meals on wheels. Ms. Lawlor stated the senior center receives
a flat amount of $25,000 for its administration and that has been the same for
years. Mr. Wenson stated that funding
for the senior programs could be a concern down the road but is not at this
time. Ms. Lawlor added that the funds
originate as federal funding, which is dispersed through the states to regional
The motion carried unanimously. It was approved by the Chair and is inscribed
in Ordinance No. 9028.
2. CONTRACT FOR SENIOR CENTER ADMINISTRATION/MEALS ON WHEELS IN THE AMOUNT OF $25,000–
Document No. 6569 was read. Council Member Martin moved to waive the
rules and consider the ordinance on first reading. Council Member Phillips seconded the motion,
which carried unanimously.
Council Member Hester moved to approve the
ordinance. Council Member King seconded
the motion, which carried unanimously.
It was approved by the Chair and is inscribed in Ordinance No. 9029.
X. OTHER BUSINESS
MATTERS FROM CITY ADMINISTRATOR
MATTERS FROM MAYOR AND CITY COUNCIL
Member King referred to a letter from the Missouri Municipal League (MML)
regarding HB209 being found unconstitutional by the Missouri Supreme Court and
asked what impact that might have on the City’s revenues. Mr. Wenson stated that Assistant City Administrator
Cynthia Boecker is working with MML on that and the impact is not yet
known. Ms. Sharon added that the Supreme
Court hasn’t yet issued its final order in the case. Once that is issued, staff will be able to
provide additional information.
Member King thanked staff for continuing to respond to citizen service requests
in Ward IV.
meeting adjourned at
Deputy City Clerk