approve project bid
The biggest debate for Platte City Board of Aldermen
Tuesday night was if it should authorize the mayor to
enter into a contract with Dennis Johnson Construction
for the Fiscal Year 2003 capital improvement projects.
Bids for 2003 projects were accepted until Feb. 7. The
project includes as a base bid, Second and Third Street
from Hwy 92 north to Ferrell; and Paxton Street from Second
Street to Fourth Street. An alternate of Maple and Wells
was also included in the bid. The bid indicates a base
area bid of more than $529,000.
The problem lies in receiving easements to properties.
According to Tanya Bates, city clerk, there are five residences
that have not signed temporary easement releases along
the alternate of Maple and Wells. Without the easement
releases, crews cannot do the alternate project.
Aldermen debated if they should approve the bid since
there was a possibility the alternate of Maple and Wells
would not be completed.
"I still think this needs to be a part of the project
(the alternate of Maple and Wells). I move that we approve
the contract with the alternate and pay for it out of
the general fund. We have always gotten the easements
before," Alderman Gary Brown said.
Alderman Lee Roy Van Lew voted against approving the contract,
as did Bill Knighton.
"If we approve the alternate and then there are no
easements, then we are hung with the materials and nothing
to do with them," Van Lew said.
Dennis Johnson Construction has quoted $446,150 for street
and storm sewer improvements; $10,480 for water line improvements
and $72,642 for sewer improvements included in the bid.
Based upon the 2003 cost analysis attached, the city is
actually short on fiscal year 2003 funding by $48,780.
The city does have $50,777 left from the fiscal year
2002 project, along with $173,332 from general fund reserves.
It is also estimated the city has enough to cover the
Wells and Maple alternate, including a five percent contingency
without the need of eliminating all or a portion of other
The city is also hoping to be able to use funding from
the county road sales tax, if it passes in April.
Aldermen approved the contract with the contingency that
easements are due by 5 p.m. March 11.
An ordinance amending parking be prohibited on certain
streets stirred a personal interest for Alderman Shelle
The ordinance was originally worded so that no parking
is allowed in the hammer heads of Cathy Lane and Almond
Browning, who resides on Cathy Lane near the hammer head,
protested the ordinance, and asked if the ordinance would
read that no parking was allowed from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Monday through Friday and on snow days.
Browning said she opposed the no parking ordinance because
when the hammer head was placed she signed an easement,
which took away two parking places by her property.
"I don't think it's fair to go ask someone to sign
their property over and then change the rules," Browning
Browning added she had plenty of room to park her vehicles
in her driveway, but was concerned about her guests and
Leonard Hendricks, Platte City public works director,
voiced concern over the parking situation. Hendricks said
his crews are not able to pull into residential driveways,
and the hammer head is used for large trucks to turn around
during trash or snow removal.
"The hammer head was put there for us to have access
in and out, so we don't have to use driveways. I don't
know when it's going to snow, so we will still have to
back trucks out," Hendricks said.
On a 5-1 vote, aldermen went along with Browning's suggestion
and will only prohibit parking from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday
through Friday and on snow days.
Van Lew voted against, preferring that no parking be allowed
In other business, Hill's Lawn & Landscape was accepted
to be the city's official mowing service. At the Platte
City Parks and Recreation board meeting Feb. 3, Hill's
Lawn & Landscape was awarded the mowing of the parks
department property. They will also mow the cemetery.
Tom Wooddell was officially appointed to serve on the
city's parks and recreation board.