Lee’s Summit City Council has several tough issues on the agenda this week: license-plate readers, urban chickens, a rock quarry and downtown bars.
Flip Short, of the Family Ranch LLC, is proposing a quarry at the northwest corner of Pryor Road and Interstate 470, which has caused some opposition by neighbors worried about blasting and dust.
A public hearing on a special use permit for the quarry is scheduled for the July 11 meeting, but the applicant is asking for a continuance to the July 25 meeting and such requests usually are granted.
The council also on July 11 is to hear a presentation on a system that would allow police officers in a specially equipped police car to automatically compare thousands of license plates a day against a list of known stolen autos or warrants.
Some council members are concerned about privacy and potential misuse, while others support it because of its usefulness to catch people with suspended drivers license and criminals.
The Community and Economic Development Committee voted to move an ordinance amendment to the council which allows people to keep up to six hens, with limits on distances from property lines, and on materials and care of the chicken coops and the birds.
The council is scheduled to vote on that amendment and revisions to the Unified Development Ordinance that would allow more bars and taverns downtown.
The council will also have a public hearing on termination of the Timber Hills Community Improvement District, where homeowners are asking the city to take over sewer lines and operation of the sewers. The subdivision is on a private system, left by a developer, which those residents are finding to be expensive and difficult to run. The city had allowed construction of the subdivision with the private system by the developer, but homeowners contend they weren’t truly warned of the situation when they purchased property there.