Northeast Joco

Northeast Joco

Prairie Village council delays decision on pit bull ban until Sept. 5

The City Council held a public hearing Monday on the law banning the possession within city limits of Staffordshire bull terriers, American pit bull terriers, American Staffordshire terriers or dogs having the appearance or characteristics of those breeds. A steady stream of people told the council that the law was outmoded, discriminatory, and wasted city resources targeting the animals when authorities should be going after irresponsible pet owners.

Northeast Joco

Prairie Village to drop Deffenbaugh trash-hauling service

Council members asked the staff to enter further negotiations with Republic Services to take over collection of garbage, recycling and yard waste for the city’s nearly 8,400 homes beginning Jan. 1.Republic proposes charging residents $18.44 a month, or $3.94 more than they pay now through city assessments. Assistant City Administrator Wes Jordan told the council he felt that amount would shrink during negotiations. The city also could consider any last-minute “substantially improved” offers from the other bidders.

Northeast Joco

Cities to split cost of mental health professional

Under a newly expanded program through the Johnson County Mental Health Center, 13 Johnson County cities will soon have mental health professionals on-call who can come to the scene of these emergencies, keep situations from escalating and help the people get the psychiatric or counseling assistance they needed.

Development

Unusual tiny hospital proposed for Roeland Park

Embree Asset Group of Texas is proposing an eight-bed inpatient hospital plus emergency department to be located near the corner of Roe Boulevard and Johnson Drive in Roeland Park. The development site, owned by Kansas City-based Commerce Bank, would include a new banking facility as well as the independent hospital, which may be named the Hospital of Roeland Park.

Northeast Joco

Email from Prairie Village mayor leads to dispute with some council members

An email that Prairie Village Mayor Laura Wassmer sent to some members of the City Council last week — expressing concerns over discussions surrounding the 2017 budget — led to accusations Monday that she was attempting to quell dissent.In the email, Wassmer wrote that the morale of city staff was suffering following the council’s July 5 meeting, at which time some council members raised questions about city salaries and a pay raise pool proposed in the budget.

Videos

Dolly Parton on Election 2016: 'I think they're both nuts'

This Election Rewind includes thoughts from Donald Trump as he continues to make his case to minority voters, as well as a clip of Kanye West at the VMAs and Dolly Parton's thoughts on the election.
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Dolly Parton on Election 2016: 'I think they're both nuts' 1:15

Dolly Parton on Election 2016: 'I think they're both nuts'

Sam Mellinger on Eric Berry and the Chiefs 1:56

Sam Mellinger on Eric Berry and the Chiefs

The Dressmaker (Official trailer) 2:08

The Dressmaker (Official trailer)

Meet the Jones sisters, rare female Kansas City pitmasters who love the art of barbecue 3:34

Meet the Jones sisters, rare female Kansas City pitmasters who love the art of barbecue