gets safety grant;
study for center planned
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
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
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
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
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.