March 31, 2005
Agreement on a long range energy plan between Kansas City Power and Light and state regulatory staffs appears to give tentative approval for construction of a new coal-fired power plant at Iatan in Platte County. That was the word Tuesday from officials with Kansas City Power and Light. KCP&L has filed an agreement recommending the approval and implementation of a long-term energy plan with the Missouri Public Service Commission.
In what some observers might consider the most heavily contested race in recent Platte County R-3 School District history, seven candidates have filed to fill three open seats. On the ballot are Carey Rolofson, Lee Ann Fadler, Patricia Stinnett, Jeff Hayes, Dave Holland, Mark Cooper and Mike McMillian.
After more than a decade of serving in Platte City, Postmaster Mike Barnes has decided to enter into early retirement. According to Barnes, he had originally planned to work another three and a half years. That was until the United States Postal Service offered its postmasters a chance at early retirement. “I’m one of 1,200 that took the voluntary retirement,” Barnes said.
For the second time in his last two elections, a veteran Platte City alderman will face a challenge from a write-in candidate when incumbent Jim Palmer tries to hold off the write-in effort of challenger Ray Doescher next Tuesday. “Taking care of people. You’ve got to take care of the people and the city, that’s your obligation,” Palmer said about his role as alderman.