Independence Honors Fallen Police, Prepares for Road Improvements
The Independence City Council began its meeting Monday with a moment of silence in honor of the five officers who lost their lives during last Thursday’s protest and demonstration in Dallas.
"Our thoughts and prayers are with the officers," Mayor Chris Reinersman said.
The city’s newest police officer was sworn in following the moment of silence. Mayor Rienersman and Chief of Police Anthony Lucas officially swore in Officer Billy Roberts.
The city council went on to propose a change in a city ordinance regarding the placement of speed bumps on residential streets. Specific proposed changes include:
- Ballots to vote on speed bump installation will only be sent to property owners (formerly "residents") within 1000 feet of the proposed speed bump site, with only one vote permitted per property.
- 51 percent to 75 percent of ballots need to be returned to certify a valid vote. The actual percentage will be based on speed survey results.
- Though there is no proposed change to the 1-year waiting period if a vote fails, council member Carol Franzen asked to add that if the vote fails a second time that a 5-year waiting period be imposed.
The council also approved over $650,000 in contracts to local companies to improve city streets.
JPS Construction was awarded $119,000 to complete street repairs on Frontier Drive and $448,000 was granted to Len Riegler Black Top for the completion of the city’s 2016 General Repair Program.
“All of the street repairs should be completed by October 31,” said Dan Koch, the city’s Director of Public Service.
Koch went on to say that, weather permitting, Pelly Bridge is scheduled to open before the start of school.
Towards the end of the meeting, Mayor Reinersman reiterated, “This city gets it,” referring to the fact that a picture of the story-high black flag with one bold lateral blue stripe draped on the city building, in memory of the fallen police officers remembered at the opening of the meeting, has received over 83 thousand views on its Facebook page. “This city stands behind its police department.”
Written by K.A. Simpson, RCN contributor