City Council June 2022

City Council Recap: Presentations by DEP and Parks and Rec Featured

Watch the City Council Meeting from June 6, 2022, in its entirety at the link above (video S Jason Cole).

After a public hearing, approval was given for 353 Tax Abatement for improvements made to the property at 410 Concourse Ave. The building is an American four-square house built in 1910.

After a public hearing, approval was given for 353 Tax Abatement for improvements made to the property at 514 Elms Boulevard.

Approval was given for the rezoning of property located at 941 N. Jesse James Rd. from commercial to residential.

Approval was given to move forward with a contract with Dehn Demolition for the Demolition of the old Power Plant at 108 Dunbar (aka Wyman School). According to the submitted documents:

the City or Excelsior Springs has owned the property at 108 Dunbar since April 2017. The property is the site of the Wyman School. On the site is the power plant which has deteriorated over the years in such a manner that the roof of the power plant has partially collapsed into the building making the building a danger. Staff put out an RFP for the demolition of the power plant and received one bid from Dehn Demolition. The bid is in the amount of $24,400 and is within the expected demolition amount. If the bid with Dehn Demolition is accepted this evening, the company is prepared to begin work during the month of June.

Downtown Excelsior Partnership Director, Lyndsey Baxter presented the Downtown Visitation Analysis for 1st Quarter of 2022 in which she shared that there had been 39,853 visitors in the downtown between January 1st and March 31st, 2022. See the full report below:

Parks and Rec/Community Center Director, Nate Williams presented the 2021 Parks & Recreation Strategic Plan. See the full plan below:

Approval was granted for the continued license agreement for 1650 Rainbow Blvd. between Parks and Rec and the First United Methodist Church.

Numerous liquor license renewals were approved. The list of renewals include:

Aldi, Inc.
Applebee’s Neighborhood Grill & Bar
Atlas Saloon & Brewery
B.P.O. Elks Lodge #1001
Broadway Bar & Grill, LLC
Casa de Vite International Wines
Casey’s General Store #2495
Clay Ray Vets/The American Legion Post 236
Dollar General Store #1207
Dubious Claims Brewing, LLC
El Maguey Restaurant
Four Horses and a Dog
Golf Hill Grille
Hunan Restaurant
Inn on Crescent Lake
Moments & Memories
Pairings by Van Till
Pour Boy Oil Company
Price Chopper
Quick Corner #3
Quick Run LLC dba My Store 5
Quick Stop II
Star Liquor & Tobacco
The Elms Hotel F&B, LLC
Tiger Bowl
Ventana Gourmet Grill
Wabash BBQ
Wal-Mart SuperCenter #195
Walgreens #11375
Wine & Shine Tasting Room
Willow Spring Mercantile
Woodchux Axe Throwing
Y Liquor

Additionally, a liquor license was approved for the new Dollar General

Approval was given for the purchase of new video surveillance equipment for the detention center. In his submitted documentation Police Chief, Gregory Dull stated:

Given the inherent responsibility and potential liability associated with holding persons in our detention facility, I am requesting the purchase of updated video monitoring equipment that would provide better coverage of the detention area. The police department’s detention facility currently has only three cameras to monitor the detention facility. These cameras are installed in the hallway on the exterior of the holding cells and provide limited visibility of the cells’ interior. Notably, these cameras do not have audio capability.

We have recently met with representatives from Electronic Technology, Inc.(ETI) to identify the needed items that would satisfy our video monitoring needs. ETI currently installs and maintains our video monitoring equipment and it is my recommendation that we choose our existing company for this additional equipment so that it is compatible with the current system.

If approved, the scope of the work would include installing cameras in detention cells one through six, and in the juvenile detention cell. The upload port of each switch would use the existing network cable at each location to connect to the existing switch in the Communications Center.

Public Works was given the approval to move forward with ARPA Fund Applications to supplement several projects. Applications included: ARPA Fund Application for Water Line Improvements, ARPA Fund Application for Lead Service Line Study, and ARPA Fund Application for Sewer Main Lining Improvements.

Public Works Director, Chad Birdson presented the Transportation Title Six Plan Adoption for 2022. Birdsong said, “as part of our 5311 Grant, we are required to be compliant with the Federal Transit Administration Title VI plans. This plan contains updates from the FTA and is now required to be adopted annually. See the full plan below:

Approval was given for a contract between the City of Excelsior Springs and the Eastern Clay County Ambulance District. The City of Excelsior Springs will receive $100,000 for providing emergency ambulance service to the Eastern Clay County Ambulance District.

An amendment was made to section 660.090 of the City Code (Ordinance No. 22-06-06). According to the submitted documents:

The selling of Fireworks in the city limits is a relatively new ordinance.  The ordinance provides for a $1000 clean up bond which will enable the city to keep if the tent owner walks away after taking down the tent, leaving a mess.  We have had one tent in the past that has left a mess for the city to clean up, every year since the ordinance has been in place.  We would like to avoid the process to convert the bond to cash, by changing the ordinance language from a bond to a deposit.  Each permit holder would instead of providing a bond, would provide a cash deposit that would be refunded after clean up is complete.

Molly McGovern, City Manager

Appropriations were approved.

No additional comments by City Manager, Mayor, or Council Members.

Council entered into a closed session.

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