The Raymore City Council met at its regularly scheduled time on Monday, September 23 at Raymore City Hall.
There were two personal appearances scheduled for the meeting. A couple of residents who live on North Crest Drive in Raymore spoke out against the Bill that would be voted on later concerning no parking zones in two locations on the road. The South Metropolitan Fire Protection District presented the concern to the Council due to the Fire Department’s inability to turn a fire truck around efficiently on Crest Drive when cars are parked on both sides of the street.
One resident said that the parking is fine the way it is and that if the parking was taken away she would be unable to have company at her home. She said that she is not allowed to park on the grass and that the fire trucks can get around just fine. Another resident spoke out as well saying that if her parking spots are taken away she will have to take someone else’s spot and that resident would become frustrated as well.
The motion to approve of the Bill eventually passed unanimously.
Fire Marshall Randy Powers, who was at the meeting to receive a Proclamation by Mayor Kerckhoff earlier in the meeting, was able to answer questions from the Council concerning the need for no parking zones.
Councilmember Ryan Wescoat asked Powers if, when cars are parked on both sides of Crest Drive, fire trucks could get down the road. Powers stated that if the cars were parked next to the curb as they should be then the truck would be able to pass through.
“In an emergency…we need to be able to back out, make that turn, and proceed to 58 Highway,” Powers stated.
Councilmember Charlene Hubach added, “I have walked that area and there is a world of cars there.”
“Even if we post it…we’re not going to be able to solve that problem. There’s simply not enough space for the cars and the people that are there. I don’t know what the answer is,” she continued.
All Councilmembers voted in favor of the Bill.
During the City Staff reports, Public Works Director Mike Krass spoke regarding the roundabout at Dean Avenue and Lucy Webb.
“This week they will be working on the center island,” said Krass. He said that it will be the “last big delay” of the project.
In unfinished business, the Council approved the annexation of the County right-of-way of Kurzweil Road, a budget amendment for concrete repair at the Brookside Greenway Trail, and a housekeeping code amendment unanimously.
The code amendment refers to a small inconsistency between the City Code and the City Charter. Councilmember Hubach stated that this is not the only inconsistency and that other ones should be pointed out in future work sessions.
An emergency reading concerning the re-platting of the Edgewater at Creekmoor Third Plat was conducted, with the first and second readings taking place on Monday night. The agenda stated that “the replat proposes to adjust the location of an electrical easement and storm sewer easement.”
Councilmember Hubach asked if there needed to be a public notice submitted through the local paper to inform Raymore residents about the situation so that there could be public discussion at the meeting.
“We’ve done this a number of times and never posted a special notice,” said City Manager Eric Berlin.
On September 6, Cooper Land Development contacted the City. The letter stated, “Because of circumstances beyond our control due to rock excavation we have been forced to change slightly the location of an electrical easement and also a small portion of a storm water drain pipe easement.”
The motion to approve of the Bill carried unanimously.
Two awards of contract were discussed as well in the new business section of the meeting. One of the contracts dealt with road striping for the street improvements Raymore has undergone this summer; the other contract had to do with sewer repair.
“This project is the third phase of this year’s street preservation project,” said Krass in reference to the first award of contract.
The total amount going toward this last phase is $36,770.75. $34,243.78 is set to be taken from the Transportation Fund and $2,526.97 is to come from the Excise Tax Fund for the roundabout striping at Dean and Lucy Webb.
“Why are we using two different funds to fund this project?” asked Councilmember Kevin Kellogg.
Eric Berlin said that the $500,000 reserved for the street preservation fund has already been awarded, thus there was a need for $2,526.97 which had to be taken from the Excise Tax Fund.
“Every time I turn around there’s a different figure given to us about what it’s going to cost for the roundabout,” said Councilmember Hubach.
“I don’t know what I’m reading and what I’m hearing. It doesn’t make sense…I am thoroughly confused.”
Mike Krass stated that the striping for the roundabout was clearly stated to the Council that it would be presented as a separate contract when the contract options were discussed earlier this year.
Councilmember Wescoat thanked the staff for the negotiation that reduced the price by nearly $15,000. Originally, the bid for the third phase totaled $51,690.75, but negotiation with Streetwise Construction decreased the price significantly.
This project involves includes pavement markings and stripings on Dean Avenue, Lucy Webb Road between Madison Street and J Highway, North Madison Street from 163rd Street to 155th Street, the new roundabout and Municipal Circle.
“I think we’re making a big mistake in all of this,” said Hubach, saying that there were places in Raymore that deserved striping more than the roundabout. Kellogg also spoke against the motion, but it passed 6-2.
The other contract, which involves re-lining approximately 5,400 feet of sanitary sewers in the Silver Lake and Bridlecroft areas, passed unanimously.
Finally, the last part of discussion concerned the Raymore Board of Appeals. The Board of Appeals handles questions concerning City building codes. In Raymore, there are three regular members, a City Staff appointment, a laymember, and an alternate member. The members remain on the Board for three years at a time.
Councilmember Hubach was concerned because not all Board of Appeals members are from Raymore. Mike Cox is from Belton and Randy Reed is from Grain Valley.
Pansy Willis, the only female on the Board, is not set to be re-appointed after her term runs up in October.
“She is more deserving to be on that Board than someone who lives in Belton or in Grain Valley,” Councilmember Hubach said, also stating that she takes offense that the only woman would be removed from the Board.
Eric Berlin responded to Hubach’s comments by saying that Willis asked not to be re-appointed.
“I am opposed to anyone serving on any Raymore Board that does not live in the city limits of Raymore,” Hubach stated.
After some discussion, the motion to dispose of Board of Appeals appointments passed 5-3, with Councilmembers Hubach, Kellogg, and Derek Moorhead opposing.
In Council communications, many of the Councilmembers commented positively on the Raymore Festival.
“This year in particular it really felt like a community event,” said Councilmember Sonja Abdelgawad.
In reference to the fact that those who live outside of Raymore can serve on some Raymore Boards (such as the Board of Appeals), Councilmember Hubach had a final message to Raymore residents: “Get off your duff and get out and volunteer,” she said.
The next City Council meeting will take place October 14, which will also involve a public hearing concerning the proposed budget for Raymore’s next fiscal year which begins November 1, 2013.