News from City Hall
City Communications Office
City of Kansas City, Mo.
CONTACT: City Communications Office, 816-513-1349
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: May 16, 2011
Staff and volunteers partner to “Fight the Blight”
The City of Kansas City, Mo., Neighborhood and Community Services Department will hold an event to discuss the impact of “Fight the Blight,” an innovative approach to addressing nuisance violations in the Oak Park neighborhood, on May 18 at 10:30 a.m. on the corner of 36th Street and South Benton Boulevard. The director of the Neighborhood and Community Services Department (NCSD), local volunteers and participants of the Adopt-a-Lot program will take part in the discussions. Contractors will also be in the area removing nuisances.
Fight the Blight incorporates an accelerated nuisance removal process, neighborhoods who have agreed to maintain properties through the Adopt-a-Lot program, and neighborhood residents who have agreed to volunteer time to perform inspections.
Using the Fight the Blight approach, the NCSD has notified more than 450 property owners of violations on their property between East 31st Street and East 39th Street, Prospect Avenue to Benton Boulevard. Violations that are not corrected will be removed by a team of contractors on May 17 starting at 8 a.m. Property owners will be assessed the removal costs. The average bill assessed against non-compliant property owners is $421. Unpaid assessments are referred to private collection companies and ultimately placed on the property’s tax bill.
To help support Fight the Blight in the Oak Park neighborhood, the Solid Waste Division of the Public Works Department will provide a special curbside pickup of bulky items, trash and brush on Saturday, May 21. This special collection applies to the area between East 31st Street and East 39th Street, Prospect Avenue to Benton Boulevard. During the special collection, normal Solid Waste rules apply. Solid Waste Collection rules can be found online at www.kcmo.org/trash.
The Kansas City, Mo., Police Department will also be in the area to address abandoned and unlicensed vehicles in the street.
Volunteers interested in assisting with this initiative and fighting the blight should contact Mike Schumacher of NCSD at 816-513-9075.
Media inquiries should be directed to David Park, the director of the Neighborhood and Community Services Department, 816-513-3231.