September 2021 Monthly Meeting Notes

September 2021 Monthly Meeting Notes

Indian Mound Neighborhood Association Meeting Minutes from September 20, 2021.

Next Meeting: Monday, October 18, 2021 at 6:30 p.m. via Zoom.

Tom Utterback, Exodus Project

  • Re-entry strategies, contractor with US Bureau of Prisons
  • KC does not currently have a community facility/residential reentry center
  • Usually called “half-way house”
  • US BOP has successful program – less than 10% recidivism rate
    • Louis has most successful program: 50,000 people in last 20+ years, less than 7% recidivism, 95% employment rate
    • Great training programs, highly skilled workers
  • Wants more community involvement!
  • Tried to go through city to open at 1401 Kansas
    • KC Police Credit Union across the street objected
  • Work center, family reunification center
  • Hoping we will support them
    • Will include citizen advisory board, and IMNA could fill that role
  • In feds, Judges are responsible for parolees (in states, they are not)
  • 134 N. Hardesty is building of interest; 6100 Wilson (across from library)
  • Beth Beavers brings up for vote, objections, or concerns. No objections or concerns raised.
    • It is agreed the Indian Mound board will sign a letter of support
    • If any concerns or questions arise, contact any of the board members or

Brandon Mason, Legal Aid

  • Helps neighborhood with housing, especially vacant houses.
    • Urban Homesteading: Rehab of vacant properties by families who will live in them



  • Pumpkin Patch, Sat., October 23, 1-4, Indian Mound Park
    • Looking for volunteers!
  • Block Party/Festival for Mural, October 9, noon to 4 p.m., – Quincy and Independence


Joe Wheelock, Heartland Tree Alliance

  • 9: Planting 100 trees in neighborhood
  • Need at least 5 ft of green space in right of way
  • But can also get free tree for other, smaller space in yard