Neigh­bors com­plained last sum­mer that weeds and trash cov­ered the pro­posed shop­ping cen­ter site. When city crews went in to mow, the site was so con­tam­i­nated with as­bestos that they had to wear pro­tec­tive res­pi­ra­tors. For­mer KC po­lice board com­mis­sion­ers

The Kansas City Star (Sunday) - - FROM THE COVER | - By CHRIS­TINE VEN­DEL

site. In Fe­bru­ary, CDC-KC sued the city and the TIF Com­mis­sion, al­leg­ing those agree­ments should not have been ter­mi­nated.

Mean­while, ef­forts to de­velop the site have stalled.

City Coun­cil­woman Cindy Circo, who lives in the district that in­cludes the devel­op­ment site, said Tues­day that the city con­tin­ued to mow the prop­erty and tried to keep it from be­com­ing even more blighted. The city is open to new devel­op­ment pro­pos­als, but noth­ing spe­cific has emerged, she said.

Threatt and Cromp­ton were charged with two vi­o­la­tions of the Clean Air Act. If con­victed, each faces up to seven years in prison and up to $500,000 in fines. To reach Mark Mor­ris, call 816-234-4310 or send e-mail to mmor­ris@kc­star.com.

Karl Zo­brist served on the Kansas City Board of Po­lice Com­mis­sion­ers through five gov­er­nors, two may­ors and two po­lice chiefs.

His 10-year ten­ure is thought to be the long­est in re­cent me­mory. He left the board last month af­ter the gover­nor ap­pointed a re­place­ment for him and fel­low com­mis­sioner Mark Thomp­son, whose term also ex­pired.

Po­lice of­fi­cials held a cer­e­mony Tues­day at the new Metro Pa­trol Di­vi­sion sta­tion to honor both men.

Friends and col­leagues said Zo­brist’s longevity brought sta­bil­ity and his­tor­i­cal con­text to the board. They noted his in­tegrity and ded­i­ca­tion.

Speak­ers noted Thomp­son’s kind­ness and per­sonal touch. They said he brought a dif­fer- ent per­spec­tive to the board be­cause he had faced such per­sonal tragedy. One of his sis­ters was shot dur­ing a rob­bery and later died in 1989. That same year, an­other sis­ter was struck by a drunken driver. She sur­vived, but could no longer take care of her­self.

The re­place­ments for Zo­brist and Thomp­son came just two months af­ter Alvin Brooks was sworn in as a new com­mis­sioner, mak­ing three out of the four ap­pointed seats on the board rel­a­tive new­com­ers. The fifth board mem­ber is the mayor.

Po­lice board terms nor­mally ex­pire af­ter four years. Zo­brist was reap­pointed and al­lowed to serve past his ex­pi­ra­tion date, re­sult­ing in his decade of ser­vice. To reach Chris­tine Ven­del, call 816-234-4438 or send e-mail to cven­del@kc­star.com.

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