The meeting began with the presentation of two proclamations. First, Mayor Peter Kerckhoff recognized November as Pancreatic Cancer Awareness Month and presented the proclamation to Mark and Martha Hurst. Mark Hurst, a Raymore resident, is a one-year survivor of pancreatic cancer. Hurst expressed his gratitude for the proclamation and spoke to the difficulty of chemotherapy and the low survival rate of pancreatic cancer, adding, “I just hope that more people are more aware of it.”
The second proclamation designated November 30, 2013, as Local Business Day. Mayor Kerckhoff presented the proclamation to Robin Noe of Noe’s Jewelry, Yvette Leonard of Leonard Law, and Dee Dee Stokes of Affordable Elegance and Gregory’s Sunday Brunch.
Upon accepting the proclamation, Stokes spoke to the importance of shopping in the area. “Think local,” she said. “Think Raymore first.”
In staff reports, John Kennedy spoke on behalf of the Parks and Recreation department, reporting a good turnout at the second community meeting regarding Hawk Ridge Park.
“I think we have an excellent plan,” he said.
On January 6, there will be a presentation of the park plans in a joint meeting between the Park Board and the Council.
The consent agenda was passed unanimously, approving the re-appointment of successor directors Matthew Mitchell, Eric Berlin, and Jim Feuerborn to the Foxwood Village Shops Community Improvement District.
In unfinished and new business alike, Council unanimously approved every measure.
Included in unfinished business were the voluntary annexation of lots 6 and 7 in the Willow Hills Subdivision, the re-appointments of the City prosecutor and City attorney, and a contract renewal with the Chamber of Commerce.
The first item of new business was an award of contract to Structural Engineering Associates to investigate the condition of the City Hall entrance tower. In June, City staff discovered damage in the tower, which was investigated by Burns & McDonnell. The investigation revealed that the tower was “shifting out of plumb by approximately 11 inches.” This new award of contract for $6500 will reveal what action should be taken to correct the issue. If there is further risk of displacement, the tower may need to be taken down.
Council also approved the first reading of the 2014-2018 Sidewalk Installation Program. This resolution proposed a program for construction as follows:
2014: Ridgeway Drive, from Broadmoor to Pleasant Drive; Pleasant Drive, from Ridgeway to Broadmoor; Aspen Drive, from Lucy Webb to Elm; S. Monroe, from Lucy Webb to Aspen; S. Harrison Ave., from Lucy Webb to Monroe; and S. Franklin, from Lucy Webb to Aspen.
2015: S. Jefferson, from S. Adams to Elm; S. Adams, from Lucy Webb to Elm; Lakeview Dr., from Sunset to Park; Overlook Dr., from Sunset to Park; Buena Vista Dr., from West of Sunset to Park; and Cedar Ridge Drive, from Lucy Webb to Cedar Ridge Cir.
2016: Lillian Ln., from Meadow Ln. to Park; Meadow Ln., from Lucy Webb to Buena Vista; Loran Ln., from Sunset to Park; Park Dr., from Maple to Walnut; Maple St., from Park to Woodson; and Murphy Dr., from Maple to Walnut.
2017: Walker Dr., from Sunset to Town Ctr Dr.; Murphy Cir., from Walnut to Woodson; and Crest Dr., from Hwy 58 to N. End.
2018+: Lucy Webb, from Madison to SkyVue; Sandpiper, from Horizon Pkwy. to Ash; Heron, from Sandpiper to Falcon; and Hwy J (which requires MODOT approval), from Hwy 58 to Sunrise.
According to the agenda packet,once the Council approves this program, the Council still must approve the decision regarding which side of the street the sidewalk will be constructed on before that segment is put out for construction bids. Property owners on both sides of the street will be notified by mail regarding when a public hearing is to be held over the proposed sidewalk construction.
All the information on this proposed Sidewalk Program is available in the November 12 agenda packet on the City of Raymore’s website, including maps which designate the proposed sidewalk locations.
The final item of new business updated City Code Chapter 150 to align it with the public safety exemptions in the Sunshine Law that were reinstated by the General Assembly earlier this year.
The next regular City Council is scheduled for Monday, November 25, at 7 PM at Raymore City Hall.