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  • skcablog 2:53 pm on November 17, 2017 Permalink | Reply  

    Over the (State) Line? 

    10-year-old Julia Luetje is a young inventor from Leawood who won $10,000 from Frito-Lay for coming up with something to help kids and pets sleep during storms by keeping the noise out. Now she’s participating in a national voting contest. I say good for her and hope she wins. I should have been so creative when I was 10!

    What I don’t understand is why Councilman Scott Taylor used his city email to send out a request for his constituents to vote for her. His email says she’s from south Kansas City so we need the win over Boston, Austin, Indianapolis, and New York.

    Why does he say she’s from SKC when she’s from Leawood? Does he have some personal connection? Is this a backhand way of getting donations for his run for mayor? Does he shop so much in Leawood that he thinks of it as SKC? Does he just have a grudge against the other cities?

    It’s very strange, but there are many who wish he had the same degree of concern for those who actually are in SKC.

  • skcablog 9:26 am on November 15, 2017 Permalink | Reply  

    SCC Meeting Tonight: 11/15/2017 

    Southern Communities Coalition Meeting

    Wednesday, November 15, 2017, 7:00 P.M.
    South Kansas City Patrol Station
    9701 Marion Park Drive
    Kansas City, MO 64137


    Police Program: Officer Mike Hammer, Community Relations & Fellow Officers

    Ms. Christine Bushyhead, Attorney with Bushyhead Law Firm:
    Case #100-AN-18 a request to detach approximately 95 acres generally located South of E. Bannister Rd, east of View High Dr. and north of Interstate 470 from the city limits of Kansas City to permit subsequent annexation by city of Lee’s Summit.

    Update: Proposed Ordinance for Short Term Rentals

    Note: Though usually held on the third Wednesday of the month, there will be no Southern Communities meeting in December.

  • skcablog 7:19 pm on November 6, 2017 Permalink | Reply  

    A Giveaway is Progress? 

    Just had a robo call from the mayor. He said “our city is on the move” but I’m not sure what to make of that.

    We’re not growing: KC wants to give 95 acres to Lee’s Summit just because a developer asked for it.

    We’re not expanding economic opportunities in South Kansas City as promised with the Cerner project. The Lee’s Summit proposal, east of View High Drive and north of I-470, calls for a mixed-use development which would include sports fields and dining, entertainment, office, lodging, and multi-family living options. This would be in direct competition with the SKC area; therefore, leaving little feasibility for that promised development.

    We’re not improving infrastructure. Bannister Road already serves as a jumping off point when I-470 gets too backed up. Now KC wants to give Lee’s Summit land to develop that will lead to even more traffic on the mostly two-lane Bannister Road.

    Being “on the move” should mean that we’re progressing, but I see no progress for SKC in this scenario. And by the way, these discussions have all occurred with very few in SKC being made aware, let alone included or asked for input. If KC can just give away 95 acres for a major development by another city, on the ‘sly’ so to speak, what might the city (including Sly) be keeping from us about the airport?


  • skcablog 9:13 am on November 6, 2017 Permalink | Reply  

    A Better KCI or a Better KC? 

    As everyone knows, the Mayor of KC is pushing for a yes vote tomorrow so he can put delivering a new airport on his resume. In an ad he says, “this city is taking off to become a world class place to live and work”.

    BRR 1I don’t feel like I live in a world class city. Can anyone tell me the last time roads were actually repaved? Last week the City did re-stripe some of the major roads in my area, over patches and all. Take a look at the photos of just a few spots in south Kansas City. Leaders of a world class city wouldn’t allow this.

    BRB 2

    The mayor can push his airport and spend money at Amazon, but until he stops concentrating on flashy projects and shows some concern for the basic upkeep needs of the city he supposedly leads, he will never lead a world class city.

    • Mike 10:19 am on November 6, 2017 Permalink | Reply

      KCI might be the last great thing to happen to KC and a real asset that should be preserved and enhanced, but of course our political leadership wants to tear it down because that’s the consensus of the parasites that run this burg. They were totally OK with the demolition of Union Station, which was only saved because of City Hall outsiders. So, a lack of vision is nothing new here. A truly world-class city would make the Country Club Plaza a historic district and prevent the replacement of the original Spanish-style buildings and beautiful apartments with parking lots and glass-and-steel high-rises. “Don’t it always seem to go, that you don’t know what you’ve got til its gone?”


  • skcablog 10:08 am on October 19, 2017 Permalink | Reply  

    October CP Meeting Notice 

    Center Planning and Development Council
    Tuesday, October 24th 2017
    7:00 pm
    Trailside Center, 9901 Holmes Road, KCMO 64131

    October’s meeting is one week earlier than the usual last Tuesday due to Halloween.


    • Scott Wagner, mayor pro tem, will present reasons to vote for a new KCI airport. Dan Coffey with Citizens for Responsible Government will offer an opposing view.
    • Devin Schuster, vice-president, Lane4 Property Group, will update us on the reasons for the CID (Community Improvement District) at the State Line Shopping Center at 101st and State Line Road. This will include redevelopment plans for the Einstein Bros. Bagel building and the car wash. A new building will house two chain restaurants.

    There will also be an update on the proposed short-term rental ordinance.

  • skcablog 10:55 am on October 18, 2017 Permalink | Reply  

    SCC Meeting Tonight: 10/18/2017 

    Southern Communities Coalition Meething

    Wednesday, October 18, 2017, 7:00 P.M.
    South Kansas City Patrol Station
    9701 Marion Park Drive
    Kansas City, MO 64137

    Tonight’s main agenda item is the KCI Airport election (Yes or No to demolish and reconstruct KCI)

    Guest Speakers:

    • Troy Schulte, City Manager and Jolie Justus, 4th District Councilperson, in favor of the Yes vote.
    • Dan Coffey, Citizens for Responsible Government, in favor of the No vote.

    Also, an update on the proposed ordinance on short-term rentals (Airbnb).

  • skcablog 3:21 pm on September 23, 2017 Permalink | Reply  

    Center Planning September Meeting 

    Center Planning and Development Council

    Tuesday, Sept 26th, 2017

    7:00 pm

    Trailside Center, 9901 Holmes Road, KCMO 64131

    Parking access on south side of 99th St. Additional parking on the north side of 99th St. or in Gomer’s or Holmeswood Shopping Center on west side of Holmes


    Diane Binckley, Deputy Director, City Planning & Development Department, will speak on a new ordinance in relation to short-term rentals in Kansas City.  This is sometimes called  the “bnb” ordinance (bed and breakfast)  and will include single family residential areas.

    If approved by the City Council, it will allow homeowners to rent out their house to outsiders who need to be here for a week-end or several days.  Your homes can be used for tourists instead of people living in our area.  What will this do to the quality of life in your neighborhood?.  Will homes association by-laws be honored?  Why is this ordinance necessary?  Who will be in control?  Could we have quasi-hotels in our neighborhoods?  Are we putting a business in our neighborhood?

    Tim Henry, President of Birchwood Homes Assn, will be present to provide his comments.  He has studied this ordinance, has attended some of the preliminary meetings and has grave concerns about it.

    It is very important for homes association and neighborhood leaders to be at this meeting.

    This proposed ordinance will go in front of the Planning, Zoning, and Economic Development Committee on Wednesday, October 4th at 1:30pm on the 26th floor of City Hall.  Scott Taylor, 6th District City Councilman is Chair of the Committee.

    • Lou Austin 11:10 pm on September 24, 2017 Permalink | Reply

      I highly recommend watching the Ted Talks video dated 3/14/2016 by Joe Gebbia, a AirBnB co-founder – 16 minutes of very interesting information – there is a lot of confusion and misunderstanding about this sharing service of the future. Best regards.


  • skcablog 7:57 pm on September 19, 2017 Permalink | Reply  

    SCC Meeting Wednesday, September 20th 

    Southern Communities Coalition Meeting

    Wednesday, September 20th, 7:00 P.M.

    New Location: Ruskin High School Cafeteria

    7000 E 111th St.

    Kansas City MO 64137
    (parking in back)

    Guest Speakers at The Meeting:
    Ms. Diane Binckley, deputy director of the city planning & development department
    Topic: Short-term rentals (airbnb & home away)
    Questions well be taken after her presentation.
    Ms. Geri Haile, Blue Ridge Library branch manager
    Topic: KC Degrees Program & the Blue Ridge Library

    Updates at The Meeting:
    Mr. Riad Baghdadi, architect, RB Architectural Engineering Construction
    10322 Blue Ridge Blvd: Approval of a special use permit to allow for the expansion of an existing gas station & convenience store.
    9642, 9700, & 9707 Hillcrest (behind K-Mart): Proposal for 24 townhouses on this site.
    Mr. Scott Lipovac, Topic: K-Mart, 95th St. & Hillcrest Rd. self-contained storage units. Questions will be taken.

    Other News in South Kansas City

    2017-2018 Southern Communities Coalition Meeting Dates:
    October 18th – South Patrol Division
    November 15th – Ruskin High School
    December – no meeting
    January 17th, February 21st, March 21st, April 18th, May 16th. Locations to be announced at the September 20th meeting.
    Meetings will be cancelled only if school district is cancelled.

    A detailed ordinance outlined to regulate short-term rentals such as airbnb & Home Away will drop in the KC Council’s lap this month or October.

    Another ordinance went before the City Plans Commission in August and they put R7.5 & R10 back into the ordinance. We learned that both of them had been removed early on in discussions, and now they are in again. These two designations are mostly in traditional single family neighborhoods.

    Notifications about these changes were very scarce and most neighborhoods have heard nothing about them.

    Bring your questions and concerns as this could really affect your neighborhood.

    GOOD NEWS from Lou Austin
    The 3-Trails Corridor website is now public: All of the current content has been approved by the National Park Service.

    Congratulations to the new police chief, Rick Smith. Look forward to him coming to the Coalition.

    Also, welcome back our community officer Mike Hammer, phone 672-2828.

    “CELEBRATE & DEDICATE” Chuck and Ann from the Trailside Center
    On September 22nd at 10 A.M. there will be a special gathering acknowledging the wonderful improvements at the Trailside Center. Council people have been invited, along with representatives from Parks & Recreation and other City departments.

    Two main contributions that they are celebrating are the Time Capsule and the New Parking Lot.

    During this summer, a steering committee has been meeting with City staff to review and update the Longview Area Plan. The purpose of the area plan is to be a guide that suggests actions and creates policy that will be adopted by the City.

    PIEA East Bannister General Development Plan
    On August 29th, the Economic Development Commission (EDC), Greg Flisram, senior VP, Business & Real Estate Development, and Steve Rinner, Buisiness Development officer, shared the details of their proactive plan to attract developers to the area just east of Cerner and includes the Robandee & Loma Vista shopping centers. The plan is the same one proposed earlier and makes the properties eligible for possible tax abatement incentives by developers. It was just approved by the Planned Industrial Expansion Authority (PIEA) and is now ready to go before the City Plan Commission.

    Just a reminder that we need to be collecting all information about this issue which will affect us all in the years to come. Proposed ballot language seeks voter support to allow K.C. to construct a new passenger terminal at KCI and demolish the three existing terminals as necessary with all costs paid solely from money derived from the City’s airports and related facilities and without the issuance of general airport revenue bonds unless such bonds have received prior voter approval.

    The Coalition is looking forward to the new school year and congratulates the new incoming people and present the Hickman Mills CSD 1 board of directors:
    Dr. Yolanda Cargile, Superintendent
    Dawn Smith, Associate Superintendent
    Dan Weakley, Executive Director of Operations
    Board Members: Carol Graves, President; Brian Williams, VP; Evelyn Hilderbrand, Wakisha Briggs, Clifford Ragan, Alvin Brooks, and Luther Chandler.

    Congratulations to Mr. Damion Alexander who was named the new executive director on August 14th.
    Mr. Alexander replaces former CAC executive director Carol Bird Owsley who had served as interim since April of this year.


  • skcablog 11:03 pm on June 4, 2017 Permalink | Reply  

    What’s wrong with this picture? 

    87th st motel demolition announcementLynn Horsley reported on the two blighted motels on 87th Street just north of the Cerner development being torn down. I’m sure the police and the community are glad to see this finally happening; but there was an interesting mix of people there for a press conference.

    Apparently, Councilman Scott Taylor offered remarks as Councilman McManus looked on. This is only a little strange since both of these men represent the sixth councilmanic district and the area of the motels is in the fifth. Those council representatives didn’t seem to make the photo, so one can only conclude that they weren’t present. Could that mean they didn’t care or that no one notified them?

    Another interesting person present was John Sharp, who was referred to as a “dignitary”, even though he’s a private citizen. Maybe it actually isn’t so strange that he should be there since he seems to show up at everything. Apparently he has no life so nothing better to do with his time; although, maybe he was there because he was a proponent of pushing through the Cerner TIF. It has often rightly been pointed out that the Hickman Mills School District will, over time, receive $6M from Cerner (with Cerner having a voice in how that money is spent). What is often neglected in the conversation, is that the school district will be losing $340M over the next 23 years (the life of the TIF) in school taxes that will be diverted back to the development.

    Of course, he also promoted the motel area being part of the TIF area. That way, instead of paying the owners a reasonable price, Cerner could use eminent domain to gain control. All in all Cerner faired pretty well with welfare from the school district. Nice going Mr. Sharp.

    Noticeably absent, other than the fifth district council people, is anyone from the actual community. That’s probably because none of the leaders were notified; though you would think as a mayoral candidate, Councilman Taylor might want to share his spotlight with some of those whose vote he would like to win. All in all, an interesting mix of people, more notable for who wasn’t there.

    • Mike 2:51 pm on June 5, 2017 Permalink | Reply

      I used to think of Lynn Horsley as the City Hall stenographer (certainly not a journalist), but if she is calling John Sharp a “dignitary”, then maybe I should call her a hagiographer instead.


  • skcablog 6:04 pm on June 1, 2017 Permalink | Reply  

    Response to Murders on Local Trails 

    Thank you to everyone who attended the Center Planning meeting on May 30th at the Trailside Center.

    I’ve attached a copy of the Ordinance councilman Kevin McManus discussed at the meeting, as well as a Resolution regarding park safety meetings.

    In addition to the ordinance, Kevin told us that additional cameras are being installed on the trail in undisclosed locations.

    Captain Legg encouraged us to call 911 if we hear shots or see anything unusual. When you call 911 do not hang up until you talk with the dispatcher. If you do, the police have to come to your home to find out why you called, which takes the police’s time from going directly to the potential crime area. If you would like to report suspicious activity that happened in the past or that might be related to any recent crimes, you can also call South Patrol at 816-234-5550 to report any tips or evidence, or you can also call the main tips hotline at 816-474-TIPS. Any and all tips are extremely helpful to police.

    Center Planning will be supporting Ordinance 170388 that will limit the hours in parks and trails. Make your voice heard by attending the Public Safety Meeting on Wed, June 7th at 10am at City Hall on the 26th floor. There has been opposition to this in the past, so it is extremely important that you either attend and voice your support, or call Alissia Canady at 513-6521. Ms. Canady is Chair of the Committee and will submit your support at the meeting.

    Carol Winterowd, President
    Center Planning & Development Council

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