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Mayor urges caution;
board okays Plaza plat

by Shana Haines
Landmark reporter

News spread rapidly Tuesday of confirmation of West Nile Virus in Platte County. With this in mind, Platte City Mayor Dave Brooks advised citizens during Tuesday's Board of Aldermen meeting to be cautious.

"We need to be aware of any standing water in the area," Brooks said.

Brooks added he had informed Platte City Police Department to be on the lookout for standing water or other areas which could be a breeding ground for mosquitoes.

In other items discussed at the meeting, aldermen approved an ordinance allowing the eighth final plat of Platte Valley Plaza and the replot of lot three, first final plat of Platte Valley Plaza.

The area is the proposed site of Eckerds, which will relocate from its current spot in the High Point Shopping Center.

The preliminary plat was initially approved in May of 1996. The first revision was approved in August of 1997. The second revision was approved in May of 1998. A third revision was approved on Jan. 5, 1999, and a fourth revision of the plat was approved on May 4, 1999.

The final plat, which includes lot two, has never been final platted and a re-plat of lot three, which was originally plated during the first final plat dated May 1996.

Half of the original lot three will be left for later development.

All previous phases of Platte Valley Plaza have been final platted and public improvements completed by the developer and accepted by the city.

Completion of each preceding phase is required before the start of a succeeding phase.

A resolution appointing Susan Wallen to the park and recreation board was approved by the board.

Wallen's term will expire April 2003.

Wallen's husband, Chris, is already a member of the parks and recreation board.

"They are both willing to dedicate themselves to the board," Brooks said. "I think they are going to do a really good job."

When the city made improvements at the Civic Center, nearby property owned by Tom and Beth Taulbee was affected. Aldermen approved to enter into an agreement with the Taulbees to allow the city to make repairs to the couple's property.

Cost for the repairs will total approximately $2,365.

The city will employ Platte Valley Construction, LLC to remove an approximate 45-foot stone wall and replace it for the cost of $1,400; dig the south side of the pool and replace the geogrid with a screen rock 4-inches thick for the cost of $510; and deliver and place 15 yards of topsoil, seed and straw for the cost of $455.

The work is set to begin on or about Aug. 15.

Also during the meeting Mayor Brooks announced Tom Wooddell will serve as the city's new building inspector /code enforcement officer.

Due to scheduling conflicts, the next regular scheduled board meeting is Sept. 3.