Cass County Commissioners voted to approve an intergovernmental agreement with the City of Harrisonville and the Hospital Interchange Transportation Development District project during a regular meeting April 18.
The TDD was initialized in 2010 in anticipation to the Missouri Department of Transportation making a proposal for the construction of a new interchange near the hospital.
The Commission’s 2-0 approval followed a decision by Harrisonville’s Board of Aldermen to cooperate in the TDD by a vote of 5-3 on April 15 as the TDD’s sales tax administrator.
The county will be on the hook for roughly $2,000 annually for liability insurance costs in addition to audits.
“This is one of the things the new Commission kind of walked into,” Cox said. “The district already exists, the sales tax is already being levied, and we basically had a situation with sales tax revenues coming in but we don’t have a cooperative agreement in place with the TDD or the City of Harrisonville to do anything with those monies.”
“We need to have something in place so we can start getting some of these costs the county has incurred, and start recouping those cost,” he added.
Associate Commissioner Luke Scavuzzo abstained from voting due to a conflict of interest of a family member owning land apart of the TDD area.
Harrisonville resident Walter Cook challenged Presiding Commissioner Jeff Cox to not vote on the agreement due to his appointment as vice president on the TDD’s Board of Directors.
“A number of these TDDs are set up intentionally so that you have representation from the different governmental entities,” Cox said.
County attorney Paul Campo said a conflict does not exist.
State stature even requires that the county’s presiding commissioner sit on the TDD’s board.
In other meeting business, Commissioners took the following actions:
-Appointed Mike Vinck of Raymore and Bill Tudor of Harrisonville to the Cass County Parks and Recreation Board.
-Approved a bid from Coffelt Land Title in the amount of $60 per parcel for annual tax lien searches for the Cass County Collector’s Office.
-Approved an amendment to the Cass County Sheriff’s Office’s management operating agreement with Aramark Correction Services for meals at the jail. Inmate meals are set at $1.852 each, and $2.151 each for juvenile meals.
-Heard presentations from American Fidelity Assurance Company and Midwest Public Risk on the topic of County health and employee benefits.