Tuesday, December 7, 2021

Alderman’s Landmark Obsession Costing Parkville Taxpayers

Dave Rittman, Parkville alderman, is kind of a quirky dude. I know him a little bit but not well. I used to run into him quite often at local First Friday political gatherings about 15-20 years ago. At that time he was working in the business side of a car dealership, which may or may not explain some things. Rittman may be retired now, not sure, it’s not like I’m up to date on his...

Attorney General Investigating Parkville

Another Sunshine Law Complaint Prompts a State Review The Missouri Attorney General’s Office is once again investigating the City of Parkville’s actions in regard to Sunshine Law matters. On Friday, Nov. 12, the City of Parkville was informed by the office of Eric Schmitt, Missouri Attorney General, that the attorney general’s office has received a complaint of a Sunshine Law violation and “the purpose of this correspondence is to inform you that the attorney general’s...

Parolin, Butcher Step Down From Ethics Commission

Chairman Says ‘at a Standstill Till We Get Two More Members’ A Parkville commission, charged with investigating complaints about city officials, met last week to consider an eight-page citizen document, asking for Mayor Nan Johnston’s removal from office. The commission, which meets only when a complaint is filed, had not met in 13 years. Commissioners will make a recommendation to the board of aldermen, who will decide if the mayor will serve the remainder of...

Lack of Trust in City Officials

To the Parkville Board of Alderman, Parkville Staff and Mayor Nan Johnston: The resounding no vote against the use tax must have been seen as a particularly disappointing outcome for the aldermen, staff and mayor. The purpose of this email is to let you know why my husband and I voted no for this use tax. It was a vote of protest, reflecting our loss of trust in the staff, mayor, and board of aldermen....

Three Questions for Mayor, Aldermen

EDITOR: Three questions every Parkville citizen should ask the mayor and aldermen with regard to the proposed sports complex at Platte Landing Park. 1. Will the citizens of Parkville be given the opportunity to vote as to whether or not they want a multi-million dollar sports complex built in the Platte Landing Park. (Note: Don’t fall for their line that this was voted on by the public on April 2, 2019. On that ballot there...

Ethics Process off to a Bumpy Start

Another unsolicited, unpaid Between the Lines endorsement: It’s hard to go wrong with most barbecue places in and around KC, but my favorite combination of food and atmosphere has become the Jack Stack Barbecue in the converted historic Freight House in the Crossroads Art District. With its 25-foot ceilings, a fireplace lounge, and great food it’s hard to beat. All the reignited talk about the downtown Parkville speakeasy seems a good time to plug our...