October Monthly Minutes

October Monthly Minutes

Indian Mound Neighborhood Association Meeting Minutes from October 16th, 2017

Next Meeting: Monday, November 20th, 6:30pm at the North-East Branch Library (6000 Wilson Rd, KCMO 64123)

Officer Smith, KCPD

  • Reminders, daylight savings time means replacing batteries in smoke detectors and carbon monoxide detectors
    • Suggests you get a CM detector if you don’t have one
      • If they are the plug-in type, unplug it and let it air-out a few times a year
  • Chief asking for 30 more officers in upcoming budget
    • Resident asked how many would be dedicated to East Patrol, officer Smith said they would probably go to “urban” areas
  • Gun Safety demonstration (using a fake gun)
    • Response to this year’s loss of 3 children to accidental gun deaths
    • Biometric safes that open with your fingerprint
    • Steps
      • Make sure finger is off the trigger
      • Always pointed in a safe direction (not at people or at surfaces that can ricochet)
      • Push magazine release button to eject magazine
      • Open port (if there’s a round in the chamber, it will pop out)
      • Visually check port and magazine to make sure it’s empty
      • Put in gun lock, secure, and take the key
    • Officer Smith handed out free gun locks for handguns
  • Flyer with Halloween tips
  • Spreadsheet with crime statistics

Amanda Wilson, Resident, Crime and Safety Report

  • Update on N. Drury residents
    • Problematic neighbor was evicted from rental unit; the street is much quieter now
  • From Indian Mound Crime Watch Facebook page
    • School bus, moved parking spots
      • Working on convincing bus owner to park it in the library parking lot as a solution
    • 500 Blk of Quincy
      • Tires slashed, neighbors getting yelled at
      • CID may use Avenue Angels to help address this
      • Also on KCPS property, so school district might help
    • St. John & Lawndale issues at bus stop with loiterers
      • Liquor store knows of people causing issues and doesn’t sell alcohol to them
      • Requesting trash can and bench at the bus stop by KCATA
        • If loitering happens on KCATA bench, KCPD can address the issue
  • 100 Blk N Elmwood
    • One problematic house with lots of issues; landowner may seek eviction
  • Juveniles causing a ruckus and escalating
    • Started with vandalism, now includes shooting BB guns and possibly breaking and entering
    • Neighborhood presidents will get an update from KCPS during the next NEAT meeting
  • General gunfire near Indian Mound and Gate 4
    • IMNA trying to recruit nearby neighbors to install security cameras
    • How to do that in an ethical way??
    • Bryan generally encourages them because they aren’t expensive and can record a wide range of potential crimes, including speeding, burglary, etc
  • St. John & Van Brunt
    • Abby Judah from Legal Aid of Western Missouri has an update
      • IMNA has temporary possession
      • UH family has 5 more months to fix it up and plans to move in when it’s ready
      • Graffiti is still up though, so neighbors would like to see that gone
    • Reporting things on the IM Crimewatch Page and Historic NE Crimewatch Page

Greg Lombardi is not here

Beth asking for volunteers for Fall Festival/Pumpkin Patch

  • October 28th, 2:00pm – 4:00pm event (12:00pm to 6:00pm)
  • Need volunteers for set up and tear down, also put yard signs out

Donna Miller-Brown, Treasurer’s Report

  • September Income: $0
  • September Expenses: $0
  • Account Balance (as of September 30, 2017): $3,207.01

Bryan Stalder, 5415 Garden Update

  • Volunteers from Cristo Rey worked on a lot of different projects, including picking up trash along St. John Ave and in the 5415 Garden
  • Volunteers also mowed grass and built a fire pit at the garden

Questionnaire from North-East Branch Library

  • Library wants to know how they can help relieve the challenges that residents face
  • Questionnaire available at the front desk of the library
  • Rebecca, libraries aren’t all about books anymore; how can the library adapt to meet people’s evolving needs (for example, the library is a post office now)

Kevin O’Neill is not here

Councilwoman Jolie Justus (4th District)

  • Wants to address issues that were brought up earlier in the meeting
    • Things going on at City Hall relating to neighborhoods
      • Still seeking input on 5 year business plan (budget)
        • Wenesday, Oct. 18th, 6-8pm at Bruce R. Watkins
        • Thursday, Oct. 19th, noon – 2pm at Health Dept building
        • Online tool to see what it’s like to balance the budget
        • Input does impact the budget in noticeable ways
    • AirBnB and short-term rentals
      • In KCMO, it’s illegal, but it’s not really enforced (“sharing” economy)
        • City would like to regulate it in a responsible way
        • Keep neighborhoods safe without burdening residents wanting to engage in that commerce
        • 2 years of conversations have gone on with different stakeholders
        • City Planning Commission had a hearing recently and sent it to City Council
          • Next Hearing on Wednesday, Oct. 18th on 26th Floor of City Hall
      • Description of Ordinance as it now stands:
        • Widely disliked, which may mean that it’s a good compromise?
        • 2 types of licenses
          • Someone who owns a home and wants to rent out an extra room
            • $100 license first year, then $50/year after that
            • Must notify neighbors (but don’t need permission)
          • Someone who doesn’t live in the home while they rent it out
            • License will be $259 for first year, then $50/year
            • Notify and get consent from at least 55% of neighbors (but not sure out of how many people yet or proximity, or if it includes renters as well as owner occupied)
            • Limit to the number of nights per year that you can rent it out (just under 100 nights, maybe?)
      • Questions?
        • Enforcement, will it require new inspectors?
          • The City wants the platforms (e.g. AirBnB) to regulate, but they aren’t likely to do this unless there is a complaint
          • So, create enforcer positions through the fees
            • May include subscribing to a service that can monitor social media platforms to identify properties that need to be licensed
          • Also will require neighbors to enforce the rules
        • Is getting neighbors permission just one time, or annually?
          • Probably just one time, unless there are complaints
  • General Questions
    • Will neighborhood associations be notified if a property owner applies for AirBnB license?
      • Probably not, just immediate neighbors
    • Where is the City at with the GO Bond?
      • List that was waiting has been approved by the Council
      • After the current backlog is addressed, a matrix will be used to prioritize new projects, and also prioritize historically under-served neighborhoods
      • Will cluster projects that are very close together to complete them together
      • Complete Streets is a new recommended ordinance
        • When streets are completely renovated, it will also include sidewalks, bike lanes, trees, etc.
    • When will they release the report cards chronicling the progress of GO Bond projects?
      • Councilwoman assumed that the annual report would come out in April, but would look into
    • Issues with gas infrastructure work leaving behind potholes and big messes?
      • Councilwoman plans on bringing it directly to attention of MGE (now Spire)
    • Is PIAC funding changing?
      • There was talk of that, but it is not changing.
    • Should residents report sidewalks in need of repair? Right now some people are afraid to because they might need to pay for it.
      • Yes, they should. The City has accepted responsibility for paying for it.
  • KCI Update
    • Councilwoman Justus has been chair of airport committee since she was first elected
    • Only 45 years old (built in 1972)
      • But, does have major infrastructure issues that need to be dealt with
      • Has become clear to Councilwoman Justus that these need to be addressed
        • The design that people like so much about it has also caused problems
    • Input process
      • Initially only included residents, not airlines (they were waiting to see resident response)
        • Airport paid for through fees charged to people who use the facility through the airlines
      • Second round, included airlines
        • Focused on affordability, efficiency
        • Decided it needed to be single-terminal near A
        • Edgemoor company would design and build new KCI
    • Common Questions
      • Will KC residents end up paying for so much that it detracts from other city services?
        • No, because it is paid for through revenues generated at the airport
      • Won’t this make the airport more inconvenient?
        • No, it will become more convenient
          • Parking will be better
          • Will separate lanes for departures and arrivals
      • Economic impact concerns from City Council
        • Will focus on local workforce
          • Minority- and women-owned business focus
          • Childcare, transportation, on-site healthcare will be provided for workforce
        • Help meet the needs of city’s employers

Dan Moynihan from Edgemoor, handling financing, design and build of new KCI Airport

  • Recognized it as a massive project, so put together all-star team
    • Also see it as local, so will source a local workforce
      • Website, kci-edgemoor.com
        • Looking for input from potential local partners
        • Willing to offer support to minority- and women-owned businesses wanting to get involved (hoping to leave a legacy behind for local workforce)
        • Pre-apprenticeship program for young people to try out different trades that they may be interested in pursuing
  • Questions?
    • Partnership programs, will they certify businesses with the city?
      • Only certified businesses/contractors will be eligible for the partnership program, but there are aggressive efforts to get businesses certified
    • How many gates are there currently? How many will there be after the reconstruction?
      • 70+ currently, but layout not very suitable for modern planes or baggage systems
      • New airport will be 35 gates, with chance to expand to 42 gates, that can accommodate modern systems
    • What will the timeline be? Will it disrupt future plans?
      • No interruption in terminal B and C during construction, so won’t affect flights
    • What about cost overuns or delays?
      • Edgemoor will be directly responsible for that.
    • What if an airline leaves?
      • Other airlines will make up for it through the fee mechanism.
    • Has the design been finalized? How do we know if it will be more convenient?
      • No, design is not finalized, but foot print has been.
      • Will have town hall meetings for more input eventually.
      • Will include a lot of amenities.
  • For more questions, reach out to Councilwoman Justus or visit the KCMO website

 

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