By Mallory Ragon
Mayor Randy Rhoads cast a tie-breaking vote at the city council’s regular session this week to formally approve the M-150 corridor development overlay (CDO). The bill came to the council after several fraught public hearings. As in the council’s September vote on the ordinance, the council was split on the vote. Councilmembers Hofmann, Holland, Johnson, and Mosby voted against and Councilmembers Binney, Cockrell, Gray, and Whitley voted for. Mayor Randy Rhoads broke the tie by voting for implementation of the CDO.
The council also heard quarterly presentations from the planning, development and codes administration and the Downtown Lee’s Summit Main Street organization. There was a lengthy discussion of efforts to improve the application process for businesses coming to Lee’s Summit. Specifically stressed was the concept of "one-stop shopping" with a single city representative, rather than directing applicants to interactions with a large number of city employees throughout the process. It was noted that the city has a reputation with new-business applicants for being difficult to work with, and these efforts are proposed to help improve that perception.
The meeting was Planning and Development Deputy Director Linda Tyrrel’s last city council session. She is retiring after 37 years serving the city. Planning and Development Director Bob McKay thanked her for her exceptional service before the room gave her a standing ovation.