April 16, 2007
Present: Council & Staff Present:
Ms. Newsom Wayne Beer, Councilman
Ms. Alexander Carol Rudi, Councilman
Ms. Babich Scott Wingerson, Assistant City Manager
Mr. Boor David Ramsay, City Counselor
Mr. Garnos Melinda Mehaffy, Econ. Dev. Admin.
Ms. Suter Chris Helmer, Planning Specialist
Mr. Whitton Becky Jarrett, Administrative Assistant
Item 2 on the Agenda: Pledge of Allegiance.
Chairman Hill led the group in reciting the Pledge of Allegiance.
Item 3 on the Agenda: Approval of the February 20, 2007 minutes.
MOTION: By Ms. Newsom, second by Mr. Whitton to approve the February 20, 2007 minutes.
The minutes were approved as submitted.
Item 4 on the Agenda: Communications from the Audience.
Item 5 on the Agenda: PUBLIC HEARING on a request for a Special Use Permit at 1500 NW Englewood Road. Applicant/Owner: Selective Site Consultants. Owner: File #1291.
This portion of the meeting was transcribed by Cross Reporting Services, Inc. Please refer to attached transcription.
Item 6 on the Agenda: Communications from City Council and the City Staff.
Councilman Rudi commented that the Commission did a good job tonight and thanked them all for being here tonight and told them to keep up the good work!
Scott also added that the Commission did a great job tonight. He announced that there will be a Capital Improvements Committee meeting on Monday, April 30, 2007, at 5:30 pm. The 5-Year Capital Plan will be presented at this meeting.
Mr. Helmer reported that staff is still working on the timelines he presented for the Development Review Committee recommendations in January.
Ms. Mehaffy reported that on Saturday, April 28, 2007, from 1:00 pm to 5:00 pm, the City will be hosting a clean-up day at the Atkins-Johnson Farm. She invited the Commissioners to attend.
Item 7 on the Agenda: Communications from Planning Commission Members.
Ms. Newsom asked about the trailers at CVS Pharmacy. She said they are now sitting there empty with the doors open.
Mr. Garnos said that last Wednesday he had the privilege of serving on an interview panel. They were interviewing consultants for the traffic alignment and stormwater study. They had three presentations by three very qualified firms and then met to discuss some of their concerns. The group was very concerned about the public involvement part of those studies and presentations. He is not sure that there has been a recommendation made to the Council yet on it, but he thought the interviews and presentations went very well.
Ms. Alexander said that the feral cats are back! They are behind the tattoo parlor. People are feeding them. There are also a bunch of feral cats behind the shopping center between 169 & Englewood. They are closer to the Broadway area, which puts them in Gladstone. They have already ripped up the plastic cover for the greenhouse for the second time. She thinks it is about $600 to replace it. The North Oak Garden Center will not be opening this year due to health problems on Anna’s part, so we won’t have to worry about that, but what a shame that they have had to put up with that. If we had adults, children or human beings destroying property we have laws to cover that! If someone’s pet damages property we have laws for that! Why the hell don’t we have something for the wild animals!
Ms. Babich said she had a concern that if there was a technical issue known beforehand regarding the need for the Knights of Columbus to request another review of their special use permit why wasn’t that handled first so the Commission could have cleared that issue up and then decided what that meant before we spent two hours talking about it.
Mr. Wingerson answered that part of the Federal Law is that it keeps the City from acting unreasonably to delay these things. Staff felt they were in a position that they had to push forward even though this information came up late. The City couldn’t “unreasonably delay” and they didn’t want to be subject to the criticism of “You’re just throwing roadblocks in the way.”
Ms. Abbott said that Mr. Sharhag has trees down now. Also, the black plastic that was put down for drainage when the Sr. Housing was built is still there. It’s been there about six years.
Mr. West said he has heard that Gladstone is installing red-light cameras. He suggested a couple of lights that need to be studied. It is practically impossible to get to turn left from eastbound 72nd Street onto N. Oak from 4:00 pm- 6:00 pm. Also, the light in front of Home Depot doesn’t seem to favor the thoroughfare of Old Pike Road.
Chairman Hill thanked the Commission for their time tonight.
Item 8 on the Agenda: Adjournment
Chairman Hill adjourned the meeting at 9:28 P.M.
______________________________________ Approved as submitted _____
Becky Jarrett, Recording Secretary
______________________________________ Approved as corrected _____
Brian Hill, Chairman