CITY COUNCIL MEETING
MONDAY, JANUARY 27, 2003
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 Cathy Swenson
Mayor Bill Cross opened the Regular January 27, 2003, 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 JANUARY 13, 2003 CITY COUNCIL MEETING MINUTES.
Councilman Beer moved to approve the minutes of the Regular January 13, 2003, City Council Meeting as submitted. Mayor Pro Tem Les Smith 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 4a. on the Agenda. Presentation of 2002 Mayor’s Community Christmas Tree Lighting Fund Drive proceeds.
Mayor Bill Cross presented a check in the amount of $1,873.73 to Mr. Art Hammen, Executive Director of the Gladstone Neighbors Helping Neighbors organization. Mayor Cross thanked Mr. Hammen for all his time and outstanding efforts, and continued by saying that this money goes to a very worthwhile organization. On behalf of the Board of Directors, the volunteers, and especially the residents of Gladstone that Gladstone Neighbors Helping Neighbors serves, Mr. Hammen extended thanks to the Mayor and City Council, and to the citizens who made this very generous gift possible. A very aggressive calendar of events will soon be announced for the year 2003. This money will go a long way toward providing assistance to those residents in need.
Mayor Cross presented a check in the amount of $6,973.73 to Ms. Ikey Harris, Chairman, of the Northland Christmas Store. Funds in the amount of $5,000.00 were raised at the Scarecrow 5K Walk/Run. Mayor Cross thanked Ms. Harris for her outstanding efforts and for the efforts of all who contribute to such a worthy organization. Ms. Harris thanked the Mayor and City Council and commented that this will help to pay bills that have been recently received. This past year, 1,153 families were served. This was accomplished thanks to generous contributions such as this and to the many volunteers who contribute their time. The Parks and Recreation staff have been marvelous to help, and Ms. Harris appreciates the efforts of Parks and Recreation Director Sheila Lillis, who always responds when needed.
Item 5. on the Agenda. CONSENT AGENDA
Following the Clerk’s reading, Councilman Carol Rudi moved to approve the Consent Agenda as presented. Councilman Wayne Beer 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 Carol Rudi moved to approve RESOLUTION R-03-10, authorizing acceptance of work under contract with Riggs Recreation for the Meadowbrook Park Playground, and authorizing final payment in the amount of $1,481.55 from the Capital Improvement Sales Tax Fund. Councilman Wayne Beer 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
There were no communications from the audience.
Item 7. on the Agenda. COMMUNICATIONS FROM THE CITY COUNCIL
Councilman Carol Rudi congratulated Finance Director Cash Sweiven and his staff on The Distinguished Budget Award they received again this year. Director does a very good job of answering any questions that come forward from City Council, which is very much appreciated.
Councilman Wayne Beer agreed and offered his congratulations on a job well done.
Councilman Shirley Smith stated that she feels that this will be a great year. The City’s new property codes will go into effect, the new fire station will start to take shape, the amphitheatre will be rebuilt, and Gladfest and all the other wonderful activities will continue. We have much to look forward to this next year.
Mayor Pro Tem Les Smith congratulated Director Sweiven and his staff on the Budget Award. Councilman Smith thanked City Counselor Dave Ramsay for the memorandum regarding the Noise Ordinance, which was included in Council’s packet, and asked if this could be scheduled for a study session item at the next meeting, if that is acceptable with City Council.
Mayor Bill Cross extended his congratulations to Director Sweiven and his staff and expressed his confidence that Director Sweiven will again present a budget package that will meet the City’s needs for the next year. Mayor Cross encouraged all to vote next week. The Use Tax will be on the ballot.
Mayor Cross expressed his appreciation for the outstanding job City Manager Davis did last week in a presentation at the North Kansas City Council meeting. Mayor Cross feels confident North Kansas City will donate at least $50,000 to the Oak Grove Amphitheatre Fund.
Item 8. on the Agenda. COMMUNICATIONS FROM THE CITY MANAGER
City Manager Kirk Davis encouraged all to vote Tuesday, February 4th. Information will be coming out in the Thursday packet regarding an election results watch. February 7th is the Boards and Commissions Banquet, and City Manager Davis encouraged all to attend.
Item 9. on the Agenda. RESOLUTION R-03-11, authorizing execution of a contract with Miller Stauch Construction Company, Incorporated in the amount $411,624.00, for the renovation of the Oak Grove Amphitheatre.
Mayor Pro Tem Les Smith moved to approve Resolution R-03-11, authorizing execution of a contract with Miller Stauch Construction Company, Incorporated in the amount of $411,624.00, for the renovation of the Oak Grove Amphitheatre. Councilman Shirley Smith 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 10. on the Agenda. OTHER BUSINESS
There was no other business.
Item 11. on the Agenda. QUESTONS FROM THE NEWS MEDIA
Amy Newport, of the Dispatch-Tribune Newspapers asked for information on The Distinguished Budget Award. Director Sweiven explained that it is an award presented through the Government Finance Officers Association (GFOA). There is certain criteria that must be met. There must be an operational document, a communications document, and a policy document, and certain criteria must be met in each one of these fields. There is a review by three independent reviewers. If the score is high enough, an award is then presented.
Item 12. on the Agenda. ADJOURNMENT
Councilman Wayne Beer made a motion to adjourn the Regular Meeting and return to the remaining business under the Open Study Session. 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)
Cathy L. Swenson, City Clerk
Approved as submitted: _________
Approved as corrected/amended: _________
Bill Cross, Mayor