Ambulance service in Creighton will soon be in limbo if residents don’t dig into their pockets to pay for it.
The Garden City Fire Protection District has been the provider of ambulance service to the community of 349 people since 1992 under a verbal agreement, but Fire Chief Mark Lopez says it can no longer afford providing unfunded emergency response without financial help from the Creighton Fire Protection District.
In addition to Creighton, the Creighton district serves about 42 square miles of southeast Cass County and northwest Henry County.
According to Lopez, Garden City has been in contact with Creighton since January 2011 about finding alternative resources to fund the cost of the service, and is now suggesting that community look to its residents to levy a tax. A November ballot issue is being proposed.
Road closure: The outer road of I-70 between Johnson Drive and Missouri 131 in Odessa will be closed from June 10 through July 29 to re-deck the bridge over the Kansas City Southern Railway tracks. No signed detour will be marked.
Memorial service: A butterfly release is part of the Village Hospice Memorial Service, which begins at 7 p.m. Wednesday at the John Knox Village Courtyard Community Center, 510 N.W. Peace Parkway. It will be preceded by a reception at 6:30 p.m.
Community members are invited to attend and remember their lost loved ones.
Downtown Days: The downtown business district is sponsoring a three-day festival, “Downtown Days...Streets Alive!” this weekend.
Visitors can enjoy live entertainment, food vendors, a Saturday car show, carnival, kids’ fitness games, an art and culture area, and a barbecue contest
Hours are noon to 10 p.m. Friday, 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Saturday and 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday. The event is a fund-raiser for Downtown Lee’s Summit Main Street Inc.
‘Paseo West Fest’: The Arts Asylum at 1000 E. 9th St. will celebrate its one-year anniversary with an open house and outdoor “Paseo West Fest” that’s open to the community on Friday night. The fun starts at 5:30 p.m.
The non-profit Arts Asylum assists new and established artists in many genres. It has studio and gallery space, as well as a rehearsal hall.
Friday’s event includes live music, art exhibits and peformances. Food trucks will be there, and visitors can find free hors d’ouevres at the Masonic Temple and a dessert bar at The Arts Asylum.
Walk it off: For the second year, the city is sponsoring “The Mile Starts Here,” walks that start at 9 a.m. each Wednesday through Oct. 30. The walks originate from five different locations:
• First Wednesday of the month: the Farmers’ Market, Truman Road and Main Street.
• Second Wednesday: Centerpoint Medical Center Trail, 19600 E. 39th St.
• Third Wednesday: Independence Athletic Complex, 17800 E. Salisbury Road
• Fourth Wednesday: Waterfall Park, 4501 S. Bass Pro Drive.
• Fifth Wednesday: City Health Department, 515 S. Liberty St.
For more information contact the Health Department at 816-325-7185.
Kick off the summer with Downtown Days...Streets Alive!, from Friday to Sunday, June 7-9. The three-day festival spans six blocks in the historic and award-winning Downtown Lee's Summit central business district.
Friday, June 7: Noon to 10 p.m.
Saturday, June 8: 10 a.m. to 10 p.m.
Sunday, June 9: 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Heart of Downtown Lee's Summit,
spanning six blocks from Third and Douglas streets.
Residents invited to share input at PIAC hearings this summer
The City of Kansas City, Mo., Public Improvements Advisory Committee, also called PIAC, is asking residents for suggestions on potential City public improvements at a series of neighborhood hearings this June and July.
PIAC comprises 13 members - two residents from each council district and a chairperson - who are appointed by the mayor and City Council. PIAC will use public input from the hearings to make recommendations to the City Council regarding both the citywide and neighborhood portions of the Fiscal Year 2014-15 capital budget. Project funding comes from the one-cent sales tax for public improvements.
Past projects funded through PIAC include flood control, storm drainage, street resurfacing, bridge repairs, traffic signals, tree trimming and planting, and improvements to parks and trails.
Upcoming neighborhood hearings are listed below:
Tuesday, June 11, 2013, 6:30-8:30 p.m.
Maple Woods Community College #132
2601 N.E. Barry Road
Thursday, June 13, 2013, 6:30-8:30 p.m.
Kansas City North Community Center
3930 N.E. Antioch Road
Thursday, July 11, 2013, 6:30-8:30 p.m.
101 N.W. 99th St.
Thursday, July 25, 2013, 6:30-8:30 p.m.
Park Hill Education Center # 225
7703 N.W. Barry Road
Tuesday, June 25, 2013, 6:30-8:30 p.m.
Bruce R. Watkins Cultural Heritage Center
3700 Blue Parkway
Tuesday, July 30, 2013, 6:30-8:30 p.m.
Gregg/Klice Community Center
1600 John "Buck" O'Neil Way
Tuesday, June 18, 2013, 6:30-8:30 p.m.
Kansas City Museum Carriage House
3218 Gladstone Blvd.
Tuesday, July 23, 2013, 6:30-8:30 p.m.
100 W. 26th St.
Tuesday, July 16, 2013, 6:30-8:30 p.m.
3-Trails Community Improvement District
5912 E. Bannister Road
Thursday, June 18, 2013, 6:30-8:30 p.m.
Southeast Community Center
4201 E. 63rd St.
Thursday, June 6, 2013, 6:30-8:30 p.m.
Country Club Congregational Church
205 West 65th St.
Thursday, June 20, 2013, 6:30-8:30 p.m.
Hillcrest Community Center
10401 Hillcrest Road
Any person with a disability who desires reasonable accommodation to attend the PIAC neighborhood hearings may contact the City's 311 Call Center at 311 or 816-513-1313, or for TTY, 816-513-1889, or by email at 3-1-1.Call.Center@kcmo.org.
For more information or media inquiries, please contact Rose Rhodes, Capital Improvements Program administrator, at 816-513-1322.
| Bethany Bashioum, Special to The Star