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Aldermen want site plan for fire training facility
And police chief corrects mayor on crowd estimates

by Kim Fickett
Landmark reporter

Amajority of the Platte City Board of Aldermen agreed that the Central Platte Fire Department (CPFD) must develop and submit a plan for their proposed fire training facility before aldermen will consider passing a resolution in favor of the idea.

The CPFD, which had approached the city with an idea to construct a burn tower at Riverview Park two months ago, is now being asked by the board to follow the requirements of anyone else and submit a plan to the city’s planning and zoning office before they pursue the matter further.

The plan in question is an approximately $300,000 training facility that would be a 24' by 50' all-metal structure that would enable firefighters to practice fire and rescue drills without leaving their community. CPFD would fund the construction of the unit through its 33 cents tax levy which generates about $350,000 per year.

“I think we’re putting the cart before the horse, Dave (Brooks),” said alderman George McClintock. “I think we need to have a plan and we don’t have a plan, we have a request. Why don’t they follow the rules and develop a plan and talk to planning and zoning and then we can take it from there.”

Alderman Lee Roy Van Lew agreed with McClintock. “We need a site plan. We don’t have a plan for the footings or anything,” he stated.

“If they want it then they need to go through the correct motions,” said McClintock.

Besides the lack of a site plan for the proposed burn tower, aldermen raised other concerns during the meeting.

Alderman Billy Knighton said a few of his concerns were the lack of water supply and hydrants in the proposed area at Riverview Park. Parks and Rec Director Dannie Stamper confirmed that there was only one hydrant at the site.

Knighton said he also learned that the department has to have state- certified safety crews at each training episode and was concerned with the availability of state certified crews and costs that would incur from needing those crews.


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