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Business Owner Treated Poorly

clock August 13, 2009 19:04 by author Jeff Quibell

507_DSC_5450 “Why is the city of Blue Springs so difficult to work with?”

During my time on the City Council, that question came up repeatedly. While there are many answers, an example was seen at the Aug. 3 council meeting.

Over the past several years we have seen significant progress in Blue Springs. Coronado Place, Copperleaf Village, the Mall at Fall Creek and Parker Center are all projects that have addressed blighted areas. Despite opposition from our District 3 council members, each of these projects has improved the visual landscape of our community and enhanced quality of life for our citizens.

One project presented to the council in 2006 was the Village Gardens redevelopment. It had several benefits for our city. It eliminated an aging building, and a beautiful new Village Gardens building was constructed. The old lot was cleaned up and marketing began, with the intention of a new restaurant for the corner. The total project will generate additional revenue for our taxing entities, including the school district, which is the primary reason it supported the project in 2006.

Jump now to the present, and last week’s council meeting. Village Gardens asked for a two-year extension of the deadline of when tax abatement for the corner lot must be activated. The original contract with the city allowed for an extension for reasons beyond the owner’s control. Certainly the current economic downturn constituted reasons beyond the owner’s control. When Council Member Sheila Solon said “... it’s a very bad contract that didn’t serve the citizens,” I have to admit I had a hard time understanding her interpretation.

I find it hard to imagine anyone opposing the elimination of the blight at this location in 2006. Monday evening, Council Members Fowler and Solon attempted to justify that opposition. In my opinion, their poor treatment of a local business owner – one who has invested his own funds in this project – was unnecessary but typical. It illuminates the issue expressed by many business owners and developers of their concern about choosing to do business in our city. As I attended various Chamber of Commerce events last week, the council meeting was a frequent topic of conversation.

On the bright side, Kingsridge Center on Woods Chapel is receiving a facelift. This area is long overdue for attention and redevelopment, and it’s encouraging to see owners investing in their property. As our council members continue to disagree on the best direction for our city, I would encourage you to make your voice heard. Whether you agree or disagree with their statements and actions, let them know your thoughts. And remember, the next City Council election is next April.


Congressman Sam Graves hosts two Tax Reform Town Hall Meetings

clock June 18, 2009 15:06 by author Jeff Quibell

Congressman Graves would like to invite you to his upcoming Tax Reform Town Hall meetings he will be hosting in the district.  The meetings will take place at the following times and locations:

Monday, June 29, 2009
5:30 p.m.
Missouri Western State University
Leah Spratt Hall
4525 Downs Drive
St. Joseph, MO 64507

Tuesday, June 30, 2009
5:30 p.m.
North Kansas City’s Dagg Park
Iron Street and Armour Road
North Kansas City, MO 64116

Please pass this information on to your friends and colleagues.  The Congressman enjoys these opportunities to visit with constituents from the district, to share his thoughts on what is happening in Washington, and to hear the ideas and concerns from the folks back home.

Because the June 30th meeting will take place outside, we will have a rainout location at North Kansas City’s City Hall Council Chambers, located at 2010 North Howell Street, North Kansas City, MO 64116.

Please RSVP to me in Congressman Graves' Liberty office at 816.792.3976 or Sarah.Woodward@mail.house.gov.  We hope to see you later this month!

Sarah K. Woodward
Field Representative
U.S. Congressman Sam Graves (MO-06)
● 113 Blue Jay Drive, Room 100 ● Liberty, Missouri 64068 ●
● (816-792-3976 ● /816-792-0694 ●
Sarah.Woodward@mail.house.gov
www.house.gov/graves