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Funk’s Front Porch

5 February 2010

Dear Folks,

This Week’s City Business

The Mayor was in Chicago this past Tuesday and Wednesday to meet with the City’s three bond rating agencies: Moody’s, Fitch and Standard and Poor’s. Troy Schulte, the new acting City Manager, and Randy Landes, the new Director of Finance, accompanied him. The trip was successful and the presentations went well.

Part of the reason for the trip was for the Mayor to introduce his new team to the bond rating agencies, but the primary focus was to seek bond ratings for the City’s upcoming $35 million sale of general obligation bonds to provide funding for upgrades to the City’s public safety radio system. When you sell municipal bonds, you can usually make do with just a conference call, but the Mayor wanted a face-to-face meeting to introduce his new team and provide assurance that they are fiscally conservative, responsible managers of the City’s finances.

The agencies asked for additional information with respect to the City’s financial situation, and the Director of Finance is pulling that information together. The Mayor believes the City has done its best to ensure the rating agencies will maintain the City’s AA credit rating, which, in turn, ensures competitive interest rates for the City’s bonds.

The Mayor’s Schools First initiative is getting wonderful feedback, with the most often spoken sentiment being, “why has it taken so long to address our schools.” Schools First is a new initiative created to help all schools in Kansas City – public, private and charter – by improving public safety and infrastructure around the schools. Schools First will:

Use a no tax increase bond to fix sidewalks, crosswalks and other city infrastructure around all schools

Use a portion of a renewed Public Safety sales tax to fund increased police presence around all schools

Focus Kansas City’s basic service priorities on areas around all schools

Partner with all schools to apply for federal and private grants to improve neighborhoods and walk to school programs

Create a city based staff liaison to work with every school

To explain the program in more detail, the Mayor is holding a tele-town hall meeting, the details are as follows:

Tele-town Hall Meeting

For Kansas City parents, teachers and administrators

Tuesday, February 9

From 7 to 8 p.m.

After a brief overview of the program, Mayor Funkhouser will take questions from callers.

To participate in the Schools First Tele-Town Hall please call 1-888-886-6603 Ext. 13998#

For more information contact Mark Siettmann at 816-513-3512, or or visit

On a More Personal Note

We are finally going to our little cabin in the woods for a few days. Funk will be working on his budget message that is due on the 11th, and I will be catching up on correspondence. Last time we were scheduled to go, we had our amazing blizzard, and it looks like the sky is opening up again this time too. If it doesn’t snow too much, we’ll both have plenty of time to get our work done in peaceful, uninterrupted surroundings.

The Mayor’s Public Appearances

11 a.m. Up to Date with Steve Kraske (15 minute segment, time TBD)
7 p.m. Schools First Tele-Town Hall, 1-888-886-6603, Ext. 13998#

9 a.m. Little Blue Valley Sewer District Board of Directors Meeting
21101 East 78 Highway, Independence, MO

3:30 p.m. City Employee Town Hall – Public Works (Employee Only)
Biery Auditorium, Health Department, 2300 Troost

6:30 p.m. Town Hall – South Kansas City Chamber of Commerce
Trailside Center, 9901 Holmes Road

10 a.m. What’s Wright with Nick Wright, 610 KCSP

1:30 p.m. Council Business Session
10th Floor, City Hall, Ch 2

3:00 p.m. Council Legislative Session
414 E. 12th St., 26th Floor>

7:40 a.m. Friday’s with Funk
710 KCMO

10 a.m. 5th District Budget Hearing
Southeast Community Center, 4201 E 63rd Street

2 p.m. 3rd District Public Budget Hearing
Gregg Klice Community Center, 1600 John “Buck” O’Neil Way

7-9 a.m. Kris Ketz Show, KMBC (10 minute segment, exact time TBD
) 1 p.m. Your Kansas City, KSMO, Dana Wright

The Next Town Hall Meetings

February 10, 2010 – 3:30 p.m.
Host: Kansas City Public Works Department
Kansas City Employees Only

February 10, 2010 – 6:30 p.m.
Host: South Kansas City Chamber of Commerce, Trailside Center
9901 Holmes Road

February 17, 2010 – 3:30 p.m.
Host: Kansas City Parks and Recreation Department
Kansas City Employees Only

February 25, 2010 – 7 p.m.
Host: Hickman Mills School District
9000 Old Sante Fe Road

February 26, 2010 – 3:30 p.m.
Host: Kansas City Aviation Department
Kansas City Employees Only

March 3, 2010 – 3;30 p.m.
Host: Kansas City Water Department
Kansas City Employees Only

March 3, 2010 – 6:30 p.m.
Host: Choteau Village Retirement Community
3711 N Jackson Ave

March 10, 2010 – 3:30 p.m.
Host: Kansas City General Services Department
Kansas City Employees Only

March 10, 2010 – 6:30 p.m.
Host: Cristo Rey School
211 West Linwood Boulevard

March 17, 2010 – 3:30 p.m.
Host: Kansas City Neighborhood and Community Services
Kansas City Employees Only

March 18, 2010 – 7 p.m.
Host: Park Hill School District PTA Council
7703 NW Barry Road

March 24, 2010 – 6:30 p.m.
Vietnam Veterans Chapter 317
3027 Walnut, Union Hill Veterans Hall

March 31, 2010 – 5:30 p.m.
Host: True Vine Baptist Church
2500 Bellafontaine

May 5, 2010 – 6:30 p.m.
Host: Plumbers Union Local 8 and Pipefitters Union Local
8600 Hillcrest Road

In faith,
Gloria & Mark

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If you’d like daily news updates, please check the Mayor’s blog site at

The Mayor’s top ten priorities:

1. Establishing a good working relationship with the Council
2. Getting the City’s finances in order
3. Making downtown work
4. Tending to our neighborhoods
5. Implementing the Housing Policy task force recommendations
6. Improving the perception and the reality of public education in Kansas City
7. Reducing Crime
8. Repairing our sewer systems
9. Establishing an excellent regional transit system, which includes light rail
10. Improving citizen satisfaction with City services

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