revitalization discussed by 'new' group
The possibility of organizing a downtown
revitalization effort was the topic of a meeting in Platte
City Friday morning.
Around 20 interested persons turned out to discuss potential
revitalization efforts for downtown Platte City. There
were more questions than answers at the 7 a.m. breakfast
gathering held at Fannie's Restaurant, though it was agreed
the group will meet again soon.
The meeting was chaired by Mark Hubbard, president of
the Main Street Association that recently voted to disband.
Coming up with a new name for the group was one topic
addressed, as well as developing a list of objectives
and goals for the group.
Hubbard said he is looking to get away from a leadership
role in the organization, though there were no volunteers
step forward Friday morning to take his place.
"I'm not gonna do this, folks," Hubbard said
at one point, before discussion led to a decision to form
a committee to get the ball rolling.
Hubbard said the previous Main Street Association finally
disbanded after just a few people ended up doing the work
of the organization.
A committee of volunteers from the new group will meet
on Thursday, Sept.. 13 at noon at Hubbard's law office,
500 Third St., to discuss goals and objectives. The meeting,
as is the new organization, is open to anyone interested
in preserving and improving Platte City's downtown.
The next meeting of the entire group is scheduled for
Thursday, Sept. 27, 7 a.m. at Fannie's.
The group set a tentative membership fee of $30 per year.
Fees can be paid to Jack Coots at Wells Bank.
Mayor Frank Offutt informed the group the city will begin
installation of new light poles in the downtown area the
week of Sept. 17. The poles will include multi-seasonal
banners which can be changed several times throughout
The new poles will be similar to the poles installed
on Fourth Street during the recent improvement project
in that area.