Thursday, February 6, 2014

Unified Government commissioners pass resolution opposing new parole office location


KANSAS CITY, KAN. ----- Unified Government Commissioners unanimously approved a resolution Thursday opposing the proposed placement of the Kansas City Parole Office.

The Kansas Department of Corrections proposed the 712 State Ave. location earlier this year, an announcement that blindsided UG commissioners and other leaders in Wyandotte County.

Directly next to the proposed location is the Pandarama Preschool, meaning that convicted felons would be near the children who attend the daycare throughout the day.

The state defended the decision, mentioning the security measures that would be put in place after the move was made.

However, that was not enough for UG commissioners.

The resolution passed by commissioners expresses strong opposition to the move and calls for increased communication between the State of Kansas and leaders in Wyandotte County.

Unified Government Mayor/CEO Mark Holland said he spoke to Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback on Thursday.

Below is the full resolution approved by commissioners: