CITY COUNCIL MEETING
MONDAY, NOVEMBER 11, 2002
PRESENT: Mayor Bill Cross
Mayor Pro Tem Les Smith
Councilman Shirley Smith
Councilman Carol Rudi
Councilman Wayne Beer
City Manager Kirk Davis
City Counselor David Ramsay
City Clerk Marilyn Ahnefeld
Mayor Bill Cross opened the Regular November 11, 2002 City Council Meeting at 7:30 PM in the Gladstone City Council Chambers.
Item 3. on the Agenda. PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE
Mayor Bill Cross led the Pledge of Allegiance to the Flag in which all joined.
Item 4. on the Agenda. APPROVAL OF REGULAR OCTOBER 29, 2002 CITY COUNCIL MEETING MINUTES.
Councilman Carol Rudi moved to approve the Regular October 29, 2002 City Council Meeting Minutes as submitted. Councilman Wayne Beer seconded the motion. The vote: All “aye” - Councilman Wayne Beer, Councilman Carol Rudi, Councilman Shirley Smith, Mayor Pro Tem Les Smith, Mayor Bill Cross. (5-0)
Item 5. on the Agenda. CONSENT AGENDA
Following the Clerk’s reading, Councilman Wayne Beer moved to approve the Consent Agenda as listed. Councilman Carol Rudi seconded. The vote: All “aye” - Councilman Wayne Beer, Councilman Carol Rudi, Councilman Shirley Smith, Mayor Pro Tem Les Smith, Mayor Bill Cross. (5-0)
Councilman Wayne Beer moved to approve RESOLUTION R-02-84, accepting Permanent and Temporary Easements from property owners required in connection with the installation of Storm Water Improvements at 7211 N. Holmes. Councilman Carol Rudi seconded. The vote: All “aye” - Councilman Wayne Beer, Councilman Carol Rudi, Councilman Shirley Smith, Mayor Pro Tem Les Smith, Mayor Bill Cross. (5-0)
Councilman Wayne Beer moved to approve the FINANCIAL REPORTS for the month of October, 2002. Councilman Carol Rudi seconded. The vote: All “aye” - Councilman Wayne Beer, Councilman Carol Rudi, Councilman Shirley Smith, Mayor Pro Tem Les Smith, Mayor Bill Cross. (5-0)
Item 6. on the Agenda. COMMUNICATIONS FROM THE AUDIENCE.
Mary Abbott, 5905 N. Broadway, thanked the City for the wonderful Gala celebration on November 9th and wished the City a Happy Birthday.
Terry Hoppenthaler, 2706 NE 57th Terrace, stated that she hoped everyone enjoyed the Gala last Saturday evening. The Gala Committee, the Memorabilia Committee, and Banner Committee all did such a wonderful job. The Gala Committee certainly outdid themselves. Ms. Hoppenthaler said she truly loves this City and thanked the Council for allowing her to be a part of the City celebration.
Mayor Cross thanked Terry and said he knew how much time and effort was spent on this and appreciates everyone’s help.
Item 7. on the Agenda. COMMUNICATIONS FROM THE CITY COUNCIL.
Councilman Carol Rudi congratulated the Gala Committee and the entire 50th Celebration Committee for a great job. It has been a tremendous experience and Saturday night was beautiful and incredible. She knows everyone had a wonderful time.
Councilman Wayne Beer agreed with the other comments about the Gala and stated that he and his wife had a great time. He congratulated Terry Hoppenthaler and Lana Whitton, the two co-chairs of the entire 50th Anniversary Celebration. The other committees included the Gala Committee, co-chaired by Nancy Thompson, Cathy Swenson, and Diane Whitaker; the Memorabilia Committee, co-chaired by Galen Neil and Freddie Nichols. Mary Abbott, who is in attendance tonight, was a part of the Memorabilia Committee and he thanked her for her work. The Banner Committee was chaired by Marilyn Ahnefeld. Mr. Beer said these folks did an excellent job of putting everything together to make a very successful event.
Mr. Beer asked about the status of the property where Creekwood Medical Center had asked for special dispensation regarding a construction and work permit because of unusual circumstances. He has not seen anything happening on this project as he might have expected.
Assistant City Manager Scott Wingerson advised that the property owner is Richard Hawkin and the location is near the intersection of Englewood and Antioch Road. He had asked the Council for expediency in issuance of a building permit for the renovation of the entire facility. They had a construction crew from Iowa, but this crew picked up two other jobs as we were expediting the building permit. Hopefully they will begin in December since the timing went askew during the approval process.
Mr. Beer thanked Mr. Wingerson and stated that it might be hard to think about issuing special dispensations for folks in the future if this is typical.
Councilman Beer stated that he hoped everyone gave thought today about our country’s military veterans, both living and dead. Without all of the sacrifices throughout this country’s tumultuous past, we most likely would not be gathered here even tonight. We would almost certainly not be able to enjoy our liberties, freedoms and responsibilities that have been sought throughout our history. Mr. Beer thanked all of our veterans and hopes we will all thank them as well.
Councilman Shirley Smith said when we first discussed the 50th year celebration, we wanted it to be equal to how we all felt about the city , and that has been accomplished this year.
Ms. Smith reported that she attended the Woodbine Health Center open house last week and notes we should be proud that this facility is located in Gladstone.
Councilman Shirley Smith also mentioned that the Council held their goal-setting retreat on Friday. It is not often that we get to visit and talk to each other, but it always results in good things and was a successful retreat.
Mayor Pro Tem Les Smith agreed with Councilman Smith that the retreat session was very productive and he hopes that they gave staff some direction on things they hope to accomplish. We also learned that staff has accomplished most of the objectives that were set the last couple of years which is a good thing.
Mayor Pro Tem Smith asked if anyone besides the Mayor has talked with the Gladstone resident about her fireworks concern from Gladfest that keeps appearing in the Dispatch Newspaper Tapes. She is now talking about fiscal irresponsibility and new leadership and that is more than taking a swipe at the Council and everyone. He challenged this lady to give her name and address to City Council so they may have a discussion with her.
Mr. Smith asked Terry Hoppenthaler to pass along to the entire 50th Anniversary Committee and everyone else involved his thanks. It has been a tremendous year of events which will culminate on the Incorporation Day Open House November 19th and hopes everyone will be there that afternoon.
We all have some permanent memories that we will be able to add to incrementally over the years. We have the Memorabilia Display, the Summer 50’s Event, the Anniversary Kick-off Event, and it was culminated Saturday night by the Gala Ball which was by absolutely the most wonderful event that he had ever attended since he began volunteering more than 25 years ago. It was just beautiful and everything fell into place. He thanked Terry Hoppenthaler for being a part of it and her committee for allowing him to present the history of the City which was really special to him. We are “50” Gladstone, congratulations.
Mayor Bill Cross commented that he certainly agreed with other Council members’ comments regarding the Gala. The Gala planning started in October of last year and he appreciates all those who even worked until the last minute on Saturday, then ran home and changed clothes to get back to enjoy the evening, and then disassembled it all when the event closed at 11:30 pm.
Mayor Cross said he was able to take home two table centerpieces, then took one to Woodbine Health Center today and they were delighted. He was also able to attend their open house last week and present them a congratulatory letter.
Mayor Cross also announced that on November 16th at 9:00 am, a crew will meet and put up the Mayor’s Holiday Tree at First Bank of Missouri on Antioch Road. It is a brand new tree and will be lit on November 26th beginning at 6:00 pm. He has also asked Mr. Bryan Busby to join the festivities by doing a live weathercast that night. There are several singing groups lined up and he invited his fellow Council members to join him in riding on the sleigh to the site. The sleigh will hold about 16 people and he welcomes them to attend.
Item 8. on the Agenda. COMMUNICATIONS FROM THE CITY MANAGER.
City Manager Kirk Davis also added his kudos to the Gala Committee. It was an awesome event and one that none of us will forget for a long, long time and certainly worthy of our 50th Birthday. There were a lot of folks from way back who had a lot of input in the way Gladstone looks today and they deserve a lot of credit.
Mr. Davis thanked Terry Hoppenthaler and her committees who did a great job in all of the events this year. We could not have asked for more.
Item 9. on the Agenda. CITY COUNCIL ACCEPTANCE OF FY 2001-2002 CITY OF GLADSTONE ANNUAL FINANCIAL REPORT.
Councilman Wayne Beer moved to accept the 2001-2002 ANNUAL FINANCIAL REPORT for the City of Gladstone. Councilman Shirley Smith seconded. The vote: All “aye” – Councilman Wayne Beer, Councilman Carol Rudi, Councilman Shirley Smith, Mayor Pro Tem Les Smith, Mayor Bill Cross. (5-0)
Item 10. on the Agenda. FIRST READING BILL 02-28, adopting the Sewer Service Connection Fee mandated by the State of Missouri for all Gladstone properties with connection to the City Sewer System.
Mayor Pro Tem Les Smith moved to place Bill 02-28 on First Reading. Councilman Carol Rudi seconded. The vote: All “aye” – Councilman Wayne Beer, Councilman Carol Rudi, Councilman Shirley Smith, Mayor Pro Tem Les Smith, Mayor Bill Cross. (5-0) The Clerk read the Bill.
Mayor Pro Tem Les Smith moved to accept the First Reading of Bill 02-28, Waive the Rule and place the Bill on Second and Final Reading. Councilman Carol Rudi seconded. The vote: All “aye” - Councilman Carol Rudi, Councilman Shirley Smith, Mayor Pro Tem Les Smith, Mayor Bill Cross. (5-0) The Clerk read the Bill.
Mayor Pro Tem Les Smith moved to accept the Second and Final Reading of Bill 02-28 and enact the Bill as Ordinance 3.846. Councilman Carol Rudi seconded.
Councilman Carol Rudi stated that this fee is mandated by the State of Missouri, and not something that the City has initiated.
Councilman Wayne Beer said that he will be voting for this ordinance, but has a hard time dealing with mandates by the state.
Roll Call Vote: All “aye” – Councilman Wayne Beer, Councilman Carol Rudi, Councilman Shirley Smith, Mayor Pro Tem Les Smith, Mayor Bill Cross. (5-0)
Item 11. on the Agenda. OTHER BUSINESS
City Clerk Marilyn Ahnefeld said that she would be remiss if she did not thank the Gala event co-chairs and the City Council for the bouquet of roses she received. As everyone reported earlier, it was a very special evening.
Item 12. on the Agenda. QUESTIONS FROM THE NEWS MEDIA
Amy Newport, Dispatch Newspaper advised that there will be pictures from the Gala in the Wednesday and Friday editions of the Dispatch.
There being no further business to come before the November 11, 2002 Gladstone City Council Meeting, Mayor Bill Cross adjourned the Regular Meeting.
Councilman Wayne Beer moved to adjourn the Regular Meeting and go to Closed Executive Session in the City Manager’s Office pursuant to Missouri Open Meeting Act Exemption 610.021(1) for Litigation and Privileged Communications Discussion, 610.021(2) for Real Estate Acquisition Discussion, and 610.021(3) for Personnel Discussion. Mayor Pro Tem Les Smith seconded.
Role Call Vote: All “aye” – Councilman Wayne Beer, Councilman Carol Rudi, Councilman Shirley Smith, Mayor Pro Tem Les Smith, Mayor Bill Cross. (5-0)
Marilyn F. Ahnefeld, City Clerk
Approved as submitted: __________
Bill Cross, Mayor