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North Kansas City City Council Recap – February 22, 2017

Recap courtesy Rich Groves of the North Kansas City Business Council.

Work Session, beginning at 6 p.m.

The purpose of the work session was for City Administrator Eric Berlin and a representative from ETC Institute to explain plans for a citizen survey. This will be similar to the survey conducted in 2012. But this time the results can be compared with the previous survey as well as with other similar communities.

The survey will be conducted in April and May, targeting 1,800 households with the goal of having at least 300 respondents.

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

Agenda Topics

Auditors Report

A summary of the auditor’s findings was presented by a representative from RSM US, LLP. The results of the audit were very positive, resulting in an “unmodified” conclusion, which means findings were “clear” with no significant disagreements or difficulties. The auditor was very complimentary of the condition of the city’s financial records, and particularly about City Finance Manager Shirley Land.

YMCA Renovation Project

The project which will convert one of three basketball courts to two levels with a mezzanine area devoted to cardio equipment. The large lower level will enable more programming. There will also be a reconfiguration of the entry hallway and reception desk. The project is expected to be completed by early 2018.

Liquor Control Ordinances and Beer/Wine Gardens

Changes to ordinances presented in previous work sessions were approved.

Bike Share Stations

Approval was given to proceed with the design and construction of three Bike Share stations. Although there are already 30 stations south of the Missouri River, these will be the first in the Northland.

They will be located at 18th and Swift, 29th and Swift and near the YMCA building at a total cost of $130 thousand. A portion will be paid by The Rainen Companies, owner of CityView and The Gardens at Northgate Village. Would-be bike riders can either pay $3 per half-hour or $65 for an annual membership by credit card to use the “loaner” bikes in the stations.

Electric Power for One North

Approval was given for expedited work by KCP&L to provide electrical power in the One North redevelopment area. The need is urgent to allow construction of the Meierotto Jewelry building to proceed on schedule for opening later this year.

Overflow Parking for Burger King

Construction work on the entrance to One North – an extension of Taney Street to the south – will eliminate some of the current parking used by Burger King customers. Approval was given to make space available temporarily in some of the area formerly used for Sutherland’s parking lot.

Councilmember Comments

City Councilman Rick Stewart commended members of the North Kansas City Fire Department, acting in behalf of the fire department’s public service initiative to help an elderly resident make necessary code repairs to his home that he wasn’t able to do by himself.

As always, additional details about City Council agenda topics are often available as attachments on the City’s website www.nkc.org and later as part of the approved minutes.

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