A new Human Relations Commission has been established in Blue Springs.

The Blue Springs City Council voted unanimously in support of adding the commission to Chapter 120 of the Code of Ordinances.

As previously reported, the Human Relations Commission was devised by Blue Springs Police Chief Wayne McCoy, and its intent is to protect, provide and investigate issues concerning human rights in the community. McCoy said quarreling next-door neighbors of different backgrounds, ethnicity, races, sexual orientation, etc., would be the types of situations the commission would moderate.

Emmanuel Ngomsi, owner of All World Languages and Cultures Inc., was also approved by the Council to serve as a consultant for the new commission. His business provides diversity training, cultural education and foreign language service, according to its website. Mayor Carson Ross said that Ngomsi was integral in the creation of a human relations commission in Lee's Summit as well.

"When people with different cultural backgrounds and nationalities work together, there comes an inevitable moment of misunderstanding during which communication both verbal and nonverbal seems to hinder productivity," Ngomsi writes on the All World Languages and Cultures Inc. website.

In other action, the Council unanimously approved the final plat for the residential development called "Parkway Estates" at the northwest corner of Shamrock Lane and Monterrey Drive in Blue Springs.

The City Council also amended City Code Section 110.160 that deals with open meetings, votes and records. This particular section incorporates portions of the State Sunshine Law into the city's municipal code.