Lee’s Summit City Council elects Allan Gray as mayor pro tempore

rpulley@lsjournal.comMay 22, 2013 

The Lee’s Summit City Council elected Allan Gray to serve as mayor pro tempore a second time.

That council office serves the mayors function, if that office holder is unavailable, and also as the council members leader, assigning committees and directing issues to subcommittees. The council selects the mayor pro tem annually.

Councilmember Brian Whitley proposed Gray’s election and Bob Johnson seconded his motion at the council’s May 16 meeting. The vote was 6-2, with council members Ed Cockrell and Kathy Hofmann voting no. There was no discussion on the motion.

The city also held a public hearing on the coming fiscal year’s $200 million budget, but no one from the public addressed the council. It voted 7-1 to draft an ordinance setting the spending plan recommended by City Manager Steve Arbo and the Budget Committee without making any revision.

Draft ordinances are routinely approved by the council without further discussion, but occasionally get more amendments or fail.

Councilmember Ed Cockrell said he normally would vote for a budget, but this year he would vote no because he philosophically opposed restoring funds cut from the Beautification Commission, Arts Council, Lee’s Summit Chamber of Commerce, the Lee’s Summit Economic Development Council and Downtown Lee’s Summit Main Street Inc. when all other city programs were being shaved.

Arbo and the committee restored spending after getting push back from those groups.

The council also approved the 2013-14 spending plan for about $286,000 of federal Community Development Block Grant money, after deciding to not extract any funds for administering the program. But several members said next year they wanted a closer look at whether to take a share for the city’s expenses.

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