December 7, 2009

7:30 pm

Present: Council & Staff Present:

Ms. Alexander Mayor Carol Rudi

Ms. Babich Barry McCullough, Councilman

Mr. Turnage Scott Wingerson, Assistant City Manager

Mr. Garnos Chris Helmer, Planning Specialist

Mr. Ringhausen

Mr. Velasquez

Mr. Whitton

Ms. Abbott

Mr. Steffens

Mr. West

Chairman Hill

Absent: Ms. Smith

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 November 2, 2009 minutes.

MOTION: By Mr. Steffens, second by Ms. Abbott to approve the November 2, 2009, minutes as submitted. The minutes were approved as submitted.

Item 4 on the Agenda: Communications from the Audience.


Item 5 on the Agenda: PUBLIC HEARING: On a Special Use Permit at 2201 NE 56th Terrace. Applicant/Owner: Joyce Vogt. File #1340.

Planning Specialist Chris Helmer reported that this application is for a renewal of a special use permit request. Ms. Vogt has been before the Planning Commission and City Council on two other occasions, the last being in 2004 in which a five-year special use permit for a nail salon was granted. At this time city staff is recommending that the five-year permit renewal be granted to Ms. Vogt for the operation of an at-home business.

Mr. Helmer briefly reviewed the special use permit process for those Commissioners who had not been through the process, then asked for any questions they may have for him.

Chairman Hill asked for the applicant to come forward.

Joyce Vogt, 2201 NE 56th Terrace, addressed the Commission. Ms. Vogt said that she has been at her residence with the permit for six years. She does not have a sign and at this time her clientele is half of what it used to be due to the economy. She doesn’t have any problems nor do her neighbors.

There was no one in favor or opposition of the application. The public hearing was closed.

MOTION: By Mr. Steffens, second by Mr. West to approve a 5-year Special Use Permit at 2201 NE 56th Terrace.

VOTE: Ms. Alexander Yes

Ms. Babich Yes

Mr. Turnage Yes

Mr. Garnos Yes

Mr. Ringhausen Yes

Mr. Velasquez Yes

Mr. Whitton Yes

Ms. Abbott Yes

Mr. Steffens Yes

Mr. West Yes

Chairman Hill Yes

The motion carried. (11-Yes, 0-No)

Item 6 on the Agenda: Communications from the City Council and the City Staff.

Mayor Rudi announced that there are still two more times to go to the community center and hear a great concert by one of the local schools. There are also still opportunities to donate to the Mayor’s Christmas Tree Fund for the Northland Christmas Store. She wished them all a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.

Councilman McCullough welcomed Mr. Ringhausen to the Commission and wished everyone a Merry Christmas.

Mr. Helmer thanked everyone for coming out on such a cold night and welcomed Mr. Ringhausen. An updated roster and 2010 calendar will be forthcoming to all commissioners.

Item 7 on the Agenda: Communications from the Planning Commission Members.

Ms. Alexander said she is still concerned about the scaffolding at the property in Carriage Hills and possibility of a child climbing it. She also noticed that the sign frame that the dance studio uses has been moved down to the corner and turned into a fence. Mr. Wingerson said he would check into both of these items and report back.

Mr. Steffens commented that the house with the scaffolding also has a dumpster. He also wondered if they are putting in new streetlights on Bales. There are flags along the road there and some light poles lying down.

Ms. Abbott said it is nice to have Broadway paved; but some of the curbs that were taken out were not replaced.

Mr. Ringhausen thanked the Council for the opportunity to serve on the Commission; he is looking forward to it.

Chairman Hill asked about the speed limit on 72nd Street, which reaches into Kansas City. He wondered if Gladstone had considered changing their speed limit to match Kansas City’s. Mr. Wingerson said it is up for consideration at the next Council meeting.

Item 8 on the Agenda: Adjournment.

Chairman Hill adjourned the meeting at 7:46 pm.

Respectfully submitted:

______________________________________ Approved as submitted _____

Becky Jarrett, Recording Secretary

______________________________________ Approved as corrected _____

J. Brian Hill, Chairman