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More details needed
for store site plan

by Kim Fickett
Landmark reporter

A public hearing for a conditional use permit for Running Horse Ranch and Home Store was the main feature of Tuesday night's Platte City Board of Aldermen meeting.

The business, which is currently being constructed at 2601 Running Horse Road, had presented site plans to the city's planning and zoning committee. Those plans included outside storage.

In accordance with city ordinances, no outside storage shall be permitted unless the applicant, in this case Rick Clark, obtains a conditional use permit.

According to George McClintock, alderman who serves on the planning and zoning committee, the original site plans didn't include specific plans or details regarding the outside storage area.

Clark informed the planning and zoning committee of his intent to open the store within seven to ten weeks. Due to his intent, McClintock stated the committee granted him a special meeting on March 19 so the opening date wouldn't be delayed.

At that time, a modified site plan will be presented to planning and zoning regarding the landscaping and screening of the outside storage area. McClintock said if the plans are suitable to the planning and zoning committee, a formal recommendation will then be made to the board of alderman for consideration.

"The planning and zoning committee is interested that they meet the rules and regulations set by planning and zoning and that those are followed," stated McClintock. "The first priority is that they provide necessary information we need at planning and zoning for a yea or nay."

In the city administrator's report, Keith Moody informed the board that he and Frank Mabry, director of public works, have looked into purchasing roll-off trucks for the city.

The roll-off trucks, which carry a price tag of $25,000, are over the $20,000 budgeted for the purchase by the city. Moody stated that the city has been in discussions with Dale Thomas of the Platte County Road and Bridge Department about sharing the cost of acquiring a roll-off truck.

Moody reported that Thomas is interested in sharing the cost of a used roll-off truck or sharing the cost of a lease purchase of a new roll-off truck. If an intergovernmental agreement is settled between the two entities, Moody stated it will outline who will be responsible for the housing of the truck, where it will be housed, and how the cost of maintenance and operation will be shared.

Moody also presented each alderman with a preliminary Capital Improvements Program schedule, which included construction date estimates for the neighborhoods affected by Phase 3 of the program.

In other business, alderman John Kurtz of the landscape committee presented the landscape proposal for the civic center. The project, which was originally slated with a $10,000 budget and then cut to $2,000, was unanimously approved by the board of alderman. Kurtz stated that with their approval, the project will probably get started within the next 30 days.

In the mayor's report, Frank Offutt reported that three of the four requested easements are complete and that a negotiation for the final easement is underway. Offutt stated that it looks like Phase 3 of the CIP will be on schedule.

"I appreciate the cooperation of those who have gotten the easements completed to help keep the CIP on schedule," said Offutt. "I'm happy to report the CIP remains on target."

The board of aldermen also voted to approve a resolution on the city's computer use policy, as well as a resolution accepting Wells Bank of Platte City as the official depository for the city.