Brooks have lively exchange
by Mark Vasto
In their first public exchange since Alderman
Gary Brown declared his candidacy for mayor, Mayor
Dave Brooks and Brown had a brief but lively exchange
at Tuesday night's meeting of the Platte City
Board of Aldermen.
As soon as the general discussion period of the
meeting was announced, Brown pointedly asked City
Administrator Keith Moody if Platte City was awarded
a $2,790 refund from MARCIT, the public entity
insurance pool that provides the citys insurance.
After Moody acknowledged that the city had received
the refund last August, Brooks immediately attempted
to appropriate it. Brown suggested that the aldermen
bring the Platte City Chamber of Commerce back
to the full funding of $10,000 the city had agreed
to provide the chamber before slashing the amount
in last Augusts budget workshop.
Since we shorted the chamber of commerce
this year, I make a motion that we restore the
$2500 dollars out of this insurance award,
Brown said. We have the money now that we
can give back to the chamber.
Brown pointed to the recent vote of the aldermen
to add Caller ID to the mayors office, City
Hall and police department as justification for
the motion. Brown reasoned that if the board could
vote to add that $1,000 unbudgeted expense, then
they could surely amend the budget to account
for this unexpected award.
Moody explained to the board that the award had
already been reimbursed to the various city departments
that received insurance. Brooks then told Brown
that the city had needed to cut the funds from
the chamber in order to balance the budget. He
then turned the tables on Brown, asking him how
he would redistribute the money that was already
That was additional income, Brown
said. Even though it was reallocated, I
think this (motion) would be an act of good faith.
Brooks then brought up the public works report
that the board had just discussed. The report
told the aldermen that the department was rapidly
running out of funds and nearing the end of its
salt and sand supply.
We just addressed the situation that were
out of salt and sand, Brooks countered,
asking Brown if he thought refunding the chamber
was important enough to do when the winter season
was still upon them. Brown replied that he felt
At that point, Brooks asked if there was any
second to Brown's motion but there were no takers
among the aldermen. The motion died on the table.
After the meeting, a characteristically feisty
Brown criticized the decision.
The salt and sand thing is something that
we confront every year, Brown said. Last
year we didnt use all of our salt and sand.
If they didnt spend (their entire budget)
all last year, then where did it go this year?
(The mayor) talks about salt and sand and then
they spend $1,000 on Caller ID.
Brown, who voted in favor of adding Caller ID
to the city-owned phone lines, also criticized
Moody for reallocating the award money without
discussing it with the board first. He claimed
that Moody never bothered to discuss the additional
funds with the aldermen or ask where that money
The chamber, which has a fiscal calendar that
runs from July 1 to June 30 has said the cuts
wont affect them until July. Brown said
that with his motion, he made it clear that he
believed the money should be given back to the
I think its a valiant thing to do
if were wanting to build a good relationship
with the business community.
In other aldermen action:
The board voted unanimously to vacate an
alley that runs between two parcels of property
owned by Platte City and Caseys General
Store. The move clears the way for a proposed
expansion of the Iowa-based convenience store
located at Hwy. 92.
The board voted unanimously to repeal and
amend a section of the Platte City Zoning code
as it relates to floodplain regulations. According
to Moody, the Federal Emergency Management Administration
reviewed and recommended the changes so that they
would conform to regulations they require for
disaster relief assistance.
Police Chief Joe McHale acknowledged the
cooperation between the city and the Platte County
Sheriffs Department in the fight against
illegal narcotics. "Sheriff Anderson has
supported us tremendously, as has his command
staff, McHale said. Were a growing
city and the people that are supplying us with
narcotics wont be tolerated. Were
going after them.
Heard a speech from Susan Brown of Concerned
Citizens of Platte County in regards to the proposed
Great Plains Power plant at Iatan (see Concerned
Citizens, pg 1).
The Platte City Historical Society asked
the aldermen if they had any space where the society
could store historical tax records of the county
for genealogical research purposes. According
to Diane Pepper and Laverne Taulbee of the historical
group, the county has a statute mandating that
such records cannot leave the city limits of the
county seat. The board said they would look into
the matter but offered no resolution at this time.