Raytown Board of Aldermen Meeting – May 2, 2017
Mayor McDonough proclaimed April 40 to May 5 to be Detention Officers week.
The Board passed a resolution amending the budget related to the police pension fund in the amount of $45,272. Each year the City contributes to the frozen Police Pension Fund. The Police Pension contribution for FY16-FY17 was budgeted by Finance at last year’s contribution of $562,862.00. Finance Director Briana Burrichter reviewed the actuarial evaluation and found the annual contribution rate for the City has increased by $45,272.00 for a total of $608,134.00. The City is requesting a budget adjustment of $45,272.00. The budget for the frozen Police Pension was funded 83% by the general fund and 17% Public Safety Sales Tax. The same split was originally requested for the budget adjustment. The Board voted to fund the payment as 50% by the general fund and 50% Public Safety Sales Tax.
The Board passed an ordinance amending chapter 50 of the code of ordinances for the purpose of updating requirements for the placement of communications towers within city limits. The Board voted to suspend the rules and hear the second reading at this meeting. In 2015, the Missouri Legislature passed a new statute cited as “Uniform Wireless Communications Infrastructure Deployment Act” which was intended to encourage and streamline the deployment of wireless facilities. Section 67.5094 prohibited many of the performance standards contained in the existing Raytown zoning ordinance. In other words, many of the existing standards were in conflict with state statute and could not be legally enforced. Division 19 was created paralleling the new statute, however, many of the existing standards were included if they complied with the new law. Communications towers are rapidly being constructed in municipalities across the country as cell phone and wireless networks continue to expand and increase coverage to consumers. The location of these towers as they are constructed often becomes an issue for local governments as they fight to keep them out of historic or aesthetically important areas, or even public properties like municipal rights-of-way. Without the proper proactive legislation, it becomes very difficult for municipalities to restrict the placement of communications towers once companies have already begun expanding their networks. In order to address this issue, staff is presenting a proposal to amend the zoning ordinance of the Code of Ordinances of the City of Raytown to give the City more power in enforcing the location, number, and aesthetic design of communications towers that networks may try to place in Raytown.
The Board passed a resolution approving the purchase of Panasonic Toughbooks for police department vehicles from World Wide technology off the state of Missouri services contract in an amount not to exceed $27,315. The Police Department has developed an IT replacement and maintenance plan for the technology related equipment within the Department. The plan encompasses the replacement of in-car computers in marked/unmarked police cars. The in-car computers that have been purchased in the past, the Motorola MW 810, are no longer being manufactured or supported by Motorola. Research was conducted and we determined the Panasonic Toughbook CF-54 was the best choice for in-car field use. Five were purchased last year and are functioning fine. We are requesting to purchase six more computers this budget year. Pricing for the computers and mounting hardware is under the State of Missouri Prime Vendor contract through World Wide Technology, Inc. Total cost for computers, support and mounting hardware will be $27,315.60. This project was presented to the Sales Tax Oversight Committee on April 18, 2017 and was found to meet the intent of the Capital Sales Tax.