2010 News

Federal Government Shows Support For Regional Transit
DECEMBER 22, 2010 -- The Federal Transit Administration (FTA) announced on Tuesday, December 21 that Jackson County, in coordination with Kansas City, Missouri, the Kansas City Area Transportation Authority and the Mid-America Regional Council has received $1.8 million in competitive federal grants to study a regional transit system.

Judge NixonPresiding Judge Nixon Appointed County Counselor
DECEMBER 7, 2010 -- As Presiding Judge of the 16th Circuit Court, W. Stephen Nixon has developed an excellent working relationship with Jackson County government, especially with regard to containing costs at the Courthouse. Although he will be retiring from the bench at year's end, that working relationship between Nixon and the County will continue in 2011.

Ceremony Celebrates The Season At Historic Truman Courthouse
County Executive reading the Night 

Before ChristmasNOVEMBER 24, 2010 -- Jackson County Executive Mike Sanders and Independence Mayor Don Reimal capped off a day of festivities on the Independence Square Saturday, November 20, by flipping the switch and lighting up the Historic Jackson County Truman Courthouse for the holidays. The events included a Kids Wonderland featuring face painters provided by the Jackson County MyArts program, a balloon artist, a visit from Santa and a special mailbox for children to post their letters express to the North Pole. Several merchants around The Square showcased their stores with "Living Windows" which included live entertainment in their front window displays. Strolling carolers and a sleigh pulled by special “reinmules” were also well appreciated.

County Executive Mike Sanders presents checkCounty Executive Golf Tournament Raises $18,000
Coming Through For Operation Breakthrough
NOVEMBER 23, 2010 -- Some of the players in the County Executive Golf Tournament held September 10 might not have had the best follow-throughs on their swings, but they sure did come through for Operation Breakthrough. Jackson County Executive Mike Sanders presented the $18,000 raised through this year's tournament to Operation Breakthrough co-founder Sister Berta Sailor on Monday, November 15 at the Jackson County Legislative meeting.

Forum Focuses On Encouraging Signs In Fight To Curb Drug Abuse & Crime
COMBAT Director OCTOBER 19, 2010 -- The money raised through the Community Backed Anti-Drug Sales Tax (COMBAT) is making a difference. During an October 16 public forum entitled "The Full Scope of Hope," COMBAT staff and representatives from various programs and agencies funded through the tax described the hopeful signs they've seen that COMBAT has, indeed, helped curb drug abuse and drug-related crime throughout Jackson County. The forum focused on COMBAT's three-pronged approach to combating illegal drugs -- prevention, treatment and law enforcement. 

More Than 140 Attend COMBAT Conference
COMBAT ForumSEPTEMBER 30, 2010 -- The COMBAT-sponsored conference -- "Improving Community Responses to the Risks We See Everyday" -- attracted more than 140 attendees September 24, including representatives of several agencies that have COMBAT-funded prevention and treatment programs. Individuals from throughout Kansas and from Nebraska were also among those in attendance, seeking insight as to how to prevent drug abuse in their communities.

Renovated Arrowhead Stadium Dedicated
Arrowhead StadiumAUGUST 30, 2010 -- In their very first game at Arrowhead Stadium, the Kansas City Chiefs defeated their cross-state rivals, the St. Louis Cardinals, 24-14. While Lenny Dawson was still taking snaps as the Chiefs quarterback, the real star that night -- August 12, 1972 -- was Arrowhead. The facility was considered among the very best in the National Football League. Now, 38 years later, Arrowhead is again among the league's elites, thanks to renovations made possible through Jackson County's voters and the Chiefs' owners, the Hunt family.

Triathlon PhotosJackson County Triathlon Photos
AUGUST 22, 2010 -- The Jackson County Triathlon, one of the largest events of its kind in the Greater Kansas City area, was held August 22, 2010. Athletes took to the waters of Longview Lake, then climbed aboard their bicycles and finished the competition running. Results from the triathlon are posted at www.jacksoncountytriathlon.com.
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A Once Homeless Family Has A New Place To Call Home
Mother Weepings After Being Presented HomeAUGUST 17, 2010 -- Jackson County Executive Mike Sanders had a surprise for Wayne and Jacqueline Scott and their 12-year-old daughter Symone: a key. The key to their new home. The Scotts knew they were being considered possible recipients for a formerly vacant house being remodeled through Jackson County's Constructing Futures program. They would frequently go past the two-story house on Myrtle Avenue in Kansas City, hoping -- and praying -- it might one day be their home.

County Meets 'Highest Financial Standard'
Auditor and County ExecutiveAUGUST 13, 2010 -- Upon becoming Jackson County Executive in 2007, Mike Sanders made financial oversight and accountability top priorities. According to the 2009 Comprehensive Annual Financial Report (CAFR) released during the County Legislative meeting Monday, August 9, Jackson County has made significant strides in the last three years to get its finances in order. KPMG of Omaha, Nebraska, performed the independent audit, giving the County an "unqualified" rating, meaning Jackson County has met the highest financial standard set for public and private organizations.

Voters Approve Revised County Charter
AUGUST 5, 2010 -- Jackson County voters approved a newly revised County Charter when they went to the polls August 3, 2010. The revised Charter takes effect August 23, 2010.

Regional Correctional Center Meeting & Exceedign Expectations
Regional Correctional CenterAUGUST 5, 2010 -- This past Saturday (July 31) marked one year since the Regional Correctional Center (RCC) opened for business, and that business -- detaining Kansas City municipal inmates -- has been brisk. Through July 27, the RCC has held an average of 133.5 inmates per day, which means the center is operating, on average, at 85.5 percent capacity. he Jackson County Corrections Department runs the RCC and the County Detention Center. Both are located on 13th Street in downtown Kansas City. The two facilities are adjacent to the Jackson County Courthouse and connected to one another via a secure underground walkway.

Jackson County Taxpayers To Get First Chance To Purchase
Chiefs 2010 Single-Game Tickets On Wednesday, July 28

Kansas City Chiefs HelmetJULY 22, 2010 -- Jackson County taxpayers will be the first fans to have an opportunity to purchase single-game tickets for the upcoming 2010 Kansas City Chiefs season.  The exclusive ticket offer only for Jackson County taxpayers will be held Wednesday, July 28, 2010 from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. at the Arrowhead Stadium ticket office, located on the northwest side of the stadium, and at Ticketmaster outlets. A lottery system will be employed at Arrowhead Stadium and Ticketmaster outlets to determine each person’s place in line. The lottery tickets will start being distributed at 9:00 a.m.

In The Voters' Hands: Revised Charter On August 3 Ballot
JUNE 23, 2010 --In March Jackson County Executive Mike Sanders appointed a task force to review the County Charter and make recommendations for updating it. The County Legislature reviewed those recommendations in May and has approved placing a revised Charter on the ballot. Jackson County voters will have the final say about whether or not to approve the revised Charter when they go to the polls August 3, 2010.

Kauffman Stadium Scoreboard'The K' To Host 2012 All-Star Game
JUNE 23, 2010 -- Jackson County voters made this possible: Major League Baseball's (MLB) All-Star Game will be played at Kauffman Stadium in 2012. In April of 2006 voters approved remodeling the Jackson County-owned Truman Sports Complex, home to both Kauffman and Arrowhead Stadiums. At the time MLB Commissioner Bud Selig pledged that if Kauffman Stadium were renovated "The K" would play host to baseball's annual mid-season All-Star Game. Now he has made it official. Calling it "the right thing to do," Selig formally awarded the 83rd All-Star Game to Kauffman Stadium during an on-field ceremony Wednesday, June 16.

Sixth-Floor Renovation To Make Detention Center Even More Efficient
Detention CenterJUNE 4, 2010 -- Renovations to help better maximize space at the Jackson County Detention Center are nearing completion. The sixth floor of the Detention Center's eight-story tower is being remodeled to better accommodate inmates classified as needing "medical/mental housing." Originally used as a kitchen when the Center opened in 1984, the sixth floor had been used for storage for more than a decade -- ever since an annex, featuring a new kitchen, was built as an addition to the tower in the mid-1990s.

Mizzou Center Mizzou Center Opens In Blue Springs
JUNE 4, 2010 -- The Mizzou Center may be in Blue Springs, but the new facility will have an economic impact that goes well beyond that eastern Jackson County community's city limits. "This represents an economic development triumph for Blue Springs, all of Jackson County and the entire Kansas City metropolitan region," stressed Jackson County Executive Mike Sanders after the Mizzou Center open house held Tuesday, May 18.

Revised Charter To Be Placed On August 3 Ballot
MAY 25, 2010 -- Jackson County voters will have an opportunity to approve a revised Charter when they go to the polls August 3. Prior to their regular session Monday, May 24, Jackson County Legislators conducted a public hearing about proposed Charter updates. They then decided -- by an 8-1 margin -- to place a revised Charter on the August ballot. The revised Charter includes nearly all the recommendations of the independent Task Force that County Executive Mike Sanders appointed to conduct a comprehensive review of the Jackson County Charter, which voters initially approved in 1970.

Citizens May Voice Their Opinions About Changing
County Charter During Public Hearing Monday, May 24
MAY 21, 2010 -- Jackson County Legislators and County Executive Mike Sanders want to hear what citizens have to say about changing the County Charter. Therefore, prior to the Legislature's regular meeting Monday, May 24 -- at a special location, John Knox Village in Lee's Summit -- a public hearing about the Charter will be conducted.

Task Force Presents Recommendations For Changing County Charter
Mayor BarnesMAY 13, 2010 -- Former Kansas City Mayor Kay Barnes, chair of the Jackson County Charter Task Force, presented the panel's list of recommendations for changing the Charter to the County Legislature during its May 10 session. County Executive Mike Sanders appointed the Task Force March 12, 2010, to conduct a comprehensive review of the Charter, which County voters adopted in 1970.

PERD Award2010 PERD Award Winners
County Employees Honored For Their Service
MAY 13, 2010 -- Jackson County honored 56 employees during the 17th Annual Public Employees Recognition Day ceremony Wednesday, May 5. Using the occasion to thank all Jackson County employees for their service, County Executive Mike Sanders presented the awards.

'Eastern Jackson County by the Numbers 2010'
Statistical Profile Serves As Tool To Encourage Development
Jackson County by Nos. CoverMAY 13, 2010 -- Statistics don't always tell the whole story, but they are vital to helping spark economic development. In their ongoing effort to attract new businesses looking for a vibrant location to "set up shop" -- while also assisting current businesses already located in the area -- the Eastern Jackson County Development Alliance (EJC) and Jackson County have compiled some key data about the County. Their in-depth statistical report, Eastern Jackson County Missouri By The Numbers 2010, is available to businesses and citizens. Anyone can view the 114-page (PDF) document right now. Just CLICK HERE to download the report.

Fishing Derby2010 Kids Fishing Derby Photos
MAY 1, 2010 -- Rain didn't keep the kids -- or all the fish -- away May 1 at Lake Jacomo. Despite some wet, cool weather, children ages 2-15 still took to the shores of Lake Jacomo to make the 29th Annual Kids Fishing Derby a success. CLICK HERE to view photos from the event.

County Executive Appoints Charter Task Force
County Executive Mike Sanders announces formation of Task ForceMARCH 15, 2010 -- Former Kansas City Mayor Kay Barnes intends to have "as public a process" as possible as she chairs a task force charged with reviewing the Jackson County Charter. County Executive Mike Sanders named Barnes chairperson during a news conference announcing the formation of a seven-member panel that will make recommendations for changing the charter.

Joining Barnes on the 2010 Jackson County Charter Review Commission are Karen E. Curls, Dr. Robert E. Hertzog, John Humphrey, Dorothy Kennedy, Fred Mills and Paul G. Rojas.

Independence Council For Economic Development
Honors 26 Local Businesses For Making An Impact
Impact Awards PresentersMARCH 15, 2010 -- The Independence Council for Economic Development (ICED) honored 26 local businesses during its third annual Impact Awards luncheon February 25, 2010 at the Independence Events Center.

The awards were established to honor companies that have created a minimum of two new jobs or $25,000 of new capital investment in the previous year. Jackson County Executive Mike Sanders, Independence Mayor Don Reimal and Director of the Missouri Department of Economic Development (DED) David  Kerr presented the awards, which were sponsored by Stewardship Capital. Jackson County Economic Development was the presenting sponsor.

US Census Logo'Census Day In The Loop'
MARCH 8, 2010 -- Jackson County is urging all local residents to take a few minutes to participate in the 2010 Census. While tabulating American's population every decade is a Constitutionally-mandated federal obligation, County officials understand an accurate count may have significant local ramifications.

Why It 'Counts' For You To Be Counted
Participating In The Census & Safeguarding Your ID

Second 'Constructing Futures' Home Receiving Makeover
Constructing Futures News ConferenceMARCH 8, 2010 -- Jackson County Executive Mike Sanders and County Legislator Bishop James D. Tindall (2nd District) announced the second project in the County's Constructing Futures program to a packed crowd of media and interested neighbors March 2 at the Vineyard Neighborhood Association offices (4301 East 43rd Street).

Constructing Futures is an ongoing collaborative program between Jackson County and several community partners to provide housing for families in need.

Mike Sanders at the TIF Reform News ConferenceJackson County Executive Calls For TIF Reform
JANUARY 22, 2010 -- Jackson County has filed a request for Tax Increment Financing (TIF) reform with the Clerk of the 16th Circuit Court. Joe Bednar of Spencer, Fane, Britt and Brown, LLP filed a petition for declaratory judgment and injunctive relief, a motion for temporary restraining order (TRO) and suggestions in support of the TRO on behalf of Jackson County. Jackson County Executive Mike Sanders announcing the pending legal action during a news conference held Tuesday, January 19, 2010.

State Property Tax Relief Program Now Available
HOPE Initiative Offers Up To $1,750 For Qualified Home Buyers
Home Sold SignJANUARY 14, 2010 --  A proposal that Governor Jay Nixon and State Treasurer Clint Zweifel introduced calling for the State to pay the first-year property taxes for income eligible Missourian who buy a home took affect New Year's Day. The Home Ownership Pruchase Enhancement (HOPE) program is expected to provide property tax relief for between 9,000 and 11,000 Missouri families.

Henry RizzoHenry Rizzo To Serve As Legislative Chairman
JANUARY 5, 2010 --  Henry C. Rizzo is the new chairman of the Jackson County Legislature. By acclamation, his fellow legislators appointed Rizzo the 2010 chairman during their first meeting of the new year (Monday, January 4). The 2nd District At-Large Legislator previously served as chairman in 2006, and he has served as vice chairman three times, in 2005, 2007 and again last year.

Curtis KoonsCounty Director Assumes Key Role
As State Association Focuses On Assessment

JANUARY 5, 2010 -- With the New Year now officially rung in, Jackson County Assessment Department Director Curtis Koons is assuming a new leadership role with a statewide organization that closely monitors proposed legislation in Jefferson City -- legislation that could alter how values are assessed in Missouri.

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