KCMO Government http://kcur.org en Kansas City Opens 'Dead Letter Office' http://kcur.org/post/kansas-city-opens-dead-letter-office <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Last month, the city of Kansas City, Mo., opened what they’re calling a 'Dead Letter Office,' which is actually a website where the residents and business owners can petition to repeal out-of-date city regulations.</span></p><p>Assistant City Manager Rick Usher focuses on small businesses and entrepreneurship. He says due to Kansas City’s long history, some of the old rules are still in the books.</p> Tue, 08 Jul 2014 11:00:00 +0000 Christina Lieffring 57916 at http://kcur.org Kansas City Opens 'Dead Letter Office' Public Vote On Kansas City Charter Changes Vote Set For Next Tuesday http://kcur.org/post/public-vote-kansas-city-charter-changes-vote-set-next-tuesday <p></p><p style="margin-bottom: 0in; font-style: normal; line-height: 0.14in; widows: 0; orphans: 0"><font size="3">Next Tuesday, Kansas Citians will decide whether to make changes to the city charter. The city council has submitted voters three charter-revision ballot questions. Most city council members hope one of them will “warm up” voters attitudes on city elections.</font></p> Tue, 01 Apr 2014 13:56:42 +0000 Steve Bell 53482 at http://kcur.org Kansas City Council Axes Controversial Charter Changes http://kcur.org/post/kansas-city-council-axes-controversial-charter-changes <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Kansas </span>Citians<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> will vote on changes to their city charter in April. But&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">the two controversial proposals won't be on the ballot.</span></p><p style="margin-bottom: 0in">The council voted against sending voters a proposal from some minority organizations to change the structure of city government. &nbsp;No one on the council thought smaller districts and no at-large council seats was a good idea. But five, including Mayor Sly James, voted to put it on the ballot.</p> Fri, 24 Jan 2014 13:26:58 +0000 Steve Bell 50193 at http://kcur.org Kansas City Charter Change Suggestions Advance http://kcur.org/post/kansas-city-charter-change-suggestions-advance <p></p><p style="margin-bottom: 0in">Plans for an election on changing the Kansas City, Mo., charter are heading into the home stretch, but there is still some disagreement on what should go on the ballot.</p><p style="margin-bottom: 0in">One sticking point as the full city council debated the changes Wednesay was: “why send the voters any proposed change most council members consider a bad idea?” <span style="background: #e6e6e6">– for example doing away with at-large council seats.</span></p> Fri, 17 Jan 2014 13:56:57 +0000 Steve Bell 49891 at http://kcur.org Council Still Divided on Mayoral Power, Districts http://kcur.org/post/council-still-divided-mayoral-power-districts <p></p><p style="margin-bottom: 0in">The Kansas City city council spent two hours discussing the two most controversial suggestions for changes in the city charter Thursday. At the end of it, they still remain divided on both issues.</p><p style="margin-bottom: 0in"><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The most time was devoted to discussing the charter commission's recommendation that the city do away with at large council seats and have twelve council members, each representing a specific district. </span></p> Fri, 20 Dec 2013 13:39:50 +0000 Steve Bell 48632 at http://kcur.org New Court Ruling Threatens Kansas City Red-Light Cameras http://kcur.org/post/new-court-ruling-threatens-kansas-city-red-light-cameras <p></p><p><span style="font-size: 13pt; line-height: 120%;">Just as city attorneys thought they had come up with changes to save Kansas City's traffic-cam ordinance from one court decision, another court rendered the changes useless.</span></p> Wed, 27 Nov 2013 13:34:43 +0000 Steve Bell 47469 at http://kcur.org Kansas City Council Moves To Save Red-Light Cameras http://kcur.org/post/kansas-city-council-moves-save-red-light-cameras <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The Kansas City council committee has endorsed changes to the city's red-light camera ordinance. If the full council agrees Tuesday the cameras will be back in operation in ten days</span></p><p style="margin-bottom: 0in">Kansas City stopped issuing red-light camera tickets earlier this month after a Missouri court ruled that running a red light is a moving violation, and must be charged against a specific driver.</p> Tue, 26 Nov 2013 13:23:39 +0000 Steve Bell 47397 at http://kcur.org Kansas City Council Moves To Save Red-Light Cameras Council Votes To Restrict Investments In Firearm Companies http://kcur.org/post/council-votes-restrict-investments-firearm-companies <p></p><p style="margin-right: 0.03in; margin-bottom: 0in">The Kansas City city council is asking city pension fund boards not to invest in companies that manufacture guns – and will request that the Board of Police Commissioners consider the same policy for police retirement funds.</p><p style="margin-right: 0.03in; margin-bottom: 0in">Mayor Sly James told the council that the goal is discussions with firearms companies on letting cities with gun violence problems enact more restrictive gun control laws within their jurisdictions.</p> Fri, 26 Jul 2013 06:51:41 +0000 Steve Bell 40871 at http://kcur.org Council Committees Accept Development Deals http://kcur.org/post/council-committees-accept-development-deals <p></p><p style="margin-right: 0.06in; margin-bottom: 0in">Kansas City, Missouri wins the latest round in the economic “border wars.” by regaining a company that started on the Missouri side, but moved to Leawood.</p><p style="margin-right: 0.06in; margin-bottom: 0in">A. B. May Company will be moving its headquarters to a former “big box” retail building at 50<sup>th</sup> and I-435 in Eastern Kansas City. The Economic Development Committee endorsed property tax abatement to offset May's payments on the $12 million in bonds the city will issue.</p> Thu, 27 Jun 2013 07:33:03 +0000 Steve Bell 39212 at http://kcur.org Audit: 'Session Contract Cost Legitimate MBE Companies Millions' http://kcur.org/post/audit-session-contract-cost-legitimate-mbe-companies-millions <p></p><p style="margin-bottom: 0in"><font color="#000000"><span style="text-decoration: none">A city audit of the repurposing of the old Richards Gebaur air force base concludes that a company owned by a Port Authority attorney should never have been certified as a qualified minority contractor. </span></font></p><p style="margin-bottom: 0in; text-decoration: none"><font color="#000000">The audit also concludes that the 2007 certification of William Session's TWS Technical Services kept legitimate minority contractors from bidding on more than $10 million worth of work. </font></p> Thu, 20 Jun 2013 07:58:40 +0000 Steve Bell 38841 at http://kcur.org Council Committee Studies Bus Funding, Role Of ATA Board http://kcur.org/post/council-committee-studies-bus-funding-role-ata-board <p></p><p></p><p style="margin-right: 0.02in; margin-bottom: 0in">A city council committee continues to delve into how to finance the Area Transit Authority yesterday.</p><p style="margin-right: 0.02in; margin-bottom: 0in">Most of this week's ATA funding committee meeting was spent speculating on the size of the funding shortfall as a streetcar system and other expenses bite into transit tax revenues that may or may not increase.</p> Fri, 14 Jun 2013 05:40:53 +0000 Steve Bell 38485 at http://kcur.org Council Committee Studies Bus Funding, Role Of ATA Board Council Extends Red Light Cameras, Delays Ethics Code Vote http://kcur.org/post/council-extends-red-light-cameras-delays-ethics-code-vote <p style="margin-right: -0.01in; margin-bottom: 0in">The full Kansas City city council followed through on plans to extend the red-light camera program for another five years Thursday, but a vote on a new city ethics code will wait till next week.</p><p style="margin-right: -0.01in; margin-bottom: 0in"> Fri, 24 May 2013 07:43:04 +0000 Steve Bell 37294 at http://kcur.org Council Poised To Keep Red Light Cams 5 More Years http://kcur.org/post/council-poised-keep-red-light-cams-5-more-years <p></p><p style="margin-right: -0.02in; margin-bottom: 0in">The Kansas City city council is set to vote on extending the red-light camera program for another 5 years. And though public opinion on the cameras is divided, a council committee had no doubts.</p><p style="margin-right: -0.02in; margin-bottom: 0in"> Thu, 23 May 2013 06:14:57 +0000 Steve Bell 37213 at http://kcur.org Council Poised To Keep Red Light Cams 5 More Years City Ethics Update Advances http://kcur.org/post/city-ethics-update-advances <p></p><p style="margin-right: 0.01in; margin-bottom: 0in">Ethics bills continue to stumble in the state capitols, but Kansas City, Missouri's ethics code is about to get an update.</p><p style="margin-right: 0.01in; margin-bottom: 0in"> Thu, 16 May 2013 05:47:17 +0000 Steve Bell 36839 at http://kcur.org Airport Bus Privatization Plan Gets A Flat 'No' From Council http://kcur.org/post/airport-bus-privatization-plan-gets-no-council <p style="margin-bottom: 0in">A city council that is nodding yes on airport officials' study of a new single terminal concept at KCI&nbsp;was not impressed with a plan to privatize the bus service at the airport.</p><p style="margin-bottom: 0in"> Fri, 26 Apr 2013 06:24:46 +0000 Steve Bell 35708 at http://kcur.org Airport Bus Privatization Plan Gets A Flat 'No' From Council Racial, Police Issues Put Youth Curfew Change On Hold http://kcur.org/post/racial-police-issues-put-youth-curfew-change-hold <p style="margin-right: 0.01in; margin-bottom: 0in">As discussion opened&nbsp; third district councilman Jermaine Reed expressed concern that all 34 tickets issued last year were to African-American kids.</p> Thu, 25 Apr 2013 06:27:51 +0000 Steve Bell 35652 at http://kcur.org Port Authority Owes City $135,000 For Old Billing Errors http://kcur.org/post/port-authority-owes-city-135000-old-billing-errors <p style="margin-right: -2.97in; margin-bottom: 0in">An investigation into Kansas City's port authority that began during Mark Funkhouser's administration may be coming to closure with the agency getting a substantial bill from the city.</p><p style="margin-right: -2.97in; margin-bottom: 0in">&nbsp;</p><p>An audit reviewed by the council finance committee Wednesday concludes that the city should try to recover $135,000 the city paid out for the repurposing of the old Richards Gebaur Air Force Base.</p> Thu, 18 Apr 2013 06:36:52 +0000 Steve Bell 35277 at http://kcur.org Agencies Resist Economic Development Plan http://kcur.org/post/agencies-resist-economic-development-plan <p style="margin-bottom: 0in">Mayor Sly James is expressing some frustration with late-in-the-game resistance to his Advance KC economic development consolidation program.</p><p style="margin-bottom: 0in"> Mon, 15 Apr 2013 05:04:23 +0000 Steve Bell 35082 at http://kcur.org Council Endorses Airport Plan http://kcur.org/post/council-endorses-airport-plan <p style="margin-bottom: 0in">The Kansas City city council has voted to move ahead with laying plans for a single-terminal concept for KCI Airport.&nbsp; though, that it doesn't guarantee that a new terminal will be built.</p><p style="margin-bottom: 0in"> Fri, 12 Apr 2013 07:46:32 +0000 Steve Bell 34966 at http://kcur.org Council Endorses Airport Plan Single Terminal KCI Plan Advances http://kcur.org/post/single-terminal-kci-plan-advances <p style="margin-right: 2.93in; margin-bottom: 0in; line-height: 130%"><font size="4">KCI officials get a tentative go-ahead to <font size="4">p</font>roceed with planning for a new single-terminal airport. A city council committee has scheduled a full council vote next week. </font></p><p></p><p style="margin-right: 2.93in; margin-bottom: 0in; line-height: 130%"><font size="4">Both the<font size="4"> </font><font size="4">Transportation and Infrastructu<font size="4">re </font></font>committee and the full council heard presentations on the plan this morning.</font></p> Fri, 05 Apr 2013 06:41:31 +0000 Steve Bell 34605 at http://kcur.org Single Terminal KCI Plan Advances Mayweather Gaffe Spawns Tighter Funding Rules http://kcur.org/post/mayweather-gaffe-spawns-tighter-funding-rules <p style="margin-bottom: 0in">A city council committee has reacted to an event funding fiasco.&nbsp; Concerns arose when a local group got $15,000 in city money to bring in boxer Floyd Mayweather for a youth event.</p><p style="margin-bottom: 0in"> Thu, 04 Apr 2013 05:40:02 +0000 Steve Bell 34537 at http://kcur.org Mayweather Gaffe Spawns Tighter Funding Rules KC Budget Boosts Street Repairs, Youth Programs http://kcur.org/post/kc-budget-boosts-street-repairs-youth-programs <p style="margin-right: 0.04in; margin-bottom: 0in">As the Missouri and Kansas Legislatures wrangle over budgets, the Kansas City city council has passed one yesterday with very little conflict along the way.</p><p style="margin-right: 0.04in; margin-bottom: 0in"> Fri, 29 Mar 2013 06:13:20 +0000 Steve Bell 34265 at http://kcur.org KC Budget Boosts Street Repairs, Youth Programs Mayor, Some On Council Wary Of Sales Tax Overuse http://kcur.org/post/mayor-some-council-wary-sales-tax-overuse-1 <p>The Kansas City city council gave a preliminary okay to two new community districts on Main just south of the Plaza yesterday. But there were some members were concerned that sales-tax-financed development could be getting out of hand.</p><p> Fri, 22 Mar 2013 06:14:35 +0000 Steve Bell 33880 at http://kcur.org Mayor, Some On Council Wary Of Sales Tax Overuse Council To Vote On Funeral Picketing Ordinance http://kcur.org/post/council-vote-funeral-picketing-ordinance <p style="margin-right: 0.01in; margin-bottom: 0in">Updated Thursday, November 1. The Kansas City city council has unanimously passed an ordinance to restrict the Westboro Baptist Church's picketing of military funerals.</p><p> Thu, 01 Nov 2012 07:05:01 +0000 Steve Bell 26881 at http://kcur.org Council To Vote On Funeral Picketing Ordinance Heavy Opposition To Kansas City Billboard Law Changes http://kcur.org/post/heavy-opposition-kansas-city-billboard-law-changes <p style="margin-right: -0.03in; margin-bottom: 0in">Once again the battle of the billboards is being fought at Kansas City City Hall, as the city council considers a proposal to ease up on billboard regulation a little.</p><p style="margin-right: -0.03in; margin-bottom: 0in;"> Thu, 14 Jun 2012 07:04:08 +0000 Steve Bell 19340 at http://kcur.org Heavy Opposition To Kansas City Billboard Law Changes Council Passes Sly James Tax and Bonds Plan http://kcur.org/post/council-passes-sly-james-tax-and-bonds-plan <p style="margin-bottom: 0in"><font size="3">Another victory Thursday for the program Mayor Sly James calls <a href="http://www.kcmayor.org/http:/www.kcmayor.org/uncategorized/reform-and-repair">Reform and Repair</a> means Kansas City voters will have the final say in August.</font></p><p style="margin-bottom: 0in;"> Fri, 25 May 2012 05:29:14 +0000 Steve Bell 18274 at http://kcur.org Council Passes Sly James Tax and Bonds Plan Council Endorses Mayor's Tax Plan http://kcur.org/post/council-endorses-mayors-tax-plan <p style="margin-right: -0.01in; margin-bottom: 0in">Kansas City voters are likely to be asked to swap motor vehicle &ldquo;city stickers&rdquo; and some special property taxes for a 1/2-cent sales tax increase.</p><p> Fri, 18 May 2012 06:06:43 +0000 Steve Bell 17879 at http://kcur.org Council Endorses Mayor's Tax Plan Mayor Backs Fire Chief, Billion-Dollar Infrastructure Plan http://kcur.org/post/mayor-backs-fire-chief-billion-dollar-infrastructure-plan <p>Kansas City Mayor Sly James proposed a bold program to renovate and replace crumbling infrastructure and declining neighborhoods in his budget recommendations yesterday.</p><p> Fri, 10 Feb 2012 13:43:27 +0000 Steve Bell 12275 at http://kcur.org Mayor Backs Fire Chief, Billion-Dollar Infrastructure Plan Council Approves Redistricting Map, Tax Breaks http://kcur.org/post/council-approves-redistricting-map-tax-breaks <p>Kansas City, Missouri has a new council district map. The full city council has approved the map recommended by a citizens&#39; redistricting commission without further revisions.</p><p>Some neighborhoods in south Kansas City were unhappy that the citizens commission&#39;s map split them up. But only councilman John Sharp proposed revisions. He would have kept Bannister Mall and the South Patrol station in the 6th District. Fri, 09 Dec 2011 08:16:02 +0000 Steve Bell 8648 at http://kcur.org Council Approves Redistricting Map, Tax Breaks