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Grant money will aid
DWI enforcement effort

by Kim Fickett
Landmark reporter

The Platte County Sheriff's Office announced the receipt of a $6,667 grant from the Division of Highway Safety at the commission meeting Thursday.

The funds received from the grant will be used by the DWI enforcement unit of the sheriff's department. $5,000 of the funds will be used to purchase an in-car video camera, with the remaining $1,667 of the grant money used toward the funding of PBT's (portable breath testers).

The sheriff's department also requested the approval of an addendum to the cooperative agreement, High Intensity Drug Trafficing Area, between the board of police commission of Kansas City, Missouri and Platte County, Missouri. The drug enforcement program is a continued effort between the two entities.

Bid awards were announced by the sheriff's department for mobile hand held radios and portable breath testing machines. The bid for the hand held radios was awarded to Motorola Radio Products and Bendix King Radio Products for $6,000. Intoximeters, Inc. was awarded the bid for the breath testing machines for $12,240.

The county commission announced the bid award for codification services to Sullivan Publications for $9,500.

Bid requests were also heard from the juvenile office for their annual program, 'Don't Choose Crime'. The request is for screening and printing of 1,000 t-shirts with the winning design. The program involves students across Platte County designing t-shirts for the program. The winning design will then be printed on t-shirts. Bids are due on Dec. 13 at 1 p.m.

Public works also announced its request for bids for the construction to replace the River Road bridge. River Road bridge has been designated a deficient bridge by Platte County. The project will involve the construction of a 32 foot single span pre-cast slab bridge. The project is estimated to cost $80,000. Bids for the project will be due by 1 p.m., Dec. 13.

Commissioners approved the acceptance of a $20,000 bond to ensure street grading and storm sewer improvements would be made at Lakes at Oakmont Estates. They also accepted a $16,423.44 bond for improvements to the storm sewer at Thousand Oaks 8th Plat. Both projects must be completed within one year of acceptance of the bond.

Commissioners approved 12 county holidays for the 2002 Platte County holiday schedule.

There is no commission meeting scheduled for this week due to the Thanksgiving holiday.

The next meeting is scheduled for Thursday, Nov. 29 at 2 p.m.