Thursday, January 27, 2022

A Swing and a Miss: After Resident Backlash, Parkville Pauses Plan to Build Multipurpose Fields in Platte Landing Park

The athletic fields in Parkville’s Platte Landing Park have seen better days. Faded lines and dry grass mark the spaces meant to be used as venues for baseball, soccer and other sports for youths and their families. A lack of upkeep and their small size has resulted in the fields attracting few visitors. Instead of restoring them, the city of Parkville is pushing to approve construction of four new sports fields in the same area,...

Parkville Board Gives Preliminary Approval to Sewer Increase

With mayor Nan Johnston absent and about half the board and much of city staff attending remotely, the Parkville Board of Aldermen met last week. Board president Marc Sportsman began the meeting with a tribute to Alan Shank, the city’s director of operations for public works, who died recently after 35 years of service. Sportsman called for a moment of silence for Shank, his service, and his family. The board gave preliminary approval to a...

Dry Ground and Unmet Promises: Parkville’s Wetlands Project Is Dead in the Water

A wide expanse of plastic netting sits partially buried by dirt and vegetation in Parkville’s Platte Landing Park. Intended as the base of an ongoing wetlands restoration project, the netting has instead become an expensive — and dangerous — nuisance. The City of Parkville in 2017 signed an agreement to participate in a restoration project with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. Known as an “1135 project,” named for a section of the federal Water...

Parkville Board of Aldermen Punts Appointment Back to Ethics Commission

The Parkville Board of Aldermen appointed one resident to the city’s ethics commission just before Christmas. At the Tuesday, Dec. 21 regular board meeting, mayor Nan Johnston excused herself from the meeting before the formal agenda began, stating she had a headache. The meeting was turned over to board president Marc Sportsman. According to city clerk Melissa McChesney, the ethics commission met Dec. 15 and recommended one candidate to represent Ward 4 and two possibilities...

Parkville Seeks Additional Input on Park Projects

After months of public criticism, the City of Parkville is taking a step back in its plans for Platte Landing Park. At a meeting of the Parkville Board of Aldermen held Tuesday, Dec. 7, alderman Brian Whitley suggested the city “de-escalate” the situation by backing away from placing a line item setting aside up to $2 million for Platte Landing Park community fields on the 2022 proposed city budget. Whitley suggested replacing the community field...

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