CITY COUNCIL MEETING
MONDAY, FEBRUARY 10, 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 February 10, 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 27, 2003, CITY COUNCIL MEETING MINUTES
Councilman Carol Rudi moved to approve the minutes of the Regular January 27, 2003, City Council Meeting 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 4a. on the Agenda. SPECIAL PRESENTATION BY THE MAYOR AND CITY COUNCIL
Mayor Bill Cross and City Council members stepped down from the council dais, and Mayor Cross invited retiring City Clerk Marilyn Ahnefeld to join them near the podium.
Mayor Bill Cross read a PROCLAMATION designating Tuesday, February 18, 2003 as “Marilyn F. Ahnefeld Recognition Day” in Gladstone, Missouri in tribute to Marilyn Ahnefeld following forty-one years of service to the City of Gladstone.
Following a standing ovation and applause, Mayor Bill Cross presented the Proclamation to Marilyn Ahnefeld and thanked her for the exceptional public service she provided during her tenure spanning four decades.
Mayor Cross invited Mr. Mike Steffens to come forward.
Mr. Steffens stated that on behalf of the Gladstone Area Chamber of Commerce, he wished to present a bouquet of flowers in appreciation to Ms. Ahnefeld.
Mayor Cross invited Mr. Sean Ahnefeld to come forward.
Mr. Ahnefeld, Ms. Ahnefeld’s son, displayed a professionally made sign congratulating his mother on her retirement and recognizing her 41 years of service to the City.
Mayor Cross presented to Ms. Ahnefeld a “Key to the City” plaque, and stated that the “Key to the City” is given only on rare occasions, and Marilyn Ahnefeld is such a deserving recipient. Mayor Cross then remarked how many former mayors and city council members were in attendance at this meeting in honor of Ms. Ahnefeld.
Councilman Wayne Beer, on behalf of City Council members, presented a bouquet of flowers to Ms. Ahnefeld.
Mayor Cross invited all former Councilmen and Mayors to join him, the current City Council, and Ms. Ahnefeld for a group picture.
Following the group picture, Mayor Cross stated that Ms. Ahnefeld’s husband, Bud Ahnefeld, has worked so hard for the City, and invited Mr. Ahnefeld to step forward.
Mayor Cross presented to Bud Ahnefeld an Eagle plaque thanking him for his dedicated service to the City of Gladstone.
Mr. Ahnefeld thanked Mayor Cross, City Council members, and the City.
Marilyn Ahnefeld thanked Mayor Cross, City Council members and the City for the presentations, well wishes, and affection, and stated that the “Key to the City” means so much to her, and it is such an honor. Ms. Ahnefeld stated that she is blessed with a husband who has supported her in her career and shared with her a love for the City. Ms. Ahnefeld also thanked her children, Sean and Lisa, who have been so supportive and have understood over the years, when she has devoted time to attend ribbon cuttings and other City functions. Ms. Ahnefeld thanked City staff for their efforts and the Gladstone Area Chamber of Commerce with whom she has enjoyed a wonderful association.
Milton Wallace asked Ms. Ahnefeld if she remembered when she was first hired by the City in 1961. Mr. Wallace served on the City Council that hired Ms. Ahnefeld.
Ms. Ahnefeld replied she did remember, and offered her thanks to the past and present Council members and Mayors present and all those with whom she worked over the years.
Mayor Cross stated that Ms. Ahnefeld is a walking City archive, and can tell you the whereabouts of every past Councilman, Mayor, and City Manager. She does a very good job of keeping track of them and remembering them.
Ms. Ahnefeld stated that she has had wonderful opportunities during her tenure to work with eight City Managers, and has enjoyed all of them. It is with them that she has such a close day to day relationship. Ms. Ahnefeld thanked City Manager Kirk Davis for so many wonderful opportunities.
Item 4b. on the Agenda. PRESENTATION OF BOARD AND COMMISSION APPRECIATION PLAQUES
Mayor Cross remarked that the City is blessed to have over 200 citizens of Gladstone who serve on the various Boards and Commissions. Last Friday a banquet was given in their honor where there was an opportunity to thank them for their service and to share wonderful memories.
Mayor Cross presented appreciation plaques to outgoing Board and Commission members in recognition of their service to the City as follows: David Sanford, Capital Improvements Program Committee, January 2000 - December 2002; Bonnie Wilson, Parks and Recreation Advisory Board, October 2000 - October 2002; Nettie Schwartzbauer, Recycling and Solid Waste Committee, July 1997 - December 2002.
Item 5. on the Agenda. CONSENT AGENDA
Following the Clerk’s reading, Councilman Rudi asked City Manager Davis, in regard to Resolution R-03-12, accepting work for the Public Safety Communications Center, to please provide information about any guarantees there are on the equipment that was purchased.
City Manager Davis stated that there is a twelve month warranty on the equipment from the point of installation. Regarding the work being done, there are Performance Bonds in place to guarantee the work.
Councilman Wayne Beer moved to approve the Consent Agenda as presented. 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-03-12, authorizing acceptance of work under contract with Haren & Laughlin Construction Company for the Public Safety Communications Center Modification and authorizing final payment in the amount of $26,057.90 from the Fire/EMS Sales Tax Fund. (Project 025603-A). 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-03-13, authorizing acceptance of work under contract with Pyramid Excavation & Construction, Incorporated for the Mill Creek Watershed Drainage Improvements (Meadowbrook Drainage), and authorizing final payment in the amount of $10,185.68 from the Stormwater Improvement Fund. (Project 0119). 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 a NEW LIQUOR LICENSE, CLASS “A” AND “B”, RJD Food Services, Incorporated, dba Smokin Joe’s BBQ, 6005 NE Antioch Road. Managing Officer, Paul J. Heide. 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
There was no communications from the audience.
Item 7. on the Agenda. COMMUNICATIONS FROM THE CITY COUNCIL
Councilman Carol Rudi thanked City staff on an excellent dinner, Friday night. Staff did a great job and everyone had a great time. Councilman Rudi continued by congratulating both Marilyn Ahnefeld and her husband, Bud. They deserve their retirement and both have worked very hard. Councilman Rudi hopes they have a very happy retirement, and that we will see them often.
Councilman Wayne Beer agreed with Councilman Rudi’s comments.
Councilman Shirley Smith thanked the citizens of Gladstone for passing the Use Tax and for believing in City Council members. The dinner, Friday night was wonderful, and reflective of how many great quality citizens we have that are helping to run the city.
Mayor Pro Tem Les Smith thanked citizens and Staff members who worked so hard on the Use Tax, and congratulated Marilyn and Bud Ahnefeld. The dinner Friday night exemplified how many people we have in this community who really work hard to make the community what it is. Councilman Smith thanked the many citizens that serve on the Boards and Commissions.
Mayor Bill Cross stated he wished to reinforce what fellow Council Members have said. The events over the past two weeks have been so enjoyable and beneficial to the City of Gladstone.
Item 8. on the Agenda. COMMUNICATIONS FROM THE CITY MANAGER
City Manager Davis reported that City Hall will be closed Presidents’ Day, Monday, February 17, 2003. An employee luncheon honoring retiring City Clerk Marilyn Ahnefeld, will be held 11:30 AM to 1:30 PM, on Tuesday, February 18, 2003. City Council members are cordially invited. There will be a public reception honoring Ms. Ahnefeld on Friday, February 28, 2003, from 4:00 PM to 6:30 PM.
Item 9. on the Agenda. RESOLUTION R-03-14, approval of amendments to the telecommunications tower leases with Verizon to allow placement of emergency generators at the Antioch Water Tower and Water Plant sites.
Councilman Wayne Beer moved to approve Resolution R-03-14, approving amendments to the telecommunications tower leases with Verizon to allow placement of emergency generators at the Antioch Tower and Water Plant Sites. Mayor Pro Tem Les Smith seconded the motion.
Councilman Beer inquired into the documents that were in place at the Council members’ seats.
City Counselor David Ramsay replied that the documents are copies of amendments to the leases, themselves. When the resolution and memo were prepared, Staff did not have copies of the actual amendments. Mr. Ramsay was aware of what the contents of the amendments would be, so he explained that in the memo. Earlier today the lease amendments, themselves, were received. There is one for the Antioch Tower and a separate one for the Water Plant location. These are the recent amendments that will be executed by the City, based on approval by City Council.
Councilman Beer thanked Mr. Ramsay for answering his question.
Councilman Rudi asked if these amendments are substantially the same thing that was presented in the packets as far as information.
City Counselor Ramsay replied that is correct. The amendments provide for placement of emergency generators at the both the Antioch Tower and the Water Plant Tower, at the rent increase of $2,400 per year for each site from Verizon Wireless Company. There are some restrictions on non-emergency operation and also provision for some planting of White Pines at the Water Plant location to screen the tower facility from the line of sight from 169 Highway.
Mayor Cross asked City Counselor Ramsay to inform the audience how much income these two towers will provide the City of Gladstone, and also what provision they will give to beautify the area.
City Counselor Ramsay replied that total annual rent for the Water Plant location will be $34,000 per year, and the total for the Antioch location will be $24,500 per year. The reason for the difference is that at the Water Plant, Verizon constructed a free standing tower, and they sublease space on the tower to Nextel. The City shares in that extra rent. The Water Plant site will be significantly visually improved by the planting of ten White Pines that will line the western side of the site. As they mature they will block from view the equipment, building, and the generator, and improve the appearance considerably. The generator, themselves, will be covered with soundproof and weatherproof covers to further reduce any noise that might emanate and bother neighboring residents, and are placed on locations at the sites where there will be minimum noise to the neighboring residential areas.
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 03-1, declaring the results of the Tuesday, February 4, 2003 Gladstone Municipal Election at which election the following question was submitted to the qualified voters to wit: “Shall the City of Gladstone, Missouri impose a local use tax at the same rate as the local sales tax, currently two and one-quarter percent (2 ¼%), provided that if any sales tax is reduced or raised by voter approval, the respective local use tax shall also be reduced or raised by the same action?”
(Certified Results: Yes 727 – No 533).
Mayor Pro Tem Les Smith moved to place Bill 03-1 on First Reading. 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). The Clerk read the Bill.
Mayor Pro Tem Les Smith moved to accept the First Reading of Bill 03-1, Waive the Rule
and place the Bill on Second and Final Reading. 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. The Clerk read the Bill.
Mayor Pro Tem Les Smith moved to accept the Second and Final Reading of Bill 03-1 and enact the Bill as Ordinance 3.855. Councilman Shirley Smith seconded.
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
There was no other business.
Item 12. on the Agenda. QUESTIONS FROM THE NEWS MEDIA
There were no questions from the News Media members.
Item 13. on the Agenda. ADJOURNMENT
Mayor Pro Tem Les Smith made a motion to adjourn the Regular Meeting and go to Closed Executive Session pursuant to the Missouri Open Meeting Act Exemption 610.021 (1) for Litigation and Privileged Communications Discussion, 610.021 (2) for Real Estate Acquisition Discussion, and Exemption 610.021 (3) for Personnel Discussion. Councilman Shirley Smith seconded the motion.
Roll Call 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