UG Commission to discuss code of ethics, charter ordinance changes Thursday

The Unified Government Commission is scheduled to discuss changes to the charter ordinance and code of ethics at a 5 p.m. meeting Thursday, April 10.

The 5 p.m. meeting location  has been changed to Commission Chambers, lobby level, City Hall, 701 N. 7th, Kansas City, Kan.

After the 5 p.m. meeting will be a closed, executive session on the ninth floor about labor negotiations.

The regular 7 p.m. meeting April 10 will be held in the Commission Chambers, lobby level, City Hall.

On the agenda for the 7 p.m. regular meeting:

– An ordinance authorizing issuing industrial revenue bonds for MS Kansas City (Main Street) for a skilled nursing and assisted living facility at 8900 Parallel Parkway.

– An ordinance to allow the UG to acquire property for the Missouri River-Jersey Creek Connector Trail Project.

– An ordinance certifying that the UG has sufficient legal authority to administer stormwater management programs that were agreed to with the EPA and state of Kansas.

– A question of whether an easement should be given or sold to the city of Edwardsville in connection with Edwardsville’s proposed development near the south side of 110th and I-70, which would require sewer service. The project would install a  pump station on the south side of I-70.

– Authorization to apply for a grant to establish a mental health court, a four-year grant with up to $384,000 a year.

– A plat of Strawberry Hill Pointe, 4th and Armstrong.

– Disbursement of $23,961 of unexpended drug and alcohol funds to Requesting Mirror Inc. for a mentoring program.

– A report on emergency management operations and storm season procedures.

– A change in the amount of taxes for real property located at 7836 State Ave., Kmart building, owned by Sears Holdings. The value was reduced on the property from the Court of Tax Appeals. The tax was lowered from $141,399.70 to $127,939.68, a reduction of $13,460.02.

– A change in the amount of taxes for personal property property located at 5846 Kansas Ave., Mo-Kan Container Services. The value was adjusted on some trucks, based on their condition.  The tax was reduced from $47,203.98 to $36,750.60, a reduction of $10,453.38.

The agenda is online at

Volunteers recognized

Wyandotte County mayors joined leaders across the country in celebrating Mayors’ Day of Recognition for National Service on April 1. The national day of recognition presented an opportunity to spotlight the key role that national service plays in solving local problems and challenges. Participating in the day highlighted the effect of citizen service, showed support for nonprofit and national service groups, and may inspire more residents to serve in their communities, according to those who work with volunteers. In the photo were Emily Worm, United Way of Wyandotte County, Unified Government Mayor Mark Holland, Mayor John McTaggart, Edwardsville, Mayor Jeff Harrington, Bonner Springs, Cathi Hahner and Wendell Maddox, United Way of Wyandotte County. (Photo from United Way of Wyandotte County Volunteer Center)

Town Hall Forum planned April 12

The Kansas City, Kan., Area Chamber of Commerce will hold a Town Hall Forum from 9 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. Saturday, April 12, at the West Wyandotte Library, 1737 N. 82nd St., Kansas City, Kan.

The public will hear an update on legislation and will have the opportunity to meet with members of the Wyandotte County legislative delegation.

The program is free and open to the public.