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County acquires 80-acres
of land for parks usage

by Kim Fickett
Landmark reporter

The Platte County Commission on Monday acquired 80 acres of land in eastern Platte County for parks development.

The site, which is located west of Hwy. 169 and Metro North Mall in Platte County, is comprised of two 40-acres of property.

Forty acres of the land was previously owned by the Clay/Platte Baseball League, which will be designated as the Clay/Platte Sports Complex Project. The project will include existing baseball fields and four new softball fields. Funds will be allocated from the 2002 county budget to develop the softball fields, as well as safety improvements to satisfy the county's insurance requirements.
The Clay/Platte Baseball Association will operate and maintain the acres designated as athletic fields. Cost of the land was $107,477.

The adjoining 40-acres of land, which cost $180,000, will be set aside for additional parks development. The land was previously owned by William Mann.

Acquisition of the land was possible by using the parks and recreation half cents sales tax, which is designated for parks projects in Platte County.

In other action, the auditor's office asked the commission to approve budget amendments to the 2001 budget. According to Sandra Thomas, county auditor, the amendments included a transfer from the general revenue fund to the capital improvements fund for capital improvements that will be made in the future, as well as smaller funds that needed to be cleaned up before the end of the year due to overages in those funds.

"We ended up under projections for the budget year 2001," said Thomas.

Commissioners also approved the sales of bonds to fund a bridge at Hwy. 152. The overpass is being built by a KCI Corridor TIF (Tax Increment Financing) Agreement between Platte County, the City of Kansas City and the county commission.

The commission also approved a rezoning request by Bill Estes to rezone 9.03 acres from PI (Planned Industrial) to CH (Highway Commercial) for a temporary propane distribution business. The property is located on the north side of HH Highway.

The commercial cleaning bid award was given to D&B Service for a trial six-month period that began Jan. 1 and will expire on July 1. The bid price was for $6,300 per month for the commercial cleaning.