CITY COUNCIL MEETING
MONDAY MAY 23, 2005
PRESENT: Mayor Carol Rudi
Mayor Pro Tem Bill Cross
Councilman Les Smith
Councilman Wayne Beer
Councilman Joe Evans
City Manager Kirk Davis
City Counselor David Ramsay
City Clerk Cathy Swenson
Mayor Carol Rudi opened the Regular May 23, 2005, City Council Meeting at
7:30 PM in the
Item 3. on the Agenda. PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE.
Mayor Carol Rudi introduced Boy Scout Troop 354, sponsored by Meadowbrook United Methodist Church, who presented the Color Guard and led the Pledge of Allegiance, in which all joined.
Mayor Rudi asked Troop Leader Doug Martin to
introduce the Scouts present from Troop 354 and to include the name of the
schools they attend. Mr. Martin
introduced the Boy Scouts in attendance as follows: Andrew Martin,
Mayor Rudi thanked Mr. Martin and the members of Boy Scout Troop 354.
Mayor Rudi recognized Boy Scout Troop 270, sponsored
Mayor Rudi thanked all Scouts for attending the meeting and suggested if they have any questions about the meeting to visit with City staff or Council members.
Item 4. on the Agenda. APPROVAL OF THE REGULAR MAY 9, 2005 CITY COUNCIL MEETING MINUTES.
The vote: All “aye” – Councilman Joe Evans, Councilman Wayne Beer, Councilman Les Smith, Mayor Pro Tem Bill Cross, Mayor Carol Rudi. (5-0)
Item 5. on the Agenda. CONSENT AGENDA
CONSENT AGENDA DETAIL
Mayor Pro Tem Bill Cross moved to accept the Consent Agenda as presented. Councilman Wayne Beer seconded. The vote: All “aye” – Councilman Joe Evans, Councilman Wayne Beer, Councilman Les Smith, Mayor Pro Tem Bill Cross, Mayor Carol Rudi. (5-0)
Mayor Pro Tem Bill Cross moved to adopt RESOLUTION
R-05-45, accepting Temporary Construction Easements, Permanent Easements,
and a Quit-Claim Deed from certain property owners in conjunction with the
Mayor Pro Tem Bill Cross moved to approve the PARK FESTIVAL USE PERMITS for the 9th Annual Gladstone Summertime Bluesfest in Oak Grove Park, 76th & North Troost, Friday and Saturday, June 10-11, 2005, and the 26th Annual Gladfest Celebration on Friday, Saturday and Sunday, September 30-October 2, 2005 in Gladstone Central Park, 69th & N. Holmes under the sponsorship of the Gladstone Area Chamber of Commerce and City of Gladstone. Councilman Wayne Beer seconded. The vote: All “aye” – Councilman Joe Evans, Councilman Wayne Beer, Councilman Les Smith, Mayor Pro Tem Bill Cross, Mayor Carol Rudi. (5-0)
Mayor Pro Tem Bill Cross moved to approve a BEER LICENSE for Gladstone Summertime Bluesfest in Oak Grove Park, 76th & North Troost, (2-day license), June 10-11, 2005, Managing Officer: Amy Harlin; and Gladfest Celebration in Gladstone Central Park, 69th & N Holmes, (3-day license), September 30-October 2, 2005. Managing Officer: Amy Harlin. Councilman Wayne Beer seconded. The vote: All “aye” – Councilman Joe Evans, Councilman Wayne Beer, Councilman Les Smith, Mayor Pro Tem Bill Cross, Mayor Carol Rudi. (5-0)
Mayor Pro Tem Bill Cross moved to approve the FINANCIAL REPORT for April 2005. Councilman Wayne Beer seconded. The vote: All “aye” – Councilman Joe Evans, Councilman Wayne Beer, Councilman Les Smith, Mayor Pro Tem Bill Cross, Mayor Carol Rudi. (5-0)
Item 6. on the Agenda. COMMUNICATIONS FROM THE AUDIENCE
Sharon Zdanys, 2905 NE 56th Terrace, stated she was representing all the neighbors on Northeast 56th Terrace, who have an extreme problem with speeders up and down their road. Ms. Zdanys said they have contacted the police numerous times, and has been no help at all. People have said they have seen cars traveling up to 70 miles per hour in the 25 miles per hour zone. The neighbors believe installing sidewalks on their street would improve the problems for most of them, as many have children. Ms. Zdanys stated they know there has been a recent tax increase for sidewalks, and she would like her street to be one of the major ones considered due to the problem with the speeders. Police patrol would also be very helpful. The police are aware of the problem, as they have told one of the neighbors to remove her car from the street due to the problem with the speeders.
Ms. Zdanys continued by saying her street is very hilly and it is dangerous for anyone to walk in the street. There are some teenage girls who walk with their sisters’ babies, and she is terrified a car will hit them. Ms. Zdanys stated she had a two and one half page petition, signed by the neighbors stating that they do want sidewalks due to the tax increase. Ms. Zdanys said she talked to someone who does the sidewalks and the first time she spoke with them, they said it would not be done in her lifetime. The next time she talked to them, they said due to the road not having curbs and so forth, sidewalks would not be installed within the next five to six years. Ms. Zdanys stated she felt this is unacceptable, and if they lived on the road and realized how dangerous it is, they would change their minds. Ms. Zdanys said she did not realize there were children in the neighborhood until she took the petition around and found there were children in the neighborhood who could not even go in their front yard, and they have no place to play.
Ms. Zdanys stated when she was young her mother would say not to pass the sidewalk. That was a perfect border to keep children away from the road. She and her neighbors do not have this. Some children in the neighborhood are not allowed bicycles, as there is no place to ride them. If they ride their bikes on the road, they are bound to be hit by a car, due to the hills and the way people speed. Ms. Zdanys said she does not feel it is acceptable to wait any longer to have sidewalks installed in her neighborhood. There at least needs to be a policeman sitting in someone’s driveway, clocking the speeders to see how fast they are going.
Councilman Les Smith asked Ms. Zdanys if she would allow a traffic trailer that clocks vehicles’ speeds to be placed in her front yard.
Ms. Zdanys replied yes, that would be more than welcome. Ms. Zdanys stated she had tried to help the situation by suggesting a sign that says “Children Walking in Roadway”, but she was told, as the road is not near a school or a park, they could not do that.
Mayor Rudi explained a tax increase was passed, and one of the items to be provided with the increase is sidewalks, along with curbs, gutters, streetlights, and a number of improvements. There is in place a plan and schedule as to how to address these improvements. Mayor Rudi asked Assistant City Manager Wingerson to visit with Ms. Zdanys to discuss the schedule and why the schedule is planned as it is. Mayor Rudi stated she did not know who visited with Ms. Zdanys, but hopefully they are not with the City any longer, and there is a new Director of Public Works.
Mayor Rudi stated the speeding does need to be addressed and Director of Public Safety Bill Adamo will address that issue, and the traffic trailer will be delivered to this area.
Ms. Zdanys gave the signed petition to Mayor Rudi.
Mayor Rudi stated she had been told that legally one could not ride a bicycle on the sidewalks, but they must be in the street, and asked for confirmation from City Counselor David Ramsay.
Mr. Ramsay stated there is no City Ordinance to that effect.
Mayor Rudi asked Mr. Wingerson to check on the signage regarding children in the neighborhood. Mayor Rudi asked Ms. Zdanys if the issues she suggested would help.
Ms. Zdanys replied, hopefully, it will.
Councilman Smith stated a gentleman named Reggie Roselle wrote a letter to the City in the last six or seven months inquiring about improvements to this street. Councilman Smith said he uses this street because he lives at the end of it, and he believes there are “No Parking” signs on the north side of this street. The signs are sparse; perhaps Staff could look into this to make certain the street is properly signed. There is a reoccurring violation in front of one of the residences not far from Ms. Zdanys’s house. A neighbor parks in the street right underneath a “No Parking” sign. Perhaps more intense patrol would solve that problem, as well. Councilman Smith stated this is a horrendous street and one of the worst in the City, but he does not know how it falls in the priority list because there are many streets in the City to address. Councilman Smith stated everything Ms. Zdanys said is correct.
Item 7. on the Agenda. COMMUNICATIONS FROM THE CITY COUNCIL
Councilman Joe Evans had no comments at this time.
Councilman Wayne Beer had no comments at this time.
Councilman Les Smith had no comments at this time.
Mayor Pro Tem Bill Cross pointed out there was a
school Principal in attendance at the Council meeting, and stated that several
Councilmen attended the D.A.R.E (Drug Abuse Resistance Education) program at
Mayor Carol Rudi stated she wished to clarify some Board of Zoning Adjustment appointments from the last meeting. People were appointed as Alternates, but their alternate numbers were not assigned. They are as follows:
Jerry Menefee 1st Alternate
Charles Carmack 2nd Alternate
Leroy Gunselman 3rd Alternate
Item 8. on the Agenda. COMMUNICATIONS FROM THE CITY MANAGER
City Manager Kirk Davis reported Katie Porter, the City’s Assistant Prosecutor, has submitted her resignation, and the process will begin to fill that position. The City-wide garage sale event is scheduled for June 10th in conjunction with the Blues Festival. June 10th-11th will be a big weekend in the City.
Item 9. on the Agenda. PUBLIC HEARING on the proposed 2005-2006 Annual Operating Budget for the City of Gladstone, Missouri.
Mayor Carol Rudi opened the Public Hearing.
City Manager Davis stated he was pleased to present to the City Council the City’s 2005-2006 budget. It has been a long process, which began in February. The budget will cover the July 1st through June 30th Fiscal Year. This has been an exciting process. The City of Gladstone has experienced some unprecedented successes this past year, which have impacted this budget, and created several milestones that are included in the 2005-2006 document. Highlighting the successes is the Gladstone on the Move Strategic Planning Process that culminated in a successful campaign for a new community center and the first property tax increase in 52 years, which will fund several initiatives, including an expanded ambulance service.
The Community Center and pool improvement project will be funded by a sales tax approved in February that will commence in July 2006. The City intends to begin the process to design these facilities this fall. The $.39 Property Tax increase will fund another ambulance in this budget as well as six firefighter/paramedics, the initial phases of a new comprehensive plan, 40 new streetlights, new sidewalks, an enhanced public transportation service, and several neighborhood initiatives.
These improvements, combined with the ongoing economic development initiatives, make for a very exciting time for our community. City Manager Davis said he looks forward to discussing progress toward the redevelopment of Gladstone Plaza with the Council later this summer. City Manager Davis stated he looks forward to discussing our City Center plans later this summer, and looks forward to the further redevelopment of our commercial corridors in several other locations.
City Manager Davis said these exciting improvements will provide the economic foundation for our community this year and many years beyond. Despite the economic downturn we have experienced since 2001, the City of Gladstone has managed to continue to provide services, avoid layoffs, and establish sound financial management techniques that have stabilized the economic operation of our organization. The Gladstone on the Move initiative, the economic development objectives before us, and the recent number of reinvestment applications that have come before us make our financial future much brighter. The City has been very dependent upon sales tax in funding our operation. We have talked about the need to be more economically diverse. The Gladstone on the Move property tax success has helped in this regard. The property tax in this budget is 21 percent of our overall revenue picture, as compared to last year when it was 13 percent. Despite these trends, we must continue to be vigilant, economically prudent, and opportunistic. Sales tax revenue is once again not expected to increase. We are still receiving the same sales tax revenue, which is our largest revenue, which was received in 1999. Cumulatively, we have lost over $1 million since 2001.
This budget not only includes the revenues from the Gladstone on the Move initiative, it includes the programming objectives relative to those revenues. This budget also addresses Council goals and objectives from last year, and this budget completes the Fire Staffing Study that was authored in 2000 and 2001.
City Manager Davis reported the 2005-2006 Budget reflects total revenues in the amount of $14,122,117 and total expenditures of $14,016,311 in the General Fund. This represents a 4 percent increase in the budget and is primarily representative of the Gladstone on the Move initiatives.
Highlighting the General Fund expenditures are the previously mentioned strategic planning objectives, new personnel, new supplemental expenditures, and insurance increases. This is the first time in four years that some personnel needs have been able to be addressed. The Capital Equipment Replacement Fund is being utilized to purchase all of the capital equipment items, such as vehicles, motorcycles, a sweeper, and a mower, and subsidize the overall General Fund by approximately $50,000. A highlight of the proposed General Fund expenditures is as follows:
· A new ambulance - $150,000
· New supplies and equipment for the ambulance - $150,000
· New sidewalks - $50,000
· New streetlights and streetlight funding - $100,000
· Neighborhood services - $55,000
· A Comprehensive Plan - $100,000
· Public transportation services - $50,000
· Seven new firefighter/emergency medical service personnel - $350,000
· One new Parks Division employee - $50,000
· One new Public Works employee - $50,000
· A 3 percent raise pool – approximately $160,000
· $180,000 increase for group health benefits.
· Property and Casualty Insurance increase - $104,000
· Technology and computer replacements - $30,000
· Four Patrol vehicles - $78,000. City Manager Davis said this is the first time
since 2001 this objective has been met.
· Two motorcycles - $27,840
· Street sweeper - $35,000 for the first of a five-year lease purchase.
· A 72-inch front deck mower for Parks - $17,000
· Repair and replace stucco in front of City Hall - $15,000
· Atkins Johnson historic site - $35,000
City Manager Davis continued by saying, in addition to the General Fund, the City of Gladstone has two Enterprise Funds and a Capital Improvement Program. The first Enterprise fund Mr. Davis discussed was the Combined Water and Sewer Fund. This fund had a very difficult year due to the cool and wet conditions we experienced last fiscal year. If we take the five-year average production estimates, the City will sell 881 million gallons of water this year. This revenue will generate $5,931,616. This revenue estimate includes a $.10 per thousand-gallon rate increase, and a service charge increase of $1.54 bimonthly. The City established a policy to review our rate structure every other year and that cycle is this year. The rate increase will generate $85,000 annually; however, the rate increase will take effect in January, therefore generating approximately $40,000 for this budget. The rate increase will be invested in a water plant equipment replacement program that will allow the City to more effectively maintain the plant and its equipment. There was a bond issue several years ago and about $2.5 million in improvements were done at the plant. This rate increase will help in maintaining the equipment and make the expenditures in a more timely fashion. The service charge will generate approximately $45,000 annually and will allow the City to keep pace with administrative costs in operating the system.
Proposed expenses in the Water Fund are $5,913,717. The proposed operating expenses increased $94,852 based primarily on a $75,520 expected increase in sewer treatment charges, which is a pass-through to Kansas City, based on what they charge us. Other highlighted expenditures proposed in this budget are:
· $165,500 for the replacement of 2 inch water lines
· $55,000 for electrical upgrades at wells 4 and 5
· $100,000 for repair of bearings at the east and west secondary basins
· No personnel additions are recommended for appropriation
City Manager Davis stated the second Enterprise Fund is the Municipal Pool. The 2006 Budget projects $180,815 in revenues and $180,600 in expenditures. No capital expenditures are reflected; however, the City anticipates beginning the design process later this summer for strategic planning improvements at the pool, which will be approximately $1 million in improvements to the pool, including slides and so forth, which will make an attractive facility.
The City has a very aggressive Capital Improvement Plan. The proposed plan covers two funds, the Capital Improvement Sales Tax Fund (CIST) and the Transportation Sales Tax Fund (TST). The proposed revenue projections are flat for both funds. In the CIST, total revenues equal $1,720,000. Debt requirements for Fiscal Year 2006 are $1,254,000. Highlighting the CIST plan for Fiscal Year 2006 are:
· Storm water improvements at the 2200 block of 67th Street - $80,000
· 73rd Terrace - $90,000
· Meadowlane Townhomes design - $25,000
· Wayne at Shady Lane design - $20,000
· Happy Rock Softball Complex playground - $60,000
· Trail replacement at Oak Grove Park - $50,000
· Building improvements at Station 2 - $90,000
City Manager Davis continued by saying that revenues in the Transportation Sales Tax Fund are also not projected to grow. Sales tax revenues for both funds continue to be projected at $1,625,000 each. Highlighting the TST capital projects are:
· Street Maintenance Program - $565,000 (the overlay program)
· Intermediate maintenance - $200,000 (crack sealing and so forth)
· New curb, gutter, and sidewalk program - $150,000
· ADA curb cut sidewalks - $100,000
· Arterial sidewalk program - $150,000
· Kendallwood at M1 - $100,000
· Operation Green Light signal upgrades - $70,000
· NW 61st Terrace, Main to Wyandotte - $325,000
City Manager Davis said there is a lot of information contained in Council members’ packets and budget books, and he would not go into all the details of the budget. Total funds are approximately $25 million. City Manager Davis said this completes his presentation of the Fiscal Year 2005-2006 Budget for the Public Hearing. It is anticipated that the necessary Ordinances to adopt the budget will be on the June 13th City Council meeting agenda. Mr. Davis thanked the City Council for spending their time reviewing and discussing the budget during the two work sessions prior to this evening. Mr. Davis thanked the departments and their Directors for spending time to prepare and analyze each of the submitted budgets. Mr. Davis also thanked the Budget Team for spending the necessary hours to review and prepare the budget for presentation. These folks included Financial Analyst Beth Saluzzi, Human Resources Administrator Charlene Leslie, and Assistant City Manager Scott Wingerson. Mr. Davis offered to answer any questions City Council members might have.
Mayor Rudi directed her comment to the young people in the audience by saying that one of the things being purchased in part in this budget will be a street sweeper for $175,000 total. The reason there is a need for this equipment is that people throw their trash out as they drive along the road. The biggest thing that is thrown out is cigarette butts. Mayor Rudi said she hoped none of the young people in the audience will smoke cigarettes and need to dump them out, and hopefully they will not have friends or relatives who do that. Another thing that is a problem is leaves and grass clippings, because people blow those out into the street or mow so they go into the street. If people took care of the area right in front of their homes or business, this might be an expenditure that could be used in the parks, the Municipal Pool, the Community Center, or as the resident mentioned earlier, sidewalks. Although $175,000 in this budget is not a huge amount, it is a big amount. Mayor Rudi stated that help is needed from the citizens to keep the budget in control and keep it balanced.
There were no comments from the audience.
Councilman Wayne Beer stated for the benefit of the audience, that although Council has made few comments regarding the City’s budget this evening, it is not because they are not interested in the budget, but it is because they have had a number of work sessions where they had a lot of discussion and questioning. All of the discussion and questioning has been completed up to this point.
Mayor Rudi closed the Public Hearing.
Item 10. on the Agenda. FIRST READING BILL 05-19, approving the Final Plat of “Gladstone Nissan”, a subdivision in the County of Clay, City of Gladstone, Missouri, and directing the appropriate officials to affix their signatures to said plat for recording.
Councilman Wayne Beer moved to place Bill 05-19 on First Reading. Councilman Bill Cross seconded.
Councilman Joe Evans stated he would be abstaining from the vote as he has an ongoing business relationship with Mr. LeFever.
Councilman Beer suggested this might be a good time for Staff comments.
Assistant City Manager Scott Wingerson stated the site being discussed is generally described as McCarthy, Nissan. It has recently closed and been purchased by Larry LeFever. Mr. LeFever desires to combine four existing parcels into a single developed parcel. There is already a car dealership, a body shop and several other facilities on the site. As part of the request, the North McGee right of way and various utility easements are proposed to be vacated. The right of way is not currently and cannot practically serve any additional properties. No public utilities exist in the areas proposed to be vacated. Basically what this does is allow Mr. LeFever to combine the parcels into a single ownership and to provide security to the entire complex without the right of way and various easements throughout the area.
Mr. Wingerson reported the Planning Commission unanimously recommends to the City Council to move forward with the Plat.
The vote: “Aye” – Councilman Wayne Beer, Councilman Les Smith, Mayor Pro Tem Bill Cross, Mayor Carol Rudi. “Abstain” – Councilman Joe Evans. (4-0-1). The Clerk read the Bill.
Councilman Wayne Beer moved to accept the First Reading of Bill 05-19, Waive the Rule and place the Bill on Second and Final Reading. Councilman Bill Cross seconded. The vote: The vote: “Aye” – Councilman Wayne Beer, Councilman Les Smith, Mayor Pro Tem Bill Cross, Mayor Carol Rudi. “Abstain” – Councilman Joe Evans. (4-0-1). The Clerk read the Bill.
Councilman Wayne Beer moved to accept the Second and Final Reading of Bill 05-19 and enact the Bill as Ordinance 3.957. Councilman Bill Cross seconded.
Roll Call Vote: “Aye” – Councilman Wayne Beer, Councilman Les Smith, Mayor Pro Tem Bill Cross, Mayor Carol Rudi. “Abstain” – Councilman Joe Evans (4-0-1).
Item 11. on the Agenda. FIRST READING BILL 05-20, amending Ordinance No. 3.809 concerning the registration of kegs containing beer, wine, or intoxicating liquor within the City of Gladstone.
Councilman Bill Cross moved to place Bill 05-20 on First Reading. Councilman Wayne Beer seconded.
Mayor Rudi asked if there was information from Staff regarding this Bill.
City Counselor David Ramsay reported that the City in October of 2001, adopted a beer keg registration ordinance that applied within the City. Gladstone was one of the first cities to do so throughout the State of Missouri. Counselor Ramsay said the reason for the amendment tonight is that the State has now adopted a State-wide registration program that supercedes the City program. In order for the City to be able to enforce the restrictions and enforcement provisions of our Ordinance, it is necessary that the Ordinance be amended to comply with the State registration policies. In effect, the Ordinance will say it is a violation of the City Ordinance to fail to follow the State registration provisions, where in the past it was a violation of the City Ordinance to fail to follow the City registration provision. Mr. Ramsay stated apparently the State has caught up with the City and felt it appropriate to enact a keg registration Ordinance on a State-wide basis.
Councilman Cross asked, for clarification, if all cities that have previously passed such an Ordinance, even after our City, will have to do the same thing as we are doing tonight.
Mr. Ramsay replied that was correct.
The vote: All “aye” – Councilman Joe Evans, Councilman Wayne Beer, Councilman Les Smith, Mayor Pro Tem Bill Cross, Mayor Carol Rudi. (5-0). The Clerk read the Bill.
Councilman Bill Cross moved to accept the First Reading of Bill 05-20, Waive the Rule and place the Bill on Second and Final Reading. Councilman Wayne Beer seconded. The vote: All “aye” – Councilman Joe Evans, Councilman Wayne Beer, Councilman Les Smith, Mayor Pro Tem Bill Cross, Mayor Carol Rudi. (5-0). The Clerk read the Bill.
Councilman Bill Cross moved to accept the Second and Final Reading of Bill 05-20 and enact the Bill as Ordinance 3.958. Councilman Wayne Beer seconded.
Roll Call Vote: All “aye” – Councilman Joe Evans, Councilman Wayne Beer, Councilman Les Smith, Mayor Pro Tem Bill Cross, Mayor Carol Rudi. (5-0).
Item 12. on the Agenda. OTHER BUSINESS.
There was no other business.
Item 13. on the Agenda. QUESTIONS FROM THE NEWS MEDIA.
There were no questions from the News Media.
Item 14. on the Agenda. ADJOURNMENT
There being no further business to come before the May 23, 2005, Gladstone City Council Meeting, Mayor Carol Rudi adjourned the Regular Meeting.
Councilman Les Smith made a motion to adjourn to Closed Executive Session pursuant to the Missouri Open Meeting Act exemption 610.021(1) for Litigation and Confidential or Privileged Communications with Legal Counsel, 610.021(2) for Real Estate Acquisition Discussion, and 610.021(3) for Personnel Discussion. Councilman Bill Cross seconded the motion.
Roll Call Vote: All “aye” – Councilman Joe Evans, Councilman Wayne Beer, Councilman Les Smith, Mayor Pro Tem Bill Cross, Mayor Carol Rudi. (5-0).
Cathy Swenson, City Clerk
Approved as submitted: ___
Approved as corrected/amended: ___
Mayor Carol Rudi