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City hires financial advisor; elected officials to get raises
Parkville's leaders vote to increase salaries next term

by Bill O'Malley
Landmark reporter

Parkville’s Board of Aldermen Tuesday night unanimously approved an ordinance with Oppenheimer & Co, Inc. to contract the management firm to serve as the city’s financial advisor for its lease purchase of the new city hall to be located in Parkville Commons.

The agreement proposes to save the City of Parkville an estimated $679,000 in interest over the course of the 20-year agreement.

City Administrator Joe Turner recommended passage of the contract ordinance as he touted the wide-ranging benefits that the city would receive from the agreement.

Oppenheimer will serve as an independent advisor to the city to protect its interests and assist with the issuance of tax exempt certificates, which includes securing the optimal interest rate on the certificates of participation and negotiating lower fees.

Former Platte County Commissioner Michael Short attended as Oppenheimer’s representative. He is a vice president with the company. Alderman Dave Rittman thanked Short for his assistance as the city embarks on the huge undertaking.

“Thank you for your efforts on [what is] really the beginning of something very special,” Rittman said.

The city unanimously passed its 2006 general fund budget and salary ordinance. The salary ordinance included a four percent increase over last year’s level. The increase was allocated based on performance and position, consistent with the city's compensation plan that was adopted earlier this year.

A separate ordinance was approved to increase the compensation received by elected officials. The mayor and municipal judge will each receive $13,200 per year, which reflects an increase of $100 per month over the 2004 level. Aldermen will also individually receive an additional $100 per month to raise individual salaries to $400 per month.

No salary increase for any elected official will become effective until after the current term, pursuant to Missouri law.

In other business, the board accepted the resignation of former mayor Bill Quitmeier from the Planning and Zoning Commission. Mayor Kathy Dusenbery and Rittman both expressed regret in accepting Quitmeier's resignation after his many years of public service to the city.

It appears that Quitmeier tendered his resignation rather than face the prospect of removal under the city’s newly adopted attendance requirement. City sources confirmed that he has missed three commission meetings without prior notice since the city adopted its attendance policy this summer as part of its review of its ethics ordinances. Three unexcused absences require a determination by the board of aldermen.

Gary Stumbo, who left the commission in July, was reappointed to fill the remainder of Quitmeier's term. His reappointment was not approved at the time as the board was forced to reassess the equitable apportionment of the commission’s members throughout the city’s four wards.

“There was kind of an awkwardness when [Gary] fell off,” Mayor Kathryn Dusenbery said. “I really would like to reappoint him.”

Pam Edwards also resigned this week from the Community Land and Recreation Committee.

Public Works Director Jeff Rupp indicated that she resigned after her husband accepted a transfer to Oregon.

“It’s going to be a hard void to fill cause she really did a lot of work for us,” Ruff said.

“Hats off to her,” he added.

After some "who’s who" confusion over the McCall brothers, the board unanimously approved Dusenbery’s nomination of Jim McCall to fill the unexpired term.

Joe Richey joined the scouting ritual at Parkville City Hall, as he addressed the board for credit towards his Citizenship in the Community Merit Badge. The First Class Scout is a member of Troop 314.


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