By Carlee Edwards
The board of aldermen approved acceptance of four trail easements October 14. These easements were from Roberta Marie Anderson, Brian and Mary Henry, Kline and Annaelle Miniefield, and Mark A. Smith, and will complete a walking trail around Allendale Lake. A sum of $200 was paid for each easement.
“How did you come to the price you chose?” Alderman Kerry Fulton asked Mayor Marvin Megee.
“It’s slightly lower than what we’ve paid past residents for easements and I thought that was a good starting point,” Megee said.
The board also approved an ordinance to approve an intergovernmental agreement between the Marc Solid Waste Management District and the city of Greenwood relating to the regional household hazardous waste collection program. This is a program the city participates in every year to give residents an opportunity to dispose of their household hazardous waste at either of two permanent facilities, 4707 Deramus in Kansas City, or 2101 SE Hamblen Road in Lee’s Summit.
The president of the park board, Vickie Stephens, reported how well the fall festival went and thanked Officer Murray who organized all the police exhibits, the volunteers, the vendors and those who donated props for the haunted hayride.
“From the response from the public I’d say it was a pretty big success,” she said.
The next event on the parks and recreation calendar is a breakfast with Santa on December 6.
Stephens also mentioned a few issues that have come up for the park board: Teams have been coming to use the ball fields without registering with the park board first or verifying that the fields are in playing condition. There has also been an influx of young teenagers racing their cars on the asphalt and doing donuts on the gravel.
“We’re very afraid that somebody will get hurt,” Stephens said, “whether it’s the driver that rolls his truck or a kid that’s in the area.”
Chief Hallgrimson requested that the board approve the reinstatement of a sergeant position.
“The way I have it planned out this will stay within the budget we have planned out right now,” Hallgrimson said. He rearranged the rank structure so that the one of the vacant positions the board had previously approved would become the sergeant position, and the second would become two reserve positions.
Alderman Fulton made a motion for the chief to reinstate a sergeant position and start taking applications for that position, as well as to hire two reserve positions at minimum wage. The motion passed unanimously.
The next two board meetings have been consolidated into one meeting on November 18.
The board voted to adjourn the regular session and moved into closed session to discuss legal matters.