Friends of KCI get thwarted by city charter, but the single-terminal opposition group will try again

  • This is what Friends of KCI wish to stop.

Friends of Kansas City International Airport came out of nowhere last weekend with an attempt to block the Kansas City, Missouri, City Council’s move toward a new, single-terminal airport at KCI. Their gambit to try and organize a public vote to overturn an April 11 resolution to proceed with early stages of studying the single-terminal idea via petition initiative went nowhere fast as soon as the weekend vanished.

Friends of KCI sent in 164 signatures to the city clerk’s office on Sunday as an early step to try and put the measure on a citywide ballot, only to learn Monday that such votes can only nix ordinances, not nonbinding resolutions like the one the City Council passed on April 11. John Murphy, spokesman for Friends of KCI, seems undaunted.

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