It is well known that the City of
Dearborn has had its share of problems over the
last several months, but what may not be as well
known is there are many projects city officials
are working on to highlight the communitys
One of the projects that will soon
come to light at Dearborn is the development of
a new $250,000 city park along with a 3/4 mile walking
The City of Dearborn Municipal Park,
which will sit on approximately 10 acres of land
west of the North Platte School football field,
will feature a regulation baseball diamond, basketball
court, soccer field, concession stand, picnic benches,
playground equipment and an extended parking lot
that will be utilized by the park and the school
district. Across the street from the park, located
on approximately six acres, the city is also in
the process of developing the walking trail and
a open recreational area for residents.
When Platte County did a survey
(for their parks and recreation system), they spoke
of having little jewels in a necklace. The idea
was to connect the Platte County parks system through
a walking trail, said Dearborn alderman Gary
Bomar. We chuckled a little bit when the subject
of our jewel came up because it was a little less
than a jewel. But it has become a real jewel.
County grant money is helping considerably
to fund both the park and walking trail projects.
Bomar said the citys intent is to have the
parks ballfield operations for spring baseball
for the high school and for summer city league baseball.
The basketball court, the walking trail and the
other amenities are planning to be completed as
resources become available. However, Bomar hopes
the walking trail will be available for use by next
Another highlight in the City of
Dearborn that will soon be recognized is a promise
that was made during last falls election campaign.
One of the key election promises
was to repair the south side of Third Street in
the downtown area, said Bomar. Right
now its very difficult for seniors to access
the area and water runoff for the area has become
a big issue affecting businesses.
While curb and sidewalks are already
in place, Bomar said the city will be installing
a handicap ramp, along with installing a culvert
underneath for stormwater run-off, which is expected
to be complete in October.
These improvements will make
it substantially easier for all of the citizens
of Dearborn to have access to the post office,
According to Bomar, the city has
also started to address the need of keeping its
community clean and tidy. One way the city began
to address the issue was by implementing a new ordinance
regarding weed control and home maintenance by the
residents of Dearborn.
Literally we had to start
over from scratch in regards to cleaning up Dearborn
with the writing of this new ordinance, said
Now the entire board of aldermen
is the commission for that ordinance. The board
appoints inspectors for each individual case so
now its not one specific board member responsible
for ticking someone off. They bring their findings
back to the board and we take their recommendation
and decide what to do. It takes the burden off of
one person's shoulders and puts it on the entire
board, where it should be.
Bomar added, If they (the
residents) see positive, forward-thinking by the
board whos interested in cleanliness and tidiness,
then theyll be willing to jump on board. Its
a direct reflection that they know that were
dedicated to doing this and that the board in place
now is interested in keeping Dearborn clean, tidy
and nice for anyone who wants to come in and take
a look at us.
Bomar said that the city is also
working to finalize an agreement which will help
create another jewel for the community.
We are currently in the process
of selling off the former Dearborn City Park. The
purchaser of the land has the intention to form
a single family housing development and has brought
us plans and we have signed off on the plans with
certain stipulations, stated Bomar.
The sale of the land will not only
benefit the city with additional development but
will also bring benefits to the current residents
The money from the sale will
help reduce the debt of having to bring in water
from Kansas City thereby keeping us able to maintain
a consistent water cost for citizens, said
This promises to be another
jewel in Dearborns crown. The development
will help bring people to Dearborn, he added.
Theres an outstanding number of people
driving between St. Joe and Kansas City each day.
As time goes along people are going to look for
somewhere to go in the middle. Were hoping
to attract those people that either live in Kansas
City or in St. Joe.
Bomar anticipates that the developer
will be closing on the property within a few days.
If I were one of those traveling
back and forth from St. Joe to Kansas City and drove
into Dearborn within the next six months and saw
all the things going on I would feel like the town
is progressing and would want to move into a town
whose leadership has an eye on the future,
For Bomar its important for
everyone to understand that these accomplishments
that Dearborn will be experiencing wouldnt
have been possible without the help of city officials.
This board is dedicated to
seeing that this happens on their watch and they
want to make sure these things are available and
usable on their watch. Its the dedication
of the people involved-like employees, the board
and citizens-all in concert for one common good
and thats for the community of Dearborn,