Exactly how long has the pump
station at Platte Valley Plaza not been working
It's obviously a point of disagreement, because
developer Bill Mann and the people at Platte City
City Hall have different answers to the question.
According to City Administrator
Keith Moody, the pump station has had problems
since it was first installed six years ago.
"We havent accepted
that piece of infrastructure because our position
is that its never operated correctly,
Our records show that when
Public Works Director Frank Mabry was here (about
two years ago) and prior Public Works Director
Harry Parsi was here, that the operation of the
facility wasnt as designed. The pumps were
The Landmark contacted Public
Works Director Leonard Hendricks to obtain the
documentation on the pump station prior to his
tenure and Mabrys. Hendricks stated he would
locate the documentation and research the citys
records regarding the station and report his findings
later in the week.
Platte Valley Plaza project manager
Andy Homoly of MannRose Development disagrees
with the citys position.
The lift station, which
was installed six years ago, ran fine for years
and the city has no records for the stations
first five years of existence. We have completed
punch list after punch list. Every time we get
one completed the city comes up with more items.
At this point, its really in a maintenance
mode, said Homoly.
Homoly does agree that the pump
station currently isnt working as intended,
and says the developer has worked continuously
to determine the problem with the pump station.
"Virtually everything on
it has been replaced. Weve had pump and
system experts look at it at the developer's cost,
Now were taking it
to the next level to pay a significant cost at
our expense to come up with the best possible
Homoly explained that they are
currently seeking an easement at the south end
of Al Abbetts property to install a gravity
sewer line that would allow the pump station to
be taken off line, eliminating the problem.
"The best possible solution
is to take the sewer line that currently ends
at the south end of Abbetts property and
extend it to our southern property line of Platte
Valley Plaza, explained Homoly.
Moody said he feels as if everything
hasnt been done to solve the pump station
"They havent videotaped
the interior of the force main to determine if
theres some sort of blockage in the force
main, said Moody, "which was an option
that was discussed with Andy.
Moody continued that the developers
werent as cooperative with fixing the problem
as they claimed, until the board of aldermen presented
them with an ultimatum around March of 2004.
"They delayed fixing or addressing
the pump station until we took the stand that
we werent going to address anymore site
plans or proposals from Bill Mann or MannRose
Development Company, stated Moody.
At a board of aldermen meeting
on Tuesday, Nov. 9 during the mayors report,
Mayor Dave Brooks presented aldermen with his
usual report on the punch list by simply stating,
Punch list, its still not done.
Homoly, who was in attendance
at that meeting, took offense to the mayors
shortness in describing the list to the board.
"If thats the message
that is going to the board its just the
wrong message, said Homoly. They are
only hearing one side of the story.
During the meeting Homoly addressed
the mayor and board stating, With all due
respect to the mayor, you paint the picture like
were blowing it off and dont care
about it. Weve put a huge amount of effort
into it and we are doing everything in the world
we can. Its not running like it should,
we agree. But its not because of a lack
of effort, money or trying, I can assure you of
Brooks later took time during
that meeting to respond to Homolys comments
stating, Nobody on the board or the mayor
has said you havent made strides. But we
can both agree its been a long process.
Im coming from the stance it shouldve
been done a long time ago and were not going
to drag it out any longer.
Brooks continued to notify Homoly
that, Your heads on the block, Andy,
and youd think after three years you could
get it off.
Brooks continued: Andy you
know what you guys are going to be making and
youre going to be making it 100 times over.
And if its not you, itll be someone.
Homoly said he feels as if the
picture is being painted that the developer doesnt
care about the situation.
"The board and the planning
and zoning committee are very good to work with
and are understanding. But there are a few people
who are portraying the developers as not doing
what we said we were going to do and thats
simply not the case, said Homoly.
The developers and I are
very proud of this development.
Platte Valley Plaza consists of
120 acres filled with 150 homes and dozens of