CITY COUNCIL MEETING
MONDAY, DECEMBER 10, 2001
PRESENT: Mayor Anita Newsom
Mayor Pro Tem Bill Cross
Councilman Dan Bishop
Councilman Shirley Smith
Councilman Les Smith
City Manager Kirk Davis
Assistant City Manager Laura Gay
City Clerk Marilyn Ahnefeld
Item 3. on the Agenda. PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE
Mayor Anita Newsom led the Pledge of Allegiance in which all joined.
Item 4. on the Agenda. APPROVAL OF OCTOBER 22, 2001 MINUTES.
Mayor Pro Tem Bill Cross moved to approve the Regular November 26, 2001 City Council Meeting Minutes as presented. Councilman Les Smith seconded the motion. The vote: All “Aye” - Councilman Les Smith, Councilman Shirley Smith, Councilman Dan Bishop, Mayor Pro Tem Bill Cross, Mayor Anita Newsom. (5-0)
Item 4a. on the Agenda. PRESENTATION OF CERTIFICATES of completion to the twenty graduates of the second Gladstone Public Safety Citizens Academy.
Mayor Newsom said she was privileged to be a member of this class and has always known that the Public Safety Department does an outstanding professional job and found as she went through this class that their professionalism carries further into their enthusiasm for their work which is a sign of a true professional. Their personal enthusiasm and fervor for what they do is outstanding and she must compliment every person in the department she had contact with during the Academy.
Gladstone Public Safety Sergeant Richard King said it was his pleasure to be here tonight with Director Adamo on behalf of the Public Safety Department to greet the graduates of the Second Public Safety Department Citizens Academy and they would like to present the first Certificate of Completion to Anita Newsom, our Mayor.
Mayor Newsom accepted her certificate and said it had certainly been her honor to participate in this program.
Sergeant King said the participants have spent Wednesday evenings for thirteen weeks meeting with members of the Public Safety Department learning about department operations, polices, and procedures and how officers they do their job in Gladstone. He said this is a program that they enjoy sharing.
The Mayor with assistance of Sergeant King and Director Adamo presented certificates and City seal pins to graduates: Kay Allen, Judy Beer, Wayne Beer, Debbie Coble, William Duncan, Robert Glover, Terry Hoppenthaler, Louis Kadera, Ometa Kadera, Joseph Linneman, Denise Pauley, Nancy Plum, Carol Ruddi, Leah Rule, Mike Steffens, Gregory Strasser, Richard Trekkel, Dave Wheeler, Marylyn Wheeler. Sgt. King thanked Mr. Kadera for serving as their bus driver.
Sergeant King thanked all the participants for there role in this process because they make it all very enjoyable for Public Safety. He is hopeful that their will be many opportunities for these graduates and the graduates of the first class to work further with public safety to share in some of their experiences and endeavors. He told the class the department will be in touch for a class reunion.
Item 4b. on the Agenda. Mayor Anita Newsom read a Proclamation designating the month of December as “National Drunk and Drugged Driving Prevention Month” and supporting the designation of December 21, 2001 as “Missouri Lights on for Life Day” as sponsored by the Missouri Division of Highway Safety.
Item 4c. on the Agenda. Mayor Anita Newsom read a Proclamation designating Wednesday, December 19, 2001 as “Beverly Biegel Appreciation Day” in Gladstone, Missouri in tribute to retiring Municipal Court Administrator Beverly Biegel following twenty-six years of service to the City.
Mayor Newsom invited Ms. Biegel to come forward and receive the proclamation and commented that she is an outstanding example of a quite professional who keeps confidences and always looks like a fashion plate. The Mayor told Ms. Biegel that she has a tremendous amount of respect for her and speaking on behalf of the entire City Council and City employees, extends our appreciation for all her work and commitment to the City. She told Ms. Biegel she will certainly be missed and encouraged her to keep in touch with us and not be a stranger.
Beverly Biegel thanked the Mayor and City Council and told them that this City has been a great place to work.
Finance Director Cash Sweiven presented Ms. Biegel with a holiday greenery arrangement and said it was just a small token of appreciation from the City Council,. City Staff and the Finance Department for all her hard work. He told Ms. Biegel she is certainly appreciated and has brought a level of class to our organization that will be hard to replace. Ms. Biegel said Director Cash Sweiven had been a pleasure to work with.
Mayor Newsom noted that an example of Ms. Biegel’s professionalism is that in lieu of a retirement reception she has asked that we make a donation to her favorite charity. Ms. Biegel received a standing ovation.
Item 5. on the Agenda. CONSENT AGENDA
Following the Clerk’s reading, Councilman Dan Bishop asked that the Building Permit Approval for Gladstone Senior Apartments at 5700 N Main be considered under the Regular Agenda to allow comment. Mayor Newsom designated the item as Agenda Item 5a.
Councilman Dan Bishop moved to approve the Consent Agenda as amended; Councilman Les Smith seconded. The vote: All “aye” - Councilman Les Smith, Councilman Shirley Smith, Councilman Dan Bishop, Mayor Pro Tem Bill Cross, Mayor Anita Newsom. (5-0)
CONSENT AGENDA DETAIL
Councilman Dan Bishop moved to approve RESOLUTION NO. R-01-77, acceptance of work under contract with William White & Sons Construction, Co. Inc. for the 2001 Curb & Sidewalk Program and authorizing final payment in the amount of $10,940.64 from the Transportation Sales Tax Fund. Councilman Shirley Smith seconded. The vote: All “aye” -Councilman Les Smith, Councilman Shirley Smith, Councilman Dan Bishop, Mayor Pro Tem Bill Cross, Mayor Anita Newsom. (5-0)
Councilman Dan Bishop moved to approve RESOLUTION NO. R-01-78, authorizing the City Manager to execute a Tow Service Agreement with Glad Rents, Inc. for vehicle towing and storage services for the City of Gladstone for the two year period, January 1, 2002 through December 31, 2003. Councilman Shirley Smith seconded. The vote: All “aye” - Councilman Les Smith, Councilman Shirley Smith, Councilman Dan Bishop, Mayor Pro Tem Bill Cross, Mayor Anita Newsom. (5-0)
Councilman Dan Bishop moved to approve RESOLUTION NO. R-01-79, authorizing the City Manager to execute a contract with Black & Veatch, LLP for design of the Old Maids Creek, Cave Creek and East Creek Sanitary Sewer Improvements in the amount of $69,945.00 from the 2000 Combined Water and Sanitary Sewer Revenue Bond Fund. Councilman Shirley Smith seconded. The vote: All “aye” - Councilman Les Smith, Councilman Shirley Smith, Councilman Dan Bishop, Mayor Pro Tem Bill Cross, Mayor Anita Newsom. (5-0)
Councilman Dan Bishop moved to approve RESOLUTION NO. R-01-80, accepting Permanent and Temporary Easements from the North Kansas City School District required in conjunction with the 2001 Arterial Sidewalk Program. Councilman Shirley Smith seconded. The vote: All “aye” - Councilman Les Smith, Councilman Shirley Smith, Councilman Dan Bishop, Mayor Pro Tem Bill Cross, Mayor Anita Newsom. (5-0)
Councilman Dan Bishop moved to approve RESOLUTION NO. R-01-81, authorizing execution of a contract with Wornall Secure Business Solutions for the Water Treatment Plant Video Security System in the amount of $34,829.56 from the Combined Water and Sanitary Sewer Fund. Councilman Shirley Smith seconded. The vote: All “aye” - Councilman Les Smith, Councilman Shirley Smith, Councilman Dan Bishop, Mayor Pro Tem Bill Cross, Mayor Anita Newsom. (5-0)
Councilman Dan Bishop moved for APPROVAL OF BUILDING PERMIT for the 18 unit Northaven Village Condominium complex at 68th & N Olive. Applicant/Owner: Wesco Investments (BP #01-0818) Councilman Shirley Smith seconded. The vote: All “aye” - Councilman Les Smith, Councilman Shirley Smith, Councilman Dan Bishop, Mayor Pro Tem Bill Cross, Mayor Anita Newsom. (5-0)
Councilman Dan Bishop moved for APPROVAL OF FINANCIAL REPORTS for the month of November, 2001. Councilman Shirley Smith seconded. The vote: All “aye” - Councilman Les Smith, Councilman Shirley Smith, Councilman Dan Bishop, Mayor Pro Tem Bill Cross, Mayor Anita Newsom. (5-0)
Item 5a. on the Agenda. Councilman Dan Bishop moved for APPROVAL OF BUILDING PERMIT for 151,698 sq. ft. Gladstone Senior Apartments at 5700 N Main. Applicant: Nolte & Associates. Owner: Herman Scharhag. (BP#01-0466) Councilman Les Smith seconded.
Councilman Bishop explained that he asked that this item be placed on the regular agenda for discussion because he did not want it to be approved without the opportunity to make comment. This project, as he stated on the record before, exemplifies the sort of project that can happen when you have a developer come forward who is willing to work with a very well organized neighborhood group with some very specific concerns relative to a parcel, specifically traffic and water. We had good developer and citizens communications and he gives credit to staff for their important role in that and working to find the optimal solution for this development. It has been stated numerous times from this Council table that we need senior housing in this community and he is so glad that the pieces have all come together. There was a meeting of the Industrial Development Authority recently and they will be issuing the bonds on this project and he is grateful that we are finally at the stage where tonight we can approve this building permit. It is gratifying for him to be able to vote in favor of this application and he will be doing so.
Mayor Newsom questioned Community Development Director Scott Wingerson on the exterior finish materials of metal and vinyl. Director Wingerson said that the materials are a residential style and asked Mr. Nolte to present samples.
Mr. Thomas Nolte, Nolte and Associates Architects and Planners, 7611 State Line Road, Kansas City, Missouri, indicated he is the architect of record and the land planner on this project which they have been working on for the last year and a half. Mr. Nolte distributed reduced copies of the elevations as well as additional information and explained that the building is “H” shaped. There is cultured stone on the lower levels and stone columns and stone on the face of the building and entry areas. There is lap siding and above that is shake siding. They are trying to imitate a New England or pseudo Cape Cod look. The building has several roof changes and has many gables, hips an dormers to break up the long roof line. They change the elevation of the roof approximately 16 times. They have a hill top location and a three story building with a gable roof. Mr. Nolte described the materials for the main entry which consist of a standing seam metal roof, which gives them the Cape Cod roof which is mainly at the entry and a couple of dormers. The colors used are white, sand, desert, and champagne with burgundy touches and he discussed the colors to be used on each floor.
The shake siding which are the little shakes up on the dormer are desert and he displayed catalog cuts of the materials which are Owens Corning who is the largest manufacturer of these construction materials and considered A+ in the industry. Our fascia and vertical trim is white, the aluminum clad windows are white, the louvers and shutters are burgundy to match the standing seam. The stone on the lower level is desert beige and the lintels above the windows are champagne. These are the materials that represent about 95% of the exterior, they have very little paint which is mostly on the gutters and trim and have what they consider long wear materials and they do have a 30 year roof on the system but the standing seam roof is rated 50. Most of their attention is geared towards the main entry which is the focal point and the part that is closest to Englewood and the first to be seen and the main traffic area. The building is interesting being “H” shaped with a dog leg on the back which conforms to the contour. They created court yards in the middle and it became important that they put in a lot of vertical elements with quasi balconies that come up and penetrate the roof line to give it some relief.
Mr. Nolte said this is their fifth largest project of this nature and they have been well received in the other communities but he would say that this project in Gladstone is the best they have done. Staff had wanted to see something that reflected residential scale materials but with commercial grade quality, and that is what they have been able to assemble.
Mayor Newsom said that was the reinforcement she had been looking for because she wanted to the assurance that it would not become a building that wouldn’t look good in ten years and then be faced with maintenance issues. She understands the need for maintenance free materials but wanted to be assured of high grade materials that would maintain their color, look and integrity.
Councilman Les Smith said he had the pleasure of sitting on the Planning Commission when this project was brought forward and it was a process that worked with the residents, the staff, the developer and architect, and we should be very proud of what we will be getting. There are a lot of folks who are looking forward to this project being built in the community.
Councilman Bishop said he has been impressed with the manner in which Mr. Nolte has moved through the process and learned that he is Acting Mayor of Lenexa which explains his familiarity with the process and ability to operate with a great deal of finesse.
The vote: All “aye” - Councilman Les Smith, Councilman Shirley Smith, Councilman Dan Bishop, Mayor Pro Tem Bill Cross, Mayor Anita Newsom. (5-0)
Mayor Newsom asked when ground would be broken. Mr. Nolte said it would be Spring and that they are finishing up the paper work for the State of Missouri to receive their funding in the upcoming fiscal year.
Item 6. on the Agenda. Communications from the Audience.
Item 7. on the Agenda. Communications from the City Council.
Councilman Les Smith congratulated retiring Municipal Court Clerk Beverly Biegel for her service to the community and he also congratulated the Public Safety Academy graduates and the men and women of the department for an outstanding program.
Mr. Smith said he had called City Hall with a couple of citizen inquiries and has not passed on to City Manager Davis his appreciation for the timely two day response in the handling of his inquiries which were on road repair and traffic issues. He also thanked the City Manager for the responses on the Senate and House Bills he requested.
Councilman Smith advised the National League of Cities Conference in Atlanta he attended was rewarding in the good seminars that were held. He believes we need to continue to bring information forward on the Policy Governance Model which was suggested. He is impressed with that method of doing business and it was one of the goals for the coming year.
Councilman Smith also asked if a decision had been made on alternatives to vinyl siding for the Central Park Community Center discussed at budget time.
Parks and Recreations Director Buschor said he can guarantee the material will not be vinyl siding but that an alternative material has not yet been selected. City Manager Davis confirmed that $16,000 is programmed for year 2002 for that project.
Councilman Shirley Smith said she attended a Clay County organization’s annual awards banquet and eight lifetime achievement awards were given and noted that four recipients were Gladstone citizens, which made her very proud. We have great citizens and that is why she tries her very best to take projects and problems and look at them objectively from a citizen’s viewpoint and vote accordingly because they deserve our best efforts.
Ms. Smith said that at a previous meeting, Councilman Les Smith had commented about what we have to look forward to in the future and she has thought of a few more. It is an exciting time to live in Gladstone because we have a lot of things going on. We are still talking about a downtown area and she is looking forward to that. She is looking forward to perhaps a Public Safety Commission which would be a citizens group to assist Public Safety with some of their projects. Then there is the ever popular Community Center, if we can ever figure out how to get the money. Councilman Smith wished all a safe, happy, healthy, holiday season.
Councilman Dan Bishop said he also attended the meeting Councilman Shirley Smith spoke of which was the Clay County Democratic Club’s Annual Dinner at the Elms Hotel. It was remarkable that eight individuals were recognized County-wide and of those four were Gladstone residents which made him very proud. They were: Galen Neill, Bob Frank, Attorney Leary Skinner, and Charley Byrd, who was also Gladstone’s recipient of the MML Civic Leadership Award this past year.
Councilman Bishop said he attended the ribbon cutting for the Disabled American Veterans Thrift Store on Friday, December 7th. It was impressive that there were a number of Pearl Harbor survivors in attendance sixty years to the day after the events of Pearl Harbor. The store was clean, bright, and in good order and he hopes it does very well.
Mr. Bishop said he also attended the rededication of Truman Library and heard famed historian David McCullough speak on the comparisons between Pearl Harbor and the events of September 11th. Mr. McCullough said that September 11th was the darkest and most tragic day in this country’s history but also said that just as we had come through World War II when it was not at all that certain on December 7th, 1941 that we would; we will also prevail and come through this current war again terrorism. Councilman Bishop said Mr. McCullough’s remarks really hit home after being at the DAV store opening.
Councilman Bishop also wished everyone a Happy Holiday Season.
Councilman Bill Cross said he appreciated the opportunity to attend the National League of Cities Conference in Atlanta. He and other Councilman attending split up their attendance at different sessions. It was interesting and very enjoyable to visit with other Council people and interact with them. He certainly found the conference beneficial.
Councilman Cross wishes Beverly Biegel well and said it has been wonderful to have her associated with the City for 25 years .
Mayor Anita Newsom said that she had received word that resident Mr. Charles Byrd is not in good health and encouraged those who know him to send greetings to his home because this is such a difficult time of year not to be in good health. She said Mr. Byrd is a very special member of our community.
Mayor Newsom also welcomed new community resident, Miss Rachel Wingerson. Rachel is the new baby daughter of Scott and Michelle Wingerson. Both mother and daughter are doing well and she congratulations the entire family.
Mayor Newsom said she will be sharing some materials with various departments from the National League of Cities Conference she attended. She participated in an off site tour to Smyrna, Georgia in connection with the conference. Symrna has undergone extensive redevelopment through some creative financing resulting in construction of a city hall, city library, multi purpose community center, police station, fire station and jail as well as a multi use project to be known as a market center with shops on the lower level and loft apartments above. Entire block renovations of blighted areas have been turned into upscale homes and senior housing and multi family additions. Great creative financing has taken place there and we would have the opportunity to do something similar.
The Mayor said she attended an NLC strategic planning session that was a day long and learned there are a number of things we are already doing right, and a few things we can do to enhance our strategic planning process for the whole community. She said she found the conference very beneficial.
Mayor Newsom also announced that board and commission interviews with ten individuals will be held on Saturday, December 16th at 9:00 am.
She also encouraged all to attend the Holiday Lighting Ceremony this Thursday at Westlake Hardware Store. This year she is designating this tree as the Community Holiday Tree rather than the Mayor’s Holiday Tree because this effort is for our charitable organizations, the community of Gladstone and all our citizens.
The Mayor encouraged everyone to enjoy this holiday with family and friends and commented that the events of the last few months make us value our family and friends even more.
Councilman Dan Bishop noted that the Gladstone Rotary Club had generated funds through the 5K Scarecrow Run this Fall which were earmarked specifically for the Northland Christmas Store and wanted to make sure that intent was known.
Mayor Newsom agreed that those Rotary funds will be given directly to the Christmas Store and all other funds raised will be split between the Northland Christmas Store and the Neighbors Helping Neighbors organizations. .
Item 8. on the Agenda. Communications from the City Manager.
City Manager Kirk Davis offered his congratulations to Assistant City Manager for Development Scott Wingerson and his wife, Michelle on the birth of their daughter, Rachel and wishes them all the best. Mr. Davis said he is proud of the work that Scott does here at City Hall and said he is a big part of our City Hall family.
City Manager Davis also introduced, Andy Noll, Gladstone’s new Public Works Director. Director Noll said he appreciated the opportunity to fulfill his obligations and meet the expectations of the citizens of Gladstone in his role and even improve upon the services his department delivers if they can. Mr. Noll introduced his wife, Candy and received the congratulations of all.
Mayor Newsom welcomed Director Andy Noll and City Manager Davis commented that Mr. Noll has done a great job in the department during his tenure with the City, he has a very good public presence and brings some strengths to that department and he looks forward to working with him as we strive for even more accomplishments.
City Manager Davis referred Council to the Capital Improvement Program Report that was provided the City Council and said it is an important document and used as a planning tool and a guide for developers, and there is a lot of information contained in the document.
Mr. Davis added his wishes to all for a happy and safe holiday season.
Councilman Les Smith said he did not want the appointment of Mr. Andy Noll to the position of Public Works Director to go unnoticed. He said he is a talented individual and it is encouraging to know that we had someone on staff that we could promote from within and he certainly congratulates him.
Item 9. on the Agenda. PUBLIC HEARING: on a request for a Site Plan revision on property at 200 NW Englewood Road. Applicant: Weiskirch & Parks Engineers. Owner: Labosu, L.L.C. (File #1168)
Mayor Anita Newsom opened the Public Hearing and explained the hearing process.
Applicant Dan Weiskirch, 111 N Main, Independence, Missouri, introduced himself and said he represents Labosu, L.L.C. in this application. He noted there are two principals in the company also present this evening who are prepared to answer any specific questions.
Mr. Weiskirch described the property and noted the general location is just south of the proposed senior housing project on the west side of Englewood Road, just west of the existing Realty Executives building. This site is about one acre in size and will be a miniature clone of the Realty Executives building and will be the same style color and same color of brick.. The west elevation is two story and the east will be one story to account for the fall through the site.
Community Development Director Scott Wingerson noted the Planning Commission unanimously recommended approval of the request. He noted Condition #15 in the Bill calls for the fire system, basically fire hydrants, to be being installed compliant with the Fire Code. The condition as initially presented to the Planning Commission was that the water or fire protection system be looped between North Main and the new street being built for the senior housing project. Mr. Weiskirch noted to the Planning Commission that in complying with the Fire Code it would be difficult to construct the loop main system because the developer in this application does not control or have interest in the Realty Executives project. It is important to note that we did not understand at the Planning Commission Meeting that the senior housing project request and this request came very close together, so we were in the process of reviewing the senior housing project for permit purposes as we were reviewing this project for site planning. The senior housing system will contain the looped water system, therefore Fire Marshal Duddy is requesting that they comply with the fire code through the installation of appropriate fire hydrants.
There were no other comments or persons desiring to speak and Mayor Newsom closed the Public Hearing.
Item 9a. on the Agenda. FIRST READING BILL 01-49, approving a Site Plan Revision
in a CP-O Zone for property at 200 NW Englewood Road subject to certain terms and conditions. Applicant: Weiskirch & Parks Engineers Owner: Labosu, L.L.C. (File #1168)
Councilman Dan Bishop moved to place Bill 01-49 on First Reading; Councilman Bill Cross seconded. Roll Call vote: “Aye” - Councilman Les Smith, Councilman Shirley Smith, Councilman Dan Bishop, Mayor Pro Tem Bill Cross, Mayor Anita Newsom. (5-0) The Clerk read the Bill.
Councilman Dan Bishop moved to accept the First Reading of Bill 01-49, Waive the Rule and place the Bill on Second Reading; Councilman Bill Cross seconded. Roll Call vote: “Aye” - Councilman Les Smith, Councilman Shirley Smith, Councilman Dan Bishop, Mayor Pro Tem Bill Cross, Mayor Anita Newsom. (5-0) The Clerk read the Bill.
Councilman Dan Bishop moved to accept the Second and Final Reading of Bill 01-49 and enact the Bill as Ordinance 3.817; Councilman Bill Cross seconded.
Councilman Shirley Smith said it is a pleasure to have someone bring forth a proposal for an office in Gladstone and she hopes there will be more projects of that nature to come.
Roll Call vote: “Aye” - Councilman Les Smith, Councilman Shirley Smith, Councilman Dan Bishop, Mayor Pro Tem Bill Cross, Mayor Anita Newsom. (5-0)
Item 10. on the Agenda. FIRST READING BILL 01-50, enacting a new Building and Construction Ordinance (BACO 2000) relating to the construction and maintenance of structures and property within the City of Gladstone, Missouri to be codified as Chapter 34 of the Gladstone Municipal Code.
Councilman Les Smith moved to place Bill 01-50 on First Reading; Councilman Dan Bishop seconded. Roll Call vote: “Aye” - Councilman Les Smith, Councilman Shirley Smith, Councilman Dan Bishop, Mayor Pro Tem Bill Cross, Mayor Anita Newsom. (5-0) The Clerk read the Bill.
Councilman Les Smith moved to accept the First Reading of Bill 01-50, Waive the Rule and place the Bill on Second Reading; Councilman Dan Bishop seconded. Roll Call vote: “Aye” - Councilman Les Smith, Councilman Shirley Smith, Councilman Dan Bishop, Mayor Pro Tem Bill Cross, Mayor Anita Newsom. (5-0) The Clerk read the Bill.
Councilman Les Smith moved to accept the Second and Final Reading of Bill 01-50 and enact the Bill as Ordinance 3.818; Councilman Dan Bishop seconded.
Director Scott Wingerson advised that Council will be provided with new book covers reflecting the enactment date for the BACO ordinance distributed at the last City Council Study Session.
Mayor Newsom commented that it represents a tremendous amount of work. and it is great to keep us current in our national codes.
Roll Call vote: “Aye” - Councilman Les Smith, Councilman Shirley Smith, Councilman Dan Bishop, Mayor Pro Tem Bill Cross, Mayor Anita Newsom. (5-0) The Clerk read the Bill.
Item 12 on the Agenda. Questions from the News Media.
Dispatch Newspaper Reporter Amy Newport said she was not attending our meetings when these plans were presented and is unfamiliar with the project. She asked if the senior housing project will be a nursing center and low income.
Director Scott Wingerson explained that the project is an independent living facility with very nice apartment style.
Councilman Dan Bishop noted the plan contains the potential that assisted living could be built to the east at some point. Mr. Wingerson said that is correct, subject to the market demand and City Council approval , that is a potential future option. Mr. Bishop advised that that the plans call for an array of services to be provided such as shuttle service and an on site health clinic. Mr. Wingerson said there will be a lot of area wide cooperation serving the facility and it will be an asset to Gladstone and the entire northland..
Mayor Newsom said this facility is an opportunity for seniors to remain living more independently much longer.
Mr. Bishop said it is his understanding that there are rent caps so that this facility is in an affordable rent range for the average Gladstone senior.
Councilman Shirley Smith commented that this project has been a long difficult road but will be a great addition to our community.
Sun Newspaper Reporter Kelli Houx said she certainly agrees with comments made by Councilman Shirley Smith at the last meeting encouraging everyone to drive safely. She recently lost an acquaintance through a car accident and she echoes Councilman Smith’s hope that people drive safely this holiday season.
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There being no further business to come before the December 10, 2001 Gladstone City Council Meeting, Mayor Anita Newsom adjourned the Regular Meeting.
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Councilman Dan Bishop moved to adjourn to Closed Executive Session in the City Manager’s Office pursuant to Missouri Open Meeting Act Exemptions 610.021(1) Litigation Discussion and 610.021(3) for Personnel Discussion. Councilman Bill Cross seconded. Roll Call vote: All “aye” - Councilman Les Smith, Councilman Shirley Smith, Councilman Dan Bishop, Mayor Pro Tem Bill Cross, Mayor Anita Newsom. (5-0)
Marilyn F. Ahnefeld, City Clerk
Anita Newsom, Mayor