|by Bill O'Malley
Parkville residents may soon enjoy lighted trail
ways in English Landing Park courtesy of the Riegelman
Run Trail Fund after the citys board of
alderman appreciatively accepted the donation
and permitted the group to proceed with the lighting
project at its meeting on Tuesday night.
Noting that the organization possesses the resources
to finance the first two phases of the project,
Ken Parrish announced that the group scrapped
its plans to delay the second phase and sought
board approval to move forward with the first
two phases of the project.
Phases 1 & 2 will include 25 lights along
more than 3,000 feet of the trail at an estimated
cost of $40,000.
The lighting project is expected to be completed
within five phases. Parrish was confident that
his organization could expect future revenues
to afford its completion.
Parrish confirmed Mayor Kathryn Dusenberys
dismay that 2005 may be the last year for the
Riegelman Run on the trail. The annual event has
become a staple in the community. But, Parrish
suggested that the group may realize greater benefits
from investing a significant portion of its existing
The board also approved a new full service car
wash and detail center proposed for Parkville
Commons. After its construction, it may be the
most technologically advanced car wash facility
in the metropolitan area.
The proposal previously met with vocal opposition
as angry residents rose before the council in
parade fashion last month to announce their resistance
before the proposed developer was even afforded
the opportunity to make his presentation.
The developers thoroughness, however, must
have eased the tensions of the projects
antagonists as little opposition was voiced at
this meeting. Community Development Director Sean
Ackerson actually consumed more time in defending
the project than the developer and pro and con
speakers combined as he entered anticipatory defense
Pine Crest resident Vicki Raine was the only
person to address the board in opposition to the
project. The focus of her apprehension relied
on noise, traffic, and flooding concerns and were
more thoughtfully articulated than her predecessors
from a few weeks ago.
The developers went to great lengths to accommodate
the residents' concerns, including several structural
measures to address the noise and traffic concerns.
The city said it already addressed the flooding
Council and gallery members were greeted to a
familiar presence as Kansas City Chiefs announcer
Bill Grigsby addressed the council in support
of the project. He, however, alluded to his true
intentions when he conceded that he simply cannot
pass up the opportunity to entertain in the presence
of a microphone or video camera.
He chided that he was happy that the last months
spectacle was not broadcast in Iraq because the
Iraqi people would be left in a sea of incredulity
as to the true nature of a democracy.
The affable personality spoke of his great love
for Parkville as he threaded his comments with
tales and anecdotes from his 3+ decades in the
Grigsby said I love this place. You couldnt
get me out of here.
His charisma and engagement left one of his successors
at the podium to complain in jest that Grigsby
had stolen his thunder.
Dusenbery announced that Public Works Director
Jeff Rupp was unable to attend as he was in Jefferson
City in an attempt to garner support to widen
45 Highway to four lanes to Route K. She said
that she believed that the plan could become a
reality by 2010.
Police Chief Bill Hudson was not present for
the meeting which jokingly created speculation
of his well-being after he was scheduled to plunge
into Longview Lake polar bear style last Saturday
morning for a fundraiser to benefit the Missouri
His representative presented the departments
year end report that noted little change between
the 2003 and 2004 crime rates. Crime appeared
to be dropping compared to 2003 but leveled off
after the city experienced a slight up tick in
the December crime rates.
After twice postponing its approval, the board
approved an ordinance to merge the Tree Board,
Parks Committee, and Events Committee into one