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Caution(Private)Cautionwhen dealing with AT&T U-verse Rewards!
We switched to AT&T U-verse last month: Internet, TV & land line telephone. We had a choice of cash back or one of three electronic devices; I chose a Nexus 7 (Google). It came by UPS but did not power up. AT&T Rewards was contacted. I spoke to Meredith who gave me a return authorization number. When I checked our voice mail a couple days later there was a message to call Meredith. When I did she said that a higher authority had reversed her & I would have to contact the manufacture. I did and now if I choose to I get to send it back paying for the insurance and shipment. If you switch to AT&T and they offer a reward for doing so, take the money or better still, DON'T SWITCH .
Mission’s main drag looks as if it’s been chewed up by tanks. Between the crumbling curbs, the four lanes of cracked asphalt have patches on top of patches.
>snip< While pleased that the city is finally getting around to fixing the street and making the corridor more pedestrian friendly, some merchants worry about losing control of the on-street parking spaces that many of them own and that the city is now acquiring through easements.
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Weekend Update from the City of Mission Kansas
April 26, 2013
The 2012 Year End Report is now complete and has been posted to the website. It is still a work in progress and we look forward to continued comments from Council or the public. Our goal is to create a stronger historical context for our upcoming budget process. We incorporated this information into our Budget 101 session that was scheduled on Wednesday, April 24th. There was no one from the public who showed up for the meeting, but we will continue to work to engage our residents at a number of points throughout the budget discussions. A special thanks to all the Departments for their efforts over the last several weeks to collect and evaluate the information that was used in the year end report.
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Governor Brownback signs 31 bills into law Tuesday
Topeka- Kansas Governor Sam Brownback signed 31 bills into law Tuesday, bringing the total number of bills signed by the governor during the 2013 Legislative Session to 107. He also has vetoed one bill.
· SB 16 creates the Kansas Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organization Act (Kansas RICO Act) and amends the criminal street gangs definitions statute.
· SB 23 makes a number of changes related to school finance and reporting, continuing the statewide 20 mill levy for K-12 school finance and modifing reporting requirements in the Kansas Uniform Financial Accounting and Reporting Act.
· Sub. for SB 57 creates new law regarding penalties and testing for chronic wasting disease and amends laws regarding the National Poultry Improvement Plan and possessing domesticated deer.
· House Sub. for SB 83 amends state tax policy, including clarifying state tax policies enacted 2012 and reduces property tax assessment on watercraft from 30% to 11.5% beginning in tax year 2014.
· SB 88 increases the Children’s Advocacy Center Fund fee paid by defendants convicted of certain crimes involving child victims from $100 to $400.
· SB 96 allows a county with multiple vehicle registration facilities to charge a fee for each vehicle registration or renewal in an amount not to exceed $5.
· SB 102 establishes the Second Amendment Protection Act.
· SB 111 designates the first Wednesday of February as “Native American Legislative Day at the Capitol” and changes the title of “American Indian Day” to “Native American Day,” which continues to be recognized on the fourth Saturday of September.
· SB 122 makes it illegal to disclose the name of a voter who has cast a provisional or regular ballot, except as ordered by a court in an election contest.
· SB 124 amends the Kansas Restraint of Trade Act.
· SB 129 removes the residential mortgage interest rate floating cap and provides a rate that could not exceed 15.0 percent per annum, unless otherwise specifically authorized by law.
· SB 149 authorizes drug screening of applicants or recipients of cash assistance programs or employment security benefits whenever there is a reasonable suspicion the person is using a controlled substance and provides persons who test positive access to substance abuse treatment program and a job skills program.
· SB 164 allows the Kansas Department of Revenue to contract out motor vehicle services such as issuing certificates of title, driver’s licenses and division-issued identification cards as well as collecting personal property taxes.
· SB 168 amends law relating to the protection of farmland and agricultural activities from certain nuisance actions.
· SB 187 amends workers compensation laws including replaces the Workers Compensation Administrative Law Judge (ALJ) Nominating and Review Committee and the Workers Compensation Board Nominating Committee with a new entity named the Workers Compensation and Employment Security Boards Nominating Committee.
· S Sub for HB 2011 authorizes higher educational institution license plates for motorcycles that are available for passenger vehicles and small trucks.
· Sub HB 2017 amends provisions of the Kansas Code of Criminal Procedure concerning appeals of municipal court and district magistrate judgments, search warrants, and reporting of pornographic materials seized or documented as evidence.
· HB 2025 renames the Joint Committee on Home and Community Based Services as the Robert G. (Bob) Bethell Joint Committee, increases committee membership and expands the committee’s scope, including oversight of KanCare.
· HB 2033 uniforms state law for knives, including prohibiting local governments from regulating them and allowing carrying specific types of pocket knives and switchblade knives.
· Senate Sub. for HB 2043 clarifies that the Attorney General represents the State in “any and all” actions in the Kansas Supreme Court, Kansas Court of Appeals, and in all federal courts in which the state is interested or a party.
· HB 2069 prohibits cities, counties, and local government units from using ordinances, resolutions, or law to require private employers to provide leave, benefits and higher compensation.
· HB 2078 enacts new law and amends existing requirements for licensing bodies and licensure for military service members, and amends prior law regarding military experience for the licensing of practical nurses and emergency medical technicians.
· HB 2093 amends the law concerning crimes and criminal procedure, on topics including DNA testing, felony murder, computer crimes, and identity theft and identity fraud.
· Sub. for HB 2105 revises provisions of employment security laws pertaining to contributions paid by employers, eligibility for unemployment benefits, and the administration of the unemployment system by the Kansas Department of Labor.
· HB 2107 creates the Electronic Notice and Document Act; amends a provision in the Insurance Code requiring notification to policyholders of adverse underwriting decisions and refunds, increases the maximum lifetime benefit for individuals in the State High Risk Pool, amends existing law regarding dividends for mutual insurance companies organized to provide health care provider liability insurance, and enacts the Mandate Lite Health Benefit Plan Act.
· HB 2109 creates the Children’s Internet Protection Act, requiring technology protection measures be implemented and enforced at both the school district and public library levels.
· HB 2128 provides that a public agency is not required to disclose records of a utility concerning information about cyber security threats, attacks, or general attempts to attack utility operations.
· HB 2139 abolishes the Canceled Warrants Payment Fund and transfers all balances accrued from unpaid canceled warrants to the State General Fund and deletes the five-year limitation for taxpayers to claim funds from a canceled State check.
· Senate Sub. for HB 2150 revises the size and responsibilities for the Kansas Employment First Oversight Commission.
· HB 2164 reforms state grand jury law.· HB 2349 requires the Legislative Division of Post Audit to conduct three school district efficiency audits each fiscal year.
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Mission Kansas City Counci Meeting April 17th @ 7:00PM
8. NEW BUSINESS
8a. Johnson Drive Easement Acquisition - Resolution of Intent and
Ordinance Authorizing Use of Eminent Domain
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Rain Tax? Maryland Taxing Residents For Patios And Driveways; Find Out What Else You Will Be Charged For
(The Latin times)
. Maryland will now impose a "rain tax." And yes, it is exactly what it sounds like. Formally dubbed as the "storm management fee" residents will now be subjected to fees calculated on the surface area of a property and interference with water runoff.
The law was passed by the state legislature in 2012, and will go into effect following a decree from Democrat Governor Martin O'Malley.
However, outraged Maryland residents are wondering why?
Governor signs eight bills into law Thursday, vetoes one
Topeka – Kansas Governor Sam Brownback signed eight bills into law Thursday, bringing the total number of bills signed by the governor during the 2013 Legislative Session to 76. He also vetoed one bill, Senate Bill 37.
SB 37 would have repealed the sunset of the Kansas Home Inspectors Professional Competence and Financial Responsibility Act that is set to expire on July 1, 2013.
In his veto message to the Kansas Legislature, Governor Brownback shared his concerns about whether the potential harm inflicted upon the citizens of Kansas by unscrupulous home inspectors warrants the expansion of government and increased regulation that was applied in 2008 to this segment of the private sector.
“Upon review of the materials provided by the proponents of this legislation, both in 2008 and 2013, I see little evidence of large numbers of Kansas citizens being economically harmed by home inspectors. In fact, even the proponents believe the vast majority of Kansans who provide this service are honest people. Therefore, it appears the legislation passed in 2008 may simply add unnecessary fees and regulations to law abiding citizens,” Gov. Brownback wrote.
The Governor also noted that it appears the board lacks the resources and expertise to effectively regulate home inspectors in Kansas and that the Kansas Attorney General’s Consumer Protection Division is better equipped with its professional staff experienced in conducting investigations and assisting Kansans seeking reimbursement.
In his veto message, Governor Brownback acknowledged the Legislature’s support of the board and told lawmakers he would sign a similar bill that extended the sunset for two years so there would be time for further consideration and discussion whether to continue the board.
The bills signed into law today by the Governor are:
SB 1 reduces the frequency of financial management practice audits of the State Treasurer’s Office and the Pooled Money Investment Board (PMIB) from every year to every two years. In addition, the new law requires a transition audit within two weeks of a new State Treasurer taking office.
SB 27 makes more U.S. military veterans eligible for the state’s Military Service Scholarship Program by expanding the definition of “qualified student”.
SB 56 transfers the responsibility of recognizing official county fair associations from the Kansas Department of Agriculture to the board of county commissioners of the county where the association is located.
SB 81 makes several changes to the Kansas Open Records Act (KORA), including exempting home addresses or home ownership records from searchable websites of officers, judges, and prosecuting attorneys, at their request. The new law prohibits a public agency from disclosing the name, home address, e-mail address, phone numbers, or other contact information for any person licensed to carry concealed handguns, any person who has enrolled in or completed weapons training for concealed carry licensure, or any person who has applied for a concealed carry license.
SB 120 establishes a central registration of farmers’ markets through the Kansas Farmers’ Market Promotion Act. The voluntary registration will be used to encourage and promote farmers’ markets across Kansas and assist the Kansas Department of Agriculture in promoting Kansas agriculture by more efficiently connecting producers with consumers.
SB 128 extends the sunset of the Postsecondary Technical Education Authority by three years, to June 30, 2017 and clarifies students taking part in the Career Technical Education (CTE) Incentive Program must complete their certificates prior to high school graduation or by Dec. 31 immediately following graduation for a school district or community/technical college to receive an incentive award.
SB 136 allows a veteran to have “VETERAN” printed on the front of a state-issued driver’s license or non-driver identification card.
HB 2170 makes numerous changes to sentencing, post-release supervision, and probation statutes, including allowing low-risk defendants who’ve paid all restitution and met all terms of probation to be eligible for discharge from court supervision.
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Despite concerns, Johnson County Commission gives final approval to JO fare increase
Roxie Hammill Special to The Star
Although some members of the Johnson County Commission voiced concerns last week, they all gave final approval to bus fare increases that will go into effect April 15.
The biggest increase will come to the popular K-10 Connector to Lawrence. Those prices will go from $3 to $3.50 per ride. Monthly passes, which were not offered in the past, will be $117.60. Meanwhile, express routes would go from $2 to $2.25 per ride and from $67 to $75.60 for a monthly pass.
The fare increase, close on the heels of a cutback in routes, comes at a time when bus ridership has been increasing. Deputy Transportation Director Chuck Ferguson said ridership on the JO has increased 22 percent in the past two years, with a third of it coming from the K-10 Connector.Read More Here
Admit it: You fear that the smartphone in your purse or pocket is just a glorified tracking device for the New World Order.
Well, you’re right; it can be. And courts around the country just now are setting the hoops that police and federal agents must jump through to get permission to track you in real time
A recent appeals court ruling on a Kansas City, Kan., drug case could help define what law enforcement must do to get cellphone providers to give up the GPS data. Read the rest of the story by: Clicking Here
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Mission Municipal Pool Public Presentation / Design and Feedback Meeting
Thursday, April 4th at 6:30PM at Sylvester Powell Jr. Community Center
>snip< The bill, SB 149, would prohibit an individual who fails a drug test from receiving assistance until they have completed drug treatment and job training programs. A second failed drug test would result in the individual having their assistance suspended for a year. Long term suspension would be for recipients who fail a third, or subsequent, drug test. In instances where a parent fails a drug test, the portion of cash assistance allocated for their children could go to a third party to administer on the child's behalf.
KPERS Bonds University of Kansas Midwest Stem Cell Therapy Center Legal Liability of Doctors Keystone Pipeline Oil and Gas Valuation Depletion Trust Fund February Labor Report Conference Committees
Representative, District 40
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If you are planning to take in the Bunny Eggstravaganza in Mission this Saturday, make sure you head to Sylvester Powell Community Center and not Broadmoor Park as originally scheduled.
Because of the snow melt and predicted rain the end of the week, Broadmoor is expected to be muddy so the event is being moved indoors with all of the times remaining unchanged.
The egg hunt times start at 10:15 a.m. for 10 years and older; 10:30 a.m. for eight months to 18 months; 10:50 a.m. for 18 months to three years; 11:10 a.m. for four to six years; and 11:30 a.m. for seven to nine years.
Besides the egg hunts, lots of other family activities will be held from 10 a.m. to noon, including egg races, inflatable’s, face painting and fire and police department participation. The event is free.
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Debate on guns’ role in society divides even law enforcement
March27, 2013 - The Kansas City Star
by: Steve Rose
-Johnson County Sheriff Frank Denning and Overland Park Chief of Police John Douglass do not see eye to eye-
---- First, Denning.Several weeks ago, the sheriff posted on his website his position on weapon bans of any kind — pistols, semi-automatic -or automatic weapons, as well as magazines that carry large numbers of bullets.
- As reported, the sheriff came down hard on the idea of any bans. To ban weapons of law-abiding citizens, he said, was - - like “unilateral disarmament.”
- >snip< Denning goes beyond that. “Teachers should have the option, if they are willing and able, to be armed,”---------------Denning said.
Overland Park Chief of Police John Douglass could not disagree more.
---- The Overland Park police chief, who also has 40 years of law enforcement experience and has been chief for 17 years, is adamantly - - -- --opposed to weapons in public buildings.
--“A weapons-free environment makes more sense,” said Douglass. “The more weapons there are, the more potential ---- --there is for something bad happening.”
The chief is particularly opposed to weapons being carried into City Council meetings or legislative hearings
In a win for transparency advocates, a challenge to the Texas Open Meetings Act failed Monday as the Supreme Court declined to hear an appeal to the case Asgeirsson v. Abbott, effectively closing the matter.
The denial of certiorari leaves intact a ruling from a federal appeals court, which upheld the law against a challenge from local government officials, who claimed it restricted their First Amendment rights.Read All
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Costco to anchor Township 5 development in Camillus (Cameron Group LLC)
Camillus, N.Y. -- A major retail, office and apartment project sidetracked for six years could get off the ground soon with the construction of a Costco Wholesale store, the first in Upstate New York.
Representatives of Cameron Group LLC, of East Syracuse, are scheduled to appear before the Onondaga County Industrial Development Agency today to seek a tax deal for the proposed Township 5 project.
The approximately $50 million development would be a mixed-use "lifestyle" center with more than 500,000-square-feet of office, retail, entertainment and housing on what is now an undeveloped 67-acre parcel at the Hinsdale Road exit off Route 5 in Camillus.
A 96-unit apartment complex would be built in the rear of the property. Bike and walking trails would serve as a buffer between the project and a residential neighborhood off Bennett Road to the north.
Cameron Group partner Joseph Goethe said Costco has agreed to become the project's first retail tenant. It wants to open a 150,000 warehouse club store in November, though that date could get pushed back to the spring of 2014, he said.For 2 minute video: Click HereAnother video on Cameron Group's web site, this time titled:Gateway RevisedA couple other things just came in that you might be interested in regarding the above:Syracuse.com&Centralny.ynn
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KansasGovernor Sam Brownback signs judicial reform legislation into law Topeka
Kansas Governor Sam Brownback signed House Bill 2019 into law Wednesday during a signing ceremony at the Kansas Capitol. The new law reforms how judges for the Kansas Court of Appeals are appointed.
“The guiding principle of our American democracy must be that every citizen stands equal before the law, with an equal voice in this long running American experiment in self-government,” Gov. Brownback said. “Kansans expect and are entitled to a government that is not beholden to any special interest group. Unfortunately in Kansas, our current system of selecting our appellate judges fails the democracy test.”
Brownback continued, “Rather than providing an equal voice to all Kansans in the selection of our Appeals and Supreme Court judges, Kansas is the only state in the union that allows a special interest group – to control the process of choosing who will be judges for the rest of us.”
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It took us a little over 230 years of history to come up with the so called ‘Driveway Tax’, England on the other hand has actually gotten a tax into your bedroom.
A forthcoming change in housing benefit rules has been dubbed the "bedroom tax" by Labour and, for many, the name has stuck.
>snip< But from April 2013 families deemed to have too much living space by their local authorities will receive a reduced payment. Under the government's so-called "size criteria", families will be assessed for the number of bedrooms they actually need.
The new rules allow one bedroom for each adult or couple. Children under the age of 16 are expected to share, if they are the same gender. Those under 10 are expected to share whatever their gender.
>snip< Mr Field added: "I feel so strongly about what the government is doing to constituents and similarly placed constituents around the country that I make a call to landlords - both social housing landlords and to housing association landlords - to defy this act by not only not operating it but to do as landlords did after the Nine Years War [in the late 17th Century], when the government similarly stretched for money imposed a window tax.
"They bricked up those windows. I hope landlords will brick up the doors to spare bedrooms and, where appropriate, they will knock the walls down of spare bedrooms, so that the properties fit the tenants - safely, one hopes - of the tenants thereby.
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Kansas Legislative Update - Week Ten
John Bradford KS-40, March 22, 2013
The tenth week proved to be very busy, yet productive for the House with passage of a budget and tax plan, setting the stage for the end of session. The only requirement for the Legislature is to pass a budget each session; and with the time table the House leadership has set, we are still on pace to finish in 80 days.
On Wednesday of this week, the House took up the tax plan that was passed out of committee last week and debated it on the floor. The plan would continue the Governor's drive to get personal income tax to zero.
This week, the House passed HB 2253, which would serve to further protect the lives of the unborn in Kansas by ensuring that no taxpayer dollars are used to subsidize abortions and by revising other abortion statutes
The Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks, and Tourism voted 5 to 0 last night to pass KAR 115-4-4 which will improve the state’s hunting regulations in a number of ways. Under this rule change, all hunters will be allowed the option of using crossbows during archery season starting in September. Useful technologies such as rangefinders, cameras, and new sighting devices will also be allowed.
>snip< Other important changes under KAR 115-4-4 will allow hunting with all centerfire rifles and handguns, regardless of caliber, and all shotgun slugs, regardless of gauge. Modern bullet construction eliminates the lack of lethality associated with the solid, non-expanding bullets of old. Allowing smaller centerfire rifles will encourage youngsters and newer hunters to use firearms more appropriate for their circumstances. The goal of all hunters is to recover the game they shoot and they will choose what they consider to be the most effective caliber to achieve that end within their physical limitations – such as their ability to handle the firearm’s recoil.
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Kansas House endorses tax bill while protecting highway funds
March 20,2013 -The Associated Press
TOPEKA — Proposed cuts in Kansas’ sales and income taxes advanced Wednesday in the House, but members stripped out a key provision that would have diverted millions of dollars from the state highway system.
The House gave initial approval to the bill on an 82-37 vote. The tally suggested that Republican leaders will have enough votes to pass the measure on final action, scheduled for today.
The bill then would go to the Senate, which passed its own tax plan last week.
Republican Gov. Sam Brownback wants to further reduce income tax rates and position the state to phase out personal income taxes altogether.Read More Here
>snip< The properties are the green spaces on the north side of Johnson Drive on both the east and west sides of Roe Avenue. Often home to art works, sidewalks are now being built along both stretches with federal stimulus money. The City of Roeland Park sold approximately three acres on the northwest corner to Commerce for its appraised value with a March 2014 deadline for construction, according to city administrator Aaron Otto. A new bus stop also will be located on that side of Johnson Drive.Read All:
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John Bradford KS-40 March 15, 2013 Kansas Legislative Update - Week Nine
Committees were busy this week kicking out bills to be considered by the House. The House Appropriations Committee passed a budget and the House Taxation Committee passed an income tax reform plan. The Appropriations Committee has spent months going line-by-line through the budget and finding necessary savings to offset the tax bill from last session. At the same time, the Taxation Committee has been busy looking for a way to continue to buy down income tax rates while not having to take large hits to the ending balance in the next few years. These bills will be worked on the House floor in the weeks to come as we finalize our work before first adjournment.
Kansas Exports Increase Personal and Family Protection Act Unlawful Discharge of a Firearm Second Amendment Protection Act Grand Jury Education
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MISSION POLICE March 7th – 13th, 2013
● Offenses and arrests at selected locations during the past week:
HyVee: Forgery & Arrest - Falls Apartments: Warrant Arrest - Target: Theft & Arrest, Open Door - Quik Trip: Battery (Dom. Violence)
● Mission Officers issued 210 traffic citations
Parking Citations – 5, DUI Arrests, 9 - Total Arrests – 36
● Mission Officers responded to 5 alarms.
Residential – 1 & Commercial – 4
_______________March 14th 2013 _______________
It never ceases to amaze me how one can continue to march down a road with no end. Sustainability, pedestrian friendly, green and a never ending imposition of spending other people’s money. Below is a request by the City of Mission Kansas to sell the improperly obtained property last year. It appears the city really does not want to sell the property by imposing restriction after restriction on a potential buyer. You judge.
Section 1: Background Information
The City of Mission has made a significant investment of resources planning for its future and creating a vision for a vibrant, mixed use "West Gateway" district. Through an inclusive visioning process, participants identified a number of positive traits unique to Mission, including its excellent location within the metropolitan area, shopping district with charming buildings, and a variety of community destinations. Conversely, a number of negative attributes have been identified, such as overwhelming presence of surface parking lots that contribute little to the promotion of an aesthetically pleasing, pedestrianfriendly environment that the community strives to achieve. Also, a number of underutilized buildings exist, which due to market conditions, are no longer attractive to the development, industrial, or commercial/office community.
Request for Proposals:
Private Developer for the City of Mission Kansas,
Former Neff Printing Property 7080 Martway, Mission, KS 66202.
City of Mission, Kansas
March 8, 2013
Mission Crossing Project (Description): >snip< The Mission Crossing project includes construction of four standalone buildings, in total about 20,000 square feet of commercial space, as well as up to at least 80,000 square foot building for residential use. Read all:
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City Administrator - Mission, Kansas (10,000 Pop.) Community
(snip) As a first-tier suburb in the Greater Kansas City area, Mission has been a leader in seeking citizen input into formulating a vision and long-term strategies for redeveloping and investing in the community.
This includes investing in neighborhoods and commercial areas, and identifying new funding mechanisms that will sustain the continued provision of high quality services. Public transportation is available at the 6000 Lamar Johnson County Transit Center, and Rock Creek Trail is located in the center of town, close to the City’s Sylvester Powell Jr. Community Center (www.sylvesterpowell.com), recognized as one of the finest recreation centers in the Midwest.
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News From the Kansas State House - Week Eight
John Bradford KS-40 March 8, 2013
Both houses are now considering the bills sent over by the other chamber. In the House, hearings are beginning on the sixty or so bills passed by the Senate, giving the public the opportunity to provide their thoughts in testimony. The second half of the session will go quickly as our next hard deadline is April 5th. That will be the end of Regular Session and will only leave Veto Session to complete this year's legislative business. You can expect, over the next few weeks, a great amount of our time will be spent on addressing the budget and considering legislation passed by the Senate.
You can stay up-to-date with committee schedules and bills and find other helpful information regarding the happenings in the statehouse through the legislature's website, www.kslegislature.org
Innovative School Districts KTA/KDOT Supreme Court Stays School Funding Lawsuit Knife Regulation KanCare Educational Meetings
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February 28/March 6, 2013.
● Mission Officers issued 203 traffic citations.
Parking Citations – 2,
DUI Arrests –4,
Total Arrests – 24
● Mission Officers responded to 10 alarms.
Residential – 2 &
Commercial – 8
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Don’t Forget Set you clocks for 2:00AM Sunday so you can move them up an hour. Yep it’s that time of year again!
I’ll not editorialize on this outdated, stupid, inconvenient, dim-witted, foolish, ill-advised hold over from the early 20th century.
Germany's National Firearms Register, which came into effect on Jan. 1, 2013,recently published its first statistics. A total of 5.4 million legal weapons are registered with private owners in the country. The most are registered in the state of Bavaria (1.1 million), followed by North Rhine-Westphalia (1 million) and Baden-Württemberg (700,000). Approximately 550 German authorities submitted data. The introduction of the register is broadly seen as a political reaction to killing sprees in Erfurt in 2002 and Winnenden in 2009. Moreover, the European Union has stipulated that all member states must launch central firearms registers by the end of 2014. Germany has the fourth highest per capita number of legal firearms, lower than the United States, Switzerland and Finland -- but higher than Mexico, South Africa and Russia. Germany's largest police union, the GdP, estimates there are up to 20 million illegal firearms in Germany
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MISSION POLICE February 21/27, 2013
Offenses and arrests at selected locations during the past week:
Target: two thefts, one arrest, Quik Trip: One DUI
Mission Officers issued 129 traffic citations.
Parking Citations – 5
DUI Arrests – 8
Total Arrests – 20
During the week of 02/21/2013 to 02/27/2013 the Investigations Division assigned two new cases to Detectives for investigation and zero new cases for the Crime Analyst to monitor.
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News From the State House - Week Seven
John Bradford KS-40
March 1, 2013
Turn-Around Has Arrived
On Friday of this week, the Legislature finished up its work, ending "turnaround" on schedule. We worked through more than 70 bills this week with several important pieces of legislation passed. Our next deadline will be March 22, when all non-exempt bills must again be passed out of committee.
We take off on Monday and Tuesday as support staff work through and process the bills passed this week. There are several staff agencies outside of the House working and voting on the bills. The Revisors must process the amendments that we made to the bills, the clerks have to document the records, and research staff updates the explainers of bills that were amended. Starting March 6, the House will work Senate bills in committee, and the Senate will work House bills in committee. I have summarized a few of the many topics we have worked on this week.
Moe’s is moving in. The southwestern style restaurant will be the anchor tenant in a new building where the former Friendly’s restaurant stood in North Utica
>snip<No other tenants for the site have been announced but several other chains, including Bruegger’s Bagels have recently expressed interest in expanding to Utica.
>snip< The store itself will be approximately 5,000 to 6,000 square feet, Adler said."It will look like the Moe's in New Hartford, that's their signature look," he said. "Then there will be one or two other tenants."Read More
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Another Massive Project of Cameron Group LLC(Gateway Developers LLC)
Moe's Southwest Grill coming to North Utica
By NEWSChannel 2 Staff
Story Created: Feb 28, 2013 at 10:10 AM EST
UTICA, N.Y. (WKTV) - North Utica residents will soon be hearing "Welcome to Moe's!"
The restaurant chain will be moving to the site of the former Friendly's after the building on site is demolished, Utica Mayor Robert Palmieri said.
The City of Utica's Department of Codes Enforcement has issued a Demolition Permit to the Cameron Group allowing for the vacant Friendly's to be torn down and a new multi-tenant building anchored by Moe's Southwest Grill to be built in its place.
"It is rare that a building gets demolished in Utica and is immediately replace by a viable national brand like Moe's Southwest Grill," Mayor Palmieri said. "Moe's will provide new jobs, expand our tax base and diversify restaurant options just minutes off the Thruway. This is another indication that Utica is coming back."
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Roeland Park mayor Foster fails to emerge from primary. Apparently the potential loss of Wal-Mart to Mission’s Gateway Project & the failed ¾¢ sales tax initiative was Foster’s undoing.
“Roeland Park’s Adrienne Foster failed to garner enough votes in Tuesday’s primary to make it onto April’s general election ballot, marking the beginning of the end of her sometimes controversial tenure as mayor after just one term”.
“Challenger Joel Marquardt emerged Tuesday as the clear frontrunner for the office, picking up 57 percent of the vote. Linda Mau finished second with 26 percent of the vote. Foster finished the night with 17 percent.” PV Post
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Spring Primary Election Alert WEATHER EMERGENCY Update The Johnson County Election Office has announced several changes in the Spring Primary election. Please read carefully. February 25 - Due to the incoming storm, Advance Voting in Person has been extended to 7 PM at the Election Office tonight, on 2/25. Tuesday, February 26 - POLLING LOCATIONS HAVE BEEN CONSOLIDATED.
ANYONE in the election tomorrow may vote at the Johnson County Election Office, 2101 E Kansas City Road, Olathe. Fairway Ward 4will vote at Roeland Park Community Center, 4850 Rosewood Dr., Roeland Park. Lenexa Ward 3will vote at Central Church of the Nazarene, 12600 W 87th St Parkway, Lenexa. Merriam Ward 2will vote at Merriam Christian Church, 9401 Johnson Drive, Merriam. Overland Park Ward 5will have at least 2 polling locations.
Overland Park voters may choose:
Holy Cross Lutheran Church, 7851 W. 119th Street, Overland Park
Village Shalom, 5500 W. 123rd St, Overland Park Roeland Parkwill vote at Roeland Park Community Center 4850 Rosewood Dr., Roeland Park.
Shawnee Ward 2will vote at Merriam Christian Church, 9401 Johnson Drive, Merriam
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Governor: All Executive Branch State Offices
will be closed Thursday, Feb. 21st
Governor declares an emergency for all 105 counties
TOPEKA – Kansas Governor Sam Brownback announced Wednesday that all state offices in the Executive Branch will be closed Thursday, February 21st in anticipation of inclement weather conditions. If a state office is already closed, it will remain closed.
“Every indication is that our state is going to receive a tremendous amount of snow in the next 24 hours. I want to urge Kansans to heed the winter weather warnings and avoid traveling tomorrow,” Gov. Brownback said. “Our state agencies are ready to respond as needed to assist Kansans and counties who may need additional assistance.”
This closure will affect non-essential Executive Branch employees scheduled to work between 6:00 am on Thursday, February 21, 2013 until 6:00am on Friday, February 22, 2013.
This declaration does not include employees in the Board of Regents, Regents Institutions, the Judicial Branch, nor the Legislative Branch of Government. Their designated representative will make a separate declaration for those employees if appropriate.
State employees can find further information at www.kansas.gov/employee.
The Governor also signed an emergency declaration for all 105 Kansans counties. This will allow state agencies to assist local governments as needed.
Motorists who find themselves in need of assistance can call 911 or *47 to reach the Kansas Highway Patrol. Those traveling on the Kansas Turnpike can call *KTA.
You can learn about road conditions at 511.ksdot.org.
_______________February 19th 2013 _______________
Governor Makes Appointment to the 10th Judicial District
Topeka – Kansas Governor Sam Brownback today announced the appointment of Leawood attorney Paul Gurney to the 10th Judicial District of the State of Kansas. Gurney will take the seat of retiring Judge Thomas H. Bornholdt.
“Paul is a very experienced civil litigation attorney,” Governor Brownback said. “He will bring a unique skill set to the 10th Judicial District.”
Gurney is currently an attorney at the Law Offices of Daniel P. Hansen, where he has worked since 1999. He serves as the Senior Trial Counsel at the firm.
Paul Gurney was one of three names submitted to the Governor by the 10th Judicial District Nominating Commission.
The state’s 105 counties are organized into 31 Judicial Districts. The district courts serve as the trial courts for the state, overseeing all civil and criminal cases. The 10th District covers the entirety of Johnson County.
_______________February 17th 2013 _______________
A penny here and a penny there, however, and sales tax rates in some areas are closing in on 10 percent (so says JoCo913 section of the Kansas City Star last week)
>snip< What was the sales tax, last time you checked? 8.7 percent? Nine? Or was it closer to 10 percent? The answer depends on where you did your shopping, as more and more Johnson County cities take advantage of a relatively new funding option — the Community Improvement District. With this option, cities can carve out small areas and add up to 2 percent in sales taxes to finance improvements as an incentive for development
The quick proliferation of these special taxing districts has some critics worried — about sales tax “fatigue,” about their misuse for projects that could have been done with private funds and about the fact that shoppers often have no idea how much in sales tax they’re paying at any given time.Read More:
_______________February 15th 2013 _______________
MISSION POLICE February 7/13,2013
● Offenses and arrests at selected locations during the past week:
Value Place: One burglary to hotel room.
HyVee: One forgery report and one telephone harassment.
Falls Apartments: One domestic battery with an arrest and one weapons violation with an
Target: One arrest for theft/possession of drugs, one arrest for possession of drugs, and one
theft report.. Quik Trip: One missing person report.
● Mission Officers issued 196 traffic citations. -
Parking Citations 2,
DUI Arrests 5,
Total Arrests 31
Proposed fare increases are on the horizon for the Johnson County Transit bus service. Public feedback forums will be held at the Sylvester Powell, Jr. Community Center as detailed below:
Tuesday, February 12, 2013 - 7:00 a.m. to 8:00 a.m.
Thursday, February 14, 2013 - 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.
If you are unable to attend, you may send comments to: Click Here
_______________February 8th 2013 _______________
January 31 February
Mission Officers issued 270 traffic citations.
Parking Citations – 0
DUI Arrests – 9
Total Arrests – 33
Mission Officers responded to 1 alarm.
Residential – 0
Commercial – 1
PATROL AND TRAFFIC ARRESTS DUI arrests for the week: 9
Feb 1, I-35 and Lamar Poss Drugs
Feb 5, 6200 blk Pflumm (Shawnee) Elec. Solicitation
INVESTIGATIONS During the week of 01/31/2013 to 02/06/2013 the Investigations Division assigned nine new cases
to Detectives for investigation and one new case for the Crime Analyst to monitor.
Officers responded to a child who was shot at a local apartment complex. Officers’ investigating of child sex crimes. The suspect was taken into custody and search warrant served.
Officer is investigating three burglaries.
_______________February 6th 2013 _______________
Prairie Village puts aquatics center on back burner
Luke Ranker - Special to The Star
The idea of a city-funded community and aquatic center in Prairie Village may have died.
At a work session Saturday, city council members discussed a number of important issues facing the city, including park maintenance, rental properties and the feasibility a proposed $44 million community and aquatic center. The council agreed that the city currently can not handle the financial burden of the center.
The project came from a feasibility study that looked into a community center and replacement options for the city’s 50-meter outdoor pool. No official vote was taken on the matter. City Administrator Quinn Bennion said the council would probably put the matter to an official vote some time in the next month.
Councilman David Belz said now that the study has shown how much the project would cost, he can’t recommend spending that much money.f money wasn’t an object, it would be a beautiful thing, but money is an object,” Belz said. Read More Here
Reversing course, Roeland Park rejects plan to raze center
Teri Schaefer - Special to The Star
Opponents of a plan to build senior housing and a new community center on the site of Roeland Park’s existing community center can rest easy — for now.
After the city council reversed itself Monday by rejecting the project, developer David Dean told The Kansas City Star he would abandon his efforts and start the process over in hopes of building it next year. Read More Here:
_______________February 5th 2013 _______________
Laura McConwell, Attorney and Mayor of Mission, Kansas, selected to receive the 2013 Influential Women Award from Kansas City Business Magazine (Mayor McConwell was nominated by Mission Councilwoman Debbie Kring) Kansas City, MO (Feb. 1, 2013) Attorney and Mayor of Mission, Kansas, Laura L. McConwell, has been selected to receive a 2013 Kansas City Influential Women Award’ by Kansas City Business Magazine, according to a notification from Fred Bauters, Senior Editor of the publication. Mayor McConwell earned the recognition based on her leadership accomplishments, career achievements, and a dedication to bettering the Kansas City community. Read More
>snip< The Influential Women award program annually recognizes Kansas City's women leaders in the creative, corporate, nonprofit and entrepreneurial communities. McConwell will receive her award March 13, 2013, during the Seventh Annual Influential Women Recognition Reception held at The National World War I Museum. The event is open to the public. Tickets are $30 and can be purchased by calling Jessica Earnshaw, Anthem Publishing, 913-894-6923 ext.678.
_______________ January 17th 2013 _______________
Mission approves Gateway redevelopment plan which includes a Wal-Mart
By ROXIE HAMMILL - Special to The Star
After years of false starts and delays, the Gateway redevelopment plan for the corner of Shawnee Mission Parkway and Roe Avenue has won approval from the Mission City Council.
The $165 million plan, which includes a Wal-Mart and upscale apartments, was approved in a 5-3 vote Wednesday night. Approval came after assurances from developer Tom Valenti and real estate lawyer Pete Heaven that the city’s risk had been minimized. Some dissenting council members, however, said they didn’t like the tax rate that will result from the surcharges on purchases made in the development.
(Click images to enlarge)
The tax rate on purchases at the Wal-Mart will be 9.65 percent. Others worried that the adddition of Wal-Mart and the other retailers would hurt the city’s businesses on Johnson Drive.:
The community improvement district (CID) is .005% for Wal-Mart, for all others it is .01%.
What the above story from the Kansas City Star doesn’t tell you are all other business will be require their customers to pay 10.15% in sales tax. Read More Here:
_______________ January 16th 2013 _______________
Kansas senator pushes medical marijuana bill
Staff Kansas City Business Journal
A Kansas state senator introduced a bill to the Senate on Tuesday that would allow Kansans with medical conditions to possess and grow marijuana, KCTV5 reports.
The bill by Sen. David Haley, D-Kansas City, would allow Kansans to possess 6 ounces of marijuana and 12 plants, and calls for the Kansas Department of Public Health to regulate medical marijuana "compassion" centers and distribute the medicine to qualified patients, the report says.Read More Here
(Sen. David Haley)
_______________ January 13th 2013 _______________
This particular City Council meeting at Powell Center Wednesday at seven is extremely important for you and the city. $42,000,000 in TIF & CID bonds (partially guaranteed by Mission) for The East Gateway Project for Gateway Developers, LLC. Gateway Developers will be represented by Tom Valenti VP of Gateway Developers.
This may be the very last time you have any say in this development. At the very least please come and just listen. Click Here for agenda
City of Mission
Regular Meeting Agenda
Wednesday, January 16, 2013
Sylvester Powell, Jr. Community Center
(snip) 6a. Gateway TIF Ordinance
6b. Gateway CID Ordinance (Petition B)
6c. Gateway CID Ordinance (Petition A)
6d. Gateway Redevelopment Agreement
6e. Gateway Project Oversight & Management Services - Konrath Group
6f. Gateway Project Off-site Roadway Construction Observation Services - GBA
6g. Gateway Project Building Plan Review / Permitting / Inspection - Johnson
_______________ January 13th 2013 _______________
"It's time to tell cities what you think of new streetlights"
By TED HART - The Kansas City Star
More than 5,000 new streetlights have been installed on streets around the area to save money, and many more may be on the way.
The lights are part of a pilot project to see which type of lights work best.
The Mid-America Regional Council, partnering with utility companies, spearheaded the effort to install LED (light-emitting diode) and induction streetlights. Both LED and induction lights have longer life spans than ordinary street lamps and are more energy efficient.
“The reasons communities are looking at LED are because they look like an opportunity to save costs,” said Roger Kroh, MARC’s energy program manager. “The biggest single electrical cost that most cities have is street lighting.
• Prairie Village, Westwood, Roeland Park, Mission, Fairway, Merriam, Gardner and Spring Hill: 7 p.m. Jan. 23, Prairie Village City Hall, 7700 Mission Road
• Lansing, Tonganoxie, Basehor and Edwardsville: 7 p.m. Jan. 29, Lansing City Hall, 800 First Terrace
• Gladstone, North Kansas City, Kearney, Lawson, Liberty, Platte City and Smithville: 7 p.m. Feb. 5, Gladstone City Hall, 7010 N. Holmes St.
• Raymore, Harrisonville, Peculiar, Raytown, Oak Grove and Pleasant Hill: 7 p.m. Feb. 13, Raymore City Hall, 100 Municipal Circle
_______________ January 12th 2013 _______________
MISSION POLICE December 27-January 2, 2013
● Mission Officers issued 183 traffic citations. Parking Citations – 2 DUI Arrests – 7 Total Arrests – 25 ● Mission Officers responded to 6 alarms. Residential – 2 Commercial – 4 PATROL AND TRAFFIC ARRESTS Dec 27 I-35 and Lamar Obstruction Jan 1- I-35 and Antioch Obstruction INVESTIGATIONS During the week of 12/27/2012 to 01/02/2013 the Investigations Division assigned 11new cases to Detectives for investigation and one new case for the Crime Analystto monitor. # submitted a Lewd and Lascivious case to the DA’s Office - # investigated a DV Battery Lethality - # arrested a male on Aggravated Battery charges - Detective # is investigating 18 Forgery/Theft cases from Target
_______________ January 11th 2013 _______________
IN THE DISTRICT COURT OF JOHNSON COUNTY, KANSAS CIVIL COURT DEPARTMENT LER PROPERTIESLLC, Plaintiff vs CITY OF MISSION KANSAS, Defendant SUMMONS
(snip) COUNT I (Takings-Inverse Condemnation)LER is the owner of a building located at 5912 Maple Street, Mission, Kansas 66202 (hereinafter "the property" or "property")
LER uses the 5912 Maple Street property as a rental property. On information and belief, the Defendant permanently removed LER's property's access point to Maple Street from Johnson Drive during a construction project without prior notice to Plaintiff.Click Here for entire petition
_______________ January 9th 2013 _______________
Mission Council to Consider Gateway Project
“The proposed Gateway Project on the former Mission Mall site is reaching the final stages. On December 17, 2012, the Planning Commission unanimously approved the final site plan. On January 16th, the City Council will consider financing options for the project. If approved the project will be ready to break ground after seven long years. The project’s Developer, Tom Valenti of Gateway Developers, LLC, has held firm to his vision of bringing a first-class, mixed use development to our community.” Click Here for Mission's entire article."
_______________ January 9th 2013 _______________
Last night Mission’s City Council held a special Council meeting at City Hall. The purpose was to go into executive session to discuss the Gateway project. Click Here for 3:31 video
_______________ January 5th 2013 _______________
Unique retail and apartment project Prairiefire is a go
By KEVIN COLLISON - The Kansas City Star
Prairiefire, an ambitious retail and apartment project anchored by a unique collaboration with the American Museum of Natural History, is starting construction in Overland Park after six years on the drawing boards.
The first phase, valued at $160 million, will have 207,000 square feet for retailers, including the area’s first REI outdoor equipment store. It will include 300 luxury apartments and a 41,000-square-foot hall housing exhibits prepared by the Museum of Natural History, the first cooperative venture of its kind in the country for the prestigious New York institution
The project is being built in the heart of one of the most affluent areas in the metro — 135th Street between Nall and Lamar avenues — and was proposed in 2006 by developer Fred Merrill Jr. Its distinct concept, coupled with a recession that hit retail projects particularly hard, stalled progress until now.
>snip< Merrill said he’s had 80 percent of the retail leased since 2011, but getting financing in the post-recession world was a major struggle. The project had been approved for STAR Bond assistance from Kansas, because of its museum and other attractions, and Overland Park approved the community improvement district, which will collect an additional 1.5 percent sales tax to help pay for improvements.
But it wasn’t until last summer that lenders became interested in buying the bonds and providing construction loans.
Stifel Nicolaus was the underwriter for Overland Park. PNC Bank of Pittsburgh and the Private Bank of Chicago are lending $41.7 million for construction. The STAR Bond and improvement district will supply $61 million. Private financing for the retail and museum elements totals $27.3 million. Read More Here:
_______________ January 3rd 2013 _______________
The former Keystone Automotive building on Johnson Drive may get developed with more tax dollars. Maybe?
“A property at Johnson Drive and Barkley Street will potentially be redeveloped for two tenants; one of those is likely to be a 15,000 square foot specialty grocery store. The second tenant is undetermined, but the developer, David Christie of Christie Development Associates in Overland Park, said there are multiple companies interested in the site. He described the grocer as a a specialty along the lines of Wild Oats, which closed at the other end of Johnson Drive across from the east Gateway property.”For the rest of the story: Click Here
_______________ December 20th 2012 _______________
The new map, designed to balance the population more evenly in each ward based on the last census, came under fire for using projected new housing associated with both the east and west Gateway projects, rather than using actual population numbers.
>snip< “I didn’t realize it was going to be such a big issue,” McConwell said. The council overwhelmingly decided to table the recommendation and spend more time discussing it in committee. The proposal originally came out of committee on a tie vote. Read more from last night:Click Here
_______________ December 18th 2012 _______________
(From the City of Mission Kansas)
The Mission Planning Commission approved the final site plan and final plat for the Gateway Project by a vote of 8-0 at their December 17, 2012 meeting. The plan consists of the entire development area formerly occupied by the Mission Mall and includes three multi-tenant retail buildings (“A,” “B,” “C”), three mixed-use buildings of retail and residential uses (“D,” “E,” and “F”), a four floor parking structure for the entire development, and the public/private open space and amenities. Read more:Click Here
_______________ December 14th 2012 _______________
December 6-12, 2012
●Mission Officers issued 226 traffic citations.
Parking Citations – 1 - DUI Arrests – 3 - Total Arrests – 17
●Mission Officers responded to 8 alarms.
Residential – 0 - Commercial – 8
PATROL AND TRAFFIC ARRESTS
DUI arrests for the week: 3 - Dec 6, I-35 and Antioch Poss Drugs x 2 -Dec 9, I-35 and Metcalf Poss Drugs -Dec 9, I-35 and Lamar Weapon Violation
_______________ December 19th 2012 _______________
Investigation of police chief costs town of Basalt $9,348
>snip< As part of that legal battle, current Town Manager Mike Scanlon stated in an affidavit that it was necessary to hire Mountain States to conduct the investigation and issue a report in case he needed to determine if disciplinary action or termination was required with O'Connor. However, O'Connor resigned Nov. 23 under conditions that both sides said were voluntary. His suspension was lifted, and he faced no disciplinary action.Read More
_______________ December 14th 2012 _______________
Basalt gives explanation for concealing report on police chief Scott Condon
The Aspen Times
Aspen CO Colorado
BASALT — The town of Basalt is asking a judge to declare that an investigative report of its former police chief is not part of the public record or, even if it is, that it is privileged and exempt from release. >snip< The Aspen Times filed a lawsuit Dec. 8 arguing that the investigation report was a public document that should be released by Town Manager Mike Scanlon as custodian of the public record. The attorneys for the newspaper cited Colorado court cases where governments were ordered to provide documents to the public because they weren't protected as personnel issues. The lawsuit contended that the investigation of O'Connor's running of the department shouldn't be protected.
_______________ December 13th 2012 _______________
Basalt town government wants to intervene in lawsuit Staff report
The Aspen Times
Aspen, CO, Colorado
BASALT — The Basalt Town Council on Wednesday filed a motion to intervene in a lawsuit The Aspen Times filed to gain access to an investigation report on the management practices of the former police chief.
The newspaper filed its lawsuit Dec. 8 against Town Manager Mike Scanlon as custodian of the investigation report. The Town Council wants to intervene because it may have different interests to protect than Scanlon, according to its motion, prepared by Town Attorney Tom Smith. >snip< Scanlon isn't necessarily bound by such a confidentiality agreement, the motion said, so the Town Council wants to make sure its interests are represented in the case.To read more: Click Here:Click Here
_______________ December 27th 2012 _______________
Basalt assembles committee to search for new police chief
BASALT — Basalt Town Manager Mike Scanlon said Wednesday that he hopes to name an interim police chief this week after interviewing five candidates Dec. 17.
Scanlon said he interviewed Greg Morrison, Greg Knott, Flint Chamber, Tom Dalessandri and Keith Ikeda for the job.
Ikeda is a former Basalt police chief. Dalessandri is a former Garfield County sheriff. Morrison is the former police chief of Silverthorne and assistant chief of police in Breckenridge. Morrison is also a Summit County-based head hunter who consulted with Basalt to recruit Scanlon to his position this fall.Read More
_______________ December 10th 2012 _______________
Newspaper ﬁles suit over Basalt police-chief investigation
EAGLE, Colo. — The Aspen Times filed a lawsuit Saturday to try to force the town of Basalt to release an investigation report on the professional conduct of former Police Chief Roderick O'Connor.
Attorneys for Colorado Mountain News Media, which does business as The Aspen Times, and the newspaper's managing editor, Rick Carroll, filed the lawsuit in Eagle County District Court against Basalt Town Manager Michael Scanlon.
>snip< “Scanlon officially takes the reins as Basalt town manager Monday. He is scheduled to brief the Town Council at its regular meeting Tuesday night about his search for a new police chief.”For the rest of the story: Click Here
71st Anniversary of the Attack on Pearl Harbor by the Empire of Japan Survivors’ Remembrance Ceremony Friday, December 7th, 1115 to 1315 hours
Join us for a ceremony in remembrance of the attach on Pearl Harbor on Friday, December 7th, from 11:15 a.m to 1:15 p.m. in the Sylvester Powell Jr. Community Center Conference Center. Pearl Harbor survivors Dorwin Lamkin, Edmund Russell, Jack Carson and Jessee Dunnagan will be on hand to share stories of their experiences and to display their memorabilia. Other special guests will include Mayor Laura McConwell, Quinn Appletoft and the Shawnee Mission North NJROTC Color Guard. (Photo from the city of Mission Kansas)
In a rare move for big retailer, it agrees to extra sales tax that will help finance project in Mission.
By KEVIN COLLISON - The Kansas City Star
The proposed Mission Gateway project is on stronger financial footing now that Wal-Mart has agreed to participate in a community improvement district that’s expected to generate $12.5 million to help defray development costs.
Wal-Mart has dropped its objection to having a half-percent surcharge levied on sales at its proposed anchor store to go toward the improvement district proposed for the development. The money will help repay a bond issued by Mission to build a storm sewer project on the 26-acre site at Shawnee Mission Parkway and Roe Avenue.
The retailer’s decision, coupled with the Mission City Council’s unanimous approval this week of a preliminary development plan, puts the $165 million mixed-use project on track for a final vote in January. For the rest of the story Click Here
Tomorrow, November 21st, Mayor McConwell will be honoring Salvation Army volunteer David Perryman at Hy-Vee at 11:00 a.m. We will also be trying to set the record on Wednesday for the most donations to Salvation Army in one day at the Hy-Vee store in Mission. Attached is information on this event and below is a link to our Mission Magazine which featured David. We hope you can join us and please consider making a donation as you do your last minute Thanksgiving shopping on Wednesday!
TO: Mike Scanlon, City Administrator
City of Mission, Kansas
FROM: David Darsey, Senior Principal
Todd DeLong, AICP, Senior Associate
Real Estate Research Consultants, Inc.
DATE: October 5, 2012
RE: Estimates of Future Sales and Property Tax Revenues – Mission Gateway
As outlined in our proposal dated August 1, 2012, Real Estate Research Consultants, Inc. (RERC) has completed its financial analysis of certain planned development activities associated with the Gateway project in Mission, Kansas.
Specifically, the City of Mission, Kansas (the City) retained RERC to prepare estimates of sales taxes and property taxes generated by the Gateway mixed use project if constructed in accordance with the developer’s representations about the concept, the users, and general time frame for construction. Toward that end, the developer has disclosed to us specific tenants targeted for the project and we have made use of this information in our estimates. This memorandum describes those disclosures, explains our analysis, and summarizes our findings. Read the rest of the 29 page report
“The request is on the table,” developer Tom Valenti told Mission council members Wednesday. “I think I’ve done the best I can do to convince them (Walmart) to participate in a half-cent CID.” But, Valenti asked the council, “if they don’t say ‘yes,’ don’t kill the project.”
" Councilor David Shepard, who chairs the Finance and Administration Committee, told Valenti, “I think this is an issue that two or three around the table are willing to die for,” meaning that some councilors might consider voting against the project if Walmart is not included. Articulating his own position, Shepard said, “It doesn’t bother me (if Walmart is not in) if the deal still works,” to fund the public assistance bonds."Click Here for Prairie Village Post article
Tom Valenti Vice President of Gateway Development LLC, Tuesday at Powell Community Center explained the financing of Gateway Project. Included in the interview Mr. Valenti was asked about the CID tax that he (apparently) is in negations with Wal-Mart who originally declined to participate in Video is 3:00 minutes in length.
On Thursday, November 8, Sprint will be holding a Veterans Day Celebration at 117th & Nall. Public is welcome.
11 a.m. to 2 p.m. – Choppers will land at approx. 11 a.m., Paige Field on the Overland Park Campus - Military and civilian public service displays:
· US Army helicopters: AH-64 Apache, UH-60 Blackhawk and CH-57 Chinook, Coast Guard HU-25 Falcon flyover during the National Anthem, US Army Reserve and National Guard ground equipment, Signal Corps, Military Police, Transportation Co., Historical military vehicles - Military Vehicle Preservation Association, 312thArmy Band, Overland Park Police and Fire Departments – SWAT team, bomb squad and K9 demonstrations, Johnson County Sheriff’s Office – Crime Lab, weapons display, SWAT armored vehicle, Fraternal Military organizations, including the Marine Corps League and Disabled American Veterans (DAV), Department of Veterans Affairs, Vietnam Veterans of America Huey display helicopter, Military life while deployed will be highlighted with military field gear on display, On-site military recruiters to answer questions and provide small mementos, Slugger, KC Wolf and KC Comets players, Fort Leavenworth, Fort Leonard Wood, Fort Riley and National WW1 Museum hands-onindoor display forvisitors to use current and historical military gear in Building 6180 Employee Activity Center, Toys-for-Tots collection, Employee Resource Group information from Sprint and JPMorgan Chase & Lunch is available for purchase while supplies last: Roasterie Coffee, BBQ and chili stations
And Then: At 1600 hrs. the City of Shawnee – Click Here
_______________ November 9th 2012 _______________
MISSION POLICE -
October 25-31, 2012
Mission Officers issued 157 traffic citations.
Parking Citations – 1
DUI Arrests – 4
Total Arrests – 29
Mission Officers responded to 10 alarms.
Residential – 0
Commercial – 10
THANKS FOR SENIORS November 15 Please join the City of Mission for a special Thanksgiving tribute to the seniors of Northeast Johnson County and their contributions to our community. Enjoy a traditional Thanksgiving feast of turkey, dressing, vegetables, mashed potatoes and gravy and delectable pies at the Sylvester Powell Community Center. Thanks for Seniors will also feature entertainment by the Shawnee Mission North Strolling Strings and, guest speaker, Dorwin Lampkin.
11:30am-2:00pm $12/Person MORE INFORMATION For more information or to register for these great programs, please contact Sarah Sooter, Recreation Coordinator at 913.722.8223 or by emailing email@example.com
_______________ November 4th 2012 _______________
FYI - Newest Syracuse area retail development hints at Costco coming aboard At meetings with the town’s planning board, representatives of Cameron Group have been unveiling redesigned plans for the Great
Syracuse, NY -- The Syracuse-based team behind the development of the Township 5 retail, entertainment and housing project in Camillus is dropping hints they may have one tenant that will be unique to Upstate and a destination for area shoppers.
The fishhook: It may be Costco
>snip< In addition to the hints of a Costco, Cameron officials are saying they are “working behind the scenes” to get the place rolling with a Frank’s movie complex with a bowling alley, plus five national chain restaurants, other retailers and office buildings.
Dave Callahan, sixth ward councilor, told residents in his recent newsletter apartments Cameron planned for the project are being shifted on the new site plans — other town officials said the apartments may be operated by another developer — and Cameron said it still may land a hotel. Over the last few years, Cameron had said that was already buttoned up; recently, the hotel chain and other named retailers and restaurants were removed from the Township 5 website.
_______________ November 2nd 2012 _______________
MISSION POLICE - October 25-31, 2012
Mission Officers issued 157 traffic citations. Parking Citations – 1, DUI Arrests – 4 Total Arrests – 29
■ November 7 - Community Development Committee - 6:30 p.m. City Hall
■ November 12 - Gateway Public Forum - 7:30 to 9:30 a.m. Sylvester Powell, Jr. Community Center (Rooms A&B)
■ November 12 - Gateway Public Forum - 4:00 to 6:00 p.m. Sylvester Powell, Jr. Community Center (Rooms A&B)
■ November 13 - Gateway Public Forum - 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Sylvester Powell, Jr. Community Center (Conference Center)
■ November 14 - Finance & Administration Committee Meeting 6:30 p.m. City Hall
■ November 27 - City Council Meeting - 7:00 p.m. - Sylvester Powell, Jr. Community Center
■ December 12 - Finance & Administration Committee - 6:30 p.m. City Hall
■ December 12 - Community Development Committee - 7:30 p.m. or immediately following the 6:30 p.m. Finance & Administration Committee Meeting - City Hall
■ December 19 - City Council Meeting - 7:00 p.m. - City Hall
Mission City Administrator Mike Scanlon is leaving his job to become town manager in Basalt, Colo. Scanlon has guided Mission through some difficult issues in the last few years and is leaving just as the long-stalled Gateway project at Johnson Drive and Roe Avenue is about to be resolved
Scanlon today said he will stay in Mission through November — his contract requires 30 day notice for leaving — and head for Colorado in early December. The vote on the Gateway development agreement is scheduled for Nov. 27.
MoreThe Aspen Times, Aspen CO Colorado
_______________ October 30th 2012 _______________
‘Amazing’ projects on tap in northeast Johnson County
By KEVIN COLLISON - The Kansas City Star
It’s been a long time since northeast Johnson County’s development heyday in the 1950s and 1960s during the post-World War II housing boom.
But if a couple of big projects move forward as expected next year, those tree-lined neighborhoods with their ranch homes and split-levels may steal some of the spotlight from where the action’s been the past 30 years south of Interstate 435.
After more than seven years of trying, the $130 million Mission Gateway mixed-use development — anchored by a two-level Walmart at Roe Avenue and Johnson Drive — is teed up for final consideration Nov. 27 by the Mission City Council. Click Herefor more
_______________ October 27th 2012 _______________
Earlier this month we stumbled on a part of Cameron Group’s web site owner of East Gateway formerly Mission Mall that we hadn't seen before. We are surprised at the number of stores that Cameron Group has named at Gateway already. It’s unknown if these stores are signed yet.
Mission's City Administrator Mike Scanlon was asked about the list, his reply was, that list was about 2 1/2 to 3 years old. The follow up question was; if that old how would they (Cameron Group) know about Wal-Mart? Scanlon answered, "They wouldn't".
We were unable to download the PDF from the Cameron site so each store was copied by hand in order of placement on the site map. Since then that part of the site has been removed. The PDF containing this information appeared to be dated August (?) 2012.
Sprint - Great Clips - Spa Nails - European Wax Center - BJ’s Restaurant/Brew House - Organ Mania - Pepper Jacks - Noodles & Company The Tan Company - GNC- Buffalo Wild Wings Bar & Grill - Prime Bar & Grill - Blue Sushi Saki Grill - Toby Keith’s Bar & Grill - Wal-Mart- Aspen Athletic Club - Sprouts Farmers Market - Old Navy - Ross Dress for Less - Bed Bath & Beyond - Casual Male - Dress Barn - Justice Five Guys Burgers & Fries - Women’s Ready to Wear - Pier 1 Imports
The following 3 PDFs were received after 3:30PM Sunday
From the Prairie Village Post
Mission’s final action on the Gateway project at Shawnee Mission Parkway and Johnson Drive is expected to come at a meeting now scheduled for November 27. That is a move from the regular November council meeting that was scheduled for the night before Thanksgiving.
>snip< On another question, the city was asked the total cost of the anticipated bond issue. City administrator Mike Scanlon said the $36 million under consideration represented the proceeds from a bond sale and that the total cost with underwriting andother fees could approach $42 million. Click Here for the rest and do read the comments too.
_______________ October 26th 2012 _______________
MISSION POLICE October 18-24 , 2012
● Mission Officers issued 285 traffic citations.
Parking Citations – 3
DUI Arrests – 3
Total Arrests – 42
● Mission Officers responded to - alarms.
_______________ October 24th 2012 _______________
From the joco913 section of the Kansas City Star
Roeland Park, Mission should reject tax increases
The Kansas City Star Two of Johnson County’s smallest cities are asking for big sales tax increases on Nov. 6th.
The requests in Mission and Roeland Park are for worthwhile public purposes.
However, they are ill-timed and not worth supporting at this time.
The Star’s recommendations Click Here
Steve Rose Star columnistopinion
Moderate Kay Wolf stands firm despite pressure Kay Wolf is an endangered species, who – if she wins in the November general election – would be one of only five moderate Republicans in the Kansas Senate.Click Here
Mission asks voters to help replace its leaky old pool
Ian Cummings - The Kansas City Star
The city pool in Mission can’t last much longer, so the city is seeking money to build a new one through a proposed sales tax on the Nov. 6 election ballot.
The 3/8-cent citywide retailers’ sales tax would generate $744,000 annually, city estimates say, enough to begin construction next year on a pool that would open in 2014Click Here
Roeland Park voters face a choice about sales tax
Ian Cummings - The Kansas City Star
Voters in Roeland Park will decide whether to approve a three-quarter cent sales tax increase when they go to the polls Nov. 6.
The bump in sales tax would help offset a major revenue loss expected when Walmart closes its Roeland Park store in 2014 and opens another, larger one in Mission. The move could cost the city $700,000, or 20 percent of the city’s revenue. That loss would be equal to the city police department’s annual budget.
City Councilwoman Betsy Mellor said she voted to put the issue in front of the voters to choose between the sales tax and reduced city servicesClick Here
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MISSION POLICE October 11th – 17th, 2012 ● Mission Officers issued 204 traffic citations. Parking Citations – 0 DUI Arrests – 7 Total Arrests – 41 ● Mission Officers responded to 6 alarms. Residential – 2 Commercial – 4
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Prairiefire project seeks approval for Overland Park incentives
The Overland Park City Council will hold a public hearing Monday regarding several financing mechanisms to assist with the development of the Prairiefire at Lionsgate project.
The 60-acre, $580 million mixed-use development at 135th Street and Nall Avenue seeks approval for public financing, including a community improvement district sales tax and taxable revenue bondsClick Here for more
The council will also vote Monday on the developers’ requests to scrap and rewrite plans for public bonds and sales tax collection to reflect the latest timeline for completion of the project. Click Here for more
Prairiefire developer seeks a one-week delay
Jennifer Bhargava - Special to The Star
The final steps for a highly anticipated entertainment, shopping and residential district at 135th Street and Nall Avenue have been temporarily halted.
The Overland Park City Council was expected to take several actions regarding the $427 million project, Prairiefire at Lionsgate, at its meeting Monday night, but the developer, Fred Merrill, requested a weeklong postponement
KS: Streetlights eyed as a source of revenue for city
By Gene Meyer | Kansas Reporter
This small Kansas City suburb are exploring how the city might buy all the street lights in this community of 5,420 households and make a few bucks charging user fees to residents and businesses who burn the best and the brightest.>snip> Details aren’t worked out yet, reports Mission Community Development Officer Martin Rivarola. Click Here
MISSION POLICE October 4-10, 2012
Mission Officers issued 325 traffic citations.
Parking Citations – 3
DUI Arrests – 2
Total Arrests – 31
Mission Officers responded to 4 alarms.
Residential – 1
Commercial – 3
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It's showdown time for Mission's redistricting; more later.
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Officials to be schooled in open meetings law Karen Dillon - The Kansas City Star
The invitation did not discriminate: It was sent to every elected official, appointed official and city manager and administrator in Johnson County.
Johnson County District Attorney Steve Howe wants as many officials as possible to attend a training session he is hosting Oct. 18, so they can better understand when meetings and records should be open and available to the public.
The details READ MORE
The training session is from 9 to 11 a.m. Oct. 18 in Room 200 of the Johnson County Administration Building, near Kansas Avenue and Santa Fe Street in downtown Olathe.
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Governor Makes Appointment to the 3rd Judicial District
Topeka – Kansas Governor Sam Brownback today announced the appointment of Topeka attorney Mary Mattivi to the 3rd Judicial District of the State of Kansas. Mattivi will take the seat of retiring Judge Daniel L. Mitchell.
“Mary has a wealth of experience in criminal defense and criminal prosecution. Her many years as a public servant in many cities and counties gives her the breadth and depth of experience needed to perform her duties,” Gov.Brownback said.
Mattivi currently presides as the 3rd judicial district judge pro tem, serves as the city of Topeka municipal judge pro tem and as the city of Maple Hill’s prosecutor. She received her undergraduate degree from Southeast Missouri State University and her law degree from Washburn University.
Mattivi was one of three names submitted to the Governor by the 3rd Judicial District Nominating Commission.
The state’s 105 counties are organized into 31 Judicial Districts. The district courts serve as the trial courts for the state, overseeing all civil and criminal cases. The 3rd Judicial District manages Shawnee County.
Remember the good old days when Tom Valenti of the Cameron Group out of New York owner of the old Mission Mall location had spent $40,000 just to show us (in models) what the Gateway project would look like when completed?
At Sylvester Powell Community Center Valenti had set up his spectacular models and invited everyone to take a look that was in January 2008. Since, there has been something like four or five different configurations of buildings, size, shape etc and now, the City is being asked to front Mr. Valenti some say as much as $30,000,000, (that’s thirty million dollars) without knowing much about the end product. (Click on image to enlarge)
It might be time for you to visit your representatives this Tuesday evening and let him or her know your concerns on this issue. The Mayor appears to be up against some kind of dead line, she apparently wants this to be concluded at the next Council meeting in about three weeks.
City of Mission - CITY COUNCIL WORKSESSION - OCTOBER 2, 2012 - 7:00 p.m. (or immediately following 6:30 p.m. CDC Meeting)
SYLVESTER POWELL, JR. COMMUNITY CENTER
AGENDA - The Gateway Project
The Overland Park City Council on Monday approved an ordinance allowing legal gun owners to openly carry their weapons in public — provided the gun is in a holster with the safety engaged and in their immediate control at all times.
The new law follows a Kansas attorney general opinion that cities may not completely prohibit open carry of a loaded firearm while on public property. Wichita changed its ordinance this summer. Police Chief John Douglass said he was concerned Overland Park could end up in court if it did not follow.
The new law allows open carry in places such as sidewalks, parks and buildings that don’t have signs prohibiting firearms. Read More
There is no doubt in my mind that some Overland Park business owners will slap up the Kansas approved, ‘no firearms’ sign in order to keep the guns out of their shop. What that sign does is keep the law abiding concealed carry license holders that happen to be armed, out of that particular establishment with his or her money.
Concealed carry licenses issued in - Johnson County 7893 - Miami County 1033 - Wyandotte County 1957
At a cost of hundreds of millions of a dollars, new roads are being built and older ones are being repaved in Johnson County.
>snip< Welcome to car-happy Johnson County, where no expense is spared to move heaven and earth (literally) for motorists.
Meanwhile, county officials are spending hours discussing how to nickle and dime the already feeble bus service provided to residents.
Some County Commission members are droning on about how sad it is to see empty buses and how that’s so costly to taxpayers. Yes, an empty bus is bad PR for The Jo, as the service is called.
Then again, making it even more difficult to use buses by eliminating several routes won’t woo additional riders.Read More
The goal of the Mission Business Improvement Grant (B. I. G.) is to support local businesses through funding for exterior building repairs or improvements and qualified energy efficiency improvements.
Since its start in 2004, the Mission BIG has awarded over $270,000 to benefit more than 70 local businesses. These grants have leveraged over $715,000 in total investment in the community.
>snip< Qualifying Exterior Improvements Building repairs
Signs ($2,000 Maximum) Electric Vehicle (EV) charging stations ($3,000 Maximum)
>snip< Upon completion of the project, submit all receipts, proof of payment and “after” photos” for review. If all program requirements have been met, the City will reimburse the applicant up to 50% of approved costs not to exceed $10,000 per project, $2,000 per sign and $35,000 per property.Electric Vehicle (EV) charging stations will be reimbursed at 75% or up to $3,000 of the cost of installation and will not count towards the lifetime maximum of the program.
GM suspended production of the Volt due to a retooling.
GM says that it has planned for the production shutdown by building Volts ahead of anticipated demand while the car’s production is offline — a different reason than earlier production suspensions this year tied to poor sales:
Mission mulls ban on hand-held cellphones while driving
Council faces backlash over its plan to be first in the area to outlaw using the device while driving.
By KAREN DILLON- The Kansas City Star
You’re driving down Shawnee Mission Parkway chatting on your cellphone. Suddenly, red lights are flashing in your rearview mirror.
You’ve just crossed the border into Mission.
That’s what the future could look like in Mission, a small Johnson County suburb that is talking seriously about doing what few cities have tried so far: banning use of hand-held cellphones while driving.
>snip< City officials know that the ordinance is controversial — they were besieged by calls when it first came up last month.
“A couple of my friends told me I was walking into a hornet’s nest,” said Police Chief John Simmons, who introduced the measure to the council.
>snip< The city of Mission, already known for its aggressive traffic enforcement, may become the first in the Kansas City area with a cellphone ordinance.It would be “proactive,” Simmons said. Police already can cite a driver who is distracted and causes an accident. But the new ordinance means police would no longer have to wait for an accident to ticket you if they see you talking on the phone. Police also could use the ordinance to conduct checkpoints — they could station an officer near a busy intersection to spot violators and then radio ahead to a waiting officer, as Manhattan does, Simmons said.
A judicial nominating committee has selected 11 attorneys for interviews to fill an opening on the bench for the Johnson County District Court
The attorneys will interview for an opening due to the retirement of Judge Lawrence Sheppard.
The Johnson County judicial nominating commission has selected Christi Bright of Overland Park; Judge Michael Farley of Olathe; Stephanie Goodenow of Lenexa; Michael P. Joyce of Leawood; Timothy McCarthy of Overland Park; Laura McConwell of Mission; Clayton Norkey of Overland Park; Jacquelyn Rokusek of Olathe; Robert Scott of Lenexa; Judge Daniel Vokins of Olathe, and Lisa Wetzler of Prairie Village.
The nominating commission will meet to interview the applications at 8 a.m. Sept. 25 in Room 319 of the Johnson County Courthouse, 100 N. Kansas Ave., Olathe.
The meeting is open to the public and public comments will be accepted at 8:15 a.m. and 1:15 p.m.
Comments can also be submitted in writing to Kansas Appeal Judge Karen Arnold-Burger, who is the commission’s secretary, at 301 S.W. 10th Ave., Topeka, Kan.; faxed to 1-785-296-7079; or emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Comments will be forwarded to members of the commission.
The judicial nominating commission is made up of 14 members — seven attorneys elected by the Kansas licensed attorneys residing in the district and seven non-attorneys appointed by the Johnson County Board of County Commissioners.
The Kansas City Star
Johnson County’s public officials need more than just extra education about the state’s open meetings law.
It’s time for more prosecution, too.
That means imposing hefty fines when appropriate, to send the message that local government needs to make fully transparent decisions and make public documents available to citizens at a reasonable price.
District Attorney Steve Howe didn’t go far enough recently when he suggested that officials in the county ought to be better informed about how the open meetings law works. Howe’s right about that much, as a disappointing string of examples shows.Read More
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Johnson County district attorney says public business is too often private
By KAREN DILLON (Kansas City Star, front page)
It’s about time, Johnson County’s district attorney says, to send local public officials back to school.
District Attorney Steve Howe says some Johnson County governments are having trouble following the law when it comes to allowing the public access to meetings and documents.
Just last week, Howe found that the city of Mission had violated the state open meetings law after its mayor purchased a building without council approval. He found Gardner in violation earlier this year.
MISSION Kansas Police August 30-September 5 , 2012
Mission Officers issued 237 traffic citations.
Parking Citations – 0
DUI Arrests – 2
Total Arrests – 36
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Mission Kansas Mayor and or City Council found to be in violation of the Kansas Open Meeting Act
(The original KOMA complaint filed in May of 2012 was by the Shawnee Mission Times publisher, Currie Myers)
STATE OF KANSAS
Tenth Judicial District
OFFICE OF DISTRICT ATTORNEY
STEPHEN M. HOWE, DISTRICT ATTORNEY
August 31, 2012 - Re: Kansas Open Meetings Act (KOMA); K.S.A. 75-4320b Dear Mayor McConwell and Mission City Council Members:
>snip< Please remember that any Mayor and/or City Council member who knowingly violates any provision of the Kansas Open Meetings Act shall be liable for the payment of a civil penalty in an action brought by the District Attorney in a sum not to exceed $500 for each violation. K.S.A. 754320(a), The contract for the Neff Building is not subject to voidance, based on the timing of the complaint. See K.S.A. 75-4320(b).
The purchase of the Neff Building was a violation of the Kansas Open Meetings Act and you should refrain from this type of conduct.
I am not filing an action alleging these violations of the Kansas Open Meetings Act at this time. In lieu of bringing an action, I am asking the Mayor and City Council attend KOMA training within the next six months to insure you, as a governing body, understand your statutory obligations. However, should future violations occur, I will reconsider this decision.
Stephen M. Howe
Johnson County District Attorney's Office
P.O. Box 728
Olathe, KS 66051
Sprouts Farmers Market is to join Walmart in the project former site of Mission Center mall
By: Kevin Collison The Kansas City Star
Sprouts Family Market plans to occupy space in the Mission Gateway project, and the developer said Tuesday he expected to break ground on the project by early next year.
Sprouts is the second named tenant for the mixed-use development planned for a 26-acre site next to Shawnee Mission Parkway at Roe Avenue. The other is a 150,000-square-foot Walmart that would be on the corner of Johnson Drive and Roe.
Mission officials welcomed the announcement of Sprouts, a specialty and fresh food chain with 150 stores, mostly in the Southwest.
Sprouts also recently announced it would be a tenant at the Corbin Park retail project at 135th Street and Metcalf Avenue in Overland Park.
“We welcome this new, exciting addition to the project and to our community,” Mission Mayor Laura McConwell said in a statement.
Mission officials said Gateway Developers LLC planned to introduce its latest financing and development plan to the city soon. The Mission Planning Commission is expected to review the proposal Sept. 24, and the full City Council is expected to review the preliminary plan, development agreement and financing plan on Oct. 17.
Tom Valenti of Gateway Developers said Tuesday he expected work to start on the $160 million project, which includes 300 apartments and 300,000 square feet of retail space, shortly after the beginning of next year.
“We’ve looked at the schedule, and the best we could hope for is final approval of the site plan in the first or second week of November,” he said. “I think we’ll be starting shortly after the first of the year, depending on the weather.”
Cameron Development Group, Valenti’s company, has owned the Gateway property since 2005, when it demolished the former Mission Center mall.
Earlier this year, the developer announced he had dropped a planned 2.5 million-gallon saltwater aquarium and a hotel proposed for the project.
One of four Comment after story: “Jocotimes84 1 comment collapsed “ “Sprouts v. Walmart. The inevitable clash of cultures that will cause Joco to spontaneously explode”.
At Mission's special City Council Meeting on the Johnson Drive project, 2013 budget & the first video of almost 18 minutes is on Councilwoman Amy Miller's request to participate electronically (SKYPE).Click Here for Video
In the August 15th Mission City Council meeting a resolution was discussed by Council members and members of the audience.
Four of the eight Council members were against the proposed Johnson Drive so called Interceptor Project which includes installing huge pipes underground for storm water to be collected and sent to the City of Fairway and cities east. The project will have Johnson Drive under major construction for 12-18 months.
The disregard for the business owners who will without a doubt suffer terribly because of the lengthy construction didn’t seem to register with 4 Council members who voted to spend at least $5.3 million dollars on the project.
Andrea Ward 1 Gibbs Ward 4 Kring Ward 3 Shepard Ward 4
The above four voted AYE on spending millions just to help water run downhill
When the vote is a tie, the Mayor must vote and break the tie with her vote. The Mayor was not at the Council meeting so the City Administrator; Mike Scanlon said he would call the Mayor and tell her what happened. The current Mission City Municipal Code allows for council meetings on the fourth Wednesday of the month. There will be a City Council meeting next Wednesday the 22nd of August. Unless one of the 4 changes his or her vote, it looks like the Mayor will break the tie by her yes vote which is expected. The yearlong (or more) disruption of Johnson Drive will begin.
Please click here for the: A RESOLUTION ESTABLISHING THE JOHNSON DRIVE DESIGN CONCEPT
FOR IMPROVEMENTS BETWEEN NALL AVENUE AND JUST WEST OF LAMAR
_______________August 10th 2012 _______________
The Main Event - Celebrate our summer - Celebrate Mission - The Art Walk finale of the
5-9PM today August 10th!
_______________August 8th 2012 _______________
The Kansas City Star Fed up in Mission
Who are these people guiding the city of Mission? Once a small thriving community, it’s fast becoming a ghost town.
Vacant, once revenue bearing business buildings are vacant along Johnson Drive. More are sure to come.
Who will want a Mission address with all the baggage attached to the business community? This group guiding this march to destruction is asking for more and more from already strapped residents doing things that could wait for a better economy.
A large percentage of residents live on a low, fixed income. Five dollars here and $50 there takes food off their tables.
Don’t ask them to pay for a new swimming pool when we can repair the old one. Oh! That upkeep money was spent on unnecessary projects from the mayor’s wish list.
Businesses calling Mission home for years have moved out. Gone is the revenue they produced for this city.
So tax the residents again! Residents are rising up since the unknown driveway tax got their attention.
The last election was a wakeup call. Three new council members were elected.
They are level-headed and dollar-minded. Mission residents are rising up!
Margaret Lea Mission http://joco913.com/news/913-letters-wednesday-aug-8/
_______________August 7th 2012 _______________
By: Zack TecklenburgKSHB TV News
Mission Kansas – Texting and driving is already illegal in Kansas but one city want to take it a step further. Most phones could soon be off limits to people driving through Mission
Wednesday night at 6:30, the city’s finance and administration committee will hear the proposed ordinance from police Chief John Simmons. If approved ty the committee twice, the city council will vote September. Read More Click Here
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Kansas Local Sales Tax Rate Changes October 2012(link)
The City of Mission has created a Community Improvement District (CID). The name of the district is Mission Crossing CID with a 1% tax rate. The jurisdiction code is MISC1 and the combined state and local tax rate in the district is 9.775%. The address ranges are:
Culver’s - Chick-fil-A – Freebirds World Burrito & Subway so far
6001 – 6099 Metcalf Avenue (odd addresses) 6000 – 6098 Broadmoor Street (even addresses) 6000 – 6099 Travis Street (odd and even addresses)
A Community Improvement District (CID) may be either a political subdivision or a not-for-profit corporation. CID’s are organized for the purpose of financing a wide range of public-use facilities and establishing and managing policies and public services relative to the needs of the district.
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What is the Truth about the Johnson Drive Interceptor?
Many questions about this stormwater project remain unanswered. On August 1st, there was a public meeting held, part of that meeting was ‘interceptor 101’. Nice informative piece about the project except for the fact the public in attendance was not allowed to comment or ask questions at this so called public meeting.
The interceptor was first touted by the City as being a cheaper alternative to fixing the Rock creek flooding problem. There is a problem with this rhetoric, initially the project had outside funding from the Johnson County Stormwater Management Advisory Council (SMAC). The SMAC money cannot be utilized without your downstream neighbor approving the project, in this case Fairway. Our neighbors do not approve of this project and will not sign off on it, thus no money which normally would mean no project. Not so in the City of Mission, simply raise the stormwater utility fees on your property owners to make up for the shortfall. The result, the project is no longer a cheaper alternative to sticking to the original Rock creek flood plan.
I could be wrong but have no way of knowing since we were told to just sit and listen.
_______________July 29th 2012 _______________
Former Best Foods site to be redeveloped
BAYONNE -- In hopes of restoring what was once an icon of industry in Bayonne, the City Council moved to declare the former Best Foods site on Avenue A as a redevelopment zone at its July 18 meeting
Best Food, owned by Unilever, shut its doors finally in 2003 after years of downsizing and layoffs, leaving the Avenue A facility largely unoccupied since.
Slated for redevelopment to possibly include a warehouse, light industrial, and retail, the project is being developed by branch of Cameron Group, which most recently constructed the Bayonne Crossing Mall on Route 440 in Bayonne.
The project was also given a $2.5 million loan in June,, although the resolution will have to be voted on again at the August meeting because the original resolution listed the wrong lot numbers, an issue raised by Louis Ripps at the July 18 meeting, whose family currently owns the lots mentioned in the loan resolution.Read More Read More
Syracuse, N.Y. -- Two veteran Syracuse councilors corralled freshman Councilor Jake Barrett and tried one last time to change his mind.
The council had been summoned Monday to vote on an extraordinary 30-year tax exemption for a new Syracuse University bookstore, a controversial deal that could set a precedent for other projects.
>snip< Majority Leader Lance Denno and Majority Whip Pat Hogan — both of whom hated the deal — met Barrett and “talked to him at length” in an effort to sway him, Hogan said.
They asked Barrett how he would explain to working class constituents that he supported a tax break benefiting a well-heeled developer and a richly endowed university. They questioned why the project needed a tax break to succeed in one of the city’s most vibrant commercial districts.Read More
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Freebirds has landed at its first area location in Mission By JOYCE SMITH - The Kansas City Star
Fans of Freebirds World Burrito began camping out Tuesday night for the Thursday morning opening of the first area location and the first in Kansas.
The first 25 people in line got 52 entree credits loaded on a “fanatic card,” a Freebirds loyalty card.
(Photos courtesy of the Kansas City Star)
>snip< Two ex-hippies founded the first Freebirds in 1987 in Santa Barbara, Calif., making burritos with freshly chopped veggies, house-made rice and beans, grass-fed beef and all-natural chicken
>snip< FB Midwest Development, which is based in Overland Park, plans to open 27 locations. Its first operation is in the new Mission Crossing, 6029 Metcalf Ave. in Mission, and another is set to open in October at 554 Westport Road in Westport in a spot formerly occupied by Chili’s Grill & Bar. A Lawrence location will open after Thanksgiving. Read More
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From the Kansas City Star's (Letters)
Recycled bad projects Grandiose but failed public projects have a familiar sound to them, and some of the names of the players keep popping up.
Years ago, Eric Wade, now Lenexa’s (Kansas) city administrator, held the same job with the city of Merriam (Kansas) when the city condemned the land at Interstate 35 and Shawnee Mission Parkway so that Baron BMW could build a dealership there.
The taxpayers of Merriam were forced to contribute a lot of money to help Baron buy the land, which the city forced the then-owners to sell, against their will, at a fire-sale price.
The taxpayers of Merriam were most unhappy and in the next city election voted out all four councilmen who were running.
Eric’s good friend and supporter, Merriam Councilman Mike Scanlon, took a job as city administrator for Mission (Kansas). His handiwork is the former Mission Mall.
If these projects were lucrative deals, then wealthy investors would build them.
Instead, the taxpayers foot the bills and assume the risk.
Olathe has its Great Mall of the Great Plains, Independence has the Bass Pro Shop project and Branson has the Factory Merchants Mall.
Sure, some people made money, but it came from the citizen-taxpayers.
Vernon C. Hales
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Syracuse councilors pass 30-year tax deal for proposed Syracuse University bookstore
Published: Monday, July 09, 2012, 2:20 PM Updated: Monday, July 09, 2012, 2:51 PM
Syracuse, N.Y. -- The Syracuse Common Council today narrowly passed a 30-year tax exemption for the developer of a new Syracuse University bookstore and fitness center.
Council voted 5 to 4 to pass the deal. (Camron Group is the owner of Mission's Gateway Project)
The Syracuse Industrial Development Agency approved the PILOT in February for Cameron Group LLC, the developer of the project at 601 University Ave. Under the deal approved by SIDA, Cameron would pay the city $64,400 a year for 30 years — about 17 percent of what the property would owe if it were fully taxed.
Another take on this by Chris Shepherd, he produces the 5:00 p.m. news on NBC3 and the 10:00 p.m. news on CW6.
_______________July 6th 2012 _______________
FREEBIRDS World Burrito Opens First Location in Kansas
First 25 in Line Will Win Free Burritos for a Year
MISSION, Kan., Jul 5, 2012 (GlobeNewswire via COMTEX) -- (6029 Metcalf Ave Mission, KS 66202) - FREEBIRDS World Burrito, the fast casual burrito joint with a rock 'n' roll attitude, announced today it will open in Mission, KS on Thursday, July 12. The Mission location is the first site for FB Midwest Development, LLC, the first franchisee of FREEBIRDS World Burrito. To celebrate the Grand Opening, FREEBIRDS will give the first 25 guests in line FREE burritos for a year! Click here for more
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SYRACUSE, N.Y. -- City councilors have been summoned to a special meeting Monday to vote on a controversial 30-year tax exemption that would pave the way for construction of a new Syracuse University bookstore and fitness center on University Avenue.
The meeting will be at 2 p.m., an hour after the start of the council’s regular 1 p.m. meeting.
The proposed payment-in-lieu-of-taxes deal is resurfacing for the first time since March, when the item was withdrawn from the council agenda because it faced certain defeat.
The Syracuse Industrial Development Agency approved the PILOT in February for Cameron Group LLC, the developer of the project at 601 University Ave. Under the deal approved by SIDA, Cameron would pay the city $64,400 a year — about 83 percent of what would be due if the property were fully taxed.
The site is currently tax-exempt because it is owned by Syracuse University, which plans to lease it to Cameron Group for $1 a year.
Except for novice drivers, there is no prohibition on cell phone use while driving in Kansas. However, under a 2011 law, all Kansas drivers are prohibited from texting. Cell Phone Use There is no handheld cell phone prohibition for drivers except that novice drivers in Kansas - drivers with a learner's permit or intermediate license holders – are prohibited from using cell phones (handheld or hands-free) while driving.
All drivers are prohibited from texting while driving. Texting refers to the use of a wireless communication device -- any "wireless electronic communication device that provides for voice or data communication between two or more parties, including, but not limited to, a mobile or cellular telephone, a text messaging device, a personal digital assistant that sends or receives messages, an audio-video player that sends or receives messages or a laptop computer." A"wireless communication device" does not include a device which is voice-operated and which allows the user to send or receive a text based communication without the use of either hand, except to activate or deactivate a feature or function.
Drivers may not "write, send or read a written communication" which means they may not use a wireless communication device to manually type, send or read a written communication, including, but not limited to, a text message, instant message or electronic mail. Click here for exceptions. More information specifically about Mission’s proposed ordinance when it becomes available.
_______________ June 21st 2012 ___(See June 9th Below) __
Interviewees for Judicial Opening Announced
Future Meeting Dates
All meetings are open to the public, with an opportunity provided for public comment
June 28, 2012 Meeting to Interview Applicants 8:00 a.m. at the Johnson County Courthouse, Room 310, 100 N. Kansas Ave., Olathe, KS Public comment will be accepted at 8:05 a.m. and at 3:00 p.m.
_______________ June 18th 2012 _______________
Did We Have A Need To Know?
In less than a month the City of Mission Kansas has been heavily criticized for the less than transparent activities. Last Tuesday June 12th at 3:00 PM a confrontation occurred at Mission’s City Hall between City Administrator Mike Scanlon and myself over what I perceived as secret meetings between our City Council members and Tom Valenti a principal for the Cameron Group LLC out of New York the owners of Gateway project formerly Mission Mall. (Read the rest of the open letterby:) Clicking Here
By David Condradt
I find it odd for the City to say they got the highest rating possible on their audit. I guess it is technically true, the implication is not. It implies there is a quality ranking of some sort in audits. There is no quality ranking. There are only two types of audit opinions, unqualified (pass), and qualified (fail) with exceptions noted. A very high percentage of opinions are unqualified. The unqualified opinion means the reports are presented fairly and you did not report something in an odd manner. They do not say anything about the quality of the decision making, i.e. was it a good idea to give the Cap Fed site away for $10.00? That is not addressed.
CITY OF MISSION, KANSAS MANAGEMENT’S DISCUSSION AND ANALYSIS For the Year Ended December 31, 2011
>snip< The City has $33.8 million in long-term debt, consisting of general obligation bonds, capital improvement bonds, and special assessment bonds payable, of which $2.6 million is due within the next fiscal year. Click Here for entire 116 pages.
(From Mike Scanlon) Important Note 1: Here’s my Weekend Update Video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dbY_rqfwqAE
This week I improved on my “eye contact” and my head wasn’t taking up the
whole screen.....even though I know Bill Nichols thinks I have a big head. I
will tell you that trying to fit everything into two minutes is really hard. I wasn’t
staring into the sun this week, but it’s still pretty bright outside and it makes
you squint. So, I apologize for all the squinting. The City Manager I reference
is from Davenport, Iowa and his name is Craig Malin.http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dbY_rqfwqAE
Let's see....no STAR bonds, no aquarium and no hotel (wonder what will replace them?) no office building until tenants are signed, no financing lined up and no final plan approval from the city until they have a better idea of what Cameron Group is planning to build. All these little items to take care of and still predicting a fall ground breaking?
Assuming Wal-Mart will go along with it, Tom Valenti may decide to ask to build the project in stages. To avoid the risk of Wal-Mart losing interest, Valenti may ask if they can build their store first, which raises the question of whether or not Cameron Group can also finance the construction of a multi-level parking deck at the same time (these things cost a lot of money)...... and whether or not Wal-Mart will allow them to build additional retail on their roof at some future date.
We all would love to see something happen on the East side Wasteland but, a fall construction start??......rather doubtful
And then there’s Keystone Automotive Group formerly on Johnson Drive, yep,,, their gone, somewhere on I-35 I’m told. Maybe the city will buy that too before a used car (we’ll finance here) lot goes in.
Something stinks in Mission, Mayor McConwell
By: Yael T. Abouhalkah (KC Star)
Mission Mayor Laura McConwell has worked hard to redevelop the big hole in the ground at the Gateway Center location off Shawnee Mission Parkway.
On Tuesday she found out the long-planned aquarium and a hotel would not be coming.
“We didn’t count on the aquarium to begin with…I think the council is excited about the mixed use and the residential component.”
I’m sure they are.
But McConwell and other Mission officials were plenty excited about the aquarium a few years ago, especially when they thought it might get them state STAR bonds to get the project off the ground.
Read More: Of Yael Abouhalkah's story
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Good evening, Bill:
As a follow up to your conversation with Tom earlier today, below please find a copy of the statement regarding the Mission Gateway development update
Statement by Tom Valenti, Managing Partner, The Gateway Developers, LLC:“After thorough research on how best to enhance the Mission Gateway project, the decision was made for the project to not utilize STAR Bonds from the State of Kansas. Without the inclusion of STAR Bonds funding, the Mission Gateway project will no longer include a hotel or aquarium. The Mission Gateway project without the aquarium or hotel returns to the developer’s original proposal that the people of the City of Mission supported eight years ago. The focus of the Mission Gateway project will specialize on serving as an ideal space for retail – including Walmart – restaurants, residential, and entertainment uses and focus less on potential tourism opportunities.
It’s important to note that as the developers, we originally promoted the inclusion of the Aquarium in the project and the utilization of Star Bonds, an effort that was also embraced by the City of Mission. We know that exclusion of the Aquarium and Star Bonds is disappointing, but the state of the bond market and the commercial financing challenges for tourist attractions and hotels compels us to move ahead with the project as quickly as possible without those components.
Since acquiring the Mission Gateway property in 2005, we have been focused on working with the City of Mission to ensure the development meets the needs of residents, bringing revenue and value to the area. Though the scope has changed, our goal has not. We’re eager to break ground on this development and serve residents, retail visitors, and office tenants, and look forward to infusing new energy into the crossroads of this vibrant community.”
Click Here for article from the Kansas City Star - Click Here for article from the Kansas City Business Journal
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10th Judicial District - Judicial Nominating Commission
Interviewees for Judicial Opening Announced
Solicitation of Public Comment
Eleven attorneys have been selected for interviews for the current judicial openings in Johnson County. The openings are due to the retirements of Judge Allen Slater and Judge Peter Ruddick. The interviewees are: Laura McConwell, Mission; Keven O’Grady, Prairie Village; Hon. James Phelan, Overland Park; Jacquelyn Rokusek, Olathe; and Hon. Daniel Vokins, Olathe.
The 10th Judicial District Judicial Nominating Commission is made up of 14 members. Seven are attorneys elected by the Kansas licensed attorneys residing in the district, and 7 are non-lawyers appointed by the Johnson County Board of County Commissioners.
The Nominating Commission welcomes and encourages public input into this important process. Comments can be submitted in writing to the Commission Secretary, Hon. Karen Arnold-Burger, 301 S.W. 10th Ave., Topeka, KS 66612-1507, faxed to (785) 296-7079 or emailed to email@example.com. All comments will be forwarded to all members of the Commission. Read More
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The Prairie Village City Council on Monday narrowly voted down a motion that would have put a referendum for a 3/8 percent sales tax increase to fund parks improvements and maintenance before city voters in November.
Parks projects, like the recently completed improvements at Weltner Park, will continue to be difficult to move forward without a dedicated parks funding source, said proponents of the sales tax.
KCP&L Has Applied to the KCC for Another Rate Increase
KCP&L Files Rate Increase Request with Kansas Corporation Commission
KCP&L seeks to recover costs to maintain reliable service and meet state and federal renewable and environmental mandates
Press Release: Kansas City Power & Light Company – Fri, Apr 20, 2012 5:11 PM EDT
KANSAS CITY, Mo.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--
Kansas City Power & Light Company, a subsidiary of Great Plains Energy Incorporated (NYSE: GXP - News), today filed a rate increase request with the Kansas Corporation Commission (KCC) to increase base rates for electric service in its Kansas service area. The company is seeking to raise rates 12.9%. If approved, the daily increase for a typical residential customer is expected to be $0.41. The rate increase request process takes approximately eight months in Kansas. New rates will not be effective until January 2013.
“While KCP&L continues to manage costs and minimize the amount and impact of any rate increase on our customers, the costs associated with generating and delivering electricity continue to increase,” said Terry Bassham, KCP&L President and Chief Operating Officer. “Specifically, our investments in additional renewable energy and environmental upgrades at our existing facilities are important steps to building a balanced generation portfolio and ensuring that we are doing our part to improve regional air quality.”
Among the drivers for the increase are the significant investments the company has made at its generating facilities that will allow KCP&L to meet future state and federal renewable energy and emissions control mandates. These investments include additional wind generation in Spearville, Kansas and environmental upgrades at its La Cygne Generating Station, one of the company’s largest coal-fired generating facilities.
Join with us on Sunday May 27th 2012 Be a part of something bigger: Duty, Honor, Courage, Commitment, Integrity & Country
Over 40,000 members of our nation’s armed forces have been physically wounded in Iraq and Afghanistan. Studies estimate that more than 300,000 will suffer the effects of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and traumatic brain injury (TBI). Wounded Warrior Project started as a program to provide comfort items to wounded service members and has now grown into a complete rehabilitative effort to assist warriors as they recover and transition back to civilian life.Click Here for more information
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At the Mission Kansas City Council workshop the topic was the swimming pool. This time last year Mayor Laura McConwell appointed a “Swimming Pool Task Force” to study and make recommendations as to the future of the pool.
After about an hour of conversation what appeared to be a consensus to funding repairs to the existing pool or building a new swim center.
A new sales tax will most likely be put forward for a vote of Mission residents in November. Several figures were discussed 1/8¢; 1/4¢ etc. depending on a 2 + million dollar fix or more than double that for a new pool. Also to be determined by I assume the city council is the length of the new sales tax, 10 years, 15, 20 years?
Topeka – Joined by small business owners, state legislators, Governor’s Council of Economic Advisors, Governor’s Cabinet members and Lt. Gov. Jeff Colyer, M.D., Kansas Governor Sam Brownback signed one of the largest tax relief measures in Kansas history into law today at the Capitol in Topeka. The new law cuts state income tax rates for all hard-working Kansans by 14 to 24 percent and eliminates state income taxes on more than 191,000 small business owners.
Governor Brownback likened Senate Sub. for House Bill 2117 to a shot of adrenaline into the heart of the Kansas economy.
“My faith is in the people of Kansas, not the government’s ability to tax and redistribute. Click Here: To read more.
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Mike Hendricks - The Kansas City Star
Deep cuts could mean drastic changes for The Jo bus system Johnson County’s bus system has averted a crisis for now but must plan for major cutbacks As Missouri-side officials seek to expand transit with plans for commuter rail and downtown streetcars, Johnson County is headed in the opposite direction.
After years of expansion, The Jo bus system faces such severe cutbacks that some say it’s in danger of being dismantled.
“It would be a tragic step backward,” said Ed Peterson, county commissioner.
Deep cuts that seemed imminent a few weeks ago have been put off for now. But because of cash constraints and cautious support for public transit from a majority of the seven commissioners, Johnson County transit officials began last month drawing up plans for dramatic service reductions. Click Here for the rest of the story
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Mission Kansas (CDC) Community Development Committee met and was entertained by a half hour lecture by City Administrator Michael Scanlon. Scanlon spoke and fielded questions on funding for stormwater & transportation projects.
Mr. Scanlon has a diverse background as a business man apparently in the computer software business, an employee for the city of Merriam Kansas and a Councilman for Merriam before coming to Mission as City Administrator.
The CDC meeting at Mission’s City Hall was an unusually long one with 13 different topics. Numbers 3, 4 & 5 had to do with spending more money on streets. All eight Councilmember’s were present with only 4 being allowed to vote to table the topics or send them to the City Council for a vote to spend or decline another $406,000 which they did agree to send. Councilman Lawrence Andre stated that he could not support the expenditure at this time, Andre did not appear to get much support from the other three voting Councilpersons; Will Vandenberg, Jennifer Cowdry & Suzie Gibbs. The contracts will go before the entire council later this month.
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City of Mission
Regular Meeting Agenda
Wednesday, April 18, 2012
And it aught to be a doozy! A lesson in spending thousands upon thousands of dollars just to buy a buildng so it can be torn down which will cost more thousands paid for by you and all before the new council is sworn in.
Remember the old Capital Federal building? Torn down for a bus stop. Click Here for the agenda
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MINUTES OF THE MISSION SUSTAINABILITY COMMISSION
March 22, 2012
The Mission Sustainability Commission met at the Sylvester Powell, Jr. Community Center, 6200 Martway, Thursday, March 22nd, 2012 at 6:00 p.m. with Committee Chair Rafael Durán presiding. The following commissioners were present: Steve Helvey, Doug Blessing, Largo Callenbach and Leslie Herring. Also in attendance was Neighborhood Services Coordinator Josh Rauch. Mr. Durán called the meeting to order at 6:03 p.m.
>snip< Presentation by Frank Scicchitano re: Gateway Project
Mr. Scicchitano stated that the developer was still in the preliminary process, and that his presentation would cover current steps toward sustainability in the project. He stated the owners were committed to implementing sustainable elements, but that it was still early.To read the entire presentation
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Johnson County Government Press Release
Johnson County Motor Vehicle Offices Will Be Closed The Johnson County Motor Vehicle Offices located at 782 N. Ridgeview Road in Olathe and 6000 Lamar in Mission will be closed beginning Tuesday, May 1, 2012 for approximately 5-7 business days while the State of Kansas implements a new motor vehicle computer system statewide. Click Here for the entire release
The Kansas Department of Revenue's Department of Motor Vehicle (DMV) Modernization Project is a state initiative to overhaul the current vehicle registration system which has been in place since 1987. The new system will go live after the conversion of approximately 6.8 million vehicle registration records. This phase will take several days and during this time there will be no transactions processed.
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Administration Begins Implementation of Reorganization Order
Topeka - Kansas Governor Sam Brownback announced today his administration has begun its preparations to implement the largest reorganization of state agencies in state history. Lt. Governor Jeff Colyer, M.D., Aging Secretary Shawn Sullivan, SRS Secretary Phyllis Gilmore, and KDHE Secretary Bob Moser, M.D. joined the Governor to lay out how the state will implement Executive Re-Organization Order Number 41. To read the entire story:Click Here
"This ERO is a needed first step towards achieving key strategic objectives for reforming our state's Medicaid system. It is a crucial component of KanCare, the administration's plan to improve the quality of care and the health of Kansans who depend upon Medicaid," Governor Brownback said. "I appreciate the work that has gone into the planning and implementation of this reorganization."
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Financial concerns help push incumbents out
Roxie Hammill Special to The Star
Prairie Village and Mission each will swear in three new council members next week, after voters there ousted all but one incumbent.
Fiscal concerns appear to have motivated many of the losses April 3, when voters replaced some longtime city council incumbents with newcomers — by startling margins in a few cases. It’s a safe bet that any plans to increase taxes or fees in those cities will have a tough go, say several incoming and outgoing council members, although there won’t be newcomers to drastically change the balance of the councils.In Mission, two of three incumbents were voted out, including Sue Grosdidier, a 24-year veteran of the council, and Connie Footlick, who has held a seat since 1994. Patrick Quinn, with no prior public experience, defeated Grosdidier with 67 percent of the vote; Jennifer Cowdry beat Footlick with 56 percent
>snip< Mission’s Ward 4 councilman, David Shepard, was the only incumbent who won in those cities. He defeated Allen Anderson with 64 percent of the vote. In Ward 2, where no incumbent was running, Amy Miller nosed past James A. Brown by just 19 votes. In Mission, the losses appeared to be a rebuke of Mayor Laura McConwell’s vision. Challengers were concerned about the city’s transportation utility fee, passed in 2010, and city debt. Read the entire story by: Clicking Here
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Can Kansas City support two large aquariums?
By MATT CAMPBELL - The Kansas City Star
Kansas City has been talking about an aquarium for about as long as light rail.
The train hasn’t yet arrived, but we could find ourselves up to our gills in fish.
Sea Life opens this weekend with 260,000 gallons of exhibits at Crown Center.
That does not scare off a developer who plans a bigger and, he says, better aquarium just a fewminutes away in Mission. It was first suggested in 2007, but the site remains vacant today and financing is uncertain. Read More
Mission's City Council will get a new look April 18th 2012
(Mike Slattery) Today I announce that I will not seek re-election to the Kansas House of Representatives from the 24th District.
This fall I will be attending graduate school to study business management and law. It is my family’s plan to come back to Kansas after I finish graduate school.
Representing the people of the 24th District in the House of Representatives has been an honor and privilege. I will always be grateful for the opportunity the people of the 24th District gave me to represent them in the Kansas Legislature. I have worked hard with the Johnson County delegation to promote quality public education, job creation and tax fairness for the people of Kansas. Read More
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New Driveway Tax Proposed
(I knew we were getting hits from Europe, but this?)
The EU have proposed a 0.5% levy on the value of a property which has the use of a driveway. The benefits include:-
- A EU wide environmental strategy to assist urban wildlife habitats to reclaim from urbanisation
- Socio-economic benefits designed to assist equality with home owners and tenants
EU Corporate Finance Director (EU North West Zones 1a-7c) Uve Vorlenvoritt stated “The initiative is necessary is assist environmental management and to promote a deficit reduction programme.” Anticipating a strong press reaction, Paul Den Uddervun (Media Relations) commentted “We expect to introduce the taxation with an option to charge the costs against the property. The Finance (F) rate will be officially set at APR (F) 001% which will enable the home owning motorist to determine what it actually is.”
Coalition for Better Cities Files Campaign Ethics Charges
Against Opponents Local elections in the cities of Shawnee and Mission in
Johnson County, Kansas, are upon us. But now the heat of these elections may
have produced violations in Kansas election law.
Never, ever could I have imagined in little Mission Kansas could there be such sustained viciousness in order to keep the status quo. I do not presume to know where everything comes from but some attacks we do and I pray the current elected officials have nothing to do with any of this. This is Mission Kansas and we all are neighbors. BN And the next day the Great Sign Heist, by the city no less. Click Herefor a under 2 minute video.
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Regarding the 2012 budget, Moody's rating & the budget forcast for 2012-2016
My problem is the Moody's rating is built on a house of cards. They are assuming certain things about the City will continue somewhat as they are now. Bruce Kimmel, Senior Financial Advisor, Ehlers Corp did tell the City they would not like to see them draw down the General Fund any further. Guess Mike Scanlon did not send Kimmel his Budget Forecast for 2012-2016, which shows the General Fund, will be more than wiped out. Also, what if the City loses the lawsuit on the Driveway tax and has to refund it. They couldn't balance the 2012 budget, why should we believe they can handle things if they get more complex.
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Township 5 now five years in the making, but the shopping center project near Syracuse is still developing
>snip< It was 2007 when associates with East Syracuse-based Cameron Group LLC first filed a business certificate for the nameof what was to be a bold new project for New York state, a project moving at the speed of Destiny USA. >snip< Township 5 was “bold” and “new” because it was a planned as a “lifestyle center,” then a hot concept in open-air shopping center development, with none of its kind anywhere in New York.
As proposed, Township 5 includes housing — apartments — retail, entertainment, restaurants and more in a pedestrian-friendly environment.
It was to be a step further than anything similar, such as predecessor Towne Center at Fayetteville, the higher-end COR Development project that isn’t entirely pedestrian friendly — and doesn’t have living spaces.
Joe Goethe, a partner with Cameron Group, said some leases have been signed — we’ve told you about a hotel and cineplex — but the snail’s pace movement of the project can be pinned on the Great Recession, as we’ve mentioned yearly since 2009.Read More
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>snip<Tom Valenti, one of the principals for the developer, Cameron Group, said when the council asked him Friday if he would be willing to talk more, he agreed, even though the project was first proposed in 2006.
A tax-break deal for a new off-campus bookstore and fitness center for Syracuse University has gotten a reprieve.
The deal was slated for a vote in the Syracuse Common Council today, which, based on a whip count of the councilors, would have voted the deal down.
Instead, the council withdrew the legislation from the agenda, giving the project a shot to revise and resubmit.Read More
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1940 census is the first that will be free online
At 8 a.m. Central time on April 2, it will become available without charge on any computer in the world.
By: Matt Campbell - The Kansas City Star
People who answered the U.S. census questions in 1940 knew about hi-fi, not Wi-Fi. But their descendants will be able to pull up their answers from the Internet on April 2 when the entire census from that year becomes available, completely free ...
(snip) [L]iving in Merriam means owning a car. The whole town is designed around the idea that cheap gasoline will always be available. The main shopping center is a strip mall off the Interstate. Sidewalks—and easily walkable grid street plans—come and go throughout the neighborhoods, following the whims of past developers. Merriam has two bike routes, but one is mostly aimed at recreation. It doesn't follow any path that people travel daily for business, school, or shopping. The other bike route begins and ends suddenly, covering only a small portion of busy Shawnee Mission Parkway. Read More:Read from the beginning
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Mission's Gateway Project Developer Tom Valenti of the Cameron Group can't seem to get a break.
The make-up of the Syracuse Common Council was different when Thomas Valenti and his firm, Cameron Group, first approached it six years ago, but the opposition to the proposed project is still the same.
Valenti wants to develop a new off-campus bookstore and fitness center for Syracuse University.
In order to do that, he's requesting a 30-year property tax break from the city.
Motor Vehicle Office in Mission to Open after Renovation Press Release
Johnson County Government
JOHNSON COUNTY, KANSAS (March 22, 2012) - The Johnson County Motor Vehicle Office located at 6000 Lamar Avenue in Mission has reopened to the public for business.
Johnson County Motor Vehicle serves Johnson County residents in the titling, renewing, and registering of their vehicles. The Mission Motor Vehicle Office was temporary closed for renovation beginning, Thursday, December 1, 2011. The office renovation is part of a major remodeling project, with an estimated cost of $5 million, at the Johnson County Northeast Office building, which was built in 1972 to provide services to the citizens in the northeast part of the county. Read More Read More
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Bible studies face new challenge: Driveway tax City's new way to raise revenue sparks outrage. Read More
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HEARTLAND APARTMENT ASSOCIATION INC ET AL vs. CITY OF MISSION KANSAS.
After months & months of pleading with the City of Mission to repeal the “Transportation Utility Fee” AKA ‘Driveway tax’ without success a suit was filed today in the Johnson County District Court asking for the termination of TUF and a refund of all monies paid.
CASE NO 12CV02235 HEARTLAND APARTMENT ASSOCIATION INC ET AL vs. CITY OF MISSION KANSAS
Div/Judge 2/JAMES F VANO
Nature OTHER NON-DOMESTIC (60)
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Wheels are turning to build bike lanes from Kansas to downtown
Johnson and Wyandotte counties are helping shape a better way to get bikes and people downtown.
By MIKE HENDRICKS - The Kansas City Star
(snip) That $1.46-million project ought to be done in 2013, about the time that the city of Mission would hope to have the money raised and design work done for its phase: an off-road link continuing under the Metcalf/Interstate 635 bridge to Lamar Avenue, also known as 24th Street on the Kansas City, Kan., side of the county line. Read More
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Mission’s Gateway plan raises concerns from legislators
Joel Petterson - The Kansas City Star
The conflict between Mission and Roeland Park over a $200 million development project reached Topeka on Wednesday as the Kansas Commerce Secretary testified before legislators about the state’s STAR bonds program.
After encouraging members of the House Commerce Committee to renew the bonds program, which is set to expire on July 1, 2012, Secretary Pat George fielded questions from representatives, some of which addressed the Gateway project in Mission.
The project has been challenged by neighboring Roeland Park for using STAR bonds in a project that would include a Walmart store, replacing the existing store at 5150 Roe Blvd. Some legislators shared the city’s concerns that the tax incentives were being used to create competition for existing businesses instead of building unique destinations like Kansas Speedway. Read MoreAlso see:Click Here
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Freebirds restaurant chain starts to fly high locally
By JOYCE SMITH The Kansas City Star
Freebirds World Burrito has signed a new, local company as its first franchisee, and several of the restaurants are planned for the area, including one in Mission.
(Photos depict existing stores)
(snip) Along with Freebirds, tenants for the 9,000-square-foot main building include Subway and Sport Clips. Lane4 Property Group is in negotiations with another retail tenant.
Culver’s and Chick-fil-A will open freestanding restaurants with drive-throughs — Culver’s on the north end and Chick-fil-A on the south.
Their buildings and Freebirds’ will total 19,800 square feet and face Metcalf. A senior housing structure is planned for the Broadmoor Street side.The plan also includes 182 parking spaces for the retail section and 109 spaces for the residential building, and a small park at Broadmoor and Martway streets. Read More Here
STAR BOND FEASIBILITY STUDY
THE GATEWAY MIXED-USE DEVELOPMENT
JOHNSON DRIVE AND ROE A VENUE
TOPEKA — A decade-old initiative that helped bring NASCAR to the state could go behind the wall for good June 30.
The initiative, STAR bonds — shorthand for Sales Tax and Revenue — is a Kansas economic program that uses state and local sales tax money to help private developers build things such as posh shopping districts, speedways, riverfront entertainment districts and salt mine museums. Kansas uses STAR bonds money to help pay for streets, parking lots, sidewalks and other infrastructure
>snip< Kansas Commerce Secretary Pat George urged House Commerce and Economic Development Committee members Wednesday to recommend renewing the state’s STAR bonds program for another five years. The bonds already have brought $2 billion in investments and more than 30,000 jobs to Kansas, George said.
But committee chairman Anthony Brown, R-Eudora, said he is worried the program is becoming devalued and used to promote lesser projects that do far less to help the Kansas economy.
“I am not a big fan,” Brown said
>snip< “We’ve already watered it down from NASCAR to Heartland Park,” he said, referring to a financially distressed Topeka racetrack that received STAR bonds funding in 2006. The track failed to produce enough sales tax revenue to pay off the bonds and, in 2010, Topeka sought help in refinancing the deal to cover interest costs, which were coming out of the city budget instead.Read Much More: Click Here
Updated at 1730 hrs Steve Rose Column; Kansas City Star"With the opening next month of Sea Life aquarium at Crown Center, and with a large aquarium proposed for the Mission Gateway project at Shawnee Mission Parkway and Johnson Drive scheduled to open in 2014, it raises the question: Can Kansas City support two aquariums?"
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Election Summary Report
2012 Spring Primary
Summary For Precinct, All Counters, All Races
Johnson County Kansas
Official Final Results
MISSION WARD 2
Number of Precincts 4
Precincts Reporting 4 100.0 %
Total Votes 240
Times Blank Voted 2
Times Over Voted 0
AMY MILLER 121 50.42%
JAMES A BROWN 108 45.00%
WAYNE HODGES 6 2.50%
BRETT R MAXWELL 5 2.08%
MISSION WARD 3
Number of Precincts 3
Precincts Reporting 3 100.0 %
Total Votes 201
Times Blank Voted 1
Times Over Voted 0
JENNIFER J COWDRY 94 46.77%
CONNIE FOOTLICK 60 29.85%
LESLIE A HERRING 47 23.38%
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From Parks & Recreation
Indoor Playground Ends This Friday March 9th For The Season
Just a reminder that the Indoor Playground will close for the season on Friday, March 9th.
Indoor Playground will resume in late October.
We have a number of other great programs for families and youth including Free Family Fun Nights, Family Gym Time, First Kicks (Soccer), Tippi Toes Dance and Tot Time Swim. For more information on these great family opportunities, click here.
February 28th 2012 - Primary Day
Unofficial results as of 9:12PM.
Both Amy Miller Ward 2 & Jennifer Cowdry Ward 3 were first in their respective wards.
The results of Tuesday's primary is a direct indicator of how Mission's residents are feeling about the way the current administration has taken the future of our young families and put them in financial jeopardy. Us "older folks" are hurt by the over $45 million in debt we currently enjoy, but the young families have to live with this insanity for a very long time.
The residents in Wards 2 & 3 spoke loud and clear in Tuesday's primary, the majority in overwhelming support for Amy Miller and Jennifer Cowdry, who both will bring sound fiscal discipline back to our city.
April 3 is the date for the general election for city council. The 4 candidates that Savemission.net endorses: Pat Quinn - Ward 1, Amy Miller - Ward 2, Jennifer Cowdry - Ward 3, Allen Anderson - Ward 4, when elected, will provide the residents of Mission, with responsible leadership, to lead our city out of debt, and ridicule, and back to a place that is conducive for businesses and residents alike.
An aside: There were more residents voting in Tuesday's primary than voted overall in the last general election. Remember, Tuesday's primary was contested in only half of Mission's 4 Wards.
Mission Gateway’s STAR bond plans face opposition from nearby cities Kansas City Business Journal by Steve Vockrodt, Reporter Date: Friday, February 24, 2012, 5:00am CST
A bid by the developer of the proposed Mission Gateway project for state incentives faces questions and outright opposition from neighboring cities.
New York developer Cameron Group LLC seeks sales tax revenue (STAR) bonds through the state to help it construct a mixed-use project at Shawnee Mission Parkway and Johnson Drive, where the old Mission Mall once stood. The Mission Gateway project became eligible for as much as $63 million in STAR bonds in 2007, but the project has gone through different iterations since then and has yet to begin construction.(End of Kansas City Business Journal copy)
Earlier this month the City of Roeland Park Kansas filed a petition with the City of Mission objecting to the East Gateway project which at Mission’s next council meeting on February 15th was not sustained by the council for lack of the required 20% of the adjacent property owners signing the document. Subsequently Roeland Park petitioned Secretary of Commerce Pat George in effect saying the Gateway Project has apparently been exaggerated in revenue & benefits to the community. The petition appears to be specifically aimed at the STAR bonds for the proposed aquarium. -----------------------------------------------------------Follow this link to read the entire 23 page PDF petition. Click Here
Contributing Writer Published: Monday, February 6, 2012 Updated: Tuesday, February 7, 2012 02:02
Tom ValentiCameron Group
Developers for a new bookstore and gym complex on University Avenue, which will also include retail stores, have drawn up a plan they hope can solve tax-related issues that delayed construction, said Cameron Group LLC partner Thomas Valenti.
Since talks about a new complex started in 2006, Syracuse University, the Cameron Group and the Syracuse city administration have been at odds over how the complex would be taxed.
The property for the complex is owned by SU and has tax-exempt status, but the university plans to lease it to the Cameron Group for construction. Upon completion, the Cameron Group will re-lease the fitness center and bookstore to the university. Once the property is leased, it loses its tax exempt status, according to a March 7, 2011, article in The Daily Orange.Read More
Community Recycling Event
Roz has been hard at work helping to coordinate our community recycling event,
scheduled for March 24th at the Public Works Facility (4775 Lamar Mission Kansas) from 8am - Noon.
The event will feature paper and electronics recycling, along with an opportunity for
residents to donate used goods to Salvation Army and recycle old tires. Some of these
services require a modest fee. More details will be forthcoming in the next few weeks.
"Mayor Laura McConwell has a vision for the city of Mission"
(Mayor Laura McConwell)
By: LAURA BAUER The Kansas City Star
(snip) In her time as Mission’s mayor, a post she initially inherited after the death of a long-time, entrenched leader 10 years ago next month, McConwell has become known as someone unafraid to do what hasn’t been done. Who will try a new way, even when it isn’t popular. (The “driveway tax” comes to mind.)
And she’ll push for change, as long as she says she feels it’s what’s right for her city, an aging suburb that has been losing population in recent years.
Although she has her detractors, her approach has gained her fans and a nod four years ago as Kansas’ Mayor of the Year. People say McConwell’s leadership has helped propel the city of Mission to a higher profile, even described by some as a progressive small town intent on remaining vital. Read more here:
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My thoughts on (TUF): By C. D. Rinck Sr.
This "Fee" is supposedly based on 8 trips per day, an arbitrary figure, for residential usage ($72.00 per year). I contend that my household (2 retired persons) makes approximately 10 trips per week.
Some of my neighbors who own 3 or more cars, have 2 or more working residents, and possibly 2 or more teen-ages/young adults who make that many trips per day.
Therefore, since businesses don't pay the same amount as their next door business does, I am subsidizing my neighbors running habits by paying the same amount for 1/10th
the number of times I leave my driveway in my auto.
If this is allowed to stand, when do we see an increase in the "Fee" for increased costs to maintain our streets, signage, park maintenance, and whatever else it is slated
to be used for?
Our constitutional right to vote yea or nay on such an issue has been trashed, one of the checks and balances used to harness the runaway imposition of slave tactics by
those who contend: "You don't know what's for your own good so we'll tell you!"
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____________February 6th 2012 ____________
By Mike Galvin -
In reference to the current
squabble of adjacent cities who are less than amiable
about the proposed "East Gateway" project in
's position is understandable -- if there's a Chinamart in
, there won't be one in
isn't too keen about losing 30% of their sales tax base.
The reality is that if Chinamart is moved to
, the demographic of the clientele that frequents that big
box retailer seems to be antagonistic to the type of upscale patronage the
project is being advertised to attract. How many Chinamart shoppers will be attending esoteric cultural activities such as the proposed
aquarium? Or stay in an upscale high-rise hotel? Or frequent an upscale fitness
center? Or live in upscale residential space within the project? Pertinent
questions for sure. What successful precedent of this proposed cultural clash
is there? If this were to be such a grand vision, is the
underutilized without the inclusion of a Chinamart? Those who promote the Gateway project advertise
energetically the glamour of their upscale plan, but isn't the inclusion of a Chinamart an obvious red flag contradiction? Read More
_______________January 23rd 2012 _______________
Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt says Mission's "Transportation Utility Fund" (Driveway Tax) in his opinion is in fact a tax.
Synopsis: Under the Executive Aircraft test, the “transportation utility fee” (TUF) is a tax because it is a forced contribution on the owners of developed real property in the City of Mission levied for the purpose of raising revenue for
the maintenance of governmental services offered to the general public,
i.e., maintenance of streets. The TUF is not an ad valorem tax because it
is imposed by calculating the estimated number of vehicle trips originating
from a property using a trip generation model rather than the value of real
property. As such, TUF is an excise tax that the City of Mission is specifically, clearly, and uniformly prohibited from levying or imposing
under K.S.A. 2011 Supp. 12-194. Cited herein: Kan. Const., Art. 12, Section 5; K.S.A. 2011 Supp. 12-187 et seq.; K.S.A. 2011 Supp. 12-194.
The City of Mission Kansas' City Administrator Michael Scanlon was contacted by phone today; Mr. Scanlon stated they are still reading the opinion but do disagree with portions. Scanlon further stated they should have an answer in a couple of days.
Click here for full opinion - ('Definition of 'Ad Valorem Tax' - A tax based on the assessed value of real estate or personal property. Ad valorem taxes can be a property tax or even duty on imported items. Property ad valorem taxes are the major source of revenue for state and municipal governments.)
Notice of Public Hearing - City of Mission, Kansas
Dear Property Owner:
The City of Mission has received an application filed by Korb Maxwell of Polsinelli Shughart representing the Gateway Developers and the Cameron Group for the Gateway Site. The Gateway site is generally located on land bounded by Johnson Drive, Roe Avenue, Shawnee Mission Parkway and Roeland Drive in the city of Mission, Kansas. The submitted application requests consideration of a revised preliminary site plan for the subject property. In accordance with the City of Mission Municipal Code you are being notified of the upcoming public hearing because you own property within 200 feet of the above-described property.
The Mission Planning Commission will hold a public hearing on Monday, January 23, 2012 to review this application. The public hearing will be held in the City Council Chambers, City Hall, 6090 Woodson St, Mission, Kansas, and will begin at 7:00 p.m. You are invited to attend and will have an opportunity to be heard during the meeting.Click here for complete letter
6000 Lamar will be closed beginning Thursday, December 1 through the first quarter of 2012 while the State of Kansas renovates the building and updates their vehicle registration system. For further information click here.
Johnson Drive / Martway Appraisal and Easement Acquisition
Mission’s staff recently prepared and sent out a request for qualifications for appraisal and easement acquisition services. Once the qualifications have been evaluated we will
be looking to negotiate contract terms.
Both the Martway (Broadmoor to Woodson) and Johnson Drive (Lamar to Nall) projects will require some appraisal and easement acquisition that will be components of the anticipated contract.Estimated cost for Johnson Drive $6,000,000 for Mission's 'Flyer' Click HereRemember it's all tax dollars!
Times Releases Results of Resident/Business Satisfaction Survey
The Shawnee Mission Times released this week the results of their first “Resident/Business Satisfaction Survey,” which was focused on the city of Mission’s Fiscal Discipline. The survey question was sent out to 100 Mission citizens and businesses and asked the following question:
#1 – Which three (3) financial plans represents the best the direction you think the city of Mission should take regarding fiscal discipline? The three choices should be ranked on your level of importance.
Operate within current budget considerations - Increase of the Mill Levy - Increase Transportation Utility Fees (TUF) *Also known as Driveway Tax - Increase Storm Water Assessments - Cut spending back to 2008 levels - Initiate New Fees such as Streetlight Fee, Sustainability Fee, etc - Increase sales taxes - Decrease sales taxes - Cut Spending 10% across the board on all city agencies - Consideration elimination and/or privatization of some of the city’s services.
According to the survey, an overwhelming number of respondents picked the following path the city of Mission should take regarding fiscal policy:
#1 - Consolidation, elimination and/or privatization of services.
#2 - Cut spending back to 2008 levels.
#3 - Cut spending 10% across the board for all agencies.
*Source: Shawnee Mission Times Resident Satisfaction Survey, November 14, 2011
The Times conducted the survey in order to publish what the residents and businesses believe are issues regarding the needs of the city and what is the best way to govern on those issues.
$200 million Mission Gateway project ready to lift off with Wal-Mart store
By KEVIN COLLISON and JOYCE SMITH - The Kansas City Star
Wal-Mart plans to build a store in the $200 million Mission Gateway development, a decision that’s expected to give the long-delayed project and its saltwater aquarium attraction the boost to begin construction this spring.
Developer Tom Valenti of the Cameron Group of Syracuse, N.Y., said Tuesday that Wal-Mart had signed a letter of intent to put a 150,000-square-foot store in the project, which was first proposed in 2005. That’s when the former Mission Center was demolished at Shawnee Mission Parkway and Roe Avenue.
“We now have the rocket fuel to get the project off the ground,” Valenti said, referring to Wal-Mart.
Wal-Mart officials could not be reached for comment.(For the rest of the Star's article click here) Click here
Photos are from Tom Valenti's presentation to the city on January 16th 2008 (Clickon photos to enlarge)
I wonder what it will finally look like if it gets built?
Another MISSION SALES TAX? Last year we got a tripling of Stormwater Fees by Mission’s City Council.
The Nationally known Driveway Tax
Another Mission sales tax, “Shall the following be adopted?
Shall the City of Mission, Kansas be authorized to impose a one-quarter percent (0.25%) citywide retailers’ special purpose sales tax, the collection of which to commence on April 1, 2012 or as soon thereafter as permitted by law and shall terminate ten years after its commencement, the proceeds of which shall be used to finance the costs of transportation improvements, including the construction and reconstruction of streets, bridges, sidewalks, curbs, gutters, trails, transit facilities, bicycle lanes, street lighting, traffic signalization, signage and landscape along rights-of-way and related improvements (the “Project”)?” Wasn’t that what the Driveway tax was for?
If our streets are in such bad shape, why did the City Council need to spend $4,383,196 shrinking Nall Avenue?
Have you heard there could be yet another sales tax for the swimming pool in the spring? How about a fee for using the streetlights? City Administrator Mike Scanlon is talking about it.
The proposed budget for 2012 is not in balance, the current Mission City Council is spending more than we are taking in. Vote NO on another Mission Sales Tax.
Coming to your mail box this week.
With Veteran's Day coming up I'd like to post about a change in the law concerning rendering honors to the flag and during the playing of the National Anthem.
The Defense Authorization Acts of 2008 and 2009 had some interesting changes.
Veterans, and active duty military in civilian clothing now have the option of rendering the military style hand salute instead of the civilian hand over the chest salute. This applies to the raising, lowering or passing of the colors as well as during the playing of the National Anthem.
Those individuals who are wearing cover (hats/caps for the uninformed civilians) may keep the cover on while rendering the hand salute. If they choose to perform the civilian hand over the chest then they should remove their cover, and hold it over their chest.
Topeka- Following a months-long public input process, Governor Sam Brownback and Lieutenant Governor Jeff Colyer, M.D., today announced the Administration’s plan for reform the state’s Medicaid system. KDHE Secretary Robert Moser, M.D., Aging Secretary Shawn Sullivan and SRS Secretary Rob Siedlecki joined them for the announcement.
==== Mission has a new flower blooming, It's mostly white with some black and a splash of red. If you want one in your yard there's no need to plant a seed just call and one will be delivered and planted in full bloom at no charge.
MISSION, Kan. - A walking trail in a Johnson County community does not sound too controversial on its surface. However, when NBC Action News discovered the seven-figure price tag—and then saw the visible results—taxpayers raised their eyebrows in surprise.
Trail causes frustration ------------------------
--For decades along Johnson Drive, Werner’s has been a go-to location for sausage and other German --specialties.
--Dave Miller has operated the Mission, Kan., staple for the past 16 years and it’s safe to say he knows a --thing or two about food. But when the long-time business owner looks across the street, what he sees --makes him lose his appetite.
(Click photo to enlarge)>>>“Waste of money! Waste of money! Waste of money!” says Miller, never shy to express his opinion. Read Much More
“Kansas Speedway waves green flag for economic success,” Wyandotte County’s Unified Government crowed in a news release on the eve of this month’s NASCAR race weekend.
And why not boast?
No government in the area has been more aggressive in promoting business development the last decade or so.
Yet while some see the speedway and all the development it’s attracted in Village West as a civic salvation, others are worried. Those investments in the future, along with a growing public debt unrelated to Village West, could soon eat the Unified Government alive, they say.
“We are in a real problem,” Unified Government Commissioner Butch Ellison said. “I don’t think that the payoff from the Village West is going to happen soon enough to bail us out.”
UNIFIED GOVERNMENT RESERVES
2006: $31.6 million
2007: $18.9 million
2008: $7.2 million
2009: $4.5 million
2010: $1.9 million
“We are in a real problem,” Unified Government Commissioner Butch Ellison said. “I don’t think that the payoff from the Village West is going to happen soon enough to bail us out.” Click here for the entire article
From Michael Scanlon, Mission’s City Administrator October 28th, 2011 Is this the former Neff Printing property? If so, why the secrecy?
>snip< Brownfields Targeted Assessment Program Staff submitted an application this week to KDHE for participation in their brownfields
assessment program. A brownfield is real property for which the redevelopment or reuse of may be complicated by the presence or potential presence of a hazardous substance, pollutant, or contaminant.Click hereto view goverment's information on the former Neff Printing Properties Read More
Is Mission contemplating another purchase? The former Neff Printing property at Martwary & Metcalf vacant for the last several years is on the market for $695,000 but there may be a problem? (Clck on images to enlarge)
The Neff property is next to and behind Panera Bread and directly across the street from the proposed Culver Restaurant. If Mission does want the vacant Neff building, why and what has to happen before it can be put to use.
The “fire diamond” indicates that at one time there was some pretty scary stuff inside.
Wednesday evening at Mission Theatre on Johnson Drive, the City of Mission, Kansas Community Development committee, Planning Commission, downtown Visioning Committee, the City Council, staff, maybe a half dozen Mission citizens and several other interested parties came together for City Administrator Michael Scanlon’s lecture regarding the Downtown Visioning Committee’s final report.
There were 17 members of the above commission, committees and council members seated in a horseshoe configuration. At least 2 members and the mayor were seated elsewhere, apparently not enough room at the table.
Redevelopment Plan (according to web site) “Information provided prior to meeting”
More discussions, more committees, more public lectures and it would appear no real plans. Someone up front mention their finance background and then comment that they were concerned about using Tax Increment Financing (TIF) because it presented a risk to the city. REALLY?
Unless the City is stupid enough to guarantee the TIF obligations, they may not be accepting any risk. And then there is the new and improved Johnson Drive Project which according to one Councilman, if the ¼¢ sales tax that’s going to the voters next month doesn’t pass, Johnson Drive Project can not be accomplished.
Alliance Defense Fund (ADF) Senior Legal Counsel, Erik Stanley
Thanks for your call about whether we ever amended our complaint to add in residents and businesses of Mission. We did amend our complaint to add in a claim that the driveway tax was an unlawful excise tax and thus was void in its entirety. The outcome of that claim would have been that the entire driveway tax would have been stricken. But we never added in any additional plaintiffs to the case – the plaintiffs remained only the two churches in Mission.
The case is in the process of settlement right now by exempting churches so we are dropping our second claim regarding the excise tax in the settlement.
MISSION, Kan.— As part of a settlement of an Alliance Defense Fund lawsuit, the city of Mission voted Wednesday to exempt from its “driveway tax” churches and other entities who are exempt from property taxes under state law. ADF attorneys filed suit against the city on behalf of two churches in December of last year arguing that the city’s Transportation Utility Fee was, in reality, a tax from which churches should have been exempt. The suit sought a judicial determination that churches are exempt from the tax.
The odd tax, similar to ones struck down by supreme courts in two other states, bills property owners based on the number of trips in and out of their driveways. Because the city of Mission labeled the driveway tax a “fee,” it charged churches and other non-profit organizations ordinarily exempt from property taxes under state law. Read More
BREAKING ~ ADF Amends “Driveway Tax” Lawsuit By the Shawnee Mission Times February 11th, 2011
The Shawnee Mission Times has learned that the Alliance Defense Fund (ADF), the legal firm representing the Catholic and Baptist Church in Mission regarding the “Driveway Tax” lawsuit, has amended their lawsuit to also include all property owners in Mission affected by the Transportation Utility Fee (TUF).
Last year, the “Tax” was passed by the city council, despite protests from city businesses and residents. Fees generated by this TUF on property owners will be used to pay for street and road repair. The TUF was supported by Mayor Laura McConwell and was proposed by Mission City Administrator Mike Scanlon.
On Wednesday the Times interviewed ADF Senior Legal Counsel, Erik Stanley, and learned that ADF will submit their amendment to the court by February 11th. The city of Mission has already been notified of their intent.
Stanley indicated that the reason for the amendment is that it is ADF’s belief that the TUF is actually an excise tax and therefore illegal. The amended action does not affect the current claim regarding the TUF as it is implied to the churches’ in Mission.
This is bad news to the city of Mission as the amended complaint is sure to spurn interests from outside groups to support the lawsuit with an Amicus, or Friend of the Court, brief. An Amicus brief allows other affected parties to become part of the lawsuit, which could include all property owners in Mission.
Question of the day is: Where does the "amended" lawsuit stand?
________________________Worth Repeating: From October 5h, 2010 ____________________
Mission did not adequately think this “driveway tax” through when trying to cover budget expenditures. Since it is actually a fee and not a tax, residents cannot deduct it from state or federal income taxes. The real cost is much larger than advertised.
While businesses can deduct the fee as a cost of doing business, individuals can’t. Also, using the fee to replace some of the lowered property tax may result in some residents paying income taxes they would not have paid in the past.
Based on Mission’s philosophy for streets, the city should change all of the various funding items to user fees. For instance, that would mean complete support of the new walking trail by the users, or charging for the storm drainage system on the amount of runoff each site generates.
If the street program is a capital improvement program that envisions complete reconstruction of a street, it should be financed by a bond issue. Otherwise, it should be paid for as ongoing maintenance in the general budget. This fee appears to circumvent the voters in a bond issue to avoid raising the budget for maintenance.
As part of the next phase of KCP&L’s LED Streetlight Pilot project, around 250 additional LED Streetlights will be installed throughout the city over the next six months. The installations will be done at no cost to the city. Prairie Village is one of the pilot sites for the program, which replaced several traditional high-pressure sodium streetlights with new LED models that are brighter and more energy efficient throughout the Kansas City area.
In response to a KORA filed via email requesting a copy of the tape from last night that is usually recorded at council meetings, Mission’s City Clerk Martha Sumrall responded by email:
In response to your request, there really isn't anything on the tape from last night's meeting. The meeting began at 7:00 p.m. with everyone present. Roll was called and the Pledge of Allegiance was recited.
Councilmember Shepard moved " to adjourn to Executive Session to discuss current litigation involving the City of Mission. Attending the meeting will be City Administrator Mike Scanlon, City Attorney David Martin and City Land use Attorney Pete Heaven. Council will reconvene in Council Chambers at 7:18 p.m." Councilmember Kring seconded the motion and all voted AYE.
Council went into Executive Session at 7:03 p.m. and returned at 7:18 p.m. Councimember Andre moved to extend the Executive Session for an additional 10 minutes with the same people attending. This was seconded by Councilmember Shepard. Council again adjourned to Executive Session at 7:18 p.m. and reconvened at 7:28 p.m.
Councilmember Andre moved "to adopt an ordinance amending Chapter 145 of the Code of Ordinances of the City of Mission, Kansas, by adding a Section 145.071 relating to exemptions from the Transportation Utility Fee." The motion was seconded by Councilmember Vandenberg. All voted AYE.
Councilmember Kring stated that she would have liked to have additional time to consider this ordinance and its ramifications prior to the meeting. There were no other comments or discussion.
Councilmember Vandenberg moved to adjourn at 7:33 p.m. This was seconded by Councilmember Shepard. Council adjourned.
I hope this answers your questions about last night's meeting.
Sumarll's narrative apparently shows the City of Mission's Council was in compliance with Kansas State statutes regarding open meetings. .
Has the city of Mission Kansas violated the “Kansas Open Meeting Act”?
Tonight in a special City Council meeting which went into executive session; sources say the Mission City Council amended the “Transportation Utility Fee” (Driveway Tax) ordinance by exempting churches. According to sources the attorneys for the plaintive have agreed to drop the entire law suit which included all other property owners.
An hour after the executive session information is still sketchy; when Mayor Laura McConwell was asked how long this had been in the works, she would not respond other then saying she could not talk about it. The Mayor further stated that there will be a statement from the City of Mission Kansas offered in a day or two.
After being published the new revised ordinance should go into effect after approximately two weeks.
The Johnson County Charter Commission on Tuesday night got an earful from residents blasting proposed changes to the county charter.
Speaker after speaker at the public hearing at the Sylvester Powell Community Center lambasted a list of proposals that include adding county commissioners, returning to partisan elections and allowing voters to repeal sales taxes.
>snip< Yvonne Starks of Olathe supported partisan elections, however.“The people who vote for these people should know what they believe in,” she said.
She also said the charter commission members have studied the county’s functioning and that other proposals might be beneficial.
The crowd cried, “No, no, no.”Click here to read more
Earlier in the year my office did some research to determine the amount of vacant, for lease or for sale space along Johnson Drive. This study focused on the area between Metcalf and Nall and one block to the north and south of Johnson Drive. It was determined that there was approximately One Hundred Fifty Thousand square feet (150,000 sq. ft.) of space that is vacant and/or for sale or lease in this area. Having lived in the metro area since 1976 it is my belief that this amount of vacant space has never existed in Mission, at any time in the past. While there is new retail development going on and some businesses moving into the area, the broad range of vacant space remains a troubling situation.
I continue to get questions from prospective tenants and buyers about the "Driveway Tax" and how it will impact their businesses. Fortunately, the impact is comparatively minor for many business types but people still remember the Kansas City Star newspaper article that implied that each business would be getting an annual $3500 driveway tax bill. If City Hall would have taken the time to prepare a press release with accurate examples of how the Transportation Utility Fee (a/k/a Driveway Tax) was going to impact various existing business owners the story would have never "taken off" the way it did.
In my opinion if downtown Mission dries up and blows away, it will negatively impact everyone that has anything to do with the city.....whether they are home owners, business owners, and commercial property owners or if they simply enjoy visiting and shopping at small, locally owned stores. It is unbelievable that more people aren't pressing the City for assistance in stimulating activity in the downtown area so that the remaining local merchants don't close their doors. Economic times are "tough" but other metro area communities pull together to stimulate activity for their area merchants through the creation of fun events that attract people to the area. For example, take a look at what Waldo does http://www.waldokc.org/ on the Missouri side and what Overland Park is doing http://downtownop.org/
Some years ago the Arts & Eats Festival was moved from Johnson Drive to the parking lot around the Sylvester Powell Community Center. Now the event does little that I can see which actually benefits downtown business owners. When the event was held on Johnson Drive I had business owners tell me that they experienced some of their "best ever" days in terms of retail sales....no more. This year I was told that the event seemed to draw more big businesses renting booth space (I believe it is $175 or $200) and fewer small businesses and artists. Perhaps the City feels that the event is easier to run in the community center parking lot or maybe they view it as a way to boost membership, at what I understand is a community center operating in the RED but, in my opinion the event is being held in the wrong location.
Early next year four (4) City Council Seats come up for election. The last time around these 4 individuals ran unopposed and got elected with as few as: 43; 51; 64; and 116 votes. This level of voter turn should be an embarrassment to the residents of these Wards. I'm not saying that all these council members should be voted out since I haven't personally looked at their individual voting records. However, there should be more public discussion of the issues with area voters. If some opposition candidates would step forward, register to run and start making their voices heard on the important issues, I think they would help the public become better informed and to be elected a candidate would actually have to take a stand on the issues.
My understanding is that two candidates have already registered to run against incumbents. If you know these people and put me in contact with them, I'm thinking that I might like to allow them to voice their opinions on a few local issues in the 4th Quarter Edition of my company's Newsletter. Perhaps I could even figure out how to organize a public debate between the candidates.
Special Presentations: Proclamation Honoring Zane Fulkerson, Ruston Elementary School Reading Champion - Mission Marlins Swim Team Presentation of Trophies & Eagle Scout Presentation, Chacko Finn & Tom Coffman is Senior Vice President with Deffenbaugh Industries attended for the renewal of the solid waste contract.
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Tonight’s City Council meeting by a 5 to 2 vote (John Weber) was not present, voted to allow “Revisions to Restaurant Hours of Operation Ordinance”, meaning, they can now stay open 24/7 which includes drive through. Councilwoman Connie Footlick & Debbie Kring both of the 3rd ward voted no. According to Kring, her ward is north of Johnson Drive and has received many noise complaints from residents behind the late operating restaurants. Council Persons Sue Grosdidier, Lawrence Andre, Will Vandenberg, Suzanne "Suzie" Gibbs & David Shepard voted to allow unlimited operation of restaurants. The rational seemed to be, to get in line with surrounding cities.
September 16th 2011
Gardner Begins Administrator Search Anew - Final Candidates Withdraw
Mayor David Drovetta issued the following statement regarding the City of Gardner's search for a new City Administrator:
From the Office of the Mayor.
I have decided to place the City Administrator search on hold. I will recommend to the Council that we enlist the services of Michael Press, former Johnson County Manager, to serve as our Interim City Administrator, to assist us with our workload and to provide us with much needed guidance.
I have made this decision since the two top candidates for the position have withdrawn their applications due to the actions of a Councilmember and delays in decisions.
>snip< Based on the process agreed to by the City Council, candidates for the position were told that their interest would be held in confidence and they would be informed well in advance of making their names public. This assurance of confidentiality was broken, forcing the candidates to notify their organizations and governing bodies sooner than necessary and without adequate time to prepare.
This breach came to light when a candidate was contacted by an individual who writes about that community on a website. The individual referred to information that was only discussed in executive session. This violation of confidentiality by the Councilmember not only negatively impacted the reputation of our community but also placed us at risk for civil action. Later a Councilmember began to run their own background check of a candidate without notifying the candidate, city staff, or the Governing Body. This action was unethical, unprofessional and again placed our community at risk.Read More
September 14th 2011
Changes to Johnson County Charter are debated
By JOE LAMBE
The Kansas City Star
The Johnson County Charter Commission on Monday debated proposed changes to the county charter, including adding two county commissioners, returning to partisan elections and letting voters repeal sales taxes and remove city managers.
The commission wants to hear the public’s thoughts on possible changes at a meeting Sept. 27.(Sylvester Powell Jr. Community Center, Mission Kansas at 7:00PM).
The commission, which convenes every 10 years, will make recommendations for the 2012 election. It also could recommend changes in county and state government.
>snip< He also proposed allowing voter initiatives to recall elected and appointed officials, including managers, in the county as well as any city, commission, board, district or agency
>snip< also suggested letting voters in the county or any city within it vote every two years on whether to retain any local-option sales taxes. Another of his suggestions would allow voter initiatives to roll back any real estate property tax imposed by the county or any other entity that collects taxes through the county’s tax bill. Click here to read the entire story.
September 8th 2011
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--------------------------"MISSION, Kansas - The City of Mission is exploring ways to save on property taxes, but some residents say they are fearful, based on past experiences. Some contacted NBC Action News worried that Mission might pass on additional consumption fees like the so-called Driveway Tax" Click Here to Read (much) more & watch KSHB TV video.
September 2nd 2011
City of Mission Mail Ballot Election – December 6, 2011
Shall the following be adopted?
Shall the City of Mission, Kansas be authorized to impose a one-quarter percent (0.25%) citywide retailers’ special purpose sales tax, the collection of which to commence on April 1, 2012 or as soon thereafter as permitted by law and shall terminate ten years after its commencement, the proceeds of which shall be used to finance the costs of transportation improvements, including the construction and reconstruction of streets, bridges, sidewalks, curbs, gutters, trails, transit facilities, bicycle lanes, street lighting, traffic signalization, signage and landscape along rights-of-way and related improvements (the “Project”)?
Nov. 14 - Last day to apply for advance ballot, KSA 25-435
Nov. 15 - Last day to register, KSA 25-2311
Dec. 2 - Last day to mail replacement ballots, KSA 25-433(d)
Dec. 6 - Ballots due by 12:00 Noon
Dec. 12 - Final Canvass
Jan. 3, 2012 - Committee report deadline for any committee formed for or against the question, KSA 25-901
Spring Primary - February 28, 2012, Spring General - April 3, 2012
August 31st 2011
Councilman Fotovich frustrated by search progress
Larry Fotovitch Gardner city councilman
One of my earliest duties as a newly elected council member
was to list the qualities I valued in our next
city administrator, so our
recruiter could begin his search.
I provided my input, but based on the selection process I’ve
observed so far, if the best man wins, it will be by sheer luck.
Even on that first night, as we were advised by our
recruiter that we should consider raising our salary range, I knew something
was up.Fortunately, one council member
asked our human resource manager to provide a salary comparison of
similar-sized cities, and at a later meeting, we all agreed that the salary the
city of Gardner was offering was competitive.
In June, however, the question came up again.This time, Mayor Drovetta sent each council member an e-mail asking us if we would be willing to increase
our salary range for a “very experienced” candidate who would consider a
lateral move for an “opportunity for growth in Gardner.”
I declined to answer, but I learned that only one other
council member did not approve his request.
Read the:Rest of the story
August 29th 2011
---- FYI - Pool Task Force will have their next meeting on September 15th at 6:30 p.m. at the Community Center. The Task Force will be meeting the third Thursday of each month through March.
The Mayor has reconfigured the committee and JoElla Hoye (Chair of the soon to be concluded DVC) has agreed to serve as chair for this committee
Other Mission Business
With the passage of the ¼ cent Sales Tax Resolution
for streets the City will need to provide information to the voters on the use
of that money over the next 10 years. It’s important to note that the City
can’t campaign for the Sales Tax but we can provide information.
August 29 - Budget Seminar Wrap-Up - 7:00 p.m. - Community
Center - CANCELLED
August 30 - Budget Seminar Wrap-Up - 7:00 p.m. - Community
Center - CANCELLED
August 31 - Council Worksession - 7:00 p.m. - City Hall
September 7 - Community Development Committee Meeting - 6:30
p.m. - City Hall
September 14 - Finance & Administration Committee Meeting -
6:30 p.m. - City Hall
September 21 - City Council Meeting - 7:00 p.m. - City Hall
October 5 - Community Development Committee Meeting - 6:30
p.m. - City Hall
October 12 - Finance & Administration Committee Meeting - 6:30
p.m. - City Hall
October 19 - City Council Meeting - 7:00 p.m. - City Hall
August 26th 2011
Wellington New Zealand Council staffer on climate trip to Kansas
Wellington City Council Infrastructure Planning Engineer Nicci Wood has been selected to represent New Zealand on anexchange fellowship to the United States on climate change and community sustainability.
The fellowship involves a four-week exchange, starting in September, to the city of Mission - within the metropolitan area of Kansas City. It is run through the New Zealand Society of Local Government Managers (SOLGM) and the International City/County Management Association (ICMA) - the society's sister organisation in the US. Read More+ Miss Wood's Bio
When asked for a comment, Mike Scanlon Mission’s City Administrator replyed: “What a wonderful opportunity for us. To think we are worthy or warrant such consideration -- right here in little old Mission, KS.” MScanlon
August 22nd 2011
2011 City of Mission
Cost $15,000.00 - 187 Pages
41% of those that responed are renters -
2% don’t know how long they have lived-in Mission -
25% unemployed & the city knows where the respondents live.
My Favorite Question is: Q25C – I prefer to live in a city that has a vibrant down town (Really?)
City Administrator, Mike Scanlon, may be looking for greener pastures after nearly 8 years at the helm in Mission. Scanlon, the city administrator of Mission and the former city administrator of Merriam is rumored to be in the running for the city administrator’s job in Gardner, Kansas. Scanlon is known across the U.S. as the visionary behind the so-called “Driveway Tax.”
The Times contacted Scanlon about the rumor that he has applied for the top job in Gardner, but Scanlon would not return the email inquiry.
Prior to last night’s Mission Kansas city council meeting, Mike Scanlon City Administrator was asked if it were true that he was in the top three candidates for the Gardner Kansas City Administrator position. Scanlon said that he didn’t know if he was in the top three but did acknowledge he was in fact applying for the position.
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By Mike Galvin, Mission Resident
The "Sustainability Commission" is a farce, and a waste of city funds, since the whole "Sustainable Community" mantra is a proclamation under false pretenses. It is bureaucracy created to oversee something that doesn't exist... The fear mongering of this hoax, for profit and loss of property rights, is all predicated on the declaration of anthropogenic global warming....anthropogenic meaning human activity induced. And the global warming alarmists have been proven to be wrong. Falsified data records have been exposed. Even the hypocrite Al Gore has been admitting defeat lately:
Most of all, common sense and experience tells us that we are just guests on this planet.....the only one in control is God. How pompous it is to think that humans have a say in how planet Earth operates? Do people honestly think that money (carbon taxes) can tame the planet? Come on man! Last time I looked, volcanoes, tornadoes, earthquakes, tsunamis, and asteroids don't come with an on/off switch or deposit box. We're along for the ride......
Global warming, or, since that doesn't work anymore, Climate Change, is a scam...a deception. And we're part of it, whether we like it or not. Our city's future has been planned around it. It's all over the city's website....and all over the city: All the diet road projects (lane reduction), the landing strip sidewalks, the manufactured swamps, the big ugly unnatural tree signs.....the entire P3 People Planet Prosperity dog and pony show is misguided, and has no scientific basis. It is corruption at its finest. Don't believe me? Do the research. Like any form of corruption, to find the source, follow the money. Where does the Sustainable Community movement come from? The United Nations, specifically it's Agenda 21. We are all content to let a global group from afar govern our lives? There is not one leader in the UN that was elected by the people.....not one. And we are to follow their direction? Come on man! This is the same UN that is murdering scores of innocent civilians in Libya, and around the world, under the pretense of "peacekeeping".
Here's another good one: they don't have enough money for road maintenance, since they spent it on unnecessary "Sustainable Community" stuff, so they install a cockamamie disguised property tax, and then proudly proclaim (big yellow dictator signs) that they're really doing something? MINUTES OF THE SUSTAINABILITY COMMISSION JULY 28, 2011
What do you all think? I'd really like to know.
August 10th 2011
Area cities’ austerity measures ‘run the gamut’
By MATT PEARCE
The Kansas City Star
(Please Note; no mention of the City of Mission Kansas)
Roeland Park employees carpool more now.
For conferences, they’ll also split hotel rooms with staff from other cities. Soon, the city could be sharing garbage services and specialized equipment with its neighbors — anything to save a buck in a city that didn’t have money to trim trees in 2011.
“You’re trying to stretch dollars, bottom line,” Roeland Park City Administrator Aaron Otto said.
And Roeland Park is hardly alone. While Johnson County’s cities remain among the most prosperous in the region, a grueling economic slowdown — now entering its fourth year — has introduced a new era of austerity for some local decision-makers, leading to tax hikes, slashed services and some unusual cost-cutting measures.Read More
August 9th 2011
By Dave Conradt
City of Mission Kansas will have their public hearing on the 2012 budget this
week on Wednesday at at City Hall. I don't think
they have put out a detailed budget, yet. They have been talking at recent
meetings about having to limit General Fund spending to $9.5 million for 2012. However, it appears that the budget they will
send to the County for property taxes will be $10.3 million. That will act as a
cap on the budget. They will probably pass a budget resolution perhaps at the same
meeting telling staff to find things they can cut. The actual final budget is
probably a couple of months away. However, the meeting on Wednesday may be the
only time the public can comment.
Additionally, there is work going on to put two quarter cent sales taxes on the ballot for later this year. The first is for transportation funding. City staff has been authorized to draft language for the transportation increase. As part of that Mike Scanlon suggested at a City Council work session on 7/27, that they add rebating $300,000 of TUF if the sales tax passes. He now thinks that the City only needs $1.25 million a year now for roads, instead of the original $1.5 million that was calculated for the TUF. The City Council was agitated by this discussion. They need to have the wording for the ballot done by September 7th. You may remember that citizens told them at meetings last they could have a sales tax or the TUF, but not both. They would appear to ignoring that.
Also, at the budget meeting on Tuesday they indicated that TUF can pay for the Nall project... I don't know how that squares with the rebate above. I don't recall Nall being on the TUF repair schedule, but I haven't looked.
The City Council discussed closing the outdoor pool in an effort to balance the budget. In response last month, the Mayor assembled a task force to study the pool. They are working quickly to come up with a recommendation by the same September 7th deadline. The recommendation will probably ask for a quarter cent sales tax to build a new pool and provide for community center maintenance.
July 20th 2011
More cities feel pressed to adopt property tax hikes
By Loren Stanton
Johnson County Sun Newspapers
Johnson County cities largely have balanced budgets during the recession by cutting costs rather than raising taxes, but that likely will change for three communities next year.
Overland Park, Lenexa and Prairie Village all are considering property tax hikes to support their 2012 budgets.
The moves are being made in part to keep from getting farther behind on street maintenance projects and to avoid personnel losses. The slight boost of six-tenths of a mill in Prairie Village is for hiring two police officers. Most cities around the county have been making cuts in projects, services and staff for the last several years in order survive revenue shortfalls. With retail activity slowed, sales tax revenues are lagging, and with property valuations declining so are property tax collections.
Cities will be holding public hearings and casting final votes on their spending plans over the next several weeks, but only minor adjustments usually are made in these final stages of budget development. Following are 2012 budget highlights from the county’s six largest cities.
OVERLAND PARK The City Council voted unanimously last week to move forward with a budget containing a 4.1-mill increase in the property tax rate. During the recession, the city has avoided tax increases by making significant cutbacks in personnel and by deferring maintenance on streets. But council members are choosing higher taxes over even greater austerity out of concern that further cuts could be detrimental to quality of life and long-term interests of the city.
Congratulations to the citizens of Wisconsin and welcome to the 21st century.
Beginning in November they too may legally carry concealed weapons, leaving only the state of Illinois that does not allow any kind of private CCW. Having said that, it doesn’t mean it’s easy to get your license in every other state, it’s not necessarily so.
2012 Budget Seminars scheduled for June 20th & June 21stat the Sylvester Powell, Jr. Community Center 6200 Martway7:00 - 8:00 p.m
Our Annual Budget is a process that starts in March with an update to our Five-Year Financial Forecast. The forecast helps create the framework for future budget decisions by trying to estimate our financial condition over the next five years. The forecast is produced for our General Fund only. The General Fund is where we pay for all of our operating costs, including Parks & Recreation, Police, and Public Works. Debt Service and Infrastructure costs come from other funds.
2011 Five-Year Financial Forecast Assumptions
Revenues: There will be no growth in revenues for the next five years, and in the base year (2012) we’ve reduced our starting revenue collections by an additional 5% to account for the continued decline in property values and sales tax collections. There has been no change in base rates or fee charges during the entire forecast period.
Expenditures: We have capped annual growth in all expense categories at 2% with the exception of Capital Outlay, which we expect to grow at a higher rate (7.5%). We did this to account for the liabilities we’ve created by not replacing our fleet and equipment in the last two years, which will in turn force a higher cost in the future. We will need to continue contributions to our debt service and capital improvement funds to meet our debt and capital improvement objectives.
Forecast Results: Without improvement in revenue collections, the City needs to identify at least $650,000 in annual savings starting in 2012 in order to balance our General Fund budget over the next five years. State Law requires a balanced budget, so we cannot kick the can (problem) down the road.
2008 -- 2010 Actuals and Budget 2011
If you look at the City’s actual audited General Fund expenses since 2008, they have remained flat every year with the exception of 2011 where we cut them by about 3%. Understand that in those flat periods we have been internalizing any inflationary costs by either reducing expenses or passing increase health insurance costs on to our employees. We will need to decrease our budget even more in 2012 to meet the forecasted revenue numbers. Given that most of our budget is made up of people costs this is likely going to require a further reduction in the number of employees we have.
The City of Mission Kansas has requested the below information be posted on this website.
Mission will be holding Budget Seminars on June 20th and 21st from 7:00 - 8:00 p.m. at the Community Center. Would you please add this information to your website? The Mayor will be sending out a brief E-Mail newsletter about this and if anyone has any questions they may call City Hall.
June 9th 2011
The City of Mission Kansas has on their 2012 Budget Calendar two Community Dialogue meetings. They are set for June 20th and 21st.
The city council talked about getting the word out about the meetings at tonight's (06-08-2011) Finance and Administration meeting, but so far they have not done anything, not even on there web site. I am not quite sure what they will be talking about since they are still in the early stages of developing the budget. They said they would ask Bill Nichols to put the meetings on his web site. Bill was not there tonight so no video.Click here: For the rest of David Conradt's letter
May 17th 2011
Construction of Mission Gateway project is pushed back
By KEVIN COLLISON
The Kansas City Star
A groundbreaking for the long-awaited Mission Gateway project has been pushed back even further, until at least September, the developer said Monday.
Tom Valenti of Cameron Group, based in Syracuse, N.Y., said that although he was still encouraged by the response he’d received from prospective tenants, the goal he expressed last December of starting construction next month wouldn’t materialize.Read More::
May 4th 2011
The Spirit of Mission Days 60th Anniversary promises to be a blast! Click here to visit the MCVB's official 60th Anniversary webpage!
Friday, May 6th: Saturday, May 7th: Evans Midland Empire Carnival Thursday, May 12 through Sunday, May 15thHU? What happened to May 6th & 7th? Welcome to Mission!
The results of the below survey appear to indicate a close to 50/50 split in opinions by those that chose to participate. Only question #1 can be construed as a positive response, questions #2, 3 & 4 ranges from slightly negative to unacceptable fiscal behavior. The Mayor: 58.1%- 41.9% - The Council: 55.6%- 44.4%
- ----------------The mayor is doing a fine job. 58.1% - - - - - - - --These council members are doing a fine job. 55.6% - - - - - ---------The mayor could have gone slower. 9.7% ------- The council could have gone slower on spending. -------7.9% - - - --------- -- I will not vote for her next time. - - --9.7% -------- I will not vote for my council representative next time. -11.1% - - - --------- -- I will sign a recall petition - - - 22.5%--------- I will sign a recall petition for my council person. -------25.4% ------
April 26th 2011
Does Mission need yet another fast food restaurant?
Across the street (south west) of Johnny’s Hickory House BBQ will raise a Culver’s Restaurant in what was approved by the city to be “multi-tenant retail building”.
"Mission Crossing Project
The Mission Crossing developers have submitted revised site plans for review
showing the conversion of the northern most building along Metcalf from a multi-tenant
retail building to a Culver’s Restaurant. The proposed Culver’s building would be
approximately 4,200 square feet in size. Architectural changes to the remaining retail
building are also included in the proposal."
Things you might remember for later on: Additional traffic in and out? TIF! Another fast food restaurant being built now on Johnson Drive next to Taco Bell, west of McDonalds. TIF! As far as the city is concerned; who knew it would not be as planned and when did they find out?
April 18th 2011
The go-go economic development days of the early 2000s should have taught Kansas City-area officials a lesson: Be very wary of backing private projects with public cash, especially if the public liability has no limits. Read more from the KC Star
Kansas Personal and Family Protection Act: Concealed Carry Handgun License Applications – Updated 4/1/2011
By YAEL T. ABOUHALKAH
The Kansas City Star
Posted on Wed, Apr. 13, 2011 10:15 PM
>snip< This is the kind of sprawl that (sorry, suburbanites) costs taxpayers a boatload of money as they build new schools, roads, sewers and water lines and provide lots of services such as public safety. And don’t forget the public money it costs to maintain all those streets, schools, sewers, etc., in the future.
>snip< The 10 cities that added the most people were Olathe (32,910), Overland Park (24,292), Lee’s Summit (20,664), Kansas City, Mo. (18,242), Shawnee (14,213), Gardner (9,727), Raymore (8,060), Lenexa (7,952), Blue Springs (4,495) and Leawood (4,211).
•The eight cities with the biggest losses were Kansas City, Kan., (down 1,080 residents), Gladstone (down 955), Raytown (down 862), Prairie Village (down 625), North Kansas City (down 506), Grandview (down 406), Mission (down 404) and Pleasant Valley (down 360).Read More
April 7th 2011
Bunny Eggstravaganza Saturday, April 23 - 10:00am to Noon
(Formerly Known as Easter Egg Hunt)
Bring the family for the annual Bunny Eggstravaganza! This exciting holiday event features a traditional egg hunt, clowns, balloon artists and a visit from two very special bunnies! Bring your camera and a pail to hold all of your candy and prizes.
EGG HUNT TIMES- 8 Months - 3 Years 10:30am - 4-6 Years 10:50am - 7-9 Years 11:10am - 10 & Older 11:30am
ACTIVITIES & SPECIAL VISITORS- Mission Police Department - Car & Motorcycle - A Fire Engine from Johnson - County Fire District #2 - Up, Up & Away Balloons
(This message brought to in an attempt to be ‘politically correct’; further, but not mentioned, we believe the Easter Egg Hunt will be in Anderson Park just west of Mission's city hall on 61st Street)
April 4th 2011
Welcome to Nall Avenue
67th & Nall Avenue, North Bound--------------------------------------------------- 63rd & Nall Avenue, South Bound
March 31st 2011
Mission’s Driveway Tax Fodder for RoelandPark Race Millett said that the primary issues facing the city are keeping taxes in check and protecting residential property values. “We need to look at the budget closely and avoid a tax increase at all cost,” he said. Millett favors monitoring expenses and keeping spending in check to avoid a tax increase. Millett said that the City Council should put more emphasis on attracting new businesses to Roeland Park to increase sales and property tax income. “Mission’s driveway tax could drive a lot of businesses away and Roeland Park should take advantage of that,” he said.(Thanks Currie)
March 29th 2011
MISSION POLICE March 17-23, 2011
Offenses and arrests at selected locations during the past week:
1. One Disorderly Conduct reported at Quik-Trip.
2. One Aggravated Indecent Liberties with a Minor reported at Lamar Place Apartments.
3. One Domestic Battery and one Theft reported at The Falls Apartments.
4. One Hit & Run Accident reported at Target.
● Mission Officers issued 235 traffic citations.
Parking Citations - 10
DUI Arrests - 20
Total Arrests – 45
PATROL AND TRAFFIC
Police arrested 17 people at a DUI checkpoint in Mission early Saturday morning, March 18th.
Officers checked a total of 275 cars, and the arrests included 17 for DUI, and one for disorderly conduct. Two of those arrested were also charged with possession of drugs. A total of 52 officers participated in the operation.
Officers from Mission, Merriam, Prairie Village, Westwood, Paola, Olathe, Spring Hill and Wellsville Police Departments participated, as well as deputies from Johnson County Sheriff’s Office and Kansas Highway Patrol assisted in the operation.
Filing for the 3rd Ward council seat was Jennifer Cowdry; her objection to the current Council Woman is uncontrolled spending and calling the Driveway tax a fee.
March 4th 2011
Nall Avenue Improvements (From Mission’s website)
The City of Mission has awarded a construction contract to Miles Excavating Inc. for completion of the Nall Avenue Rehabilitation Project (67th Street to Martway Street). Construction will be underway soon. All streets will be open to local traffic only during the majority of construction work.
Clickhere for information on Preliminary Construction Schedule and history of the deconstruction of Nall AvenueMissionKansas.
The Nall Avenue Rehabilitation Project was originally a Johnson County CARS project slated for 2011. Because the City of Shawnee has had to suspend CARS projects due to budget constraints, Mission was awarded CARS funds to move forward with the Nall project in 2010. The project’s main goal includes replacement of curbs and pavement, which are in poor condition. The City’s street condition inventory of 2008 found segments of Nall Avenue to be among the worst road segments in Mission GIVE ME A BREAK!
The improvement concept provides a Nall Avenue Trail of one-mile in length. This trail will connect with the Rock Creek Trail in Mission and allow for safer bicycle and pedestrian crossing of Shawnee Mission Parkway. Want to tell me how that’s going to work? Elevated bike path over Shawnee Mission Parkway? Tunnel? Or, the seldom used “improvement” users will be beamed up from one side of the parkway and deposited on the other by the orbiting space ship that apparently beamed most of the city’s conspirators to earth? Click here to view a short video of Nall Avenue. My God, what a waste of money and resources!
You went and did it. Tore it down to put up a bus stop! So far, it's cost us $88,000.00 that we know of.
Independence pays $3.5 million for debt-service payment for Bass Pro retail site
By BRIAN BURNES – The Kansas City Star
Tax revenues generated by a development anchored by a Bass Pro Shops store have lagged expectations so severely that Independence now must make a huge debt-service payment.
City leaders voted Tuesday to cover the $3.5 million payment on bonds sold to finance the development.
The city has asked the development group, Crackerneck Creek LLC, to reimburse it for the amount.
The developers, in a letter delivered this week, said they were unable to do that.
The above story brings to mind the Charles Dickens tale of Scrooge and his ghost of Christmas future; substitute Mission Kansas for Independence Missouri and project it a few years down the road. Read More
Mixed-use project takes shape at former yearbook plant in Mission
By KEVIN COLLISON - The Kansas City Star
A developer is seeking a permit to demolish the former Herff Jones yearbook plant at 61st Street and Metcalf Avenue, the first step toward redeveloping the property as a mixed-use project.
Mission officials said Monday that Lane4 Property Group applied for the demolition permit late last week. The developer has filed a redevelopment plan with the city that calls for building three retail structures on the site and a four-story senior living residence.Read More: From the KC Star - Also Read: KCRag Forum
February 17th 2011
Regarding the second story below dated yesterday.
Just a couple of points. While the debt is now $31.2 million that is not the same thing as being in the hole by that amount. The money was used to invest in infrastructure. There are additional assets on the City's books that have a value greater than the debt. I have not heard anyone debate that they have repaired and I guess fixed the Stormwater system. If that is so, they do get some credit (no pun intended) for that. Dave Conradt
February 16th 2011 - From the Kansas City Star
If we build it, will they ride?
STEVE ROSE COMMENTARY
There’s no getting around it. The numbers are dismal.
Out of more than a half-million residents in Johnson County, only about 725 take the bus daily — when you subtract the one-fourth of our riders who fill the buses to Lawrence from Overland Park, as well as those who travel on the “special needs” buses.Read More
The City of Mission Kansas paid $85,000 to have this building just vacated by Capital Federal destroyed in order to erect a bus stop which will then be given to Johnson County Kansas. (Incredible)
February 16th 2011
Mayor Laura McConwell has served as the City of Mission's Mayor since March 2002
NEW YORK, Jun 10, 2002 -- Moody's Investors Service has assigned an A2 rating to the City of Mission, Kansas' $3,800,000 General Obligation Sales Tax Bonds, Series 2002-A and $1,935,000 General Obligation Refunding Bonds, Series 2002-B. At this time, Moody's has also assigned an A2 rating to the city's $760,000 in outstanding parity debt
NEW YORK, Feb 15, 2011 -- Moody's Investors Service has assigned a Aa3 rating to the City of Mission's (KS) $4.4 million General Obligation Bonds, Series 2011A. Concurrently, Moody's has affirmed the Aa3 rating on the city's $31.2 million of outstanding general obligation debt.
Moody’s (From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia)
Aaa: Moody judges obligations rated Aaa to be the highest quality, with the "smallest degree of risk".
Aa (Aa1, Aa2, Aa3): Moody judges obligations rated Aa to be high quality, with "very low credit risk", but "their susceptibility to long-term risks appears somewhat greater". (AA+, AA and AA- in S&P)
Many of you may have heard the announcement in the news
this week about the Aquarium project planned for Crown
Center. The media covered the story on Wednesday,
detailing plans for a $15 million project set to open in 2012.
The immediate question for those of us in Mission is,
“what impact does this have on The Gateway project?”
Taking Liberties: Taxing Church Attendance? By Douglas Kennedy
Published February 10, 2011
Erik Stanley walked up Woodson Road in Mission, Kansas, surveying the church parking lot at St. Pius X Catholic Church. He said the government can tax your life and can tax your death, but they’re not supposed to tax your church. Link to: Read More
Kansas City will get an aquarium in 2012.
The much discussed, but never acted upon aquarium will be located in much of the building that now houses the Halls department store.
Crown Center and a British based company, Merlin Entertainments will operate a $15 million dollar aquarium under the SEA LIFE aquarium brand. A news release says,”The deal is signed and unconditional, and will not receive any tax incentives.”
“We are exited to bring this great attraction to our city”, said Bill Lucas of Crown Center.
Crown Center says moving the Hall department store will be relatively easy because most a department store’s space is a big box.
SEA LIFE plans to develop an aquarium exhibit featuring aquatic life from the Missouri River, floating to the Mississippi River, to the Gulf and then the Atlantic.
SEA LIFE claims to be the world’s biggest aquarium brand with 30 facilities attracting 8 .million visitor a year. The Kansas City aquarium will present a 2-3 hour aquatic tour. There has been talk of developing an aquarium for Kansas City for decades. Past potential locations included the river front, Union Station and lately, the demolished site of the old Mission Mall. SEA LIFE says Kansas City had several elements in its favor.
One was the lack of any regional competition for an aquarium for at least 200 miles.
The company also like the financial power of Crown Center. A third factor they says the attractive demographics for a family- themed attraction.
February 9th 2011Part II
Mayor Laura McConwell first
says yes and then no to Fox News
The law firm representing
theCatholic & Baptist churches against the
City of Mission(The Alliance Defense Fund (ADF) regarding ‘The Driveway Tax’
has amended the lawsuit to include businesses & residences.
According to reports, Fox
News National picked up the story & was ready to fly someone out from New York to interview
the Mayor. Apparently, she agreed and
then declined the interview.As we
understand it; Fox News plans on airing Mission’s story February 10, 2011.
It would seem; Fox News
interest lies with the issue of churches being taxed and not necessarily on the
amended information which includes the rest of the so called “Transportation Utility Fee”.
“The object in structuring a TUF,
therefore, is to make it as much like a user fee and as little like a tax as
possible. A TUF imposed by Fort Collins, Colorado, was upheld by
the supreme court of that state when it was determined to be a valid fee. The
Supreme Court of Idaho struck down Pocatello's TUF when it
was held to be a disguised tax”
Interesting! There does not appear to be a first amendment issue here but another question begs for an answer? Why does an extremely well paid City Administrator have to use his valuable time monitoring the social networks and the little town of Mission Kansas’s “official website"? (See below from working copy)Link to full: Document
3. City Councilmembers wishing to make
changes, update information, or enact other
modifications to the City’s official website or official web accounts must
request in writing to either the City Clerk or the Director of Parks and
City in Kansas pushes law believed to violate religious liberties
Kansas Liberty: 28 December 2010
The ordinance under consideration would add sexual identity to the city’s current ordinance as a protected category, and would also make Manhattan the first city in Kansas with a law opposing perceived discrimination against what the proposed ordinance refers to as “gender identity.” Mayor Bruce Snead said: “We’re pushing the envelope.” Read More: Link
Truth Emerging on Unencumbered K-12 Education Funds
By Paul Soutar on December 27, 2010
What could Kansas do with an extra $743 million? That’s a question legislators and the governor-elect want answered.
Kansas K-12 schools had $1.567 billion in unencumbered or carryover cash on July 1 and as much as $743 million of it could be made available for discretionary spending by school districts, according to state government research.
Those numbers, released in November, came as a surprise to legislators who were told in April, during final 2011 budget deliberations, that schools’ carryover balances would be $1.156 billion, $411 million lower than they actually were on July
Republican leaders in Topeka want to put some of the carryover money to use. Link to rest of the story.
2010 Tax Bills
2011 Budget &
Frequently Asked QuestionsFor the City of Mission Kansas
What is 952 MIC TRANUTLY on my Property Tax Bill? - What is 208 MIC STORMDRG - What is 260 MICSOLIDWAST on my Property Tax Bill? - What is the City Mill rate?Click Here: 2011 Budget in Brief
ADF filed a lawsuit against the City of Mission, Kansas, after the City instituted a “driveway tax” and applied it to churches and other non-profits. The “driveway tax” charges property owners within the City of Mission an amount that is calculated based on the number of trips in and out of their driveways. As bizarre as it sounds, churches are taxed for 5.8 trips per week per seat in their sanctuaries. The people of Mission, Kansas, therefore, are paying a tax every time they go to church.
The City of Mission calls this charge a “Transportation Utility Fee,” and the monies raised are ostensibly earmarked to repair the City’s streets. But this is not a “fee” at all. Rather, the charge is a property tax in disguise. And this new and unique property tax conflicts directly with the Kansas state law that exempts churches, non-profits and charities from property taxes. The City of Mission cannot institute a new property tax on churches and non-profits when the State has already declared these organizations exempt from property taxes. Read More
WHAT A WASTE AND A DAMNED, DAMNED SHAME!
Where does the shame lie? City of Mission? City of Overland Park? Johnson County? State of Kansas? Maybe but in the end it’s you and me, citizens of Mission for allowing our elected officials the luxury of no oversight by the electorate.
Next month the ‘old Capital Federal Building’ 5251 Johnson Drive is scheduled to be demolished in order to build a ‘bus stop” and then give it to Johnson County. The demolition is costing over 86,000 Mission dollars.
WASHINGTON — Cities’ revenues will plunge sharply as property taxes, in their first year of recession-impacted reassessments, get set to decline deeply in 2011. Local government fiscal shortfalls may total $83 billion, which the League of Cities estimates may force up to 500,000 staff reductions. Basic city services will shrink. Infrastructure projects will get cancelled or postponed.
These are hard times for America’s local governments. Economists may declare the Great Recession is “over,” but localities see a different picture. The federal stimulus monies that helped so many of them balance their budgets runs out December 31. So does Washington’s two-year old “Build America” bond program, which has made local infrastructure borrowing more affordable.
Plus, as yet another season of compounded budget cuts dawns, cities must also struggle with unrelenting increases in health care costs. Many also face a fearsome debt overhang of heavy pension obligations.
Finance and Administration Meeting Scheduled
For December 1st is now tomorrow November 30th
At Powell Community Center Mission Kansas Rooms A & B
This is a date & locations change from City Hall.
The Driveway Tax will be discussed. Thereshould
Be seating for all of us this time.
A Letter to Mission's City Adminstrator Mr. Scanlon
It has come to my attention that you have stated you received 5 or 6 calls from residents with complaints alleging the tactic of bullying by those who were handing out flyers for the cause of repealing your inappropriate driveway tax. I understand you made that statement to my friend Steve Schowengerdt. To qualify, did you say that? If so, I would like you to reveal the details of those said calls. Who are the residents who state that they were bullied? What did they say? Did they state that they were "bullied", or did you subjectively affix that label? Read The Rest
The protest; between two and three hundred yesterday (11-17-2010)
Mission City Council, DON'T SPEND THE 5.7 MILLION JUST BECAUSE YOU CAN!
Take 2 minutes and make the trip up Nall Ave. via→ video.
Nall Avenue a perfectly good four lane mostly divided street that the Mission Kansas City Council wants to shrink to three lanes, add a bike/ped. sidewalk that few, very few will use. 5.7 million dollars of city, county, state & federal funds.
This link is mostly a primer for the media.Click here
Any Idea Why The City of Mission Kansas is Doing This? Yes? Then Tell the Rest of Us!
Written by CW Schuman, Guest Columnist Wednesday, 10 November 2010
The Johnson County Sun
Some of the policies of the Johnson County Commission are antiquated.
The county collects the County Assistance Roads System (CARS) money and distributes it to the cities. The commission needs to have a Master Plan showing which roads are considered county thoroughfares, collector streets and residential streets. As it has been explained to me, CARS funds were generally set up to help develop the county road system. Some cities are using this money to make two-lane roads out of four-lane roads.Link to: The Rest of the Column
November 3rd 2010 Mission Kansas City Hall
Community Development Committee
63rd St Resurfacing Roe to Nall Ave. Link to: $41,000 That's our side of 63rd.(10:05)
Debbie Kring is a Councilwoman from the City of Mission Kansas. She apparently is taking a citizen who is cirulating a petition critizing the adminstration for it’s excess spending to task. The following is from Face Book.
Debbie KringDave......please tread lightly when combining church with state activities. Your petition activities should not be conducted on church property. I will be at St. Pius on Saturday and Sunday.........hope to see you there :-) Link to: Dave's Face Book page.
October 15, 2010
By Mike Galvin
Just when you thought it was safe to go back in the water.......simply amazing. That's like abandoning your car just because it ran out of gas, and getting a new one.
This information is available to the public, but really isn't well known public information. The more residents, and non-residents, know about this, and the other cockamamie brain challenged ideas of this administration, the better. We need to get the public media involved. Channel 5 is right down the street. It's just like exposing the man behind the curtain as the real Oz.....heck, Toto figured that one out. Read more of Mike Galvin's letter.
Mission did not adequately think this “driveway tax” through when trying to cover budget expenditures. Since it is actually a fee and not a tax, residents cannot deduct it from state or federal income taxes. The real cost is much larger than advertised.
While businesses can deduct the fee as a cost of doing business, individuals can’t. Also, using the fee to replace some of the lowered property tax may result in some residents paying income taxes they would not have paid in the past.
Based on Mission’s philosophy for streets, the city should change all of the various funding items to user fees. For instance, that would mean complete support of the new walking trail by the users, or charging for the storm drainage system on the amount of runoff each site generates.
If the street program is a capital improvement program that envisions complete reconstruction of a street, it should be financed by a bond issue. Otherwise, it should be paid for as ongoing maintenance in the general budget. This fee appears to circumvent the voters in a bond issue to avoid raising the budget for maintenance.
Robert C. Wessel
On August 25th 2010, Mission's City Administrator Mike Scanlan suggested that a committee whose members were appointed by Mayor Laura McConwell be dissolved when confronted with strenuous objections to the (so called) Driveway Tax
(From Minutes of the Mission Downtown Visioning Committee August 25, 2010)
"Mr. Scanlon asked if maybe it is time to dissolve the Downtown Visioning Committee (DVC). Mr. Scanlon stated if the rest of the Committee feels as Dave does, then spending any money would be counter intuitive to Dave's argument. Mr. Scanlon stated that the time for this Committee may be when there are better economic times.
The Committee disagreed with Mr. Scanlon's assessment, suggested that investing in the Downtown District is important, that the committee needs to continue, and the City needs to look at what they can do to invest in Johnson Drive."
City of Mission Transportation Utility Fee Frequently Asked
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What is a Transportation Utility Fee (TUF)?
Although sometimes referred to as a “driveway tax,” the TUF does not have
anything to do with“driveways” (or
parking lot size), nor is it a tax. The TUF is auser fee, assessed through property tax bills.
Why do we have a Transportation Utility Fee?
David Harvey, (unsuccessful candidate for the Kansas State Senate District 7) stated that a female mayor in the 7th District told him that residents do not like taxes but will pay fees. You can find Mr. Harvey’s video Link To:Video; five minutes into the remarks he speaks of the mayor, “her”, you can judge for yourself who “she” might be