By Tyler Wornell
RAYMORE — The Raymore City Council held a special ceremony at their meeting Monday night, as they swore in the newly elected council members before their regular business. Council members Jeffrey Stevens, Derek Moorhead, Jay Holman, and Sonja Abdelgawad all earned seats on the council after the April 8 election.
Abdelgawad is the only member who ran opposed in the election, against Bob West.
Holman fills the seat for former council member Robert Piepho, who served on the council for one year. Mayor Peter Kerckhoff presented Peipho with a recognition plaque for his time and dedication to the city as a board member.
Once convened again for their regular meeting, the council began with a presentation from Parks Director John Kennedy, recognizing the city of Raymore as a Tree City USA.
“By having trees in our community it allows shade for our streets and public parks,” Kennedy said. “It also boosts property values, and helps clean the air that we breathe.”
Tree City USA is a national program that provides the framework for community forestry management for cities and towns across America.
The council also saw a personal appearance from Don Peters, director of the Cass County Historical Society. Peters proposed the city host a Veteran’s Parade on Memorial Day this year.
“We would like to recreate that concept this year, and recognize the veterans at the Raymore cemetery,” Peters said. “I want the parade to strictly be for veterans, to let them realize the recognition that they deserve.”
The parade would begin in mid-morning on Memorial Day, and would take no more than 45 minutes.
Council member Ryan Wescoat showed great support for the proposal.
“I think this is a great idea,” Wescoat said.
A second personal appearance was made by Raymore-Peculiar High School junior Cole Keiper, who spoke to the council about the second annual Relay for Life event, hosted June 13-14 at the high school.
Relay for Life is an event to help raise money for cancer research.
“We would appreciate anyone to visit our website and donate and sign-up as a participant to help us continue the fight against cancer,” Keiper said.
Moving to unfinished business, the council voted to approve five bills: The final plat of High Point at Creekmoor, the Master Development Agreement of the Estates of the Good Ranch, the 2014 Curb Program, Cloud-based Software, and Google Apps Software Installation. All bills except Estates of the Good Ranch, were passed unanimously.
With old business squared away, the council business moved to the first order of new business, selection a Mayor Pro-Tem. Council members Wescoat and Abdelgawad were nominated, with Wescoat winning by a vote of 6-2. Council members Abdelgawad and Kevin Kellogg were the only votes in favor of Abdelgawad.