MONDAY, FEBRUARY 26, 2001
Mayor Dan Bishop called the Regular February 26, 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.
Mayor Pro Tem Bill Cross moved to approve the Regular February 12, 2001 City Council Meeting Minutes as written; Councilman Anita Newsom seconded. The vote: All “Aye”: Smith, Nodler, Newsom, Cross, Bishop. (5-0)
Item 4a. on the Agenda. PRESENTATIONS
Mayor Dan Bishop read a Proclamation recognizing Gladstone resident Dave Wheeler, author of the book Had Fun and Didn’t Know It, which vividly recounts the people and experiences impacting his life growing up in Kansas City and for the last twenty years in Gladstone. Mr. Wheeler accepted the Proclamation from the Mayor and expressed his appreciation for the Council’s recognition.
Presentation of “Statement Of Support For The National Guard And Reserve”.
Mayor Bishop read the framed statement and presented it to Gladstone Firefighter/Paramedic Wayne Hakes who is scheduled to report to active duty. Mr. Hakes received a standing ovation from the audience which included a number of his fellow fire bureau officers.
Mr. Hakes thanked the Mayor and Council for the presentation of support and advised that his tour of duty will extend through November 2001 when he will return to his wife and new born child and his position with the City.
Mayor Bishop introduced Major General William Treu, United States Air Force Retired who was representing Stuart Symington, Jr., Chair of the Missouri Committee for Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve.
Major General True said it is his pleasure to thank the City for making this commitment of support to the members of the National Guard and Reserve who work for the City and particularly Wayne Hakes who will be going off to active duty.
He explained that with the downsizing of the active duty forces at the same time our overseas commitments and deployments have increased, there has been an ever-increasing reliance on the National Guard and Reserves in order to make our system of national defense work. He said without the support of employers like Gladstone to support young men like Mr. Hakes to go off to duty, our system simply would not work as we see it today. Not only does this display of support alleviate many of the concerns the employee has about serving in active duty by assuring him of his job status when he gets back, but it also sends an important message and sets a fine example for other employers throughout the community to follow in their dealings with their employees who belong to the National Guard and the Reserve. Major General True thanked the Mayor and Council for inviting him to be present this evening.
Presentation of Board and Commission Appreciation Plaques
Mayor Dan Bishop advised that at the last City Council Meeting we announced appointments to the Citizen Boards and Commissions who ably and selflessly serve our community. It has been the City’s tradition to recognize outgoing Board and Commission members with an appreciation plaque and the Mayor made presentations to the following:
Kelli Clayton TIF Commission November 1997 - January
Presentations to Chairman Pete Hall, and Vice Chairs, Lee Laramore and Mike Steffens of the Citizens Committee For Fire Protection.
Mayor Bishop advised that recently we had a very successful quarter cent sales tax election for fire protection and 83% of the persons voting supported this issue on election day. He said this means we get a new fire station, totally overhauled Fire Station #1 beneath us here in City Hall, new computer aided dispatch system, and a new fire truck which are all very much needed.
The Mayor stressed that the big challenge in November when we decided to put this item on the February ballot was how to get the word out to the people in Gladstone as to the need for these improvements and what it was going to take. The Mayor said we needed someone with boundless energy and superb organizational abilities and someone with credibility in the community, so Mr. Pete Hall was elected as chairman of this campaign committee. The Mayor acknowledged Mr. Hall did a great job which resulted in signage popping up like dandelions in the spring, phenomenal television coverage, great media coverage of the campaign, and he was ably assisted by two vice chairs, Mr. Mike Steffens and Mr. Lee Laramore.
In presenting the plaques to Pete Hall, Mike Steffens and Lee Laramore, the Mayor expressed the City of Gladstone’s appreciation for their leadership and commitment to the success of the February 6, 2001 Sales Tax Election.
Item 5. on the Agenda. CONSENT AGENDA.
Following the Clerk’s reading, Councilman Anita Newsom moved to approve the Consent Agenda as listed. Councilman George Nodler seconded. The vote: All “Aye” - Smith, Nodler, Newsom, Cross, Bishop. (5-0)
CONSENT AGENDA DETAIL
Councilman Anita Newsom moved to adopt RESOLUTION NO. R-01-14, authorizing a Change Order for the 58th & N Broadway Drainage Improvement Project (#9809), and authorizing additional funds in the amount of $40,421.00 from the Capital Improvements Sales Tax Fund. Councilman George Nodler seconded. The vote: All “Aye” - Smith, Nodler, Newsom, Cross, Bishop. (5-0)
Councilman Anita Newsom moved to adopt RESOLUTION NO. R-01-15, authorizing the City Manager to execute a contract with Layne Western Co. for the Raw Water Supply and Well #6 in an amount not to exceed $206,434.00 from the Combined Water and Sanitary Sewer Revenue Bonds. Councilman George Nodler seconded. The vote: All “Aye” - Smith, Nodler, Newsom, Cross, Bishop. (5-0)
Councilman Anita Newsom moved to adopt RESOLUTION NO. R-01-16, authorizing execution of a contract with The Foley Co. in the amount of $392,100.00 from the Combined Water & Sanitary Sewer Revenue Bonds for the Water Treatment Plant Improvements. Councilman George Nodler seconded. The vote: All “Aye” - Smith, Nodler, Newsom, Cross, Bishop. (5-0)
Councilman Anita Newsom moved to adopt RESOLUTION NO. R-01-17, authorizing acceptance of a Quit Claim Deed from Commercial Net Lease conveying right of way required for development of property at 7107 N Oak. Councilman George Nodler seconded. The vote: All “Aye” - Smith, Nodler, Newsom, Cross, Bishop. (5-0)
Councilman Anita Newsom moved to adopt RESOLUTION NO. R-01-18, authorizing execution of a contract with A.W. Schultz Co. for installation of the Scada System and Plant Controls at the Gladstone Water Treatment Plant in the amount of $34,850.00 from the Combined Water and Sanitary Sewer Revenue Bonds. Councilman George Nodler seconded. The vote: All “Aye” - Smith, Nodler, Newsom, Cross, Bishop. (5-0)
Councilman Anita Newsom moved for APPROVAL OF FINANCIAL REPORTS FOR THE MONTH OF JANUARY, 2001. Councilman George Nodler seconded. The vote: All “Aye” - Smith, Nodler, Newsom, Cross, Bishop. (5-0)
Item 6. on the Agenda. Communications from the Audience.
Mr. Wayne Beer, 7413 N Wabash, expressed his thanks to the City for its Statement of Support for the Guard and Reserve and said he personally has enjoyed good employer support for his service in the guard and reserve although it was not by formal statement. He served 26 years and attained the rank of First Sergeant in an army assault helicopter company and this included some active duty support for Desert Storm. It takes more time than just the advertised one weekend a month and two weekends out of the summer. Employer support is vitally important. It requires a great sacrifice on the part of the employee because except for the two weeks of annual training, it is personal time away from family. He again commends the City for their formal support and he knows that all guardsman and reservists thank the City also.
Item 7. on the Agenda. Communications from the City Council.
Councilman Shirley Smith expressed her appreciation to the Northland Neighborhood and Neighbors Helping Neighbors organizations and the oversight committee for the fantastic job they did in helping us with our gas bill and housing weatherization relief project. They did an outstanding job. Everything was done very quickly and it is certainly a star for us in the community and she thanks them for a great job.
Councilman George Nodler had no communications at this time.
Councilman Anita Newsom thanked all City Staff who had any role in the awards presentation at the Missouri Parks and Recreation Association Annual Conference last week in St. Louis where she was the recipient of the Elected Official of the Year Award. She said she was honored by the group of staff members who traveled to show their support as well as the presence of Councilman Cross and his wife, Mary. It was a very very nice event and she was awed and felt unworthy in the company of the award recipients, Kit Bond and the late Mel Carnahan. She said it was one of those situations where you think I don’t belong here, I did not do this. It is great that our city has achieved the status and done the things we have and she thanks everyone who was involved in any way because it was a very great honor and speaks so well of our city.
Referring to the just published, Parks and Recreation Brochure for 2001, Ms. Newsom commented that every year it gets better. It is the cleanest, sharpest and easiest to read publication yet. It is an outstanding brochure that describes our popular programs.
Councilman Newsom also noted that the Sunday edition of the Kansas City Star included coverage of Gladstone in the real estate section which described our diversity in housing from very affordable starter homes to upscale homes. It was a very positive article about Gladstone as a community and it is nice to have that recognition.
Councilman Newsom asked Mayor Bishop when we will come forward with Capital Improvements Committee nominations, because they were not included when the other committee appointments were made at the last Council Meeting.
Mayor Pro Tem Cross expressed his appreciation for the privilege of attending the Missouri Municipal League Legislative Conference last week which allowed the Council and Staff the opportunity to visit with legislators and discuss the City’s views on proposed legislation. It also provided him the opportunity to visit with Councils from other municipalities and hear their issues, and it made him feel good knowing that we have the best City Manager and staff in the state.
Mayor Pro Tem Cross said he was proud to have been a part of the fourteen city representatives who were in attendance at the MPRA Conference when Anita Newsom was honored with the Elected Official of the Year Award. We had the largest group in attendance and he felt very proud at hearing the recitation of accomplishments which Anita was involved with, because it reflects so positively on our city.
Mayor Dan Bishop referred to the report received last week from the five member citizen oversight committee responsible for supervising the disbursement of the grant money that the City of Gladstone made available for the Gas Utility Bill Assistance Program. He is grateful to hear how smoothly the process went. There were 51 applicants and everyone who demonstrated a need was able to receive some assistance, and the money supply was apparently adequate to get quite a few of our residents through a difficult time due to the harsh winter conditions and the increase in natural gas rates. Gladstone really showed some leadership in the metropolitan area in this utility assistance program. He has yet to hear a report from Gladstone Neighbors Helping Neighbors on how the Weatherization Program was received but he is sure it is also advancing nicely and will help some residents make some long term improvements to their homes to be more energy efficient.
The Mayor also congratulated Councilman Newsom again on her outstanding award from Missouri Parks and Recreation Association.
Mayor Dan Bishop noted that Councilman Newsom had mentioned the fact that at our last Council Meeting when appointments were made to boards and commissions, he did not include the Capital Improvements Committee appointments. He explained that was because the Capital Improvement Program Committee is somewhat unique as it is made up of representatives from the Special Road District, Planning Commission and Parks & Recreation Board in addition to its citizen members. He felt that it was appropriate to wait until the other Board and Commission appointments were finalized so we knew who the pool of potential appointees would be before announcing appointments to the Capital Improvements Program Committee, That work was concluded at the last Council Meeting, so tonight he will announce the CIP Committee.
There are two (3-year citizen member terms) that have expired. One is held by Mr. Daniel Prego who will be reappointed, and a new member, Mr. Don McLaughlin, will be appointed to the other position. Mr. Pete Hall will remain as Chairman of the Capital Improvements Program Committee.
Item 8. on the Agenda. Communications from the City Manager.
City Manager Kirk Davis also congratulated Anita Newsom on her honor and complimented Parks & Recreation Director Steve Buschor on a well arranged program. Mr. Davis said he too wishes employee Wayne Hakes best of luck in his military tour of duty.
Item 9. on the Agenda. PUBLIC HEARING on a request to rezone from RP-3 to RP-4, property north of Englewood Road between N. Broadway and N. Main. Applicant: Nolte & Associates. Owner: Herman Scharhag. (#1143)
Mayor Bishop opened the Public Hearing and announced that it was continued to the March 12, 2001 City Council Meeting at the request of the applicant.
Item 10. on the Agenda. RESOLUTION NO. 01-19, authorizing the Mayor of the City of Gladstone to execute an Employment Agreement on behalf of the City of Gladstone, Missouri with David Ramsay for the position of City Counselor.
Councilman Anita Newsom moved to adopt Resolution 01-19; Councilman Bill Cross seconded. the motion.
Discussion. Councilman Newsom welcomed Mr. Ramsay who was present in the audience and said he will make a great staff team member. Mayor Pro Tem Cross introduced Mr. Ramsay noting Wednesday, March 7th will be his first day with the City.
Item 11. on the Agenda. APPROVAL OF BUILDING PERMIT for interior and exterior remodel (installation of movable partitions) at Antioch Bible Baptist Church, 800 NE 72nd Street. Applicant/Owner: Antioch Bible Baptist Church. (BP#01-0039)
Councilman Anita Newsom moved to approve the Building Permit for 800 NE 72nd Street as requested; Councilman Bill Cross seconded. The vote: All “Aye” - Councilman Smith, Councilman Nodler, Councilman Newsom, Mayor Pro Tem Cross, Mayor Bishop. (5-0)
Item 12. on the Agenda. APPROVAL OF BUILDING PERMIT for tenant finish of 9,240 sq. ft. at Prospect Plaza, 6465 N. Prospect. Applicant: Feingold Associates and Design. Owner: Heritage Realty. (BP#01-0041)
Councilman Bill Cross moved to approve the Building Permit for 6465 N Prospect as requested; Councilman Anita Newsom seconded. The vote: All “Aye” - Councilman Smith, Councilman Nodler, Councilman Newsom, Mayor Pro Tem Cross, Mayor Bishop. (5-0)
Council asked what type of business Deals was.
Architect Ernie Wolker, Feingold Architects, 3535 Broadway, Kansas City, Missouri, responded that Deals, is a store where all items are under $1.00 and it is the first one in the area and they look to have another five stores by next year.
Mayor Pro Tem Cross asked how soon they would open. Mr. Wolker advised that this project is being done in tandem with two others back in the corner. With the completion of those projects, Prospect Plaza will be filled except for one lot that has not been leased.
The vote: All “Aye” - Councilman Smith, Councilman Nodler, Councilman Newsom, Mayor Pro Tem Cross, Mayor Bishop. (5-0)
Item 13. on the Agenda. APPROVAL OF BUILDING PERMIT for an addition and remodel of 8,400 sq. ft. at the Oak Plaza Building, 6504 N. Oak Trafficway. Applicant/Owner: John Hagen. (BP#01-0048)
Councilman Bill Cross moved to approve the Building Permit for 6504 N Oak as submitted; Councilman Anita Newsom seconded. The vote: All “Aye” - Councilman Smith, Councilman Nodler, Councilman Newsom, Mayor Pro Tem Cross, Mayor Bishop. (5-0)
Councilman Newsom commented that this looks like a very nice face lift for that building.
Item 14. on the Agenda. Other Business.
Councilman George Nodler said he has served on the City Council for almost nine years and this is the first time in that period that the Mayor has taken it upon himself to arbitrarily not reappoint somebody to a committee and appoint somebody else without the concurrence of the rest of the Council, or at least a majority of the Council. He just states that for the record.
Item 15. on the Agenda. Sun Newspaper Reporter Kelli Houx asked whose term expired on the Capital Improvements Committee and if that individual will be honored just as other outgoing Board and Commission members were honored tonight.
Mayor Dan Bishop responded that the committee member was Bev Johnson, and yes it is his intention to invite her to the next Council Meeting to receive her plaque for service on the Capital Improvements Program Committee.
There was no further business to come before the February 26, 2001 City Council Meeting, and Mayor Bishop adjourned the meeting.
Councilman Anita Newsom moved to adjourn to Closed Executive Session as previously posted pursuant to Missouri Open Meeting Act Exemptions (610.021(2) for Real Estate acquisition. Councilman George Nodler seconded. The Roll Call Vote: All “Aye” - Councilman Shirley Smith, Councilman George Nodler, Councilman Anita Newsom, Mayor Pro Tem Bill Cross, Mayor Dan Bishop. (5-0)
Marilyn F. Ahnefeld, City Clerk