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City to hold listening sessions on KCI

Neighborhood groups, businesses encouraged to sign up

Kara Marxer
April 10, 2017 - 5:00 am
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KANSAS CITY, Mo. - A series of listening sessions will be held at businesses, and community and neighborhood meetings between mid-April and June.  

Aviation Department Director Pat Klein says they'll give a brief 10-15 minute presentation to lay out some of the problems at KCI and then ask stakeholderers how'd they'd like those problems to be addressed.

"The airlines have been pretty clear about which direction they'd to see us go, but one of the things we haven't done is ask the neighbors and citizens of Kansas City who are going to have to vote for it," he told KMBZ.

Klein says this isn't a sales pitch for a single terminal concept.

"What we're trying to do is make people aware of the issues that we have, such as our hold areas are too small, the baggage systems don't have redundencies in them, when several planes arrive at the same time the curbs are congested and then there's accidents."

All of the information gathered will then be compiled and given to city council members.

Neighborhood associations will soon receive a letter with information about scheduling a listening session or they can go here to schedule a meeting.
 
Business and community groups in Kansas City are also encouraged to add a listening session to a regularly scheduled meeting by contacting John Holland at John.Holland@kcmo.org or (816) 243-3115.