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Neighborhood Advisory Council seeks residents to fill vacancies

The 15-member Neighborhood Advisory Council, which works with the governing bodies of the City of Kansas City, Mo., is holding a special election to fill four vacant positions.

The vacancies are for two at-large positions, one northeast position and one southwest position. The boundaries for the northeast region are the City limits on the north and the east, Front Street on the south, and the limits of ZIP codes 64120, 64117, 64119, 64156 and 64166 on the west. The boundaries for the southwest region are the City limits on the south and the west, Gregory Boulevard on the north, and U.S. Highway 71 on the east.

Unlike the members of many City advisory groups, the members of this council are not appointed. Instead, neighborhood organizations elect those who represent them on this council every odd-numbered year. The regular election for the council will be conducted in November.

In particular, the advisory council works closely with the director of the Neighborhood and Community Services Department. Members are expected to attend monthly meetings and other related events, such as public hearings and forums.

Candidate eligibility requirements include being able to prove residency, not having any outstanding warrants or delinquent taxes, being a registered Missouri voter, and not having any conflicts of interest with the work of the advisory council. The application is available online at and it can be mailed to prospective applicants. Applications are due March 20.

For more information about the Neighborhood Advisory Council or to have an application mailed to you, call Venessa Huskey Wates, Neighborhood and Community Services Department, (816) 513-3019.

Media inquiries about the Neighborhood and Community Services Department should be directed to Teresa L. Clark, public information officer, (816) 513-3247. FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Aug. 9, 2002
CONTACT: Sheryl Woods, Media Relations Liaison, Health Department, (816) 513-6327

Citizens asked to report dead birds on hotline

The Health Department’s Communicable Disease Prevention and Public Health Preparedness Division has received a total of 464 reports of dead birds since this April. Of those reports, 48 were received by noon today. Aug. 5, five birds were sent to a Veterinarian Diagnostic Laboratory in Columbia, Mo. It is anticipated that it will be at least one to two weeks before the results will be received, due to the backlog of birds being tested throughout the state.

Citizens may continue to report dead birds by calling the Health Department’s dead bird hotline (816) 513-6140. Information about the West Nile virus may be obtained on the City’s Web site at

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