Community Spirit Award given to Patty Farr, Re/MAX

In a very quick meeting on Tuesday, Jan. 23, the Platte City Board of Aldermen needed just 10 minutes before adjourning.

The agenda was rather light with the passing of an ordinance and resolution, while approving recommendations in earlier committee meetings.

The city handed out the 15th Community Spirit Award, this one, going to Patty Farr of Re/Max House of Dreams.

Farr’s nomination was approved by The Public Safety Subcommittee and later the board of aldermen.

 Contributed photo Platte City Mayor Frank Offutt, left, hands the Community Spirit Award to Patty Farr of Re/MAX House of Dreams during the Board of Aldermen meeting on Tuesday, Jan. 24. Farr is the 15th recipient of the award.

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Platte City Mayor Frank Offutt, left, hands the Community Spirit Award to Patty Farr of Re/MAX House of Dreams during the Board of Aldermen meeting on Tuesday, Jan. 24. Farr is the 15th recipient of the award.

The award was established in 2008 as a means to for the mayor and board of aldermen to recognize individuals, businesses or other organizations that have provided exceptional service to the Platte City community.

Farr falls in that category through her visible support for the Platte County R-3 School District from homecoming parades and ceremonies to sponsoring the district coaches’ quarterly luncheon, the sponsor for the Future Business Leaders of America and creating the Re/MAX House of Dreams Scholarship program that handed out awards to 17 students last year.

“I’m very appreciative of it,” said Farr, who had the award listed with her business to give credit to all of her agents.

The Platte City native enjoys giving back and wrote a handful of checks on Monday, Jan. 29, for various sponsorships.

“I like giving back,” she said. “I didn’t have any money growing up and raising my kids, I didn’t have any money as a single mom. I like just helping out. It is a good feeling.”

She is also visible in supporting the city from sponsoring events and programs by the Platte City Area Chamber of Commerce, National Night Out, the Chamber’s annual holiday lighting ceremony, Sample of the City downtown event and Platte City Shop with a Cop Program. She organized a silent auction and chili lunch event that raised more than $4,100 for the 2017-18 Shop with a Cop event.

Other motions that were approved as the agreement with Republic Services for wastewater sludge removal and approving a lease agreement with KC Bobcat for a excavator and track loader.

City Administrator DJ Gehrt noted the city has been doing this program with KC Bobcat for years and will get a 2018 Bobcat compact excavator and a 2018 Bobcat compact track loader for a lease payment of $16,500 — $8,000 for the excavator and $8,500 for the track loader — through a government roll-out lease-purchase program.

The city has the option of making the payment on the remaining balance of $117,064.53, which is the option they have done the past five years. Gehrt noted this is the last year the company is doing the government roll-out option, so for calendar year 2019, the city will have to figure something out.

“It has been a real successful program and we have taken advantage of it and love it,” Gehrt said.

The contract for Republic Services is a three-year contract for storage and disposal of sludge produced at the wastewater treatment plant. The contract includes hauling and disposal at the Courtney Ridge Landfill in Sugar Creek, Mo.

The cost for fiscal year 2016-17 was $6,110 which included $1,000 for annual container rent and $5,110 in services and disposal fees. The estimated cost for three year is approximately $20,000.

The council approved the re-plat of lot 1 of Williamsburg Plaza, located at Williamsburg Terrace and Prairie View Road.  The division puts the shopping center into two plats now, which would allow the owner to sell in two parcels instead of one.

The planning and zoning commission approved that during a meeting on Jan. 2. In that same meeting, they voted against rezoning a parcel at 205 Vine St. from residential conservation district to central business district C-1.