KCMO City Hall http://kcur.org en Kansas City Loosens Liquor License Rules For Some Felony Offenders http://kcur.org/post/kansas-city-loosens-liquor-license-rules-some-felony-offenders <p>Finding a job may be getting a little easier in Kansas City, Mo., for some people convicted of crimes.</p><p>Some of them will no longer have to wait four years to get a “liquor card.”</p><p>In Kansas City, all people involved in the sale of alcoholic beverages in restaurants, bars and retail stores have to be licensed by the city.</p><p>People convicted of violent crimes are not eligible. &nbsp;And until now, those with nonviolent felony convictions, including drunk driving, had a four-year wait after they had served any time involved.</p> Fri, 27 Jun 2014 16:36:48 +0000 Steve Bell 58014 at http://kcur.org Kansas City To Outsource Ambulance Billing http://kcur.org/post/kansas-city-outsource-ambulance-billing <p style="margin-bottom: 0in">City manager Troy Schulte and finance chair Jan Marcason said signing up with</p><p style="margin-bottom: 0in">Advanced Data Processing Inc., a company that already does billing for several cities in the metro, would save $800,000 and increase collections.</p><p style="margin-bottom: 0in">“For the taxpayers and for the city this is a good deal and I think we should approve it today,”&nbsp;Marcason<span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">told her council colleagues.</span></p> Fri, 20 Jun 2014 11:59:21 +0000 Steve Bell 57633 at http://kcur.org Kansas City Council Approves Zoning For Plaza Office High-Rise http://kcur.org/post/kansas-city-council-approves-zoning-plaza-office-high-rise <p style="margin-bottom: 0in">A Kansas City council committee approved zoning changes for a 14-story office tower on the north edge of the Country Club Plaza on Wednesday. There appears to be no organized effort to stop its construction.</p><p style="margin-bottom: 0in">In recent years, plans for a North-Plaza law office high-rise and a luxury hotel were derailed by opposition. But this time there is no business opposition and Dan Cofran of Friends of the Plaza says his group does not want to stop or delay the Block Real Estate project.</p> Thu, 19 Jun 2014 12:57:25 +0000 Steve Bell 57565 at http://kcur.org Kansas City Council Approves Zoning For Plaza Office High-Rise Kansas City Ordinance On Food For Homeless Fails http://kcur.org/post/kansas-city-ordinance-food-homeless-fails <p style="margin-bottom: 0in">Kansas City's city council turned down an ordinance regulating the distribution of food to the homeless Thursday after it was opposed by social services organizations, including the Salvation Army.</p><p style="margin-bottom: 0in">A frustrated Councilman Scott Wagner insisted throughout the debate that the ordinance he spent a year putting together was simply what it appeared to be on the surface – a matter of food safety and sanitation.</p> Fri, 13 Jun 2014 11:32:29 +0000 Steve Bell 57256 at http://kcur.org Kansas City Ordinance On Food For Homeless Fails Homeless Advocates Question Kansas City 'Food Sharing Permit' Plan http://kcur.org/post/homeless-advocates-question-kansas-city-food-sharing-permit-plan <p style="margin-bottom: 0in">A number of organizations that help feed the homeless were heard but not heeded Wednesday as a city council committee revisited an ordinance requiring setting standards for charitable food sharing.</p><p style="margin-bottom: 0in">The plan would require all individuals and organizations providing food for the homeless to have a city food sharing permit, that all food preparation areas meet city standards. The organizations would be responsible for trash disposal and other sanitation matters.</p> Thu, 12 Jun 2014 13:07:09 +0000 Steve Bell 57185 at http://kcur.org Kansas City Adopts Point System For Development Incentives http://kcur.org/post/kansas-city-adopts-point-system-development-incentives-0 <p style="margin-bottom: 0in">Kansas City's development incentives policy becomes more structured under a measure passed by the city council Thursday. The city will adopt a scorecard system to determine which projects get incentives and how large those incentives are.</p> Fri, 30 May 2014 12:40:47 +0000 Steve Bell 56551 at http://kcur.org Kansas City Council Approves $8 Million In Phase II Streetcar Planning Contracts http://kcur.org/post/kansas-city-council-approves-8-million-phase-ii-streetcar-planning-contracts <p style="margin-bottom: 0in">Freshly returned from Thursday's ground breaking for phase one of the streetcar system, the Kansas City city council committed $8 million to getting started on phase two.</p><p style="margin-bottom: 0in">Two area firms <span style="background: #e6e6e6">– HDR Engineering and Burns and McDonnell –</span> were chosen to plan southward and eastward extensions of the streetcar line.</p> Fri, 23 May 2014 12:58:47 +0000 Steve Bell 56202 at http://kcur.org Kansas City Council Considers August Ballot For Sales Tax Issue http://kcur.org/post/kansas-city-council-considers-august-ballot-sales-tax-issue <p><span style="background-color: transparent; line-height: 1.5;">Kansas City, Mo., residents can expect to be asked to renew a sales tax in August. But meeting fire department needs may take more than that.</span></p><p style="margin-bottom: 0in"><span style="background: transparent">The quarter-cent sales tax created 14 years ago currently funds less than 14 percent of the fire department's $145 million budget. Personnel costs account for 90 percent of that budget.</span></p> Mon, 12 May 2014 12:48:50 +0000 Steve Bell 55565 at http://kcur.org Kansas City Council Closes Lyft Loophole http://kcur.org/post/kansas-city-council-closes-lyft-loophole <p></p><p></p><p style="margin-bottom: 0in">Transportation company Lyft says it will find you a friend with a car via mobile device app. But, the Kansas City, Mo., City Council says the company is running a taxi cab service and trying to loophole its way out of city regulations covering drivers, vehicles and insurance.</p> Fri, 09 May 2014 12:50:56 +0000 Steve Bell 55451 at http://kcur.org Kansas City Council Closes Lyft Loophole Kansas City Council Committee Urges E-Cigarette Ban On Buses http://kcur.org/post/kansas-city-council-committee-urges-e-cigarette-ban-buses <p style="margin-bottom: 0in">A city council committee is recommending that e-cigarettes and similar nicotine delivery devices be banned from Kansas City buses and streetcars.</p><p style="margin-bottom: 0in"><span style="background: #e6e6e6">The city already bans tobacco smoking of any kind on public transit vehicles and other public facilities, but some smokers have been using e-cigarettes, cigars or pipes to circumvent those bans. </span></p> Thu, 10 Apr 2014 12:47:04 +0000 Steve Bell 53954 at http://kcur.org Kansas City Council Moves To Replace 19th Century Sewer Pipe http://kcur.org/post/kansas-city-council-moves-replace-19th-century-sewer-pipe <p></p><p></p><p style="margin-bottom: 0in">The Kansas City city council was in an infrastructure-improving mood Thursday — some of its very old infrastructure.&nbsp; <span style="background: #e6e6e6">The city council took several steps toward replacing crumbling sewer and water lines. </span></p> Fri, 04 Apr 2014 13:08:27 +0000 Steve Bell 53676 at http://kcur.org Kansas City Council Moves To Replace 19th Century Sewer Pipe Kansas City Council Opposes State Attempt To Void Local Animal Control Rules http://kcur.org/post/kansas-city-council-opposes-state-attempt-void-local-animal-control-rules <p style="margin-right: -2.03in; margin-bottom: 0in; widows: 0; orphans: 0"><font size="3" style="font-size: 13pt">Kansas City's city council is asking the Legislature not to pass a bill that would restrict local Missouri animal control ordinances. </font></p><p style="margin-right: -2.03in; margin-bottom: 0in; widows: 0; orphans: 0"><font size="3" style="font-size: 13pt">Supporters say the bill was created to prevent cities from outlawing pit bulls. The proposed state law forbids animal control rules directed at any specific breed. </font></p> Fri, 21 Mar 2014 11:58:57 +0000 Steve Bell 52976 at http://kcur.org Gunshots Could Change Kansas City Zoo's Free-Admission Days http://kcur.org/post/gunshots-could-change-kansas-city-zoos-free-admission-days <p style="margin-right: 0.04in; margin-bottom: 0in; widows: 0; orphans: 0"><font size="3" style="font-size: 13pt">Fights and gunshots in a Kansas City Zoo parking lot are prompting a debate on the future of “free admission days” that are held four times a year. Monday's was the second such event marked by unruly behavior and fighting among young people. </font></p> Thu, 20 Mar 2014 12:01:26 +0000 Steve Bell 52914 at http://kcur.org Kansas City Council Defies State, Votes Down 'Carrying While Intoxicated' http://kcur.org/post/kansas-city-council-defies-state-votes-down-carrying-while-intoxicated <p></p><p style="margin-right: 0.02in; margin-bottom: 0in">The Kansas City council voted Thursday not to allow intoxicated persons to carry loaded guns. The ordinance was expected to pass even though everyone on the council thinks it's a bad idea.</p><p style="margin-right: 0.02in; margin-bottom: 0in">City Attorney Bill Geary advised the council public safety committee that a new Missouri gun rights law conflicts with a city ordinance that prohibits carrying a firearm while “under the influence.”</p> Thu, 06 Mar 2014 23:35:47 +0000 Steve Bell 52208 at http://kcur.org Kansas City Council Involves Airlines, Voters In KCI Planning http://kcur.org/post/kansas-city-council-involves-airlines-voters-kci-planning <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Collaboration on the future of the </span>KCI<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> airport was the focus Thursday as the Kansas City council promised the airlines and the voters their voices will be heard. </span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">T</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">he council approved a lease renewal agreement with eight airlines that also includes structure for airline input into whether the city will renovate or replace its aging airport terminals. </span></p> Fri, 21 Feb 2014 13:54:56 +0000 Steve Bell 51590 at http://kcur.org Kansas City Council Involves Airlines, Voters In KCI Planning FAA Will Pay Little For New KCI Terminal, But It Might Pay For Itself http://kcur.org/post/faa-will-pay-little-new-kci-terminal-it-might-pay-itself <p style="margin-bottom: 0in">&nbsp;</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Representatives of the Federal Aviation Administration told Kansas City's Airport Terminal Advisory Committee Monday that their agency wouldn't pay very much of the cost of building a new terminal. But a consultants report suggested a new terminal building might help pay for itself.</span></p> Wed, 12 Feb 2014 15:31:37 +0000 Steve Bell 51148 at http://kcur.org Nonprofit Taxis Would Serve Elderly, Blind http://kcur.org/post/nonprofit-taxis-would-serve-elderly-blind <p style="margin-bottom: 0in">Preparing for a week off to attend meetings of the Missouri Municipal League, Kansas City's city council moved ahead with programs to benefit the young and the elderly yesterday.</p><p style="margin-bottom: 0in">After establishing a commission of young people to advise the city on youth programs, such as those at community centers, the council turned its attention to a discounted non-profit taxi service for the elderly and blind persons.</p> Fri, 07 Feb 2014 13:18:39 +0000 Steve Bell 50914 at http://kcur.org Kansas City Deploys Tandem Plows To Deal With Snow http://kcur.org/post/kansas-city-deploys-tandem-plows-deal-snow <p>A snow storm that went on and on coupled with extreme cold and gusty winds has Kansas City, Mo., changing the way it handles snow removal.</p><p>With snowfall of over an inch and a half an hour plus drifting Tuesday it was hard to keep traffic arteries cleared. So late in the day Mayor Sly James announced that the city would be using tandem plow teams in areas and at times of day single plows would usually be deployed.</p> Wed, 05 Feb 2014 14:03:56 +0000 Steve Bell 50811 at http://kcur.org State And City Officials Encourage Residents To Stay Home http://kcur.org/post/state-and-city-officials-encourage-residents-stay-home <p>The snow storm approaching the Kansas City metro area could deliver the deepest blanket of white this year.&nbsp; The storm is prompting <a href="http://kcur.org/post/modot-urges-people-stay-roads-and-highways-tuesday">calls for people to stay off the streets Tuesday</a>&nbsp;– when the heaviest snowfall is expected between 10 a.m. and 6 p.m.&nbsp;</p><p>The prospect of further clogged highways and streets in and around Kansas City has brought pleas from both the Kansas Department of Transportation and the Missouri Department of Transportation.</p> Tue, 04 Feb 2014 00:16:23 +0000 Steve Bell & Dan Verbeck 50731 at http://kcur.org Kansas City Police Chief Answers Racial Bias Questions http://kcur.org/post/kansas-city-police-chief-answers-racial-bias-questions <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Kansas City's police chief answered questions about bias in enforcement of the city's youth curfew Wednesday. Chief Darryl Forte gave his report to a city council committee.</span></p><p style="margin-bottom: 0in">Only 62 young people were hauled in city-wide for curfew violations last year, and only 20 of those involved congregating and rowdy behavior in entertainment districts.</p> Thu, 30 Jan 2014 13:48:40 +0000 Steve Bell 50492 at http://kcur.org Kansas City Police Chief Answers Racial Bias Questions Plan Could Increase City's Benefits For Same-Sex Couples http://kcur.org/post/plan-could-increase-citys-benefits-same-sex-couples <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">A proposal before the Kansas City Council Thursday would gather information to expand the employee benefits available for same-sex couples.</span></p><p style="margin-right: 0.03in; margin-bottom: 0in">One factor prompting the plan is the increasing number of same-sex couples who have legally married in other states. Another is to remain competitive with other states.</p><p style="margin-right: 0.03in; margin-bottom: 0in">Councilman Scott Taylor says the sponsors simply believe it is the right thing to do.</p> Thu, 09 Jan 2014 13:38:15 +0000 Steve Bell 49497 at http://kcur.org Kansas City Red-Light Cams Will Stay Suspended, For Now http://kcur.org/post/kansas-city-red-light-cams-will-stay-suspended-now <p>Kansas City's red-light traffic camera program will stay suspended for a while longer.</p><p>Before writing a new ordinance, the city is appealing the decision that turned the cameras off to the Missouri Supreme Court.</p><p>City Attorney Bill Geary says the legal staff is not only perplexed by two contradictory appeals court decisions, but also concerned that one of them would allow a class action lawsuit against the city by every person who was ticketed at a red-light camera.</p> Thu, 12 Dec 2013 12:49:03 +0000 Steve Bell 48217 at http://kcur.org Kansas City Red-Light Cams Will Stay Suspended, For Now Kansas City Council Endorses New Downtown Hotel Project http://kcur.org/post/kansas-city-council-endorses-new-downtown-hotel-project <p>After years of discussion, Kansas City is on the way to having more downtown hotel space. A city council committee has endorsed a $46 million, 10-story venture at 16th and Baltimore.</p><p>Developer Rob Schaedle told the council committee that the city and the site are so promising that his company won't even have to ask for financial help from the city in building the hotel.</p> Thu, 12 Dec 2013 12:40:21 +0000 Steve Bell 48216 at http://kcur.org Kansas City Council Committees Stall On Downtown Drive-Thru, Traffic Cams http://kcur.org/post/kansas-city-council-committees-stall-downtown-drive-thru-traffic-cams <p><strong style="line-height: 1.5;">Drive-thru moratorium stuck on 2-2 vote</strong></p><p style="margin-bottom: 0in">Opponents of a downtown drive-through restaurant and supporters of red-light cameras made no headway in Wednesday's KCMO city council committee meetings, but but neither are ready to throw in the towel.</p><p style="margin-bottom: 0in">Supporters and opponents of a proposed moratorium on all drive-thru restaurant construction in the downtown loop argued for more than two hours at a public hearing held by the Planning and Zoning committee.</p> Thu, 05 Dec 2013 13:37:33 +0000 Steve Bell 47841 at http://kcur.org Bomb Hoax Shuts Down City Hall, Airport Hearing http://kcur.org/post/bomb-hoax-shuts-down-city-hall-airport-hearing <p></p><p></p><p style="margin-bottom: 0in">A public hearing on future terminal plans at KCI Airport was among the city business interrupted Tuesday by a bomb threat that shut down City Hall for more than five hours.</p><p style="margin-bottom: 0in">&nbsp;Only four members of the public had a chance to speak to the Airport Terminal Advisory Group when a telephone bomb threat prompted the evacuation of the building.</p> Wed, 04 Dec 2013 13:15:17 +0000 Steve Bell 47777 at http://kcur.org Bomb Hoax Shuts Down City Hall, Airport Hearing Bomb Threat Reported At KCMO City Hall http://kcur.org/post/bomb-threat-reported-kcmo-city-hall <p><strong>Updated, 12:33 p.m.</strong></p><p>The city has announced that they expect to be able to reopen City Hall aound&nbsp;3 p.m. Tuesday afternoon. Until then, police officers will continue to search the building floor by floor to determine if a threat still exists.</p><p><em>The original story starts below:</em></p> Tue, 03 Dec 2013 15:20:52 +0000 Briana O'Higgins 47728 at http://kcur.org Streetcar Expansion Routes Narrowed, Studies Continue http://kcur.org/post/streetcar-expansion-routes-narrowed-studies-continue <p style="margin-right: 0.04in; margin-bottom: 0in; widows: 0; orphans: 0">The Kansas City, Mo., city council has approved a report that supports adding another eight to 10 miles of streetcar track to its 2.2 mile starter system over the next decade.&nbsp;</p><p style="margin-right: 0.04in; margin-bottom: 0in; widows: 0; orphans: 0"><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Favored routes are eastward branches along Independence Avenue and the </span>Linwood-31<sup>st</sup><span style="line-height: 1.5;"> Street corridor and a southern extension as far as Brookside or Waldo.</span></p> Fri, 22 Nov 2013 12:25:41 +0000 Steve Bell 47230 at http://kcur.org Auto Manufacturing Expanding In Kansas City Area http://kcur.org/post/auto-manufacturing-expanding-kansas-city-area <p style="margin-bottom: 0in">The Kansas City city council is expected to approve tax incentives for an expansion of the area's automotive manufacturing industry this afternoon.</p><p style="margin-bottom: 0in">Wednesday, a council committee endorsed ten-year tax abatement and $10.5 million in industrial revenue bonds to help turn a building in the east bottoms into a manufacturing facility for auto interior components. Troy Curran of Grupo Anolin says the company already has 2700 people working n North America.</p> Thu, 21 Nov 2013 14:16:10 +0000 Steve Bell 47171 at http://kcur.org KC Charter Commission Recommends Stronger Mayor http://kcur.org/post/kc-charter-commission-recommends-stronger-mayor <p>The Kansas City Charter Review Commission has agreed on the basics of the proposal it will send the city council.</p><p>Most commission members agreed with Mayor Sly James that the mayor should have more power, including the authority to fire the city manager.</p><p>Commission member Jim Rice is a long-time area health executive and political observer. He says he doubts the issue of mayoral power will go to the voters.</p> Tue, 22 Oct 2013 12:32:33 +0000 Steve Bell 45594 at http://kcur.org Kansas City Council Moves To Curb Car Shredding Thieves http://kcur.org/post/kansas-city-council-moves-curb-car-shredding-thieves <p>Almost three-quarters of the more than 2500 vehicles stolen in Kansas City, Mo. this year are over ten years old and showing their age.</p><p>Sgt. Rod Gentry of the South Patrol says many of them are being towed away sold as scrap metal.</p><p>"Someone could run out of gas or have a flat tire and leave to seek assistance and return, really in thirty, forty minutes or an hour and find their car gone," says Gentry. "Not only gone but completely destroyed."</p> Fri, 18 Oct 2013 05:52:18 +0000 Steve Bell 45403 at http://kcur.org Kansas City Council Moves To Curb Car Shredding Thieves