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CITY COUNCIL MEETING

MINUTES

MONDAY, JULY 23, 2007

 

I.                    CALL TO ORDER

 

A regular meeting of the City Council of the City of Liberty, Missouri was held in the Council Chambers at City Hall on July 23, 2007 with Mayor Robert T. Steinkamp presiding.  Mayor Steinkamp called the meeting to order at 7:02 p.m.

 

II.         INVOCATION AND PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE

 

            The invocation was given by Council Member Lyndell Brenton who then led the pledge of allegiance.

 

III.       ROLL CALL

 

Roll call was answered by Paul Jenness and Harold Phillips, Ward I; Anna Marie Martin and Greg Duncan, Ward II; Lyndell Brenton and John Parry, Ward III; and Fred Foster and Nick King, Ward IV.  Also in attendance were Curt Wenson, City Administrator; Cynthia Boecker, Assistant City Administrator; Craig Knouse, Police Chief; Linda Tyree, Finance Director; Steve Hansen, Public Works Director; Brian Hess, City Engineer; Chris Deal, Parks & Recreation Director; Steve Rulo, Parks & Open Space Manager; LeAnn Lawlor, Aging Services Coordinator; Amy Brusven, Human Resources Director; Steve Anderson, Planning & Development Director; Tony Sage, Information Services Director; Shawnna Funderburk, Assistant to the City Administrator; Sara Cooke, Public Relations Coordinator; George Kapke, Legal Services Provider; Jane Sharon, Deputy City Clerk; Jason Noble, The Kansas City Star; Angie Borgedalen, Liberty Tribune and 31 members of the public.

 

IV.       APPROVE MINUTES AND SUMMARIES (SEE CONSENT AGENDA)

 

A.        REGULAR SESSION MINUTES OF JUNE 25, 2007

 

Council Member King moved to approve the minutes as distributed.  Council Member Martin seconded the motion, which carried 6-0-2.  Council Member Phillips and Council Member Brenton abstained, due to absence.

 

V.        CITIZENS’ PARTICIPATION

 

Mayor Steinkamp recognized Boy Scout Jacob Wilson with Troop 214 working on his Communications and Citizenship in the Community badge.  He also recognized Boy Scout Aaron Foy, Corey Jepson and Ryan Jepson with Troop 374 working on merit badges.

 

Carolyn Hatcher, 421 N. Lightburne, asked the City to consider getting portions of M-33 Highway transferred to City control.  She stated there is heavy commercial truck traffic and blind access driveways that are safety issues.  Having the stretch of the highway in the city limits under City control would permit the City to more adequately control traffic.

 

Pat Miller, 1955 Kings Highway, thanked the Council for doing a thankless job.  She asked the Council to consider removing an ordinance established during a previous administration that did not permit employees to speak to council members.  She stated that policy needed to be relaxed some so that it was not a gag order on employees.

 

Ms. Miller stated that she is a life-long nonsmoker but believes the City has bigger issues that need to be addressed than restricting smoking in businesses.

VI.       MEETING SCHEDULE

 

VII.      CONSENT AGENDA – MOTION

 

A.                 REGULAR SESSION MINUTES OF JULY 9, 2007

 

Council Member Martin moved to approve the minutes as distributed.  Council Member Brenton seconded the motion, which carried unanimously.

 

B.                 STUDY SESSION MEETING SUMMARY OF JULY 16, 2007

 

Council Member Martin moved to approve the meeting summary as distributed.  Council Member Brenton seconded the motion, which carried unanimously.

 

C.                 APPOINTMENTS

 

Tax Increment Financing Commission

Appoint Ward Stuckey to a term expiring 10-31-2011

 

License Tax Review Committee

Appoint Walt Holt to a term expiring 11-01-2008

 

Fair Housing & Rehabilitation Committee

Appoint Krisha Tormes to a term expiring 09-01-2010

 

Council Member Martin moved to approve the appointments.  Council Member Brenton seconded the motion, which carried unanimously.

 

VIII.     PUBLIC HEARINGS

 

IX.       ORDINANCES, CONTRACTS AND RESOLUTIONS

 

A.        ACKNOWLEDGEMENT OF VENDOR PAYMENTS FROM JUNE 29, 2007 THROUGH JULY 13, 2007 – ORDINANCE

 

Council Member King requested that check number 102685 be removed and voted on separately.  Council Member Brenton requested that check number 102802 be removed and voted on separately.

 

Council Member Martin asked where the climbing wall was being installed that had been purchased recently.  Parks & Recreation Director Chris Deal stated the rotating wall had been placed in the youth fitness area.  Mrs. Martin asked for a brief update on the two projects for which HNTB had received payment.  Public Works Director Steve Hansen stated that the engineering services related to the second phase of the South Liberty Parkway had been authorized two months ago and work had just begun to gather data.  The work is about 60% completed and could be done sometime next spring.  The vendor is paid monthly based on submitted invoices.  The second project is the Flintlock overpass and work is still being done to provide preliminary reports.  These invoices are paid by the City, sent to the Missouri Department of Transportation (MoDOT) for approval and reimbursement.

 

Council Member Brenton asked about check number 102794 to Safari.  Information Services Director Tony Sage stated the vendor provides the City’s software used in its pass system at the Community Center as well as on-line recreation program registration.

 

Council Member Foster asked about the check for the Kansas City Royals.  Mr. Deal stated it was for the Super Series tournament opening ceremonies and was covered by team fees.

 

Document No. 6704 was read.  Council Member Brenton moved to approve the ordinance.  Council Member Martin seconded the motion.

 

Vote on the motion was as follows:  Council Member Phillips – yes; Council Member Martin – yes; Council Member Brenton – yes; Council Member Foster – yes; Council Member Jenness – yes; Council Member Duncan – yes; Council Member Parry – yes; Council Member King - yes.  The motion carried unanimously; it was approved by the Chair and inscribed in Ordinance No. 9163.

 

Council Member Martin moved to approve check number 102685.  Council Member Jenness seconded the motion.

 

Vote on the motion was as follows:  Council Member Phillips – yes; Council Member Martin – yes; Council Member Brenton – yes; Council Member Foster – yes; Council Member Jenness – yes; Council Member Duncan – yes; Council Member Parry – yes; Council Member King – abstained, due to a possible conflict of interest.  The motion carried 7-0-1; it was approved by the Chair and inscribed in Ordinance No. 9163.

 

Council Member Martin moved to approve check number 102802.  Council Member Phillips seconded the motion.

 

Vote on the motion was as follows:  Council Member Phillips – yes; Council Member Martin – yes; Council Member Brenton – abstained, due to a possible conflict of interest; Council Member Foster – yes; Council Member Jenness – yes; Council Member Duncan – yes; Council Member Parry – yes; Council Member King - yes.  The motion carried 7-0-1; it was approved by the Chair and inscribed in Ordinance No. 9163.

 

B.         REZONE AND PRELIMINARY DEVELOPMENT PLAN FOR LIBERTY FARMS SUBDIVISION LOCATED AT THE INTERSECTION OF RICHFIELD AND LAFRENZ ROADS – ORDINANCE (SECOND READING)

 

Council Member King stated the information related to stormwater indicated that most of it would be detained on site and released at an acceptable rate to the east, but there is some that will drain to the west and will not be retained.  He expressed concern that, as the project develops, appropriate attention be given to the engineering so that stormwater in the development will not overburden an already overburdened system.  Mr. Hansen stated that more attention to that detail is required with the final development plan and staff will look at downstream conditions.  He added that some rainfall events can exceed the standards and that is not something the City can control.  Mr. King encouraged the engineering of the design to make sure the development does not make conditions worse.  Mayor Steinkamp noted that the application to be voted on is a rezoning from R-1A to R-1C and that a final plat will determine stormwater and other issues.  Mr. King stated that the Planning & Zoning Commission minutes noted buffering to be added and he assumed that was against the Nichol property because it was not shown on the diagram provided.  Mr. King also mentioned the crest of the hill on Richfield Road and stated there is a traffic and safety concern there.  He encouraged the City to consider what was needed in that area carefully as the site is developed.  City Administrator Curt Wenson stated that the final development plan would have to meet the City’s sight distance criteria.

 

Council Member Brenton talked about the stormwater release rate and recognized that would be addressed with later applications for the development.  He encouraged the City not to allow any more than currently occurs.  Mr. Hansen stated that staff looks at the downstream capacity and the design standards but there are rainfall events that exceed any design.

Mayor Steinkamp noted the public hearing was held on June 25, 2007 and had been closed.  He offered an opportunity for public comment at this time and placed a three minute time limit on those wishing to comment.

 

John Roe, representing the applicant, stated that the criteria has been met to go forward and requested Council approve the rezoning and preliminary development plan.

 

Dave Cole, 1600 Richfield Road, stated he had been a resident at that location for 21 years.  He thanked Council Members King, Phillips and Brenton as well as Planner Dan Fernandez for their efforts in addressing his concerns.  He expressed concern about the density of the housing and street development being a significant increase for the 33 acres.  He stated the watershed goes both east toward Rush Creek and southwest toward Claywoods.  Mr. Cole stated that with elevations of more than 45 feet it is common sense that the stormwater would drain to the east with this development plan resulting in more stormwater at an increased rate of flow.  He added it is misleading to state that the stormwater would drain only to the southwest to an existing pond.  Water will flow east from the proposed development as well.  He stated that 60 percent of the lots fall on the eastern slope of the site and he expressed concern about his property, being 114 feet lower in elevation to the proposed development.  Mr. Cole stated he doesn’t expect the developer to fix this existing problem but he doesn’t want the development to exacerbate the problems.  He asked the City to make sure the infrastructure is present to handle this proposed dense development to mitigate the development’s impact on the neighbors downstream.

 

Denise Dunham, 803 S. LaFrenz Road, stated this area is an established neighborhood and the proposed development would double the size of the houses and change the whole dynamic.  If the site was kept at 3-acre lots they could still build houses, but just not as many.

 

Leo Dunham, 803 S. LaFrenz Road, stated Liberty had just received designation by First Lady Laura Bush as a Preserve America community and was also just named on CNN’s top 100 best places to live.  He referred to Mayor Steinkamp’s quote in the newspaper about Liberty blending rural and historic flavor.  Mr. Dunham stated the rural character is every bit as important as the historic.  He stated the rezoning would allow density similar to what is along Richfield Road and this neighborhood will lose its character.  He concluded that, once the flood gates are opened to this type of development, the impact will affect everybody.

 

Larry Harding, 550 S. LaFrenz Road, stated he has been a resident for 26 years and built his house in this location so he wouldn’t be up against the urban area.  He said this action would surround him with subdivisions.  He agreed with Ms. Dunham this is an established neighborhood and this development would change that.  Mr. Harding stated there are road and traffic issues.  The City can’t salt and sand enough now and there are accidents on the hill.  He asked the Council to keep the three-acre lots.  Otherwise, he said, the proposed development would be destructive to the existing residents.

 

Document No. 6691 was read.  Council Member Phillips moved to approve the ordinance.  Council Member Martin seconded the motion.  Council Member Phillips stated he appreciated Mr. Cole’s comments as well as those of Council Member Brenton and Council Member King.  He stated he would vote in favor of the rezoning, recognizing the need to be sensitive during the final approval of the impact on this area.

 

Council Member Brenton reiterated that there is a concern about the release of stormwater and, while he understands not every water event can be addressed, he was uncomfortable with the more general statement.  He encouraged staff and the applicant to improve the situation in the area, which would go a long way to endearing the applicant to the residents.  Mr. Brenton added that he understood the comments about the rural character but that needed to be addressed by managed growth.

 

Council Member King stated it is not the developer’s responsibility to fix existing problems and he would need to be convinced that this development would not make the stormwater problems worse.  He stated he would vote in favor of the rezoning because the current zoning is for a higher density and this is a step toward less dense development.

 

The motion carried unanimously; it was approved by the Chair and is inscribed in Ordinance No. 9164.

 

C.         AMENDMENT TO CHAPTER 20-117, TAXICAB STANDS, BUS ZONES, AND SPECIAL RESTRICTED PARKING ZONES, OF THE LIBERTY CODE OF ORDINANCES ESTABLISHING RESIDENTIAL PARKING PERMIT AREAS – ORDINANCE

 

Document No. 6705 was read.  Council Member Phillips moved to waive the rules and consider the ordinance on first reading.  Council Member Jenness seconded the motion, which carried unanimously.

 

Council Member Martin moved to approve the ordinance.  Council Member Jenness seconded the motion.

 

Kathy Chelton, 439 Miller, stated the residents in the Jewell District had been working with Council Member Phillips and the staff for a year and a half to address this issue.  She thanked them and the Council for their efforts.

 

Council Member Martin asked if William Jewell College had been involved in the discussions.  Mr. Anderson stated representatives from the college attended initial meetings and were provided information about later meetings.  Mrs. Martin asked if the students get the parking permits.  Mr. Anderson stated the permits would be issued to residents and this was intended to reduce students parking long term on public streets.  Mr. Anderson added that this is an enabling ordinance to establish districts only.  If a resident parking permit area is established in the Jewell District, one permit would be issued for each residence.  Mayor Steinkamp asked if the permit area would include William Jewell campus.  Mr. Anderson stated it would not.

 

Council Member Duncan asked how the houses owned by the College in the area would be handled.  Mr. Anderson stated it would be the same system for all residents with only one permit per structure.  He added there is only one College-owned property for which this might be a problem and the residents there have other options available in that instance including adjacent campus parking.

 

Council Member Foster asked if there has been any interest expressed for permit parking in other residential areas.  Mr. Anderson stated there had not and there may be only two or three other qualified areas.  Mr. Foster asked who determines whether the area qualifies.  Mr. Anderson stated the City Engineer and Police Chief would review petitions and staff would analyze the information before designating an area.

 

Council Member King asked if this issue had been raised because there wasn’t enough parking on campus.  Mr. Anderson stated there is sufficient parking on campus but it is not as convenient as on-street parking.

 

Council Member Foster asked about the timing of initiating a permit area.  Mr. Anderson stated it would be done on a case by case basis.  Staff would talk to the residents.  He stated again that no permit areas would be created by this ordinance.  If an area is established in the Jewell District it would
prohibit parking without a permit during nighttime hours.  Council Member Martin asked if the police would monitor the established areas.  Mr. Anderson stated they would.  Council Member King asked how the areas would be posted.  Mr. Anderson stated that signs would be installed and residents notified.  A series of warnings would likely be issued during the transition to permit parking restrictions.

 

The motion carried unanimously.  It was approved by the Chair and is inscribed in Ordinance No. 9165.

 

D.        ADOPTION OF LEGAL DEFENSE POLICY – RESOLUTION

 

Council Member Brenton moved to approve the resolution.  Council Member Martin seconded the motion.

 

Council Member King stated the information provided is almost the same as what was presented in the study session and he had thought there were issues to be discussed.  He noted the indemnification section was removed but wasn’t replaced with when and how that might occur.  Council Member Parry stated he agreed that it was not clear what changes were made.  He asked if the mayor had met with staff and legal counsel.  Mayor Steinkamp stated he did meet with them and changes were made.

 

Council Member Parry moved to table the discussion until a redline version could be provided.  Council Member King seconded the motion.  Council Member Brenton stated that if there is any doubt about what is included, it won’t hurt to wait and it is prudent to delay adoption until the policy is understood.

 

Council Member Duncan asked Mayor Steinkamp if he is satisfied with the version presented.  Mayor Steinkamp stated he is but noted he did not address liability with his changes which were reviewed by the Human Resources Director and then by the City’s Legal Services Provider.

 

Council Member Martin asked if there is any need to have an acknowledgement of having received the policy, once it’s adopted.  Human Resources Director Amy Brusven stated that could be added, if Council directed.  Legal Services Provider George Kapke stated it might be more appropriate to have the individual sign off when a defense is tendered.

 

Mayor Steinkamp stated that this is to address those instances where a person with a claim against him or her, and this could be a council member, is denied coverage by the City’s insurance pool but the City wishes to offer a defense for the individual.  He added that in corporate law, the normal standard is that indemnification is built in to the contract or indemnification agreement between the company and the employee.

 

The motion to table the matter carried unanimously.  Mayor Steinkamp directed Ms. Brusven to provide a redline copy of the legal defense policy to Council.

 

E.         FY2008 MID-AMERICA REGIONAL COUNCIL (MARC) GRANTS

 

1.         CONTRACT FOR SENIOR TRANSPORTATION TRIPS IN AN AMOUNT NOT TO EXCEED $88,868.16 – ORDINANCE

 

Document No. 6706 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 Phillips moved to approve the ordinance.  Council Member Martin seconded the motion.

 

Council Member Martin asked how last years funding compared.  Aging Services Coordinator LeAnn Lawlor stated more than $96,000 was received in the previous grant funding year, which covered 61 percent of expenditures.

 

Council Member King thanked the staff for providing last year’s staff report when he requested it.  Council Member Duncan asked if the 55 percent funding available for this year was across the board to agencies receiving funding.  Ms. Lawlor stated she didn’t have figures on what other agencies received but more than likely each received less due to the overall funding pool being less than last year.

 

The motion carried unanimously.  It was approved by the Chair and is inscribed in Ordinance No. 9166.

 

2.         CONTRACT FOR SENIOR CENTER ADMINISTRATION/MEALS ON WHEELS IN THE AMOUNT OF $25,000– ORDINANCE

 

Document No. 6707 was read.  Council Member Phillips moved to waive the rules and consider the ordinance on first reading.  Council Member Martin 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. 9167.

 

F.         AGREEMENT WITH LIBERTY SCHOOL DISTRICT NO. 53 FOR EASEMENTS PERTAINING TO INSTALLATION OF A TRAIL WITH THE BLACKBERRY DEVELOPMENT – ORDINANCE

 

Document No. 6708 was read.  Council Member Phillips moved to waive the rules and consider the ordinance on first reading.  Council Member Brenton seconded the motion, which carried unanimously.

 

Council Member Duncan moved to approve the ordinance.  Council Member King seconded the motion.  Council Member Parry asked which lines denoted the trail on the map.  Parks & Open Space Manager Steve Rulo responded showing the small portion of property west of the Liberty Middle School.

 

The motion carried unanimously.  It was approved by the Chair and is inscribed in Ordinance No. 9168.

 

G.         2007 OVERLAY AND MICRO-SURFACING PROJECTS

 

Mr. Wenson stated that the overlay is surface maintenance and does not deal with street subsurface.  Mr. Hansen stated that a number of factors determine which streets are included in the overlay, including the pavement quality index, which takes into account the surface rideability and condition.  Those with the lowest quality index are visually inspected and researched to determine if they should be further analyzed for inclusion in upcoming projects.  To extend the overlay projects to the maximum funds available, micro-surfacing has been added this year.  It is similar to the slurry seal process.  Micro-surfacing does not address the structural integrity of the street, nor does the overlay process, but it adds to the surface life of the streets on which it is applied.

Mr. Hansen stated that two contractors in the area do micro-surfacing work and three handle overlay projects.  Musselman & Hall is recommended for the micro-surfacing/crack sealing contract with a bid of $76,393.80.  Superior Bowen Asphalt Company, LLC is recommended for the overlay project with the lowest and best bid of $458,732.85.  With more than $100,000 remaining in this year’s budget for these projects, staff recommends adding portions of The Dalles subdivision for overlay.  This would require an amendment to the contract with Superior Bowen in the amount of $113,846.90.  The Dalles subdivision on H Highway was built before the area was annexed into the City.  Adding this area to the overlay project would leave approximately $40,000 for contingencies related to the project should it be required.

 

Council Member Phillips asked for more information about the micro-surfacing process, which sounded to him like what is done on a driveway.  Mr. Hansen stated it is better than that and adds approximately one-half inch thick seal to the surface, providing extended surface life.  He added that this process has been used on I-29 between Armour Road and Downtown Kansas City.

 

Council Member King asked if The Dalles area would require milling the streets.  Mr. Hansen stated they would use a wedge course to level the pavement and repair soft areas.  He stated the overlay would be about two to three inches thick to provide more integrity to the roadway.  This could address problems that area has had with trash trucks.

 

Council Member Jenness asked about the preparation for micro-surfacing.  Mr. Hansen stated processes used include repairs to the base if required and crack sealing, which the City sometimes handles.  He stated the $40,000 is a cushion in case there are problems.  Mr. Jenness stated he had not seen Glenn Hendren on the OCI list.  City Engineer Brian Hess stated that road was brought into the City system only recently and it is not yet in the pavement management system.

 

Council Member Phillips asked if the micro-surfacing is a trial run for Liberty.  Mr. Hansen stated it is not a new technique but Liberty hasn’t used it.  Slurry seal and chip seal processes have been used in Liberty but while those are good for street maintenance, they are inconvenient for residents in the areas being worked on.  Micro-surfacing is becoming more prevalent in the metropolitan area as a surface maintenance technique.  Mr. Phillips asked if the City might do more micro-surfacing if it is successful this year.  Mr. Hansen stated that is the idea.  He stated that as costs go up, staff looks for techniques that are cost effective for road and street maintenance.

 

Council Member Martin requested the list of streets be provided in alphabetic order for ease of review.  Mr. Hansen stated that would be provided to Council.

 

Council Member Martin asked if sidewalks are included in the overlay projects.  Mr. Hansen stated those are part of neighborhood improvement projects.  Mrs. Martin asked about the listing for Richfield Road that notes it goes to Raines Road.  Mr. Hess stated Raines Road is the county line.  Mrs. Martin asked if it is wise to overlay that area if the previously discussed development may be constructed soon.  Mr. Hansen stated the problems exist now and it is not known when the development would proceed.  Mayor Steinkamp asked if the portions of Richfield Road included were east of the proposed development.  Mr. Hansen said it is.

 

Council Member Brenton asked for clarification of the prioritization process, particularly due to roads in older areas of town not being included for treatment.  Mr. Hansen stated there are low rankings for streets in the older parts of town, but overlay and micro-surfacing would have limited usefulness in improving those roadways.  It is also possible these streets are included on a list for a neighborhood improvement project.  The pavement quality index is just the first factor considered and isn’t the only determinant of a roadway being included for overlay.  Mr. Brenton stated he would like more information to be able to respond to constituents when questions arise.  Mr. Hansen stated that general information about overlay projects could be provided.  Mr. Wenson stated that council members can email staff for information when questions are posed by citizens.

 

Council Member Brenton asked if this year’s project could be done in phases or monitored in some manner so that the City could stay within the budget.  Mr. Hansen stated that the intent is to stay in budget.  He added that the contractor brings in equipment to mill the streets, for example, and does all surfaces included in the project.  Mr. Hess noted that this has been somewhat anticipated with the proposed addition of portions of The Dalles subdivision.  Mr. Hansen added that this add-on project gives the City the ability to cut back, if necessary should costs for the original project be higher than anticipated.  Mr. Brenton emphasized that the project should be completed within the $690,000 budgeted this year.  Mr. Hansen again stated that is the plan.

 

Council Member Martin asked about those streets listed on the index with a rating of zero.  Mr. Hess stated those are often alleys or streets degraded to the point there is no structural surface.  Mr. Hansen added that those at the top of the index aren’t necessarily those at the top of the list to have work done.

 

Council Member King stated he appreciated the list being provided to council members and staff helping him understand it and find the correct numbers.  He stated he is satisfied the City is headed in the right direction, noting Birmingham Road can’t be helped with this program.

 

1.         CONTRACT WITH MUSSELMAN & HALL CONTRACTORS IN AN AMOUNT NOT TO EXCEED $76,393.80 – ORDINANCE

 

Document No. 6709 was read.  Council Member King moved to waive the rules and consider the ordinance on first reading.  Council Member Martin seconded the motion, which carried unanimously.

 

Council Member Martin moved to approve the ordinance.  Council Member Jenness seconded the motion, which carried unanimously.  It was approved by the Chair and is inscribed in Ordinance No. 9169.

 

2.         CONTRACT WITH SUPERIOR BOWEN ASPHALT COMPANY, LLC IN AN AMOUNT NOT TO EXCEED $458,732.85 – ORDINANCE

 

Document No. 6710 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 Jenness 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. 9170.

 

3.         AMENDMENT TO CONTRACT WITH SUPERIOR BOWEN ASPHALT COMPANY, LLC IN AN AMOUNT NOT TO EXCEED $113,846.90 – ORDINANCE

 

Document No. 6711 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 Jenness moved to approve the ordinance.  Council Member Duncan seconded the motion, which carried unanimously.  It was approved by the Chair and is inscribed in Ordinance No. 9171.

 

H.        ACCEPTANCE OF PUBLIC WATER MAIN EASEMENT FOR LIBERTY PLACE – ORDINANCE

Document No. 6712 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 Phillips moved to approve the ordinance.  Council Member Jenness seconded the motion.  Council Member King asked if this development is moving forward.  Mr. Anderson stated this is the last piece required and the developer has submitted plans for building permits.  The motion carried unanimously.  It was approved by the Chair and is inscribed in Ordinance No. 9172.

 

I.          TRANSFER PORTIONS OF A HIGHWAY FROM THE STATE OF MISSOURI TO THE CITY

 

1.         RELINQUISHMENT OF ROADWAY AGREEMENT WITH MISSOURI TRANSPORTATION & HIGHWAY COMMISSION – ORDINANCE

 

Document No. 6713 was read.  Council Member Martin moved to waive the rules and consider the ordinance on first reading.  Council Member Phillips seconded the motion.  Due to lack of a unanimous vote, Mayor Steinkamp stated the ordinance would go to second reading on August 13.

 

Mayor Steinkamp recognized Shannon Peisert and offered her the opportunity to comment.  Shannon Peisert with Rogers Sporting Goods, 320 N. 291 Highway, stated that this action related to bringing A Highway into the City is critical to the Rogers Plaza project.  If it is not passed it could cause a huge delay in the development of a year or more.  This would also delay development in the Triangle, because the relocation of their store out of the Triangle could be delayed.  She asked the Council to move forward with its consideration of accepting control of A Highway and to correct any issues that are identified as a barrier to doing so.

 

Mayor Steinkamp thanked Ms. Peisert for her comments and again stated the matter would go to second reading August 13.

 

2.         ACCEPTANCE OF QUIT CLAIM DEED FROM MISSOURI TRANSPORTATION & HIGHWAY COMMISSION – ORDINANCE

 

Mayor Steinkamp stated this matter would be continued and considered with the other ordinance at the August 13 regular session.

 

X.         OTHER BUSINESS – None.

 

XI.               MISCELLANEOUS MATTERS FROM CITY ADMINISTRATOR

 

Mr. Wenson stated the Boards and Commissions recognition dinner has been scheduled for October 20 and asked all council members to add it to their calendars.

 

XII.            MISCELLANEOUS MATTERS FROM MAYOR AND CITY COUNCIL

 

Council Member Phillips thanked Officer Mason in the police department who instigated the initial meetings with the College residents pertaining to the parking issues in the Jewell District.  He stated the ordinance passed this evening puts a mechanism in place to move forward in addressing parking issues in that area.

 

Council Member Martin stated there is a short section of sidewalk missing on the south side of 152 Highway near the bank.  Mr. Hansen stated he would check into the matter.

 

Council Member Foster encouraged all to attend the forum Tuesday night in the Fourth Ward.

 

Council Member Duncan asked how current the data is on the pavement index.  Mr. Hansen stated it is two years old.  Mr. Hess added that, once data entered in the program, the OCI is degraded according to the data provided.  Having new data helps.

 

Council Member King stated he had hoped there would be some discussion of A Highway at this meeting and would hope discussion would take place before second reading.  He noted there appeared to be a marking of the recently received survey from Aquila, which would allow the utility to identify individuals responding.

 

Council Member King mentioned a letter received from Susie Chapman about the grave situation.  He moved to refund her money.  Council Member Parry seconded the motion.  Mr. Wenson stated that the City doesn’t yet have the whole story and that he had spoken with Ms. Chapman and apologized for any embarrassment on her part.  He stated Ms. Chapman is aware of the Civic League process and had expressed appreciation for the quick response.  Council Member King withdrew his motion.  Council Member Parry withdrew his second to the motion.  Mayor Steinkamp stated the City needed to determine both sides to an issue before taking action.

 

Mayor Steinkamp stated the Fourth Ward Forum would begin at 7:00 p.m. at the South Liberty Baptist Church.  He added that after this last forum, he would like to have a debriefing opportunity in a study session to determine what would be done in the future.

 

Council Member Martin requested the Council consider the A Highway issue earlier than the August 13 agenda.

 

XIII.     ADJOURNMENT

 

The meeting adjourned at 9:45 p.m.

 

 

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                                                                                    Mayor

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Deputy City Clerk