by Alan McArthur
The Platte City Board of Aldermen approved new parking restrictions on Tuesday night. The restrictions affect two areas that have been discussed before the board several times before.
The board approved a new sign to be placed along Caroline Ridge to eliminate parking from the intersection with Hale Avenue for 120 feet along the south side of the road.
Other signs will be placed on Main Street to limit parking in newly created parallel parking spots near First Street. The signs will make it illegal to park in the spots between 8 p.m. and 8 a.m.
The issue along Caroline Ridge was originally brought by Gary Brown who said he was having trouble getting to his trailer because his neighbor would park along the road in front of the trailer.
The board then approved placing two signs to limit parking between the signs.
Resident Judith Moppin then said there was an issue with parking between the last sign and the stop sign, which limited visibility at the intersection.
That complaint brought about the ordinance to limit parking from the intersection for 120 feet along Caroline Ridge.
During the meeting, some aldermen presented some further concerns to the rest of the board.
“I have a concern there might be a code violation with the trailer parked there,” said Ron Stone, alderman. “I believe you have to have it parked on a paved or gravel surface.”
“The recreation vehicles, and we have considered trailers recreation vehicles in the past, can be parked on an unpaved area, but they must be on a side yard or rear yard,” said Keith Moody, city administrator. “However, if you have a street running along multiple sides of your property then it is considered having multiple front yards. I might add it can't be parked in the city right-of-way.”
Moody then pointed out another possible issue with the neighbor's driveway.
“The property that has the driveway across it appears to belong to another person,” said Moody.
Moody said they have not fully looked into it, but he could not find any paperwork for an agreement between the property owners. The city has also not had a survey done to show where exactly the property line is.
A preliminary check by The Landmark shows the driveway starts at the back of the Moppin property and travels across another property owned by John Nichols to reach Caroline Ridge. The Nichols property does not have a home on it.
The board also approved a special event application by NW Audio to hold a car audio competition at their store on Sunday, July 27 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
The board approved a bid for janitorial services by True Clean Building Service for $1,050 for one year to clean City Hall, all of the Civic Center, and the Public Works building.