Platte City will have a new city administrator beginning Sept. 1. The board of aldermen voted 6-0 to hire Jason Metten, current city administrator for Hawarden, Iowa. Metten accepted the position with an annual salary of $75,000, which is more than the nearly $69,000 he was making at his previous job. Keith Moody, recently fired city administrator, was making around $73,000. The new administrator will also receive an automobile allowance of $250 per month and be reimbursed up to $3,000 for moving expenses to the Platte City area.
The Platte City Board of Aldermen Tuesday night gave preliminary approval to new objectives for fiscal year 2009. One of the largest changes represented in objectives is a proposal to change the days worked by city employees from five days per week to four. The objective would have employees work four 10-hour days to save on the use of gasoline and diesel. The objective would also allow city employees to be available during evening hours for citizens. Estimated cost savings fo the proposal is nearly $12,500 in fuel and utilities in the next year, city officials said.
Debbie Dance-Uhrig, a local teacher who has penned a cooking/recipe column for The Landmark, is making a career move. She has accepted a job as director/teacher of the new Culinary and Crafts School located inside Silver Dollar City near Branson.