Raymore recognizes city staff

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RAYMORE — The Raymore City Council meeting started Monday, April 28, with Mayor Pro Tem Ryan Wescoat recognizing City Clerk Jeanie Woerner and Deputy City Clerk Erica Hill on behalf of Mayor Peter Kerckhoff with a proclamation in honor of Municipal Clerks Week. That week is May 4-10 and Local Government Week is May 5-9. Therefore, Wescoat also recognized Eric Berlin and the rest of the city staff with another proclamation.

“It is always nice for us to congratulate one another once a year,” Berlin said, thanking the rest of the city staff and the city council for their work in the city.

Parks and Recreation Director John Kennedy spoke next.

“We’re looking forward to next year,” he said about this year’s Jog with Your Dog event that was infiltrated by rain storms. Kennedy also talked about the June 21 Raymore Art Expo that is taking place in the Farmer’s Market area, soliciting local artists to sign up. The fee is $25 for participants.

Lieutenant Aly Abdelgawad with the Raymore Police Department told the council that 225 pounds of prescription drugs were collected during last weekend’s prescription drug takeback event in the city.

With Councilmember Kevin Kellogg absent, seven voting councilmembers were present at the meeting and all of the unfinished business items passed unanimously.

The first two items of unfinished business were the rezoning and final plat approval of 21,889 square feet of land in the Foxwood Plaza on the east side of Mott Drive. Other unfinished business items that were passed included an amendment to the Raymore Galleria TIF agreement, an award of contract for Raymore to conduct the Independence Day fireworks show, and a no parking ordinance for northbound and southbound Foxridge Drive between Granada Drive and 58 Highway.

Finally, two code amendments were made to the City Code, section 210, in reference to harassment and section 385, in reference to financial responsibility in regards to the operation of a motor vehicle.

Most of the new business also passed without a hitch.

The Council agreed on a memorandum of understanding for the Raymore Festival in the Park which will take place in September. Raymore Festival in the Park, Inc. has asked for $4,500 in in-kind service for the event. The amount budgeted in the city’s Fiscal Year 2014 budget is $5,000.

Next, the Council voted on an Alcohol in the Parks permit for the September festival. Last year, Ward 3 Councilmember Jason Boehner was the only vote opposed the measure and he did so again this year. Last year he said to The Journal, “In principle, I don’t want [alcohol users] caged up. But to me it seemed like we gave [the Park Board] an inch and they went a mile.”

Starting last year, changes were made to the alcohol restrictions that allowed drinkers to more broadly roam the park during the festival. Parks Director John Kennedy said there were no incidents related to the expansion.

The first reading of an award of contract for a community-wide trails master plan was passed.

Mayor Pro Tem Wescoat asked if there was a way to connect this trail with Peculiar along School Road. Parks Director Kennedy was unsure about the possibility, but recognized the value in that idea.

The Raymore City Council will meet again May 5 for a work session and May 12 for their regular meeting — both at 7:00 p.m.

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