Lee's Summit Councilmembers Spallo & Cockrell Host District 3 Meeting
Oct. 30, 2010
By Debbie Van Pelt
Councilmembers Ed Cockrell (standing, left) and Joe Spallo (standing, right) fielded questions from District 3 residents on October 27 during a casual, informational meeting. Tribune Photo / Fred Poese
Councilmembers Ed Cockrell and Joe Spallo hosted their first-ever District 3 resident meeting on Wednesday evening. The meeting was scheduled to take place at City Hall from 7 – 8:30 p.m., but lasted until 9 p.m. Although the city had mailed post cards informing residents of the opportunity to meet their representatives, only 20 people attended.
The councilmen started the meeting by showing a well-produced, informational video highlighting the General Obligation Bond issue that will be on Tuesday’s ballot. Afterwards, they fielded questions from their constituents ranging from “What’s the status of the airport’s runway extension?” to “Why should we pay to build roads before we know a developer is interested in the area?” to “What can you do to encourage or help Lee’s Summit’s small businesses during these tough economic times?” to “What can the city do about flooding of homes in our neighborhood from storm water run-off?”
Both Spallo and Cockrell seemed comfortable answering questions and exhibited a caring attitude. The constituents were appreciative and respectful. The councilmen were able to answer most questions; but Community Services Coordinator Sharon Quigley was there to make note of questions that required additional research.