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Lee’s Summit City Council Votes On Bond Issues

December 29, 2012

By Wendy Hayworth

Intern Reporter for the Tribune
intern@lstribune.net


There are three possible bond issues before voters in April 2013.

The first of which combines three improvement plans together: improvements to the Legacy Park Amphitheater, renovation of the old city hall into a museum, and building a small festival space nearby. These projects total $2.9 million.

Second, an additional $1.6 million is requested to add paved shoulders to Pryor Road from Longview to Hook.

And third, the bond planning committee, made up of four councilmembers, voted two for and two against the addition of $3 million towards the repair of Orchard Street.

Orchard Street has not been repaired since any of the councilmembers have been elected. The streets will require more than just sidewalks. They need new curbs, enclosed storm drains, and gutters to meet regulations. 

This motion did not pass the initial committee vote. However, councilman Cockrell motioned to reconsider the previous vote. He argued that newer areas of the city have been rebuilt twice, while one of the oldest has not been rebuilt once.

Councilwoman Hoffman seconded his motion adding that Orchard Street is not safe for the kids and elderly living there.

During the council meeting on December 20th, the council voted 5 “aye” and 3 “no” to reconsider the previous vote on Orchard. The vote was followed by the passing of the motion to draft an ordinance with the appropriate language to include the Orchard Street improvements.

The three ordinances will be drafted by the council to be put on the April 2013 ballot.

The Legacy Park Amphitheater improvements call for an additional 300 parking spaces and accommodations to hold up to 1,800 patrons. This includes lighting, changing rooms, box offices, speakers, restrooms, and parking. The estimated cost is $1.68 million.

The cost of turning the old city hall into a museum for the Lee’s Summit Historical Society is estimated to be $660,000.

To acquire the land adjacent to the old city hall for small festivals, the cost is $600,000.


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