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Pace of road work
too slow for city

by Alan McArthur
Landmark reporter

Frustration with delays on road improvements in the Platte Valley Plaza was a topic of discussion for the Platte City Public Works subcommittee Monday evening.

Aaron Jung, committee chairman, said he was concerned with the amount of time the project has taken so far.

The project includes adding turn lanes and installing stop lights at Running Horse and Platte Falls Roads and another stoplight at Kentucky Avenue along 92 Highway.

“At first we were told it would be done at the end of April, and now it's June,” said Jung.

Jason Metten, city administrator, reminded them that the original contract for the improvements was signed in March 2008.

Leonard Hendricks, public works director, said part of the problem is that the work is being done by subcontractors and there is not a general contractor in charge.

“That sounds like a recipe book for excuses,” said Andy Stanton, committee member.

Metten said the Transportation Development District board needs to “crack the whip harder” for the contractors to get them working.

Jung said he hopes to receive a hard schedule for the completion of the project.

“We at least can let the community know we are working on it and pushing as hard as we can to get it completed,” said Jung.

The committee also heard from some citizens about a proposed charity ride and drive for Cody Giese. Giese was in a motorcycle accident with a Central Platte Fire vehicle.

The citizens hope to hold the event on June 20 starting and ending at Tanner's Bar and Grill in Platte City. They asked the committee to consider allowing parking along Higgins Road to allow more people to attend.

Currently there is no parking allowed along either side of Higgins Road.

The committee decided to let the public safety subcommittee make a recommendation to the full board of aldermen.

The committee also announced the city will have a special meeting on Wednesday, June 17 at 5:30 p.m. to discuss the proposed sewer improvements east of Interstate 29. The meeting will be at city hall in Platte City.

The committee recommended to the board of aldermen to expand the city's recycling program.
Currently the city will only accept plastics numbered 1 and 2 however the city could expand the program to accept 1 through 7.

The board is scheduled to make a decision on the issue at their meeting on Tuesday, June 9 at 7 p.m.



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