CITY COUNCIL MEETING
MONDAY, JANUARY 26, 2009
REGULAR CITY COUNCIL MEETING
PRESENT: Mayor Mark Revenaugh
Mayor Pro Tem Carol Rudi
Councilman Les Smith
Councilmember Carol Suter
City Manager Kirk Davis
Assistant City Manager Scott Wingerson
City Counselor David Ramsay
ABSENT: Councilman Wayne Beer
Mayor Mark Revenaugh opened the Regular January 26, 2009, City Council Meeting at 7:30 PM in the Gladstone City Council Chambers.
Item 2. on the Agenda. ROLL CALL
Mayor Mark Revenaugh noted that all City Council members were present, except for Councilman Wayne Beer, who could not attend, as he was ill.
Item 3. on the Agenda. PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE.
Mayor Mark Revenaugh led the Pledge of Allegiance, in which all joined.
Item 4. on the Agenda. APPROVAL OF THE REGULAR JANUARY 12, 2009, CITY COUNCIL MEETING MINUTES.
Councilmember Carol Suter moved to approve the Regular January 12, 2009, City Council Meeting Minutes as presented. Mayor Pro Tem Carol Rudi seconded. The vote: All “aye” – Councilmember Carol Suter, Councilman Les Smith, Mayor Pro Tem Carol Rudi, and Mayor Mark Revenaugh (4-0)
Item 5. on the Agenda. PRESENTATION OF MAYOR’S CHRISTMAS TREE LIGHTING CHECKS to the Northland Christmas Store and Hillcrest Transitional Housing.
Mayor Revenaugh offered thanks to the public, and expressed his appreciation for the great business support, and for the great support from Antioch Bible Baptist of the Mayor’s Christmas Tree Lighting Fund this year. Mayor Revenaugh reported that Gladstone hit a new high in donations for this year’s Mayor’s Christmas Tree Fund. Mayor Revenaugh stated that his heart goes out to all of the people who contributed, including the people who attended the tree lighting ceremony and contributed as the hat was passed around. Mayor Revenaugh added that it was a terrific event and said to the audience that if they had not attended before, to make it a point to attend next year because it is a fantastic way to begin the holiday season.
Mayor Revenaugh invited Katie Cramer Eck to join him at the Council dais where he introduced her as the Director of Hillcrest Transitional Housing, an organization founded in Clay County, which provides a program to move people who are homeless to self-sufficiency within a three-month program. It is like a boot camp, not easy, and not everyone gets in, but the success rate is 95%. Their motto is “a hand up, not a hand out”, so it is not an agency where they take your money and give it to someone else. They run this program extremely efficiently. Mayor Revenaugh said that Ms. Cramer Eck could attest to that because she is the Executive Director. Mayor Revenaugh stated that he serves on the Board, and it is a tremendous organization. Mayor Revenaugh presented Ms. Cramer Eck with a check to Hillcrest Transitional Housing in the amount of $3,834.00 from the Mayor’s Christmas Tree Fund.
Ms. Cramer Eck said that she appreciated the support of the City of Gladstone and said that she is so proud to be able to work within our community to help families and to build our community by helping the families who are at risk of being homeless. Unfortunately, with the economy in the state it is, there is an upward trend in homelessness. Ms. Cramer Eck thanked Mayor Revenaugh for the opportunity to share information about the Hillcrest Transitional Housing program.
Mayor Revenaugh invited Ikey Harris, Chairman of the Northland Christmas Store, to step forward, and he presented her with a check in the amount of $10,921.00, and thanked her for all the good work she does. Ms. Harris expressed her thanks to Mayor Revenaugh and City Council members.
Item 6. on the Agenda. PRESENTATION OF BOARDS AND COMMISSIONS APPRECIATION PLAQUES.
Mayor Revenaugh noted that Dan Davis, who served on the Tax Increment Financing Commission, and James Shevling, who served on the Planning Commission, were not able to attend this meeting, so their plaques would be mailed to them. Mayor Revenaugh said both Mr. Davis and Mr. Shevling’s service to the community is greatly appreciated.
Mayor Revenaugh invited Burt Comstock, who served on the Environmental Management Advisory Committee as a former Chairman, to step forward. Mayor Revenaugh presented a plaque of appreciation to Mr. Comstock and asked if he had any comments he would like to make at this time.
Mr. Comstock thanked Mayor Revenaugh and Council, and said it was an honor to serve on this committee. It was a great committee, and it was a pleasure to work with Public Works Director Chuck Williams, Administrative Assistant Jennifer Stafford, and the entire team. Mr. Comstock stated he was honored and privileged to serve on the committee.
Mayor Revenaugh stated it is great that the city has citizens that serve on the Boards and Commissions, because the Council could not go into the kind of detail that is necessary when dealing with the many issues that come before the city.
Item 7. on the Agenda. CONSENT AGENDA.
Following the Clerk’s reading, Mayor Pro Tem Carol Rudi moved to accept the Consent Agenda as presented. Councilmember Carol Suter seconded. The vote: All “aye” – Councilmember Carol Suter, Councilman Les Smith, Mayor Pro Tem Carol Rudi, and Mayor Mark Revenaugh (4-0)
Mayor Pro Tem Carol Rudi moved to adopt RESOLUTION R-09-07, authorizing acceptance of work under the contract with Vanum Construction, Incorporated for the Gladstone Community Center Indoor Pool Project; and authorizing final payment in the total amount of $93,529.40. Councilmember Carol Suter seconded. The vote: All “aye” – Councilmember Carol Suter, Councilman Les Smith, Mayor Pro Tem Carol Rudi, and Mayor Mark Revenaugh (4-0)
Mayor Pro Tem Carol Rudi moved to adopt RESOLUTION R-09-08, accepting Temporary Construction Easements, Permanent Easements, and Quit-Claim Deeds from a property owner in conjunction with the Northeast 61st Terrace Reconstruction Project. Councilmember Carol Suter seconded. The vote: All “aye” – Councilmember Carol Suter, Councilman Les Smith, Mayor Pro Tem Carol Rudi, and Mayor Mark Revenaugh (4-0)
Mayor Pro Tem Carol Rudi moved to adopt RESOLUTION R-09-09, accepting a Temporary Construction Easement from a property owner in conjunction with the Shoal Creek Bicycle/Pedestrian Trail Project. Councilmember Carol Suter seconded. The vote: All “aye” – Councilmember Carol Suter, Councilman Les Smith, Mayor Pro Tem Carol Rudi, and Mayor Mark Revenaugh (4-0)
Mayor Pro Tem Carol Rudi moved to adopt RESOLUTION R-09-10, authorizing an Intergovernmental Agreement between the City of Gladstone and the Mid-America Regional Council (MARC) Solid Waste Management District for the Regional Household Hazardous Waste Collection Program. Councilmember Carol Suter seconded. The vote: All “aye” – Councilmember Carol Suter, Councilman Les Smith, Mayor Pro Tem Carol Rudi, and Mayor Mark Revenaugh (4-0)
Mayor Pro Tem Carol Rudi moved to adopt RESOLUTION R-09-11, authorizing acceptance of work under the contract with Kansas City Structural Steel, Incorporated for the Gladstone Community Center Structural Steel Project; and authorizing final payment in the total amount of $51,884.44. Councilmember Carol Suter seconded. The vote: All “aye” – Councilmember Carol Suter, Councilman Les Smith, Mayor Pro Tem Carol Rudi, and Mayor Mark Revenaugh (4-0)
Mayor Pro Tem Carol Rudi moved to adopt RESOLUTION R-09-12, authorizing acceptance of work under the contract with Sellers and Marquis Roofing Company for the Gladstone Community Center Roofing and Sheet Metal Project; and authorizing final payment in the total amount of $40,799.50. Councilmember Carol Suter seconded. The vote: All “aye” – Councilmember Carol Suter, Councilman Les Smith, Mayor Pro Tem Carol Rudi, and Mayor Mark Revenaugh (4-0)
Mayor Pro Tem Carol Rudi moved to adopt RESOLUTION R-09-13, declaring certain City property as surplus and authorizing the sale of such property to the highest bidder via an Online Auction. Councilmember Carol Suter seconded. The vote: All “aye” – Councilmember Carol Suter, Councilman Les Smith, Mayor Pro Tem Carol Rudi, and Mayor Mark Revenaugh (4-0)
Mayor Pro Tem Carol Rudi moved to adopt RESOLUTION R-09-14, approving the purchase of a tract of land located at 604 Northeast 69th Street, from William D. and Brenda S. Myers. Councilmember Carol Suter seconded. The vote: All “aye” – Councilmember Carol Suter, Councilman Les Smith, Mayor Pro Tem Carol Rudi, and Mayor Mark Revenaugh (4-0)
Mayor Pro Tem Carol Rudi moved to adopt RESOLUTION R-09-15, authorizing acceptance of work under the contract with A2MG, Incorporated for the Gladstone Community Center Metal Wall Panels Project; and authorizing final payment in the total amount of $500.00. Councilmember Carol Suter seconded. The vote: All “aye” – Councilmember Carol Suter, Councilman Les Smith, Mayor Pro Tem Carol Rudi, and Mayor Mark Revenaugh (4-0)
Mayor Pro Tem Carol Rudi moved to approve the December Financial Reports. Councilmember Carol Suter seconded. The vote: All “aye” – Councilmember Carol Suter, Councilman Les Smith, Mayor Pro Tem Carol Rudi, and Mayor Mark Revenaugh (4-0)
Item 8. on the Agenda. COMMUNICATIONS FROM THE AUDIENCE.
John Garner, 111 Heatherton Court, said on TBS Channel 14, one of the city promo ads was run, which was regarding the Community Center. It was very well made and it was very nice to see. Mr. Garner said it was very well done.
Item 9. on the Agenda. COMMUNICATIONS FROM THE CITY COUNCIL.
Councilmember Carol Suter stated on the Consent Agenda there was an easement for the trail project, and asked for an update on this project.
Public Works Director Chuck Williams reported that the redesign for the trail along old North Antioch, with the bridge, has just been resubmitted. This was done to avoid acquiring any easements beside what have already been obtained. This has been sent to MoDOT (Missouri Department of Transportation), who are expecting it to take a few weeks to review. They are currently reviewing the M-1 Highway trail that will go from Shoal Creek to the Fire Station on M-1 Highway. This is in an easement acquisition stage, and once that is received, the project can move forward. Director Williams said he is hopeful the old Antioch project may be able to go to bid in late spring or early summer. The M-1 Highway project would follow that.
Councilmember Suter thanked Mr. Williams and said it is an exciting project, and it was great work on staff’s part to seize the opportunity for funding, and she knows the citizens are looking forward to the completion of this project.
Director Williams said that project also includes a couple of connections inside Happy Rock Park, on the west side, to connect it up to the trail. It will not yet connect to the one on M-1 Highway; another grant will need to be secured to accomplish that.
Councilmember Suter said it has been fun to catch some of the Gladstone’s ads on the television. They are striking and inviting, and she likes the consistency of the message, so every time you hear one, you hear the same tag lines. Richard King did an excellent job on this project.
Councilman Les Smith said that old Antioch Road’s redesign, on staff’s part, is excellent, because we don’t have to acquire easements from a couple of those property owners after all. Staff did a good job.
Councilman Smith congratulated Mayor Revenaugh on the Mayor’s Christmas Tree Lighting Fund. Councilman Smith jokingly said it is the only time that he will be happy that Mayor Revenaugh exceeded one of his records. Councilman Smith offered a job well done to Mayor Revenaugh and said Mayor Revenaugh worked very hard on this project.
Mayor Revenaugh thanked Councilman Smith.
Mayor Pro Tem Carol Rudi reported that the one-year birthday event for the Community Center is coming up shortly. A date has not yet been set, but information will be forthcoming in the newspaper, or at the Community Center. The rotating art exhibit will be open on February 3, 2009, and will feature artist Frank Armato. There will be a light reception with hors d’oeuvres and a cash bar from 6:00 to 8:00 PM. The second annual Art Springs in Gladstone will be April 24 and April 25. It was great last year! Mayor Pro Tem Rudi encouraged all to attend. More than 164 applications have been mailed out to artists. It will be juried again this year, and it will be a really good show. The Friends of the Atkins Johnson Farm meets the first Thursday of every month at 6:30 PM, in City Hall. Mayor Pro Tem Rudi invited everyone to attend the meetings, and applications are available online at the City’s website. The artists’ applications for the Art Springs in Gladstone event are also online.
Mayor Mark Revenaugh welcomed visitors from Baker University’s Political Science class, and asked them to introduce themselves as follows: Jason James, Kelli Smith, Erna Hadzibegovic, and Blake Walden. Mr. James said their assignment was to attend a City Council meeting, to observe the operations of a local government.
Mayor Revenaugh said a local government has more to do that affects the day-to-day lives of the citizens than any other level of government. The City Council will not decide the right to life issue, or whether or not to go to war, but the Council will be sure the streets are plowed, the trash is picked up, and other things that impact the day to day lives of the citizens. Mayor Revenaugh said Council was glad to have the group visiting this evening.
Item 10. on the Agenda. COMMUNICATIONS FROM THE CITY MANAGER.
City Manager Kirk Davis had no comments at this time.
Item 11. on the Agenda. CONTINUED PUBLIC HEARING: on an Ordinance proposed to regulate the placement, construction and modification of Telecommunication Towers, support structures and antennae.
Mayor Revenaugh opened the Public Hearing, and said comments would first be heard from the staff, followed by comments from those in favor of the application, and those who may be opposed to the application.
Planning Specialist Chris Helmer stated this past June there was an Open Study Session that addressed the overall intent of this Ordinance and why staff is seeking to enact further regulation for cellular towers within the City of Gladstone. This Ordinance is a tiered system. The Planning Commission did hear this matter at their January 20, 2009, Public Hearing, and at that meeting, the Commission overall did speak in favor of this extended regulation, and have sent a positive recommendation to the City Council.
Mayor Pro Tem Rudi pointed out that on the second page of Chapter 166 of the Ordinance, under Design, (b.), it talks about “all equipment shall be either placed underground, contained in a single shelter or cabinet, or wholly concealed within a building”. Mayor Pro Tem Rudi said in other places it talked about any kind of structure being compatible with its surroundings, and asked if this language needed to be added with this. On page 3, item (f.) it says “all towers, disguised support structures, and related structures, fences and walls shall be separated from the property line of any adjacent property zoned for a residential use, at least a distance equal to the height of the tower”, and then it goes on to say that “it shall be separated from all other adjacent property lines at least a distance equal to one-half of the height of the tower or structure”. Mayor Pro Tem Rudi asked why that height difference is in the paragraph. If a tower came down, even if there is no house nearby, it could possibly be in a neighboring yard, and asked why there are two height differences.
Mr. Helmer said there are specific differences between the actual structure itself and an adjacent property, as well as with what would be associated with the property line. Mr. Helmer said there was some discussion at the Planning Commission level regarding this matter. Typically these towers do not fall over, but if there were a problem, it would be a more “crumbling” effect. This provision is just an extra measure for a piece of property.
Mayor Pro Tem Rudi said as she was at another meeting, she was late for the Planning Commission meeting, and missed that discussion, for which she apologized. Mayor Pro Tem Rudi said there was discussion at the Planning Commission meeting about how we would know if a tower has been vacated, and how could we get a list of people who are sharing that use. When a request comes in, is it possible to make it part of the requirements that they provide that list to the city.
Mr. Helmer asked if that would be if the tower is not being used?
Mayor Pro Tem Rudi replied whoever is using it, because it would help us keep track of which companies already have some kind of a facility in our town, and also it would let us know if a tower becomes vacant.
Mr. Helmer said in the beginning part of the Ordinance it does state that upon adoption of this Ordinance a provider seeking co-location within the city, would have to seek out where the other providers are. As far as keeping tabs on the current providers, we do see lease agreements that come before the city, as well as Building Official Napoli has a good grasp on what’s occurring as far as replacement and modifications. Mr. Helmer said he realizes there is a grey area there in some respects, but staff does keep a good handle on the various providers.
Mayor Pro Tem Rudi suggested that in the application process there is some kind of statement to provide this kind of information.
Mr. Helmer thanked Mayor Pro Tem Rudi.
There was no one who spoke in Favor or in Opposition to the application.
Mayor Revenaugh closed the Public Hearing.
Item 11a. on the Agenda. FIRST READING BILL 09-01, amending Title VII, “Zoning and Planning Ordinance” of the City Code by enacting a new Chapter 166, “Communications Antennas and Support Structures” and other amendments relating to the siting, placement and approvals of such antennas and structures in the City.
Councilman Les Smith moved to place Bill 09-01 on its First Reading. Councilmember Carol Suter seconded. The vote: All “aye” – Councilmember Carol Suter, Councilman Les Smith, Mayor Pro Tem Carol Rudi, and Mayor Mark Revenaugh (4-0). The Clerk read the Bill.
Councilman Les Smith moved to accept the First Reading of Bill 09-01, Waive the Rule and place the Bill on its Second and Final Reading. Councilmember Carol Suter seconded. The vote: All “aye” – Councilmember Carol Suter, Councilman Les Smith, Mayor Pro Tem Carol Rudi, and Mayor Mark Revenaugh (4-0). The Clerk read the Bill.
Councilman Les Smith moved to accept the Second and Final Reading of Bill 09-01 and to enact the Bill as Ordinance # 4.093. Councilmember Carol Suter seconded.
Roll call vote: “All aye”– Councilmember Carol Suter, Councilman Les Smith, Mayor Pro Tem Carol Rudi, and Mayor Mark Revenaugh. (4-0)
Item 12. on the Agenda. PUBLIC HEARING: for consideration of a Sign Variance to allow construction of a sign with an electronic reader board at Antioch Bible Baptist Church, located at 800 NE 72nd Street. Applicant/Owner: Antioch Bible Baptist Church.
Mayor Revenaugh opened the Public Hearing.
Assistant City Manager Scott Wingerson began by saying staff has provided to Council a lot of information regarding this Sign Variance request, and he is going to try to simplify that, and asked Council to refer to two documents out of the packet. The first is a memorandum from Planning Specialist Chris Helmer, the second is a document provided by Antioch Bible Baptist Church that shows the final proposed sign with the landscaping and rockwork as proposed. Mr. Wingerson said he would try not to get into a discussion of a proposed amendment to the Sign Code that is currently at the Planning Commission level.
Mr. Wingerson said this variance was brought to the City Council several months ago, and at that time, staff anticipated that we would have a new amendment in place for the Sign Ordinance. Unfortunately, that has been delayed as it is extremely complex from a public policy matter; in fact, the same discussions that the focus group had, are now being held with the Planning Commission, and may be held by the City Council, in the future. Staff is going back and revisiting some of the issues that have been previously discussed. That is the front page of Mr. Helmer’s memo. On the back page of Mr. Helmer’s memo is a summary of how the proposed Antioch Bible Baptist Church sign would comply with the proposed Ordinance that is with the Planning Commission, and has not yet been sent to the City Council for consideration.
Mr. Wingerson continued by saying the proposed sign, as well as the church sign, indicate an electronic reader board that is at 30 percent. The specific variance for the Council to consider is the electronic portion of this sign. The other parts of this sign are allowed by right to the church. The sign was damaged by the tornado, so we are talking about an expansion only of the electronic reader board portion, which is only 30 percent of the sign. In this particular application, that is about 15.5 square feet, which is 3 feet by 5 feet. In this particular case, less than 2 feet tall by almost 8 feet long. The current code does not provide a requirement for the use of natural building stone to solidify the sign itself and make it part of the urban landscaping, and for sure the developed piece of property. The church, in this case, has proposed a stone that is very similar to the stone that is located on the existing church building, and that would be the foundation on which the sign is built. The overall sign copy – that is the illuminated portion that actually says Antioch Church on it – would be 40 percent of the total sign. The church has agreed to landscaping coverage of 240 square feet. There is also a provision in the proposed Ordinance that says that you can consider an electronic message center if you offset the consumption of electricity of that sign by measures taken in the building. In this particular case, the church has agreed to Kansas City Power and Light’s power reduction program, which means at certain times, during peak hours, the church will voluntarily turn back their electricity and allow Power and Light to serve other customers. This is a measure that far exceeds any consumption that this sign would ever generate in a year’s period. There is also an electronic message timing restriction that is currently set in the Ordinance at eight seconds; therefore the message would only change at eight-second intervals. One of the points that the Planning Commission is discussing is whether or not that is long enough or whether it is too long. They will continue to discuss that and make their recommendation to the City Council. The church has agreed, as has the sign manufacturer, with the provision that restricts the intensity of the lighting of the electronic message center.
Mr. Wingerson said that staff is suggesting approval of this sign variance, and asks Council, at the conclusion of the Hearing, to make a motion and vote on the motion in whatever direction pleases the Council. Mr. Wingerson said members of the Antioch Bible Baptist Church were present, and they would be happy to speak if Council so desires.
Councilmember Suter stated she had a question about the lighting intensity compliance. As she reads the proposed Ordinance and then when she reads their technical contract, there is a significant difference.
Mr. Wingerson replied it is a different measurement. They are actually in compliance with both. Mr. Wingerson asked if Councilmember Suter was talking about the low end of that?
Councilmember Suter replied yes.
Mr. Wingerson stated staff is researching what that means, but the church, as well as Fast Signs, have agreed to comply with that provision, whatever it turns out to be.
Mayor Pro Tem Rudi asked, regarding the timing restrictions, if the applicant would be willing to change their timing to comply with the new Ordinance.
Mr. Wingerson said he did not wish to speak for the church, but he believes they would. Their intent is to comply with an Ordinance that does not yet exist.
Mayor Pro Tem Rudi said she was getting nods of yes from the applicant and she appreciated that.
There were no comments from the Applicant
There was no one to speak in Favor or in Opposition to the Application.
Mayor Revenaugh closed the Public Hearing.
MOTION BY CITY COUNCIL: for consideration of a Sign Variance to allow construction of a sign with an electronic reader board at Antioch Bible Baptist Church, located at 800 NE 72nd Street. Applicant/Owner: Antioch Bible Baptist Church.
Mayor Pro Tem Carol Rudi moved to approve the Sign Variance to allow construction of a sign with an electronic reader board at Antioch Bible Baptist Church, located at 800 NE 72nd Street. Applicant/Owner: Antioch Bible Baptist Church. Councilman Les Smith seconded.
Mayor Pro Tem Rudi said she really does appreciate everything the applicant has done to comply with the Ordinance that is not yet in affect.
Mayor Revenaugh said he appreciated Antioch Bible Baptist Church’s patience by allowing Council to try to defer until they could get the information regarding the new amendment to the Sign Code, and barring that, it appears the applicant has done a great job working with staff in coming up with something that the city is happy with, and Council members appreciate that.
The vote: All “aye” – Councilmember Carol Suter, Councilman Les Smith, Mayor Pro Tem Carol Rudi, and Mayor Mark Revenaugh (4-0).
Item 13. on the Agenda. DISCUSSION AND MOTION FOR ACQUISITION OF A LIGHTING TRUSS FOR THE GLADSTONE AMPHITHEATRE.
Parks and Recreation Director Sheila Lillis stated when the Amphitheatre was constructed, there were no real provisions for exterior lighting, and once the amphitheatre burned, and it was rebuilt, there were provisions made for temporary lighting with boxes underneath, where lighting could be plugged in. Director Lillis said staff has been using a makeshift lighting system, and it is the biggest voids in our operation. The Theatre in the Park Advisory Council, the Amphitheatre Committee, and the Parks and Recreation Advisory Board have all reviewed this truss. Director Lillis pointed out the pictures attached to Council’s packet, and said that is the Kearney Amphitheatre, which is very similar in design to Gladstone’s. That is how the lighting truss looks. It is three, ten-foot sections. It would be erected in May, and it would be taken down at the end of the season. There is a climbing barrier that would be installed for security. Staff worked with a consultant, Advanced Automation and Design. Director Lillis said when she visited one of Kearney’s productions, she was very impressed with the lighting truss, and she spoke with Mark Spurgeon, who designed our Amphitheatre and designed Kearney’s. He said this is the company he used. Director Lillis said Assistant City Manager Wingerson suggested using a consultant to evaluate our lighting, and they came forward with this proposal. There is a secondary benefit with this lighting truss. It will be erected to allow for sound to be enhanced. Director Lillis said this truss would be available for any production or event at the Amphitheatre. We will not have state of the art lighting right off the bat, but every year, we will strive to improve the lighting functions. There are different lights that can be purchased, depending on the effect you are looking for. The funding is available for the purchase of the truss through the Capital Improvements Fund, where there is $25,000 allotted for this, as well as the Amphitheatre Committee, who does fund raising throughout the year for improvements and maintenance issues. They have also made available $25,000 to pursue this purchase. Director Lillis said she believes the cost will be in the $35,000 to $40,000 range. Director Lillis said staff looked at renting, they looked at portable systems, they looked at permanent systems, and with the beauty of the park, it lends itself to put it up temporarily and staff can take it down each season. Van Ibsen, who provides our technical expertise, has visited Kearney, and believes it will be a good addition and suitable to our needs.
Mayor Pro Tem Rudi asked how the Park Board felt about this proposal.
Director Lillis replied that they were very positive, and made a recommendation to move forward with this.
Mayor Pro Tem Rudi asked if this light would glare into the neighbors’ homes?
Director Lillis replied no, it would be directed toward the stage and productions, and would only be used when productions are ongoing.
Mayor Pro Tem Rudi said she has been at meetings where this was positively received by citizen groups, and she appreciates all the work Director Lillis has done. Mayor Pro Tem Rudi said she really likes the speaker factor, because although it has been improved, it can still use some improvement.
Director Lillis said City Manager Davis also took a trip to Kearney and was very adamant in beautifying the park, and he gave good direction to staff.
Councilman Les Smith made a motion to approve the acquisition of a lighting truss for the Gladstone Amphitheatre. Mayor Pro Tem Carol Rudi seconded. The vote: All “aye” – Councilmember Carol Suter, Councilman Les Smith, Mayor Pro Tem Carol Rudi, and Mayor Mark Revenaugh (4-0).
Item 14. on the Agenda. OTHER BUSINESS.
There was no other business to come before Council.
Item 15. on the Agenda. QUESTIONS FROM THE NEWS MEDIA.
There were no questions from the News Media.
Item 16. on the Agenda. ADJOURNMENT.
There being no further business to come before the January 26, 2009, Regular City Council meeting, Mayor Mark Revenaugh adjourned the Regular meeting.
Cathy Swenson, City Clerk
Approved as submitted: ___
Approved as corrected/amended: ___
Mayor Mark S. Revenaugh