This is the Prairie Village City Council recap for Monday, May 6th, 2019. You can see the full agenda and board packet HERE.
Council members present at roll call: Herring, J. Nelson, Schermoly, R. Nelson, Myers, Morehead, Runion, McFadden, Odell, and Gallagher.
I was back in the chamber for this week’s meeting, thank goodness. The upgrades to the streaming system haven’t been completed, yet, and attending in person is really the only way to hear the business of the city until the upgrades are completed.
Here are some highlights from this meeting:
Mayor Mikkelson proclaimed it National Women’s Healthcare Week in Prairie Village.
James Carney, Public Works Field Superintendent, presented a couple of new Public Works employees (one returning) and two promotions including Ryan King who’s been with the City of Prairie Village for 30 years. He was presented with a Prairie Village street sign in his name, and his parents were in attendance. Mr. Carney’s presentation of kind words and accolades for all four gentlemen were really thoughtful and appreciated.
Mayor Mikkelson indicated that he and the City had another meeting with the YMCA regarding the idea of a shared community center, but gave no further detail. He also noted that the new fire station by City Hall is now open and will allow for quicker response times for thousands of residents. Meadowbrook Park will open in June, and it is the 20th anniversary of Brighton Gardens in Prairie Village!
Mayor Mikkelson also gave a preview of the currently proposed budget, but since that budget hasn’t been argued in Council or officially voted on, none of the items he listed are set in stone yet.
The administration office is aware that the Facebook live stream of meetings isn’t working properly and Ashley Freburg, Public Information Officer/Deputy City Clerk, is working on getting that fixed.
There is a $50,000 Statuary Grant, so if you know of any statuary pieces around Prairie Village that need maintained or repaired, please let Alley Porter, Assistant City Administrator, know.
Republic Services was on hand to discuss the rising costs of recycling and the sudden shift from it being profitable (for Republic AND for the City) to it being a net loss to providers. (See the Recycling is Broken presentation at page 119 of the Council packet linked at the top of this post.)
Per their contract, Republic is able to increase the solid waste removal rates annually up to a certain threshold (I didn’t catch that %), but in addition to that, they are also proposing an additional $1.75 per month increase to cover the costs of recycling. According to the survey referenced in their presentation, residents who responded are willing to pay a little more for recycling. I have posted my own informal poll on Facebook to see what you all think. Please respond HERE. The Council has not discussed this proposal nor voted on it, so stay tuned and let them know what you think.
Public Works Update
Roe Avenue from 67th Street to 75th Street Update: Sod crews have been hampered by the recent rains. Sod placement will start up again as soon as they can get material. This week crews will be deep milling. (I drove across Roe this morning, and I can attest: it is DEEP milling. It definitely requires a snail’s pace to cross so you don’t bottom out.) This will require closures to through traffic.
You can find updates and schedules for all of the current 2019 Construction Projects right HERE!
The City Council took the following actions:
- Approved the regular City Council meeting minutes – April 15, 2019
- Approved an enhanced salt agreement with Central Salt
- Approved a bid award to Edwards Chemical for swimming pool chemicals
- Approved the appointment of Kathy Clark to the Arts Council
- Approved Resolution 2019-11 authorizing the sale, consumption and possession of alcoholic liquor and cereal malt beverages at the Prairie Village Arts Council’s “Chamber in the Chamber” series receptions
- Approved an amendment to Council Policy 055 – Investment Policy Statement for City Retirement Funds recommended by the Board of Trustees
- Approved a construction contract with JM Fahey Construction for the 2019 CARS Program
- Approved a contract with McAnany Construction for the 2019 UBAS Program
- May 2019 Featured Artists: Beth Grillo, Gary Johnson, James Kilmer
- May 10 Artist Reception in the R.G. Endres Gallery, 6-7 p.m.
- May 17 Chamber in the Chamber, 6-7:30 p.m.
- May 20 City Council Meeting
- June 2019 Featured Artists: Ted Denton, Hank Hall, P. Ebel, Maegan Kirschner
- June 3 City Council Meeting
- June 14 Artist Reception in the R.G. Endres Gallery, 6-7 p.m.
Take care and reach out if you have any questions or concerns,