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Lynn Horsley at City Hall: Airport deadline, sidewalks, trail safety

A cyclist recently rode along Indian Creek trail not far from where a homicide victim was found. The South Kansas City Alliance hosts a meeting Monday night to talk about trails and public safety.
A cyclist recently rode along Indian Creek trail not far from where a homicide victim was found. The South Kansas City Alliance hosts a meeting Monday night to talk about trails and public safety. Kansas City Star file photo

This week should bring more clarity to the city’s request for proposals for a single new terminal at Kansas City International Airport, with an extended deadline for those responses. It should also become clear how many people can vote in the mail-in election to extend the downtown streetcar to the University of Missouri-Kansas City.

Monday, June 12

The Land Bank meets at 10 a.m., 4900 Swope Parkway, and will discuss ongoing efforts to reclaim abandoned vacant land and buildings.

We expect final word from the Jackson County Circuit Court on the number of valid streetcar ballot applications that were submitted to vote in this summer’s election on expanding the streetcar system south to UMKC. The ballots themselves are scheduled to go out June 20 and must be returned by Aug. 1.

The Third District council members host their monthly meeting at 6 p.m. at the Gregg/Klice Community Center near 18th and Vine, with this month’s focus on Kansas City International Airport and priorities for the future.

The South Kansas City Alliance also hosts a meeting at 6 p.m., at the South Patrol Police Station, 9701 Marion Park Drive. Interim Police Chief David Zimmerman, South Patrol Commander Louis Perez and other members of the police department will be available. The alliance is expecting a discussion about safety on the city’s trails and efforts to reduce the city’s violent crime rate and homicides. Community Interaction Officers are also coming back as a way to improve communication with the community.

Tuesday, June 13

Mayor Sly James, Councilman Scott Taylor and others will gather 7:30 to 9 a.m. in the Chamber of Commerce Board Room at Union Station for the energy awards breakfast, recognizing businesses that measurably reduced their energy consumption.

The Kansas City Police Board meet, 10 a.m. at police headquarters, 1125 Locust. We are still awaiting the results of a crucial police staffing study that were expected at the end of May, but it’s not happening at this meeting.

The City Council is supposed to review final revisions to the request for proposals for building a new single terminal at Kansas City International Airport. This has been a somewhat chaotic process, so the council is hoping to approve a final request that will give clarity to the solicitation process.

Wednesday, June 14

The Downtowners host a lunch at 11:30 at the downtown library, 14 W. 10th St. and the keynote speaker with Aviation Director Pat Klein, talking about, of course, the airport.

City Council committees meet and the agendas are here.

Thursday, June 15

The council has a 1 p.m. business session at City Hall and will talk about the new sidewalk improvement program that voters authorized when they approved $800 million in general obligation bonds.

Lynn Horsley: 816-226-2058, @LynnHorsley

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