Prairie Village residents have a new city council member.
By LUKE RANKER
Special to The Star
Mayor Ron Shaffer appointed Courtney McFadden to the vacant Ward 5 position at Monday night’s council meeting. McFadden fills the seat left by David Morrison, who was ousted earlier this year after he allowed a homeless friend to stay four nights at the Prairie Village City Hall. District Judge David W. Hauber ordered him to vacate his seat in October.
McFadden is an account manager at AT&T, where she oversees about $10 million in accounts. Her family moved to Prairie Village almost five years ago, she said, for the schools and neighborhood. She frequently volunteers at charities in Kansas City, where she works. She decided when the council seat became vacant that this was her opportunity to serve in Prairie Village.
“I think it’s important to be involved in the community you live in,” McFadden said after the council meeting.
The term is set to end in 2016.
The council on Monday also approved an agreement with the Kansas Department of Transportation to make improvements to 75th Street from State Line Road to Mission Road. The project will result in new or improved sidewalks on both sides of 75th Street. Public Works Director Keith Bredehoeft said about half of the south side of 75th Street does not have sidewalks, so the street will have to be narrowed slightly to make room for new sidewalks.
The Mid-America Regional Council approved about $1.6 million in federal funding for the project. The rest will come from the city. Construction should begin in 2014.
Also at the meeting, the Prairie Village police department held a graduation for the 14-member class of this year’s Citizen’s Police Academy. Council members Ted O’dell and Ashley Weaver both participated in this year’s course. The academy, which included police training, police ride-alongs, a visit to the Johnson County crime lab and even a Taser demonstration, was held for three hours every Wednesday night from Sept. 18 to the week of Thanksgiving.