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Lee’s Summit

Recycle that carpet:

The latest “green” initiative offered by Lee’s Summit is carpet recycling at the Resource Recovery Park.

The recycling center taking carpet is at 2101 S.E. Hamblen Road, located at the city landfill.

The pilot program is being done in association with Heritage Environmental Services, a Kansas City company.

A discounted fee of $10 a cubic yard to recycle carpet will be charged, and the material will be transported to Heritage for sorting, shredding and placing into 1,200 pound bales.

The bales are sold to plastic companies that convert the carpet fiber into plastic for electrical and appliances, industrial and machinery and home and garden industries. The carpet bales also are a fuel source or used for making automotive parts.

The program will be evaluated in a year.

Cass County

New approach in DWI cases:

The county prosecutor’s office and Belton police have begun using video conferencing to seek a search warrants to obtain blood samples in supected drunken-driving cases.

Law enforcement can now submit the warrant application to a judge by video conference and the judge can issue the warrant with an electronic signature. The first such warrant was issued June 15.

“This is about seeking and executing a search warrant in a more efficient manner while still assuring the protection of constitutional rights,” Cass Couny Prosecutor Teresa Hensley said in a news release.

“This system is more efficient. The process moves more quickly, allowing law enforcement to seek and execute the search warrant timely and avoid losing evidence.”

The U.S. States Supreme Court recently decided that except in very limited circumstances, a search warrant is required to get a blood sample in DWI cases.


Bridge work:

The Phelps Road bridge over Interstate 70 will be reduced to one lane through Aug. 12 so the bridge deck can be replaced. A signal will control access to the bridge, the Missouri Department of Transportation says.

Lee’s Summit

Construction in I-470 area:

A lot of changes are coming on Missouri 350, Interstate 470 and Colbern Road as the Missouri Department of Transportation replaces the bridge deck on westbound I-470 over Missouri 350.

The first changes take place Monday, but a significant closure will happen two weekends from now when Route 50/350 will close underneath westbound I-470 from 10 p.m. July 12 through 5 a.m. July 15 for demolition.

Starting at 9 a.m. Monday and lasting through Sept. 15, the north half of the Colbern Road bridge over Missouri 350 will begin handling head-to-head through traffic. The south half will be converted into a U-turn movement that’s part of a detour for the work farther south.

Motorists exiting westbound Route 50/350 won’t be able to go west on Colbern. Also, westbound motorists on Colbern won’t be able to turn left to reach eastbound Route 50/350.

The ramp from westbound I-470 to eastbound Route 50/350 and the ramp from westbound Route 50/350 to westbound I-470 will be closed from July 11 through Sept. 15.

Beginning July 12, the two through lanes of the westbound I-470 bridge over Route 50/350 will be narrowed and shifted right. Two through lanes will be maintained during construction, except during some overnight hours when westbound I-470 may be down to one lane.

Jackson County

Get your Tdap shot:

The county health department will hold three community Tdap (tetanus, diphtheria, pertussis) vaccination clinics this month. They are open to incoming eighth grade students and to people 11 years and older who have contact with infants under a year old.

The fee is $10. The dates and locations:



9 a.m. to noon and 1 to 3:30 p.m. July 12 at the Jackson County Health Department, 313 S. Liberty St.


Blue Springs:

9 a.m. to noon and 1 to 3:30 p.m. July 26 at the Paul Consiglio Education Center, 1501 N.W. Jefferson St.


Lee’s Summit:

1 to 6 p.m. at Pleasant Lee Elementary School, 630 S.W. Persels Road.

South KC

Hospital nurse honored:

St. Joseph Medical Center announced that nurse Sandy Kapka, program manager of the hospital’s Healthy Beginnings Program, has earned a national award for a presentation on the program.

The honor came from the Association of Women’s Health, Obstetric and Neonatal Nurses, which heard the presentation at its conference in Nashville. Healthy Beginnings was recognized as the 2013 Outstanding Innovative Program.

The program was created in 1996 to encourage healthy lifestyles for high-risk mothers-to-be, so they are more likely to carry healthy babies for a full term. The hospital said Kapka has managed the program for nearly 15 years.

“Other nurses are hearing about it and wanting to start programs in their own hospitals,” Kapka said in a statement.