The City Never Lacks for Issues
When I ran for mayor three years ago, I mainly had one issue in mind. I thought that the City was going in the wrong direction regarding its proposal for North Kansas City Hospital, and wanted to help lead the City down a different path. I am pleased that we were able to accomplish that and that our relations with the Hospital leadership have been repaired.
What I have found, though, is that in City government and in North Kansas City in particular, we never run out of matters we have to tackle. For years we knew that the situation with the Community Center, in which we were losing over a million dollars a year, could not be continued. We entered into a relationship with the YMCA of Greater Kansas City, and the partnership allowed the building to remain in operation and has had a very positive effect on the City’s finances--far better than expected.
We also felt that we needed to investigate making a change with regard to the City’s fiber network, liNKCity. We asked for proposals, and entered into an agreement with a local business, DataShack, which has provided augmented services to residents and has done so in a manner that has also been positive for the City’s finances.
Issues and opportunities continue. In the last year, we have engaged in a Master Plan process and developed a plan for the Burlington Corridor, which will generate more decisions and possibilities in the coming years. We just sold property to the first business that will locate in the Armour Road Redevelopment Area, Meierotto Jewelry. We are working on hiring an architect to construct a new Community Center in Macken Park, which will house the Parks and Recreation Department. We know that improvements to our water supply wells and plant will be necessary. I look forward to working with the City Council, staff, residents and businesses to address all the challenges and opportunities ahead!!
About the Mayor
The Mayor is elected at-large for a four-year term and assumes leadership in policy making. The responsibilities of the Mayor include serving as president of the council, presiding over same, but shall not vote except in case of a tie in said council, and appointing members of various Boards and Commissions.