Last August Indian Mound submitted a Public Advisory Committee request for new sidewalks and curbing in front of the James Elementary School on the 5800 block of Scarritt Avenue. I am pleased to announce that the request has been approved.
Walks and curbing on both sides of Scarritt are to be replaced at a cost of $83,000. The paving will be paid for through the sales tax for public improvements.
Kansas City may be the only city in the nation where organizations and even individuals can nominate such projects. This year 950 requests were reviewed by PIAC, which is composed of citizen volunteers. The committee forwards its choices to the city council for final approval. Most requests are denied.
The badly deteriorated walks and curbing are a blight in front of the historic and handsome grade school. They create a poor environment for the students and project a dismal image to visitors, who include public officials and the press. Learning that they will be replaced is very good news indeed.
— Dennis Stack
Indian Mound Neighborhood Association President