City Council Action Letter, Thursday, June 2, 2016
The City of Lee's Summit
City Council - Special Session
Thursday, June 2, 2016
City Council Committee Room City Hall
220 SE Green Street Lee's Summit, MO 64063 (816) 969-1000
SPECIAL SESSION NO. 2
CALL TO ORDER INVOCATION
PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE
Present: 8 -
Mayor Randall L. Rhoads
Councilmember Rob Binney
Councilmember Phyllis Edson
Councilmember Craig Faith
Councilmember Diane Forte
Councilmember Chris Moreno
Councilmember Dave Mosby
Councilmember Diane Seif
Absent: 1 -
Councilmember Trish Carlyle
APPROVAL OF AGENDA
This matter was approved
1. PUBLIC COMMENTS:
Ms. Vickie Tarkley and Ms. Jessica Pedilla were present in support of the Westcott project, which is the subject of Mayor Rhoad's veto.
2. COUNCIL COMMENTS:
Councilmember Mosby brought up the subject of televising the Charter Review Commission meetings. He wanted the meetings televised so he could see what the Commission does and the things they discuss.
Councilmember Moreno added there had been some questions about the affiliations of some of these Charter Review Commission members with the City and he wanted to see their Personal Financial Disclosure forms.
He was advised these forms are not required for members of citizen boards and commissions.
Councilmember Binney pointed out the chair of the Commission was present at a previous Council meeting, expressed reasons for not televising the meeting, and the Council chose not to require taping. Councilmember Forte suggested the Chair provide a report to the Council once a month.
Councilmember Faith wanted the meetings taped for transparency.
Motion was made by Councilmember Mosby, seconded by Councilmember Seif, to require the Charter Review Commission meetings to be televised and live streamed.
Councilmember Binney moved to AMEND the motion to allow the Chair of the Charter Review Commission to review the request for televising with the Commission and bring back a report on their opinion. The motion was seconded by Councilmember Forte.
Following additional discussion, the Council voted 2 "aye" (Councilmembers Binney and Forte), 5 "no" on the AMENDMENT to the original motion.
On the original motion from Councilmember Mosby, second by Councilmember Seif, the Council voted 5 "aye", 2 "no", by roll call vote, to require the Charter Review Commission meetings to be televised and live streamed.
3. OTHER BUSINESS:
A. 2016-0251 Lee's Summit City Council Long-Term Strategic Planning and Goal Setting
Denise Mills, Chief Mindset Officer of LeaderFuelNow, LLC, conducted a strategic planning session with the Mayor and City Council. The session focused on three key items:
1. Understanding how to resolve conflicts;
2. The importance of a proper mindset;
3. Mental blind spots, and how they occur.
The focus then shifted to vision and mission statements. The Council agreed to revisit the current vision statement and strategic goals, as well as the Economic Development vision statement, at a future planning session.
The Council agreed to revisit the current vision statement and strategic goals, as well as the Economic Development vision statement, at a future planning session.
B. 2016-0254 CONSIDERATION OF VETOED AMENDED ORDINANCE NO. 7890, entitled AN ORDINANCE APPROVING THE ASSIGNMENT AND FIRST AMENDED AND RESTATED DEVELOPMENT AGREEMENT TO PROMOTE ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT ACTIVITIES AND THE SECOND AMENDED TO OPTION AGREEMENT, BOTH BEING BY AND BETWEEN EXERGONIX, INC., WESTCOTT INVESTMENT GROUP, LLC., AND THE CITY OF LEE’S SUMMIT AND PERTAINING TO THE SAME SUBJECT; AND AUTHORIZING THE CITY MANAGER TO EXECUTE THE SAME BY AND ON BEHALF OF THE CITY OF LEE’S SUMMIT, MISSOURI.
At the May 19, 2016, City Council meeting, the Council adopted Ordinance No. 7890, which approved the assignment and first amended and restated development agreement to promote economic development activities and the second amended to option agreement, both being by and between Exergonix, Inc., Westcott Investment Group, LLC., and the City. However, Mayor Rhoads exercised his veto authority on this ordinance and, in accordance with Charter provisions, submitted a detailed memo to the Council on the reasons for his veto.
In accordance with Charter provisions, a 2/3rds vote of the Council is required to over-turn the Mayor's veto, i.e., 6 affirmative votes.
Following extensive discussion by the Council, motion and vote by Council to over-turn the veto, Mayor Rhoads noted there was a lot of additional information received after his memo was submitted, which was a concern. The Council made a decision based on poor, limited information. He still had some discomfort with the decision.
Motion was made by Councilmember Mosby, seconded by Councilmember Seif, to pass over the veto of the Mayor.
4. COMMITTEE REPORTS (Committee chairs report on matters held in Committee):
5. COUNCIL ROUNDTABLE:
6. STAFF ROUNDTABLE:
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