Group launches petition drive opposing KCI overhaul

A group of Kansas City residents has announced a petition initiative drive on the future of Kansas City International Airport.

The petitioners, called Friends of KCI, say they are starting to gather signatures of registered voters to place an initiative on a city ballot. That proposed ordinance would prohibit the city from furthering any plan to demolish or replace any passenger terminal at the airport without voter approval.

Spokesman John Murphy said the group needs to gather signatures from about 3,500 registered voters. They will be soliciting signatures this weekend and several weekends to follow.

City Attorney Bill Geary declined to comment on the group’s initiative petition effort or whether it is legal.