will receive $10,000 from Platte City
The air was cleared Tuesday night of concerns over a
$10,000 agreement between the Platte City Board of Aldermen
and Platte City Area Economic Development Council/Chamber
The agreement was placed on the agenda for a second time
Tuesday after it failed during a September aldermen meeting.
The agreement allows the city to pay the chamber a sum
of $10,000 to assist with club services and expenses.
Karen Wagoner, Platte City Chamber of Commerce executive
director, was at the meeting to answer questions.
Wagoner, who said she was told she didn't need to be
at the Sept. 24 aldermen meeting to discuss the agreement,
was told by Lee Roy Van Lew, Ward 1 alderman, her absence
was a factor in him voting against the agreement.
Since the Sept. 24 meeting, Wagoner compiled an information
packet for the board.
"The reason this was defeated was we didn't have
the information. Some of us didn't actually know where
the money was going," Van Lew told Wagoner during
"This (the information packet) gives us a good idea
what you are trying to do for the city. If this had been
presented to us two weeks ago everyone would have approved
Gary Brown, Ward 3 alderman, also voted against the agreement
during the Sept. 24 meeting.
"I have sat on several committees and when people
ask for money, there is usually always someone here to
represent who is asking," Brown said.
The agreement was on the agenda at the last regular meeting.
Brown and Van Lew voted against the agreement, saying
they were unsure where the money was going once the chamber
The issue failed the first time due to a lack of a majority
vote because of the absence of Alderman Shelle Browning,
Browning was also absent at Tuesday's meeting. Mayor
Dave Brooks said Browning was unable to attend meetings
this month because of a personal issue.
Brooks added Browning had written a letter to the board
addressing the agreement between the city and the chamber.
Alderman Brown opposed reading the letter from Browning
during the meeting.
"She (Browning) is being paid with taxpayers' money
to be here. If she is not here her opinion doesn't matter,"
Brooks did not read the letter.
In other business, the mayor gave a park land update
to aldermen during the meeting.
Brooks said he had met with Platte County 2nd District
Commissioner Steve Wegner Tuesday to discuss the project.
An offer has been made on 215 acres of land north of Platte
City along Hwy. 371.
Nothing is set in stone concerning the agreement, Brooks
said. A $750,000 contract is expected to be signed next
Aldermen approved an agreement with True Clean Building
Services for janitorial services.
True Clean has offered cleaning services to city hall,
the police station and the Civic Center for three years.
True Clean's total monthly bid for all three buildings
city hall-$250; police station- $350; and civic center-
$125 for a total of $725.