Commission approves annexation petition

bbashioum@demo-mo.comAugust 16, 2013 

Cass County Commissioners approved a voluntary annexation petition for a portion of Kurzweil Road, from Highway 58 to 163rd Street, into the city of Raymore.

Raymore Community Development Director Jim Cadoret submitted the request during the May 30 Cass County Commission meeting.

In a letter addressed to commissioner, Raymore City Manager Eric Berlin stated that, in 1998, the city of Raymore and Cass County entered into an agreement which provided that Cass County would “double chip and seal Kurzweil Road from the county line to Highway 58 based on current county road construction standards. Raymore agreed to provide a minimum of two inches of hot mix asphalt overlay and then annex Kurzweil Road and accept responsibility for all future maintenance of such road on or before Sept. 30, 2001.”

In May, Berlin said the city met its obligations to provide a minimum of two inches of hot mix asphalt and to maintain the road, but never annexed the right-of-way to the county line (155th Street) as was contemplated by the agreement.

Raymore proposed a two-step petition process, in which the county submits a petition to the the city, followed by public input, followed by finalization of the petition and formal action by the city to accept the voluntary annexation.

Presiding Commissioner Jeff Cox told Cadoret that he was 100 percent in favor of the annexation, stating that it should have been done a number of years ago, but wanted to double check out a legal concern with the county attorney before granting approval.

Commissioners approved the petition 3-0 during a regular meeting Aug. 8.

During Thursday’s meeting, the commission also heard a request from Harrisonville Chamber representative Sara Craig to have rental fees waived of the courthouse’s old courtroom. The chamber is looking to host free community theater production during the city’s Burnt District Festival.

Initially, commissioners were concerned with waiving the fees that cover maintenance costs, but would consider the request.

Cox said on Aug. 12 that he will propose a motion at the county’s next meeting to waive the fees, and in exchange, would personally plan to attend the event to help monitor the courthouse to prevent any damages from occurring.

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