WIR 5/24/19

WIR 5/24/19
Posted on 05/24/2019
Friday Greetings,

This week the City of North Kansas City was notified that we have received a Class 1 Public Protection Classification (PPC) rating from the Insurance Services Office (ISO). The new rating goes into effect on September 1, 2019. ISO is the leading supplier of statistical, underwriting, and actuarial information for the property/casualty insurance industry. Most insurers use the PPC classifications for underwriting and calculating premiums for residential, commercial and industrial properties. These findings allow insurance companies to establish premiums based on anticipated risk. Many communities also use the PPC rating as a benchmark for measuring the effectiveness of their fire-protection services. North Kansas City was evaluated in four areas: The Fire Department, community risk reduction, emergency communications (NKCPD Dispatch), and water supply (NKC Public Works). The ISO rating classification is provided on a scale of 1-10, with 1 considered as “exemplary”, and 10 considered “without protection.”

North Kansas City previously held a Class 2 rating. ISO evaluates approximately 50,000 fire departments or fire districts across the United States. Of those, less than 400 currently have a Class 1 rating. There are currently only 6 cities with a Class 1 rating in Missouri.

We are proud to have been named a Class 1 community. This rating is a direct result of the collaborative efforts of our firefighters, public works staff, 911 dispatchers, and the ongoing support of the City Council to make North Kansas City an even safer, more attractive place to live, work, play, and do business.

On Thursday, Sgt. John Stark retired after 32 years of service with the North Kansas City Police Department.  John served as a patrol officer, detective, and as a member of the Special Incident Team during his career.  He had been a Sergeant for 23 years.  We wish him well in his well-earned retirement.  

The Community Development Department mailed notices this week about the public hearing on the updated Zoning Ordinance that will be held at the June 6 Planning Commission meeting. Notices were mailed to all property owners within 185 feet of the proposed change to a zoning map, as required by the Zoning Ordinance. While over 300 letters were mailed, most property owners will not receive a letter because most of the Zoning Map is not changing. The complete draft of the updated Zoning Ordinance, as well as background information about the update, is available online at http://www.nkc.org/departments/community_development/current_projects/zoning_ordinance_update. The public hearing on the updated ordinance will be held on Thursday, June 6 beginning at 6 p.m. in the Council Chambers at City Hall and anyone is welcome to speak at the public hearing.

KCATA has begun their RideKC Next project, a comprehensive review and redesign of transit service focused on service in KCMO and “enclave cities” like NKC. The beginning of this process is a review of existing transit services to evaluate the purpose of performance of the system. Community Development Director Sara Copeland participated in a workshop on Thursday that presented data on network design and solicited feedback from participants. Information about the redesign process is available online at https://ridekc.org/planning/ridekc-next, including a Transit Choices Report and Summary. Everyone is encouraged to take the Transit Choices Survey that is currently available online at https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/RideKCNext to share their input in this process.

City Administration Summer Intern Bobby Tech and Municipal Court Clerk Mary McNeal will start on Tuesday, May 28.  Municipal Services Maintenance Worker Robert Maness and Parks & Recreation Administrative Assistant/Customer Service Dakota Meier will start on June 10.  Welcome Aboard!

The Citywide Garage Sale will be Saturday, May 25.  This event was postponed last week due to inclement weather. Due to the anticipated bad weather on Saturday, those wishing to have the garage sale next week instead may do so without obtaining a permit.

The Dagg Park Sprayground will open for the season on Saturday, May 25, weather permitting. The Sprayground is open daily from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. and is free and open to the public.  The park will be closed on Mondays until noon for weekly maintenance.   

City Offices will be closed on Monday, May 27 in observation of the Memorial Day holiday.

North Kansas City is currently in the process of developing a Bicycle Master Plan to coordinate projects and plan for a network that connects and serves all parts of our community.  The development of the Plan includes public input on where residents, businesses, and visitors want to bike in North Kansas City.  Share your ideas at nkcbikeplan.com/

Upcoming Meetings and Events:  

Rescheduled Citywide Garage Sale – Saturday, May 25
Dagg Park Opens – Saturday, May 25
Memorial Day – City Offices will be closed on Monday, May 27
City Council Work Session Meeting – Tuesday, June 4, 6 p.m.
City Council Regular Meeting – Tuesday, June 4, 7 p.m.
Friday in the Park – Friday, June 7, 11:30 a.m.
Second Saturday – Saturday, June 8
Pups & Pumpers – Saturday, June 8, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Arts in the Park – Friday, June 14, 5-10 p.m. & Saturday, June 15, 10 a.m. to 10 p.m.
City Council Work Session Meeting – Tuesday, June 18, 6 p.m.
Bicycle Master Plan Public Workshop – Wednesday, June 18, 5:30-7 p.m., Parks & Recreation Center
City Council Regular Meeting – Tuesday, June 18, 7 p.m.
Friday in the Park – Friday, June 21, 11:30 a.m.
Friday in the Park – Friday, June 28, 11:30 a.m.
A Night Out in Macken Park – Friday, June 28, 6-8 p.m.
Movies in the Park – Friday, June 28, Dusk

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