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November 29, 2012

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Southview Park

Local Legislators

Discuss SKC

Project Set

to Proceed

by Paul Thompson • JC Advocate

The city of Grandview is proceeding with renovation plans for Southview Park, as dictated by the $7.5 million parks bond from 2008. The Board of Aldermen discussed the project at their November 20 work session, and agreed to proceed with the project p e n d i n g the vote of the absent Alderman L e o n a r d J o n e s , whose ward Southview Park is located in. After some discussion, the board appeared ready to approve a $226,233 budget for the addition of a playground, shelter, several parking spaces, and a bathroom facility at the renovated park. The budget will also cover grading that will be required due to the high slope of the land at the park. The board had at one point considered the possibility of forgoing the construction of a bathroom at the park, citing the expectation that most patrons of Southview will live within walking of the park. But the Aldermen and the Park Commission decided that it was best to keep the construction plans consistent with the plans approved by voters in 2008. “We talked to the Parks Commission, and they were adamant that we should include a restroom, almost unanimous,” said Parks and Recreation Director Eric Lucas in showing his design to the board. “The restroom is not sanitary sewer. It is a compost toilet. It will maybe be pumped out twice a year. The toilet actually flushes with nitrate and nitrite to keep the pit from smelling.” Although it was not in the original design, the city was forced to include parking spaces at Southview in order to get a truck into the park to pump the compost restrooms, which save the city the costly expense of laying new pipeline through the park’s rough terrain. “The reason we’re having to do this is we said we were going to put the bathroom in the park,” said Lucas of the 2008 bond. “The reason we need a drive, is that we need to get a vehicle in there to pump that bathroom.” The board also wrestled with another feature of the proposed park design: the entrance drive. The plan presented to the board called for a shared drive that would infringe upon the driveway of an area resident. To alderman Jim Crain, that shared driveway was a deal-breaker. “I’m dead-set against it. I said so loudly and clearly with the Park Commission,” said Crain. “Put yourself in this position: sharing your driveway with the city. I don’t want to be backing out of my driveway, and have people coming through to the park.” The rest of the board agreed with Crain’s assertions, and they agreed to move the park’s entrance away from the driveway to eliminate any concerns. Now, the entrance will feature a sixteen foot two-way entrance that can fit one car at a time. -Two city commission posts were appointed at the meeting. > see page 2

HERE COMES

SANTA

Jackson County Parks and Recreation, along with 99.7 The Point celebrated the 25th birthday of Christmas in the Park on Wednesday, November 14. The event, Christmas in the Sky, held at Longview Lake Beach, hosted musical performances by X-Factor contestant AJ Young (pictured bottom left), as well as over 100 singers and dancers from Monica’s School of Dance in Lee’s Summit. Afterwards, guests enjoyed a free fireworks display synchronized to holiday music. After the fire in the sky, over 300,000 lights and 175 animated displays were seen on the drive through Christmas in the Park. Christmas in the Park has also become synonymous with benefiting those less fortunate. While there is no charge for this event, donations are accepted with a portion of proceeds benefiting local charities. Christmas in the Park runs from November 21 through December 31 and is located at the Longview Lake Campground. Directions: from I-470, take the View High Drive exit and turn south to View High Drive and 3rd Street. Look for the signs to Christmas in the Park. (Photos by Mary Wilson)

by Mary Wilson • JC Advocate The South Kansas City Alliance (SKCA) held their first Legislative Meeting on Monday, November 19 at Trailside Center. SKCA invited Missouri State Legislators from the South Kansas City area to weigh in on issues pertinent to the community. In attendance were Senator Jolie Justus, Senator Jason Holsman, Representative Kevin McManus, Representative Jeremy LaFaver, Representative Bonnaye Mims and Representative Joe Runions. Also in attendance were 6th District Councilmen John Sharp and Scott Taylor. The meeting was moderated by Doug Smith, chair of the SKCA Government Affairs Committee. The first question posed to the panel was in regards to the Kansas City Police Department and local control. This issue was recently on statewide ballots for the St. Louis police department, which passed with 64% of the vote. The proposition was to give St. Louis the option to create a municipal police force, transferring control of the governorappointed board of police commissioners to the city. The municipal police force would be able to control its salary, pension, benefits and insurance. “KCMO is the only city in the nation that doesn’t have control of its police board,” said Justus. “Kansas City has not been pushing very heavily to have ‘local’ control. We’re slightly different from St. Louis because they have been pushing for the local control for years. I think KC is now poised to have the discussion on how to move forward. It would be smart as a community to start having conversations on whether we want it, and what it will look like.” The remaining panel members seemed to agree with Justus on her comments, stating that the community as a whole needs to present something. “It has to come from the grassroots, from city councilmen and the citizens,” said Runions. “We’ll follow, but it needs to come from Kansas City to us so we can pursue it.” Holsman, who supported the St. Louis proposition, said, “I think it’s premature to talk about in Kansas City because until it comes to us on paper, I have no comment whether or not I support it here.” The second question was regarding copper theft legislation and whether or not extending the city ordinance on metal recycling should go state-wide. Currently, amendments include requiring secondary metal recyclers to maintain an electronic database of each transaction, as well as a video or photo record of each transaction. In addition, secondary metal recyclers can no longer accept items from a shopping or grocery cart. Certain items like utility access covers, HVAC components, catalytic converters, copper telecommunications wire of 25 pair or greater in certain gauges, among other items, can’t be accepted unless the seller provides verification that he or she is authorized to sell the item. “I sponsored copper theft statewide,” said McManus. “It may not be the biggest issue in some parts of the state, but as a region, it can bleed over city boundaries and become a problem.” Among a larger concern for residents in South Kansas City is the old Bannister Mall area. Each legislator was asked about their thoughts on redevelopment at that site, along with land assemblage tax credits that might

NFL PLAY 60 VISITS MARTIN CITY

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Kansas City Chiefs wide receiver Jamar Newsome (#84) stopped by Martin City K-8 last week to take part in the popular Play 60 Program at the school. Newsome showed Martin City students how to run agility drills, and then coached selected students as they competed in lateral drills, hiking and catching practice, and even a trivia competition against Kansas City’s own KC Wolf. KC Wolf drew a raucous ovation as he entered the Martin City gym, and remained a crowd favorite after the program as he hung around to sign autographs for eager students. Newsome thanked the Martin City students for all of their hard work, and presented a Chiefs game ball to the school as a token of their great work. “This ball is symbolic because it stands for excellence,” said Newsome to the students. “The Chiefs would like to present a game ball to Martin City for their excellence.” Newsome also earned some instant karma for his visit to Martin City, as he was activated to the Chiefs active roster and recorded a catch in last week’s 17-9 loss to the Denver Broncos. (Photo by Paul Thompson).

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