By John Sharp
Persons wanting more information about KCMO’s plans to repair and replace sidewalks and install curb ramps at intersections to serve persons with disabilities in south Kansas City may join an online meeting from 6 to 7 p.m. Tuesday, March 15, at www.tinyurl.com/SouthSidewalks or join by phone at 1-872-212-5076, conference ID 321 591 525#.
A similar online session on citywide sidewalk plans will be from 10 to 11 a.m. Saturday, March 26, at www.tinyurl.com/CitywideSidewalks. Persons may join by phone at the same number, conference ID 665 915 209#.
The city is spending $5 million annually on full block spot repair of sidewalks to address a backlog of complaints dating back to 2008-2016 which should be completed in 2025 and $2.5 million for curb ramps, all financed by a $800 million bond issue approved by city voters in 2017.
Additional funds for sidewalk repair and replacement and construction of new sidewalks are also recommended by the city’s Public Improvements Advisory Committee made up of representatives from each city council district appointed by individual council members and the mayor that I serve on.