Notice! This Thursday (January 28) a portion of the south trail at the Sullivan Nature Sanctuary (next to Platte Landing Park) will be closed for a prescribed burn from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. The primary reason for the prescribed burn is to get rid of the trees that were removed from the sanctuary in December.
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Missouri American Water has filed with the Missouri Public Service Commission (PSC) for a 19.63% rate increase to the base rates for both its water and wastewater customers. The 19.63% increase is somewhat misleading as Parkville does not contract through Missouri American Water for wastewater treatment and a large part of the increase is due to the sewer operations managed by Missouri American Water.
Presently, our district is charged at a rate needed to operate the Parkville facility. Part of Missouri American Water’s proposal includes the consolidation of Mexico and Jefferson City into Platte County. If the PSC approves this regional consolidation of rates, the average water customer in Platte County could see a reduction -9.64% or about $6.00 per month. It is unknown how the rate commission will rule, but there was a similar consolidation approved recently in the Branson area.
A public hearing is scheduled on February 1, 2016, at Riverside City Hall, 2950 W. Vivion Road. A question and answer session will begin at 11:00 a.m. followed by public testimony at 12:00 p.m. We encourage residents to attend the hearing so the rate commission understands the impact on our residents if the consolidation is not approved. We understand the time is difficult for many of our residents wishing to attend the hearing; however, the time, date and location for the hearing was determined by the PSC. Residents unable to attend the public hearing are encouraged to send comments in writing via the PSC website http://psc.mo.gov/ to support a regional consolidation of water rates.
We will keep the public informed should any additional information regarding the rate hearing become available.
Part-Time Public Works Department Assistant
Closing date: Open until filled
Department: Public Works
Supervisor: Public Works Director
FLSA Status: Non-Exempt/Hourly
Pay Grade: $13.25/hour
Schedule: 25 hours per week scheduled between 8:00 am – 5:00 pm, Monday – Friday, with hours outside these times as needed. Evening meeting the second Wednesday of each month and others as needed.
General statement of main duties: The Department Assistant serves as the primary customer service contact for the Public Works Department (the department). The Department Assistant provides primary clerical and administrative assistance to the Public Works Director (department director), including answering phones, processing department mail, filing, processing various permits and licenses, coordinating department meetings and assisting with public correspondence, webpage maintenance and social media, research, reports, document preparation, and other similar duties as assigned. The Department Assistant prepares agendas, packets and other materials for meetings of the Community Land and Recreation Board and maintains minutes of business conducted. The Department Assistant will also help maintain official records. The Department Assistant will be cross-trained to temporarily fill the role of City Clerk in the absence of the Clerk and to assist with duties as assigned and may assist other departments as assigned. Experience in contract preparation and administration is preferred.
Minimum Qualifications: The Department Assistant shall have a high school diploma, or equivalent, with experience in Microsoft Word, Excel and Outlook and ability to type at least 40 words per minute. The Department Assistant must be: self-motivated; highly organized; have an ability to learn quickly; have excellent clerical, written and verbal communication and customer service skills; be capable of managing multiple responsibilities and deadlines; and have excellent follow through. Some college or a college degree and prior relevant experience preferred.
Submit the employment application to Matthew Chapman, Finance/Human Resources Director, City of Parkville, 8880 Clark Ave., Parkville, MO 64152. Application materials may be e-mailed to firstname.lastname@example.org
PARKVILLE, MO, JANUARY 21, 2016 – On January 19, 2016, the Board of Aldermen approved the hiring of Stephen Lachky as the city’s Community Development Director. Following a national recruitment, Mr. Lachky was chosen from a pool of qualified applicants after completing a demanding interview and assessment process with city staff and volunteer technical experts from other community and economic development organizations.
Mr. Lachky currently serves as a Transportation Planner for the Mid-America Regional Council (MARC). He brings experience in regional, metropolitan and local-level planning and programming. Stephen is a native of Leawood, Kansas, and graduated with a Master of Regional and Community Planning degree from Kansas State University. Stephen was MARC’s staff liaison for the City’s Route 9 Corridor Study and has attained the American Institute of Certified Planners (AICP) credential. He is an active member of the American Planning Association (APA) and is involved with Big Brothers Big Sisters of Greater Kansas City. Stephen also received a 2013 Award of Appreciation from the Federal Transit Administration (FTA) for his contribution to completing the United States Department of Transportation’s Kansas City Regional Transportation Improvements Generating Economic Recovery (TIGER) Project, a $50 million project, on time and within budget.
Parkville City Administrator Lauren Palmer said that “Stephen impressed me throughout the selection process with his professionalism and enthusiasm. His background in transportation planning and grant administration will assist the City in achieving its community development goals along major corridors including Route 9 and Route 45. His colleagues and past employers describe Stephen as a rising star in the profession, and I look forward to seeing that star rise in Parkville.”
Stephen said, “I was blessed to serve on the Route 9 Corridor Study Steering Committee over the past year where I worked alongside members of Parkville’s staff, Economic Development Council and Chamber of Commerce. I was able to familiarize myself with Parkville’s distinct community character, quality of life and amenities, unique transportation challenges, and opportunities moving forward. Community planning is not just my profession, it’s my passion; and I’m thrilled to be joining and complimenting the wonderful team at the City of Parkville!”
The Community Development Director oversees near- and long-term planning, zoning, subdivision, economic development, building permitting and inspections, code enforcement, floodplain management and line locating functions. Lachky will assume his duties as Community Development Director on February 8, 2016. A public welcome reception will be held on Tuesday, February 9 from 4:00 – 5:30 p.m. in the Board Room at City Hall.
REMINDER: The City of Parkville, Missouri, will hold a public hearing to discuss a proposed sewer rate increase during its regular Board of Aldermen meeting on January 19, 2016, at 7:00 p.m. in the board room of City Hall, 8880 Clark Avenue. All interested parties are invited to attend and be heard.
In December 2014 a grant was awarded for a corridor study to generate a preliminary conceptual design for improvements to Route 9 from Route 45 to Mattox Road in Riverside. On April 7, 2015, CFS Engineers was selected as the lead consultant who worked with the project’s steering committee, corridor stakeholders and the public to draft the study. The corridor study builds upon prior planning efforts that were aimed at preserving the character of downtown Parkville while capitalizing on opportunities to enhance economic activity. It also includes a project prioritization tool and addresses ways to fund the improvements.
Visit http://parkvillemo.gov/route-9-corridor-study/ for more information about the study and to review the final report.
For immediate release: The City of Parkville is pleased to announce that Alan Schank, City of Parkville Public Works Director of Operations, recently received an award for Field Supervisor Excellence from the Kansas City Metro Chapter of the American Public Works Association (APWA). Mr. Schank was honored at the December dinner meeting.\
This award recognizes outstanding leadership and dedication in the operation of public works-related field activities whereby their services and achievements have had a positive effect on the efficiency and effectiveness of governmental operations and has improved the quality of life for those who live and work within the community.
Mr. Schank has been with the City of Parkville since 1987 and is one of the City’s longest serving employees. City Administrator Lauren Palmer stated “Parkville’s population and street network grew considerably during his tenure and he has admirably weathered the changes that growth and development brought to the community.” Mr. Schank continues to meet operational challenges with foresight and experience and succeeds – always in the best interest of the City of Parkville.