CITY COUNCIL MEETING
MONDAY, FEBRUARY 12, 2001
Mayor Dan Bishop called the Regular February 12, 2001 City Council Meeting to order in the City Council Chambers at 7:30 p.m.
City Manager Kirk Davis
Item 3. on the Agenda. Pledge of Allegiance.
Mayor Bishop led the Pledge of Allegiance to the Flag in which all joined.
Item 4. on the Agenda. Approval of Minutes.
Councilman Anita Newsom moved to approve the Regular January 22, 2001 and Special February 1, 2001 City Council Meeting Minutes as presented; Councilman Cross seconded. The vote: All “Aye”: Smith, Nodler, Newsom, Cross, Bishop. (5-0)
Item 4a. on the Agenda. PRESENTATIONS
Mayor Bishop explained that the City of Gladstone is a member of the Missouri Municipal League and annually the League recognizes municipal employees with ten or more years of service throughout the state with a Municipal Service Award in respect for their work for the betterment of municipal government and their communities.
The Mayor presented Missouri Municipal League Service Awards to the following City of Gladstone Employees:.
10 Years Service: Mary Shineman, Finance Department; Duane Sederburg, Parks & Recreation; PSO Brad Myers, Public Safety; Bryan Maddux Community Services Department.
20 Years of Service: Battalion Chief Tony Marrali, and Sgt. Steve Jackson.
Employees Duane Sederburg, Brad Myers, Bryan Maddux and Steve Jackson were unable to attend the meeting and their awards were accepted in their behalf by their respective department Directors.
Item 5. on the Agenda. CONSENT AGENDA
Following the Clerk’s reading, Mayor Pro Tem Bill Cross moved to approve the Consent Agenda as listed. Councilman Anita Newsom seconded. The vote: All “Aye” - Smith, Nodler, Newsom, Cross, Bishop. (5-0)
CONSENT AGENDA DETAIL
Mayor Pro Tem Bill Cross moved to adopt RESOLUTION R-01-9, accepting Temporary Easements from property owners in conjunction with the 58th & N. Broadway Drainage Improvement Project. Councilman Anita Newsom seconded. The vote: All “Aye” - Smith, Nodler, Newsom, Cross, Bishop. (5-0)
Mayor Pro Tem Bill Cross moved to adopt RESOLUTION NO. R-01-10, accepting work under contract with Fleshman Excavating for the 2000 Arterial Sidewalk Program and authorizing final payment in the amount of $10,317.84 from the Transportation Sales Tax Fund. Councilman Anita Newsom seconded. The vote: All “Aye” - Smith, Nodler, Newsom, Cross, Bishop. (5-0)
Mayor Pro Tem Bill Cross moved to adopt RESOLUTION NO. R-01-11, authorizing the City Manager to execute a contract with Utility Service Co., Inc. in the amount of $88,432.00 from the Combined Water & Sewerage Services 2000 Revenue Bond Fund for Cleaning and Painting of the Linden Elevated Water Tank at 71st & N Locust. Councilman Anita Newsom seconded. The vote: All “Aye” - Smith, Nodler, Newsom, Cross, Bishop. (5-0)
Mayor Pro Tem Bill Cross moved to adopt RESOLUTION NO.
R-10-12, authorizing the City Manager of the City of Gladstone, Missouri
to execute an Agreement with Smart Solutions & Services for Water
Meter Reading Services. Councilman Anita Newsom seconded. The vote: All
“Aye” - Smith, Nodler, Newsom, Cross, Bishop. (5-0).
Item 7. on the Agenda. Communications from the City Council.
Councilman Shirley Smith commented on the good attendance at the Boards & Commission Recognition Dinner held last Friday which gave us the opportunity to express our appreciation to the great number of citizens who step forward and volunteer their time and energy to be members of the various boards. We do appreciate them.
Councilman George Nodler commended Gladstone voters for their overwhelming support last Tuesday of the ¼ cent sales tax for a new public safety facility on the west side of the city. He also appreciates the efforts of all those people involved in the successful campaign.
Councilman Anita Newsom said she certainly concurs with the comments made about our dedicated board and commission members and she also thanks the volunteers who worked for the fire protection sales tax because their efforts were outstanding. Our voters again used their good judgment. This has been a real positive way of dealing with things in our city, we inform the voters and produce the product as promised. We have high integrity with our citizens and she hopes it can always be kept, and she again thanks our voters.
Councilman Bill Cross said he too was pleased at the 83% voter approval of the fire protection sales tax and the attendance at the board and commission banquet. He thanks all who assist the City Council as members of boards and commissions.
Mayor Dan Bishop expressed his great joy on the passage of the sales tax issue last week. We knew when it was placed on the February ballot last November that we had a challenge before us because you remove two weeks over the holidays and that left a very short period of time to get the word out on the package of improvements and information on the ¼ cent sales tax which would end in five years. With the backing and support of the numerous boards and commissions who endorsed the package, the City Council felt comfortable proceeding.
He said the Committee was organized in December and it was rewarding to see so many people who came to a meeting so close to the holidays in support of this worthy project. Under the able leadership of Chairman Pete Hall and Vice Chairs, Mike Steffens and Lee Laramore we got the word out and it was great to see the number of yard signs that were popping up all over the city supporting the sales tax election.
The Mayor said there was some fear the gas utility increases would have an impact on voter approval but Gladstone citizens showed again overwhelmingly that when they understand the need and you put together a reasonable well-balanced package they are going to support it. It was disappointing that we only had 2,500 people come out to vote last Tuesday on a day when there was good weather. That is a sense of apathy in our society that you hate to see, and he hopes there will be a higher turn out in the April election.
Mayor Bishop announced that Councilman Anita Newsom will be receiving an extremely prestigious and well deserved award from the Missouri State Association of Parks and Recreation at their annual conference in St. Louis later this month. She has been selected the Elected Official of the Year. He said this award is such a feather in the cap not only for Anita Newsom personally but for the City of Gladstone. It recognizes the hard work and dedication that she has shown to the Parks and Recreation Committee and he congratulates her.
Councilman Newsom responded that it truly is a pleasure to work with the Parks and Recreation Board as she has done for the past eleven years. Everyone brings their own set of skills and our Parks and Recreation employees are an outstanding group to work with. She said it is not the work she did but rather the recommendations that were written for the award, so it was a lot of staff and Parks and Recreation people who are responsible.
Ms. Newsom said she volunteered at the National Parks and Recreation Conference held here in Kansas City and she does not know of a more enthusiastic group of people who come together. When parks and recreation people gather there is a lot of excitement in the room, it’s like every day is the “big game”. They are a great group to work with and she looks forward to attending their meeting and is truly honored to receive this award.
Item 7(a) on the Agenda. Board and Commission Appointment/Reappointments
Mayor Dan Bishop said, as alluded to several times this evening, the City benefits greatly from the dedicated efforts and work of many citizens who serve on our nine volunteer boards and commissions. He announced that appointments/reappointments are being made to eight boards this evening and read the appointments and introduced some appointees who were present in the audience. (See attached listing made a part of these minutes).
Councilman Shirley Smith moved to approve the appointments as listed; Councilman Cross seconded. The vote: All “Aye” - Smith, Nodler, Newsom, Cross, Bishop. (5-0)
Item 8. on the Agenda. Communications from the City Manager.
City Manager Kirk Davis announced that City Hall will be closed on Monday, February 19th in observance of President’s Day.
Item 9. On the Agenda. APPROVAL OF BUILDING PERMIT for 11,780 sq. ft. tenant finish at 6469 North Prospect for Big Bob’s Carpet. Owner: Feingold Associates. (BP#01-0016)
Councilman Newsom moved to approve the building permit at 6469 N Prospect as presented; Councilman Cross seconded.
Councilman Newsom asked if the outside storage will be monitored because she has observed a problem at their present location on Barry Road. Assistant City Manager for Development Scott Wingerson said there have been discussions with owners of Prospect Plaza regarding outside storage so he does not foresee a problem. A representative of the Prospect Plaza Shopping Center who was in the audience said that is something she will monitor and keep a very close eye on.
The vote: All “Aye” - Smith, Nodler, Newsom, Cross, Bishop. (5-0)
Item 10. On the Agenda. RESOLUTION NO, R-01-13, amending the 2001 Annual Budgets for the General Fund, Combined Water & Sewerage System Fund, and Municipal Pool Fund; and authorizing expenditure of funds. Revised General Fund Budget (Revenue $12,329,626; Expenditures $12,240,668); Revised CWSS Fund Budget (Revenue $5,432,483; Expenses $5,429,269); Revised Municipal Pool Fund Budget (Revenue $208,491; Expenses $207,310).
Mayor Pro Tem Cross moved to adopt Resolution R-01-13; Councilman Newsom seconded.
Item 11. On the Agenda. FIRST READING BILL 01-4, declaring the results of the Tuesday, February 6, 2001, Gladstone Special Election on Ballot Proposition A imposing a sales tax of one-fourth of one percent for the purpose of providing revenue for the operation of the municipal fire department, provided that said tax shall terminate five years after the first date on which said tax is first imposed; and directing the City Clerk to forward certification of this ordinance to the Missouri Director of Revenue within ten days of enactment. (Certified Results: Yes 2083; No 421)
Councilman Newsom moved to place Bill 01-4 on First Reading; Councilman Cross seconded.
Ms. Newsom noted that residents are already asking “what happens next”, so she suggests a press release letting the citizens know. City Manager Davis said he has spoken with members of the press on that very matter. He said the first thing we have to do is close on our property.
Mayor Bishop said once we close on that property he would like to see signage that gives indication that it is the future site of our new fire station. The City Manager assured that is in the works.
The vote: All “aye” - Councilman Shirley Smith, Councilman George Nodler, Councilman Anita Newsom, Mayor Pro Tem Cross, Mayor Dan Bishop. (5-0) The Clerk read the Bill.
Councilman Newsom moved to accept the First Reading of Bill 01-4, Waive the Rule and place Bill 01-4 on Second and Final Reading; Councilman Cross seconded. The vote: All “aye” - Councilman Shirley Smith, Councilman George Nodler, Councilman Anita Newsom, Mayor Pro Tem Cross, Mayor Dan Bishop. (5-0) The Clerk read the Bill.
Councilman Newsom moved to accept the Second and Final Reading of Bill 01-4 and enact the Bill as Ordinance No. 3.782; Councilman Cross seconded. The vote: All “aye” - Councilman Shirley Smith, Councilman George Nodler, Councilman Anita Newsom, Mayor Pro Tem Cross, Mayor Dan Bishop. (5-0).
Item 12. On the Agenda. FIRST READING BILL 01-5, declaring the results of the Tuesday, February 6, 2001 Gladstone Primary Election, and that the names of Les Smith and Ken Winkler shall appear on the Tuesday, April 3, 2001 General Election Ballot as candidates for one three year position on the Gladstone City Council. Certified Results: Larry Whitton, 493; Ken Winkler, 543, Les Smith, 1087, James Bone, 329).
Councilman Newsom moved to place Bill 01-5 on First Reading; Councilman Cross seconded.
Councilman Nodler congratulated the winners and commented that it was a very active campaign this year. Councilman Cross asked the percent of voters voting in this primary election. Staff confirmed that 12% of the registered voters voted,
The vote: Councilman Shirley Smith, Councilman George Nodler, Councilman Anita Newsom, Mayor Pro Tem Cross, Mayor Dan Bishop. (5-0) The Clerk read the Bill.
Councilman Newsom moved to accept the First Reading of Bill 01-5, Waive the Rule and place Bill 01-5 on Second and Final Reading; Councilman Cross seconded. The vote: All “aye” - Councilman Shirley Smith, Councilman George Nodler, Councilman Anita Newsom, Mayor Pro Tem Cross, Mayor Dan Bishop. (5-0) The Clerk read the Bill.
Councilman Newsom moved to accept the Second and Final Reading of Bill 01-5 and enact the Bill as Ordinance No. 3.783; Councilman Cross seconded. The vote: All “aye” - Councilman Shirley Smith, Councilman George Nodler, Councilman Anita Newsom, Mayor Pro Tem Cross, Mayor Dan Bishop. (5-0)
Item 13. on the Agenda. Other Business.
Mayor Bishop asked members of the City Council if there was interest in Gladstone adopting a sister city. He referred to a memorandum sent to the Council recently that included information that sister city relations can be organized in one of two ways, joining and paying dues to a national organization which could provide assistance in pairing municipalities; or, finding your own sister city and entering into an agreement with them. The City of Belton chose to do the latter and they have provided a sample of their resolution which was provided to the Council.
It had been suggested that if there was interest it could be tied into Gladstone’s 50th Anniversary in November 2002. Councilman Newsom agreed that was a great idea and could include an official signing between the municipalities at that time. She said her preference would be Gladstone, England. Councilman Cross suggested there are Gladstone cities in other countries also. Council recalled that a visitor to Gladstone, Australia had provided us with Mayoral greetings and information about that city several years ago.
The Mayor suggested a Sister City Committee could be a sub-committee of the 50th Anniversary Committee and it was agreed additional research would be done to look at the pros and cons of participation in the national organization and research on other Gladstone cities. The City Manager agreed to provide this information at a March City Council Study Session.
There was no further business to come before the February 12, 2001 City Council Meeting, and Mayor Bishop adjourned the meeting.
Marilyn F. Ahnefeld, City Clerk