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City begins search for new administrator

by Alan McArthur
Landmark reporter

Parkville city officials on Tuesday night discussed options to find a new city administrator after the resignation of Joe Turner, which takes effect Friday, April 18.

During a special work session before the meeting, officials discussed the way to find a new administrator and how to temporarily fill the position.

The board decided to create a committee to find the best recruiting firm to help the board hire a new administrator. The committee will be made up of aldermen Deborah Butcher, Jim Brooks, Dave McCoy, and Gerry Richardson, mayor.

According to Richardson, the same committee may later work with the recruiting firm to narrow down applicants for the position.

To temporarily fill the position, the board of aldermen decided to appoint Sean Ackerson to be the acting city administrator. Ackerson is currently the community development director and will share certain duties with Dan Koch, projects manager.

The city may hire a temporary consulting firm to assist Ackerson with some aspects of the community development job.

Turner resigned in order to take a position as city manager at Fort Scott, Kan. beginning Monday, April 21.

The board also heard a report from MoDOT on the planned widening of Highway 45.

According to Randy Johnson, MoDOT program manager, the project is scheduled to begin construction in the summer of 2010 with a target completion within two years.

The project will make the highway four lanes wide with a grassy median and improved intersections. The improvements are designed to improve safety along the roadway.

“The grades will be similar to what they are today,” said Johnson. “We will knock down some hills and improve sight distances.”

Johnson said MoDOT has budgeted $28 million for construction on the project, which had an initial cost of $62 million.

There will also be an open house on Thursday, April 17 from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. The open house will be held at the Platte County Community Center South next to city hall.

The city also signed an agreement with CivicPlus Content Management System to redesign the city's website. The city will pay $10,400 for the designing and $4,800 in an annual fee for support.

The one year agreement will provide citizens access to searchable directories, online forms, bid postings, local business resources, alerts and emergency assistance information, minutes, agendas, fiscal and other timely documents, and customizable calendars.


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