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The Unified Government Commission will hold a special session at 5 p.m. Thursday, May 15 in the Commission Chambers, lobby level, City Hall, 701 N. 7th St., Kansas City, Kan.

The meeting will be an installation ceremony for Doug Bach, county administrator, immediately followed by a discussion on the Community Development Block Grants. Preceding the installation ceremony will be a reception in the lobby from 4:30 to 5 p.m.

After the 7 p.m. commission meeting, a closed session is scheduled on litigation in the ninth floor conference room.

The agenda for the 7 p.m. UG meeting in the Commission Chambers includes:
-    Honorary street name for Bishop Ervin Sims Jr., on 12th Street from Garfield Avenue to Jersey Creek Park.
-    Recommendation to approve an option for a hike and bike trail on Fairfax Drainage District property. It will be on the lower levee maintenance road.
-    Approval of the regional hazard mitigation plan for Wyandotte, Leavenworth and Johnson counties.
-    Approval to submit a grant application to the Health Care Foundation of Greater Kansas City for a Wyandotte River Trails Project, to communicate the importance and benefits of physical activity.
-    Approval to submit a grant application to the Kansas Health Foundation for 2014-2015 Enroll Wyandotte Project, aimed at educating and enrolling Wyandotte County citizens into the Health Insurance Marketplace.
-    Approval to submit a grant application to the Sunflower Foundation for a Document Imaging program, to allow replacement of outdated client data storage and retrieval system to include document interface with the current electronic health record system.
-    A real estate purchase agreement with Loretto Properties regarding property at 736 Minnesota Ave. The company would pay $100,000 and would agree to invest $1 million to $1.5 million in redevelopment projects along Minnesota Avenue. As part of the agreement, the UG would agree to move up the 2017-2018 Minnesota Avenue improvements to 2014 for design and 2015 for improvements to the streetscape.
-    An agreement for Lane4 Property Group to market the former Indian Springs mall site for sale. The property is at 4601 State Ave.
-    An ordinance authorizing the issuance of up to $317,000 of transportation development district sales tax revenue refunding bonds for Happy Foods. The interest rate would be 4.5 percent for 10 years; the previous rate was 7.5 percent.
-    An ordinance authorizing the issuance of up to $1.45 million of transportation development district sales tax revenue refunding bonds for the Prescott Plaza Project. The bonds are at 3 percent for a 10-year term; the previous financing was 4 percent.
-    Resolutions setting two public hearings for June 26 for consider amending the public levee redevelopment district to allow for three separate project areas; consider the redevelopment project plan for project area 1 of the public levee redevelopment district.
-    Plat of Genesis of Piper Phsae 2, 125th and Farrow, developed by Heartland Piper.
-    Consider a public hearing to consider issuing up to $10 million of industrial revenue bonds and 65 percent abatement-payment in lieu of taxes for J.E. Dunn’s project at 240 S. 65th.
-    An ordinance authorizing the issuance of up to $215 million of utility system improvement and refunding revenue bonds, to be used to fund up to $110 million in new projects nad the balance to refund the 2004 bonds and pay costs of issuance. The refunding is expected to generate about $9 million of interest cost savings through 2023.
-    Proclamation of May as Mental Health Awareness Month.
-    Land Bank items.
The agenda is online at www.wycokck.org.

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Argentine Neighborhood Development Association has announced a donation of more than $675,000 in cash contributions, property, and park and community recreational improvements to the Unified Government of Wyandotte County.

These contributions include: the donation of the property valued at $500,000, where the new Public Safety Campus will be built; a $10,000 cash donation to the Kansas City, Kan., Police Department for new interior equipment for their offices which will be located on the new Public Safety Campus; improvements to Vega Field including three new park benches and two concrete pads for existing benches; new interior lighting for the restroom facilities; and improved tennis courts at Emerson Park which will include resurfacing of the courts, new fencing, nets and lighting.

“The projects we have been a part of have been very successful in both changing the face of the Argentine neighborhood and the lives of the people that live there. We felt like it made sense to continue plowing the economic gains these projects generated back into the neighborhoods so that the entire community could share in the project’s success.” said Ann Murguia, executive director of the Argentine Neighborhood Development Association.

These substantial contributions and improvements were made possible by leveraging the multi-million dollar redevelopment project that ANDA is engaged in on the 17-acre brownfield site located in Argentine. Tangible improvements like these help to provide the amenities and valuable local services that Argentine residents haven’t had access to in decades.  ANDA is very proud of the infrastructure improvements, the community health programs, and the commercial and residential developments that Argentine has experienced in the last several years through ANDA’s work, a spokesman said. These have included raising the $1.6 million in charitable funds to build and open the new Save A Lot grocery store at 2102 Metropolitan Ave., the new Wal-Mart that is being built now and will open later this summer near the new Public Safety Campus site, and the construction of the new Simmons Villas 22-unit senior living project underway now.

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The scoring came early and often for the Winnipeg Goldeyes as they downed the Kansas City T-Bones 10-1 on Tuesday night in an exhibition game at CommunityAmerica Ballpark in Kansas City, Kan.

Winnipeg led the game off with a Tyler Kuhn double. He would come around to score on a two-run home run by former T-Bones outfielder Ray Sadler. That’s all the Goldeyes needed, although they scored six more runs during the first two innings off Kansas City starting pitcher Kyle DeVore.

The T-Bones got singles in the first inning by David Espinosa and Bryan Sabatella, but couldn’t push either across the plate. Their lone run came in the eighth inning when Nick Giarraputo roped an RBI double that scored Danny Richar.

With the loss, the T-Bones wrap up the exhibition season with a 2-4 record. They kick off the regular season with a four-game homestand against Lincoln beginning Thursday night at 7:05. Tickets are available by calling the Providence Medical Center Box Office at CommunityAmerica Ballpark at 913-328-5618.

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