It didn't take long for involuntary
annexation to come back to the forefront of discussion
for the Platte City Board of Aldermen.
The board is primed to reintroduce
another annexation proposal, this one remarkably
similar geographically to the one that was just
pulled off the November ballot as a result of
a settlement in a lawsuit that alleged the city
violated the state's open meetings law when it
held the first reading on its annexation ordinances
on June 7.
The newest proposal--set to be
approved by the aldermen at a special meeting
to be held Wednesday at 7 p.m., past deadline
for this issue of The Landmark--contains roughly
4,900 acres, compared to about 6,500 acres under
the previous proposal.
Changes of significance in the
targeted areas this time around are the deletion
of land owned by the Missouri Department of Conservation
north and east of the city and a couple of private
properties in that same area that will not be
able to be annexed by the city because without
the conservation ground, those private areas no
longer meet the contiguous requirement.
In addition, those private properties,
including land tracts owned by Stinnett Construction
and by McKay and Kathy Perry, are in the process
of being annexed in a friendly manner by the City
of Tracy. The Perry property is a prime spot for
commercial development near Interstate 29 at the
Also, Platte City's new plan adds
about 100 acres in what has been known as Area
A of the former proposal. Those 100 acres are
at the southwest corner of NW 136th St and Hwy.
N, Moody said, involving property owned by Gary
Hanman and Jim Plunkett, just south of the current
The proposed schedule is to put
the annexation issues on the February ballot.
A public hearing on the proposed
annexation is scheduled for Tuesday, Nov. 14 at
the Platte City Civic Center. City administrator
Keith Moody said a new plan of intent will need
to be developed and made public, and it will include
much the same information as the previous plan.
The plan would need to be approved
by a majority of the citizens of Platte City and
those residing in the proposed annexation area
along Interstate 29 near Tracy.
At a regular meeting of the aldermen
Tuesday night, the new annexation resolutions
and ordinances were listed on the agenda but were
pulled at the last minute. Moody said the last-minute
postponement was due to an error in the legal
description of property targeted for annexation.
"A legal description attached
to the ordinance is not correct," Moody told
The Landmark immediately after Tuesday's postponement.
Aldermen moved to set the special
meeting at 7 p.m. Wednesday, after posting the
agenda for 24 hours per the Missouri Sunshine
Platte City's previous proposal
drew fierce opposition from many landowners and
developers, prior to it being withdrawn as a result
of the Sunshine lawsuit settlement. Platte City
paid more than $12,000 to the attorneys for the
plaintiff as part of the settlement of that lawsuit
in addition to agreeing to pull the issues off
the November ballot.