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  • skcablog 10:42 am on January 13, 2017 Permalink | Reply  

    Southern Communities Coalition Meeting 

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

    This month’s meeting will be held in a new location: The new South Patrol police station at 9701 Marion Park Drive, which is behind the Bannister Road Home Depot.

    Guest Speakers:

    • Mr. Riad Baghdadi, Architect. Case No. 14781-SU: About 0.734 acres located at 10322 Blue Ridge Blvd., to consider approval of a “special use permit” to allow for the expansion of an existing gas station & convenience store.
    • Mr. Mark Bryant, Attorney with White Goss: Representing Kasuri Development Co. proposal 9642. 9700 and 9706 Hillcrest Road, behind old K-Mart site, 24 townhomes on this site.
    • Mr. Troy Schulte, City Manager: Will discuss the proposed $800 million general obligation bond issue.


    Coffee & cookies are served

    This meeting is always informative on local issues

    Questions: Carol McClure, Co-Chair, 816-966-0855

  • skcablog 5:40 am on November 23, 2016 Permalink | Reply  

    Hopeless in South KC 

    I’ve been mulling over last week’s Southern Communities Coalition meeting and can say I couldn’t feel less hopeful about the future of the 6th District. To sum things up, the majority of teachers in the Hickman Mills School District can’t teach and any city problems need to be handled through 311.

    First the Hickman Mills superintendent blamed teachers for poor scores on the most recent MAP test. Seemingly, only 20% of teachers in Hickman Mills are capable of teaching effectively. It apparently hasn’t occurred to anyone to question why good teachers don’t stay. From what I’ve heard many believe administration thinks it has all the answers and won’t even listen to suggestions; not a good way to engender pride and dignity, but a sure fire way to discourage constructive thinking and cause teachers to believe they might be happier elsewhere.

    Next the group heard from Scott Taylor and Kevin McManus, their city council representatives. The emphasis should be on heard as it applies to Taylor. The most he had to contribute was to remind everyone about years ago when he would give reports for his wife, Cathy Jolly, when she was state representative, and of course mentioned how he always brought his son along. (Kids always make a good prop.) I guess it didn’t occur to him that he was reminding people that they saw more of him back then than they have since he was actually elected to represent them. He and McManus both mentioned several times that people should call 311 with various concerns. That seemed to be their only solution for most complaints. When lack of city inspectors was brought up, Taylor said people need to make that argument at budget hearings as if lack of inspectors isn’t a city wide problem. Regardless, he obviously doesn’t see it as an issue he needs to be concerned with.

    McManus actually didn’t have much to say. He probably thought it was enough to stand around and look pretty. All in all not much hope for those living in the 6th district.

    • Edward E Scott 10:22 am on November 23, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      This is the state of teaching today. High payed, out of the classroom, administration dictating the minute by minute, useless in life, canned, boring as hell, vendor driven for profit, test prep instruction… that makes 1/2 the students hate school. Been going on since Bush lI, Obama made it even worse…not a democrat or republican issue…it’s all about money…me first, me only, educational fraud, leadership.


  • skcablog 10:23 am on November 22, 2016 Permalink | Reply  

    Center Planning November Meeting 

    Center Planning and Development Council

    Trailside Center, 9901 Holmes Road
    Tuesday, November 29, 2016
    7:00 pm

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


    Major Louis Perez, South Patrol, will talk about the problems along Indian Creek with the recent stabbings of homeless people. In addition, he will give us a crime report for our area. The Red Bridge area is experiencing break-ins. We are noticing more people panhandling at our intersections. He will provide safety tips for the holidays as well. Bring your questions and concerns.

    Terri Moore, Executive Director of Kingswood Senior Living Community at 1000 Wornall Rd will speak about the 34.7 million dollar extensive redesign and expansion of their complex. Kingswood has been in our area over 30 years. As a Life Plan Community they offer a full continuum of care from independent living to skilled nursing care. Numerous services and opportunities are being provided. As part of the expansion they have applied for a liquor license from Regulated Industries so that residents can have wine with their meals, including a rooftop dining venue. For more information, go to:

    Kingswood will have a groundbreaking ceremony and reception on Wed, February 17th at 1:30pm.

    Our thanks to Ben Wearing from Oakdell for sending our newsletters via post office to our members who do not have email.

    And many thanks to Carol Cutler from Indian Heights who edits our newsletters and sends it to our members via email.

    This will be our last meeting for the year since we do not meet in December. Our best to you and your family for a wonderful holiday season.

  • skcablog 4:03 pm on November 13, 2016 Permalink | Reply  

    Southern Communities Coalition Meeting 

    Wednesday, November 16, 2016, 7:00 P.M.

    Baptiste Educational Center
    5401 E. 103rd St.
    Kansas City, MO 64137

    Guest Speakers:

    • Hickman Mills C-1 School Board Members
    • Dr. Dennis Carpenter, Superintendent, Hickman Mills C-1 School District
    • Mr. Kevin McManus, 6th Distict Councilman
    • Mr. Scott Taylor, 6th District At-Large Councilman

    No meeting next month

    Coffee & cookies are served

    This meeting is always informative on local issues

    Questions: Carol McClure, Co-Chair, 816-966-0855

  • skcablog 12:29 pm on November 3, 2016 Permalink | Reply  

    Red Bridge Area Plan Final Public Meeting 

    Red Bridge Area Plan Final Public Meeting
    Tuesday, November 15 at 6 p.m.
    Avila University
    Whitfield Center (see map)

    The Kansas City, Missouri City Planning and Development Department invites citizens to the final public meeting to learn about and provide feedback for the Red Bridge Area Plan at 6 p.m. Tuesday, November 15 at Avila University, 11901 Wornall Road in Kansas City, Missouri. The meeting will take place in the Whitfield Center. The boundaries of the plan area are 85th Street and the Trolley Track Trail ROW on the north, Blue Ridge Boulevard on the south, State Line Road on the west, and Highway 71 on the east.

    This is the third and final public meeting for the Red Bridge Area Plan. At the meeting citizens will hear a short presentation on the draft plan at 6:15. A repeat of the same presentation will begin around 7 p.m. if needed. Attendees will also have the opportunity to view specific plan recommendations and discuss those with staff in a one-on-one open house format. Public participation is essential while developing the plan. The public meetings are the best opportunities for citizens to tell staff their wants, needs, concerns, and desires for the future of the area.

    Area plans are being prepared for 18 different geographic areas of City. Area plans recommend strategies to help realize a community’s long term vision for the future and provide a comprehensive framework to guide public decisions on land use, housing, public improvements, community development, and city services.

    In the coming week, the draft Red Bridge Area Plan will be posted to the Red Bridge Area Plan website:

    If you have questions, contact Kellie Johnston Dorsey at (816) 513-2889 or

  • skcablog 5:30 am on October 25, 2016 Permalink | Reply  

    Good News, Bad News in Hickman Mills 

    This past weekend has been spent reflecting on the drama recently played out in the Hickman Mills School district. Judge Kanatzar ruled that Evelyn Hildebrand should be issued a certificate of election for last April’s school board election and she was finally sworn in at Thursday’s meeting after Shawn Kirkwood tendered his resignation. I have to wonder, though, if you can actually resign from a seat that wasn’t yours to begin with.

    Then the Kansas City Star ran an editorial about the whole embarrassing mess not mentioning the wrongful use of tax dollars to defend Kirkwood’s position; but misinforming the people with regards to the Cerner Innovation Campus. According to the editorial, Hickman Mills is “soon to be the beneficiary of heightened cash flow” from the project. There are a couple of things wrong with that statement. First, it will be a total of $6 million, won’t begin to “flow” until Cerner has money coming in, and will be highly regulated as to how it can be spent. It also glosses over the fact that, with the backing of John Sharp and Scott Taylor and the support of Kevin McManus, Cerner not only has a TIF but a super TIF. Even if Cerner employees were to flood into Hickman Mills as Mr. Sharp led the community to believe would happen, the school district couldn’t afford to educate their kids, with that kind of diversion of tax dollars.

    Hopefully, now with Ms. Hildebrand seated, the school board will be able to put its focus where it needs to be, which is holding the superintendent accountable for the district remaining provisionally accredited. Hopefully, also, in the future the Star will serve the community better by getting all the facts straight before publishing another article regarding the school district and its community.

    • Lou Austin 9:27 am on October 26, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      I called Ms. Sanchez and left a message that I would like to chat with her regarding her article (she never responded) with the same criticism that I will direct to you – that is, to continually recite that HMSD will be receiving money from the Cerner development is grossly misleading – you rightfully point out that the Cerner money is very regulated and over time, but this issue must be put into context to present a fair and accurate picture – I is my understanding that HMSD will, over years, receive approximately $6 million dollars from the Cerner development – at the same time over the 23 year life of the Cerner TIF the district will be giving up $340 million in school taxes that are being diverted back to the development – Whenever this subject is mentioned both numbers should be cited – the $6 million in vs. the $340 out so the reader is provided with an accurate understanding of the cash flows involved. By any logic this does not appear to be a good deal for HMSD – and – what will the value of the Cerner facilities when the taxes finally start flowing to the district a quarter of a century from now – I would point out that the Bannister Mall barely lasted beyond 25 years – so when tax flow time finally arrives there might not be much in the way of taxes for the district to spend. Best regards.


  • skcablog 3:44 pm on October 20, 2016 Permalink | Reply  

    Center Planning October Meeting 

    Center Planning and Development Council
    Trailside Center, 9901 Holmes Road
    Tuesday, October 25, 2016
    7:00 pm

    Additional parking available on the north side of 99th,
    (please park with care), or across the street in Holmeswood Shops or Gomer’s Plaza.


    Matt Killion, Area Engineer for MoDot will present future plans for the widening of I-435 from State Line to Holmes as well as changes to the interchange at Holmes. Also, he will tell us what MoDot is doing on Bannister Road from StateLine to east of Holmes in terms of resurfacing and sidewalks. Bannister Road is a State Highway.

    A representative of the Mid-Continent Library will describe what will be provided with the increase in the levy that is proposed on the Nov 8th ballot.

    Update on the 108th and Wornall project by Center Planning board member
    (Most of the details are provided below.)

    News Item

    The rezoning of 108th & Wornall had a hearing on Oct 19th at 1:30pm at City Hall in front of the Planning, Zoning, and Economic Development Committee. Several people from Center Planning & Development Council and Country Lane neighborhood were there to express concerns about the density of the townhouses on the east end of the property. (The senior cooperative is on the west end.) Thanks to those who went to City Hall yesterday (10/19) and to those who called our Council people.

    The rezoning was approved and will go to the full Council for approval on Thursday, Oct 27th. Due to the opposition expressed, the following changes were made:

    1) The east end has a lower zoning classification than the west end. The development plan that was approved has 33 townhouses. If the developer wants a greater density, he has to amend the development plan which requires starting all over in the approval process i.e. City Plan Commission, Council Committee and full Council.

    2) Prior to Phase 2, the developer must submit a “traffic letter” from their engineer to the City Development Dept who will forward it to Public Works, who will evaluate the Wornall traffic patterns. (This is not a traffic study, per se.)

    3) Project Plan: A project plan provides the details of the development plan i.e. elevations, landscaping, lighting, building materials, etc. Normally, the City does not send notifications about project plans, but in this case, an exception has been made. Whoever develops the east end will have to contact Center Planning & Development Council and the City will notify people within 300 feet of the project re: the date it goes to the City Plan Commission for final approval.

    Additional information: Before a certificate of occupancy can be given, most of the 24 conditions attached to the zoning, have to be met. Refer to Ordinance # 160797.

  • skcablog 1:16 pm on October 16, 2016 Permalink | Reply  

    Southern Communities Coalition Meeting 

    Wednesday, October 19, 2016, 7:00 P.M.

    Baptiste Educational Center
    5401 E. 103rd St.
    Kansas City, MO 64137

    Guest Speakers:

    • Mr. Gerri Haile, Branch Manager, Mid-Continent Public Library – “Yes for Libraries” Campaign
    • Mr. Keith Sanders, Chief Engineer, KCATA Three Trails Station at Bannister and Blue Ridge Blvd.
    • Mr. DaRon McGee, 36th District State House Representative
    • Ms. Kiki Curls, 9th District State Senate Representative
    • Legislative Update – “Veto Session”

    Coffee & cookies are served
    This meeting is always informative on local issues
    Questions: Carol McClure, Co-Chair, 816-966-0855

  • skcablog 12:01 am on October 10, 2016 Permalink | Reply  

    South Kansas City Alliance? 

    As neighborhood activists, the South Kansas City Advocates receive meeting announcements from numerous groups, including from the South Kansas City Alliance (SKCA). SKCA meetings are not posted on our blog because this is a political group masquerading as a neighborhood and community group. As advocates for neighborhood issues we do not post meeting announcements for political groups, including Citizens Association, Freedom Inc, Taxpayers Unlimited (Firefighters), and many others; but rather opt to highlight groups with fair and balanced information.

    Let’s look at the South Kansas City Alliance meeting on October 10, 2016.

    The meeting tonight is to hear about the November 8th ballot issues. (As stated in their e-mails, their “goal is to learn more about them before we vote next month”.)

    Our speakers include:

    1. Jackson County Executive Frank White and COMBAT Deputy Director Vince Ortega, talking about the extension of the COMBAT quarter-cent county sales tax.

    2. Steve Potter, Director and CEO of the Mid-Continent Public Library, talking about Proposition L which is an increase in the library property tax levy.

    3. Rev. Robert Hill, community engagement coordinator of What U Can Do, speaking in opposition to Constitutional Amendment #6 to amend the Missouri constitution to authorize requiring current government-issued photo IDs to vote.

    4. Derek Ramsey, Vice President, Realtor Advocacy & Commercial Division, Kansas City Regional Association of Realtors will talk about Amendment 4, meant to preemptively ban a sales tax on services.

    5. Representative DaRon McGee talking about other statewide ballot issues.

    6. Steve Rolling, Honorary Chair of Children’s Services Fund Campaign will speak on Question 2, Jackson County, to approve an 1/8 percentage sales tax to support children’s services.

    7. Councilman Kevin McManus, 6th District, will discuss the 3 city questions on the ballot including Clay Chastain’s Light Rail proposal to be paid for by new sales taxes.

    This is a presentation of ballot proposals where the audience will only hear one side of the issue; so I guess when SKCA says the “goal is to learn more”, that means learning more about one side, not actually hearing the pros and cons. This sounds more like an effort to brainwash the audience than to actually inform them.

    We will soon discuss the people who control South Kansas City Alliance and their agenda.

  • skcablog 10:43 am on October 7, 2016 Permalink | Reply  

    Where’s the accountability? 

    It’s been three years since the Deputy Superintendent of Operations for the Newton County School System in Covington, Georgia was named Superintendent of Hickman Mills. There is no question that he stepped into a district with some real problems which he promised to address. The questions now is, when is that going to be?

    The latest test results show that Hickman Mills students scoring proficient (on grade level) or advanced were 38.3 % in English language arts, 25% in math, 28% in science and 52.1 % in social studies. That compares to statewide results respectively of 62.9%, 48.6%, 52.1%, and 63.3%.

    Carpenter’s comment was, “We are pleased by the fact that our results signify an overall culture of continuous improvement (year over year)”. I guess if you have to put a positive spin on depressing news, that would be it.

    Last year the blame fell on the student’s because they weren’t capable of taking the test on a computer. This year the blame falls on the State because, according to Carpenter, the assessment is “a state assessment system that has lacked much continuity”. It’s time the blame is put where it rightfully belongs and time this school board holds the Superintendent accountable for these disheartening and appalling scores.

    Because Hickman Mils can’t score above provisional accreditation, it is pursuing an “alternative” accreditation. This is laughable. The only accreditation that counts, the only one anyone looks at, is the State accreditation. Shame on the Superintendent for chasing this sham and shame on the school board for agreeing.

    It is little wonder that former board member Dan Osman packed up his little kids and moved out of this district. Sadly, it is also little wonder that the Superintendent thinks so little of our early childhood program, which was one of the best in the state before his arrival, that he would enroll his child in a private program.

    This school district continues to fail the community. Anyone still believing Cerner employees will be moving here needs to forget that fantasy. The absolute heartbreaking truth, however, is that we are failing our kids. Those kids that were freshmen when this superintendent arrived are now seniors. After this year they will be sent out into the world with the education provided by this district no matter how fallible education may be.

    It’s time this community woke up. If we have a superintendent who simply makes excuses and a school board that simply goes along, changes obviously need to be made and a good start would be next April’s school board election.

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