City Administrator Receives ICMA CM distinction



PARKVILLE, MO, JANUARY 29, 2015 – Lauren Palmer, City Administrator of Parkville, recently received the Credentialed Manager designation from ICMA, the International City/County Management Association. Ms. Palmer is one of only 1,368 local government management professionals nationwide currently credentialed through the ICMA Voluntary Credentialing Program.
ICMA’s mission is to create excellence in local governance by promoting professional management worldwide and increasing the proficiency of appointed chief administrative officers, assistant administrators, and other employees who serve local governments and regional entities around the world. The organization’s nearly 9,000 members in 27 countries also include educators, students, and other local government employees.

To receive the prestigious ICMA credential, a member must have significant experience as a senior management executive in local government; have earned a degree, preferably in public administration or a related field; and demonstrated a commitment to high standards of integrity and to lifelong learning and professional development.

Prior to her appointment in 2013 as City Administrator of Parkville, Ms. Palmer served as the Assistant City Manager in Manhattan, Kansas (2008-2013) and as a Management Analyst in Des Moines, Iowa (2006-2008).

Parkville Mayor Nan Johnston said that “Parkville is fortunate to have someone with this distinction as our City Administrator. Only 32 out of 961 cities, towns and villages in Missouri employ Administrators who are either candidates for or have earned the ICMA Credentialed Managers designation.”

Ms. Palmer will be recognized for the accomplishment at an upcoming Board of Alderman meeting. For more information regarding the award, please contact Parkville City Hall at (816) 741-7676 or For more information regarding the ICMA


Request for Proposals: On-Call Traffic Consulting Engineering Services

LogoTransparentRequest for Proposals: The City of Parkville is requesting proposals for On-Call Traffic Consulting Engineering Services for various projects. It is anticipated that two or three consulting firms will be chosen to assist the City of Parkville with the traffic engineering services. Proposals clearly labeled Proposal for Traffic Engineering Services will be received until January 28, 2015 at Parkville City Hall no later than 5:00 PM Central Time.

Proposal instructions and service specifications can be found in the following link (PDF Document): On-Call Traffic Engineering Services 


Regional Household Hazardous Waste Collection Program

LogoTransparentDid you know? The City of Parkville is a member of the Regional Household Hazardous Waste Collection Program, a service coordinated by the Mid-America Regional Council Solid Waste Management District.

Residents have year-round access to the safe disposal of unwanted products such as paint, lawn and garden chemicals, automotive fluids, batteries, florescent bulbs and housecleaners. Business waste is not accepted.

Residents can access the permanent facilities in Lee’s Summit and Kansas City and also can attend any of the mobile events scheduled April through October.

For more information please visit and click on the “HHW” tab, or call 816-701-8226.

Kansas City Facility
4707 Deramus Street KCMO 64120
Open Thursday and Friday 9-6 and Saturday 9-4
No Appointment Necessary!

Lee’s Summit Facility
By appointment only
100-pound limit per visit
Open first Saturday of the month, April Thru November
Open every third Wednesday for the year for antifreeze, batteries, oil and paint ONLY.

Request for Bids: Two (2) 2015 Ford F-350 Cab

LogoTransparentRequest for Bids: The City of Parkville, Missouri is seeking sealed bids for the following: Two (2) 2015 Ford F-350 Cab

Sealed bids will be received by the City of Parkville Missouri, 8880 Clark Avenue, Parkville, MO 64152 Attn: Melissa Mcchesney, City Clerk until 10:00 a.m. on Wednesday, January 28, 2015. Deliveries shall be made to the CITY CLERK at City Hall. All Bids must be in a sealed envelope that is clearly marked on the exterior in noticeable type and font as “BID PROPOSAL – PUBLIC WORKS TRUCKS.” Bids will be publicly opened and read aloud at approximately 10:05 a.m. in the Public Works Conference Room of City Hall.

Full Notice to Bidders

Request for Bids: Spare Wastewater Pumps

LogoTransparentRequest for Bids: The City of Parkville, Missouri is seeking sealed bids for the following: Spare Wastewater Pumps 2015

Sealed bids will be received by the City of Parkville Missouri, 8880 Clark Avenue Parkville, MO 64152,  Attn: Melissa McChesney, City Clerk, until 10:00 am, Monday January 26th, 2015.  Deliveries shall be made to the reception desk of City Hall. Bids will be publicly opened and read aloud at approximately 10:05 am in the Public Works Conference Room of City Hall.

Full Notice to Bidders

PO Spare “ABS” Pumps

PO Spare “FLYGT” Pumps

Notice of Public Hearing: Sewer Rate Increase


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 20, 2014, at 7:00 p.m. in the boardroom of City Hall at 8880 Clark Avenue. All interested parties are invited to attend and be heard. The related proposed ordinance was posted at City Hall and on the Parkville city website at:

Melissa McChesney
City Clerk

Parkville Receives Route 9 Corridor Study Grant



PARKVILLE, MO, JANUARY 9, 2015 – Parkville, along with its project partners, is pleased to announce that last month the Mid America Regional Council (MARC) Board of Directors awarded a $113,586 grant to assist in the completion of the Route 9 Corridor Study. The grant will be supplemented by $75,000 of local funding provided by Parkville ($15,000), Riverside ($15,000), Missouri Department of Transportation (MODOT) ($20,000), Platte County ($15,000) and Park University ($10,000). Mayor Nan Johnston stated, “We appreciate cooperation from MARC and our partners on this project. Route 9 is a top transportation priority for Parkville, and this funding will help us take the next step toward implementing vital improvements along the corridor.”

The MARC Creating Sustainable Places committee, which oversaw the project selection process, received 27 applications for $1 million in 2015–2016 Planning Sustainable Places (PSP) grant funds. Partial funding was approved for six projects in Kansas and seven in Missouri, with $487,000 in combined local matching funds. The $113,586 award for the Route 9 Corridor Study was one of largest grants approved by MARC during this grant cycle.

Route 9 is regionally significant, connecting vehicular and pedestrian traffic on Route 45 to employment centers and regional destinations including downtown Parkville, Park University, the Horizons, over 200 acres of parkland, the South Platte County Community Center and the Platte County Health Department. The purpose of the Route 9 Corridor Study is to create an implementation plan that addresses the following key priorities for the project partners:

  • Determine needed vehicular and pedestrian improvements to mitigate safety and capacity issues, and minimize traffic conflicts, on Route 9.
  • Enhance aesthetics and pedestrian movements, particularly in proximity to downtown Parkville and Park University.
  • Accommodate compatible new development and redevelopment along the corridor.
  • Reduce future construction costs by facilitating the reservation of right-of-way for future improvements.
  • Position the participating municipalities to compete in future transportation grant cycles for eligible improvements in the corridor.

All of these objectives are direct recommendations of previous public planning efforts including the Parkville Master Plan, the Livable Communities Study, and Vision Downtown Parkville, among others. Previous planning has identified desired improvements for the corridor with design and construction costs estimated at $24 million. At this time no funding commitments have been made for any work other than the Corridor Study. The City acknowledges that it could take many years to implement the full vision of improvements for Route 9, but the Corridor Study is the next logical step to move toward that goal. The scope of work for the Corridor Study includes developing a construction phasing strategy for incremental implementation of improvements as funding and capacity allow. All phases, and projects within phases, will be priority rank-ordered based on need, urgency, feasibility, cost, economic impact, and overall benefit to the corridor in terms of resolving traffic conflicts.

The Corridor Study is scheduled to begin in April with final completion estimated by the end of 2015. The project will be led by an appointed steering committee of voting representatives from the funding partners and advisory representatives from other stakeholder groups. Opportunities for public input will be advertised via the City’s website ( and social media. For additional information, please contact City Administrator Lauren Palmer at (816) 741-7676 or



New Fewson Fund Logo Adopted

LogoTransparentDid you know? The City will complete its first Fewson Fund project next spring. The Fewson Fund is being used for a portion of the Route 9 Downtown Entryway project that will add signage, lighting, and landscaping to beautify the entrance to downtown.

The Fewson Fund was established by the trust of Parkville resident George W. Fewson. Mr. Fewson was born in 1932 and lived in a home at 7th and Main St. for most of his life. He had family connections in Platte County dating back to the 1880s. He graduated from Park Hill High School in 1950 and left Parkville to complete a tour of duty for the Army. Later he graduated from Park College and became an accountant. He was never married, and when he died in 2001 he had no living family.

Mr. Fewson left a portion of his estate in trust to the City of Parkville. Today the value of the Fewson Fund is over $550,000. The trust stipulates that one-half of the earnings from the Fewson Fund are to be distributed to the City for “general projects of the City.” The Board of Aldermen adopted a policy to further define the eligibility requirements for Fewson funding.

The Parkville Board of Aldermen adopted a new logo for the Fewson Fund at the last board meeting (pictured below). The logo will be placed on Fewson Fund projects.