Maryville Council 7-8-19

The Maryville City Council approved ordinances concerning short-term rentals and medical marijuana Monday evening. From left to right: Tye Parsons, Benjamin Lipiec, Mayor Rachael Martin and Jason McDowell.

MARYVILLE, Mo. — The Maryville City Council addressed two hot-button issues Monday evening, putting into city code provisions that deal with short-term rentals and medical marijuana.

If there existed talk radio stations dedicated to the goings-on of the great green jewel of northwest Missouri, those two topics would undoubtedly have occupied a good deal of airtime for talking heads.

Instead, only two residents attended a public hearing before the regular meeting to speak on the issues, both voicing concerns about the short-term rental ordinance, concerned about parking and the cost of the permit required to run a short-term rental property.

Under the ordinance, which was approved unanimously 4-0 (councilman Matt Johnson was absent), owners of short-term rentals — which are now defined as rentals of a property or unit for 30 days or fewer, excluding hotels and motels — will need to apply for an annual permit at a flat cost of $125 and submit to an inspection.

Short-term rentals will be allowed within the Campus Town Overlay district and in areas zoned C-2 General Business. Roughly, those correspond to areas adjacent to Northwest Missouri State University where rental properties currently are, and the downtown area, respectively.

The rentals will also be subject to rules designed to mitigate some concerns raised by residents during the February meeting that prompted the council’s action. That includes not renting to more than 10 people at one time per property, and the properties may not be rented specifically for the sole purpose of special events, like receptions, parties and weddings.

Property owners may apply for permits on properties outside of those zones, but will need to go through the special use permit process. Although the same cost, that process requires input from neighbors and approval by both the Planning and Zoning Commission and City Council.

Medical marijuana

The council also unanimously approved a provision that would allow medical marijuana facilities in only certain zoned areas of the city, and not within 100 feet of schools, churches or day cares.

Under Amendment 2, passed by Missouri voters last November, the cultivation and sale of medical marijuana can’t be stopped or significantly hindered by municipalities. But some regulations, like zoning ordinances, are still allowed.

City Manager Greg McDanel said that city staff looked at what other cities across the state have elected to do as it wrote the ordinance that was unanimously approved by the council Monday night.

The ordinance will zone medical marijuana dispensaries into business districts, and will allow cultivation facilities, manufacturing facilities and testing facilities in light industrial zones.

Although the amendment allowed cities to keep facilities up to 1,000 feet from schools, churches and day cares, McDanel said that city staff opted to adopt the same rule as it has for liquor — 100 feet. Had the 1,000-foot buffer zone been implemented, McDanel said, there would have been very few places within city limits that were both in the eligible zones and not within 1,000 feet of a church, school or day care. That could have been viewed as trying to circumvent the law, and also could have forced any facilities to operate outside city limits — subjecting them to no city regulations and no municipal sales taxes.

Medical marijuana dispensaries also may not operate between the hours of 10 p.m. and 8 a.m., although council members said that the rule could be — and likely would be — revisited in the future if need be.

Amendment 2 only allows for people with identification cards who have been approved by the state Department of Health and Senior Services to purchase or cultivate marijuana.

Going green, getting green

McDanel said the city’s water treatment and wastewater treatment plants are participating in a KCP&L incentive program that will help save the city money on its electric bills.

As part of KCP&L’s Demand Response Incentive program, the utility can curtail power usage at the two facilities during peak hours. KCP&L offers the program to help cut down on grid strain during those times — like the dog days of summer — while offering $32.50 per kW to consumers of large amounts of power, like municipalities.

McDanel said that KCP&L can cut down on power provided to the facilities no more than 10 times during the length of the agreement, which runs from June 1 to December 31 of this year. The power can only be curtailed Monday through Friday between noon and 8 p.m., and KCP&L will notify the city at least four hours before it happens.

Both facilities have backup generators, and McDanel said that in addition to the financial incentive, it will be beneficial to test the generators every so often anyway.

Paving the way

Council members OK’d a bid by Keller Construction of St. Joseph to put an asphalt overlay on several streets this summer:

  • North Fillmore (Second to Fourth)
  • 200 block of South Saunders
  • Lawn Avenue
  • Crestview (South Avenue through the first intersection)
  • West Ninth (North Walnut to Northwest Missouri State University)
  • 100 and 200 blocks of South Water
  • 100 block of North Hester

Keller’s, $174,018, was the low bid, but the city had budgeted $130,000 for the project. McDanel said that the remainder will come from money set aside in the capital improvement fund for downtown and improvements and signage that he said won’t be ready to roll out this year. 

Other City Council notes

  • McDanel thanked public works for grading the site of the new public safety building. The grading is nearly complete, after which contractor E.L. Crawford will take over for the actual construction. McDanel said having the city crews do the grading saved a significant amount of money.
  • Council approved a liquor license for The Powerhouse, a bar at the location of the former Outback tavern on 424 N. Buchanan.
  • Also approved was a request to hold the Nodaway County Fair Parade, scheduled to begin at 9:30 a.m. on Saturday, July 20. The parade will follow the same route as last year, running along College Avenue/West Fourth Street to North Buchanan and then south to Second Street.

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