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North Kansas City City Council Recap – March 22, 2017

North Kansas City Business Council

Prepared by Rich Groves, Executive Director – North Kansas City Business Council

Work Session, beginning at 6 p.m.

Information was provided by City Administrator Eric Berlin and Police Chief Steve Beamer about traffic studies and recommendations in response to concerns about speeding and pedestrian safety in the northern part of North Kansas City. In particular, concerns were expressed about Swift Avenue north of 26th Avenue, Howell Street across from Macken Park, and the vicinity of E. 31st Ave and Buchanan Street.

The traffic studies were performed following the completion of construction of Phase 4 of the Gardens at Northgate Village. The studies showed no significant degree of speeding in those areas, but provided enough data to recommend two “raised table sidewalk crossings” be installed: one at 29th & Swift near the Gardens and one at 29th & Howell near Macken Park. These “traffic calming” devices consist of a raised platform of pavement about 3 inches tall and 5-6 feet wide.

Based on an apparent consensus of City Council members City staff will proceed to install these sidewalk crossings. The City Council also expressed interest in learning more about the practicality and cost of converting the “triangle intersection” at Swift and 32nd Ave into a T intersection to improve sight distance and pedestrian crossing. 

Regular City Council meeting, beginning at 7:00 p.m.

Comments from the Public 

Support for the Public Safety Sales Tax

I took this opportunity to go on record in behalf of the North Kansas City Business Council to indicate the Business Council’s support for approval of the proposed 1/2% Public Safety Sales Tax which will be on the April 4 ballot for North Kansas City voters. I explained that the Board of Directors unanimously supported this tax increase and authorized three ways to help support it: 1) a postcard to all residents; 2) assistance in distributing yard signs produced by the Fraternal Order of Police lodge; and 3) a large banner to be displayed in a prominent area near the single voting location of all four wards at the YMCA. Other ways the Business Council has supported the tax are: 1) provide information about it at February and March membership luncheons and 2) include an article about it in the upcoming printed newsletter.

Agenda Topics:

Farmer’s Market

Approval was given for the North Kansas City Business Council to once again coordinate the Farmer’s Market at Caboose Park beginning Friday, May 5 and continuing through Friday, October 27. The hours of the Farmer’s Market will be 7:00 a.m. until 1:30 p.m.

One North Zoning Amendment

Approval was given in response to the request by the Developers’ engineer for the One North project to convert zoning designations for existing M-1 and M-2 industrial zones into R-3 and R-4 residential zones.

Mechanical CPR Systems

Approval was given to purchase 2 mechanical CPR systems to be placed in the fire department’s front line ambulances at a cost of $29,701. This is approximately $10,000 less than budgeted. The selected systems are Physio Control Lucas 3.0 chest compression systems.

Staff Comments

Parks & Recreation Building Groundbreaking

Eric Berlin announced that there will be a groundbreaking at the site of the new Parks & Recreation building on Monday, March 27.

YMCA Financial Report

The February Year-to-Date financial results from the YMCA show a surplus of $114 thousand after two months. This is approximately the same as last year after two months.

About Nick Hartman

Nick Hartman is a senior at Smithville High School and has taken a vested interest in the community for the past few years. He is the Student Body President and is heavily involved in the School District and community. He enjoys being informed and writing stories that matter to the people of the Northland. He will be attending William Woods University in the fall of 2017 to study Political/Legal Studies and play golf. In his limited free time, he enjoys reading and hanging out with friends.