April 14, 2005
Platte County has filed legal action attempting to recover money paid to two former county commissioners in a salary increase that was later deemed unconstitutional by the Missouri Supreme Court. Separate suits listing former commissioners Michael Short and Diza Eskridge as defendants were filed in Platte County Circuit Court Wednesday morning by special legal counsel Charlie Dickman. The petition for damages seeks the return of $19,763.50 paid to both Eskridge and Short between Jan. 1, 1999 and Dec. 31, 2000. That’s the period of time in which both received a mid-term pay raise. The state Supreme Court in 2001, in a decision on a case in Laclede County, ruled such mid-term raises as unconstitutional and ruled all action taken as invalid.
Platte City residents will no longer have to drive to Barry Road or St. Joseph for immediate medical care. Tuesday night’s board of alderman brought the announcement by Heartland Health clinic administrator Steve McCamy that Platte City will be the home of a medical clinic by the end of the year. “The goal is to bring internal medicine and pediatrics,” to a location off Running Horse Road, he said. The facility will start out with three primary care physicians, with the capabilities to expand to six physicians.
Louis Buntin and Gary Bomar were sworn in as new aldermen at the City of Dearborn on Monday night in front of a standing-room only crowd at City Hall. Voter turnout in last week’s election was 44%.