By Laurie Bassett-Edmonds
RAYMORE – The final step of housekeeping following the resignation of Dale Jacobson was completed Monday evening with the unanimous selection of Reginald Townsend as the Mayor Pro-Tem.
Jacobson, who resigned from his Ward 1 Council seat due to a job change and ensuing move, was also serving as the Mayor Pro-Tem. Last month, Victoria Wills-Scherzer was chosen from three candidates by the remaining members of the City Council to fill the vacancy. All that remained was to select a Mayor Pro-Tem.
Townsend, who had filled the role previously, was the sole nomination and was elected unanimously to take up the reigns.
Also, during this meeting, Wills-Scherzer was sworn in as a Council Member and Jacobson was presented with a plaque in recognition of his service.
In regular business, Council gave unanimous approval for modification of the development standards of the Saddlebrook development, a 172-lot subdivision located on 65 acres north of Hubach Hill Road and east of the Stonegate subdivision. The changes kept all the dwellings as single family but allowed for much smaller than standard lot sizes in the southern two thirds of the development. The Planning Commission hae denied the request in a 3-6 vote.
The related item—Saddlebrook Preliminary Plat was continued to the next meeting.
Two lots in Brookside 10th were re-platted as building lots. Due to some stormwater controls, they are no longer in the floodplain.
Emergency repairs and the related budget amendments were approved for Kurzweil and Ward Roads. Staff was trying to hold off on repairs since both roads will be re-done next year. However, it was determined that the danger of traveling these roads in their current condition made it necessary to spend the $300,000 to do the repairs.
A contract with McConnell and Associates was approved in the amount of $157,603 for concrete work at City Hall. It will include the front stairs and some of the sidewalk areas.
A contract in the amount of $27,000 was also approved with Geotechnologies, Inc. for the Creekmoor Groundwater Investigation Project. There is ground water surfacing and flowing onto Grandshire Drive. The purpose of the project is to identify the source, determine the quantity, and make a plan for abatement of the water. The related budget amendment was approved, as well.
Another contract was approved with Pure Technologies for the Force Main Condition Investigation Project in the amount of $90,800.
This project involves gathering data on the condition of the Owen Good Force Main in order to identify areas where the pipe walls have continued to deteriorate to the point that repairs and or pipe replacement is necessary.
Finally, a Memorandum of Understanding was approved with the Festival in the Park Committee committing the City to $4,500 of in-kind services for the event. The Festival is set for Sept. 16-18.
July is Parks and Recreation Month. Mayor Kris Turnbow presented a proclamation to Director of Parks Nathan Musteen.
He spoke of the importance of parks to the health and well-being of those in the community, and mentioned the resources dedicated to this endeavor – Raymore has seven parks, four linear parks, 20 miles of trails, and 286 acres of park land.