arkville Mayor Kathy Dusenbery attempted to refute accusations the city is illegally conducting railroad discussions behind closed doors. “We did hold an executive session upstairs and it had nothing to do with the second rail line or Burlington Northern. We are in the midst of discussing a lot of different things. We do everything by the Sunshine Laws,” Dusenbery said to open a public session Tuesday night. Some Parkville residents had voiced their opinion that city officials were inappropriately holding discussions behind closed doors about the railroad. No officials railroad decision has been announced. BNSF intends to add a second rail line in downtown Parkville and options of proposed track locations for the second track are being reviewed.
In response to an ultimatum from the Platte County commissioners last Monday, county auditor Sandra Thomas has agreed to fund a salary deficit in her office out of her own pocket.
A desire to swap a city parcel of land that it has rented to alderman Bill Knighton for about 10 years for a token amount of money for a smaller piece owned by Knighton triggered a heated reaction from two aldermen promoting the deal. “Bull—-!,” a visibly angry, red-in-the-face alderman Jim Palmer said in response to alderman Aaron Jung’s comment that he believes Knighton should have to pay for the difference in the appraised values of the two properties that could be swapped.