City administrator gets 3% raise
Platte City's Board of Aldermen Tuesday night awarded
Keith Moody, city administrator, a three percent merit
In addition, the board cleared up some other issues involving
Moody's employment by spelling out his car allowance and
severance package in a written employment agreement.
Mayor Frank Offutt said those items had been agreed upon
when Moody was originally hired by the city back in 1996,
but had never been formally placed into the employment
Aldermen voted Moody a pay increase that will give him
an annual salary of $61,000.
"The board was unanimous on this," Offutt said,
indicating all members are happy with Moody's job performance.
Aldermen had been given evaluation forms at the beginning
of this month to critique the administrator's work.
Though some city administrators have contracts, under
Moody's arrangement with Platte City he is considered
an at-will employee who is employed at the discretion
of the board.
Moody began working with the city on Feb. 5, 1996 under
then-mayor Pearl Brown.
In other business, the board:
Heard a report from Tom Singleton, the city's auditor,
who reported the audit "reflects positively on the
city." He said he is confident in the financial structure
of the city. He offered minor suggestions on how the city
could improve internal financial controls, but emphasized
there were no irregularities in the city's books.
Heard from Moody that about 33% of residents in
the city are participating in curbside recycling. He said
participation is best in some of the newer neighborhoods
in the city, indicating some new residents have likely
participated in recycling in other communities. Moody
encourages residents to "start small and go at your
own place" when it comes to recycling. "Every
little bit helps," he said.
Heard from Justin Stuart, parks and recreation
director, that the parks board will be hiring a firm to
do a 10-year master plan for parks usage/development.
Stuart said the board will soon select a firm to do the
study and will be seeking community input for the plan.
Approved spending $4,600 to do another ETC Institute
community survey to help guide the direction of the city.
Parks questions will be some of the highlights on the
Offutt reported Phase III of the Capital Improvement
Program should be underway around April 1. It involves
improvements to storm drainage, curbs, gutters and replacement
of old water and sewer mains in neighborhoods on Almond,
Academy, Atchison, Cathy Lane, Rader, and Todd Streets.
Endorsed the community's participation in the Missouri
Community Assessment Program. The Platte City Area Chamber
of Commerce/Economic Development Council is enrolling
in the program, an assessment effort enabling the community
to evaluate itself in five categories: human resources;
economic development; government organization and management;
community service; and community facilities.