Mike Hendricks may not have come up with a new idea about the Fairway city hall issue, but he absolutely came up with the right idea (4/12, Metro, “A fair way to help small cities”). I am a nine-year Fairway resident. It’s a terrific neighborhood, but I’ve always thought we should merge with one or more of our neighboring small cities. Thanks to Mike for pointing out so many great reasons to do so.
I bristle at the idea of a new city hall, period. Why do we need one? Why do we need a city of Fairway? Why spend millions of dollars on a building for a government facility? What does that do for residents? What possible reasons do our city leaders have for not even considering a merger?
Amen, Mike. Let’s do away with Fairway.
In Mike Hendricks’ April 12 column, he suggested that the communities of northeast Johnson County would be better served by merging into one super-municipality and become like the Brookside and Waldo neighborhoods of Kansas City. Hendricks cited Fairway’s current consideration of a new city hall as an illustration of this need.
As a member of the Fairway City Council, I suggest that the city hall discussion, despite being contentious at times, is exactly why Mr. Hendricks’ suggestion is a terrible idea.
In Fairway, we have an obsolete city hall that is inaccessible under the Americans With Disabilities Act. The city has committed to putting any proposal for a new city hall to a vote. Therefore, to ensure that Fairway gets a functional, handicapped-accessible city hall, it is imperative that we only put forth a plan that has broad community support.
I wonder whether this is the same process available to Waldo and Brookside residents when the municipal government of Kansas City makes important decisions that affect them.
City Council member, 1st Ward