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  • 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

  • skcablog 12:07 pm on May 24, 2017 Permalink | Reply  

    Center Planning May Meeting 

    Center Planning and Development Council

    Trailside Center, 9901 Holmes Road
    Tuesday, May 30, 2017
    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


    • Jason Holsman, our Missouri State Senator, will provide the highlights of the Legislative Session.
    • Our South Patrol Officer will give us the latest developments regarding the homicides on the Indian Creek Trail near 103rd Street and Wornall Road. Many of us are very concerned about the series of homicides in our area.
    • Lisa Hummel, Coordinator of Keep Out The Rain KC will be present to register households who wish to be evaluated for this program.

    Next Meeting

    We will not be meeting in June, July, and August, and will restart again on the last Tuesday in September (the 26th). We hope everyone has an enjoyable summer. As always, if an issue comes up that requires a special meeting, we will let you know.

  • skcablog 11:39 am on May 12, 2017 Permalink | Reply  

    Southern Communities Coalition Meeting 

    Wednesday, May 17, 2017, 7:00 P.M.
    South Kansas City Patrol Station
    9701 Marion Park Drive
    Kansas City, MO 64137

    Guest Speakers:

    • Mr. Chad Thompson, Project Manager on Blue River Road
    • Mr. Mario Vasquez, Project Manager on Trolley Track Trail
    • Ms. Lisa Hummel, Community Outreach Coordinator for a free City program called “Keep Out The Rain KC

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

  • skcablog 12:14 pm on May 6, 2017 Permalink | Reply  

    Meetings Notice from Center Planning 

    There are two very important upcoming meetings that will affect the south Kansas City area.

    The first meeting is with Centerpoint, the developer of the Bannister Federal Complex. They are holding a meeting at Center High School to discuss their plans for the cleanup of the Bannister Federal Complex. The meeting is on Thursday, May 11th, at 5:30pm.

    The second meeting is with the Missouri Department of Natural Resources to get feedback from the public about Centerpoint’s plans for the cleanup of the Bannister Federal Complex. This is a formal public hearing. This meeting will be held on Wednesday, May 17th at 5:30pm at Center High School.

    Please plan to attend both meetings, as one affects the other, and both greatly affect our community.

  • skcablog 3:40 pm on April 26, 2017 Permalink | Reply  

    Good Luck Lee’s Summit 

    KCPT is to be commended for their occasional programs dealing with local schools. You would think that guests on these shows would be experts in their field, yet Nick Haines, for some reason, includes Dr. Dennis Carpenter, the current superintendent of the failing Hickman Mills School District. In a recent show, the guests were asked what gives them headaches, and Carpenter responded with his usual claim that the students in Hickman Mills can’t perform, educationally, as well as those in more affluent districts.

    That Hickman Mills can’t get accredited by the State is such a headache for Dr. Carpenter that he decided to pursue a cure through something called AdvancedEd. It would be interesting to know how much this cost the taxpayers, especially since it really carries no weight. In the District’s press release he stated:

    It’s refreshing to have the district’s processes, systems and overall programming validated. This ensures that we are on track in terms of providing a holistic education of the district’s children validated.

    Hmmmm. Not only does that last sentence not make sense, but you would think if it were true, they wouldn’t remain provisionally accredited by the State.

    One also has to wonder if another source of his headache is the fact that he’s trying to hide something. Recently it has come to light that an email went out to all board of education members telling them they aren’t allowed in District buildings without an administrative escort. It seems he’s gone so far as having their ID badges deactivated. The truly sad fact of this is that he, as superintendent, is literally running the district, not the board of education which employees him.

  • skcablog 11:14 am on April 19, 2017 Permalink | Reply  

    Center Planning April Meeting 

    Center Planning and Development Council

    Trailside Center, 9901 Holmes Road
    Tuesday, April 25, 2017
    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


    Center School District Panel:

    Kelly Wachel, public relations director for the Center School District, is excited to share a panel presentation on the new “Center Impact Project” that seeks to pair intensive volunteer experiences with high school students at Center High School. The impact team is comprised of local churches, the South Kansas City Chamber of Commerce, Caring for Kids, Young Life, and others all collaborating with Center School District to help support academic achievement and attendance. We will have Dr. Sharon Nibbelink (superintendent), Mark Potter (community outreach coordinator at Colonial Presbyterian Church), and Leonard Davis (Young Life) here to explain the project and what it means for our community and our students.

    Keep Out the Rain is coming to our area this summer — to the West Bannister Neighborhood, Valley View, Western Hills, Santa Fe Hills, and the Boone area. Some of you may have experienced sewer back-ups in your basement. This is a free program to help property owners find and fix connections that allow rainwater to enter the sanitary sewer system. Lisa Hummel, coordinator of the program, will be here to sign up residents and provide more details. You can also call for a sewer connection check-up by calling 513-0200. This is one part of the City’s Overflow Control Program.

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