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Weston's tax rate will not change; street signs tabled
by Jalana Robinson
Landmark reporter

The residents of Weston can give a sigh of relief, the tax rate will stay right where it is for this year anyway.

Weston City Treasurer J.P. Coldren gave final figures to the Weston Board of Aldermen on Monday night.

"The good news is that we're not going to raise our rates," announced Coldren.

He explained that the assessed valuation from last year stood at $13,666,888, and that the last amended valuation for this year is $14,332,983.

Coldren stated that the total tax for this year will stay the same as last year at 79 cents per $100 assessed valuation.

Last year this tax generated $107,982 in funds for the city and this year it is expected that $111,662 should be generated.

The board decided to table the street sign issue. A memo from the Citizen's Committee on Street Signs was presented at the meeting, which showed the projected cost of repairing or replacing the signs would be around $3,000.

It was decided that further research was needed before a decision could be made.

A decision was also tabled on a request submitted by Linda Pennington to build an Inn at Welt and Spring streets.

Pennington said that it would not be a bed and breakfast, instead it would be a 15 room inn that would resemble those built in the late 1800's and would employ approximately six to eight workers.

She said that two houses near the spot would be removed, but they are not in the historic district and parts of the houses would be recycled.

"There's a whole laundry list of things to look at," said Quint Shafer, the city's attorney. He said that since Pennington does not own the land she will need to meet with the city to get several issues resolved before the board could make a decision.
The board did approve directional street corner pole signs that would start at Spring Street and continue to Market Street with local business names on them.

It was agreed that the signs should have three inch tall lettering to create uniformity.

In other action the board:
•Awarded a Certificate of Appreciation to Robert Kottman on behalf of the Missouri Municipal League and the City of Weston.

•Heard a report that the depot project is 30 percent complete and ready for the electric service next. Richard Farnan told the board that the new roof is on, the windows have been replaced and it's ready for the next stage.

•Approved a handicap accessible ramp to be built at the Weston Park. The park had received a grant of $15,500 for the ramp from the Platte County Parks and Recreation Outreach Grant Program, and the park board also has about $8,000 to contribute.

•Approved to open bids for a trash contract since the current one expires Halloween night.

•Approved business licenses for the following businesses: Myracle Tree Service; Hinkle Enterprises; Vance Construction; Hazlett Remodeling; and Hot Diggity DAWG, but restricted the vendor of Hot Diggity from streets or parking downtown.
•Approved to have a public hearing on the Carraway rezoning on Sept. 10.
•Heard that a commercial featuring Weston is being aired on NBC channel 41, channel 13 on cable. The commercial will be shown at various times from now until Sept. 23.