July 2019 Monthly Minutes

July 2019 Monthly Minutes

Indian Mound Neighborhood Association Meeting Minutes from July 15, 2019.

Next Meeting: Monday, August 19, 6:30pm at the North-East Branch Library (6000 Wilson Rd, KCMO 64123).


Donna Miller-Brown, Treasurer’s Report

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  • Collect dues for 2019-2020 year.

Officer Patrick Byrd, KCPD

  • 437 Topping: Disturbance with fire arm; social worker and DFS sent; kids being removed and treatment for couple
  • Violent crime is up. Utilize TIPS Hotline (award increased from $5,000 to $25,000 on specific homicides). 474-TIPS.
  • Online Shopping (Craigslist, Facebook Marketplace): Robberies related to property exchanges. Please meet at police station for exchange. If person won’t meet there, red flag that something isn’t right.
  • Mounted patrol now doing enforcement from Wabash to Jackson, St. John to 12th
    • All types of patrols focusing on this area
  • KCPD lost codes inspector for our area
  • How do we interact with communities who are afraid of working with police?
    • Block captains can help, but what other options do we have?

Brandon Mason, Legal Aid of Western Missouri

  • Property Tax Assessment, Rights
    • Jackson County just released annual property tax assessment.
    • Many people alleging they’re way too high
    • If you believe there is a mistake, you have rights
      • Direct appeal period has passed
      • Appeal through the Board of Equalization (BoE)
        • Have oversight of assessor’s office; can appeal findings
        • Potential outcome: lower assessment
        • Engage through application (Brandon glad to help with the application).
        • Evidence needed to show value of home:
          • Best: Appraisal from within last two years.
          • Realtor friend with reasonable comparable property
            • Many realtors willing to do this for free including Stacey Johnson-Cosby, staceyforkc@gmail.com
          • Pictures of home, inside and out
            • Trying to show value of home, so provide evidence of market value.
            • Need new roof, foundation fixes, etc.
            • Put parcel number as well as time stamp on each photo
          • Zillow estimates are not helpful.
          • Neighboring property assessments not helpful.
          • BoE doesn’t care about income or ability to pay taxes – they care about accuracy in assessment.
        • BoE deadline has been extended to July 29, 2019. Must file by then, along with as much evidence as you can.
        • Once submit application:
          • Will get postcard with date, time, location for hearing where you can tell your story.
          • Render decision while you’re there
          • Bring five copies of all application materials for the members of the BoE
        • Three potential outcomes:
          • Issue No-Change Order (BoE agrees with assessor, no change)
          • Decrease Evaluation
          • Increase Evaluation. Be realistic about what your property is worth when deciding whether to appeal assessment.
        • Appeal BoE Decision to State Tax Commission
          • These hearings look more like a trial, and taxpayer must represent self (unless elderly or disabled).
          • Deadline to appeal is 30 days after BoE decision, or September 30, whichever is later.
        • Three permanent members of BoE meeting at 9 a.m. on Thursday, July 18, at Jackson County Courthouse.
          • Discussing implementing rules that cap increases
          • Protest at 8 a.m. outside courthouse.
          • Can email them, too. Reach out to Brandon if you want those addresses.
        • Any tax payer can get on payment plan
        • Indian Mound is in urban renewal zone – can have property taxes frozen for 10 years.
          • Requirements: $5000 work on house; Land Clearance for Redevelopment Authority (LCRA)
          • LCRA can freeze taxes.
        • Info Session: Robert J Mohart Multi-Purpose Center, 3200 Wayne at 11:00 a.m. on Thursday, July 18.

Chris Lowrance, Parks Committee

  • Traffic calming around Indian Mound confirmed by Parks & Rec.
  • Four speed tables
  • Hoping to be in by end of summer

Donna Miller-Brown, Events Committee

  • National Night Out, August 6
    • Still looking for volunteers!
    • If you want a sign, email president.imna@gmail.com or message us on Facebook with your address.


  • President Nominees: Manny Abarca
  • Executive Vice President Nominees: Donna Miller-Brown
  • Treasurer Nominees: Brynne Musser
  • Administrative Vice President Nominees: Patricia Hernandez
  • As all are un-opposed, Bryan Stalder moves to elect the board. Dave Norton seconds.
  • Bylaws
    • Beth Beavers moves to adopt bylaw modifications introduced last month.
      • Dorri Partain and Estella Morales move to add last updated date to bylaws.
      • Beth Beavers moves to adopt new bylaws with addition of last updated date. Chris Morales seconds.

Manny Abarca, KCPS School Board

  • New principal at James. Event this Friday, July 19 at 5:00 p.m.
  • New principal at Northeast High School as well.

Kirby Randolph, Northeast Historical Society

  • Holding Homes Tour in Indian Mound, along Van Brunt, in October. Still looking for properties
  • Still looking for docents.
    • Docents get to tour the homes for free
  • October 12 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
  • If price of ticket is too high for interested neighbors, something can be worked out.

Upcoming Events

  • Colonnade Concert – Dead Voices – Friday, July 19 at 7 p.m.
  • National Night Out – Tuesday, August 6, 6-8 p.m., Budd Park
    • If you’d like a sign, email imna@gmail.com or message our Facebook with your address and a sign will magically appear in your yard.
  • Museum Concert – Laura Noble – Friday, August 9


  • Mattie Rhodes Center – Soccer for Success is hiring coaches (must be 18 years old) for $10/hr
  • Habitat for Humanity applications for housing open now through August 3.
  • Kansas City Museum having community workshops – let us know if you’re interested.