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County gets safety grant;
study for center planned

by Kim Tiefenthaler
Landmark reporter

The Platte County Sheriff's Department has announced the receipt of a highway safety grant from the Missouri Division of Highway Safety.

The announcement came at Thursday's meeting of the Platte County Commission, in which it was also announced the county is moving forward with plans for a public survey/study to help formulate plans for community centers.

The Sheriff's Department had applied for the safety grant on May 17, and on Thursday asked the commission to accept the $24,844 grant from the State of Missouri.

The grant is in partnership with the Division of Highway Safety to reduce accidents. The grant will be used for partial funding for a traffic officer and remaining funds used for hazardous moving violations.

Aaron Schmidt, director of planning and zoning, addressed the commission regarding the approval of 10 section corners for remonumentation in the county. Each year the county suggests the corners to the Department of Natural Resources. The section corners are used as a beginning point from which property is described.

In other business, commissioners were asked to approve a site restoration bond for an existing Voice Stream tower at 21315 Oil Well Road. Voice Stream requested a new special use permit to extend its use. As a part of the special use permit, the county must also extend a restoration bond.

The $30,000 bond, approved by the commission, would be used if Voice Stream were to abandon the tower and not return the site to its previous condition.

In other business, public works announced the bid award for two snow plows to Trim Right of Kansas City for $6,750.

Commissioners also heard several bid requests from the public works department.

The commission approved public works to seek bid requests for a vibratory soil compactor, vibratory asphalt compactor, pneumatic compactor, and a motorgrader. Bids for each item will be due by Oct. 25.

Jane Henry, director of administration, made a formal request for bids at the meeting for commercial cleaning of the county government building. Bids will be due by Nov. 1 and any interested party must visit the site.

The commission also heard bid openings for the codification and publication of county ordinances, subdivision regulations and zoning orders, as well as the Brush Creek stormwater study.

Three bids were received for the county ordinances. Due to great detail of the bids, no prices were available at press time. Bids were from: Book Publishing Company of Seattle, Wash., Municipal Code Corporation of Tallahassee, Fla., and Sullivan Publications of Twin Oaks, Mo.

Seven bids were heard for the Brush Creek stormwater study. Due to great details of the bids, no prices were available at press time. Bids are: Black and Veatch Corporation of Kansas City, Camp Dresser and McKee Corporation of Kansas City, Burns and McDonnell of Kansas City, Kirkham Michael of Louisburg, Kan., HNTB Corporation of Kansas City, Larkin Group of Kansas City, and George Butler Associates of Lenexa, Kan.

Brian Nowotny, director of parks and recreation for Platte County, presented the commission with an update of the community center projects. Parks and recreation has submitted requests for proposals from two firms to do surveys of the community.

According to Doug Noble, public affairs coordinator for the commission, the purpose is to prepare a feasibility study to look at how much use the community centers would get and various other factors.

Nowotny told commissioners he wants to have proposals reviewed and if interviews warrant, to be completed by Nov. 1.

Nowotny also informed commissioners of a new grant his department is considering for the Green Hills area by Parkville and Riverside. Parks and rec is hoping to receive information regarding two previous grants, as well as the new grant by the end of the year. The grants would be used by parks and recreation to preserve wildlife and plant life in the Green Hills area, as well as create a learning center for visitors to the area.