Aldermen approve Planning and Zoning recommendation, vote to join insurance group

Wednesday, November 27, 2019
Concordia Police Chief Paul Mapes had the honor of pinning the detective shield onto the uniform of Danny Long during the Nov. 17 regular meeting of the Concordia Board of Aldermen.
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During the Nov. 17 regular meeting of the Concordia Board of Aldermen, the board heard discussion regarding a public hearing held by the Planning and Zoning Commission on Nov. 7. During that meeting, the P&Z Commission made a decision to amend a proposed ordinance concerning facilities where medical marijuana could be manufactured, sold, or otherwise dispensed. It was determined that none of the buildings to be used in such manner can be located within 1,000 feet of a school, church or daycare center.

In other business, the board entered into discussion of business insurances — including property, liability, and worker’s compensation — with Matthew Brodersen, executive director of the Missouri Intergovernmental Risk Management Association. Brodersen said there are lots of opportunities for online training, especially for police.

According to Brodersen, MIRMA’s goal is to maintain adequate loss reserves; however, the Board of Directors has the ability to levy a supplemental assessment on the membership when losses for a specific policy year are excessive. This has only happened once, in fiscal year 1998-1999, but the Board of MIRMA felt they were holding too much money and had returned to the members. There is a sewer backup deductible program of 25 percent or 50 percent applicable to those cities with chronic ongoing sewer issues that are not consistent with the other member cities. There is a one-year commitment and the contract renews July 1 with a 90-day notice if a member chooses not to renew membership. The Board of Directors is composed of 10 members elected from the members.

The aldermen approved unanimously a resolution authorizing the city of Concordia to make application for membership with MIRMA and authorizing City Administrator Dale Klussman to submit all required documents and requested information to fill such application.

Also during the meeting, Concordia Police Department officer Danny Long took the oath to become a detective for the department. City Clerk Susan Flandermeyer administered the oath, and the detective’s shield was pinned on Long’s uniform by Police Chief Paul Mapes. Long was a reserve officer for the department from August of 2016 until April of 2019, when he became a full-time officer.

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