By Laurie Bassett
RAYMORE – The Raymore City Council unanimously approved, during their meeting Monday evening, the 2023 Tax Levy in the total amount of $1.2182 per $100 of assessed valuation.
Broken down, the amounts are $ .3949 to the General Fund, $ .1063 to the Park Fund, and $ .7170 to Debt Service.
In other business, unanimous approval was granted to the Timber Trails Chapter 100 Development and Performance Agreement. This will give financial incentives in the form of Chapter 100 bonds to construct a 299-unit apartment complex and a property tax abatement on the retail portion of the development.
City Manager Jim Feuerborn called this “a significantly different tax abatement structure from other developments”. He said that he has had some really great conversations about this development with the Ray-Pec Superintendent, and that the school district and the fire district do not oppose the incentives.
A contract was awarded to Breit Construction in the amount of $497,877 for the Johnston Drive Extension. This project was approved by voters as part of the 2020 General Obligation Bonds.
A contract was awarded to TRS Total Range Services, LLC in the amount of $305,800 for the repair and restoration of the Police Firing Range to increase the safety by including a new backstop system and raising the height and extending the length of the side berms.
The council approved the Dean Avenue South Extension Right of Way Plat. This provides the necessary right-of-way to support the future extension of Dean Avenue to connect to 195th Street. This doesn’t include the specifics to design of the planned extension.
Approval was given to place No Parking signs along Kentucky Road within the deceleration and acceleration lanes serving the Harold Estates subdivision.
Second readings were approved on the following: an easement vacation at 1111 Hillswick Lane; the Financial Disclosure Ordinance, and a Non-Residential Contributor Sewer Service Contract with Nuuly. All were approved unanimously.
The targeted opening date for 58 Highway at Prairie Lane is Aug. 21, the day prior to the start of the school year.
City Manager Jim Feuerborn announced the retirement of Captain Roger Mayberry from the Raymore Police Department.
Mayberry began his service to Raymore as an officer in 1986. In 2001 he was promoted to Captain, and he has served in this capacity ever since. He will retire on Aug. 25.