The Kansas City Council faces pressure this week to take on the Missouri General Assembly and possibly try to adopt a higher minimum wage for Kansas City.
Plus there’s another key forum on the city’s $800 million GO bond proposal, and the Land Bank holds more open houses to try to sell some of its inventory.
Monday, March 6
The Kansas City Land Bank plans an open house from 10 a.m. to 10:45 a.m. at 5732 Wabash Ave. It’s the first of a host of open houses this week as the Land Bank tries to reduce its inventory, selling some 50 homes for $999 each. There’s an open house every day this week and more information is at www.kcmolandbank.org.
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Tuesday, March 7
The Kansas City Board of Police Commissioners meets at Police Headquarters, 1125 Locust St., at 10 a.m. and will cover a variety of public safety topics.
The City Council’s Ethics and Legal Review Committee meets at 3:30 p.m. at City Hall. It will discuss whether to put a new streetcar expansion petition initiative from Clay Chastain on the August ballot, plus a separate petition initiative that opposes city funding for streetcar expansion.
The city’s Cost of Water Task Force holds another meeting to talk about soaring water and sewer rates, at 4 p.m. at the East Patrol police station, 2640 Prospect Ave.
Wednesday, March 8
Various council committees meet, and the agendas are here.
Thursday, March 9
The City Council may consider whether to adopt a higher minimum wage for Kansas City. A measure is already scheduled for the Aug. 8 ballot, but some low-wage worker groups are urging the council to act on its own now, without waiting for a public vote, because the Missouri General Assembly is going to try to preempt city action.
The League of Women Voters and Northland Neighborhoods Inc. are sponsoring a forum on Kansas City’s $800 million bond proposal from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Northland Neighborhoods Inc., 4420 NE Chouteau Trafficway. This is another opportunity for the public to find out more about what the city is proposing and the arguments pro and con.