Platte City does not automatically
plan to extend or increase the selection of utilities
nor the accessibility of them to the county areas
on the citys list of proposed annexation
areas. The issue will be voted on by local voters
The city utility franchise
does not control utilities but we permit them
to operate in the area, Platte City administrator
Keith Moody said on Monday at the citys
quarterly managers meeting, at city hall.
Representatives from Sprint, Platte-Clay
Electric, Time Warner able, Aquila, Unite, Public
Water Supply District No. 4, Empire Gas and Timber
Creek Sewer Company were all present at the meeting.
Platte City Mayor Dave Brooks
also attended. Brooks, a stickler about telling
people to turn their cell phones off or to silent
mode at all city meetings, was briefly distracted
toward the end of the meeting when his cell phone
began ringing. Brooks turned his phone to silent
without answering it.
Moody and the citys annexation
consultant, Rich Caplan, and the city special
annexation counsel, attorney Joann Ellsworth,
of Williams & Campo PC, all sought in their
own words to convey the fact that Platte Citys
intent to involuntarily annex about 6,500 acres
of Platte County will not give the residents in
those areas special hope that they will then receive
utilities or other brands of utilities that arent
currently offered in their area.
City services, like police protection,
for example, will be offered to those areas, Caplan
Utilities extensions will
occur as part of a natural process, said
attorney Joann Ellsworth. Utilities extensions
occur naturally at the discretion of the utilities
provider. Even within the current city limits,
the utilities are handled the same way.
In the citys plan
of intent (to involuntarily annex), the city will
address every utility, Caplan said.
We expect that you utilities
will act as horse-traders with the property owners
and property developers and among yourselves,
The proposed annexation areas
would almost quadruple the size in acres of Platte
Though city officials and consultant
Caplan and attorney Ellsworth are still unsure
about how much Platte Citys population would
increase, the population increase would be significant.
The current city population is almost 5,300.
Caplan began his annexation update
by clearing the air, so to speak.
The city understands the
politics of the situation and that some people
dont want to be part of the city,
Caplan then explained that this
city annexation attempt is involuntary, the residents
in the proposed annexed areas are not asking the
city to annex them, as frequently occurs, Caplan
Caplan is currently working with
Liberty, Raymore and Parkville with their proposed
Moody and Caplan handed out color
maps showing the two large proposed annexation
In a perfect world, the
city would to see uniform boundaries. Thats
the intent, Caplan said.
The cities two proposed annexation
areas, called A and B,
are very gerrymandered and dont appear to
conform to any natural boundaries except the Platte
River and the current Platte City limits, in various
Whether you live inside
Platte City or outside the city, people consider
it Platte City. Their children go
to school there, they receive their mail there.
Theres a great identity there. There are
a lot of challenges for cities that have islands
of incorporated and unincorporated areas,
Caplan seemed to tell the managers
and utilities people that the islands
of currently developed areas that the city does
not seek to annex have been left off for the residents
Those are people not actively
subdividing their property and are content to
be in the county, Caplan said.
Both Caplan and Moody reiterated
that the city will hold a public hearing in August
about the annexation questions.
At the public hearing, if
there are reasons made known that some parcels
should be excluded or other parcels included,
after the hearing, the board of aldermen will
look at those, Caplan said.
Caplan explained that as part
of the involuntary nature of this
annexation attempt, results of the election, if
the numbers support, will be taken to Platte County
Circuit Court to have a judge order the annexation.
One man in the audience asked
Caplan, Ellsworth and Moody what government body
will maintain the roads whose centerlines serve
as a boundary for the city limits in the proposed
Youre going into some
fine details. Thats why we want to have
these meetings, to work them out, attorney