Jackson County Executive statement on temporary cooling plan




May 3, 2021 

KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Jackson County Executive Frank White, Jr. has issued the following statement today regarding Ordinance 5502:

“Today, I would like to commend the county legislature for unanimously approving Ordinance 5502, which will provide temporary cooling to most of the downtown courthouse. During a lengthy and substantive public meeting, members of the legislature asked tough, but fair questions regarding the plan and the sizeable investment required to put the plan into action. The Legislature discussed using CARES Act monies to fund the plan and though not formally adopted today, I am supportive if that is their desire."

“Despite understandable differences of opinions, today’s hearing is a testament that working together in an open and honest fashion is not only possible, but also essential if we are going to truly tackle the most challenging issues facing Jackson County. I am truly grateful for their thoughtful consideration of this complex issue that does not have a simple answer.

“Every day, our community has the honor of walking through the doors of the historic downtown courthouse – a nearly 90-year-old building that amid its beauty and dignity is suffering greatly from years of deferred maintenance. We have a responsibility to provide a safe, secure and accessible courthouse for county departments, the courts, prosecuting attorney’s office, and most importantly the public. As we move forward, it is essential that we continue to work together to ensure the investments we’re making are just as smart 10 years from now as they are today.”