Included in The Citizen’s first Spotlight: Platte County are stories and advertisements about the accomplishments of the past year and the goals for area municipalities and businesses for the upcoming year. Following is a report from the City of Platte City addressing the year that was and the year ahead. DJ Gehrt Platte City City Administrator Special to The Citizen
For Platte City, 2012 was a year to prepare for the future. The City focused on building a foundation for its future by:
• successfully completing the 15-year Capital Improvement Program (CIP) to rebuild nearly every street, sidewalk, storm drain and water line on the west side of Interstate 29. • increasing the City’s financial strength and fiscal flexibility by increasing the overall fund balance by nearly 10 percent and obtaining an investment grade bond rating of AA-. • identifying future planning needs.
Successful Completion of 15 years of Capital Improvements In 2012, the City completed the Marshall Road/Highway 92 intersection project and funded the reconstruction of Mill Street inside River View Park. These two projects mark the successful conclusion of the City’s 15 year Capital Improvement Plan. The CIP projects, which started in 1996, have rebuilt or reconstructed nearly every City street while adding curbs, gutters, storm drains and updated water and sewer lines throughout the community.
The next phase of long term capital improvements will start with a community based CIP identification process during the summer and fall of 2013. This phase of CIP will focus on continued upgrades to street surfaces, wastewater and water lines and public facilities.