Parks, storm water, housing codes among Fairway visioning topics

Potential flooding along Fairway’s natural streamway is a lingering concern.

Parks, storm water and a potential new location for city hall were a few of the items on the minds of the more than two dozen Fairway residents who showed up for the city’s first visioning meeting. A summary of comments will be distributed by the city so residents can continue the dialogue.

Several people stepped up to voice strong support for Neale Peterson Park and the Fairway pool along Mission Road. Mary Sinclair, Tracy Tetrick and Kim Mann were just three participants who said the park is vital to the community. Sinclair called the park “one of the jewels” of the community and urged the city to move through the master park plan.

A pod used to store equipment in the park and that is visible from Mission Road did not get as much love as the park, though. Several people said it is not attractive. The pod stores equipment that was in the pump house until an inspection required that it be moved, it was explained.

The park pod that drew complaints.

Elizabeth Olmo-Lee asked the city to take steps to revitalize Ward Four. The neighborhoods are moving from owner-occupied homes to more rental homes, she said. By revising city codes to allow larger homes for families, it could change the trend “organically,” she said. “I think there are Fairway-friendly ways this could happen.”

Storm water issues drew considerable comment. Especially the concerns that upstream communities “put their storm water in boxes” and send it down to Fairway’s natural stream way. The water needs to be contained upstream, several commenters said, encouraging the city to allocate money for a study and a solution.

Other topics included a coming decision about a location for city hall – either renewing the lease at the current site or buying property and building elsewhere – support for the Shawnee Indian Mission, lack of public transit, bicycle lanes, public safety, the future of the public works building, Google Fiber, oversized houses for the lots and loss of property tax revenue to non-profit ownership.

Mayor Jerry Wiley opened the session by outlining several challenges the city faces and promising more citizen discussion about actions that can be taken.