Here’s your discount to the Bay Water Park

The Bay Water Park in South KC is a great place to visit in the summer, and its opening day for the 2018 season is May 26th.  Special thanks to our 6th District Councilman Kevin McManus for the coupon!

Click the coupon for the full flier and print it out to take with you.

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Kansas City Election Board requests community feedback on KCPS redistricting process.

In April of 2019, the KCPS School Board will be reduced from nine to seven members.

This will bring the School Board in line with state law. The current School Board includes six sub-district members and three at-large.

The new Board will be comprised of five members representing sub-districts and two at-large members. To accommodate that change, the sub-district boundaries will be redrawn.

This redistricting process will be planned and carried out by consultants hired by the Kansas City Board of Election Commissioners. The consultants will hold a series of presentations and engagement meetings with the public in order to share proposed new sub-district boundaries and gather feedback in the spring and summer of 2018.

The consultants will then make final recommendations and the Election Board is scheduled to approve the new School Board sub-district boundaries by the end of August. All seven School Board seats will be open for the April 2019 municipal elections.

The Kansas City Board of Election Commissioners voted on May 17 to winnow down an initial set of six proposed new Kansas City Public Schools Board of Directors sub-districts to three draft maps. Those maps can be viewed below.

Public feedback on these drafts is being sought at engagement meetings this summer.

Input can also be submitted by email at kcpsredistricting@kceb.org or by calling the Election Commission at (816) 842-4820.

Draft Redistricting Maps:

It is very important that KCPS parents and other stakeholders participate in the Election Board’s engagement process in order to learn more about the proposed sub-district boundaries and contribute input. The final boundaries will have a significant impact on the composition of the new School Board. Public participation in the redistricting process will help ensure that all community members are represented with equity.

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Waldo Construction Update 5/17/18

The City of Kansas City will continue to work on Wornall Road between 85th Street and 77th Street.  Specifically, this week Blue Nile Contractors will be working near 83rd Street/83rd Terrace to replace a sewer line, while work continues southward near 78th and 77th Terrace to replace the water main. One lane of traffic will continue to remain open in both directions at all times, however, driveways may be temporarily blocked.

Meanwhile, City contractors will be on site starting Thursday, May 17th (weather permitting) to begin some drilling work on areas along Wornall Road between 74th and 79th Streets and an area on 75th Street west of Wyandotte Street. This work is related to geotechnical investigations needed for the design of the 75th and Wornall Road improvements project.

The drilling work will involve some moving lane closures, as there will be large drilling machines collecting soil samples along the project area. These drilling activities are slated to occur this Thursday and Friday, and Thursday, May 31st (weather permitting). Drilling should last for about an hour at each site and will only occur between the hours of 9:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m. At least one lane of traffic will be open in both directions at all times.

Click Here to view the Project Info

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KCPS Stakeholder Survey

Kansas City Public Schools is seeking valuable feedback from students, parents, staff members and others with a stake in the city’s educational system.

KCPS Board of Directors policy and the 2018-2023 Strategic Plan place a high priority on regularly listening to and learning from all stakeholders in order to assure that we are meeting the needs of the community.

KCPS is asking our community members to complete a stakeholder survey. This responsive survey will be an opportunity for stakeholders to provide insights and observations about academics, programs, services, operations, facilities, finances, communications, public perception, safety and security and other critical facets of the school system.

The results of this survey will guide the KCPS improvement process. KCPS values all opinions and is eager to hear your responses. Our goal is to get authentic responses from all of our stakeholders.

Complete the survey today by visiting www.kcpublicschools.org/survey. The deadline to respond is 5 p.m. Friday, June 29.

Please help build the future of KCPS and public education in our city by participating in our 2018 Stakeholder Survey!

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Crime Stoppers Reward Raised to $10,000

Anonymous information on KCMO homicides could be eligible for up to $10,000.00 in cash rewards!

Anyone with information is urged to contact Crime Stoppers Greater Kansas City TIPS Hotline at 816-474-TIPS (8477), TIPS may also be submitted electronically at www.KCcrimestoppers.com, or by downloading our NEW mobile app, P3TIPS, on Google Play or the Apple iOS stores for FREE.

Information leading to an arrest and/or filing of charges could be eligible for up to $2,000.00 in reward money. ALL INFORMATION IS ANONYMOUS.

Click Here for all of the information.

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Invitation to sponsor our annual picnic and movie night.

The Waldo Tower Neighborhood Association (WTNA) invites you to be a sponsor for the Annual Picnic and Movie Night in Tower Park on Saturday June 30th starting at 6pm.

The family-fun activities include a giant inflatable, kite flying, sidewalk decorating and face painting.

We’ll be serving hot food from the grill along with live music and neighborly conversations until the sun sets.  Then we’ll enjoy the movie, “Sandlot” on a giant screen.

We’re mailing invitations to all 3,300 homes to invite them to this free event and expect a great turnout!

All sponsors are invited to bring their table and materials.

  • $100-$249 sponsorship: a mention in our program handout and a shout out on our website, all of our social networks and in an email to our members.
  • $250-$499 sponsorship: everything above and a sponsorship sign at one of our activities.
  • $500+ sponsorship: everything above and your  :30-1 min video or still ad on the big screen before the movie.
  • $1000 sponsorship: everything above and a sponsorship ad on the mailer.

Send us an email if you are interested- info@towerhomesassociation.org

 

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KCMO businesses encouraged to join Living Wage Registry

The City of Kansas City, Missouri, has created a Living Wage Registry that highlights employers who choose to help raise living standards for their employees by paying wages higher than the national and state minimums.

City councilmembers got their first look at the registry during Thursday’s Business Session. Businesses that register will receive a distinctive sticker that can be prominently displayed for their customers and employees.

“K.C. is a city with a big heart,” Councilwoman Katheryn Shields said. “This program is designed to recognize the many businesses that voluntarily pay a living wage to their employees. Each knows their company’s greatest asset is their employees.”

KCMO voters last August approved a measure to set the City’s minimum wage at $10 an hour, gradually increasing to $15 per hour by 2022. The roadblock to that measure, however, is that state law prohibits cities from creating a minimum wage different than the one used in the rest of Missouri.

“State law preempted the City from implementing legislation increasing the minimum wage,” Councilman Jermaine Reed said. “I applaud employers who voluntarily agree to comply with the legislation.  These employers have made a commitment to invest in their workers despite the overreach of the state legislature.”

The federal minimum wage is $7.25 an hour, while the state minimum wage is $7.85 an hour. Employers engaged in retail or service businesses with annual gross income below $500,000 are not required to pay the state minimum wage.

“We believe a higher minimum wage gets us considerably closer to achieving a living wage and makes it easier for employees to take care of themselves and their families,” City Manager Troy Schulte said. “With this registry, we want to show our appreciation for the businesses who share our belief and, hopefully, it’ll catch on all over the City.”

A living wage is the minimum income necessary for workers to meet their basic needs, which include food, housing and other essential needs such as clothing. The goal is to allow a worker to afford a basic but decent standard of living. The flexible nature of the term ‘needs’ means there is no universally accepted measure of what a living wage is so it varies by location and household type.

The living wage differs from the minimum wage in that the latter is set by national law and can fail to meet the requirements to have a basic quality of life, leaving the family to rely on government assistance. In economic terms, the living wage is similar to the minimum wage as it is a price floor for labor. It differs from basic needs in that the basic needs model usually measures a minimum level of consumption, without regard for the source of the income.

During the City Council debate last spring about the minimum wage, the City looked at its own employee pay. All City employees make at least $10 an hour.

The registry will be administered by the City Clerk’s Office. Questions about the registry can be directed to 816-513-3360.

For more information, please contact Chris Hernandez, City Communications Director, at 816-513-3474.

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Wornall Road Construction Notice

City contractors will be on site starting Thursday, April 26th (weather permitting) to begin some drilling work on areas along Wornall Road between 74th and 79th Streets and an area on 75th Street west of Wyandotte Street.

The drilling work will involve some moving lane closures, as there will be large drilling machines collecting soil samples along the project area. These drilling activities are slated to occur this Thursday and Friday, and Monday and Tuesday of next week (weather permitting).

Drilling should last for about an hour at each site and will only occur between the hours of 9:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m. At least one lane of traffic will be open in both directions at all times. The approximate drilling locations are indicated with stars on the maps, which you can see by clicking here.

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Southtown Showcase on May 9th

Join the 2018 Southtown Showcase to sample local food and drinks, meet others, win prizes and have fun! This fun event showcases local restaurants, food and drink vendors, businesses and organizations from across South Central KC, Brookside, Troost, University District, Waldo & the surrounding areas.

SOUTHTOWN SHOWCASE
Wednesday, May 9, 2018
5:30 to 7:30 pm
Brookside Gardens
624 E 63rd Street
Kansas City, MO 64110
Click here for a map

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Village Crawfish Festival to benefit Kansas City Community Gardens

“Laisser le bon temps rouler!”

Single Tickets (cheaper online than at the door)
$60.00 online; $75.00 at the door (after 6:00pm Saturday)

A Single Ticket Includes:
Fresh Crawfish Boil, Veggies, BBQ, Beer, Wine, Music, Dancing, Friends, Neighbors, and all monies raised goes to Kansas City Community Gardens (KCCG)

BUY YOUR TICKETS NOW!

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Prescription Take Back Day at Research Medical Center Brookside Campus April 28th

Bring your unused or expired medications in for safe disposal.
Saturday, April 28th from 10am to 2pm

The National Prescription Drug Take Back Day aims to provide a safe, convenient, and responsible means of disposing of prescription drugs, while also educating the general public about the potential for abuse of medications.

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KCMO Land Bank creates unique home ownership program for public employees

Following its successful Dollar Home Sale and #HeartofKC home sale, the Land Bank of Kansas City is opening the doors to home ownership to public employees for just $100.

Beginning April 23, the Land Bank is putting 25 homes up for sale to City of Kansas City, Jackson County, KCPD, state and federal employees and employees of school districts inside the Kansas City, Missouri, city limits. Applications will be taken until May 28.

“Public employees are committed to this City and already make sacrifices to serve,” said Ted Anderson, Land Bank executive director. “This sale is a benefit we can offer workers who repair streets or fight fires, so that they can move from renting to owning a home.”

This sale is similar to the other Land Bank sales in several ways. Buyers need to pass a background check, have no delinquent property taxes or open property maintenance violations and have access to at least $8,500 so they can begin repairs. They will have four months to abate exterior violations and another eight months to rehab the interior of the home (one year total). Buyers also need to make the home their principal residence for at least three years. Given the need for affordable housing throughout Kansas City, Anderson said this is a great way to own a home for relatively little money.

“Like the #HeartofKC homes that sold for $999, these homes are structurally sound and, with a little vision, owners are going to have a fabulous return on their investment,” Anderson said. “You can expect to spend anywhere from $20,000 to $30,000 in rehab costs, but in return, you not only have the pride of home ownership, but pride in reinvesting in Kansas City.”

A complete list of properties can be found on the Land Bank’s website: www.kcmolandbank.org. Several other properties, available to anyone, can also be found on the site. For more information about the public employee sale, call the Land Bank at (816) 513-9020.

Interested media can contact Neighborhoods and Housing Services Department Communications/Community Liaison John Baccala at (816) 513-3202 or Ted Anderson, Land Bank Executive Director at (816) 513-9020.

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Dozens of volunteers needed for emergency exercise at KCI

Simulated accident happening on May 16

If you have a flair for the dramatic and a burning desire to serve your community, then you may want to consider signing up to participate in a full-scale disaster exercise on May 16 at Kansas City International Airport.

This exercise will test the community’s ability to respond to and manage an aircraft-related emergency, so volunteer participation is essential. Volunteers must be at least 18 years old and should plan to be onsite from 7 a.m. to noon.

Ten volunteers with moulage skills are needed to create the special effects that will simulate passenger injuries and provide a sense of realism to the exercise. Moulage supplies will be provided and the artists are welcome to stick around to play the role of a victim or they may leave after the makeup application is complete.

Up to 100 volunteers are needed to serve as “victims” of a major aircraft accident on the airfield or as their friends and relatives in the airport terminal or at a family assistance center near the airport.

Parking and a staging area assignment will be available at Terminal A, which has been closed since 2014. Lunch also will be provided after the event.

Please RSVP to participate. Anyone interested should contact Exercise Volunteer Coordinator Karen Penn at Karen.Penn@kcmo.org or 816-243-3146.

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The Robeson School site has been officially re-purposed by KCPS.

This article has been reprinted from the KCPS Plug site:

Kansas City, April 19, 2018:  Robeson Holding Co, LLC, a partnership between O’Reilly Development Company, LLC and South Waldo Community Investors has purchased the former Robeson School Site, 8201 Holmes Rd., from Kansas City Public Schools (KCPS). The development team plans to convert the 20-acre former school site and former Jewish Community Center, back into a recreation center, with athletic fields, indoor courts, 24-hour day-care, community theatre, retail shops, and community programming, as well as, senior rental housing.

A unique component of the project is the development team’s commitment to ensuring that the recreation center is accessible to the local community, especially youth and families that might typically be priced out of similar facilities and programs. The development team has entered into a Community Benefits Agreement (CBA) with two community groups: Marlborough Community Coalition and the Waldo Tower Neighborhood Association.  As part of the CBA, the development team has committed to funding a community outreach coordinator and working with the community organizations to define recreational and community programming that will be offered to local residents.

“The goal of the KCPS Repurposing Initiative for our closed school sites is to ensure that those properties are developed with the long-term best outcome of the surrounding neighborhoods in mind,” said Melissa Robinson, KCPS Board of Directors Chair. “The plan for this site created by this development team is exactly what we wanted. This project is thoughtfully designed to reflect the diversity and vibrancy of the community members who live, work and play in that area. It’s commendable.”

Robeson Holding Co is currently in preliminary planning and in search of compatible retail tenants and programming partners.   A term of the agreement with KCPS is that the development team will not pursue property tax incentives.

“To have the opportunity to develop a property that can be economically successful and still serve the community is a goal of this joint venture.  We feel ‘alive’ with the new ideas of dove-tailing an active elderly community with all the excitement and activities of a community center which will lead to self- generating economic opportunities for not only the residents of the property but the participants of the programming activities themselves.  This concept will allow visitors through-out the metropolitan area to join with the neighborhood residents around a celebration of culture, education, entertainment and community centered on athletics and the arts,” said Sean Pickett of South Waldo Community Investors, LLC.

O’Reilly Development Company, LLC, based in Springfield, Mo., is a real estate development firm specializing in historic preservation, senior housing, affordable multifamily and student housing communities.  Founded in January 2013, partners Patrick E. O’Reilly and Denise K. Heintz bring over 30 years of combined experience in the housing development industry including real estate investment, full development management and commercial construction. The O’Reilly team of experts branch into all areas of development, management, construction and ownership with properties built in the residential, commercial, and industrial sectors.  More information is available at www.OReillyDevelopment.com.

South Waldo Community Investors, LLC, based in Kansas City, was started in 2014 for the purpose of finding and developing a community based sports and retail facility to serve the middle Kansas City metropolitan communities and re-establish a viable city resource for neighborhood citizens to live, play, learn and exchange culture.  They are proud to be partnering with such forward thinking developers as O’Reilly Development Company, LLC.

Since the beginning of the Repurposing Initiative process, KCPS has sold/leased 18 former school sites, and has three additional school sites under contract/MOU agreement.

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Major appliance purchases exempt from sales tax during Show-Me Green Tax holiday

Now is the time to get serious about the financial benefits of going green. At least that’s the case for folks looking to upgrade a refrigerator or cash in on a great deal for a new washer & dryer or some other energy-saving appliance.

April 19-25 is Missouri’s Show-Me Green Sales Tax Holiday, and it’s a nice opportunity for Kansas City residents to save money and stimulate the economy. This is one of several sustainability efforts the City supports to incorporate green programs into a broader approach that simultaneously promotes social equity, economic vitality and environmental quality.

ENERGY STAR®-qualified appliances purchased during this window within KCMO, located in Jackson County, are exempt from state and city sales tax. In addition, purchases made in the portions of Kansas City, located in Clay, Platte, Jackson and Cass counties are exempt from city, state and county sales tax.

The Show-Me Green Sales Tax Holiday exempts state sales tax on retail sales of qualifying energy star certified new appliances, up to $1,500 per appliance, during a seven-day period beginning at 12:01 a.m. on April 19 and ending at midnight on April 25.

The following energy star certified appliances qualify for the holiday:

  • Clothes washers
  • Clothes dryers
  • Water heaters
  • Trash compactors*
  • Dishwashers
  • Conventional ovens*
  • Ranges*
  • Stoves*
  • Air conditioners
  • Furnaces
  • Refrigerators
  • Freezers
  • Heat pumps

(*According to the Energy Star website, trash compactors, conventional ovens, ranges and stoves do not receive an energy star rating. Therefore, although the statute anticipates that someday they may receive the energy star rating, tax will continue to apply to purchases of these items during the upcoming Show-Me Green Sales Tax Holiday.)

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Our next general meeting is May 12, 2018 at 10am

Please join us at the Waldo Public Library, Room A, beginning at 10am for our next General Meeting.

We’ll go over several bits of news and announcements for the neighborhood and have a discussion on tree removal.

Our hope is to have an expert from Parks and Rec to come talk about the Emerald Ash Borer and other information for how best to replace trees that had to be suddenly removed.

We’ll also have our Curbside Appeal Grant Giveaway where we award 3 members with outdoor improvement projects $100 each. Learn more about how to enter the giveaway by Clicking Here.

Meet your neighbors, enjoy some coffee and refreshments and good discussion. See you there!

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Spring Dumpster Day is Saturday, May 5th


OUR NEXT DUMPSTER DAY IS SATURDAY, MAY 5, FROM 8AM UNTIL NOON OR UNTIL THE DUMPSTERS ARE FILLED.  

There will only be 3 dumpsters for yard and garden debris and big trash items. No special bundling of yard and garden waste is necessary. This is on a first come, first served basis. Once the dumpsters are filled, they will be closed.

Open to WTNA members only. Non-members can join on site for $25.

No household appliances, paint, oil, or tires please!

Volunteers are always welcome to help unload items from member’s vehicles. Refreshments are usually provided. Contact John Bozarth with any questions about Dumpster Day.

 

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Now accepting applications for Curbside Appeal Grant Giveaway!

Curbside appeal grants are funds given away out of our general membership account that are to be used to improve the curbside appeal of your house/property. Right now, we give away 3, $100 grants this year by a random drawing of members who have entered to win.

Applicants need only to fill out a contact form (scroll down to fill it out), or attend the drawing and fill it out in person.

Applicant must put their name, address and phone number as well as the proposed curbside project that will be concluded before the date of the following year’s drawing.

YOU must be:

  • A current dues-paying member of WTNA

You may pay your $25 dues today!

YOUR PROJECT must be:

  • Visible from the street in front of your house
  • Completed by 1 year from May 12th (the date of the drawing)

HOW IT WORKS

  • 3 winners of $100 grants are drawn from the submissions. 1 alternate will also be drawn in case there are eligibility problems with the initial winners.
  • If you win, you complete your project within 1 year. Please contact us within 4 months of the drawing with an estimated timeline for your project and again before you begin so we can take “before” photos.
  • Once your project is complete, submit receipts for reimbursement of up to $100.
  • Before and after photos may be taken and compared prior to reimbursement.
  • Any reimbursement towards tools or equipment used to complete the project may not exceed $25 of the grant.

Example:  Your project is to plant a flower bed in front of your house.  You spend $200 on flowers, soil, mulch, and landscaping fabric.  You also spend $50 on a shovel, a hose, a hoe, and a rake.  Only $25 of the $50 spent on tools is eligible for reimbursement even though the total spent on the project did not exceed $100.

Winners of grant money are also not eligible to enter the drawing again the following year and must wait until 2 years after they’ve won to enter again. This rule was created specifically to limit the amount of winnings that went to the same person each year.

Our next drawing will be held on Saturday, May 12th, at our next General Meeting and we are now accepting entries.

 

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Emerald Ash Borer in Waldo: Treatments, Removals and Replacements


Green dots represent Ash trees. Those in red were slated for removal from January to April 2018. Ash trees being treated are not yet identified on the map.

Treatments

Since 2016 only trees in “Good”, which is excellent condition, are being treated.  On a two-year cycle we are still treating about 3,200 trees in year 1 and 2,400 in year 2.  Approximately 5,000 ash trees are no longer being treated.  Most of these trees have tags on them from treatments prior to 2016.  A door hanger will be left at the time of treatment to let residents know the tree has been treated.  Treatments are generally performed between June and August.

Removals

The 5,000 ash trees that are no longer being treated will be rated for condition this summer 2018 and scheduled for removal over the next 3 years based on their condition.  Currently, approximately 600 ash tree removals will be completed by the end of April 2018.  Door hangers are left at least two weeks in advance to let residents know an ash tree(s) will be removed.  Trees that are dead should be reported to the 311 Call Center.

Replacements

Each ash tree removed will be replaced by the end of the next planting season, if there is a location that meets Forestry’s planting specifications.  A variety of trees proven for this region, and that do not have any known problems will be planted.  Residents will not have a choice of trees as it is not possible to coordinate with planting contractors, and availability of trees is in short supply.  Only trees of the proper mature size for the tree lawn between the street curb and sidewalk will be planted.  Tree lawns less than 5’ will not be planted.  As with removals door hangers will be left at least 2 weeks prior to planting.  Residents must call the 311 Call Center and submit a “DO NOT PLANT” request if they do not want a replacement tree.  After the 2-week period and a tree has been planted such requests cannot be honored.

If residents would like to purchase their own tree and plant it in the street right-of-way, they must obtain a free tree PERMIT by contacting 311 Call Center (dial 311, email 3-1-1.Call.Center@kcmo.org, or visit www.kcmo.gov/311 ).  Permits sent free of charge and give the City a record that a tree has been planted at an address.

This information was provided by the Kansas City Parks and Rec department. It was also suggested to do the following so let us know if you have any interest in leading one or more of these activities:

Establish a Tree Board / Committee for the HOA

Find a “Champion” who would like to make a difference in the community that goes beyond their lifetime by sharing information and coordinating efforts to maintain and enhance the community’s trees beginning with EAB.

Perform a Tree Inventory & Health Assessment

Work with a local Certified Arborist to determine which Ash trees should be treated and which should eventually be removed.  At the same time, identify suitable locations for PLANT NOW trees on private property.  If possible, get a complete inventory and basic health assessment of private trees in your community.

Treat trees, Remove trees and Plant trees

Solicit group rates for treatments, removals and plantings.

Prepare for a 10-year transition (from 2012)

Begin planting new trees NOW !  Trees should be removed and replaced over time systematically.

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City breaks ground on GO KC sidewalk repair

The City is pouring concrete for the first round of GO KC Sidewalk repairs, making good on the promise to add or enhance sidewalks throughout Kansas City over the next 20 years.

On Friday, Mayor Sly James, City Manager Troy Schulte and Councilmembers Quinton Lucas and Scott Wagner gathered on the city’s east side with other city leaders at 33rd and Michigan Avenue to celebrate the kickoff of sidewalk repair citywide.

In April 2017, Kansas City voters approved $800 million in bonds to fund a capital improvements program for streets, sidewalks, flood control and other infrastructure needs over the next 20 years.  About $150 million was dedicated to sidewalks, which long has been a source of frustration for homeowners who had to foot the bill for many of these repairs.

The bonds create the revenue needed to allow the City to pay for residential sidewalk repairs. This program will systematically evaluate, repair and replace sidewalks. The goal is to make it through two citywide cycles over 20 years.

These systematic sidewalk inspections began in concert with construction of a shovel-ready backlog of spot repairs reported through 311. About $6 million will be spent initially to reduce this backlog. An additional $1.5 million will be used to increase accessibility along sidewalks with ADA curb ramp upgrades.

The City Council in December approved two contracts for the first round of backlog spot repairs. Two more contracts with additional 311 backlog sidewalk repairs will go before council for approval this spring.

For updates on sidewalk repair, visit kcmo.gov/sidewalks. An even more complete look at bond-related projects can be found at kcmo.gov/gokc.

For more information, please contact Beth Breitenstein, Public Works Public Information Officer at 816-513-2612.

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