annexation 'threat' a topic at Camden Point
by Kim Fickett
A concern about possible future annexation by Kansas
City has raised concerns among some residents at Camden
Point and was a topic at a meeting of the town's board
of aldermen meeting last week.
According to City Clerk Julie Dudley, over the last four
months city officials have heard approximately six concerns
voiced by Camden Point area residents.
Camden Point, which currently has a population of 492
people, is possibly looking to extend its annexation to
include more of Highway E into the city limits. City limits
currently are extended from Interurban Road to Highway
"We've had numerous requests about annexing into
the city limits," explained Dudley. "We're talking
about annexing the roads, nobody's property."
Camden Point officials decided that due to the requests
by some individuals, they would prepare a letter to be
sent to property owners located along Highway E.
"The letter will simply gather their feelings regarding
if the road were to be annexed and see if they would desire
to be in the city limits at a future date," stated
Dudley. "It's a very expensive and time consuming
project, so we want to get the people's feelings."
According to Dudley, those letters are expected to be
sent to those property owners in a couple of weeks.
A proposal on street work for the summer was also presented
to the board of aldermen by James Grubb of Dearborn. Grubb,
who has done the street work for the city over the past
four years, presented a bid of $15,000 for the upcoming
The bid will include the filling of any potholes throughout
Camden Point and the laying down of liquid asphalt, cleaning
out of the ditches and cutting down the shoulders at Woodson,
Bailey, Baber, and Kansas City Avenue streets.
The board also accepted a bid from Grubb to chip and
seal Interurban if the cost was under $10,000.
The meeting also included the acceptance of the recent
election results. Mayor Gloria Boyer; Jane Johnson, Ward
1 Alderman; and Steven L. Martin, Ward 2 Alderman; were
all sworn into office after running unopposed.
A new animal shelter contract was also accepted between
Camden Point and the St. Joseph Animal Shelter. Due to
a change in policies, Dudley stated they needed to sign
a new contract. The new contract states a fee of $25 for
paperwork and admittance, as well as a charge of $7 a
day for housing of the stray animals. The contract also
states that those animals now have to remain in the shelter
for five days. The former contract included a $5 per day
charge and a need to keep the animals housed for three