August 27, 2014

Jackson and Cass counties: Around our towns

News from around the area

Alderman resigns in Grandview

Grandview Alderman Brent Steeno has resigned, and the city is seeking applicants to fill the Ward 1 seat until the next city election in April.

City spokeswoman Kerri Lewis said Steeno submitted his letter of resignation on Aug. 18.

“It has been an amazing four years and the greatest opportunity and privilege of my life to serve the city,” the letter said. “I have accepted a job offer that will be taking me away from Grandview for some time and thus I will be unable to perform my duties.”

Anyone interested in replacing Steeno should submit an application, along with a letter of interest and a resumé, to the city by Sept. 12. Call City Clerk Becky Schimmel at 816-316-4811 to obtain an application.

Applicants must be registered voters at least 21 years old and have lived in Grandview at least a year. They must live in Ward 1 and be current on all city taxes and fees, including business licenses.

Interviews are scheduled for Sept. 16, and the appointment could be made on Sept. 23.

Independence opens temporary shelter for stray cats

The city of Independence has opened a temporary shelter for stray cats in an old fire station after the Regional Animal Shelter stopped accepting cats from Independence residents or animal control officers.

The regional shelter stopped accepting the cats on Aug. 18, the city said.

However, the city’s small shelter is filling up, prompting Independence to offer unclaimed cats free to local veterinarians and rescue groups. The animals are fully vaccinated and spayed or neutered.

If you’re interested in adopting one of the cats, or if your cat got lost after Aug. 18, call Independence Animal Services at 816-325-7205 for more information. Photos of these cats can be viewed www.facebook.com/IndependenceAnimalServices.

For cats missing before Aug. 18, visit the Regional Animal Shelter at 21001 E. Missouri 78 or call 816-621-7722.

Construction narrows Missouri 58

Construction work has closed the right lane of eastbound Missouri 58 during the day through Sept. 12 between Interstate 49 and North Clint Drive in Cass County.

Crews are improving sidewalks, curbs, gutters and driveways in that area, the Missouri Department of Transportation said.

After the pools close, it’s the pooches’ turn to take plunge

Once swimming pools close for the season, many of them give dogs a chance to swim before the pools are drained.

Two such opportunities are available in Lee’s Summit and Kansas City.

Lee’s Summit: Sept. 2 at Summit Waves, 120 S.W. Blue Parkway. Dogs under 14 inches and 25 pounds can swim from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. followed by big dogs from from 7 to 8 p.m. The cost is $2 per dog. Current rabies and city tax tags must be worn by all dogs at all times

Kansas City: Sept. 6 at The Bay Water Park,at 7101 Longview Road. Any size dog can take the plunge from noon to 2 p.m. The cost is $10 per canine; limit two dogs per family.

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