Coalition First Block Party
COALITION SPONSORING FIRST-EVER BLOCK PARTY JULY 10
The Hickman Mills Prevention Coalition, in collaboration with the Kansas City Missouri Police Department’s South
Patrol Unit, is inviting the public to their first-ever Mobile Community Block Party with a Purpose, Saturday, July 10 from
4 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Ruskin Park, 114th and Ruskin Way. This is the first of two planned block parties (the other TBA) designed
to connect neighbors and neighborhoods with resources that can lead to a safer Ruskin Heights and Ruskin Hills community.
“We want to get better acquainted with the neighborhood and we really want the neighborhood to know that the coalition
is here,” said Marva Moses, the director of the Hickman Mills Prevention Coalition (HMPC). “But the main goal
is for neighbors to meet neighbors. That alone can lead to safer neighborhoods.”
Several state and local leaders are supporting the HMPC’s block party initiative including Kansas City Mayor Mark
Funkhouser, Sixth District City Councilmembers John Sharp and Cathy Jolly, U.S. Representative Emanuel Cleaver II, state representatives
Michael Brown, Jason Holzman, Kate Meiners and Roman Lee LeBlanc and Derrick Johnson and Dwayne Bowe of the Kansas City Chiefs
and many of them plan to attend. “This will be an excellent opportunity to meet some of these community leaders and
decision makers,” Moses said. “They can answer questions and share information about community issues and concerns.”
Food and resource information will be provided.
The Hickman Mills Prevention Coalition consists of civic and neighborhood leaders who want to foster a safe, healthy and
drug and alcohol-free environment throughout the Hickman Mills community and the Hickman Mills C-1 School District.
For more information, contact: John Baccala Public Information Coordinator Hickman Mills C-1 School District (816) 316-8240
or Marva Moses Director Hickman Mills Prevention Coalition
HIV FREE TESTING
FREE HIV Testing will start on a once a month schedule....Beginning on Sat, July 18 at Community Assistance Council,
10901 Blue Ridge Blvd, from 9am-noon.
Other dates will be sent as we can get them arranged.
Weatherization Program Guidelines
Just released are the new income guideline for the Kansas City Weatherization program. The entry has risen to %200 of
the poverty income standard. If you would like to apply for this program you can download the forms listed below, or contact
April at the office who will insure that your forms are correctly completed and documentation required is enclosed. Only 1000
of these will be approved on a first come, first serve basis. To see the program click on the first link below. For the PDF
application click on the second link.
Kansas City Weatherization Program
Application PDF form
Community Service Program
Every second and fourth Saturday we have Community Service Projects working in our neighborhood. April Cushing
and Jerry Mitchell have been leading this project for a full year. They have taken teams to clean up trash in vacant
homes and on street patrols. They have worked with the local churches and food pantries to bring a much needed service
of helping hands to many local projects.
April and Jerry have worked very hard on this project with the help from team leaders such as LaRieta Boyer, Micheal
Jacoke, Billy Saylor, Helen Wardlow, Shirley Dobbins, Tim Cushing, Golde Wilder, Marianne Melina, Gaynelle Cooper, Cheryl
Farris, Clyde Envig, Kathy Alivernia, and many more who have donated their Saturday mornings to making YOUR NEIGHBORHOOD
We need volenteers to help with the ongoing work in the next year. Call the office and talk to April on how you can help
take charge of your neighborhood and your future. It takes more than two or three people to make this project work.
Delinquent Notices Mailed
January 31st has long since past. Deliquent interest on all accounts has been added and billed. A new mailing
will be sent to all known addressess. If you have NOT provided a valid address you are sitll liable for all fees that
incrue. Please note that The Ruskin Heights Homes Association is currently pursing litigation on all past due accounts.
If you have not recieved this litigation it might behoove you to pay your account in full before this reaches your property.title.
Major offenders will no longer be tolerated. Many thanks to all our members who year after year pay their dues.
At less than 75 cents a week or $3 per month the amount is small compared to other associations.
Please note that we have recieved payment from our legal actions. It is best to deal with what you own now to avoid
Urban Renewal Plan
We are currently working on an Urban Renewal Plan to freeze the property taxes in our area. This plan would allow
a homeowner that lives in his home to do repairs or maintainance on the home at a set amount of say $5000 or more. 25% of
that would be on outside work and the net result would allow the homeowner to apply for a freeze on your property tax on your
home for ten years. The work would not have to be all done at once, but the threshhold would be needed to apply.
This would help our homeowners in these troubled times to fix their homes and not boost their taxes. We are working
on the footprint of the area we wsih to apply to this plan. The cost can range from 7 to 10 dollars per house plus the
$4000 fee to do a study of the area. This could also be written for business improvements as well as homeowners. The
incentive to make the local businesses look better and foster new stores would also improve our area. Further information
will be coming soon.
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