Notes From Funk’s Front Porch – 8 January 2010

Posted: January 9, 2010 in Funk's Front Porch, Kansas City, Mayor Mark Funkhouser
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Recent newsletter from Kansas City Mayor Mark Funkhouser.

Notes From Funk’s Front Porch
8 January 2010

Dear Folks,

This Week’s City Business

Happy New Year!  The year 2010 has a nice ring to it, doesn’t it?

The thick covering of snow that has blanketed Kansas City is beautiful, but it has taken a toll on our city employees.  Our public works crews and management have been working around the clock, with most of them having to forgo time with their families on the holidays, to make our roadways safe for our residents. I would like to personally thank them for their dedicated hard work to meet that end, especially with the somewhat antiquated machinery that they’ve had to work with, and with having received no cooperation from Mother Nature.  With the amount of snow that we’ve received and the accompanying frigid temperatures that we’ve had for going on three weeks, it is sometimes hard to see that plows have been down every roadway and street, but in fact, they have.  And as soon as the temperature gets above freezing, the salt will be able to do its work to clear the roads down to the bare pavement.

Speaking of city employees, a horrible situation has befallen one of them while plowing our streets early this morning.  The driver was in his truck when a gunman opened fire, spraying bullets into his vehicle.  The employee was taken to a local hospital, and at this time, is considered to be in stable condition.  Please hold this employee in your thoughts for a speedy recovery.

The Mayor was scheduled to meet with Governor Jay Nixon this past Thursday, but due to the inclement weather, had to postpone the face-to-face meeting for a later date.  They did, however, have a phone meeting where they discussed, among other things, economic development and job creation in Kansas City.  They are both looking forward to working together on behalf of the residents of Kansas City.

The Mayor was also scheduled to travel to his little cabin in the Ozarks this weekend to write his All Souls speech in the peace and quiet of the woods.  Of course, the weather stopped that trip from happening as well.  The All Souls speech is a speech that is given by the Mayor each January.  It is considered to be a precursor to the Mayor’s State of the City speech that he gives each May.  As usual, the All Souls speech will begin with an update on the progress of the Mayor’s current initiatives, and will conclude with the Mayor rolling out his next initiative, which promises to be his most exciting initiative yet.  Stay tuned for more information on that front, or better yet, plan on attending the All Souls speech on Sunday, January 31st at the All Souls Unitarian Church, 4501 Walnut Street, in Kansas City, Missouri.

On A More Personal Note

We had a lovely holiday season with our children.  Because we have all been so busy, it was a very low-key event this year.  But we found that we rather liked having the focus be on each other, rather than on the preparations to be with each other, so I’m guessing that this might become a family tradition in the Funkhouser home for years to come.

The Mayor’s Public Appearances Next Week


10:30 a.m. Council Committee Chairs Meeting
Mayor’s Office, 414 E. 12th St. 29th Floor

3:30 p.m. A City that Works Weekly Public Meeting
10th Floor, City Hall


9:00 a.m. Little Blue Valley Sewer District Board of Directors Meeting
Harvey A. Jones Memorial Administration Building – 21101 East 78 Highway

11:00 a.m. Up To Date With Steve Kraske
89.3 KCUR FM


8:00 a.m. EDC Executive Committee Meeting
Town Pavilion – 17th Floor

9:30 a.m. Northland Chamber Leadership Class
Mayor’s Office, 414 E. 12th St. 29th Floor

1:30 p.m. Council Business Session
10th Floor, City Hall

3:00 p.m. Council Legislative Session
26th Floor, City Hall


7:40 a.m. Fridays with Funk

10:00 a.m. ASB Bridge Underpass Ribbon Cutting with the Port Authority, Ameristar Casino
And the City of Kansas City, Berkeley Riverfront Park


7:00 a.m. First News on KMBC Channel 9 with Kris Ketz

1:00 p.m. Your Kansas City
MY KSMO Channel 62

The Next Town Hall Meetings

January 6, 2010 – 6:30 p.m.
Garden Village Retirement Residence
8550 N. Gramby

January 28, 2010 – 7 p.m.
Hickman Mills School District PTA Council
5401 103rd Street

February 3, 2010 – 6:30 p.m.
Avila College
11901 Wornall Road

February 10, 2010 – 6:30 p.m.
South Kansas City Chamber of Commerce
5008 E. Bannister Road

February 17, 2010
Plumbers Union Local 8 and Pipefitters Union Local
8600 Hillcrest Road

February 24, 2010
Hickman Mills School District
9000 Old Sante Fe Road

March 10, 2010
Cristo Rey School
211 West Linwood Boulevard

March 18, 2010
Park Hill School District PTA Council
7703 NW Barry Road

In faith,

Gloria & Mark


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