The Westwood City Council voted 4-1 on Thursday to approve an amendment to the city’s contract with Shockey Consulting Services that will ultimately pay the group more than $69,000 for working on the city’s master plan.
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.
The City Council on Monday discussed options for repairing the site, which range from simply filling in the water feature with dirt and creating a more general park to renovating the water feature at about 65 percent of its current size and surrounding it with benches, sidewalks, stone slab steps, a path and extensive landscaping.
The archdiocese claims that Mission Woods, a tiny suburb in northeast Johnson County, discriminated against the archdiocese by denying a land-use application by St. Rose Philippine Duchesne Catholic Church to use a house it bought for additional church meeting space.
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.
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.
The event, to be held March 25th, from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. at the Roeland Park Community Center, will raise funds to build three shelters at R Park, which sits on 5.4 acres at 5535 Juniper Drive, site of the former Roeland Park Elementary School.
The Westwood Planning Commission chose not to take any action on the master plan after the lengthy public hearing and said its members would go through the document at its April 3 meeting for another round of edits.
A project to repair and resurface the Shawnee Mission bridge over Interstate 35 in Merriam was delayed a week because of winter weather in the forecast. New start date is March 20. Drivers should expect significant rush hour delays.
Jim Bell , who died last week following a skiing accident, was a 16-year veteran of the Northeast Johnson County force. He was specially trained in rescues that involve heavy equipment, such as trench and building collapse.
Realtors with Reece & Nichols said public streets within the 130-acre project bounded by 91st and 95th streets and Roe and Nall avenues are completed. They said they’ve already gotten reservations for five of the development’s 53 single-family home lots and around 20 of the lots that will hold 70 two-unit villas, with construction on the villas expected to begin in the next few months.
The Johnson County Park & Recreation District’s board of commissioners last Wednesday voted to extend their current agreement to operate the aquatic center at 4843 Rosewood Drive by five months to May 2019.