Independence names health director
Andrew Warlen will become the public health director for Independence once Larry Jones retires Jan. 5 after 13 years with the city. He has been assistant health director since March 2013.
“Andrew has dedicated himself professionally to Independence for many years,” said City Manager Robert Heacock. “He has worked closely with area health officials and is respected regionally and nationally in the public health field. His enthusiasm and common sense approach to problem solving will serve the community well:”
Warlen, a graduate of Fort Osage High School in Independence, received a bachelor’s degree in psychology from Truman State University and a master of public health degree from the University of Kansas. He was hired by the Independence Health Department in May 2001 after stints with the city of Kansas City and the state of Missouri.
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New roundabout in Blue Springs
A new roundabout is in place at Woods Chapel Road and Walnut Street in Blue Springs, marking another milestone in efforts to improve Woods Chapel Road on the west side of the city.
A roundabout, which routes traffic counterclockwise around a circular island, can decrease the possibility of crashes as much as 75 percent compared to traditional intersections, the city said in a news release.
The completed first phase of Woods Chapel Road improvements included a diverging diamond interchange at Interstate 70, as well as a new park-and-ride lot and lane additions north and south of I-70.
The second phase, from Briarwood/Castle drives south to Walnut Street, should be substantially complete next fall. Final landscaping and cleanup should be finished in the spring of 2016.
Woods Chapel Road will remain open during the remaining construction, but delays are expected.
Ray-Pec surveying patrons
The Raymore-Peculiar School District is seeking opinions from the public as it revises a long-range plan for school buildings and other facilities.
A short survey has been developed to gather feedback on two key issues: early childhood program priorities and high school facility planning priorities.
Parents and others are asked to take the survey online at https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/rpfacility.