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Library gives annual
report to commissioners

by Kim Tiefenthaler
Landmark reporter

At the Sept. 20 meeting of the Platte County Commissioners, Paul White, director of the Mid-Continent Library, presented the commissioners with the annual audit report.

White reported that the library has seen a 9.4 percent increase in usage of non-book materials (such as CD's and videos) and has maintained steady usage from the public.

The library has also updated its system to 118 electronic databases. This allows patrons to gain access to the electronic databases from their home computer, as long as they have a current library card.

The Mid-Continent Library is the 26th largest library system in the state of Missouri and is the largest summer reading program in the nation, donating 58,771 free books to children in the district.

Following the report from White, the commissioners received bid openings.

The first bid opening, for a power ditcher, received two bids. The first from Hurricane Ditcher Company of Vincennes, Ind. for $27,350. With the second bid from Maddock Corporation of Bloomington, Ind. for $54,500.

The commissioners also heard two bids for snow plows. The first was from Scherer Truck Equipment of Riverside, for $3,159 per snow plow, and the second from Trim Right Equipment of Kansas City, MO for $6,750 for both snow plows.

Two bids were also received for a hydraulic excavator. Both bids were from Fehrs Equipment Company of Kansas City, with the first bid not stating a total bid price and the second totaling $259,879.

Finally, commissioners heard a bid for sidewalk replacement from Platte Valley Construction of Platte City for $10,678.

Jane Henry, director of administration, requested proposals for the codification and publication of ordinances, subdivision regulations and zoning orders.

The request came as a part of a project to input all ordinances and regulations into an electronic format.

"This is a valuable tool for all of the citizens of our county, if they have questions regarding the governing ordinances of county," said Commissioner Michael Short, who has headed the project.

Henry said the county will solicit four companyies for proposals, as well as other companyies who want to bid on the project. Bids will be accepted through Oct. 11.

Commissioners approved Roberts Roofing, who's currently repairing the roof of the courthouse, to repaint and fix the decorative boards around the roof of the courthouse. Roberts Roofing bid the additional repairs at $4,850, bringing the total cost of the project to $63,278.

In recognition and support of the healing ceremony at Frank Vaydik Park, the Platte County Commission passed resolution #01-19.

The resolution recognizes the historical significance of the Indigenous Cultures who once occupied the Platte County land known as Frank Vaydik Park.

The next commission meeting is scheduled for 2 p.m., Thursday, Sept. 27.