Parkvilles Board of Aldermen
extended its unanimous support to a resolution to
join with other nearby municipalities and unincorporated
areas of Platte County to form the Southern Platte
County Ambulance District at its meeting on Tuesday
The city was enthusiastic following
the vote, as addressing inadequacies with its current
provider has been a high priority for the board
and Mayor Kathryn Dusenbery.
Ill be very happy to
sign this resolution, Dusenbery exclaimed.
The newly-proposed district was
offered as a means to improve emergency services
to the city, including lowering response times and
providing more dedicated ambulances within the districts
boundaries. The formation of the district will afford
participating localities more leverage in negotiations
with their current emergency provider, the Metropolitan
Ambulatory Services Trust (MAST).
If approved, the district will be
funded through a dedicated property tax, which requires
approval by a majority of voters within the districts
boundaries. It will be governed by a board of directors
and will provide the participating localities with
the ability to appoint a representative to MASTs
Weatherby Lake and Houston Lake
already approved the districts formation.
Dusenbery told The Landmark that the participating
localities and the amount of the tax hike, which
should be nominal, is still undetermined.
The districts board will be
empowered to enter into a contract with a provider.
The city previously entertained proposals from alternative
service providers. Dusenbery, however, believes
that the district will retain MASTs services.
She reported that the new director of the Trust
indicated that he is not interested in negotiating
with individual municipalities and will only enter
discussions with the district.
A petition drive has already been
started. Dusenbery expects to have enough signatures
by Thanksgiving to ensure the measure a spot on
next Aprils ballot.
Alderman Dave Rittman has repeatedly
voiced his discontent with MAST because of its response
times and lack of presence within the community.
Meanwhile, while he expressed his personal approval
to the resolution, Rittman abstained from voting.
His chairmanship of the Platte County Tax Equalization
Board presented a possible conflict in consideration
of recent findings by the Missouri Ethics Commission.
He opted to act with discretion, as the proposed
board would be a taxing entity and he was unable
to consult with the city attorney prior to the vote.
Dusenbery was able to witness the
rebuilding of the Gulf Coast first-hand as she visited
Ocean Springs, Mississippi this past weekend. Parkville
adopted the sister city after it was leveled by
I have a great admiration
for their city and their mayor, Dusenbery
After meeting with some of the top
city planners and architects in the world who were
on hand for the rebuilding, she reported that Parkville
remains ahead of future trends for suburban cities.
The National Volvo Association presented
the city with a $500 check for the citys relief
effort. The monies were collected at a recent community
event that was held in the city.