Some needed perspective from our youth

There may or may not be a bit of drama at this week's City Council meeting. A couple of weeks after Mayor Bill Baird surprised just about everyone by selecting Council newcomer Beto Lopez as Mayor pro tempore, Lopez’s first act is to make the committee assignments — and at least one of them may raise a few eyebrows. The assignments for the Budget and Finance committee includes neither of the District 1 Council members. Just a few short months ago, the previous Council made a lot of noise to change the rules in an effort to make sure this particular committee included members from each district. We'll see if that was genuine or simply about the particular issue of the moment.

In our second segment, we get the good stuff — A conversation with students from Kristen Pierson’s Allied Health class at Summit Tech Academy about “Being a teen in 2018.” This special conversation serves as a launching pad for a teen survey put out by the community task force ReDiscover's Kerri Gray introduced last week. The survey is available here. If you have teens in your house, we encourage you to invite them to participate and help this task force, and all of us, gain a better perspective on the issues our children are facing and how they’re handling them.

Lee's Summit Town Hall is a weekly podcast conversation, produced by Link 2 Lee's Summit, highlighting local issues and people in Lee's Summit, Missouri. Each week, hosts Jason Norbury and Nick Parker discuss pertinent issues and topics concerning local residents and introduce listeners to some of the people who help make Lee's Summit a vibrant and growing community. Catch the show each week on this web site, Stitcher Radio, or subscribe to the podcast at or at iTunes or GooglePlay.