July 2018
2nd Friday Meeting, July 13th, at Trailside Center
Please join us on Friday, July 13th for our monthly 2nd Friday meeting at 7:30 am. After a successful June meeting at the new HJ’s community center in Brookside, our July meeting will return to our usual location at the Trailside Center, 9901 Holmes Rd. 

We are pleased to have Tamara McIntosh as our featured speaker from the KCPD South Patrol. Ms. McIntosh is the new social worker for the South Patrol station and will be speaking about her new role in the community. Recently, all KCPD patrol stations secured funding through the Hall Family Foundation and the City of Kansas City to have full-time social workers on staff to provide support and act as a resource for officers through community outreach, support and service referrals in an effort to reduce crime through community engagement. 

We will also be joined by representatives from the Water Department to discuss the improvements to Watt’s Mill Park.
Public invited to comment on proposed ordinance changes
The City is working with KC Pet Project (which provides animal shelter services for the City), Spay and Neuter KC, other animal welfare stakeholders and residents to revise the ordinance that details how the City takes care of animals in distress.

There will be at least three public meetings where residents can provide input. The first was held on July 9th, and the other two dates are listed below. Those who attend the meetings will be asked to comment on a number of issues, including modifying restrictions of the number of pets KCMO residents can own, mandatory spay or neutering of dogs and cats, and revisions to neglect and abuse ordinances.

Staff is also working to allow public comments and input online at kcmomentum.org

Once the meetings are complete, citizen input will be reviewed, and a recommendation will be presented to the City Council for a vote.

The meetings will start at 6 p.m. and are scheduled for: 
  • Monday, Aug. 6, at Southeast Community Center, 4201 E. 63rd St.
  • Wednesday, Aug. 22, at Northland Neighborhood Incorporated, 4420 NE Chouteau Trafficway, Suite 100
For more information, contact Neighborhoods and Housing Services Department Communications/Community Liaison John Baccala at (816) 513-3202.
New animal shelter breaks ground in Swope Park
On Tuesday June 26th, the Kansas City Center for Animal Control (KCCAC) broke ground at its future location in Swope Park at 6900 Elmwood. This project is funded through a public-private partnership with the public portion being paid with general obligation bonds that were approved overwhelmingly by the residents last year.

The new facility will also be the home of KC Pet Project, replacing their current 50-year old reconverted storage shed home. KCCAC will be the third largest no-kill open admission animal shelter in the country and will help set a new standard for animal care across the country.

The facility will include a full-service veterinary clinic, an education pavilion, a retail pet supplies store, a café, patios, walking paths and in the future, KCMO Animal Health & Public Safety. The addition of this facility, along with the KC Zoo, Lakeside Nature Center and the off leash dog park will solidify Swope Park as the city’s central animal hub.

The groundbreaking was attended by Mayor Sly James and many members of the City Council.
Headliners announced for Open Spaces KC
Open Spaces KC is a two month celebration of arts and artists across the city. It will unite local artists with national and international acts through a series of art installations, performances, and learning activities. The event will take place from August 25th to October 28th, and will operate mainly out of Swope Park with various other locations across the city. The largest event will take place the weekend of October 12-14th at Starlight Theatre and feature internationally acclaimed musical act The Roots, Kansas City’s own Janelle Monae, and Vijay Iyer Sextet. 

Open Spaces KC was created from an exciting partnership between the City and local philanthropic and community arts leaders. Extensive planning has gone into this unprecedented nine-week event among community art leaders, artists, civic leaders, private donors and foundations. 

A full description and schedule of events can be found at openspaceskc.com.
2018 Resident Work Sessions
Resident work sessions are a series of interactive forums where residents participate in activities designed to seek their input on City issues and policies. The results are used to plan the City budget and craft the City’s long-term strategies. 

  • CENTRAL: Thursday, August 23 – 12:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. – Liberty Memorial (The National WWI Museum and Memorial), 2 Memorial Drive (light lunch)
  • SOUTH: Saturday, August 25 – 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. – Southeast Community Center, 4201 E. 63rd Street (continental breakfast)
  • NORTH: Tuesday, August 28 – 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. – Briarcliff Church, 800 NE Vivion Road (light dinner)

visit kcmo.gov/budget for additional information
6th District Happenings
Somerset Wine & Cider Bar (at Rosehill Gardens) ribbon cutting in Martin City.

Upcoming Events
  • PIAC Meeting | Thursday, July 12 | 6 – 8 p.m. | Kansas City United Church of Christ (Formerly CCCUC) | 205 W 65th St
  • HJ's Trolley Trail Oasis Dedication | Tuesday, July 17 | 9:30am | 6425 Wornall
  • Ex-Offender Hiring Fair | Wednesday, July 18 | 10am to 3pm | KCPD S. Patrol, 9701 Marion Park Drive
  • Coco Movie Night at South Patrol | Saturday, July 21 | 8pm (dusk)
  • South KC Alliance Awards Breakfast | Thursday, August 23 | 7:30am | Avila University
  • South Kansas City Alliance meets at 6 p.m. on the second Monday of every month at KCPD South Patrol (9701 Marion Park Drive).
  • KC Parks event calendar: kcparks.org/events