By Laurie Bassett-Edmonds
RAYMORE – The Raymore City Council approved the second reading for the rezoning of The Venue of the Good Ranch in a 7-1 vote Monday evening, with John Berendzen again opposing.
The Griffin Riley Property Group is requesting to reclassify 25.7 acres at the northeast corner of Dean Avenue and North Cass Parkway from A (Agricultural District) to PUD (Planned Unit Development). The plan includes a 204-unit development consisting of four-plexes.
The first reading was approved during the prior meeting, which was heavily attended by neighboring constituents. No one was in attendance to oppose the zoning change this time.
Second readings were also approved on the following: a right-of-way vacation in the Remington Subdivision and a contract with Pinnacle Homes of Kansas City for the design and construction of a single-family home that incorporates a variety of universal design principles.
Both were approved unanimously.
City Attorney Jonathan Zerr announced that the City has reached a settlement agreement in the lawsuit that Lori O’Malley of Freedom Stop filed against the City for damages following a 2013 incident at her store that resulted in her arrest and charge for disorderly conduct. The city recently dismissed a related criminal case against O’Malley. Zerr said that following mediation, the City’s insurance company will pay $180,000 to O’Malley and will also pay the mediation costs.
The first readings were approved on the annual ordinance for construction of sidewalks on undeveloped lots. When a certain portion of a neighborhood is built and only a few lots are still vacant, there are gaps in the sidewalks that create an inconvenience for pedestrians. The City has an ordinance requiring these gaps be filled after a certain amount of time. All four lots in question were unanimously approved.
Council member Jay Holman was appointed to the Belton-Raymore TDD.
Mayor Kris Turnbow presented proclamations to both the Prairie Chapter and the Mary Sibley Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution Monday evening in recognition of Constitution Week, which is Sept. 17-23.