Northeast Joco

Northeast Joco

Merriam gets positive feedback about new community center idea

The city of Merriam likes what it has heard from residents about its plan for a new community center to replace the aging Irene B. French Community Center and Merriam Aquatic Center. City officials will be on hand at the Turkey Creek Festival on May 20 in Antioch Park to answer any questions residents may have. Plans are also in the works to set up shop outside Hen House in Merriam Town Center, in parks and, in a few weeks, at the aquatic center.

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Merriam considers helping residents pay for home projects

Under a plan proposed at the Merriam City Council’s regular meeting Monday, the city would pay 20 percent of the cost of a host of exterior improvements to non-apartment residential properties. Residents with projects that cost at least $4,000 would be eligible, Bryan Dyer, Merriam’s community development director, told members. Under the proposal, the city would pay a minimum of $800 and a maximum of $2,500 for a single project.

Government & Politics

Fairway chooses architect for renovation of future city hall

The council chose SFS Architecture/Phillco Construction to renovate the former Churchill retail store at 5240 Belinder Road, which the city bought March 9. Also Monday, the council chose Adam Dolski, a seven-year resident of Fairway, to fill the Ward 4 council seat vacated when former councilman JD Fair moved to Ward 2. Fair has filed to run for a seat in Ward 2 in November.

Northeast Joco

New Fairway mayor likely

Fairway’s City Council president, Melanie Hepperly, has filed to run for the city’s top elected spot. As of March 20, Wiley, first elected in 2009, had not filed, and he said he has every intention to keep it that way.

Local

Mission development projects move forward

At its Wednesday meeting, the Mission City Council unanimously approved two measures: a pre-development agreement with the developer of a 180-unit multi-family/mixed use project on Johnson Drive near Lamar Avenue; and a redevelopment district for a 141-bed care facility at 5665 Foxridge Drive.

Videos

Blue Valley North graduation speaker discusses life in her new country

Daniuschka Rengifo, who fled Venezuela for the United States in 2014, this month graduated with honors from Blue Valley North High School. She gave a powerful speech at her graduation that highlighted the family's struggle in their country, including the kidnapping of her mother. She discusses the feelings behind the speech at her grandparents’ house in Overland Park.
Allison Long and Toriano Porter The Kansas City Star
Blue Valley North graduation speaker discusses life in her new country 3:09

Blue Valley North graduation speaker discusses life in her new country

Royals manager Ned Yost tells 3-year-old grandson after ejection: 'Granddaddy's in timeout' 2:11

Royals manager Ned Yost tells 3-year-old grandson after ejection: 'Granddaddy's in timeout'

Tenth birthday is a milestone for British cancer patient Alex Goodwin 1:55

Tenth birthday is a milestone for British cancer patient Alex Goodwin

Chiefs coach Andy Reid was a prose pro as a sportswriter at BYU 1:55

Chiefs coach Andy Reid was a prose pro as a sportswriter at BYU