The Gladstone City Council seat could have gone to any resident.
By KATHLEEN POINTER
Special to The Star
The city doesn’t designate council representatives by ward, though candidate Linda Morrison wishes it would. Morrison is joined on the ticket by incumbent Bill Garnos and candidate Donald Ward. The winner will sit on the board for three years.
All three candidates on the April 2 ballot said Gladstone needs to attract more businesses — and, therefore, more revenue — to the city. Both Ward and Garnos said there needs to be more redevelopment.
Address: 2204 N.E. 75th Terrace
Occupation: Self-employed, a jail and prison consultant.
Education: Bachelor’s degree in criminal justice from the University of South Dakota.
Public experience: Appointed to the council in 2011, elected in 2012. Council liaison to the Gladstone Building Commission and Board of Zoning Adjustment. Member of the North Oak Corridor Stakeholder Advisory Panel, the Gladstone Planning and Zoning Commission from 2007-2011 (including as chairman and vice-chairman), Gladstone’s Village Center Master Plan Committee in 2010 and the city’s Comprehensive Plan Steering Committee 2008-2009.
Stances: His three priorities are maintaining a balanced city budget with conservative spending, keeping up the current level of city services and enhancing public safety. He said he would continue to support the work of the economic development staff. He believes the city needs to focus on redevelopment and would also like to equip police with tasers, install park benches at bus stops and improve the intersection at 73rd Terrance and Missouri Route 1 for pedestrians.
Linda S. Morrison
Address: 7002 N. Askew Ave.
Occupation: Retired, former code enforcement officer with the city of Riverside.
Education: Graduated from North Kansas City High School
Public experience: Board of Directors Twin Lakes Home Association, 2-year term.
Stances: Three priorities are bringing new revenue to Gladstone, addressing abandoned property maintenance issues and reexamining the budget. Morrison would like to divide the city into wards with designated council representatives and implement code enforcement protocol that would call for regular weekly inspections of nuisance violations.
Address: 6355 N. Myrtle Ave.
Occupation: Lean manufacturing coordinator at the Ford Claycomo Assembly Plant
Education: Associate’s degree in business logistics management from Metropolitan Community College; Lean Six Sigma black belt certificate from Johnson County Community College; Advanced Lean Principle and Tools certificate from Purdue University
Public experience: Currently a Gladstone planning commissioner
Stances: His priorities are ensuring public works has the necessary tools to meet residents’ expectations, improving and maintaining parks and recreations services to entice new residents and attract sporting groups and leagues. He also said with an aging population, it’s important to improve services and transportation options for seniors. Ward said Gladstone officials need to work on better communicating to citizens.