THE BLUE VALLEY VIEW Vol. 1 Iss. 2
SUN FRESH ON HOLD
This year has been good for Blue Valley as well as sorrowful. We lost four (4) of our treasured members in a very short time frame.
Contribution by Dale Walker
Sun Fresh’s plans for building a large grocery store on the corner of Hardesty and Truman Road has been put on hold. Dale Walker asked Mayor James about the situation. He was told that Kansas City does not have the money to put up for this adventure.
First we lost Phyllis May, the matriarch of May’s Famous Polish Sausages. Mrs. May was a very classy lady always looking her best and always having a kind word for everyone she came in contact with. She will be missed by all who knew her. The next treasured member we lost was Bobby Cochran. Bobby was one of our past presidents of Blue Valley. He was a devoted member that could always be relied on to help out wherever he could. Bobby was a great cook and always provided us with a delicious dish whenever we had an occasion for food. Bobby was also a talented artist. Some of his landscapes were beautiful. He also had a heart as big as the cowboy hats he wore most of the time. He showed he cared about everyone by giving you a big hug. Bobby’s food and hugs are missed.
Then we lost our Godfather, Reggie Pierce. Reggie has been the backbone of this association since it began over 35 years ago. His wife, Mary was one of the founding members. After her death he continued to work with us in the association doing whatever he could, whenever he could. He kept a watchful eye on us all the time, always on patrol checking on our neighborhood. We knew we could call on him anytime we needed him. Reggie was the organizer of our crime watch committee. He made sure everyone on patrol had gas in their cars even if he had to go into his own pocket. He was on a first name basis with the Chief of Police and almost all of East Patrol. We relied on him each year to bring in the police brass to our annual Night Out Against Crime. Reggie was willing to pick up a paint brush, hammer a nail, or whatever the project, you knew Reggie would be there to help. He touched so many of our lives, its hard to realize that he’s not with us anymore. I’m sure his family misses him, but he was part of our family too. I still look up whenever I see a car like his, expecting to see him passing by and waving. The Godfather is gone but lives on forever in our hearts.
Last, but not least, we lost Katie Black. What a character! Katie was a sweet, sweet lady, that had been a member for over 30 years. She participated in everything she could until her health declined. She helped out wherever, gave rides to anyone who didn’t have a ride to our meetings. I can still hear her saying “Kid, what do you need?” Katie, you are missed.
Our counsel representatives should recognize this and present us in the same positive light. We need to have Kansas City take the same interest shown to us by Sun Fresh.
12th ST. BUS ROUTE
Contributed by Angela Esteban Dominguez
The Metro-Kansas City Transportation Authority propose to eliminate the 12th St. bus that travels west and east on 24th St.
This will affect those eastsiders that are dependent on public transportation. This information has not been widely presented to the KC citizens. Ms. Jacky Ross, BVNA president recognized the major changes planned for KCATA affect the community. She offers an open invitation for someone from the KCATA to attend our monthly meeting.
The city transportation may be a lifeline for our neighbors to find work; go to work; attend school; go shopping; visit friends; seek medical attention. Our country is experience a difficult time. Kansas City needs to support our neighbors-not create another burden for them to bear.
For all those we lost, we miss you dearly.
Although we had our losses, we also had gains, we organized a neighborhood wide clean up this summer, which went well, we had nine dumpsters throughout the neighborhood. We wish we had more of our neighbors who participated, but overall it was a successful cleanup.
Eastsiders we need to recognize that we are a saleable commodity. We had an impressive store that was interested in investing a great deal of money into the Truman Road Corridor area. Sun Fresh saw our community as a positive investment. One that would be profitable.
Mary & Reggie Pierce
Ms. Dominguez thank you for bringing this to our attention. Ms. President Ross thanks for your intervention.
The Eighth Annual Bright Future Employment Fair
The City of Kansas City, Mo., invites residents ages 16 and older interested in paid internship positions to apply to attend the Eighth Annual Bright Future Employment Fair.
The fair will take place Saturday, April 14 from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Kansas City Convention Center, 301 W. 13th St. Those interested in attending must apply and submit a resume online at www.kcmo.org/brightfuture by Monday, March 5.
"The Bright Future Employment Program is a great way for our community’s young people to hone important job skills and build their professional resumes. I hope our residents take advantage of this unique opportunity and I look forward to meeting a new group of Bright Future Interns," said Mayor Sly James. The Bright Future program has provided more than 3,500 area residents with paid part-time, full-time and internship opportunities since its inception in 2005.
“I started working in First District Councilman Scott Wagner’s office last summer as a Bright Future intern and that experience led me to my current internship in the Office of the Mayor,” said Erin Mullally, Bright Future intern and Engage KC Board co-chair. “The Bright Future Program allowed me the opportunity to gain valuable practical experience in local government. It was a great way to network and connect with people who were key contacts in helping me start my career in law and public policy.”
The City’s Office of Civic and Community Engagement will also provide a Resume Preparation Seminar on Saturday, Mar. 31 to assist residents with resume techniques and interviewing tools.
In addition, the Engage KC Leadership Board is sponsoring an ongoing professional attire clothing drive for applicants. To set up a time to donate professional attire, contact Engage KC Co-Chair Erin Mullally at Erin.Mullally@kcmo.org or at 816-513-6570.
For media inquiries or more information, please contact Roosevelt Lyons, Office of Mayor Sly James, at 816-5136576 or Roosevelt.Lyons@kcmo.org.
UFO or Police Car?
Frequently I receive questions from our community about an “odd” or “UFO” looking police car they have seen in KC and several other cities in the metropolitan area.
And some inquiries have been truly unique, as one thought they were top secret devices to combat the upcoming “zombie” envision( he was serious). These are actually police vehicle equipped with ALPR-Automatic License Plate Readers
In about 45 seconds, the “MPH 900®” can do what it would take an officer and dispatcher more than an hour to accomplish: run a parking lot full of license plates.
Kansas City Police have seven cars outfitted with the Mobile Plate Hunter license plate reader system, and they hit the road near the end of June. The system takes infrared pictures of license plates and compares them to a hot list database stocked with information about warrants and stolen vehicles. It also archives each vehicle’s plate and maps it, so over time, investigators can follow a car’s movements.
THE TRUMAN ROAD CORRIDOR
The BVNA welcomes David Briersmith’s information column submitted on January 7, 2012: “This is my first attempt in writing any kind of article, so bear with me. Truman Road Corridor Association is a 501 c3 charity that has worked with BVNA for 20 years trying to improve the business and residential environment of this East side. Here are some things we currently are addressing or have recently completed:
1) We conduct quarterly Crime Commission meetings held @ Saint Paul’s School of Theology. We discuss all aspects of crime within our neighborhood.
2) We have established a reward for any information leading to the arrest of the murder of the gentleman who operated Jim’s Tamales cart @ Truman & Cleaveland.
3) We have processed 53 homes in the intercity, where we put, sometimes almost indigent folks, into their first home, and finance their mortgage. I’ll be talking to you next time David Biersmith”
The cameras are mounted to the back of regularly marked patrol cars. One is deployed in each of the six patrol divisions and one in the Special Operations Division. They can take pictures at a distance of about 25 to 30 feet and at highway speeds. One system can run 7,000 license plates a day before the data needs to be moved wirelessly to one of KCPD’s servers. Work is underway to link the data that will be collected by KCPD’s plate readers with other agencies across the state and around the nation. In the Kansas City area, the Lenexa and North Kansas City police departments already have the plate readers in place, as does the Jackson County Sheriff’s Department.
STEP ON A CRACK
Contributor: Dale Walker
I have been one of those people calling City Hall with complaints about huge cracks, potholes, missing manhole covers, tree roots up-heaving large sections of the sidewalks. However now, I’ve discovered there is a discrepancy in sidewalk ownership.
An eastside resident had a tree root problem that pushed up the sidewalk. Kansas City dutifully came out and solved the problem. Happy ending? Not quite. The homeowner received a bill from the city for $4,000.00 for the repairs. If the homeowner balks about paying then a lien can be put against their home. KCMO believes that the homeowner is responsible for the care of and cost of upkeeping the sidewalk. If anyone falls and hurts themselves on the damaged sidewalk the homeowner covers the damage with his homeowner Insurance. Does this sound appropriate to you?
I have always heard the sidewalk referred to as the city sidewalk. Never Mr. Smith’s sidewalk. The huge trees planted by the CITY years ago are the same ancient trees damaging the sidewalks and sewer systems. Mr. Smith did not plant the tree. He couldn’t it was CITY property. Now he must pay for it’s removal and the sidewalk. East siders text us about this. How do you see the problem. How can it be solved?
New Business Center / Contractor Incubator to Integrate Green Strategies and Jumpstart Prospect Corridor
Kansas City, MO – Blue Hills Community Services has announced the investment of $3.1 million at 5008 Prospect, in Kansas City’s Third Council District, to repurpose an existing 14,168 squarefoot building and integrate comprehensive green strategies. The renovated building will provide a center for green career development, training and business development for small business contractors, and serve as a focal point for community programs and services for surrounding neighborhood groups.
“This development will provide a catalyst for ongoing transformation of the Prospect Corridor and bridge existing residential development and community services in the neighborhoods,” said Joanne Bussinger, executive director of Blue Hills Community Services. “The green amenities and advantages of building with LEED Silver standards, which includes a ground-source heat pump, daylight harvesting, solar panels, native landscaping, and water conservation and retention, will be monitored and benchmarked against standard codecompliant facilities to demonstrate the savings achieved. The improvements will ensure the facility’s overall afford-
Kansas City Dream Home Program
Pursue the American dream of homeownership!
The City of Kansas City, Mo. is currently accepting applications from first time homebuyers for the KC Dream Home Program.
The Kansas City Dream Home Program: • Provides a forgivable loan of up to 20 percent of the sales price of a home; maximum loan of $20,000
• No payments required on forgivable loan - 10 percent forgiven each year for 10 years
• Be a first time buyer or equivalent
• Homes must sell for less than $150,000
• Homes must be within the city limits of Kansas City, Mo.
• Household must meet income guidelines
Interested persons should contact a participating lender to apply. For additional information, contact Coleman McClain at 816-513-3008.
ability and reduction of local energy consumption.”
Funding for the project was secured with $2.2 million from the city of Kansas City, Missouri’s EnergyWorks KC grant from the U.S. Department of Energy and $430,000 from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. Greater Kansas City LISC has financed more than $900,000 for initial property acquisition and predevelopment costs. “The city is pleased to be able to support this important initiative to promote small business development, job creation and energy efficiency in the urban core,” said Mayor Pro Tem Cindy Circo.
“This development will be a model of green building practices,” said Councilwoman Melba Curls. “It will be a great asset for the residents of the Third Council District and the entire city.” “As a component of the Blue Hills Quality of Life Plan, the facility will create an important place-based business incubator, enhance the Prospect commercial corridor and improve the area’s economic viability,” said Julie Porter, executive director for Greater Kansas City LISC. “These are all objectives of Greater Kansas City LISC and our NeighborhoodsNOW initiative.” Blue Hills Community Services is working with additional partners on the de-
Our newsletter is being restarted to share local information that might affect you and your neighborhood. This is your newsletter. We welcome you to offer information of interest to your neighbors. Complaints are welcomed—acompanied by a proposed solution. Please alert us to Good Samaritans, people working at improving the neighborhood by improving their home or yard.
Our BV district has been forgotten by the City. It is time to find your voice and remind them. Start Now!!! We are constructing a website complete with a calendar of events and activities. My email: firstname.lastname@example.org
The Truman Road Corridor Association donated eight foot tall flwering pear trees. The Park Association planted the trees along Elmwoods Cemetery’s wall and bordering St. Paul’s Campus. This donation will be beautiful come spring. Kudos to TRCA.
velopment, including the Green Impact Zone of Kansas City, Kansas City Power & Light, JUNK Architects, Missouri Small Business Development Division, the Full Employment Council, and the Blue Hills and Town Fork Creek neighborhoods.
“The 5008 Prospect renovation will not only bring new life to a vacant building on Prospect, but also bring new energy to efforts to support small business and create jobs in the Green Impact Zone,” said Anita Maltbia, Green Impact Zone director. “We are excited to see this serve as a catalyst for other improvements in the area.” ABOUT Blue Hills Community Services Blue Hills Community Services (BHCS), a not-for-profit community development corporation, has been a catalyst for neighborhood development for nearly 38 years. Founded in 1974, BHCS set out to battle social and economic challenges faced by residents of the Blue Hills and surrounding neighborhoods in Kansas City, Missouri. Using a block by block strategy to focus neighborhood revitalization with new and renovated single family homes, multi-family development and home repair services to owner occupants, BHCS ensures neighborhood development is comprehensive and sustainable in creating healthy urban communities. For more information, visit www.bhcsmo.org.
Happy New Year Blue Valley! This is the start of a new beginning for all of us. I recently retired from the workforce after working more than 45 years! 37 of those years were with the Federal Government. Now I am starting a new chapter in my life. I plan to devote more time to Blue Valley. I would love to see our neighborhood become the livable neighborhood it once was. I plan to contact our schools, churches and businesses to see if they will join us in bringing new life to Blue Valley. We need help from every source including you. Last year we had a neighborhood wide clean up with nine (9) dumpsters placed throughout the neighborhood. We have already started our plans for two (2) cleanups this year. We will be raising funds to finance our cleanups. Maybe you would be willing to help either with a donation or to monitor a dumpster during a cleanup. The only way we can make Blue Valley into a place we can be proud of is if we all work together. Come on and join us, our dues are only $5 a year for individuals, $7.50 for a couple or $10 for businesses. That’s pretty cheap. Jacky Ross, President
ATTORNEY'S ADVICE - NO CHARGE -
Not A Joke!!! Even If you dislike attorneys... You will love them for these tips... Read this and make a copy for your files in case you need to refer to it someday. Maybe we should all take some of his advice! A corporate attorney sent the following out to the employees in his company:
1. Do not sign the back of your credit cards. Instead, put 'PHOTO ID REQUIRED.'
2. When you are writing checks to pay on your credit card accounts, DO NOT put the complete account number on the 'For' line. Instead, just put the last four numbers. The credit card company knows the rest of the number, and nobody who might be handling your check as it passes through all the check-processing channels will have access to it.
3. Put your work phone # on your checks instead of your home phone. If you have a PO Box, use that instead of your home address. If you do not have a PO Box, use your work address. Never have your SS # printed on your checks. (DUH!) You can add it if it is necessary. However, if you have It printed, anyone can get it. 4. Place the contents of your wallet on a photocopy machine. Do both sides of each license, credit card, etc. You will know what you had in your wallet and all
of the account numbers and phone numbers to call and cancel... Keep the photocopy in a safe place. I also carry a photocopy of my passport when I travel either here or abroad. We've all heard horror stories about fraud that's committed on us in stealing a Name, address, Social Security number, credit cards... Unfortunately, I, an attorney, have first hand knowledge because my wallet was stolen last month. Within a week, the thieves ordered an expensive monthly cell phone package, applied for a VISA credit card, had a credit line approved to buy a Gateway computer, received a PIN number from DMV to change my driving record information online, and more. But here's some critical information to limit the damage in case this happens to you or someone you know: 5. We have been told we should cancel our credit cards immediately. However, the key is having the toll free numbers and your card numbers handy so you know whom to call... Keep those where you can find them. 6. File a police report immediately in the jurisdiction where your credit cards, etc., were stolen... This proves to credit providers you were diligent, and this is a first step toward an investigation (if there ever is one). But here's what is perhaps most important of all: (I never even thought to do this.)
HELPFUL PHONE NUMBERS
BVNA Contact Info President: Jacky Ross 483-3987 Secretary: Verniece Ross 483-3987 VP: Arnold Shelby 678-6595 VP: Dale Walker 241-7437 Newsletter Coordinator email@example.com HUMAN RELATIONS Community Relations and Dispute Resolutions 513-1836 Housing Discrimination Complaints 513-1836 HOUSE AND CAR Abandoned Cars on the Street Building Permits Code Violations Dangerous Buildings Minor Home Repair Ordinance Information ReStore Tow Services Water Bill Questions
513-1313 513-1500 513-9000 784-4020 513-3000 513-3360 231-6889 784-4080 513-1400
SAFE COMMUNITIES Abandoned & Vacant Houses Animal Control Community Centers Crime Prevention DART Fire Prevention Geographical Based Listings Housing Authority Police, Non-Emergency Move UP Pet Licensing, Spaying & Neutering Noise Control Parking Control Illegal Dumping
513-9000 513-9800 513-7600 784-4515 881-3883 784-9114 784-4515 968-4100 234-5111 842-8515 513-9800 513-6208 482-8180 513-3485
Police Officers Patrolling Blue Valley Sgts. Doll, Hall, Hicks 719-8075 P.O. Briscke, Reed, Harrison 719-8060 PRINTING PROVIDED BY THE NEIGHBORHOOD & COMMUNITY SERVICES DEPARTMENT
7. Call the 3 national credit-reporting organizations immediately to place a fraud alert on your name and call the Social Security fraud line number... I had never heard of doing that until advised by a bank that called to tell me an application for credit was made over the Internet in my name... The alert means any company that checks your credit knows your information was stolen, and they have to contact you by phone to authorize new credit... By the time I was advised to do this, almost two weeks after the theft, all the damage had been done. There are records of all the credit checks initiated by the thieves' purchases, none of which I knew about before placing the alert. Since then, no additional damage has been done, and the thieves threw my wallet away this weekend (someone turned it in). It seems to have stopped them dead in their tracks... Now, here are the numbers you always need to contact about your wallet, if it has been stolen: 1.) Equifax: 1-800-525-6285
2.) Experian (formerly TRW): 1-888-397-3742
3.) Trans Union : 1-800-680 7289 4.) Social Security Administration (fraud line): 1-800-269-0271
Upcoming Meeting Dates Blue Valley Neighborhood Association
When: Every third Thursday @ 6:00 pm
Where: East Patrol Police Station, 5301 E 27th, (27th & Van Brunt Blvd.)
Upcoming Dates of Meetings Feb. 16th, 2012 March 15th, 2012 April 19th, 2012
Truman Road Corridor Association
When: Every fourth Wednesday @ 2:00 pm Where: Saint Paul School of Theology 5123 Truman Road
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