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  • skcablog 3:32 pm on April 14, 2018 Permalink | Reply  

    April SCC Meeting Agenda 

    Southern Communities Coalition Meeting
    Wednesday, April 18, 2018, 7:00 P.M.
    South Kansas City Patrol Station
    9701 Marion Park Drive
    Kansas City, MO 64137

    Guest Speakers:

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  • skcablog 11:41 am on April 6, 2018 Permalink | Reply  

    Still Losing 

    It appears as though Freedom, Inc. was able to re-elect their three candidates to the Hickman Mills Board of Education Tuesday. While I’m not opposed to Freedom, an organization not unlike other political organizations in KC, I am opposed to a School Board whose members don’t have a clue. From their answers at a recent forum, they believe the way to gain accreditation is to support the superintendent and continue with the 5-year plan begun by the previous, unsuccessful superintendent. In other questioning, they seemed to be okay with the fact that “there may have been some mismanagement of funds” from the last $19 million bond issue because of the change in superintendents last spring. It seems like that’s an issue they should have addressed before hand. It’s not the superintendent who’s responsible for spending. The superintendent hires a CFO to oversee the district’s dollars. Then its the board, itself, who is ultimately responsible; which means any mismanagement of funds lies at the feet of the board.

    But then these are the same people who approved a board policy requiring them to give prior notification before they visit any of the schools so they can then be escorted through those schools. If this isn’t board manipulation by the administration, I don’t know what is; and they can’t even see that.

    They also seemed to be unaware that Hickman Mills employs ESL (English as a Second Language) teachers in order to help those students who come to the district not speaking English. Of course they also seemed to think that only comprises 7 or 8 different languages when, in fact, it’s considerably more.

    Also at that recent forum, in response to a question about the district’s pre-kindergarten program, the current board president said she could speak to that question because that’s the building she visits. THE building she visits? As in she doesn’t visit them all?

    This is a board that appears to not understand who is ultimately in charge. It is no different than the board of a corporation that hires a CEO. What organization would not fail if it simply approved or “rubber-stamped” everything that CEO suggested? This district will never turn around until it has a fully aware and engaged board.

     

     
  • skcablog 9:42 pm on March 23, 2018 Permalink | Reply  

    Center Planning March Meeting 

    Center Planning and Development Council

    Tuesday, March 27, 2018

    7:00 pm

    Trailside Center, 9901 Holmes Road, KCMO 64131

    AGENDA

    Mary McCall, our Community Interaction Officer (CIO) will present the crime report for our area.

    Kevin McManus, our 6th In-District Councilman, will provide information on the renewal of the 1 cent Sales tax (includes PIAC funding). This will be on the April 3rd ballot.

    Robert Woods, Jr, Special Projects Coordinator for the Neighborhood and Housing Services Department, will tell us about the revised dumpster program

    effective May 1. In our area, dumpsters can be available on the 2nd Saturday of the month from May to October. There is also a multi-neighborhood clean-up available.

    Doug Stone, attny with Lewis Rice, along with Ray Jagoda and Jeff Ellis, developers and Don Hathaway, civil engineer will explain a multi-family one and two bedroom apt project East of Charlotte and north of 135th St. He will also present these plans to the Martin City CID as this project is within the CID.

    Michael Stuckey, Director of Facilities at Avila University. along with Dr. Ron Slepitza, President and their architect from PGAV architects will present their plans for a Master Planned Development zoning. This will reflect the university’s needs for the next 20-30 years.

    Announcements:

    The League of Women Voters is holding a candidate forum for open positions on the Center School Board on Wednesday, March 28th at 6:30pm at Center High School at 87th & Holmes There are two open positions and four candidates: Paul Kramschuster, Rebecca Lahann, Stephen Stricklin and Ronald Fritz.

    Your input is needed in helping formulate the City’s 5 year housing policy. The current and future citywide housing issues will be discussed on Tuesday. April 10th from 6-8pm at the South Patrol Headquarters, 9701 Marion Park Drive.

    Don’t forget to register your neighborhood or homes association with the City. You should have received an application in the mail. For more information contact Sarah Cecil at Neighborhood and Housing Services at 513-3036.

    The South Patrol Major and CIO’s are hosting a Health, Wellness, and Safety Fair on Saturday, April 21st from 10am to 2pm at South Patrol Headquarters. They are looking for sponsors, volunteers, anyone setting up a booth. For more information contact Mary McCall at 672-2828.

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  • skcablog 3:22 pm on March 16, 2018 Permalink | Reply  

    March SCC Meeting Agenda 

    Southern Communities Coalition Meeting
    Wednesday, March 21, 2018, 7:00 P.M.
    South Kansas City Patrol Station
    9701 Marion Park Drive
    Kansas City, MO 64137

    Agenda

    Guest Speakers:

    • Lisa Hummel, Outreach Coordinator “Keep Out the Rain”
    • Project Manager – MODOT – Discussing upcoming work on I-435
    • School Board Candidates Forum – Sandy Sexton, Carol Graves, Luther Chandler and Alvin Brooks. No response from William Young.

     

     
  • skcablog 6:36 pm on February 22, 2018 Permalink | Reply  

    Center Planning February Meeting 

    Center Planning and Development Council

    Tuesday, February 27, 2018

    7:00 pm

    Trailside Center, 9901 Holmes Road, KCMO 64131

    AGENDA

     

    Tim Wilson with Stark Wilson Duncan Architects, will present two projects at 141st Terrace:

    • MO-AN ManCaves at the northwest corner of W 141st Terrace and Madison Ave.
    • A Senior Community Project at 141st Terrace and Wyandotte.

    Mike Crist, owner of the former All Saints Episcopal Church at 9201 Wornall Road will present his proposal to rezone his 4.7 acre property from residential to business to be able to lease space for Coach’s Bar and Grill at the church.  (Many of the businesses along 103rd St were flooded and need to find other locations.)  This case will be heard before the City Plan Commission at City Hall on Tuesday, March 6th. (The time has not been set yet.)

    Mary McCall, our new South Patrol Community Interaction Officer, will report on crime in our area, specifically at the Gomer’s shopping center location on the southwest corner of 99th & Holmes.  All businesses in that location are invited to attend our meeting.

    ANNOUNCEMENTS

    The Missouri  Department of Transportation is having an open house forum with citizens on Thursday, February 22nd from 4 – 6pm at Center Middle School on l03rd St  to explain an extensive improvement project along I-435 from State Line to Three Trails Crossing.  This will include adding another lane, replacing bridges, increasing vertical  clearance under the Wornall Rd bridge, removing the loop ramps at the Holmes Rd interchange and numerous other improvements.

    The South Kansas City Alliance will have their meeting on Monday, March 12 at 6pm at the South Patrol Station on 9701 Marion Park Dr. (behind Home Depot on Bannister) Frank White will give an update on  the jail, COMBAT and other county business.  A CIty official will provide an update on the 1 cent sales tax renewal for infrastructure (PIAC) that will be on the April ballot.

    The League of Women Voters is holding a candidate forum for open positions on the Center School Board on Wed, March 28th at 6:30pm at Center High School at 87th & Holmes.  There are two open positions and four candidates:  Paul Kramschuster, Rebecca Lahann, Stephen Stricklin and Ronald Fritz.

    Short-term Rental was voted out of the Planning, Zoning, and Economic Development Committee with no recommendation.  It is now before the Council.  The City Development Department will be reviewing the ordinance with the Council and the Mayor.  We do not know when a vote will be taken.

     
  • skcablog 10:11 am on February 18, 2018 Permalink | Reply  

    SCC Meeting Notice for February 

    Southern Communities Coalition Meeting
    Wednesday, February 21, 2018, 7:00 P.M.
    South Kansas City Patrol Station
    9701 Marion Park Drive
    Kansas City, MO 64137

    Agenda

    Guest Speakers:

    Troy Schulte, City Manager
    Heather Brown, Executive Director, Tax Increment Financing Commission, EDCKC
    Chad Thompson, P. E. Update: Blue River Road

    Updates will be given

     
  • skcablog 4:47 pm on February 4, 2018 Permalink | Reply  

    Opinion: Why South Kansas City Should Support Short Term Rentals 

    I want to thank the South Kansas City Advocates for giving me this opportunity to contribute to their blog focusing on South Kansas City.

    Having been to the recent Southern Communities Coalition (SCC) and Center Planning & Development Council (CP) meetings, you would have thought that allowing short-term rentals like AirBNB in areas zoned for single-family residences (R7.5 and R10) will bring the end of their neighborhoods. The opposition to short-term rentals is being lead by Tim Henry, president of the Birchwood Hills homes association, and semi-retired politician John Sharp of the South Kansas City Alliance. It is a surprising turn of events for John Sharp, who has written glowing articles in The Martin City Telegraph about Cerner and Fishtech, two local computer technology companies. John Sharp also has always been the first to advocate for tax breaks (TIF) for those companies. So now, south KC neighborhoods, especially the neighborhoods around Cerner, have an opportunity to benefit from other Cerner employees traveling to the south Kansas City campus and who want to stay in a local house. This is not just a theory: At the SCC meeting, Lou Austin, a veteran advocate for south KC, stood up and stated that he is in the process of renting a room in his house on AirBNB. The Southern Communities Coalition doesn’t want more used car lots and liquor stores, which devalue neighborhoods, but when given an opportunity for neighbors to invest in and improve their properties (which means more property tax for the Hickman Mills school district), they want to deny them that opportunity. Many of these neighborhoods have great challenges, so any incentive to revitalize these neighborhoods should be taken. I believe that opposition to short-term rentals is based on looking backwards rather than forward. The future is more digital technology like Cerner and Fishtech represent.
    Currently the City has no rules governing short-term rentals. Allowing these rentals with sensible safeguards, like getting 55% of neighbors’ consent or a special use permit, will allow the City to regulate this in neighborhoods while providing a much-needed method of improving home values and bringing south KC neighborhoods into the 21st Century.

    Terrence Nash

     
  • skcablog 12:31 am on January 26, 2018 Permalink | Reply  

    Center Planning January Meeting 

    Center Planning and Development Council

    Tuesday, January 30, 2018

    7:00 pm

    Trailside Center, 9901 Holmes Road, KCMO 64131

    AGENDA

    Ryan Berendzen,  architect for Paul Werner Architects, will present a project plan for a 9,000sf one story office building at 101st Terrace and Wornall Road.   It will be located next to the current medical building  There will be no change in zoning.

    Michael Shaw, Manager of Solid Waste at City Hall will present the latest strategies for recycling in Kansas City.  Much of our recycling is done at a plant in Harrisonville.  It’s important that we do our part in this effort,  Bring your questions.  In addition, Michael will answer questions on trash and bulky item pick-up.

    Update on the proposed Short-Term Rental Ordinance

    The Board of Center Planning & Development Council has taken a position to oppose short-term rental (STR) in single-family zoning categories, such as R7.5 and R10,  (We have not opposed it in other residential categories.)  We believe allowing STR in neighborhoods and homes associations via internet providers will reduce our quality of life as strangers and their cars move in and out of our areas.  The Planning, Zoning and Economic Development Committee of the City Council will have another work session on the ordinance on Wednesday Jan 31 at 1:30pm.  You can watch it on the City’s channel.  There have been two previous public hearings.  Another public hearing will be scheduled.  This ordinance will change the residential character of our neighborhoods.  Let the City Council members know your thoughts/concerns.

     
  • skcablog 10:52 am on January 13, 2018 Permalink | Reply  

    SCC Meeting, Wednesday, January 17th 

    Southern Communities Coalition Meeting
    Wednesday, January 17, 2018, 7:00 P.M.
    South Kansas City Patrol Station
    9701 Marion Park Drive
    Kansas City, MO 64137

    Agenda

    Guest Speakers:

    Pastor David & Sylvia Davis, Case # 14894 SU “Special Use”
    Their proposal is a church, 7237 E. 99th St. This is a home located in a
    residential neighborhood. (Bannister Acres)

    Dr. Yolanda Cargile, Superintendent of Hickman Mills School District

    Additional Item:

    Updates will be given: short-term rental hearing at the Planning, Zoning and Economic Development Committee meeting on Jan. 17th.

     
  • skcablog 10:23 am on November 20, 2017 Permalink | Reply  

    November CP Meeting Notice 

    Center Planning and Development Council
    Tuesday, November 28th 2017
    7:00 pm
    Trailside Center, 9901 Holmes Road, KCMO 64131

    AGENDA

    Mark and Melinda Jurczak are proposing to build a 288 square-foot structure on the NE corner of 89th Terrace and Wornall Road. The structure will house an ice and water franchise called Twice The Ice. They are submitting plans to the City for this development.

    Devin Schuster, Vice-President of Lane4 Property Group will give an update on the StateLine Shopping Center on State Line Road at 101st Street.

    Steve Bell is anticipating the purchase of the 2.7 acre lot and house on the NW Corner of Red Bridge Rd and State Line Rd. He is planning to use it for small weddings, and as his private residence. He wants to know if this plan is acceptable to the community.

    Mike Hammer, South Patrol Community Interaction Officer, will give an update on the crime in our area and provide safety tips for the holidays.

    Note: There will be no meeting in December due to the holidays.

     

     
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