Auditor Butch Beeman with Troutt Beeman & Co, PC, presented the annual audit report to the Board of Aldermen during its June 8th meeting, and praised the City for a clean audit and reduction in its debt of 20% ($3.4 million) in 2019.
Pointing out that many surrounding cities are facing a grim financial picture due the impact of COVID-19, Beeman stated Grain Valley is fortunate to end the year in a strong position.
Beeman also pointed to the increase in sales tax by 11.5%, indicating continued improvement in retail activity.
In other business, the Board approved an ordinance amending zoning regulations pertaining to definitions on building line, yards, and requirements for fence setbacks on corner lots. The Board also approved the final development plan and final plat approval for the Lofts at Old Towne Market Place.
In staff reports, Chief James Beale thanked the Board and City staff for their support of the department during a time when the nation is grappling with protests surrounding issues of racism in social and criminal justice systems.
Beale was contacted by residents seeking to hold a peaceful gathering in support of those seeking justice following the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis. The peaceful gathering was held Sunday, June 7th at Armstrong Park.
“Instead of fighting against it, we were going to be supportive of it. Our School Resource Officers were made available Sunday. We provided water and mingled among the crowd. I’d like to say it went off really well with no incidents. Thank you for all the support you have provided,” Beale said.
Parks and Recreation Director Shannon Davies reported the Community Center is fully reopened and has resumed normal hours of operation. The pool will open at Noon on Saturday, June 13th with restrictions due to capacity limits.
All pool loungers and chairs have been removed from the pool area. Guests are invited to bring their own chairs or towels and maintain social distancing.
The next Board of Aldermen meeting will be held at City Hall on June 22nd at 7:00pm.