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  • skcablog 10:58 am on May 22, 2019 Permalink | Reply  

    May Meeting of Center Planning 

    Center Planning and Development Council
    Tuesday, May 28, 2019
    7:00 pm
    Trailside Center, 9901 Holmes Road, KCMO 64131


    Michael Shaw, manager of solid waste in Kansas City will speak on the revised trash program for homeowners. There have been numerous problems in the past and he hopes the service will be improved. In addition he will tell us the latest information on recycling (where it goes, how it is handled).

    Kim Chalmers, supervisor for senior care at St. Joseph Medical Center will explain their new programs for seniors in the emergency department, in-patient areas and Sister Margaret’s Senior Clinic which includes free balance and gait training, nutrition counseling and peripheral artery disease screening. There is an indoor walking track open to the public.

  • skcablog 4:11 pm on May 6, 2019 Permalink | Reply  

    Mayoral Forum at Ruskin High 

    There will be a mayoral forum featuring the two candidates for mayor of Kansas City: Jolie Justus and Quinton Lucas.

    Date and Time: Thursday, May 30th, 2019, 6:30 P.M.

    Place: Ruskin High School, 7000 E 111th Street, Kansas City, Missouri

    Sponsors: The KC Star, with co-sponsors Southern Communities Coalition, The South KC Chamber of Commerce, Waldo Tower Neighborhood Association, South KC Alliance

  • skcablog 9:40 pm on April 24, 2019 Permalink | Reply  

    Center Planning April Agenda 

    Center Planning & Development Council

    Tuesday, April 30, 2019
    7:00 pm
    Trailside Center, 9901 Holmes Road, KCMO 64131


    Bakul Desai, the new owner of the shopping center on the southwest corner of 99th & Holmes, sometimes known as Gomer’s Plaza, has been invited to tell us about his plans for the center. He is already initiating improvements.

    Rod Jones, Managing Partner with JPL Development in St. Louis, will present plans for a 98-unit apartment complex in three buildings at 9201 Wornall Rd. It will include a pool and a clubhouse. The church would be demolished. It is expected to go before the City Plan Commission on Tuesday, May 21st.

    The South Patrol’s 2nd Annual Health, Wellness and Safety Fair will be Saturday, April 27th from 11am to 3pm at 9701 Marion Park Drive. There will be free health screenings, blood pressure checks, diabetes screening, cholesterol checks, self-defense and fitness awareness. The first 50 families will receive a FREE bag of fruits and vegetables.

  • skcablog 4:39 pm on April 13, 2019 Permalink | Reply  

    City Council Candidates Forum 

    This month’s meeting of the Southern Communities Coalition will feature a forum for candidates for Kansas City council. Please note the change in venue.

    Wednesday, April 17, 2019, 7:00 P.M.
    Knights of Columbus
    5111 E 112th Terrace (Off of Grandview Rd.)
    Kansas City, Missouri 64137

    • City Council Forum
      Candidates for the 3rd, 4th, 5th, and 6th at-large districts
      Candidates for 5th and 6th in-district seats

    Updates will be given

    If Hickman Mills schools are closed, the meeting will be cancelled

  • skcablog 12:21 pm on March 18, 2019 Permalink | Reply  

    Center Planning March Meeting 

    Center Planning and Development Council
    Tuesday, March 26, 2019
    7:00 pm
    Trailside Center, 9901 Holmes Road, KCMO 64131


    Jason Klumb, attorney for Center Point, Bannister Transformation and Developmment LLC, will provide an update on the progress in transforming the former Bannister Federal Complex.

    Joe Blankenship, 5th District long-range planner, will tell us about projected development areas along Bannister Road from Holmes Road east to Lydia Avenue, including the former Bannister Federal Complex. He will present the Red Bridge Area Plan suggestions for that area.

    Vickie Wolgast, president of the South Kansas City Chamber of Commerce, will share business ideas about the Bannister corridor. This area presents an opportunity for economic growth, and some would like to see an improved, viable corridor. What are your ideas on how to transform the area? This is a time when business and residents can work together to upgrade the area. Please come to the meeting with your ideas.

    Update on the proposed used car lot at 701 E Bannister Rd on the southeast corner.

    Meet the candidates for the Center School District. The candidates have been invited to tell us who they are and why they are running for the board positions. The candidates are, for one-year terms: Stephen G. Stricklin, Johnathan Decker, and Danielle Charise Quinn. For three-tear terms: Ronald Fritz, Beverly Cunningham, Cecelia M Bell, and Sammy (Sam) Cook. The election will be held on Tuesday, April 2nd.

  • skcablog 11:28 am on March 16, 2019 Permalink | Reply  

    SCC March Meeting 

    Southern Communities Coalition Meeting

    Wednesday, March 20, 2019, 7:00 P.M.
    South Kansas City Patrol Station
    9701 Marion Park Drive
    Kansas City, MO 64137

    Guest Speakers:

    Mr. Troy Schulte, City Manager
    Ms. Geri Haile, branch manager, Mid-Continent Public Library, 9253 Blue Ridge Blvd.
    Update on programs, etc.
    Ms. Kim Chalmers, St. Joseph Community Liaison of The Senior Care Service Line
    New programs at the hospital


    If schools are closed, the meeting will be cancelled.

  • skcablog 12:35 pm on March 4, 2019 Permalink | Reply  

    Something’s Fishy, or I’m Crazy 

    In the continuing saga of school closings in Hickman Mills, there will be a board meeting tonight to hear the superintendent’s recommendations. Probably not many people are aware of the meeting. At last week’s board meeting it was stated that a decision will be made this Thursday at the regular meeting, but nothing was said about tonight’s meeting. Are they trying to keep the public in the dark?

    If you go to the district website, which can prove difficult to navigate, you can find tonight’s meeting listed. A perusal of the agenda will take you to a PowerPoint the superintendent apparently intends to make, but there’s something fishy about it. If you look at the budgets for this year and the next three, you’ll find the bottom line is about $2.5M short. Why would that be? Have the board members actually checked the figures or are they taking someone’s word?

    Further, the preliminary budget the board approved on June 21, 2018 for the 2018-2019 school year shows a beginning fund balance of $9,844,549.43 and an ending balance of $10,785,563.79. The Superintendent’s proposal, however, begins what is budgeted for 2018-2019 with only $6,552,460.45 and ends with $7,720,007.64. Perhaps that difference has to do with the amount the school district lost with the discrepancy in Cerner’s taxes; but if you take a closer look at the 3 year budget projections shown to the board at that June meeting, those numbers don’t seem to add up either.

    Not being an accountant, or even finding large numbers to be especially friendly, I can end up thinking I’m going insane as I add and subtract such large figures; so that could be one explanation for what I believe to be discrepancies. I also tend to the paranoid side, so another explanation could be that someone is trying to hide something. Right now I’m leaning toward the latter.

    The board’s goal is to cut $5.5M. The $2.5M missing in the superintendent’s proposal is almost half way there, so maybe three schools don’t need to be closed. One has to wonder if the superintendent is more concerned with what is best for the children she’s responsible for and for the community, or having large fund balances. There simply has to be more to this story and it’s not being shared with the public and possibly/probably not the board of education.

  • skcablog 12:05 am on February 25, 2019 Permalink | Reply  

    Rude v. Inviting 

    Last Thursday, the Hickman Mills Board of Education held its regular February meeting. Because it has been ages since I’ve attended one, I thought I’d go, and especially because they were to discuss school closings.

    There was discussion between a couple of board members about what is being done to attract new families. Part of the answer had been right in front of their faces; yet, they didn’t even see it.

    To begin with—a first for this district—patrons had to sign in with name, address, and telephone number along with their topic in order to speak to the Board. The President asked those wishing to speak to keep their comments to two minutes since the agenda was rather long. Because the President, in consultation with the Superintendent, sets the agenda, it seems like the length could have been addressed at the time of actually setting the agenda; however, I digress. Not only were patrons asked to keep their comments short, but a large screen with a countdown clock started counting down two minutes, when each commenter reached the podium.

    Another first for this district: there are no comments allowed after the meeting, so there is no opportunity to give the Board feedback or ask a question about anything that was discussed.

    In the past, patrons have simply raised their hands and waited to be called on under an agenda item titled “audience input on agenda items” for comments at the beginning and “audience input/questions” for input/questions at the end of the meeting. While patrons were asked to keep their comments to three minutes, there was no giant clock reminding them of the number of seconds left.

    This lack of willingness to hear from the public and the indirect intimidation also seems counter to the KC Star’s reporting that “board members said they will consider the community concerns as they study the proposals.”

    The Board also seems to have agreed to a timed agenda and according to Thursday’s agenda, discussion of school closings was to begin at 6:40; yet it was closer to 8:30 before the consultant began speaking. This agenda item was almost last, followed only by committee reports (3) and informational items.

    My bet would be that most of the audience was there to hear about the school closing proposals; yet, the board president chose to put this item at the end and didn’t allow proper timing for the other items. This again, was not fair to those with their own personal timing schedules/issues who may have needed to leave early or might have arrived later.

    All in all, this Board is totally rude to its constituents; yet, can’t understand why people either leave or don’t move in. While this may seem like a small detail compared to test scores, economic issues, etc., it can have a strong psychological impact.

  • skcablog 2:50 pm on February 20, 2019 Permalink | Reply  

    February Center Planning Meeting 

    Center Planning and Development Council
    Tuesday, February 26, 2019
    7:00 pm
    Trailside Center, 9901 Holmes Road, KCMO 64131


    12309 State Line Rd. Chris Bell and Chris Herre of Rose Design Group representing the owners of Peter’s Clothiers, will present plans for an addition to their 9,000 square-foot building. The building will remain a retail operation with the expansion for storage of their product lines. Existing zoning is B1-1 and R7.5. They are proposing to rezone 2/3 of the total development to B3. The remaining 1/3 will remain R7.5.

    1014 W. 103rd St. (former Berbiglia building) Mike White, attorney, and Bill George, developer, for WHC Worldwide, LLC/Silver Lining Motors will present plans for a development plan to redevelop the property as a used car lot. There will be no change in zoning.

    104th and Wornall Rd. Drew Trotter from Miller Commerce will present plans for a gated community. There will be 29 single family homes for persons 55 and older. They will be leased rather than owned. The zoning will remain the same. It will be an amendment to the residential plan. It will be called Tera Vera Wornall.
    [Plans for the project have been withdrawn.]

    All the above developments are scheduled before the City Plan Commission for Tuesday March 5, 2019.


    The League of Woman Voters is sponsoring a forum for candidates for the Center School Board on Tuesday, February 26th at 6:30pm at the Center High School cafeteria. There are 7 candidates running for two positions. Unfortunately this is the same evening as our Center Planning meeting, but could not be avoided.

  • skcablog 11:20 am on February 15, 2019 Permalink | Reply  

    February SCC Meeting Agenda 

    Southern Communities Coalition Meeting

    Wednesday, February 20, 2019, 7:00 P.M.
    South Kansas City Patrol Station
    9701 Marion Park Drive
    Kansas City, MO 64137

    Guest Speakers:

    Troy Schulte, City Manager
    Jeff Pinkerton, Senior Researcher, (Economist) with the Mid-America Regional Council (MARC)
    Jason Klumb, Update on the former Bannister Federal Complex

    If schools are closed, meeting will be cancelled.

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