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Council approves CID board, budget for next fiscal year
After Lathrop’s eastward expansion to Interstate 35, the city is looking to help fund the sewer expansion that will follow.
The Lathrop City Council met in a special session meeting on Monday, June 15, to officially form the board of the community improvement district (CID) that will encompass the previously-approved voluntary annexation, which brought a swath of land north of 116 Highway and stretching past Interstate 35 into the city limits.
The five-member board will meet once yearly with a single primary function – to disburse sales tax revenues from the CID to fund the city’s sewer collection system expansion past the interstate and connecting with Trex Mart. The truck stop will be the only existing tax-paying business in the CID.
After its formation on Monday, the CID board met for the first time on Tuesday, June 16, and voted to file for an election proposing a one-percent sales tax within the CID (which includes only the annexation areas and not the previous city limits). Lathrop City Administrator Bob Burns said that the election would be held by mailed ballot, as only 12 landowners within the CID would vote on it. Those landowners would have two weeks to vote on the tax.
If approved, the one-percent sales tax would join with the city’s existing half-cent sales – which is already in effect within the annexation – to fund the collection system expansion.
The members of the CID board include Lathrop City Administrator Bob Burns, Lathrop Police Chief Dave Speiser, Lathrop Public Works Supervisor Dwight Adkison, Mike Shrewsbury, and Trex Mart owner and operator Lowell Hartell.
In the regular Lathrop City Council meeting on Tuesday, June 16, the council voted to approve the budget for Fiscal Year 2021, which will begin on July 1. Lathrop City Administrator Bob Burns said in a later interview that the city is expected to finish the 2020 fiscal year on June 30 in the black.
The city’s general revenue fund for the 2021 fiscal year was set at $1.239 million with $1.225 million in expected revenues. The general revenue fund will carry over $34,487 from 2020. The water budget has $650,000 in outlined expenditures against $641,000 in expected revenues, with a carryover of $220,000.
The city’s sewer fund budget will be inflated this year due to ongoing construction to the collection system and major upgrades to the city’s wastewater treatment facility. The budget was set at $5.08 million in expenses and $5.22 million in revenues, which includes SRF loan funds and grant funds for the sewer.
With the COVID-19 pandemic pushing back the April election to earlier this month, the Lathrop City Council swore in two members for new terms – incumbent South Ward Alderman Donnie Quinn and newcomer North Ward Alderman Porter Hensen.
The council also made its yearly appointments. Quinn named the Mayor Pro Temp and was appointed to the zoning board. Bob Burns was appointed as the representative to Lathrop Area Chamber of Commerce and the Mo-Kan Regional Development Council. Resident Scott Haahr was appointed to the Board of Adjustment, Kendra Gagnon was appointed to the Commission on Human Rights, Julia Kistner and John Horn were appointed to the planning commission, and Michelle Eads, Troy Everly, Gabe Goad and Missy Jones were reappointed to the park board. Dave Speiser was reappointed to chair the annexation committee.
The council approved the renewal of the city’s property and liability insurance with MoPERM at a rate increase of 1.7 percent. Also, after discussion, the council voted against a proposal to remove pit bulls from the city’s banned animals list. The motion was shot down 3-1, with Hensen, Quinn and Gerald Snodgrass voting against its removal from the list, while Coetta Whiteley voted for removal.
Purchase Young’s Cafe
Mr. and Mrs. James Stanaland have purchased Young’s cafe and started operation June 27, 1970. It will be called Helen’s Cafe.
Mr. and Mrs. Stanaland are residents of Gower. Mrs. Stanaland was formerly Helen Mann of Lathrop.
The staff will remain the same.
They plan to have an informal open house at a later date to be announced.
LAST DAY AT JON’S MARKET...DARN IT...The pleasant, pretty face of Betty Welsh is going to be missed at the checkout at Jon’s Market, Plattsburg. Betty is going to follow the example of her husband, Charles and retire.
After all, how else can she keep up with the travelin’ Charles
Presenting Betty left, with a bouquet and a special envelope are left to right, Darlene and Jon Strong.
Four-year-old Christen Burns of Gallatin pedals her heart out in the pedal tractor pull on Saturday. The event – which is one of the biggest draws for the youth crowd – was moved indoors after Saturday morning’s rain.
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These are seven of many students who will take part in “Youth On Parade,” a tap dance and baton recital to be given Saturday night, June 13, at 8:00 p.m. by the Sue Rose School of Dance in the East Buchanan (Gower) high school auditorium. There is no admission charge.
Laura Smith and Deborah Ostrander who will twirl to “76 Trombones,”
Ann Grier who will dance to ‘Singin’ In The Rain.”
Lea Ann Heath, Kelley Middleton, Kim Holder and Karla Middleton who will twirl as a group to “Casey Jones.”
E.B. Students Win Awards
A group of East Buchanan Elementary students obtained an 85% or better on items such as: pull-ups, shuttle run, sit and reach, mile run, and sit-ups. There were five fourth graders who received the President’s Physical Fitness Award: Margaret Norris, Mary Jo Fisher, Kyle Bunten, Travis Utz, and Andi Jensen. There were six fifth graders who won the same award: Phillip Weaver, Brandon Peppers, both second year winners, Bradley Jackson, Mandy Groom, Stephanie Mitchell and Melody Grier. They are fine athletes who work towards their fitness goals.
SHATTO MILK COMPANY celebrated Dairy Month Saturday, June 19 with their annual Family Day at the Farm. Organizers said the day went well despite the rain. “We had about 2,000 wonderful folks visit. The rain did cut things short, however many folks did stay around much of the afternoon just looking around the bottling plant and enjoying our new cheese making facility,” said Matt Shatto. “Overall, it was a terrific day where we were able to meet many new customers and share our family farm with them and their families.”
Business set to return to former Kennedy eatery
The Plattsburg City Council was able to achieve a quorum during their Thursday, June 11, meeting with Councilman Ken Tongue dialing in via FaceTime to participate in the meeting. This enabled the council to certify the results of the June 2, 2020, Municipal Election.
The oath of office was given by City Clerk Lisa Read. Scott Gordee was the successful write-in candidate for Ward III, with the untimely death of Councilman Cam Collins earlier this year. Gordee received 28 votes, with the nearest challenger, former City Councilman Doug Goode, receiving 12 votes. Others receiving votes were Richard Mann -1; Ron Welch -1; Connie Collins – 1; Ken Tongue 1; KC Lewis – 3; Mark Coulter -2 and Sam Goode – 1.
A return of James Kennedy to his bar and restaurant space at 108-110 Main Street was on the agenda. Mr. Kennedy has already acquired a State Liquor License. The council’s approval was required, as well. The council voted 4-0 in approval (Ken Tongue had ended his video attendance and councilman Clyde May continues to be absent due to health issues). The official title of the new business is J&S Kennedy Enterprises, LLC, DBA Kennedy’s Lounge. James said the new business will open in what was formerly his bar area, seating of 65 people. He said they are planning to open in a couple of weeks.
Mayor Schauer offered two appointments to the city planning commission for council approval – Douglas Goode and Alan Burton. Both were approved by unanimous consent.
The following committee appointees were approved: Street and Alley - John Mirosh (Chair) Sue Malone, Ken Tongue; Utility – Clyde May (Chair) Scott Gordee, Sue Malone; Police – Tracy Pincus (Chair) Scott Gordee, John Mirosh; Personnel – Sue Malone (Chair) Ken Tongue, Tracy Pincus; Finance – Ken Tongue (Chair) Tracy Pincus, Clyde May.
The vote for president pro temp saw councilman Ken Tongue receive three votes and councilwoman Tracy Pincus receive two (Pincus nominated Tongue after she was nominated).
During the discussion portion of the meeting, several topics were brought forth, including:
- Redgate Disposal’s offer to pick up trash and recycling with smaller trucks on the same day. This could result in savings if approved. They have previously offered using larger trucks to cut down on costs, but the city feels that would put too much weight on the roads.
- The Fourth of July Fireworks at Perkins Park continues to be an iffy situation with the Army Corps of Engineers at Smithville Lake. Perkins Park is part of the Corps land since Smithville Lake was formed. City Administrator Greg Harris said the Corps wanted approval from an authority. Given his title, Mr. Harris offered that he was the authority and the fireworks should go on with guidelines. Social distancing at the 50-plus-acre park should not be a problem. “We are going to do it, but it’s going to take some restructuring,” he said. “The Hartzells are going to start selling their fireworks as before.” Mayor Schauer echoed his sentiments about working out a solution.
- Alan Burton asked about supporting the Fall Festival and potential fundraisers. As a result of COVID-19, the Festival Committee lost out on the very successful Wine Walk. Councilwoman Sue Malone said the committee is planning on holding the Fall Festival. Mayor Schauer said it is a 50-year-plus tradition and the city would be working with all concerned.
- Councilwoman Sue Malone voiced her concern about residential pools and the city’s requirements on fencing. Mayor Schauer said that the ordinance calls for fencing on pools that are four-feet or higher.
- Councilwoman Tracy Pincus asked about the ordinances on political yard signs. Administrator Harris said that they are allowed eight weeks before the election, and by the time they cite the offenders, the time frame would be in accordance with the code.
- Information is being sought about hosting an event to honor the late Cam Collins. A potential date in late July may be proposed.
- The council will hold a special budget meeting, potentially on June 25.
(Left to right) Plattsburg Mayor Dave Schauer and council members Scott Gordee, Tracy Pincus and John Mirosh take the oath of office from Lisa Read, Plattsburg City Clerk, during the meeting.
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Drexel Findley has to work a double shift when the McFadden twin boys come to the barbershop. Kirk is presently getting a trim while Taylor and Dad watch to see if everything goes well. They are the sons of Mr. and Mrs. James R. McFadden.
GOOD FRIENDSHIP AND GOOD FOOD...That’s a great combination. It was quite evident at the recent social hour sponsored by Union Electric for the school and business community of Plattsburg. Shown enjoying the buffet by Bert and Ernie’s is, left to right: Fred Vanderau, Roger Cissner, Marsha Brewer and Kim Tongue.
Unlikely neighbors at St. Ann’s Catholic Church
Levi Mallen, age 4, stepped in for a closer look on Sunday morning as this young barred owl hides against the wall at St. Ann’s Catholic church in Plattsburg. Levi is the son of Patrick and Laneah Mallen of Gower.
Parishioners at St. Ann’s were surprised Sunday when a barred owl came to visit. The owls were discovered as the church began to eliminate a tree on their property. Once they found the owl nest, the church stopped the removal of the tree until the young owls leave the nest. Only two babies remain.
The conservation department was called for advice on the situation.
Three barred owls were recently released back to the wild near Clarksdale, Mo. A resident was cutting down a partially dead tree when the owlets were discovered. A local conservation agent was able to transport the owlets to Lakeside Rehabilitation center at Swope Park in Kansas City. After spending more that a month there the juvenile owls were released.
According to the Conservation Department, four species of owls are usually found in northwest Missouri – Barred, Barn, Great-Horned and Screech owls.