tax rate will not change; street signs tabled
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
Last year this tax generated $107,982 in funds for the
city and this year it is expected that $111,662 should
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.