Thursday, September 29, 2011

Public invited to question finalists for police chief position

The public will get the chance to interview the candidates for the next chief of police of Kansas City, Mo., on Oct. 6.

The community is invited at 6 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 6, to the auditorium of Paseo Academy, 4747 Flora, for an open forum with the five finalists for Kansas City, Missouri, police chief. The forum will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Attendees will be invited to submit questions to the candidates in writing.

The five finalists for the chief position are:

KCPD Deputy Chief Darryl Forté
KCPD Deputy Chief Kevin Masters
Retired KCPD Deputy Chief Vincent Ortega
Fayetteville, N.C., Chief of Police Thomas Bergamine
Rochester, N.Y., Executive Deputy Chief George E. Markert.

Immediately after the public forum, the Board of Police Commissioners will meet in closed session. The Board also will conduct closed interviews with the finalists Oct. 5 and 6. The meetings are closed pursuant to Missouri Statute Section 610.021(3) because they relate to “hiring, firing, disciplining or promoting or particular employees by a public governmental body when personal information about the employee is discussed or recorded.”

Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Grandview School Board Discusses GHS Power Problems, Sex Ed Policy

By Paul Thompson
An electrical problem at Grandview High School last week led to power outages in the 300 and 400 level hallways. The school was able to limit any further issues by powering the affected areas with a generator, but the district was forced to invoke an emergency clause in district policy in order to proceed with repairs without immediate board approval. An additional board item was created for the September 22 regular school board meeting, where the BOE unanimously approved a $15,800 estimate for repairs given by Staco Electric Company.
The problem stemmed from about 500 linear feet of wiring running from the north to the south boiler room that had been damaged. Staco Electric finished the job on Friday, and school was not affected this week. The $15,800 that was needed for the repairs was taken out of the Capital Projects fund.
A Missouri legislative bill passed in 2007 is impacting the school district’s policy language regarding the teaching of sexual education.
The Missouri School Board Association has suggested that school districts revise their policy to state that:
The Board of Education recognizes that parents/guardians are the primary source of sexuality education for their children...
and, in another part of the policy (entitled IGAEB):
The district will not permit a person or entity to offer, sponsor or furnish in any manner any course materials or instruction relating to human sexuality or sexually transmitted diseases to its students if the person or entity is a provider of abortion services. District personnel or district agents will not encourage students to have an abortion.
GNEA President Rebeka McIntosh spoke against policy IGAEB at the September 22nd board meeting, stating that a narrow reading of the language would prohibit the teacher from using materials (such as pamphlets) obtained from hospitals.
“IGAEB is a really bad piece of legislation from 2007, and thankfully it has taken this long to get to us,” she said to the board. “This new language that requires such a narrow, narrow reading will prevent us from getting information from hospitals.”
McIntosh said that the proposed policy would eliminate a lot of sources of information for the students.
“We are currently using materials that are provided by people we could no longer use,” she said. “This has nothing to do with the agenda behind it. It has to do with the amount of information that would not be available.”
Board member Ann Fisher agreed that it would be prudent check the language more thoroughly before making a decision on policy IGAEB.
“I would agree, especially after listening to Rebeka, that we need to look at this language,” Fisher said. 
Three new district administrators were also welcomed at the meeting. The board got a chance to meet new Grandview Middle principal Jennifer Price, new Grandview Middle assistant principal Tim Moore, and new GHS assistant principal Brian Rudolph. All three candidates were promoted from within the district.

Local Districts Prepare for Impact of KC’s Loss of Accreditation

By Andrea Wood & Paul Thompson
School administrators in Grandview C-4 and Hickman Mills C-1 are among the local districts scrambling for a plan after the announcement last Tuesday that the Kansas City School District had lost its accreditation.
The unaccredited status begins Jan. 1, 2012.
According to state statute, the boards of unaccredited schools “shall pay the tuition of and provide transportation…for each pupil resident therein who attends an accredited school in another district of the same or adjoining county” and that “each pupil shall be free to attend the public school of his or her choice.”
Grandview Superintendent Dr. Ralph Teran acknowledged that the district has already been questioned about a student transfer.
“We’ve had, to my knowledge, one inquiry,” he said last Thursday. Teran noted that districts immediately bordering Kansas City would likely be more greatly affected, but acknowledged that Grandview could end up becoming a landing spot for former Kansas City School District students.
Hickman Mills Deputy Superintendent Dr. Everlyn Williams told residents at the Southern Communities Coalition meeting last Wednesday that district administrators will be talking strategy this week about a possible influx of Kansas City students.
“We can take more,” she said, noting that the district’s enrollment is down again this year to approximately 6,200. She said the distict can handle some 7,000 students.
A lawsuit in St. Louis may also impact how local school districts handle the possible influx of Kansas City students.
The St. Louis School District has been
unaccredited since 2007, but students have been left with little choice but remaining with the district since neighboring districts have been hesitant about admitting them.
A lawsuit, Turner v. Clayton School District was filed, bringing into question whether or not a school district be required to admit non-resident students from unaccredited school districts.
On Tuesday, Sept. 13, Judge David Vincent granted a joint motion for a continuance, postponing the start of the Turner v. Clayton trail until Jan. 23, 2012 at 1:30 p.m.
As the case makes it’s way through the court system, Judge Breckenridge pointed out that while each pupil is free to choose the school the pupil desires to attend, that choice is limited by the chosen district’s decision whether or not to grant a non-resident discretionary waiver from the receiving district. A summary states:
This interpretation is consistent with policy statements issued by the state’s department of elementary and secondary education and avoids the absurd result in which an unlimited number of students from St. Louis city could attend the Clayton school district even if it meant the district exceeded its capacity or it had difficulty collecting tuition payments from the transitional school district.
Districts are looking not only at their own potential impact and the St. Louis court case, but also Kansas City’s own history, to determine what may happen.
After all, this is not the first time the Kansas City school district has been unaccredited. The school district also lost accreditation in 1999, which took affect in 2000. Then in 2006, the school district was improved to a provisionally accredited status.
The Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE), recommended the most recent downgrade after the school district met only three of 14 state progress and assessment APR standards.
The loss of accreditation puts Kansas City schools on a two-year probation where the district will work closely with the state board of education. If the district does not show marked improvement during those two years, the state must decide whether to take over the district, or dissolve it.
According to Missouri Education Commissioner Chris Nicastro, this is the best action for students and children of the school district. Nicastro said she hopes that it will in fact galvanize some definitive action on the part of the district, the community and the department.

Missing Grandview Man Found Dead

Kenneth Corder
A Grandview man who had been missing for more than a week was found dead near his car in Riverside on Saturday.
The Grandview Police Department had issued an Endangered SILVER Advisory for Kenneth L. Corder, age 81, who resided in the 13200 block of Spring St in Grandview.
According to police, Kenneth was seen driving his Chevy Silverado in various locations throughout the metro area, appearing lost and confused, on Friday, September 16.
At approximately 2:24pm a Johnson County, Kansas deputy had contact with Corder and gave him directions to Grandview after Corder stated he was lost. At 4:30 PM Corder was seen on private property in Creighton, MO, where he told the residents he was lost and trying to find a restaurant in Harrisonville.  He was last seen alive between 9 -10 pm at the QT gas station at 68th and Highway 169 in Kansas City, MO, where he appeared disoriented and was unable to work the gas pump by himself.
He was found eight days later, lying next to his vehicle in a remote area of Riverside south of I-635 near 69 Highway.
Riverside Police said that Kenneth was found by a person on foot doing work for a local business, and that he was not visible from the roadway.
The cause of death is unknown at press time, but police say it appears he died of natural causes. The Jackson County Medical Examiner is determining the cause of death.

Chief Corwin Retires, Interim Chief is a Familiar Face

Deputy Chief Cheryl Rose
Many south Kansas City residents know Deputy Chief Cheryl Rose, of the Kansas City Police Department. She commanded the South Patrol Division, attends neighborhood events regularly and has strong ties to the area – she grew up here and graduated from Hickman Mills High School.

Now, she’ll serve her community and the department as Interim Chief of Police.
The Board of Police Commissioners last week appointed the 24-year veteran of the department, who has risen through the ranks from street crimes to robbery to internal affairs to become the commander of the South Patrol Division and the Administration Bureau.
“I was very humbled the board chose me to serve in this capacity until a permanent replacement for retired Chief James Corwin can be selected,” Rose said.
Corwin, who retired on Sept. 16 after 32 years with the department, leaves a vacancy that the Board hopes to fill by mid-October. At several public hearings on what the department should look for in a new chief, multiple members of the community – including Sixth District Councilman John Sharp – said the candidate should be from Kansas City.
“This is one of the most important decisions we’ll make in the next 10 years,” Sharp said, “and I feel very strongly that person needs to be a member of the Kansas City community…I want the next chief to know where Ruskin is.”
Others who spoke at the public hearings urged the Board to select a chief who believed in community policing and has a strong record of experience in dealing with homicide and other violent crimes.
Of the five finalists the board ultimately selected, three are from within the KCPD’s ranks and two are from out-of-state. The finalists are:
• KCPD Deputy Chief Darryl Forté
• KCPD Deputy Chief Kevin Masters
• Retired KCPD Deputy Chief Vincent Ortega
• Fayetteville, N.C., Chief of Police Thomas Bergamine
• Rochester, N.Y., Executive Deputy Chief George E. Markert.
The Board conducted closed interviews with the finalists on Sept. 18, and will do so again on Oct. 5 and 6.
The public will get its chance to meet the finalists and ask questions at a public hearing on Oct. 6, but the time and location has yet to be announced. Keep an eye on the city’s department’s web site at www.kcmo.org/police. 
In the meantime, Rose said she’ll hold down the fort until a new chief is selected.
“I’m just honored to be in this position,” she said. “I plan to give it my all and do the best I can.”

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

6th District Gets Public Hearing on Council Redistricting

   Though they weren't originally scheduled to, residents of Kansas City's 6th Council District will get their own public hearing on proposed redistricting that could change the ethnic and economic face of the 6th District.
   The Kansas City Redistricting Advisory Committee on Tuesday set times and locations for two additional public hearings on the redistricting process, one of which is in the 6th District: 

• 6 p.m. - 8 p.m. Oct. 10 at Baptiste Educational Center, 5401 E. 103rd St., KCMO. 

• 5 p.m. - 7 p.m. Oct. 18 at the Mohart Center, 3200 Wayne Avenue, KCMO. 

   At first, only three meetings were scheduled, and none of those were in the 6th District, which could see neighborhoods moved into the 5th District on the east and gain neighborhoods along Ward Parkway in the west. 
   Sixth District Councilman John Sharp introduced a measure to have two additional meetings, one of which would be in the 6th District, which was unanimously supported by the City Council. The new meetings were scheduled at the committee's first public hearing 5 p.m. Tuesday at the Park Hills School District office north of the river.
    The committee will present no more than three maps to the City Council, who must approve any redistricting. Redistricting is necessary to equalize populations in the six council districts in light of the 2010 census results. 
   For links to video of redistricting meetings, redistricting maps, and further meeting information see the city's redistricting web page.

KC Neighborhood Advisory Council Seeks Candidates

The City of Kansas City, Mo., Neighborhood Advisory Council is seeking candidates for its 15-member council. The council discusses proposed City policies and programs and makes recommendations to the director of the City’s Neighborhood and Community Services Department.
The council consists of two members from each of the City’s six council districts and three at-large members. Advisory Council members are expected to attend monthly meetings, meet with groups in their regions and participate in other related events, including public hearings and forums to discuss key issues and receive input on a variety of community matters.
Interested residents must apply by Thursday, Oct. 13, and registered neighborhood organizations will then elect candidates to represent their areas.
Applications are available at www.kcmo.org/kcnac, or at the Neighborhood and Community Services Department, located on the fourth floor of City Hall, 414 E. 12th St.
Completed applications may be sent to:
Neighborhood and Community Services Department
414 E. 12th St., Fourth Floor
Kansas City, MO 64106
Attn: Tiffany Drummer
To be eligible, candidates must prove residency, be a registered Missouri voter, not have any outstanding warrants or delinquent taxes, and not have any conflicts of interest with the work of the Advisory Council.
For more information about the Neighborhood Advisory Council or to have an application mailed to you, call Tiffany Drummer, Neighborhood and Community Services Department, 816-513-3210.

Brumble's Forest Makes Slow Progress at Meadowmere

Brumble's Forest at Meadowmere Park in Grandview is expected to be a unique destination playground in the guise of a magical forest (Seann McAnally).
A state-of-the-art playground at Grandview’s Meadowmere Park should be complete by the end of October – some seven months behind schedule.
Brumble’s Forest, a $1.2 million project that includes a new shelter house, restroom, parking lot and a “magical forest” playground unique to the KC Metro area, has been plagued with delays.
Tony Finlay, director of parks and recreation, said the major issue has been Mother Nature.
“The original completion date was May 20,” Finlay explained, “but the contractor lost 113 days due to weather. We had snow on the ground from January into March.” From May 20 until now, rain has robbed the contractor of 14 working days. All together, those delays add up to a 56 percent loss of construction time.
The Board of Aldermen approved the park last year and awarded a $896,000 contract to Cobra Contractors, of Overland Park, who began work at the end of October 2010. The company has worked with the city before on public works projects. 
But delays due to weather created a “domino effect,” Finlay said.
Cobra, like most contractors, had sub-contractors doing some of the work. Because of weather delays, Cobra wasn’t ready for some of the sub-contractors to get to work when they were originally scheduled. By the time Cobra was ready for them, many of those sub-contractors had other obligations and work had to be re-scheduled.
“In some instances, one rain event can cost two or three more days before it’s dry enough to dig,” Finlay said.
 “A lot of the work that has been done is site work, including site grading/storm water management, water, electric and sewer lines,” Finlay said.
 “The city’s intent is to get it done as soon as possible,” Finlay said. “We’re trying to balance being fair to the contractor while getting the job done. We understand about weather delays. But there has to be a deadline.” The city’s contract allows for the assessment of liquidated damages, of $150 per day for each day the project is delayed.  Notice has been given to the contractor of damages, with consideration of weather delays to be considered at the end of the project.
Finlay pointed out that the city has been “more than fair” with the contractor, especially considering the fact that there were some days the contractor could have worked, but didn’t.
“There were holidays and weekends where he could have worked. We did not exclude him from doing work in the park on holidays and weekends. He just chose not to,” Finlay said.
Brumble’s Forest is designed to resemble a magical wooded area, complete with a tree house, forest features kids can climb and play on, and a future nature trail.
“There’s really nothing else like this in the Metro area,” said Mayor Steve Dennis. “It will be a true destination playground.” 
View photos of the construction process on the city’s web site www.grandview.org.

Thursday, September 15, 2011

Jackson County Advocate Wins 14 Statewide Awards

Staff take home seven First Place plaques, including Best News Story and Best Front Page
The Advocate Staff
We are happy to report that your hometown newspaper, the Jackson County Advocate, received 14 awards at the Missouri Press Association’s annual conference in Branson, Missouri last Saturday, including seven First Place wins.
Editor Andrea Wood accepted First Place plaques on behalf of the newspaper for the following:
• Best Front Page (Still Flying High),
• Best Community Service Project (Arthur McGregor Memorial Scholoarship fundraising event),
• Best Coverage of Family Living, and
• Best Photo Illustration (with Seann McAnally - Fixing Forgotten Foreclosures)
Wood also accepted a Second Place award for Best Headline Writing (Crossing the Line - about the RHS and HMHS football teams’ merger) and Third Place for Best Photo Illustration (with Colleen May - Founding Family)
Reporter Paul Thompson won four awards in a variety of categories in his first year with the Jackson County Advocate.
Thompson took home the First Place plaque for Best Humor Columnist for three of his first-person commentaries: on being the “new guy”, meeting Ebenezer the donkey, and watching a rain-soaked Harry’s Hay Days Parade.
“Paul has a nice, conversational style,” said the judges. “More importantly, he has a sense of timing - setting up punch lines throughout his columns - and then delivering a nice kicker at the end. I thought he turned his weakness - being new - into a real strength.”
Thompson also won Third Place for Best Sports Story featuring James White’s high jumps; Third Place for Best Story About the Outdoors for “Carving a Niche” and Honorable Mention for Best Investigative Reporting for “Main Street Inn Closes as Court Cases, Taxes Pile Up.”
Reporter Mary Kay Morrow took home three awards for her coverage of the Hickman Mills C-1 School District.
She won first place in the highly-competitive Best News Story category for her article “C-1 Constituents Express Safety Concerns.”
“The writer starts with a single incident (a gun discovered at RHS) and expands from there; showing the big picture; that students and adults don’t feel safe in schools,” stated the judges. “Like the varied sources and studies cited; loved the comment from the former city council member (Alvin Brooks) that we’re all in denial.”
Morrow also placed 1st in the state for Best Story About Education for “The Perfect Touch” about the opening of the Freda Markley Early Education Center.
“Wow, this is certainly not your typical brick-and-morter story,” stated the judges. “Morrow makes it known this is a special place, and then tells why it needed to be a special place.”
For Morrow’s coverage of the entire process of closing Hickman Mills High School, she was awarded third for Best Feature Series.
Reporter Seann McAnally took home two awards for his article, “Fixing Forgotten Foreclosures - One Block at a Time.”
His photographs of foreclosed homes in the Ruskin area took home First Place for Best Photo Illustration.
In addition, his article was awarded Third Place in the highly-competitive Best News Story category.
“I liked the writing style on this news feature and enjoyed the descriptions of neighborhoods and Jerry Mitchell,” stated the judges. “Felt like I was riding along.”
The staff of the Jackson County Advocate expresses its appreciation to all our readers and local businesses who make it possible for us to publish award-winning coverage of our community.
Thank you!

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Confusion on C-1 Superintendent Selection

Dr. Marge Williams selects Dr. Everlyn Williams to replace her in 2012-2013, School Board President says that’s not the case
 By Mary Kay Morrow
Contradictions and confusion surround the future of the Hickman Mills C-1 Superintendent position.
On September 6, a Hickman Mills press release announced that Superintendent Dr. Marge Williams will retire at the end of the 2011-12 school year, having decided to opt out of the last year of her three-year contract.
The release also announced that she had already hand-picked her replacement—Dr. Everlyn Williams.  Williams had served as Associate Superintendent of Elementary Schools for less than a month before this announcement. She has been promoted to a new Deputy Superintendent position for this year, before taking the helm as the district’s Superintendent in 2012-13.
The position was not posted, and interviews were not done.
According to district spokesperson John Baccala, the board and superintendent met in a closed session on August 25th and made the decision. 
“There was some talk of a nationwide candidate search, but this was Dr. Williams’ recommendation and the board approved it,” Baccala explained. 
This week, however, School Board President Bonnaye Mims said that Dr. Everlyn Williams will not necessarily be the district’s superintendent for 2012-13.
“A couple of board members want to do a search,” Mims said.
Asked about the contradiction, Baccala said Mims would know better than him. 
“They must have had a meeting,” Baccala said.
It is unclear when or how the change in decision was made, whether or not the votes were unanimous, if there was discussion, or how a search for a new superintendent would be conducted.
In the meantime, Dr. Everlyn Williams’ new position as Deputy Superintendent for this school year appears to triple the number of staff reporting directly to
 the Superintendent.
Last year, the district’s two top administrators  were Associate Superintendent of Business Mitch Nutterfield and Assistant Superintendent Beverly Phillips.
This year, Dr. Phillips’ title was changed to C-1 Director of Research and Assessment, and her former position was split into two positions— Associate Superintendent of Secondary Schools, held by Dr. Greg Rich, and Associate Superintendent of Elementary Schools, held by Dr. Everlyn Williams for approximately one month.  Former Burke Elementary Principal Casey Klapmeyer has taken over the Associate Superintendent of Elementary Schools post and Deb Fortner will serve as interim principal of Burke Elementary. In addition, Susie Fanning’s responsibilities were expanded to a new Associate Superintendent of Student and Special Services role which also reports directly to the superintendent.
So the creation of the new Deputy Superintendent role appears to make six top administrative positions for Hickman Mills, during a school year from which millions of dollars were cut.
“Keep in mind we cut a lot of staffing,” Baccala explained, adding that some of the new administrative positions have existed in the past, and that Fanning reported to Dr. Marge Williams part of the time last year on special services.
Having predicted a budget shortfall of more than $4 million last January, the board eliminated more than $3 million in costs in March, including 40 teaching positions - and $183,000 in administration costs - only to learn in June that the district had an extra $2 million once final state funding numbers were known.
“We made some tough decisions, decisions that I was very reluctant to agree to, and some that I didn’t agree to,” said Board Member Breman Anderson at the time.  “What you’re telling me now is, we may not have had to make those cuts.”
This month, the Hickman Mills C-1 School Board is scheduled to meet at 7pm on Tuesday, September 27th at the district’s administrative center, instead of its usual third Thursday of the month.

6th District May be Altered by Redistricting

  By Seann McAnally
Kansas City is redrawing its council districts to reflect shifts in population over the last decade. But some residents in South Kansas City worry that the proposed changes will hurt the 6th District by diluting its voice in city government, and they’re calling for more public meetings on the issue.
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The districts, which were redrawn last year to satisfy a requirement in the city charter, must now be redrawn again after 2010 census data has come in.
To ensure equal representation, each district should have about 76,600 citizens. But the 1st and 2nd districts, which primarily include Platte County communities north of the Missouri River, have swollen to more than 80,000 residents each over the last ten years, while the 3rd District and 5th District – traditionally strong African-American voting blocks – have dropped to 70,000 or less.
The committee must submit three alternative redistricting scenarios to the City Council by October 15. So far, the committee has looked at several scenarios, which can be accessed on the city’s web site. The committee met three times in August, and is scheduled to meet again following three public meetings in September where citizens can give their input. Those meetings are currently scheduled for Tuesday, Sept. 20, from 5-7 p.m. at the Park Hill School District Office at 7703 NW Barry Rd.; Saturday, Sept. 24, 2011, 10 a.m. to noon at the Tony Aguirre Community Center at 2050 W. Pennway; and Monday, Sept. 26, 2011, 5-7 p.m. at the Southeast Community Center in Swope Park at 4201 E 63rd St.
“In both maps the 6th District and Hickman Mills Community come out as the big losers in all of this,” said Neighborhood Advisory Committee member Karry Palmer. “We need to make our voices heard at the public hearings.”
None of those meetings were in the 6th District, which has some residents crying foul. Councilman John Sharp introduced a measure that was approved at the Sept. 8 City Council session that added two meetings and extended the committee’s deadline to the middle of October. At press time, the times and places of those meetings had not yet been set (see www.jcadvocate.com for updates on those meeting times).
The latest alternatives under discussion show the 5th District’s boundaries extending farther south to take a chunk out of the east side of the 6th District near the former Bannister Mall, with the west side of the 6th District extending north into what is currently the 3rd District, to encompass Ward Parkway and the surrounding areas.
Sharp said that could be a bad thing.
“We certainly won’t have a united voice anymore,” he said of the potential new boundaries. “I think it will have a detrimental effect on the district,” Sharp said. “It would potentially split the Hickman Mills School District and put the Bannister Mall area in the 5th District.”
Sharp said residents of South Kansas City – particularly in the 6th District and specifically in the Hickman Mills School District – often feel left out of city politics.
South Kansas City often gets ignored, and this isn’t going to help,” he said, saying that it’s important the region have a united voice.
“Splitting us up into the 5th District will weaken our voice on the council, there’s no doubt about it,” Sharp said.
 “We want the north border to stay where it is,” said April Cushing, of the Ruskin Heights Homeowners Association. She also serves on the Hickman Mills School Board. “If you have to shift us, shift us to the east, not the west.”
Cushing said she feared the changes would put too much power in the western part of the 6th District by pushing the boundary north to include Ward Parkway – a region she feels is dissimilar to the eastern part of the district in both race and income.
“Whoever runs for council from the east side of the district will have to run a harder campaign,” Cushing said. She said she did not believe representatives from the west side of the district would be concerned about the needs of lower-income residents on the east side.
“They’re not going to care what happens to us over here,” she said.
At the Sept. 9 “Second Fridays” meeting, a monthly get-together with 6th District council members and the public, Councilman Scott Taylor reminded residents the City Council is not involved in designing the redistricting maps.
“The council isn’t involved in that process yet and it’s really not appropriate that we would be,” he said, referring to the fact that redistricting could have an effect on future elections, as some council members see their traditional voting blocks fragmented.
Cushing opined that “special interest groups” in the 3rd and 5th Districts who want a stronger African-American voting block are exerting too much influence in the process.
“Three and Five are the only winners on those maps,” she said of the current alternatives.
Sharp said it was important for citizens to become engaged in the process, and pointed out that the meetings are open to residents from all districts, regardless of where the meeting is being held.
“These boundaries will affect us for the next 10 years until the next census,” Sharp said. He said “nothing is final” yet, and that strong citizen reactions could shape the way the boundaries are ultimately drawn.
The council is not expected to vote on the proposals until late October or early November. 
The 6th District isn’t the only one that could see changes. The 1st and 2nd Districts would lose ground south of the Missouri River, with the new boundary being entirely north of the river. The 4th District would jut north of the river to include the Briarcliff neighborhood and extend east into the Old Northwest neighborhoods, a move that would tie together a large block of Hispanic populations.