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Residents Move Forward To Get Answers To Gasoline Smells

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By Eric L. Wesson Sr.
CALL Staff Writer

About 70 homeowners and business owners in the area of 31st and Cleveland gathered Monday evening July 20, at the Palestine Missionary Baptist Church of Jesus Christ, for an informational session concerning the smell of petroleum gasoline int heir homes.
Also in attendance were  State Senator Shalonn “Kiki” Curls and City Councilwoman Melba Curls.
Environmental specialist and Attorney William Sessions and Attorney Mark Bryant were on hand to share information and explain the next step that homeowners and business owners should take to begin to be made whole in their area.
The session highlighted the steps that homeowners must go through if they wanted to state a claim.
About 12 people that were in attendance met with Sessions the next day for instructions.
A homeowner and a business owner voiced their concern over maintaining the land rights if a settlement were reached that resulted in the land being cleaned.
Sessions and Bryant explained to the group that if a settlement was reached it could include cleaning up the land and allowing owners to maintain ownership of their land since several attendees expressed their concern in keeping their land rights.
Some in attendance expressed their concern over health issues.
Maurice Copeland encouraged the audience to not simply focus on the gasoline issue, but explore other environmental issues that may be taking place in their communities.
Copeland pointed to the new gas station being built on the corner of 27th and Indiana and questioned whether the previous tanks had been removed. He also reminded homeowners that there were laundry and chemical plants in the area as well.

 

 

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Council Pases Minimum Wage Ordinance; Set Reach $13 In 2020

By Eric L. Wesson Sr.
CALL Staff Writer

By a vote of 12 to 1 the Kansas City, Mo., City Council has passed an ordinance that will raise the City’s minimum wage over the next few years until it reaches $13 per hour in 2020.
City Councilman Ed Ford was the only “No” vote, because he feels that the ordinance will not be able to stand up in court when challenged.
Craig Harris works two jobs said the raise at the end of next month will help, but not much.
“After taxes it comes to about $100 more a month. I just hope that my employer doesn’t say that he has to cut our hours because he can’t afford to pay us more,” Harris said.
“But I am thankful because every little bit helps. I just wish the cost of Pampers would and formula would go down,” he laughed.
It has been rumored that a ballot iniative may be in the works to let voters decide whether the wage should be raised to the proposed $15. However, it is believed that that the measure would stand a greater chance of being defeated at the polls once the Chamber of Commerce and other businesses, that oppose the measure, pooled financial resources and campaigned against it. Most business owners have expressed their opposition to the City’s ordinance.
At the base of the ordinance is a Missouri law which does not allow municipalities to increase their minimum wage past that of the state’s set minimum wage.
City Councilman Jermaine Reed sponsored  Ordinance 150217 on Thursday, March 26, leading the push to increase the minimum wage.
Following a series of several meetings and hearings, the council met on Thursday, July 16, as a Committee of the Whole to act upon the issue to increase the minimum wage.

 

 

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