“The first thing that I will note is that we are all delighted with the fact that deescalation has seen positive results lately in connection with our protests.”
“In the end we’ll have a new bridge, Blue Ridge Boulevard will be fixed up and we’ll have this vacant property that will be cleaned up. It’s an example of the kind of positive project we like to see.”
Despite being isolated from family, Runions — now in his eighth and final year of service due to term limits — had one key item at his disposal: a cell phone charger that his family had dropped off for him.
After the most pressing immediate needs for new vehicles are met, the additional funding will allow the department to implement a phased replacement program for its entire fleet including 32 pumper trucks, 12 aerial ladder trucks and 4 rescue/hazardous material response vehicles.
Projects that are slated to receive funding if the tax is extended include conversion of the I-49 outer roads to two-way traffic, a new Kansas City Southern railroad overpass over Blue Ridge Blvd., Blue Ridge Blvd. upgrades and construction of a new bridge on Raytown Rd. just south of its intersection with Harry Truman Dr.