July was declared National Parks and Recreation Month during the June 24 Gladstone City Council meeting.
Parks, Recreation & Cultural Arts Director Justin Merkey accepted the proclamation that recognizes the benefits of parks and recreation, including enhancing the physical and mental well-being of individuals, workforces and communities.
The council authorized an additional $197,257.50 for the contract with Lan-Tel Communications Services for the 2019 Curb, Gutter and Sidewalk Project.
Council also authorized a contract with American Fidelity Assurance Company via a partnership with Midwest Public Risk for changes to the administration of the city’s flexible benefits plan.
Special events permits were approved for four events:
• Independence Day Celebration, to be held from 5 to 11 p.m. Thursday, July 4, in Oak Grove Park, 7600 N. Troost Ave.;
• Theater in the Park from 5 to 11 p.m. Friday to Sunday, July 5 to 7 and Aug. 2 to 4 in Oak Grove Park;
• Children’s Garden Day from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. on July 13, at Atkins-Johnson Farm & Museum, 4109 NE Pleasant Valley Road; and
• Big Shoal County Fair from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sept. 7 at Atkins-Johnson Farm & Museum.
During the regular agenda, the council approved an ordinance amending chapter 160 of the Gladstone City Code to update its regulations relating to solicitation within the city.
Under the new code, the Public Safety Department will be responsible for collecting fees, reviewing applications and issuing permits for solicitation.