Residents across Cass County will have plenty to vote on the Tuesday, April 2 ballot.
The cities of Belton, Garden City and Raymore will be looking to pick their next mayor, while all but a few communities will be rounding out their picks for city council or Board of Aldermen seats. Several communities are also looking for support on a variety of issues while area school districts, fire districts and hospital boards are appointing representatives or asking for taxpayer support on funding.
A general municipal election sample ballot is available on the County Clerk’s webpage at www.casscounty.com. Polls will be open 6 a.m.-7 p.m. on Election Day.
• Amy Catron and Katy Crabtree are vying for a five-year seat on the Cass County Medical Center Board of Trustees.
• Jerry Fortney, Max Schmoll and Karen Steele are looking for election to the Cass County Emergency Services Board for a two-year term. Two seats representing District 1 (south) area are available.
• Larry Kalwei, David Ullery and Jeff Weber are looking for election to the CCESB for a one-year term. Only one seat representing District 1 (south) area is available.
• Chris Benjamin, Roger Mayberry, Bob Miller and Jason Norman are looking for election to the CCESB for a two-year term. Only two seats representing District 2 (north) area are available.
• Jerry Burchett, Richard Funk and Debbie Smith are looking to obtain one of two seats available to a three-year term on the Midway R-1 School District School Board of Directors.
• Leo Anderson, Joe Anthuis, Louise Large-Gurin and Tonya Long are looking to obtain one of two seats available to a three-year term on the Raymore-Peculiar R-II School District Board of Education.
• David Burge, John Edenburn, Donald Swofford and Matt Gustin are looking to obtain one of two seats available to a three-year term on the Pleasant Hill R-III School District Board of Education.
• Sheryl Gilbert, Jill Collins and Tim Eastwood are looking to obtain one of two seats available to a three-year term on the Drexel R-IV School District Board of Education.
• Mike Diggs, Joe White, Dan Matson, Crystal Mainard and Ben Jones are looking to obtain one of two seats available to a three-year term on the Sherwood Cass R-VIII School District Board of Education.
• Chris Bell, Marv Cochran and Marie Vallee are looking to obtain one of two seats available to a three-year term on the Harrisonville R-IX School District Board of Education.
• Bobby Davidson, Jeff Davis and Ricky Patel are seeking to become the next mayor of Belton. The seat is a four-year term.
• Jeff Fletcher and Steve Bennett are looking to represent Ward 1 on the Belton City Council in a three-year term.
• C. DeWitt Donovan and Chet Trutzel are vying to represent Ward 2 on the Belton City Council in a three-year term.
• Al Hoag and Connie Hubbard are running to represent Ward 3 on the Belton City Council in a three-year term.
• Drexel residents will look to electing either Darrell Gilbert or Raymond Fink to a two-year term on the city’s Board of Aldermen.
• Judy Williams, Robert Strothheide and Dewey Henry are vying for a one-year mayoral term in Garden City.
• Roger Berg and Ronald Holdgrafer are seeking election to a two-year term on the Garden City Board of Aldermen to represent the East Ward.
• Garden City West Ward residents are looking to select either Scott Smith and Marsha French to represent them on the Board of Aldermen.
• Elizabeth Norwat and Daryl Granzella are looking to represent Ward 1 in a two-year term to the Board of Aldermen.
• Peculiar voters in Ward 2 will look to elect either Kimberly Mallison or Holly Stark to a two-year term on the city’s Board of Aldermen.
• Both Raymore’s current mayor Peter Kerckhoff and former mayor Jeff Adams will be looking to residents to elect them to a three-year mayoral term.
• Dale Jacobson and Kevin Kellogg are looking to represent Raymore’s Ward 1 for a two-year term on the city council.
• Ryan Wescoat and Nick Harter are challengers for a two-year term to represent Raymore’s Ward 2 residents.
• Derek Moorhead and Tom Circo are also looking to Ward 2 residents for election to a one-year expired term on the city council.
• John Seeley and Charlene Hubach are seeking election to a two-year term seat on Raymore’s city council to represent Ward 4.
• The Sherwood School District is asking residents to support $2 million in general obligation bonds for the purpose of constructing, improving, furnishing and equipping school facilities, including roof repairs and replacements, upgrading heating and cooling systems, safety and security improvements, technology improvements, and purchasing school buses.
If approved, the district’s debt service tax levy is estimated to remain unchanged at $1 per $100 of assessed valuation of real and personal property.
• The Western Cass Fire Protection District is proposing to voters a $1.1 million general obligation bond to provide funds to acquire, equip and install vehicles and equipment, including but not limited to a pumper truck and a mini pumper truck.
• The city of Belton is asking voters to approve $28.4 million in bonds, as well as a use tax, in a trio of questions on the April 2 ballot.
Question 1 is a proposed $13.9 million water bond issue to finance a 3-million gallon water tower to ensure adequate supply and line pressure to fire hydrants; to upgrade existing pump stations to expand the capacity for water acquired from Kansas City and to make improvements to the water system and lines.
The second ballot question asks for almost $14.5 million in sewer system upgrades to meet new, stricter state and federal regulations, as well as improvements to the sewer pump station in an effort to reduce overflows.
If the use tax question is not approved by voters, Fisher said, water and sewer rates will have to go up by $5 a month for both residential and commercial customers.
• The city of Pleasant Hill is looking to voters to approve a quarter-cent sales tax next month to build a new, $2 million outdoor pool facility. The current proposal calls for the new pool to be built in the present location. Crews would excavate the existing hole and reuse the foundation of the bathhouses. The steel beams that now support the pool roof would be reused to create shade structures. A zero-depth entry pool area will be added, along with a variety of child-friendly spray features and pool floatables.
• The city of Peculiar is going to voters for permission to take a final step toward building a new interchange across Interstate 49. Residents will be asked approve the annexation of 300 acres of uninhabited land just north of Peculiar so the city can put in an interchange that would connect at 211th Street in Cass County. The property includes five parcels of land along 211th Street on both sides of the interstate.