John Andre and Ron Porter, both
aldermen who were defeated in re-election races
this past April, have formed an ad hoc group of
Platte City citizens bent on doing what they must
to ensure the citys annexation issues pass
this November, and in February, if they go to
About 15 people attended a meeting
in one of the waiting rooms at the Heartland Clinic
of Platte City on Tuesday night, beginning at
City manager Keith Moody and Mayor
Dave Brooks attended as did alderman Lee Roy Van
Lawyers Susan McCabe and Bruce
Ray attended the meeting on behalf of the law
firm, Williams & Campo, P.C., of Lees
Summit. They are the third and fourth, respectively,
lawyers the city has had attend annexation meetingsall
four being employees of Williams & Campo.
Were here to make
sure all the Is are dotted and Ts
are crossed, McCabe said.
Andre kicked the meeting off by
telling those assembled,
I believe in annexation;
thats why I called this meeting.
I sent you all a letter.
Im trying to form a citizens committee
thats for annexation, Andre said.
Rich Caplan, the citys paid
consultant to help them with the annexation issues
and help to make them pass, was the chief speaker
on Tuesday night.
Caplan was available to answer
questions and provide a summary of what the annexation
issues encompass, a talk he has given publicly
on at least two other occasions.
Caplan noted that the proposed
areas of annexation into Platte City, on the annexation
map referred to as A and B,
only include 39 family dwellings, with an estimated
of about 137 people.
The big issue is to look
at the annexation in terms of trade-offs. The
residents in those areas would gain city services,
but the city would gain revenue, mostly in the
form of building permit licenses, Caplan
said. Those building permit revenues currently
go to Platte County, he said.
Caplan also told the assembled
citizens that jurisdictional clarifications"
need to be made.
As at the other public meetings,
Caplan said the boundaries of the two annexation
areas partially follow natural lines, like the
Platte River, for example, and partially are expedient
for the city, but all meet the at least
15 percent of contiguous abutment with current
city limits mandate by state statute.
Caplan cautioned that if any of
the annexation boundaries are deemed blatantly
illogical, they risk being invalidated by
One man asked why the city was
proposing to annex the Platte Falls Conservation
Area. Caplan replied that the city included it
for no particular reason other than it logically
flowed with the other areas around it.
The man then asked if city prohibitions
against hunting and fishing would apply to the
Conservation Area if the annexation issues were
Caplan replied that the issue
will have to be dealt with situationally by the
board of aldermen.
To be totally honest, the
real driving force is the new residential subdivisions,