fter passing several mayoral resolutions to celebrate Parkville Rotary Club’s 65th anniversary and a proclamation naming April 1, as Arbor Day in Parkville, it was down to more serious business at the Tuesday night board of alderman meeting in Parkville.
City Administrator Shannon Thompson informed the board that there were 14 responses to the request for proposals for city attorney. Mayor Gerry Richardson believed it was necessary to establish another committee to narrow down the list from 14. Richardson remarked, “Alderman (Jeffrey) Bay has graciously agreed to serve as chair of this committee.”
Alderman Scott McRuer and Alderman Marc Sportsman will also serve on the new committee and by unanimous consent, another committee was born.
Beth Phillips was again before the board for approval to move the first Spring Jam event, scheduled for Saturday, April 2 from public property to private property due to concerns raised by city leaders regarding the other events planned for that weekend in downtown Parkville. Phillips requested the board to approve her application with a new vendor to enhance the family appeal of the Parkville Spring Jam series. Snow cones will be available for sale the first weekend and depending on revenue, Phillips hopes to keep the vendor throughout the entire series.
Alderman Jim Brooks had several concerns regarding the change in venue from public to private property as it pertained to noise level and taxes to be collected.
“The vendor needs to be collecting the CID money or pay it at the end.”
Mayor Richardson requested comment from Police Chief Kevin Chrisman regarding the concerns the chief mentioned at the last board meeting pertaining to increased traffic, staffing concerns, bridge construction affecting traffic flow and the multiple events scheduled for the same day.
“It really changes nothing. With the bridge being all torn up there will be same amount of traffic, whether it’s on public or private land.” Chrisman responded. “We will have two off-duty police officers assigned to the event.”
The board unanimously approved the application for the Parkville Spring Jam series. For more information visit www.parkvillespringjam.com
One event Chief Chrisman will be attending is being held at Finnegan’s Hall located next door to the North Kansas City Bowling Alley, on April 2nd. The event is being sponsored by Shelley Wood of High Fashion by Watercolors with the proceeds going to Parkville’s Shop with the Cop program, being held at the same time as Spring Jam and Cruise Night.
Chrisman reported to the board that he had personally been down to the 9 Highway Bridge currently under construction with the eastbound traffic detoured to 45 Highway. He stated that everything had been clearly marked, yet some have still tried to drive the wrong way across the bridge to avoid the detour. The chief proclaimed to the board and the audience attending the
“Let this be notice to all of the citizens and visitors to Parkville. Traffic enforcement will be there day and night with a zero tolerance for those who try to go around the orange barrels.”
Richardson suggested that with everything the city has done to make a smooth transition with regards to the 9 Highway Bridge project that public opinion had not been good. Richardson further suggested, absent any board disapproval, that he consult with a public relations firm to at least examine the process of changing that for future projects.
Other tidbits of information from the meeting:
- Assistant City Administrator and Community Development Director Sean Ackerson reported that the temporary financing for the Brush Creek NID would soon be expiring with the need for assessments in August 2011. There currently is a new petition to add additional property owners to the NID, mainly the owners of the Vertical Ventures II property, on the north side of 45 Highway. If the petition is successful, additional work would need to be done, thereby putting the need to assess NID member property owners until August 2012. A meeting will be set in the near future, open to the public, to learn more about the Brush Creek Neighborhood Improvement District, possibly including a work session.
- FEMA has completed the Flood Plain review it started last fall of the Parkville area. Area residents have until June 14 to file a written appeal to either the city and/or the county and the basis of the appeal must be that it is technically or scientifically incorrect.
- MODOT sent out a revised construction schedule for the expansion of 45 Highway reporting that eight of the nine utilities had completed their work with Phase I to be completed sometime this summer. Phase II, which will construct the eastbound section, will begin this summer and is schedule for completion in the spring of 2012. Phase III is scheduled to begin in the spring of 2012 and completed by winter of 2012 which will construct the westbound lanes. The final phase of the project will begin in the spring 2013 and completed sometime by summer of 2013.
- The board tabled the Memorandum of Understanding between the city and Platte County under the advice of staff and legal counsel due to the item not being fully posted. A review of the item revealed that only the odd numbered pages had been included to the public and press. The item will be back on the agenda on April 5.
- Alderman Nan McManus reported that the Parkville Economic Development Council had hired an Executive Director Jenni Glass from the Overland Park Economic Development Council. Glass will be beginning on Monday, March 28 with her office being located inside of Parkville City Hall. City Administrator Thompson informed the board she was in the process of having the lease for Ms. Glass’ office prepared and will bring it to the board at the April 5 meeting.
- Alderman Scott McRuer reported that spring had sprung at the Parkville Nature Sanctuary and there were many opportunities for residents to get involved throughout spring and summer. For more information visit www.parkvillenaturesanctuary.net