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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: June 2, 2003
CONTACT: Mary Charles, Communications Officer, (816) 513-1356

City takes action following neighborhood meeting

The City of Kansas City, Mo., is taking steps to further assist citizens in the tornado-damaged areas of Kansas City. The steps are being taken as a result of the neighborhood meeting the City held Thursday, May 29, at Northland Neighborhoods, Inc. First District Council Members Deb Hermann and Bill Skaggs and Second District Council Member Bonnie Sue Cooper met with citizens to hear their concerns. City Manager Wayne Cauthen and City staff from various City departments were there to provide information and answer questions.

The following will occur as a result of the meeting:

The City will place portable streetlights in areas where streetlights are not working because of tornado damage. Repair of the streetlights began May 27. The Public Works Department anticipates the repairs will be completed by June 10.

A "No Through Traffic" sign will be placed back at 65h Terrace and North Brighton to discourage sightseers and potential criminal activity.

The Police Department will increase patrols in the area.

The Department of Codes Administration will take steps to ensure there are no procedural issues or staffing shortfalls that would cause delays in obtaining building permits.

The Neighborhood and Community Services Department will try to locate the developers listed as owners of the greenway near 65th Terrace and North Brighton. Residents are concerned because the storm debris has not been removed from the greenway, which is private property. The Water Services Department is investigating the potential effect of the debris on stormwater runoff.

    
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