By Mallory Ragon of the Tribune
The city council voted on final approval for the special use permit application for Hy-Vee on Rice Road. The application for use of up to three storage trailers in their parking lot was discussed at the council’s last regular session on September 5.
Though the council agreed to direct staff to draft an ordinance at that meeting, there had been a considerable amount of discussion on the matter and required a tie-breaking vote from Mayor Randy Rhoads to approve it. After the vote, two amendments were made to shorten the term from two years to one and to require the grocery store to provide expansion plans for the building before using the trailers.
At this week’s regular session Councilmember Bob Johnson made a motion to, prior to final approval, remove the condition requiring the presentation of expansion plans to the city. Johnson cited the temporary nature of the permit and Hy-Vee’s standing as a good corporate citizen of Lee’s Summit in his reasoning for the motion.
Councilmember Ed Cockrell, who introduced the amendment at the September 5 meeting, was not present Thursday night. Councilmember Rob Binney was away from the table at the time of the vote, and Councilmember Brian Whitley voted against. The motion was approved and then the ordinance passed unanimously.
Hy-Vee will be able to place no more than three semi-trailer storage units in the parking lot of their Lee’s Summit East location. The trailers will be used predominately for storage of paper goods and other non-perishable items, especially ahead of advertised sales, for the next year.
The store has seen significant growth, most noticeably since the closing of Hen House, and is currently planning an expansion project for their storage space.