Parkville will soon have a new
city logo to identify the town by using one symbol
on letterheads and inside the new city hall currently
Mayor Kathy Dusenbery said at Tuesdays alderman
meeting she would like to feature this new logo
on the wall in the main boardroom at city hall.
I have several designs to
consider, but I like the idea of sharing the Chamber
of Commerces logo because it has such a
clean design, Dusenbery said. Alderman
Deborah Butcher designed this logo and I think
it would be a good representation of who Parkville
During the early 1990s,
a city-wide contest was held for residents to
design a logo to represent the city. Over 20 designs
were submitted and the one chosen featured a picture
of the depot next to the rail line with Park Universitys
Mackay tower seen in the background. The mayor
said she would like to see this logo changed and
asked for the aldermans input and final
decision at their next meeting in two weeks.
In othe rmatters, changes are
taking place in Parkvilles business properties.
A Pizza Hut restaurant has signed a lease in the
Parkville Commons development at 6325 Lewis, Suite
102. Sean Ackerson, community development director,
proposed the sign ordinance to the board and stated
the chain restaurant is expected to open its doors
for business by the end of this month.
Pizza Hut was previously located
in Platte Woods, but the franchise has decided
to move. This location will not offer dining room
seating, but only pick-up and delivery orders.
Dusenbery said this new tenant will be a positive
aspect for the city since Parkville will begin
receiving sales tax dollars from this tenant who
will act as the home base for regional deliveries.
Another new business development
is in the works and will be constructed on a vacant
lot located on River Road one mile west of the
intersection of FF Highway. These six acres were
rezoned from an agriculture district to a planned
business district. The planning commission heard
the proposal at an open forum in September and
recommended the board of aldermen approve the
Forest Park Development, LLC requested
the boards permission to construct a neighborhood
and office space overlooking the river bluffs
and serving the nearby Thousand Oaks neighborhood.
This site was approved in 2004
as a tract for future development. Since then,
a study has been conducted to learn the traffic
impact of nearby FF Hwy. and River Road. This
land will be used to build light retail businesses
and offices such as small law offices, barber
shops, and dry cleaning establishments.
In other news at the meeting,
the Burlington Northern Santa Fes second
rail line study is moving forward. Ackerson said
the public information meetings held Sept. 28
were helpful to learn the opinions and concerns
of citizens. He said over 60 people attended the
three separate meetings and the city staff received
We heard multiple concerns
and tried to address them, Ackerson said.
Many citizens requested we have an open
forum in front of the city administrators
to discuss the rail line possibility. We are still
trying to reach a broader audience to gather input
and see where we go from here.
Dusenbery said the goal should
be set for the board to voice their concerns and
gather more input by Nov. 1. After this date,
it should be certain on the citys part what
they want to negotiate with Burlington Northern.
Many residents living in the Riss
Lake development will be paying less for their
sewer service annually. An ordinance was passed
to reduce the special assessment rate for sewer
customers by 23 percent. The number of lots in
this development has continued to increase in
the last several years.
The city has noted there are 850
lots in Riss Lake which are on the books. Since
more homes have increased the number of people
paying, the assessment per lot can be lowered.
With lowering the rate, there will still be enough
revenue to cover yearly bond payments of principal
Enough reserves are still present
in the Special Assessment Bond Fund to cover any
shortfalls. If your current payment is $35, it
will be lowered to $27. However, if your payment
is $100, it will now be $77. This change will
not affect the citys budget. The fund is
separate from all other city funds.