Limited space at Parkville City Hall has officials
considering their future needs immediately.
Despite a new city hall being built in 1993, an
unexpected population growth has created a great
demand of services by the city of Parkville.
According to the citys capital improvement
plan, Parkvilles land mass has tripled since
In a March 7, 2004 article in the Kansas City
Star, former city administrator Pat Hawver stated,
our city has more than tripled in size,
population and number of employees since city
hall was built in 1993.
City Clerk Barbara Lance confirmed Hawver's statement
on Monday. According to Lance, the former city
hall (located at the train depot downtown) housed
10 employees, the new facility now houses 42 staff
Now, were just running out of office
space. What was planned to be locker rooms for
the police officers, has had to be converted from
storage space to the community development office,
The staff numbers have quadrupled, the City of
Parkville has also grown an average of 16.7% in
assessed valuation from 2000-2004, and since the
2001 annexation of land to the west, the citys
size has doubled to over 20 square miles.
We were a smaller city, we just didnt
have such a great need, stated Lance. At
the time of the original design, the west wasnt
Community Development Department head Sean Ackerson
said with the annexation of the west, the whole
city has needed to adjust.
One thing for city hall is you want it
to be accessible and easy to get to. With the
annexation of the west, the heart of the city
has shifted, said Ackerson.
Ackersons department, which has been crammed
into the aforementioned storage room, currently
houses five employees. Lance said that area is
only meant to house at the most three employees.
With the unexpected boom of the city, the City
of Parkville asked the voters to consider an increase
to the operating property tax levy for the purpose
of providing funds for community improvements
in the April 2004 election.
The increase, which was approved by voters, included
the expansion of the 7,558 square foot City Hall
as a community improvement.
The proposal that went before the voters last
April asked that they allow for the restructuring
of the existing operating tax levy.
According to the restructuring, once the existing
general obligation bonds are retired, and the
debt levy is eliminated, the allowable increase
to the operating levy will provide continued support
for the citys proposed projects. The net
effect to the taxpayers of the operating levy
would be no greater than $0.0971 per $100 of assessed
Lance stated the voters approved less then $1
million in bonds to build the city hall.
Why were having to do it again is
because we basically didnt have the money
to build for the future, said Lance.
For Ackerson, the situation has come to a point
where basic needs have to be resolved.
The space we have now is inadequate to
the purpose, said Ackerson. Right
now, we need to think about what the best move
is and how to proceed.
In order to do that, the city had to hire Williams,
Spurgeon, Kuhl & Freshnock Architects, Inc.
of North Kansas City to formulate a study of the
citys short and long term space needs.
The city hall study, broken down into four tasks,
will come up with a final work product of a preliminary
design for either a renovated facility or a new
The first task, data collection, involves the
collection of data concerning the existing Parkville
City Hall and police department facilities including
uses, number and types of spaces, physical facility
conditions, equipment performance history and
Task 2, data review, involved the critical assessment
of the space provisions of the current city hall
and to project the short-term and long-term needs
for the city hall and police department needs.
The responsibility of the task is to anticipate
the future needs and the relevant functional needs.
The beginning of task three, which has just gotten
underway, will result in a preliminary design
for either the renovation/expansion of the existing
City Hall or a new City Hall. The architects have
stated their intent to conduct three public meetings
in their scope of services to assist with the
As a part of the proposed design, the architects
have identified that the facility would need to
see its square footage increase to 15,852 square
feet to meet long-term needs.
Design of the Charrette, Task 4, is the conduction
of a one-day design intensive workshop to work
with city stakeholders to brainstorm the needs
and wants for the city hall project.
Ackerson stated there has not been any sort of
timeline established by the Parkville Board of
Alderman to date regarding the project.