CITY COUNCIL MEETING
MONDAY, APRIL 14, 2003
PRESENT: Mayor Bill Cross
Mayor Pro Tem Les Smith
Councilman Shirley Smith
Councilman Wayne Beer
City Manager Kirk Davis
Assistant City Manager Scott Wingerson
City Counselor David Ramsay
City Clerk Cathy Swenson
ABSENT: Councilman Carol Rudi
Mayor Bill Cross opened the Regular April 14, 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, in which all joined.
Item 4. on the Agenda. APPROVAL OF THE REGULAR MARCH 24, 2003, CITY COUNCIL MEETING MINUTES
Councilman Wayne Beer moved to approve the Regular March 24, 2003, City Council Meeting Minutes as presented. Mayor Pro Tem Les Smith seconded the motion. The vote: All “aye” - Councilman Wayne Beer, Councilman Shirley Smith, Mayor Pro Tem Les Smith, Mayor Bill Cross. (4-0)
Item 4a. on the Agenda. Mayor Bill Cross read a PROCLAMATION designating the month of April, 2003, as “National Child Abuse Prevention Month” in Gladstone, Missouri. Public Safety Director Bill Adamo accepted the proclamation from Mayor Cross.
Item 5. on the Agenda. FIRST READING BILL 03-06, declaring the results of the Tuesday, April 8, 2003, Gladstone General Election as certified by the Clay County Board of Election Commissioners that City Council Candidates Bill Cross and Joe Evans have been elected to Three Year Terms on the Gladstone City Council.
Mayor Pro Tem Les Smith moved to place Bill 03-06 on First Reading; Councilman Wayne Beer seconded. The vote: All “aye” - Councilman Wayne Beer, Councilman Shirley Smith, Mayor Pro Tem Les Smith, Mayor Bill Cross. (4-0) The Clerk read the Bill.
Mayor Pro Tem Les Smith moved to accept the First Reading of Bill 03-06, Waive the Rule and Place the Bill on Second and Final Reading; Councilman Wayne Beer seconded. The vote: All “aye” - Councilman Wayne Beer, Councilman Shirley Smith, Mayor Pro Tem Les Smith, Mayor Bill Cross. (4-0) The Clerk read the Bill.
Mayor Pro Tem Les Smith moved to accept the Second and Final Reading of Bill 03-06 and enact the Bill as Ordinance 3.860. Councilman Wayne Beer seconded.
Roll Call Vote: All “aye” – Councilman Wayne Beer, Councilman Shirley Smith, Mayor Pro Tem Les Smith, Mayor Bill Cross. (4-0)
Item 6. on the Agenda. REMARKS FROM THE CITY COUNCIL.
Councilman Shirley Smith remarked she is going off the City Council, tonight, and her term as Councilman has been a very interesting experience. Councilman Smith has met many interesting people, whose paths she hopes to cross again. Councilman Smith’s wish for this Council and future Councils is that they have the wisdom and strength to do what is right for this City and to keep it strong, wonderful, and a good place to live.
Mayor Pro Tem Les Smith stated that the night Shirley Smith was elected was a good lesson in history, as she won the councilmanic election by nine votes. Anyone who might think his vote does not count, is mistaken. That first night, after the election, Councilman Smith told Ms. Smith that he did not support her, but he could work with her, and she graciously returned the favor of those comments a couple of years ago. Councilman Les Smith continued by saying that he and Ms. Smith did not at first know each other all that well, and what they did know about each other, they did not necessarily like all the time. However, Councilman Shirley Smith has earned Councilman Les Smith’s respect over the last couple of years. Councilman Shirley Smith brought a lot to the table in the Council meetings, Open Study Sessions, and to the Closed Executive Sessions. She probably asked more pertinent questions than the rest of the Council members. Shirley Smith should leave tonight with her head held high, knowing that she was a good Council person.
Ms. Smith thanked Councilman Les Smith and stated his comments meant a great deal to her.
Councilman Wayne Beer stated that as he has only been on the City Council for a year, he does not have the history with Shirley Smith as does Councilman Les Smith. Councilman Beer stated that Shirley Smith has been an asset and offered his congratulations, commenting that her retirement salary will not be much less than her Council salary. Councilman Beer asked Ms. Smith not to be a stranger and he hopes she visits Council meetings often.
Mayor Cross, on behalf of the entire City Council, thanked Shirley Smith for her service over the past three years, and stated he feels the Council has worked well together. Mayor Cross commented that he was glad to see there was a better voter turn out at this last election than there was when he and Shirley Smith first ran. It is good to see such interest in the voters in getting out and voting. Mayor Cross stated he hopes Ms. Smith will remain active on committees for which she has worked so hard for so many years.
Shirley Smith was applauded as she was seated in the audience.
Item 7. on the Agenda. CITY COUNCIL OATH OF OFFICE: BILL CROSS and JOE EVANS
City Clerk Cathy Swenson gave the Oath of Office to Bill Cross and Joe Evans for three year terms on the Gladstone City Council. The new members were applauded as they took their places at the Council table.
Item 8. on the Agenda. REMARKS FROM THE CITY COUNCIL.
There were no comments at this time.
Item 9. on the Agenda. ELECTION OF MAYOR AND OATH OF OFFICE
Mayor Bill Cross presided and opened nominations for the office of Mayor of the City of Gladstone. Councilman Wayne Beer nominated Les Smith for Mayor. Councilman Joe Evans seconded the motion. There being no further nominations, Mayor Cross asked for a Roll Call Vote.
Roll Call Vote: All “aye” – Councilman Joe Evans, Councilman Wayne Beer, Mayor Pro Tem Les Smith, Mayor Bill Cross. (4-0)
The City Clerk administered the Oath of Office for the position of Mayor of the City of Gladstone, Missouri to Mayor Pro Tem Les Smith.
Mayor Smith stated he would like to introduce his wife, Rhonda, his two heroes, his son Jason, and daughter Jennifer, and his mother Carmelina. Mayor Smith said that he and his wife will soon be married twenty five years. It was about that long ago that Lee Bussinger asked Mayor Smith if he was ready to stop playing politics and go to work. That was the first time Mayor Smith was appointed to a Committee in the City of Gladstone. Growing up, Mayor Smith hoped he would be Mayor, and it appeared that it might happen in 1987, but did not. However Mayor Smith is glad it did not happen then, because he does not know that at 29 or 30 years old one can understand that being Mayor of this community has nothing to do with “me”, but it has everything to do with “us”.
Mayor Smith continued by saying we have a strong Council this year. Councilman Beer and Councilman Rudi were elected to the City Council last year, after serving this community for years, most notably on the Planning Commission. Dr. Cross knows more people than any ten people Mayor Smith knows. He knows many people and knows what this community needs. From the years that Mayor Smith has known Councilman Joe Evans, he knows he is a good thinker and spent a lot of time working on the Planning Commission and the Capital Improvement Committee. Councilman Evans will also be an asset to this Council. When you combine these things with the knowledge, the experience, and the integrity of City Manager Davis, the Management Team, and staff, and the volunteers in this community who do so much, the City Council cannot help but be able to deal effectively with any and all issues that may come forward over the next twelve months.
Mayor Smith congratulated Councilman Cross and Councilman Evans and stated he looks forward to working with them. Mayor Smith thanked the City Council for the opportunity to be the Mayor, and stated his pledge is to keep them every bit as involved in the process throughout the course of the year as he will be. It will be a team of five, and great things will be accomplished. Mayor Smith thanked the City Council for the opportunity and stated he will honor the position.
Item 10. on the Agenda. ELECTION OF MAYOR PRO-TEM
Mayor Smith invited nominations for the office of Mayor Pro Tem. Councilman Bill Cross nominated Councilman Wayne Beer; Councilman Joe Evans seconded the motion. The vote: All “aye” - Councilman Joe Evans, Councilman Wayne Beer, Councilman Bill Cross, Mayor Les Smith. (4-0)
Mayor Smith congratulated Mayor Pro Tem Wayne Beer.
Item 11. on the Agenda. SPECIAL PRESENTATIONS to Shirley Smith recognizing her service to the City of Gladstone as Councilman.
Mayor Smith presented a plaque to Shirley Smith in recognition of her service as Councilman to the City of Gladstone.
Ms. Smith expressed her thanks, stating that this plaque represents a three year period that kept her busy, but was a very interesting and wonderful experience.
Item 12. on the Agenda. CONSENT AGENDA
Following the Clerk’s reading, Mayor Pro Tem Beer moved to approve the Consent Agenda as presented. Councilman Bill Cross seconded. The vote: All “aye” – Councilman Joe Evans, Councilman Bill Cross, Mayor Pro Tem Wayne Beer, Mayor Les Smith. (4-0)
Councilman Wayne Beer moved to approve RESOLUTION 03-26, authorizing execution of a contract with Seal-O-Matic Paving Company, Incorporated, in the amount not to exceed $226,909.85 for the 2003 Full Depth Replacement Program. Councilman Bill Cross seconded. The vote: All “aye” - Councilman Joe Evans, Councilman Bill Cross, Mayor Pro Tem Wayne Beer, Mayor Les Smith. (4-0)
Councilman Wayne Beer moved to approve RESOLUTION 03-27, authorizing execution of a contract with O’Donnell-Way Construction, Incorporated, in the total contract amount of $174,148.50 for the 2003 Street Overlay. Councilman Bill Cross seconded. The vote: All “aye” - Councilman Joe Evans, Councilman Bill Cross, Mayor Pro Tem Wayne Beer, Mayor Les Smith. (4-0)
Councilman Wayne Beer moved to approve RESOLUTION 03-28, authorizing execution of a contract with Ace Pipe Cleaning, Incorporated in the amount not to exceed $59,317.00 for the 2003 Sanitary Sewer Cleaning and Televising. Councilman Bill Cross seconded. The vote: All “aye” - Councilman Joe Evans, Councilman Bill Cross, Mayor Pro Tem Wayne Beer, Mayor Les Smith. (4-0)
Councilman Wayne Beer moved to approve RESOLUTION 03-29, authorizing execution of a contract with Dobson-Davis Company in the amount of $107,091.00 for the Mill Creek Sanitary Sewer Manhole Rehabilitation. Councilman Bill Cross seconded. The vote: All “aye” - Councilman Joe Evans, Councilman Bill Cross, Mayor Pro Tem Wayne Beer, Mayor Les Smith. (4-0)
Councilman Wayne Beer moved to approve RESOLUTION 03-30, authorizing execution of a contract with Vance Brothers, Incorporated in the amount of $130,049.9 for the 2003 Intermediate Maintenance Program (Slurry Seal). Councilman Bill Cross seconded. The vote: All “aye” - Councilman Joe Evans, Councilman Bill Cross, Mayor Pro Tem Wayne Beer, Mayor Les Smith. (4-0)
Councilman Wayne Beer moved to approve a BUILDING PERMIT for construction of vestibule additions at the North and South doors of the existing McDonald’s building, located at 6305 N. Antioch Road. (BP 03-0209). Councilman Bill Cross seconded. The vote: All “aye” - Councilman Joe Evans, Councilman Bill Cross, Mayor Pro Tem Wayne Beer, Mayor Les Smith. (4-0)
Councilman Wayne Beer moved to APPROVE A LIMITED LIQUOR BY THE DRINK LICENSE to Oakhill Day School, 7019 North Cherry, for a school event on Saturday, May 17, 2003. Hours: 5:30 PM - 11:00 PM. Managing Officer: Kathleen Knechtel. Councilman Bill Cross seconded. The vote: All “aye” - Councilman Joe Evans, Councilman Bill Cross, Mayor Pro Tem Wayne Beer, Mayor Les Smith. (4-0)
Councilman Wayne Beer moved to APPROVE THE FINANCIAL REPORT for the month of March, 2003. Councilman Bill Cross seconded. The vote: All “aye” - Councilman Joe Evans, Councilman Bill Cross, Mayor Pro Tem Wayne Beer, Mayor Les Smith. (4-0)
Mayor Smith recognized City Manager Kirk Davis who stated that this night is an evening that is ceremonial and an opportunity for City Council to recognize the results of the recent election, and to recognize each other. City staff does not have a large role tonight other than to enjoy the evening. One thing Staff would like to acknowledge is that during the year Staff spends a great deal of time with the Mayor. The Mayor is the head of the City and is required to attend many functions on behalf of the City, as well as serving as chief advisor. In recognition of that time spent away from home, Staff would like to take the opportunity to present something to the wife of the Mayor.
City Manager Davis asked Mary Cross to step forward, and presented to her a basket of spring flowers. City Manager Davis thanked Mary Cross for her contribution and for the many hours Councilman Cross spent away from home while serving as Mayor.
City Manager Davis asked Rhonda Smith to step forward, and presented to her a basket of spring flowers in recognition of the many hours that Mayor Smith will spend away from home in the upcoming year.
Mayor Smith thanked Mary Cross on behalf of all and stated that the Mayor this past year was a team effort. Councilman Cross and his wife Mary represented the City well during the City’s 50th anniversary year, and attended virtually every function on behalf of the City. The choice of Mayor last year was the perfect choice for that year. Mayor Smith thanked Councilman Cross and his wife Mary for all their hard work.
Item 13. on the Agenda. Communications from the Audience.
Donald Harper, 1606 NE 68 Terrace, began by saying he is a long time resident of Gladstone, and he feels that thanks should be extended a little more often to the group sitting at the Council table. In the last few years, Mr. Harper has come to realize how much time City Council members spend keeping the City running smoothly. It works like clockwork almost all the time. Too often this may be taken for granted and may seem to be an easy job to do. Mr. Harper has seen for himself that it is not easy. Mr. Harper thanked the City Council and Shirley Smith for their efforts on behalf of the City.
Item 14. on the Agenda. Communications from the City Council.
Councilman Joe Evans stated that first and foremost he wished to thank his wife, Karen, for allowing him to serve as a City Council member. Councilman Evans thanked his children, his friends, fellow Commission members, Terry Hoppenthaler, Anita Newsom, and Mary Abbott for all their help, and stated he will do his best to represent the City well and to be the leader they expect him to be, and will not let them down. Councilman Evans concluded by saying that this will be an invigorating and exciting three years.
Councilman Bill Cross shared a message he had from Councilman Carol Rudi expressing her regret for not being in attendance at tonight’s meeting. Councilman Rudi is attending her daughter’s wedding out of town, but extends her congratulations to Councilman Evans, as well as to the new Mayor and Mayor Pro Tem. We know that Councilman Rudi is thinking about us at this time.
Councilman Cross noted that there are many past councilmen and volunteers in attendance at tonight’s meeting; all of whom have spent many hours on behalf of the City, many of them for more than 20 years. This is special to see so many people attending tonight’s ceremony, even though City Council makes so much money, and these people are greatly appreciated. Many of these same people worked hard to get people out to vote at this last election. There are a couple of hundred people who love and work so hard for this City, which is why we have such a great community in which to live.
Mayor Pro Tem Beer remarked that Councilman Cross mentioned how much money City Councilmembers make. Just so there is no misunderstanding, that whole great sum is $100 per year. A couple of items on the Consent Agenda were interesting. One of the resolutions was to televise sanitary sewers. One can only imagine how one must be energized when looking at all the sewer pipes being televised. Another resolution was to provide a temporary one day liquor license to a school.
Item 14a. on the Agenda Special Presentation by Councilman Wayne Beer on behalf of
Gladstone’s Bennet and Dennis Herrick Memorial American Legion Post 626 to Public Safety
Officer Kelly Kirk and his family in recognition of Officer Kirk’s service to his country as an
Active Drilling Reservist Petty Officer.
Mayor Smith stated that unfortunately Officer Kirk and his family were unable to attend tonight, so this presentation will be rescheduled.
Item 15. on the Agenda. Communications from the City Manager.
Item 16. on the Agenda. PUBLIC HEARING on a request for a Special Use Permit to operate
a bingo game two nights a week at the Knights of Columbus Hall located at 1500 NE Englewood
Road. Applicant: Fr. Hager Council #7064. Owners: Fr. Hager Council #7064. (File #1187)
This Public Hearing was opened by Mayor Smith and immediately continued to the Monday, April 28, 2003, City Council Meeting at the request of Staff.
Item 17. Other Business.
There was no Other Business.
Mayor Les Smith stated that he would like to take this opportunity to make the Council liaison appointments to the various Boards and Commissions. Mayor Smith appointed Mayor Pro Tem Wayne Beer to the Board of Zoning Adjustment, Special Road District #3, and the Planning Commission; Councilman Carol Rudi is appointed to the Sister Cities Commission, Planning Commission, and the Cable TV Advisory Board; Councilman Bill Cross is appointed to the Parks and Recreation Advisory Board, the Gladstone Economic Betterment Council, and the Gladstone Industrial Development Authority; and Councilman Joe Evans is appointed to the Solid Waste and Recycling Committee, the Capital Improvements Committee, and the Code Board of Appeals. Mayor Les Smith will serve as liaison to the Capital Improvements Committee, the Tax Increment Finance Committee, and will attend any meeting that any Council member is unable to attend.
Item 18. Questions from the News Media.
There were no questions from the News Media.
Item 19. Adjournment.
There being no further business to come before the April 14, 2003, Gladstone City Council Meeting, Mayor Les Smith adjourned the Regular Meeting and invited the public to the lobby for refreshments. Mayor Smith thanked the Gladstone Area Chamber of Commerce, Mr. Mark Tankesley, and City staff who participated in making this reception possible.
Cathy Swenson, City Clerk
Mayor Les Smith