Platte City alderman George McClintock
likely surprised many in a packed house at city
hall Tuesday evening with a motion that delays
a decision on whether to place proposed annexation
issues on the November election ballot.
McClintock made the motion to
suspend discussion on the annexation topics and
scheduled a special aldermen annexation meeting
for Monday, Aug. 28, at 5:30 p.m. at city hall.
Since the public hearing
(last week), we have had issues come up regarding
the public utilities in the annexation areas,
McClintock said. I move that we postpone
discussion on the four annexation issues tonight
and resume the discussion at a special annexation
Next Monday is a significant day
because the deadline for placing issues on the
November ballot is next Tuesday.
Later in Tuesday's meeting, Mayor
Dave Brooks made a special effort to alleviate
the publics concern that the board of aldermen
and its attorney were using gamesmanship with
Tuesdays scheduling in order to discourage
public comment about the citys proposed
I hope everyone understands
the changes we had to make in the meeting this
evening. We had to make sure all the aldermen
had time to get here. Were doing the things
the way were supposed to be doing them and
keeping everyones feelings in mind,
The Platte City aldermens
normal schedule had already been deviated from
on Tuesday. The aldermen, who normally begin their
bi-weekly meetings at 5:30 p.m., had a vastly
different agenda for Tuesdays meeting.
First on Tuesdays schedule
was a public hearing on the citys annual
tax rate. There were no public comments.
Then the aldermen, their annexation
consultant, Rich Caplan, and their annexation
attorney, Chris Williams, adjourned into closed
executive session to engage in confidential
or privileged communications between the board
of aldermen and its attorney.
The meeting agenda had this note:
The executive session is estimated to last
one hour. The board will not reconvene to continue
their regular scheduled meeting until 6:45 p.m.
At about 6:55 p.m., the aldermen
reconvened in public session and McClintock made
The aldermen then discussed the
remaining four action items after the annexation
items had been removed from the agenda on McClintocks
motion, which the aldermen agreed to by a 6-0
In discussion, action and business,
Heard a reminder from Brooks that this Saturday,
Aug. 26, the city will sweep all Platte City streets.
No one should park any vehicles on any streets
beginning in the very early morning hours on Saturday.
All cars should be removed from the street. The
street sweeping is in preparation for the Harley-Davidson
Rally scheduled Sept. 8-9.
Voted 6-0 to authorize the citys purchase
of a new rear-loading trash truck.
Voted 6-0 to approve an ordinance setting
the citys annual tax rate levy.
Voted 6-0 to approve an amended 2006 city
budget which increases the citys surplus
by $214,000, said city manager Keith Moody.
Voted 6-0 to approve an ordinance writing
city service charges into the Platte City municipal