South Kansas City Alliance’s August General Meeting will be:
October 14 at the South Patrol Police Station.
Board Meeting will be at 5pm followed by the General Meeting at 6pm.
All are welcome to attend:
It’s a busy time for South Kansas City! We have a request to have many of you join us at City Hall & in Waldo next week in support of SKC projects. We will also be hearing from guest speakers on the proposed medical research tax at our next general meeting on Monday, 10/14 from 6:00-7:00pm. We will be meeting at the South Patrol Station at 9701 Marion Park Dr., (just south of Home Depot on Bannister Rd.). Our Board meets at 5:00pm in the same location.
We are also engaged on 2 very important issues, where our presence and voices are needed to represent the southland – coincidentally on the same day, Wednesday, October 9th (more details below). But first, at our next general meeting, the speakers will be on both sides of the 1/2 cent medical research tax (sharing pros and cons) that will be on the November ballot in Jackson County. This has received a lot of attention in the press. Come hear more details, and get your questions answered from the major leaders on both sides of the issue – before you vote. Click here for an article from the Kansas City Star with some background information on the issue.
- Brad Bradshaw, representing Citizens for Responsible Research – Opposed to the proposed tax
- Mary Jane Judy & Cathy Jolly, representing the Committee for Research Treatment and Cures – In favor of the proposed tax
Citizen Input Needed:
South Kansas City (5th & 6th District) citizens & other interested parties are needed to participate in 2 very important meetings of great importance to us:
1. The Cerner-Bannister Mall Redevelopment Project – On Wednesday, Oct. 9th at 1:30pm goes before the KCMO Planning, Zoning & Economic Development Committee. We’ll be at City Hall, on the 26th Flr in council chambers – We need to show our support for this project before the council committee who will send the ordinance to be voted on by the full council. We want to make sure they know that we have full support for, and ensure local input for the $8million contribution from the developers for the Hickman Mills School District & surrounding neighborhoods. Can you please join us? If you think you can get there, please let our Government Affairs Committee Chair, Doug Smith, who is organizing this effort, know: DSmith7993@kc.rr.com, or me. Our Economic Dev. Committee (Co-Chair, Eslun Tucker) led us through our successful testimony (with a great citizen turnout) before the TIF Commission where the project was approved and now moves on to the City Council for approval.
2. The Street Car Line future extension to South KC/Bannister – A consulting team from BNIM, (including Gunnar Hand who came to our last meeting) is hosting community meetings/Open Houses to get community input and to share information about the NextRail KC project. They are trying to determine which rail line extensions will be part of the project. We need to make sure it is clear that we want the line to extend into South Kansas City. It is called The Country Club Right of Way (CCROW) Extension, and would support extending the route to the south from Union Station through Brookside to Bannister Rd. and Blue Ridge Blvd. They need to know that we are engaged, and want it. So, we need a really good turn out on Wednesday, October 9 at Keystone Church at 204 W. 74th St. from 6-8pm.This meeting is specifically dedicated to discussing the South Kansas City line, the CCROW Extension. There is also a meeting on 10/10 (covering the route from Union Station to the Plaza that must be in place first) at UMKC in Pierson Auditorium from 6-8pm. Lou Austin, our Transportation Committee Chair, will be there for both, and would appreciate having as many of us there as possible. Please let him, or me know if you have any questions, and can be there in support on either day. His email address: LouAustin@austinlivingtrust.com.
The Nominating Committee (Co-Chairs-Judy Swope & Deborah Washam) ask that if you are interested in serving on our Board (elections are in November), or on a committee (see meeting schedules below) – please let us know. The application for the board positions is attached. Please be prepared to return application by Monday, 10/7 to Karry Palmer: KarryPalmer@yahoo.com. Thanks!
Regularly Scheduled Committee Meetings:
1. Communications/Outreach – (Katherine Trummer, Chair: KATrummer@StateStreet.com). Meets 4th Mondays at 6:00pm at Trailside Center at 9901 Holmes Rd.
2. Economic Development – (Steve Rinne & Eslun Tucker, Co-Chairs: Eslun.Tucker@gmail.com & SRinne@edckc.com). Meets 3rd Tuesdays at 5:00pm at the Trailside Center at 9901 Holmes Rd. (The October meeting may be at a different location. The chairs will confirm via email).
3. Government Affairs – (Doug Smith, Chair: DSmith7993@kc.rr.com). Meets 2nd Wednesdays at 5:30pm at the Trailside Center at 9901 Holmes Rd. (May not meet in October because of public input meeting conflict. He will confirm via email).
4. Neighborhoods – (Karry Palmer, Chair: KarryPalmer@yahoo.com). Meets 2nd Thursdays at 6:00pm at the South Patrol Police Station at 9701 Marion Park Dr. (south of Home Depot). Combined with KCNAC leaders meeting.
5. Transportation – (Lou Austin, Chair: Lou Austin@austinlivingtrust.com.). Meets as needed. Email Lou to be added to email list for meeting notices).
6. Membership – (Vanessa Claborn-Welch, Co-Chair: Vanshirts@kc.rr.com). Meets as needed. Email Vanessa to be added to email list for meeting notices).
Please remember that all committees welcome your participation and ideas. Feel free to attend any meeting of interest. You may email the chairperson to be included in email meeting reminders and special notices.
Upcoming SKCA General Meetings (2nd Mondays each month at South Patrol at 6:00pm) dates:
Monday, November 11 – Our Annual Meeting – elections will take place (Please make sure your dues are paid, or renewed by October 31 in order to vote). Speaker to be announced.
Monday, December 9 – We’ll have our annual Legislative Update from Jefferson City with our state representatives & senators.
Monday, January 13, 2014 – We’ll welcome speakers from Jackson County (including County Executive Mike Sanders & our legislator Dan Tarwater).
Thank you for your interest in South Kansas City! We are open to suggestions, and are willing to help in any way we can. Please feel free to contact me.
South Kansas City Alliance, President