City to enforce snow route
Despite some voiced skepticism from members of the De Soto City Council, the city will restrict on-street parking on a number of old-town streets during snowstorms this winter.
City Administrator Pat Guilfoyle said city street department supervisor Ron Creason developed the list. It represented the streets city crews had difficulty clearing during storms while maneuvering around parked vehicles.
Signs will be posted soon warning those living on the snow routes that cars can be towed if they were parked on the street during winter storms.
Council members generally agreed the streets selected were those needed for emergency vehicles. But council members questioned the inclusion of Wea Street, particularly south of 84th Street, where parking is currently restricted to the east side of the street.
Councilman Ted Morse said several homes on that street had drives receding from the street. If they parked in them during winter storms, they wouldn't be able to get out, he said.
Councilwoman Mitra Templin had another question.
"I think we're going to get calls saying, 'Where are we supposed to park?'" she said.
Still, the council's consensus was to go with the staff recommendation.
In other business:
- The council approved a renewal of the city's contract with the Johnson County Sheriff's Office to provide law enforcement service to the city in 2007. The contract for $324,154 was a 5.8 percent increase from the sheriff's office's 2006 contract. The majority of that increase was for cost associated with motor vehicles used for patrols, Guilfoyle said.
- Approved a change in the city's planning process requiring notification of those owning property within 200 feet when a property is being platted. The change was made in response to the recent platting of Oak Country Eight. Neighboring residents said they weren't aware of the platting and thus missed their opportunity to comment on the preliminary site plan.
- Tabled the planned development rezoning for the six-home Cottage Woods on 83rd Street near the Sunflower Railroad Spur. The proposal will be considered Dec. 7