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Is Parade Park For Sale, Again?

By Eric L. Wesson Sr.
CALL Staff Writer

THE CALL has received a number of phone calls this week about the possibility that Parade Park had been purchased by an outside agency.

After several days of researching the matter and talking with several people involved in the process, THE CALL has learned that Parade Park is still owned by Parade Park Homes, Inc.

However, there are plans underway to re-develop and upgrade the housing complex, which many elderly residents feel is really needed.

According to various sources, the process to renovate the complex has been a slow process but a process that is making some progress.

The proposed developers want to create low income housing, market rate housing and affordable housing within the complex.

Currently, there is an outstanding note owed to HUD of about $10 million.

Last year, Harrietta Harris, Barbara Lane, Janet Marzett and Don Williams sued Constance Smith Mahone, Bonnie Price, Dwight Miller, Tammy McDaniel, Cora Lewis and Carla Mack for a laundry list of of violations they felt would eventually result in a complete take-over Parade Park Homes by the developer Delmark and ultimately raise the rent so high that tenants could not afford their units anymore.

As a part of the settlement agreement, all current Board members resigned and only one defendant and one plantiff could run for a seat.

A long-time manager for the unit also resigned and Delmark resigned their position as the management agency in July. It is unclear whether the resignation by the unit manager was a part of the settlement, but it is clear that she will resigned.

The new Board rescinded their agreement with Attorney Herb Hardwick, a Parade Park Homes counsel, and hired Ulysses “Deke” Clayborn.

There were no major monetary damages even though the plaintiffs asked for $10 million.
The amended complaint filed by the plaintiffs asked the court to grant their motion based upon the following for the grounds in which relief should be granted:

• Repeatedly and continually failing to follow the By-laws governing PPH;
• Failing to maintain or causing to be maintained the proper financial records;
• Failing to maintain proper minutes of Board of Directors’ meeting;
• Failing to maintain proper minutes from membership meetings;
• Taking actions that effect PPH without approval of the membership;
• Failing to be transparent in its dealings with the membership;
• Failing to provide proper oversight of the management office and staff and the maintenance staff;
• Failing to provide oversight of the management company(s) it has hired over the past eight years;
• Failing to properly manage the budget of PPH;
• Failing to require disclosure of relationships between parties that have the appearance of or are actually conflicts of interest; and
• Failing to disclose conflicts of interest.

 

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Charges Filed Against Four Teens In The Murder Of Machole Stewart In K.C.K.

By Eric L. Wesson Sr.
CALL Staff Writer

Wyandotte County Prosecutors announced that they charged four men in the drive-by shooting of Machole Stewart in October 2014.

Tommy Benson, 22, and Cedric Sanders, 20, were arrested and charged with first degree-murder on Tueday, Sept. 26, inthe death of 10 year-old Machole.

The other two suspects were not in Police custody.

Machole was struck by a stray bullet as she watched television and killed on Sunday, Oct. 26, 2014, around 7 p.m., in her home on the corner of 15th and New Jersey in Kansas City, KS.

Witnesses say they heard about 15 to 20 shots and then sirens as police arrived in the area.

For Machole’s family the loss remains absolutely devastating.

One family member stated that another family member was killed at the age of 10.

Everyone at a prayer vigil held at the Forest Grove Baptist church Tuesday night, described Machole as a beautiful, bright, energetic young girl who loved everyone and loved life. She was active in her church and loved dancing with her church’s, Forest Grove Baptist church, Praise team.

She loved her little 10-month-old sister and loved helping taking care of her a family member told THE CALL.

They stated that Machole was so full of life. She was always joking around and whenever someone was down she would always lift their spirits.

“It just doesn’t make sense that someone would do something like this and she is now dead,” the family member stated.

Machole was killed days after 6 year-old Angel Hooper was killed as she left a convenience store with her father.

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Airport Group Welcomes Minority Companies With Open Arms

airportBy Eric L. Wesson Sr.
CALL Staff Writer

The Kansas City Airport Terminal Selection committee announced their recommendation of Edgemoor Infrastructure and Real Estate, LLC, as the design, build, and finance the new terminal at Kansas City International airport after the Council votes on who the company will be.
The Edgemoor team will host a community outreach forum for minority business owners on Wednesday, Sept. 20, from 3 until 5:30 p.m. at the Blue Room in the American Jazz musuem to discuss and lay out plans for the KCI project and inform businesses of what to expect in this project.
Clark construction, based in Bethesda, Maryland, recently built the National Musuem of African American History and Culture in Washington, D.C., and Clarkson construction, whose highway division built the Kit Bond bridge, will be the builders of the airport.
Their minority participation goal for this project is 35 percent, but will depend on the City’s ability to get minority businesses certified. Clark contends that it has always exceeded their minority and says that this project will be no different than any other project.
Wesley Stith, vice-president of Purchasing for Clark Construction company, said that Clack implemented a partnership program for its minority participation.
“We have a robust program that we have presented all over the country. We start with outreach,” Stith said.
“The most important part to achieve this goal is that we actually create a taskforce in the community with the politicians and the community so that we can deal with this outreach and achieve real participation and not just talk about participation,” he said.
“We will meet with various African American organizations and various groups. Once we do that we begin to focus on training. There are five different components that we address in our training program that has been in existence for 11 years where we train MBE and WBE and small businesses all over the country,” Stith said.
He stated that there are five different phases of the program that will help companies understand:
1) Businesses need to understand their capabilities in projects of this size is the first step. Many times these firms have not worked on projects of $1 billion;
2) Make sure that the company clearly understands the terms and conditions of the contracts. They wind up getting into trouble because these contracts are so robust and many have not looked at these type of contracts before;
3) Understanding the scope of work so that they truly understand what they will be doing. If they don’t know they will learn what and how to define what they will be doing;
4) Jobs are bid by schedules. It is important that sub-contractors stay on schedule. When do they come in? How long they are going to be there? And who comes after them? Those are important aspects that sub-contractors need to know and understand the importance of. We want them to stay out of trouble; and
5) Education and teaching them how to price out their work.
“This is all a part of their work. Political support, churches and organizations are an important aspect in our outreach program. We can do this together. This is not our first rodeo. I have been here for 22 years,” Stith said.
William R. Calhoun Jr., a vice chairman for Clark Construction company, stated that their program is about building a legacy.
“What differentiates us from all of the other programs is that we build legacies,” he said.

 

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