County acquires 80-acres
of land for parks usage
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
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
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
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.