CITY COUNCIL MEETING
MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 10, 2007
ADJOURNMENT TO CLOSED EXECUTIVE SESSION
Mayor Les Smith opened the City Council Meeting to adjourn to a Closed Executive Session on September 10, 2007, at 6:15 PM. Councilman Wayne Beer made a motion to adjourn to Closed Executive Session pursuant to Missouri Open Meeting Act Exemption 610.021 (1) for Litigation and Confidential or Privileged Communications with Legal Counsel, and 610.021 (2) for Real Estate Acquisition Discussion, and 610.21(3) for Personnel Discussion. Councilman Carol Rudi seconded.
Roll Call Vote: All “aye” – Councilman Wayne Beer, Councilman Carol Rudi, Mayor Pro Tem Mark Revenaugh, Mayor Les Smith. (4-0).
Note: Councilmember Carol Suter was not present for the vote to go into Closed Executive Session, but was present for the meeting.
Mayor Les Smith recessed the Closed Executive Session to go into an Open Study Session at 6:45 PM.
REGULAR CITY COUNCIL MEETING
PRESENT: Mayor Les Smith
Mayor Pro Tem Mark Revenaugh
Councilman Carol Rudi
Councilman Wayne Beer
Councilmember Carol Suter
City Counselor David Ramsay
City Clerk Cathy Swenson
ABSENT: City Manager Kirk Davis
Mayor Les Smith opened the Regular September 10, 2007, City Council Meeting at 7:30 PM in the Gladstone City Council Chambers.
Item 2. on the Agenda. ROLL CALL
Mayor Smith noted that all Council members were present this evening.
Item 3. on the Agenda. PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE.
Mayor Les Smith noted that Boy Scout Parker Christian was in the audience, and invited Mr. Christian to lead the Pledge of Allegiance, and asked him to please step forward and introduce himself.
Mr. Christian stated he is a member of Scout Troop
354, sponsored by
Mayor Smith asked if Mr. Christian’s mother is employed by the City.
Mr. Christian replied that his mother, Gay Christian, is a Dispatcher in the Public Safety Department.
Mr. Christian led the Pledge of Allegiance, in which all joined.
Item 4. on the Agenda. APPROVAL OF THE REGULAR AUGUST 27, 2007, CITY COUNCIL MEETING MINUTES.
Councilman Wayne Beer moved to approve the August 27, 2007, City Council Meeting Minutes as presented. Mayor Pro Tem Mark Revenaugh seconded. The vote: All “aye” – Councilmember Carol Suter, Councilman Wayne Beer, Councilman Carol Rudi, Mayor Pro Tem Mark Revenaugh, and Mayor Les Smith. (5-0).
Item 5. on the Agenda CONSENT AGENDA
Councilman Carol Rudi moved to accept the Consent Agenda as presented. Mayor Pro Tem Mark Revenaugh seconded. The vote: All “aye” – Councilmember Carol Suter, Councilman Wayne Beer, Councilman Carol Rudi, Mayor Pro Tem Mark Revenaugh, and Mayor Les Smith. (5-0).
Rudi moved to adopt RESOLUTION
R-07-68, authorizing execution of a contract with Ortho Tech in the not to
exceed total amount of $205,558.00 for the Fitness Equipment for the
Rudi moved to adopt RESOLUTION
R-07-69, authorizing execution of a contract with PCI Dahmer in the not to
exceed total amount of $110,078.00 for the Acoustical Treatment of the
Natatorium in the
Councilman Carol Rudi moved to adopt RESOLUTION R-07-70, authorizing acceptance of work under contract with Superior Bowen Asphalt Company, LLC. For the North Oak Mill and Overlay, and authorizing final payment in the amount of $499.99 for Project TP0811. Mayor Pro Tem Mark Revenaugh seconded. The vote: All “aye” – Councilmember Carol Suter, Councilman Wayne Beer, Councilman Carol Rudi, Mayor Pro Tem Mark Revenaugh, and Mayor Les Smith. (5-0).
Councilman Carol Rudi moved to adopt RESOLUTION R-07-71, authorizing acceptance of a proposal from Thoroughbred Ford for the purchase of two 4X4 Trucks in the net purchase amount of $66,820. Mayor Pro Tem Mark Revenaugh seconded. The vote: All “aye” – Councilmember Carol Suter, Councilman Wayne Beer, Councilman Carol Rudi, Mayor Pro Tem Mark Revenaugh, and Mayor Les Smith.
Item 6. on the Agenda. COMMUNICATIONS FROM THE AUDIENCE.
There were no comments from the audience.
Item 7. on the Agenda. COMMUNICATIONS FROM THE CITY COUNCIL.
Councilmember Carol Suter said she is intrigued by the municipal wi-fi movement to make an entire city wi-fi and asked Assistant City Manager Scott Wingerson if City staff has thought about this.
Assistant City Manager Scott Wingerson replied that this issue has been discussed, and Staff would be happy to provide that research to the City Council.
Councilmember Suter stated it is an interesting concept and would make the City a more desirable place to live.
Councilman Wayne Beer congratulated Captain Mike Couch on his appointment as interim Public Safety Director, and offered him good luck.
Mayor Pro Tem Mark Revenaugh had no comments at this time.
Mayor Les Smith stated he was looking for consensus from the Council members on an item to bring before the City Council. In conjunction with the Mayors’ Climate Protection Conference being held in Seattle in early November, he has been asked to facilitate the Kansas City portion. The hope is to get a record number of Mayors to sign the Climate Protection agreement in unison via video hook-up between Seattle and Kansas City. Mayor Smith said he would like to provide information to the Council and have authorization to sign this agreement, and bring it forward to the next meeting. Mayor Smith stated the Missouri Department of Transportation (MoDot) re-striped M-1 Highway and created a turn lane, but in doing so they also double striped, and the City has heard from some residents. Mayor Smith asked Assistant City Manager Wingerson for an update on this issue.
Assistant City Manager Scott Wingerson replied that MoDOT did in fact do that work, and the City is in the process of coordinating some minor changes to access the first street to the north of Prospect Plaza, 65th Street. Mr. Wingerson said the striping is technically correct; however, it appears that MoDOT may be willing to make some minor changes to communicate better with the residents and the driving patterns. Mr. Wingerson said we are glad they did it, and it will be a long-term good thing.
Councilman Beer suggested it might be a good thing to check some of the left turn arrows to see if they don’t turn a vehicle where there are not any corners.
Mayor Smith said he hopes City Council members will all sign up for a shift at Gladfest. It does amazing things for the morale of the Gladfest volunteers and City staff volunteers, when they see Council members working side by side with them.
Councilman Rudi asked Mayor Smith if he needed a recommendation from Council to bring the Climate Protection item forward.
Mayor Smith replied a nod of heads would be fine.
All Council members agreed to bring this issue forward.
Mayor Smith reported the newest edition of the Gladstone magazine is out, and Mayor Smith offered “good job” to all involved.
Item 8. on the Agenda. COMMUNICATIONS FROM THE CITY MANAGER.
Assistant City Manager Scott Wingerson stated City Manager Kirk Davis is “under the weather”, so is not present for this meeting. Mr. Wingerson welcomed Captain Mike Couch to the Leadership team, and said the City has a lot of faith in Captain Couch to run things in Public Safety on an interim basis. Mr. Wingerson reported that flags would be at half-mast at public buildings tomorrow in recognition of September 11th. Mr. Wingerson stated Gladstone is receiving a Statewide award tomorrow, and he hopes the public recognizes that, and some of the Council is able to attend. Gladfest is coming up, and City Hall will close early on October 5th; however, Staff will be working.
Mayor Smith said he is very excited about the Missouri Municipal League presenting an award to our City for our partnership with the North Kansas City School District, and also the award that will be received in Pittsburg from ICMA.
Item 9. on the Agenda. FIRST READING BILL 07-26, amending Schedule V of the Model Traffic Code (Gladstone Municipal Code Section 4.100.020), to establish a “No Parking” Zone for southbound traffic on North Main Street from the intersection of NE 64th Street south ninety (90) feet.
Mayor Pro Tem Mark Revenaugh moved to place Bill 07-26 on First Reading. Councilman Wayne Beer seconded. The vote: All “aye” – Councilmember Carol Suter, Councilman Wayne Beer, Councilman Carol Rudi, Mayor Pro Tem Mark Revenaugh and Mayor Les Smith. (5-0). The Clerk read the Bill.
Mayor Pro Tem Mark Revenaugh moved to accept the First Reading of Bill 07-26, Waive the Rule and place the Bill on Second and Final Reading. Councilman Wayne Beer seconded. The vote: All “aye” – Councilmember Carol Suter, Councilman Wayne Beer, Councilman Carol Rudi, Mayor Pro Tem Mark Revenaugh and Mayor Les Smith. (5-0). The Clerk read the Bill.
Mayor Pro Tem Mark Revenaugh moved to accept the Second and Final Reading of Bill 07-26 and enact the Bill as Ordinance 4.044. Councilman Wayne Beer seconded.
Roll Call Vote: All “aye” – Councilmember Carol Suter, Councilman Wayne Beer, Councilman Carol Rudi, Mayor Pro Tem Mark Revenaugh and Mayor Les Smith.
Item 10. on the Agenda. OTHER BUSINESS.
Mayor Smith reported that he and City Counselor David Ramsay attended the Clay County Commission public hearing today. The public hearing was on the Property Tax Levy relative to the Special Road District, and from our standpoint a Special Road District lawsuit against the City. There was quite a crowd there of anti-tax folks. Commissioner Porter proposed a sales tax ballot initiative. Western Commissioner Larson wanted to study the issue a bit further, and Presiding Commissioner Quick was ready to set a property tax levy to cover the lawsuit. It was interesting that no one who spoke, including some Gladstone residents opposed to the property tax levy, had an answer for how do we pay the $6 or $8 million dollars that the court demands to be paid to the cities and the Road Districts. Mayor Smith said it is his understanding that the Commission will take it under advisement and will make a decision at the meeting next week. As Mr. Salem, who was there can attest, it was very interesting testimony, including from Mr. Bateman, who from a point of reference, is the property owner at 68th and Broadway who has all the signs about Kansas City government. Mr. Bateman was there, and had some very interesting comments. There was a lot of conversation about Tax Increment Financing (TIF) and irresponsible use and authorization of TIFs in the County. That tax levy issue is not completely resolved yet, but hopefully, pending the appeal of the courts, will be at the next County Commission meeting.
Item 11. on the Agenda. QUESTIONS FROM THE NEWS MEDIA.
There were no questions from the News Media.
Item 12. on the Agenda. ADJOURNMENT.
There being no further business to come before the September 10, 2007, Gladstone Regular City Council Meeting, Mayor Les Smith adjourned the regular meeting.
Cathy Swenson, City Clerk
Approved as submitted: ___
Approved as corrected/amended: ___
Mayor Les Smith