want site plan for fire training facility
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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 citys 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 were putting the cart before the
horse, Dave (Brooks), said alderman George McClintock.
I think we need to have a plan and we dont
have a plan, we have a request. Why dont 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 dont 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
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