Friday, February 5, 2016

City of Grandview Continues to Progress

by Mary Wilson

In his third State of the City address since taking office in 2014, Grandview Mayor Leonard Jones began by thanking the other elected officials, the Grandview Board of Aldermen, for their service to the community.

“I have been blessed to work with this Board of Aldermen,” said Jones. “It has been great to sit around the table every Tuesday night and put our thoughts up on the board to determine where we should go as a city.”

At last year’s State of the City address, Jones looked forward to the upcoming transition of Truman Corners into Truman’s Marketplace. With construction ongoing and the opening of Burlington in 2015, progress in the shopping center has been great. This year, Grandview will see the opening of Ross: Dress for Less, Five Below, PetCo, TJ Maxx and many others. Burlington has enjoyed great success in Truman’s Marketplace, as well, according to Jones.

“Since Burlington’s opening in October, it has been the number-one store in the region: from Oklahoma all the way to Nebraska,” said Jones.

All departments in the City of Grandview are continuously working toward making the city a better place to work and live, said Jones. Each department was included in a video regarding improvements made specific to their area in 2015. The video can be viewed by visiting the City’s Facebook page or website.

“We wanted to show the community some of the people who work behind the scenes and what they are doing,” said Jones. “Grandview is growing and there is much more to come.”

Jones said the Board of Aldermen, along with economic and community development staff, are working hard to bring new businesses to the City of Grandview. This includes giving new life to existing buildings with the possibility of repurposing some. He stated that the biggest project to anticipate in 2016 is the Gateway Village project.

Off of Highway 150 and east of Byars Road, Gateway Village will be home to the largest amateur sports complex in Missouri. The project includes sixteen soccer fields, a number of hotels and restaurants, a fieldhouse and other components, making up the multi-million-dollar mixed-use project.

“This is going to be a monumental task, to say the least,” said Jones. “It has been a while in the making. It is our hope and desire that in the coming weeks and months, we’ll be able to put together a TIF (tax-increment financing) program and a conceptual development plan that both the developer and the City of Grandview can agree to.”

In addition, community development is working on a plan to repurpose the former Rodeway Inn near the southern border of the city.

“We want everyone to know that Grandview is not just a city on I-49,” said Jones. “We are a growing community that people can come to not only do business in, but can also work, play and live in the City of Grandview.”

Jones stated that Grandview will remain a steady financial force in the coming years, as the city is on the road to keeping its stellar financial rating. This rating determines bonding-capacity ratings and percentages. The city’s Comprehensive Annual Financial Report has also received the Government Finance Officers Association of the United States and Canada (GFOA) Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in financial reporting for 27 years in a row.

“This all shows the financial viability and stability of the City of Grandview,” said Jones.

The Grandview Chamber of Commerce, according to Jones, plays a vital role in the business success of the city. This year, the Chamber plans to recognize at least two dozen businesses who have established new locations in Grandview, expanded or experienced major milestones.

One of the biggest transformations to take place in the City of Grandview is on Main Street, Jones stated. Walking downtown, visitors can experience a hip coffee shop, a locally-grown organic grocer, restaurants and many other upscale businesses. Grandview Main Street, Inc., along with the City of Grandview and the Grandview Chamber of Commerce are working on a downtown revitalization and seeking funding for arts programming.

“2016 is a year of investments in projects and programs for the City of Grandview,” said Jones. “The promise is this: the best is yet to come.”

Thursday, January 21, 2016

Grandview teacher honored by Read to Achieve

by Mary Wilson

Grandview Middle School eighth grade science teacher Hannah Davis, along with the rest of the GMS staff, teaches one block of reading each day. However, she doesn’t just teach reading to her students, she lives and breathes it. Now in her seventh year of teaching, Davis started her career as a student teacher at GMS before being offered the full-time position in 2009.

“I’ve never taught anywhere else; this is my home,” said Davis.

Davis said she loves her reading class yet faces some challenges with the curriculum. Despite not having the newest materials to teach with, GMS’s librarian, Claudia Kimrey, has helped Davis to find books her students will want to read.

“She’s the one who helps come up with different books and getting our kids into different reading programs,” said Davis. “Every time she hosts a book fair, I spend about $100 on new books.”

Davis has a personal library in her classroom, filled primarily with books she has read and recommends to her students. She said that students who don’t particularly like reading will come to her for recommendations.

“I want to know what they’re reading,” said Davis. “If I read what the kids are reading, then we can talk about the books together and bond over them.”

She even gets into friendly competitions with students. One in particular has read ten books as part of Kimrey’s Reading Counts program.

“I’ve only read seven,” said Davis. “She’s kicking my butt!”

In 2014, on tax day (April 15), the 32-year-old was diagnosed with stage 2 breast cancer. The devastating news floored Davis and her family, husband Bryan and daughters Isabella and Siobhan.

“I only found it because my mom was diagnosed and I went and got checked out,” said Davis. “If it weren’t for my mom, I would never have known.”

Starting chemotherapy in May of 2014, Davis said her students were more than supportive and helpful. At the end of that school year, her hair started to fall out. Davis had most of her chemo done over the summer before the start of the next school year.

“The school district was so helpful in making sure I had enough days,” said Davis. “Coworkers were even offering me their time off.”

Davis returned to school in the Fall of 2014, completely bald and wearing a face mask. When students asked her what was going on, she’d use the opportunity to educate them. Each Thursday during the fall, she went to receive treatment.

“The kids were so supportive,” said Davis. “During that time, I’d be gone on Thursday, and then I might be gone on Friday, too, depending on how I was feeling.”

She then was out for a longer period of time when she underwent a double mastectomy. Upon her return, Davis said her students were constantly making sure she was okay.

“They’d wash their hands and sanitize them all the time,” said Davis. “The parents were incredible, too, bringing me treats and checking up on me.”

Being a science teacher, Davis took the opportunity to teach her students about the different types of chemotherapy and cancer cells.

“What a perfect class for this real-life example right in front of them,” said Davis. “My oncologist even gave me different ways to explain what was going on with me to my students.”

She finished treatment at the beginning of the current school year. While her students this year haven’t witnessed first-hand most of Davis’ health issues, they continue to be supportive.

“It’s so nice to work in this environment,” said Davis. “I don’t need to go anywhere else. We have our challenges, but the kids make my job easier.” Davis said she appreciates the interest the students and parents have shown in her.

Recently, Davis posted a writing opportunity for her students in her Google Classroom. The contest, Read to Achieve, was sponsored by KCTV-5 and the Missouri National Education Association. Students were asked to nominate a teacher to win $1000 during the 2015-16 school year.

“I thought it was for the district to receive the money, I wasn’t even thinking about me at all,” said Davis. “I told them they could write about whoever has inspired them.”

Six students wrote letters nominating Davis for the prize without telling her. The letters stated that Davis inspires them to be self-confident; she makes them feel better about themselves; and that she has shown them how to appreciate reading.

“They were so kind in what they wrote,” said Davis. “It made me feel good to be able to help them love reading as much as I love reading.”

Davis said it was teachers when she was younger who taught her to love to read. Those teachers knew which books to pick from and inspired her to read new things. Davis is working on motivating her students while holding them accountable.

“The day I found I won the contest was the same day I found out my grandpa died,” said Davis. “I thought at first it was a joke, and it was not funny.”

It was no laughing matter: Davis was presented last week with a check for $1000 from the Read to Achieve contest. She is the first Kansas City-area teacher to win this year.

“I’m crying because my grandpa died and I’m crying because I’m happy I won,” said Davis. “My emotions were all over the place.”

She plans to use the money to add to her classroom library. Her list of upcoming books has grown on her wish list and she’d like to get more series of books into the hands of her students. 

“Teaching reading here is hard because it’s a random class that is not part of my normal science content,” said Davis. “Adjusting to that has been good and I have so enjoyed teaching it.”

Thursday, December 10, 2015

Missouri 2030 Provides Long-term Vision for the State

By Paul Thompson

Dan Mehan of the Missouri Chamber of Commerce introduced attendees at the Friday, December 4 Grandview/South KC Chamber Government Affairs breakfast to a new, long-term vision for the state known as the Missouri 2030 plan.

Missouri 2030 came into being as the result of a year-long analysis by the Missouri Chamber of Commerce into the state’s recent economic performance. Those studies concluded that Missouri has fallen behind economically compared the rest of the U.S. Mehan discussed several concerning developments: from 2004-2014 Missouri ranked 42nd in the U.S. in employment growth, 43rd in in per capita GDP growth, and 37th in per capita income growth. With those economic statistics in hand, the chamber sought to take the lead by answering an essential question.

“What can we do to really position the state in a better light?” Mehan asked. “When we looked at the data that is the real thing, we are in the 40s or 30s. We’re never above the mid-range; pick the metric.”

The result of that thought process is Missouri 2030, a comprehensive, long-term plan to improve Missouri over the next 15 years. The plan narrows its sights on four primary areas of focus: preparing the workforce, competing for jobs, connecting through infrastructure, and uniting the business community. Each individual focus has a series of goals and action steps within it designed to make the hopes of the chamber a reality.

Properly preparing Missouri’s workforce has been tabbed as the plan’s top priority. The action steps created to accomplish that goal include advocating for K-12 and higher education funding, creating PSAs and social media campaigns touting technical jobs, promoting student internships  with Missouri employers, and expanding the number of scholarships available for high achieving Missouri students, among others. Mehan said that he too often hears from business owners who can’t find qualified employees.

“I hear things like, ‘I’ve got the jobs, but I hired somebody who showed up for two days and then I never heard from them again,’” he said.

Center school district superintendent Dr. Sharon Nibbelink, who was in attendance at the meeting, concurred with the plan’s notion that today’s students need more hands-on time learning from the state’s economic drivers.

“We have to get kids into your businesses, and into the real world,” said Nibbelink.

Already, Mehan has seen strong business support for the Missouri 2030 Plan, including the South Kansas City and Grandview Chambers of Commerce.
“Seventy-five chambers of commerce have said that they want to be a part of this,” said Mehan. “If you extrapolate out how many small-business employers that is, it’s over 45,000.”

Mehan noted that if Missouri is going to fundamentally change, it needs to happen at the behest of business owners. Elected officials in Jefferson City are hampered by revolving doors and term limits, and the resulting push for strong legislative action has led to a pronounced increase in proposed bills early in the session.

“We just started on Tuesday, December 1, and there’s already been more bills filed than last year by a factor of three,” said Mehan. “We’ve got a lot of unfinished business on our agenda that typically carries over from last year. Governor Nixon has the honor of being the most vetoed governor in the history of Missouri.”

“There is no continuity in leadership,” he added. “The continuity is the people in this room that are creating these jobs and opportunities.”

Mehan said the Missouri Chamber understands that the state’s economic fortunes won’t change overnight. But he feels that their first step – building a realistic vision – will help bring Missouri real results.

“You don’t see us saying that we want to be number one; we just want to be in the top half to start with. We’ve got to walk before we can run,” he said. “In the typical Missouri way, the house will have burnt down and then we’ll try to fix it. That’s what we’re trying to fix with this Missouri 2030 plan.”

The Missouri 2030 plan can be viewed online at

Thursday, December 3, 2015

Grandview Aldermen approve $52.5 million Botts Road industrial project plan

by Mary Wilson

A public hearing was held in front of the Grandview Board of Aldermen on Tuesday, November 24, regarding a potential industrial project to be developed on 68 acres of land at 143rd Street and Botts Road in Grandview. Joe Lauber, the City of Grandview’s economic development special council, presented a staff and consultant’s report regarding the details of the industrial development plan.

The developer, Botts Road Property, LLC, plans to build twelve buildings on the property, totaling 737,000-square-feet in the industrial/business park. In addition to the buildings, the developer will also provide associated street, utility and other infrastructure improvements.

“I want to emphasize that this is just a plan,” said Lauber. “The numbers presented in this plan are estimates and projections based on what the applicant and what city staff and consultants believe to be future events. As we all know, as these plans unfold, sometimes there are differences.”

When a developer approaches the city requesting incentives, the city and consultants work to determine whether the developer’s numbers are justifiable and whether incentives are a necessity and if so, how much. According to Lauber, in the case of this proposal, Botts Road Property, LLC’s initial request was one that did not work well for the city or the taxing jurisdictions.

“To this applicant’s credit, they cooperated with us to arrive at a plan that was much more mutually beneficial to all parties,” said Lauber.

The incentive tool considered for the plan is the Chapter 100 Industrial Development tool. With a Chapter 100 plan, the statute creates a situation where the property that is subject to redevelopment becomes owned by the city during the time the incentives are in place. Because it is owned by the city, that makes the property tax-exempt. The owner, in this case Botts Road Property, LLC, will transfer the property to the city and become the tenant, creating abatement.

The applicant requested 100% exemption/abatement for 15 years per building. The abatements would only become eligible when a tenant proves that they have invested at least $50 per square foot in construction. This ensures that the city is not abating empty warehouses.

“This is a speculative project,” said Lauber. “It’s one where the applicant at this point does not have tenants lined up to come in, so we don’t know exactly what we’ll get.”

The applicant also agreed that there would be no new abatements after ten years of the initial exemption. The financing mechanism will be Chapter 100 Industrial Development bonds purchased by individual companies or their lender and paid through a lease-purchase agreement.

“It is not the type of project that would typically go out to the open market to be sold,” said Lauber. “It’s a very close transaction in that circumstance.”

While the city will own the property, the cost of constructing the buildings will be covered by the industrial development bonds. The debt service on that financing is then paid by the company that comes in the form of a lease payment to the city.

The city also worked with the developer to address issues regarding improvements included in the project. The developer will build and own all of the streets, drive lanes, parking and other public improvements, keeping them private. The city will then enter into a 40-year agreement with the developer to maintain the improvements. In order to cover the maintenance cost, the developer will pay additional rent for the services, equaling to 32.5 percent of the would-be tax bill.

“The city keeps 12.5 percent of that,” said Lauber, “with an additional 20 percent going to the developer to help attract businesses to come in as quickly as possible. The agreement then requires the developer to dedicate the improvements to the city after the 40 years.”

The city worked with the developer to ensure that all of the taxing jurisdictions affected by the development did see some tax benefit from the project. While the developer asked for 100-percent abatement originally, a 90-percent abatement agreement was negotiated.

“In other words, all of the taxing jurisdictions that are involved will be receiving PILOT (payments in lieu of taxes) payments in the amount of ten-percent of the tax bill during the entire time the property is being incentivized.”

Finally, an additional item ultimately benefitting the developer is a sales tax exemption on construction materials due to the property being city-owned. With the 10 percent PILOT, cumulatively over the abatement period, the taxing jurisdictions will receive approximately $1.4 million in tax revenues that are not currently being created. According to Lauber, the property currently provides  $360 of cumulative property tax revenues for those jurisdictions.

“That is nearly 2,700 times more revenues that will be created once the abatement is over,” said Lauber.

Overall, the developer intends to invest approximately $52.5 million into the community of Grandview. Ultimately, the Board of Aldermen unanimously approved the industrial development project for Botts Road Property, LLC by ordinance. 

Friday, November 20, 2015

SKC remains hotspot for development

by Mary Wilson

City Manager Troy Schulte, who has supported the South Kansas City Alliance from the beginning of the organization, spoke with members on Monday, November 9. He began by talking about the Royals Victory parade, held on November 3, with over 800,000 people in attendance.

“It was a terrific event,” said Schulte. “I have gotten calls from colleagues all over the country and as far away as Australia asking how we pulled that off.”

Schulte said, “That’s how we do things in Kansas City.” It is a testimony to the city, he added, that will pay dividends down the road.

“I just wanted to come down to South Kansas City to say thank you and keep doing what you’re doing,” said Schulte. “Whatever is in the water down here is working.”

According to Schulte, seventy-eight percent of non-residential permitting activity in Kansas City has occurred in the southland.

“This area is hot, and what we have to do as a city is keep that momentum going,” he said.

Plans that were put in place a couple of years ago are starting to come to fruition. Richards-Gebaur, which was struggling for redevelopment for some time, will see movement with the announcement of Sioux Chief’s relocation from Cass County. Along with further development along 87th Street, Oxford on the Blue, Cerner, Centerpoint and others, the southern part of Kansas City is seeing the bulk of development announcements.

“There is a tremendous amount of activity going on down in the southern part of the city,” said Schulte. “It is really the engine that is driving the city as a whole.”

Schulte added that while the projects may not get a lot of attention from a press standpoint, like the streetcar or downtown convention center, the jobs and true economic prosperity are happening in South Kansas City. He is looking at next steps to keep development momentum going.

“We need to build off of the gains that we’re seeing out here,” said Schulte, “and augment the quality of life issue.”

One thing in particular Schulte is looking to accomplish is to wipeout the dangerous buildings. According to Schulte, there are seventeen dangerous buildings in the 6th District boundaries of Kansas City, primarily clustered in the Ruskin area. In comparison, there are three-hundred in the 3rd District boundaries. Schulte said the focus has been on targeted areas.

“Next year, we’ll target that Ruskin area,” said Schulte. “We’re also looking for feedback from the neighborhoods on where we can do some targeted code enforcement.”

Around the larger projects, the city is looking at taking care of some quality of life issues, with the dangerous buildings being a priority. Schulte has found results with an aggressive code enforcement program to help give a push to property owners to bring their properties up to code.

“These targeted enforcements have really paid dividends,” said Schulte. “It can drive some of those problem property owners out of business and they’ll sell and get the homes into hands that are more productive.”

For example, in a different part of the city, Schulte and his team focused on a four-block area and opened 350 cases. Within sixty days, 150 of those homes had been abated.

“With all this job creation and economic development, I want people to invest back into these neighborhoods,” said Schulte.

He added that single-family homeowners would be the best way to fix the education issues the southland is facing, specifically Hickman Mills.

“To have people with incomes buying these houses, and getting them out of rental properties would pay off,” said Schulte. “I’m looking forward to working with the South Kansas City Alliance in identifying areas where we can get the most bang for our buck.”

This approach has worked reasonably well in other parts of the city, and according to Schulte, it should work in South Kansas City as well.

“There are a lot of great things going on in terms of South Kansas City and economic development,” said Schulte.

He added that the conversations regarding rail access in the southland are happening. They are working on plans to get rail south of downtown and through Brookside and Waldo.

“There is certainly a demand out here around Oxford on the Blue and the Cerner project for light rail,” said Schulte. “We as a city have got to foster that need and figure out a way to get that from a connectivity standpoint.”

While it wouldn’t have solved all of the city’s issues moving 800,000 people in and out of downtown for the Royals Victory parade, Schulte stated that more transit options would have been helpful. The city commandeered 400 buses to move people from the outlying areas into downtown Kansas City. According to Schulte, 10,000 people were still waiting for buses at the remote locations at the parade start time.

“We had plenty of buses, we just couldn’t get through the traffic congestion in downtown Kansas City,” said Schulte. “Having another long-term transportation issue, from a logistics issue, in another thirty years we might be better prepared for it.”

Schulte added that he was pleased to see Cerner’s plans from a campus-approach to development, with their own exit and entrance onto I-435, have been abandoned due to cost issues. Cerner is now looking at ways to fully utilize the existing Bannister and 87th Street access points.

“That will then be able to support additional retail and commercial activity along those corridors,” said Schulte.

With all the good things happening in South Kansas City, Schulte said his job is to make sure that the City keeps the momentum going.

“That’s what‘s exciting about it,” Schulte. “We’re trying to figure out how to reinvest in those corresponding neighborhoods around the developments.”

Thursday, November 5, 2015

Grandview business deemed nuisance gets shut down

by Mary Wilson

The Grandview Board of Aldermen held an administrative hearing on Tuesday, October 27, to determine if the suspension of the occupational license for Los Guerreros Mexican Bar and Grill, located at 514 Main Street, should be continued or if the license should be revoked.

According to the staff report, the occupational license for Los Guerreros was suspended on October 10, 2015, on the basis that the establishment was serving beer on the premises without either a state or city liquor license and because the restaurant has become a nuisance in the city due to persistent criminal activity. The hearing gave Los Guerreros the opportunity to appeal the suspension of the occupational license to the Board of Aldermen.

“The City of Grandview has given Los Guerreros written notice of this hearing,” said Mayor Leonard Jones. “Los Guerreros may be represented by council and has the right to present witnesses and cross-examine the city’s witnesses.”

Despite notification of the hearing, there was no representation from Los Guerreros. The owner of the restaurant, Monica Romero, received a copy of the Notice of Suspension on October 10, which served to inform her that the occupational license was ordered suspended and that the restaurant must cease operations immediately, according to the staff report. The suspension notice also provided details for the administrative hearing.

Becky Schimmel, City Clerk, was the first to testify before the Board. According to Schimmel, the liquor license for Los Guerreros expired on June 30, 2015. Schimmel stated that the City issued the most recent occupational license to owner, Monica Romero, on September 1, 2015. It was also brought to her attention that there was inebriation-involved criminal activity.
“I then expressed the information to the police department personnel that they did not have a liquor license,” said Schimmel. “It appeared that there had been drinking either on the premises or inside.”
Sergeant Dean Van Winkle, Director of Liquor Control, testified next. Van Winkle provided a spreadsheet with recorded incidents that occurred at Los Guerreros, including a report of a male armed with and brandishing a handgun.
“Officers found an intoxicated man armed with a shotgun when they arrived,” said Van Winkle. “They found the shotgun to be unloaded, but there was a 12-gauge round found in the vehicle.”

According to Van Winkle, the suspect’s blood-alcohol content level exceeded legal limit. Another incident included a fight and destruction of property at the restaurant. Officers were also sent to the restaurant and were advised by Los Guerreros security that a person was swinging a beer bottle at the head of another person.

“There was arguing that continued after the officers took both subjects outside,” said Van Winkle. “Things escalated into another disturbance and after officer intervention, it resulted in another officer being grabbed from behind by one of the suspects and assaulted.”

The other officers on scene forcibly took the suspect to the ground and an officer suffered minor injuries in the incident. According to Van Winkle, Grandview Police were notified of another incident from a hospital when they were informed that a patient had been assaulted in Grandview. Witnessed described an altercation that resulted in the victim being run over by a vehicle. The report stated that between forty and fifty people were in the parking lot of Los Guerreros when the incident occurred.
The victim suffered numerous fractures but survived. Another incident included a victim of a shooting who stated that he had been hanging out at Los Guerreros, according to Van Winkle. The victim of the shooting is the same victim who was previously run over by the car.

“It is also believed that he may end up being paralyzed from the shooting,” said Van Winkle.

On September 26, 2015, three months after the expiration of the liquor license for Los Guerreros, Grandview Police Department conducted a series undercover investigations after receiving information that the restaurant was selling alcohol.  On some occasions, the officer was told that they weren’t serving alcohol because police were causing them to be more cautious, according to Van Winkle.

“But on this particular occasion, on September 26, at around 11:30 p.m., the undercover officer went in. He had to pay a $10 cover charge to get through the front door,” said Van Winkle.

Once inside, the officer played some pool with several people that were in the bar who were consuming alcohol. The officer was able to purchase a $20 bucket of bottled beer from a bartender. The incident report included a photograph that the undercover officer took that evening of the alcohol he purchased at the establishment.

Both Van Winkle and Schimmel testified before the Board of Aldermen that they feel Los Guerreros is a nuisance to the City of Grandview. Based on the testimony, it was determined that Los Guerreros was selling liquor despite not having a city or state license to do so and it was established that the restaurant is a nuisance and subject to abatement. Ultimately, the Board of Aldermen voted unanimously to revoke the business operating license for Los Guerreros. 

Friday, October 30, 2015

Public safety bond project sees changes

by Mary Wilson

Original plans to the Grandview Police Department secured access and storage, approved by 77% of voters in August 2014, are being modified due to bids for the project coming in substantially over budget. For many years, according to Chief Charles Iseman, GVPD has seen a need for increased security in the back parking lot of the police station.

“In 2011, we started making capital improvement requests,” said Iseman. “There was no funding there so it never got approved. We were fortunate in 2014 to have the voters approve the bond election for the public safety and parks projects.”

In December 2014, Grandview Board of Aldermen approved a contract with SFS Architecture, who began working on the project design. When the project went out to bid, only two were received and both were rejected.

“The bids were not even close to what we had estimated or what was in the budget,” said Iseman.
Iseman returned to SFS Architecture to see if cost-saving adjustments to the project could be made. Also, after discussions with Public Works Director Dennis Randolph, it was decided to break the project into four distinct areas.

“Rather than have one contractor do all the work, the bids that come in might be a little more competitive,” said Iseman.  

The four project areas are now the building itself, the fencing and gates, pavement and video surveillance. In addition to the changes in building material and labor costs, Chad Bard with SFS Architecture stated that having the rebid with a longer advertisement period will possibly bring in additional contractor interest.

The original plan called for two access points to the secure police parking area, including a new drive that exited onto Jones Avenue. That option has been removed from the project. The primary access to the lot will now run parallel to Freedom Park and the Depot Museum. A section of black-coated chain-link fence was added to divide the drive from the park.
“The chain-link will blend in nicely with the black, wrought-iron style in the security fencing around the entire lot,” said Bard.
Iseman added that there are plans to re-stripe the area to focus pedestrian traffic away from the police access point. A motorized gate with keycard entry will provide access to the secured area for officers.
The storage building roof was also looked at for cost-saving measures. The slope of the roof was decreased enough to provide for a different material but offering the same look to the previously approved plans.
“It’s about 2000 square-feet less than originally planned,” said Bard. “That will save some money.”

Another significant cost-saving measure is to go with a different material for the outside of the storage building that will match the rest of City Hall, but offer a different look. From a maintenance standpoint, according to Iseman, the new material is preferred. The layout of the building has not changed.

“We didn’t want to shrink the size of the building any so we’re trying to take some measures with some other things to reduce the cost,” said Iseman.

Bard stated that the projects will go out for rebid within the next two weeks. To make it more competitive, Iseman said he hopes for five or six different bidders for the projects.

“I hate changing the scope of the design work based on one low round of bidding,” said Ward 3 Alderman John Maloney. “It could have just been bad timing.”

Iseman stated that the biggest deletion from the project he’d like to remain is the second, dedicated drive to Jones Avenue.

“If the money comes in right, we can still keep that as an option down the road,” said Iseman.

Ultimately, the Grandview Board of Aldermen gave the okay for the changes to the project and for the rebid process to take place at their work session on Tuesday, October 20.