Belton City Council recognizes firefighter at June 23 meeting

At their June 23 Council meeting, the City of Belton recognized the 2014 Belton Fire Department Firefighter of the Year, Chris Godenaz. Chief Larkey said, “We want to thank you for your service.” Councilman VonBehren also present Godenaz with a certificate of proclamation from the city. “The Mayor and City Council wish to pay special recognition to senior firefighter and paramedic Christopher Godenaz. Chris has stepped up during department staffing strains causing paramedics to be assigned to work on an ambulance more frequently, which has created a large amount of work on a continual basis. Chris’ positive work ethic and dedication and leadership have proven to be invaluable to the fire department,” say Mayor Davis.

Chris’ positive work ethic and dedication and leadership have proven to be invaluable to the fire department,” say Mayor Davis.

In addition, Economic Director Jay Leipzig accepted an award on behalf of the city from the Mid-America Regional Council (MARC) for its solar ready initiative.

The Council quickly got down to work on the agenda for the evening. An ordinance approving a final development plan for Autumn Woods, a multi-unit townhouse development passed unanimously on its final reading after being amended per the wishes of the council from the last regular meeting.

An ordinance approving the agreement amendment with Cartegraph to provide fifteen advanced user licenses and ability to track bridges, water meter, and traffic signals to the city of Belton with a one-time cost of $6,100 for these assets to be added to the system and beginning June of 2016 the annual fee will be $21,375 passed unanimously on its final reading.

An ordinance approving the agreement amendment with Midland GIS to provide access to ARCGIS for server to sync with Cartegraph data with a one-time setup fee of $2,500 plus an annual fee of $1,800 passed unanimously on its final reading.

An ordinance approving and agreement for the city’s section 15 Tax Savings Plan with Basic passed unanimously on both its first and second reading.

An ordinance approving a professional service agreement with Olsson Associates fo site diligence and master planning of Markey Business Park passed on its first reading, but failed on its second reading. Leipzig told the council before they voted that this site plan would allow for better platting of Markey Business Park as well as offer concept drawing to be used when talking with prospective businesses. The total cost for the plan is $31,800. The city is responsible for $16,800 and KCP&L is partnering with Belton covering the remaining $15,000.

Councilman VanWinkle asked about additional cost for “optional services.” Leipzig responded that the optional services such as printing would be handled by the city. Councilman Savage like the idea and saw it as proactive, but was worried about how the lack of a completed road to the site would affect the plan. Leipzig said the road network would be included in development costs and impact fees. He also believed this type of planning speeds up the process of securing developers for the business park.

“It’s 2015 and economic development has changed a great deal. Now they have to be site ready. We’ve already lost one major development. The people that had the advantage over Belton were the people who were site ready. This will enhance our ability to get the types of jobs and businesses we want in our community. Peculiar has all their properties sites ready. They have done a good job and are to be commended on that. We have to prepared and this is the first step,” explained Mayor Davis.

The people that had the advantage over Belton were the people who were site ready. This will enhance our ability to get the types of jobs and businesses we want in our community.

Though the bill was only listed for one reading, Councilman VonBehren and Mayor Davis were eager to get the plan started and suggested doing a second reading on it as well. The City Attorney said that he had no issues with agreement but that two points of clarification would need to be addressed. This was enough of a reason to make Councilmen Savage and VanWinkle uneasy and they voted against the bill on the second reading.

Because Councilmen Lathrop and Haag were absent due to illness, the two nays were enough to kill the bill, which needed six ayes to pass. Councilman Savage made a motion to reconsider the bill with the necessary changes made at the next regular meeting.

Only one resolution was on the agenda and it passed unanimously, a resolution approving change order No. 1 to the Insituform Technologies Contract.

The meeting ended on a good note with a positive report on the city’s financial status.

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