Reed sponsors ordinance to hire unemployed residents for City projects
Third District Councilman Jermaine Reed, sponsored and the City Council approved Ordinance 120944; a pilot program, offering incentives for contractors who hire unemployed residents registered with the Full Employment Council (FEC) First Source Program.
In October, the City Council passed Ordinance 120808 which allocated $1 million for targeted demolition efforts. The Director of Human Relations will provide the 3 percent bid incentive for contractors who hire at least two employees through FEC for a minimum of 30 hours per week, while performing the demolition work. The contractor will also be required to provide benefits at a level consistent with other employees in his/her organization. The Human Relations and Neighborhoods & Housing Services Departments will monitor the program for compliance. Contractors who fail to live up to the hiring requirements of the contract will face penalties.
To be considered, individuals must be registered through the FEC and have current contact information.
Traffic signal removals suspended
After much public outcry from citizens of the 3rd District, Councilman Reed introduced and the City Council passed a resolution to suspend the removal process of traffic signals on October 18, 2012.
The City started a concentrated effort to eliminate approximately 144 traffic signals and replace them with other traffic control devices without getting any input from neighbors living in the area around the traffic lights.
Resolution 120913 directs the City Manager to suspend the removal process of traffic signals, take certain actions with regards to traffic signals recently removed and present a change management process for its approval for implementing changes to traffic signals to the City Council within 60 days.
Councilman Reed leads push to delay privatization of union workers at KCI Airport
Councilman Reed sponsored and the Council approved a resolution on Thursday, September 27, 2012, directing the City Auditor to review performance of the Aviation Shuttle Bus Service work force and report to the Council within six months.
The Aviation Department introduced an ordinance to privatize the shuttle bus service at Kansas City International Airport based on concerns of absenteeism, number of accidents and customer service of the current bus operator work force. The plan would have involved outsourcing the current drivers and offering them other jobs within the City. Councilman Reed voted against the Committee Substitute in the Transportation and Infrastructure Committee on September 12, 2012.
Councilman Reed introduced the resolution calling for the audit in order to address concerns voiced by the Aviation Department. The Committee Substitute for Ordinance 120706 will be held until March 28, 2013. The City Auditor will now establish a baseline, review performance measures and then report to the City Council in six months.
Google Fiber construction
Google Fiber will transform our communities. The high-speed fiber will help close the digital divide for families in the Urban Core, as well as, keep our students on a level playing field so they can compete globally.
Construction starts Summer 2013 for Manheim Park and Hospital Hill Fiberhoods. Construction starts Fall 2013 for the following Fiberhoods: Squier Park - Leeds/Dunbar - Pendleton Heights - Beacon Hills - Sante Fe - Center City – Wendell Phillips – Key Coalition North/South - Lincoln Prep - Ivanhoe/Boston Heights - Blue Hills North - Forgotten Homes - Vineyard Northwest – Palestine/Oak Park - 18th & Vine - Ivanhoe Northeast/Southeast - Vineyard - Vineyard Estates - Palestine East - Oak Park Northwest/Southeast - Ivanhoe Southwest - Lykins South/North.
To learn more about Google Fiber in the 3rd District, contact my office at 813-513-6513.
Public Improvements Advisory Committee (PIAC) Projects 3rd District Projects - Completed
PIAC Projects – Close to Completion
- Ashland Park has a new shelter, drinking fountain and picnic tables.
- Soccer fields at 9th and Van Brunt have state-of-the-art fields, an amphitheater, parking, walking trails, a concession building and restrooms.
- Spring Valley Park now has walking trails, a playground, a football field, baseball fields, lake restoration, Bernard Powell sculpture repairs and benches.
PIAC Projects – Under Construction
- 25 sidewalk, curb and driveway projects are close to completion.
- Alley lights were installed at 2812 Van Brunt & 2508 Montgall.
- Beacon Hill NW Quadrant (stub alleys, streets, water infrastructure, sewers and street lights) is under construction.
- Fire Station #39 at 47th and Sterling is a new 3 bay fire station currently under construction.
- Gregg Klice Community Center will get parking lot improvements, interior floor repairs, locker room repairs and painting.
- Liberty Park will get field improvements, more lighting and benches.
- Oak Park will get a new fence, grading work and a drinking fountain.
- Vineyard Gardens Park drainage improvements, the Margaret Kemp Park walking trail, PAL Center's parking lot and lighting, plus improvements to 12th Street will all be completed in Fall 2012.
For PIAC information you can contact the 3rd District PIAC appointees, Bianca Tillard-Gates or Forestine Beasley at firstname.lastname@example.org
or log onto www.kcmo.org/piac