Tuesday, December 17, 2019
TKC QUESTION: DID MAYOR QUINTON LUCAS WIN HIS 1ST KANSAS CITY SNOWFALL?!?!
We've driven on local streets and have our own opinion but we're more interested in what our blog community thinks . . .
DID MAYOR Q PROVE SUCCESSFUL IN MANAGING THE FIRST MAJOR SNOWFALL OF HIS ADMINISTRATION?!?!
His tweets from aboard a snowplow weren't novel but most politicos only perform the stunt well into their 2nd term.
Knowing what a mess this town's roads can become during the winter, his social media attention might have warmed hearts and minds.
Here's AN UPDATE FROM MAYOR QUINTON LUCAS on the topic of snow plowing along with an more deets and highlights from his latest newsletter . . .
An Update on Snow Removal Efforts
I've been working closely with City leaders to ensure that we're prepared for this winter weather — and our Kansas City snow crews have been out since late last week working hard to treat our streets in anticipation of this snow storm.
This morning, I participated in a great ride-along with 28-year City veteran, Ray, who showed me what it takes to get our roads and bridges plowed. I tweeted our ride-along live – check it out here.
If you park on a City street, please make sure to only park on the north or west side of the street and not to park on signed emergency snow routes, so snow removal crews can do their job. See where snow plows have already been in real-time, at kcmo.gov/snow.
Passing & Signing KC Tenants Rights Package
After months of work, multiple legislative drafts and several Special Committee on Housing Policy hearings, the City Council overwhelmingly passed our KC Tenants Rights package on Thursday. Our entire community should be proud of this package and what it will mean for the nearly half of all Kansas Citians who rent their homes. Since becoming mayor, my office has worked with KC Tenants on this package, which demands safe, quality and affordable housing for Kansas Citians – and I’m tremendously proud of the result. This process is an outstanding example of how legislating should always be done: through crafting smart and deliberate policy, providing ample opportunity for community input, and compromising to bring both tenants and landlords to the table.
Growing up, my family experienced bouts of homelessness, and I know how it feels to have a hole in your window for weeks in the dead of winter, with seemingly no recourse. These policies will change how we do business here in Kansas City, and will be a national blueprint for empowering tenants in communities across the country.
I was proud to sign this package into statute on Friday.
Hosting #YOUandMayorQ: 5th District Town Hall
On Saturday, I visited the Marlborough Community Center in the Fifth District for a great community discussion with more than 75 residents. We discussed our recently-passed Zero Fare Transit initiative and KC Tenants Rights package, as well as the continued need to improve existing infrastructure throughout our community and strengthen basic city services.
Thanks to Fifth District Councilwoman Ryana Parks-Shaw and Fifth District Councilman-at-Large Lee Barnes for attending and speaking with community members, as well.
I appreciate that so many City leaders attended the meeting to hear feedback directly from Fifth District residents, including: Acting City Manager Earnest Rouse, Assistant City Manager Rick Usher, City Auditor Doug Jones, Neighborhoods and Housing Services Director John Wood, Parks Director Terry Rynard, Solid Waste Division Director Michael Shaw, and Assistant to the City Manager and 311 Director Jean Ann Lawson.
YOU & Mayor Q townhall meetings are an essential component of my administration – ensuring that I have regular, direct contact with our fellow Kansas City residents. I know that every district and neighborhood is different and has its own unique wants, needs and personality, which is why I travel to a different district every month to host a community discussion. We promote these meetings on social media and through my newsletter every month – so stay tuned, and I hope to see you at next month’s meeting!
You decide . . .