by Alan McArthur
Platte City’s public works sub-committee discussed the voluntary annexation request and a four-day work week proposal during its meeting on Monday night.
Jason Metten, city administrator, started the meeting by saying the way the timeline was designed for the voluntary annexation request, it allows for time and consideration of the proposal.
The proposed development by Bill Mann is located east of Platte City between Hwy. 92 and Interstate 29. The development would consist of 140 single family lots and 18 duplex lots on 68.73 acres. There is also proposed to be 12.53 acres of commercial development along 92 Highway.
A special meeting is scheduled to be held on Nov. 12 to have the aldermen consider the voluntary annexation.
Marsha Clark, alderman, said she wasn't for annexing the project because the people who would live there would not shop in Platte City, they would go south to Kansas City.
“I was reading in the newspaper about traffic going south and not to Platte City,” said Clark.
“Are you talking about the (Lake at) Tomahawke development?” asked Andy Stanton, alderman.
“Maybe,” responded Clark.
“That's totally different from this,” said Stanton.
Metten said that Mann was interested in getting feedback about the project before moving forward.
“Mann is terribly interested in feedback in general,” said Metten.
“I think he's interested in whether it will succeed before putting more money into it,” said Todd Sloan, alderman.
Stanton said he did not have a preference on the project, but wanted to hear what citizens think of the project.
“I could not care less one way or the other, but I would like to hear what people think of (the development),” said Stanton.
The committee recommended moving the discussion forward to the full board of aldermen and to get input from Platte City citizens.
The committee also discussed a proposed four-day work week for city employees.
“It will represent a cost savings, but how much we don't know yet,” said Metten. “It would mean one day without having the lights on. It would also be a decrease in hauling machines around.”
Metten said that if the city implements the plan, then there would be a six month evaluation period to assess the savings for the city.
“We can go six months and if there is a public outcry we can kill (the plan) then,” said Metten. “Nobody's looking for a day off; we think it will represent additional convenience to citizens.”
According to Metten, the proposal is to have a four-day work week set up for the public works department and a separate proposal for the city hall staff to work four-days.
Metten said the city is not alone in discussing the four-day work week proposal and several other cities around Missouri are discussing it or have already implemented the program.
“The only way I look at this is savings,” said Leonard Hendricks, public works director. “My attempt was to save fuel. Am I doing my job if I'm not looking for ways to save a dollar?”
“I think if it saves money, it'd be a good idea,” said Clark.
“This is obviously something the full board should discuss,” said Stanton.
Sloan said he didn't think it mattered if public works had a four-day week, but the difference was at city hall.
“The only distinction is closing city hall one day a week,” said Sloan. “I think it would be a benefit to employees but the challenge is to not close on Friday.”
Sloan said he thought city hall should stay open one hour later or open earlier and still stay open on Friday.
The committee then recommended forwarding the discussion of the four-day work week onto the full board of aldermen.
The city is still trying to sell a side loading trash truck that the city no longer uses since canceling the commercial dumpster trash services.
During the meeting, the committee discussed what to do with the truck. Currently the city is asking for the price the truck is worth, but no offers have been received to purchase the truck.
“So can we sell it at a loss and take the tax write off?” asked Clark.
“I don't think you can get the write off,” said Hendricks.
Under previous city administrator Keith Moody, the city had considered trying to sell the truck on eBay, but Hendricks said he didn't think it would work.
“Nobody's going to bid on eBay for this truck,” said Hendricks. “It's a one dimensional truck; the only market is another Platte City-type city.”
The committee decided to advertise the truck through the Missouri Municipal League and other municipal organizations in Iowa, Nebraska, and Kansas.