Continuing with the broad theme of keeping Clay County citizens informed here is the 10/19/2009 edition of Kansas City City Manager Wayne A. Cauthen. I am not a fan of Mr. Cauthen, but he is part of our city government and I suppose it’s good to know what he is up to when he is not off traveling the world(for those that don’t know, Mr. Cauthen cost Kansas City over $30,000 in travel expenses over a year in a half during ’06 and ’07).

Dear resident:
Thank you for subscribing to my monthly e-newsletter. I enjoy sharing the latest on how the City is working to improve services for residents.

Stimulus grant first quarter reporting
Progress continues to be made in the City’s application and receipt of stimulus funds awarded by the American Reinvestment and Recovery Act of 2009. We have nearly completed our first comprehensive quarterly report for stimulus funding, with the total amount awarded (ClayCoMOPolitics comment: We won! We were awarded stimulus funds! Woo hoo! We were awarded money that was stolen from our grandchildren! Go KC!) now at more than $130 million. With portions of these stimulus funds, we have begun weatherizing homes, abating lead paint in homes and businesses, and working to focus energy and infrastructure inside the Green Impact Zone ((ClayCoMOPolitics comment: This sounds like something Van Jones might dream up.), among many other projects. By the end of the month we will post our first quarterly report and updated information on the City’s Web site about each of the City’s projects and programs that are made possible through stimulus funds.

Sprint Center ranks in top 10 in world’s arenas – top 3 in U.S.
Sprint Center has been recognized as No. 9 among all worldwide arenas in Pollstar Magazine’s 3rd Quarter Report. The current issue of the leading industry publication hits newsstands this week and also indicated that Sprint Center’s 2009 attendance to date lists Kansas City’s vibrant downtown arena as No. 3 among concert venues in the United States. (ClayCoMOPolitics comment: I must admit as someone who couldn’t stand the idea of the Sprint Center, at least it’s not a total failure. Still no anchor tenant though.)

As we look forward to celebrating the second anniversary of this fine venue, this is undeniable evidence that Kansas Citians have a healthy appetite for entertainment and will come downtown to enjoy the world class entertainment offered by the Sprint Center as well as the nearby amenities, such as the Power & Light District. Sprint Center’s success in FY08-09 garnered its 2nd annual Arena of the Year Nomination and resulted in unanticipated revenue of more than $1.8 million for the City of Kansas City, Mo., through a provision in AEG’s management agreement.

In 2009, Sprint Center hosted dozens of sell-out concerts including Celine Dion, AC/DC, The Eagles, Keith Urban and Taylor Swift, Kenny Chesney, Fleetwood Mac and Britney Spears. In addition, Sprint Center also hosted sold-out, nationally televised events including first and second rounds of the NCAA Men’s Basketball Championships, Professional Bull Riders and World Wrestling Entertainment RAW and SmackDown.

Pollstar maintains an extensive database and collects box office reports from nearly 100 percent of the world’s top-level artists, promoters and venues. Rankings are based on tickets sold for live entertainment performances between Jan. 1 and Sept. 30, 2009.

Construction and improvements at KCI and Downtown airports
Construction on the loop roadway in Terminal B at Kansas City International Airport started on Oct. 8. The $3 million rehabilitation project is needed to address roadway deterioration and traffic congestion. The project includes constructing three new pedestrian bridges between the roadway and the top level of the garage at the existing stair towers. In addition, the current bus shelters will be replaced with larger shelters, signage improvements will be made and new light poles will be installed. Construction will be performed in nine phases to minimize the impact to the traveling public. Work will be shut down during the Thanksgiving, Christmas and spring break holiday periods. Construction is scheduled to continue through August 2010. Details regarding similar work in terminals A and C will be announced later.

On Oct. 5, work started on the $15 million Hangar 10 project at the Charles B. Wheeler Downtown Airport. When completed, Hangar 10 will include three aircraft hangars plus an executive aviation terminal with office space, lounges, pilot rest area, overnight rooms, fitness center and meeting space for groups of up to 30 people. Hangar 10 will offer Jet-A fuel and offer maintenance, aircraft sales and management services for aircraft owners. Gov. Jay Nixon attended the ground-breaking ceremony and announced $3.5 million in state economic incentives for the project. The construction project is expected to create 30 jobs, with an additional 60 coming from tenants of the new buildings. This is an important step in ensuring the Downtown Airport remains a viable and attractive location for small- and medium-sized aircraft coming to the Kansas City area.

Community meetings for Middle Blue River pilot program
The City is hosting two public meetings to provide information on the Middle Blue River Basin Green Solutions Pilot Project. The meetings will be from 2-4 p.m., Oct. 24 at 7444 Lydia Ave.; and from 10 a.m. to noon, Oct. 31 at 1123 E. 76th St. These meetings will be outside so residents are advised to dress for weather conditions. The pilot project area extends from 73rd Street to 77th Terrace and Holmes Road to Paseo Boulevard. As part of the City’s Overflow Control Plan, the 100-acre pilot project is expected to be the largest installation of green solutions for combined sewer overflow control currently being planned for construction in the United States. City staff will be available to answer your questions about the project at these meetings.

Housing update
The 2010 Consolidated Action Plan public informational hearings are underway and will continue until the end of October. Organizations are encouraged to attend if members are planning to submit a funding request for Community Development Block Grant, HOME Investment Partnerships, Emergency Shelter Grants or Housing Opportunities for Persons with AIDS. The remaining public hearings will be at 6 p.m., Oct. 15 at Line Creek Community Center, 5940 N.W. Waukomis Drive; and at 6 p.m., Oct. 22 at Brush Creek Community Center, 3801 Emanuel Cleaver Blvd. All 2010 funding requests are due to the Housing and Community Development Department by noon on Nov. 13.

Dropout prevention summit report
The Kansas City Dropout Prevention Summit, held Oct. 5 at the University of Missouri-Kansas City, was a significant event in the urgent battle to keep students from dropping out of area high schools. I am pleased to report that based on preliminary findings, the summit met many of its goals and provided a spring board to achieving results. More than 180 government officials, business owners, child advocates, school administrators, students and parents participated in the summit and 240 attended the pre-summit focus groups to lay the groundwork for the summit. Specific pledges were made by summit participants, and there was a unanimous recommendation for the formation of a consortium to address education and career development. Those interested in serving on the consortium can contact Thalia Cherry at (816) 513-1378 or at “Vanessa’s Story,” the 30-minute documentary produced for the summit by the City Communications Office, won the Regional Emmy Award from the Mid-America Chapter of the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences. The program focuses on the plight of Vanessa, a young Kansas City woman whose decision to drop out of high school has left her unprepared to compete in today’s society.

The documentary, currently airing nightly on KCCG-TV2 at 6:30 p.m., also features a Kansas City, Mo., School District high school principal, social worker and truant officer who, day-in and day-out, try to work with young people to help them stay in school to receive their diplomas.

Jacksonville chamber of commerce leadership visit
On Oct. 7, the City hosted more than 50 members of the Jacksonville, Fla., Regional Chamber of Commerce for its annual Leadership Trip. The group included business executives and owners, public sector directors and professionals, elected leaders and representatives from a wide range of non-profit entities. I was fortunate enough to present a session on “City Planning” to the group, and welcomed fellow presenters: former Mayor Kay Barnes (Government Leadership); Sprint Center General Manager Brenda Tinnen (Sprint Center Planning and Implementation); Power & Light District Chief Operating Officer Kevin Battle (Power & Light District Current and Future Planning); City of Kansas City, Mo., Assistant Director of City Planning and Development Bob Langenkamp (City Planning); Managing Director of Public Finance Jack Holland of Oppenheimer & Co. Inc. (Finance Adviser); and Herb Kohn, partner at Bryan Cave LLP (General City Council).

City launches new Web site
The City’s Web site has been redesigned and reorganized to better serve residents and visitors to the site. The multi-year process of designing a new site, hiring a contractor, migrating new content and the ongoing work to bring documents and functions to the new site is the result of a dedicated interdepartmental team. Although the new Web site is online and should be easier for users to locate information about City services and programs, the development process will continue over the next few months. Additional features will be added as implementation continues. To report broken links or other technical issues using the new Web site, please e-mail specific details to

As always, I appreciate your feedback. Please feel free to e-mail questions and comments to my office at

Wayne A. Cauthen
City Manager
City of Kansas City, Mo.


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