|PERET PROPERTY INFORMATION
WLIC STORMWATER MANAGEMENT
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|Excerpts from Tom Henke's 10-25-2005 Letter to the WLIC
Membership Regarding the Rush Creek Watershed.
To: Weatherby Lake Improvement Company Members
From: Tom Henke, President
Re: Annual Meeting and Partnerships Created in the Rush Creek Watershed
I hope that each of you have had time to sit down and review the Annual Meeting packet or the WLIC “Lakeline” and follow up mailings of photographs
of siltation and stormwater runoff flowing through Rush Creek.
The WLIC has been able to arrange for a presentation by Kansas City Public Works and the Capital Improvement Office (CIMO) on November 1, 2005
prior to our annual meeting. CIMO will be at the Hilton Hotel from 6:00 pm to 6:45 pm to present the replacement plans for the Barry Road Bridge, the
relocation of Amity Road to align with Eastside Drive and the widening of Barry Road from N.W. Mace Road to N.W. Potomac.
Mayor Henderson, city staff members, I and other members of our community had a meeting with the CIMO several weeks ago to review and discuss the
proposed changes. The WLIC has been meeting with CIMO for close to 9 months working on stormwater management issues and creating relationships
with KCMO on proper stormwater plans to protect the lake.
As mentioned in other mailings and during WLIC board meetings, WLIC was invited to join a taskforce by KCMO to study and recommend Best
Management Practices (BMP’s) for the Kansas City region. We have been invited to attend meetings that focus on making Rush Creek a premier
watershed project for the region. KCMO is working with the Missouri Department of Resources to address the issues of stormwater runoff and the
damages that it causes to waterways and lakes.
During the construction to widen Barry Road and replace the bridge, KCMO has been addressing the issues of silt runoff and control. They are also in tune
with the future concerns of additional pavement and increased oil, antifreeze, gas and chemicals that will be coming into the lake.
I hope that each of you can take time to come to the Hilton Hotel an hour early and hear the progress the WLIC has made with KCMO as we partner on
BMP’s and maintain a joint effort in taking proper action to keep our lake safe.
KCMO/CIMO is aware of the 38 acre Peret Property and has been working with the same engineering firm that the WLIC has used in our presentation at
the April 11, 2005 membership meeting. Part of the overall plan of stormwater management for our watershed is the proposed stormwater management
facilities that the membership voted to assess ourselves to create.
I also want to remind you that KCMO/CIMO will be making a presentation on November 15, 2005 at the Park Hill School. If you are unable to get to the
Hilton before 6:00 pm and can only attend our membership meeting at 7:00 pm, then this additional meeting is available for you to voice your concerns and
to hear from KCMO engineers regarding required changes to Barry Road.
In creating these partnerships with the KCMO Parks Department and Steiner + Associates, we have been able to start drawings and work out possible
locations for the walking trail that will connect Amity Nature Park through our property and continue to N. Congress Avenue. From N. Congress a person
could walk to Zona Rosa or continue to walk or ride a bicycle to the new sports complex at Tiffany Springs under construction by Platte County and
operated by the SPCAA.
The KCMO Park Department invited the WLIC to join a group that meets monthly with the Platte County Commissioner Betty Knight, Platte County
Park employees, SPCAA, and other special interest groups on the growth in Platte County and the master plan for parks, green space and walking trails.
During these meetings, I have been able to raise issues regarding protection within the Rush Creek watershed and commitment from the WLIC to allow a
trail easement thru the Peret Property along Highway 152. A main focus of this group has been the 60 acre Amity Nature Park and what an asset it is to
our area of Platte County. We are fortunate to have this nature park and our 38 acres along Rush Creek. With the proposed Stormwater Facilities and
work completed by Zona Rosa on their property, we have a much better control on runoff coming into the lake.
I do not have a confirmation at the time of this mailing, but we may also have in attendance, the KCMO Parks Department. This could be interesting for
the membership given the partnership that we have concerning Amity Nature Park and the planned trails to be installed in the park and across our property.
The volunteer board members and other members of our community have put in many hours over the last year working with developers, Kansas City
Missouri and Platte County officials toward a better understanding of protecting the Rush Creek watershed and the resources that surround our
community. We have a unique opportunity with the additional partner, Steiner & Associates, for the wet pond and sediment fore bay on the Peret
Property. This will provide further protection of our lake water and our “Quality of Life”.
There are several websites that will give you a visual of the benefits of wet ponds and sediment fore bays. If you are unable to get access to the Internet,
please contact the WLIC office and schedule a time to come and view the videos at the office. The first site is http://www.greenworks.
tv/stormwater/wetponds.htm Please type in the address as printed. It’s a very good example of what wet ponds can offer to water quality and flood
control. Once you watch this video on wet ponds, you can browse “back” on the website to http://www.greenworks.tv/stormwater, and view other videos
that will show the benefits of a sediment fore bay. In the US Army Corp of Engineering 404 permit issued, the WLIC will be installing a sediment fore bay
at the eastern end of the wet pond.
Other sites that you may wish to visit on the web: www.stormwatercenter.net and www.stormwaterauthority.org and www.outreach.missouri.edu. At
the outreach Missouri website you can browse through several articles and pages on stormwater runoff and the damages it is causing lakes in Missouri.
You may also wish to search the internet on “wet ponds”, “stormwater run off” and “sediment fore bay”. There are many websites from different cities
and governmental agencies.
We have a unique opportunity in the settlement agreement with Steiner + Associates and Kansas City to develop a strong relationship in the continued
effort to improve watershed management.
On April 11 of this year and per the settlement agreement with Steiner + Associates, the general membership voted upon itself a voluntary special
assessment that is to be collected through the Lake Permit License Fees. 2006 will be the first year that the membership will see the Lake Permit Fees split
50% to Capital Improvements of Access Areas, 30% to the General Fund and 20% to the Peret Property Stormwater Facility.
The WLIC Board has stated at several board meetings and in the Lakeline that Steiner + Associates has not made a demand to have the $225,000 returned
to them. The WLIC has completed the requirements of the settlement agreement by obtaining the US Army Corp of Engineer 404 permit and the vote on
April 11, 2005 to assess ourselves through the Lake Permit fees.
The reason for voting at the Annual Meeting is to give the Board of Directors the authority to finalize engineering and start construction bidding for the
stormwater facilities on the Peret Property. Steiner + Associates have remarked that they would like the WLIC to proceed with the facility for the
protection of our lake from the stormwater runoff in the upper Rush Creek watershed.
Each of you needs to understand the amount of work that has been completed by the WLIC in obtaining the 404 Permit from the US Army Corp of
Engineers. This is not a SIMPLE task nor are 404 permits handed out without a complete investigation from several governmental bodies of authority.
The Missouri Department of Conservation was involved and has approved the 401 and 404 permits that have been issued to the WLIC.
For those that are unable to access the Internet, here is a brief description of a sediment fore bay:
A sediment fore bay is a small pool located near the inlet of a storm basin or other stormwater management facility. These devices are designed as initial
storage areas to trap and settle out sediment and heavy pollutants before they reach the main basin. Installing an earth berm, gabion wall, or other barrier
near the inlet to cause stormwater to pool temporarily can form the pool area. Sediment fore bays act as a pretreatment feature on a stormwater pond and
can greatly reduce the overall pond maintenance requirements.
This letter is to notify you as members that the Weatherby Lake Improvement Company has obtained and holds a valid 404 Permit from the US Army
Corp of Engineer and this 404 permit has been reviewed and approved by the above mentioned Regulatory agencies.
The WLIC has met the requirements of the settlement agreement that entitles us to the $225,000.00. As mentioned in other mailings, the stormwater
facilities for the Peret Property are supported by the WLIC Board of Directors and our city’s Board of Alderman.
If any of you would like to discuss any of the issues that have been addressed, myself or any WLIC board member would be available to speak with you.
My email address is email@example.com. My cell phone number is 816-591-2524.
It has been an honor serving this membership the last 12 months. I am proud when I reflect on the financial accomplishments, the $80,000 Capital
Improvements to U Cove, the $80,000 allocated by the board to new restrooms at C-Point for next year, removal of the old power lines and poles from the
dam and all the work that the many members have done ‘behind the scenes”. It has re-affirmed to me that the WLIC Board of Directors and the members
are looking to the future protection of our quality of life.
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