City briefs


New council member:

The City Council last week appointed Robert Piepho to fill the vacancy created by the resignation of Ward 3 Councilman Richard Hall.

The council interviewed five applicants before choosing Piepho. The others were Janelle Biernbaum, Kyle Ervin, Jay Holman and Marvin Shaw.

Piepho, 71, is a retired pharmacology professor from the University of Missouri-Kansas City, where he served as dean of the School of Pharmacy for 24 years.


“The Bully Project”:

The Ray-Pec Community Alliance has an ambition mission: to reduce violence, substance abuse and other destructive behaviors among young people.

On Friday the alliance invites the community to its KARE Kick-Off Event, where “The Bully Project” will be viewed at Ray-Pec Panther Stadium. The keynote speaker will be Kirk Smalley, whose family was featured in the documentary. The Smalleys’ son committeed suicide after being bullied.

The event starts at 7 p.m., and the gates will open at 6:30 p.m. The stadium is at 20801 S. School Road in Peculiar.

The alliance meets monthly, typically at 4:30 p.m. on the third Wednesday at the West Peculiar Fire Protection District Station 2, 20523 S. School Road.

Representatives include law enforcement, the Raymore-Peculiar School District, the Cass County Juvenile Office, social service agencies and mental health professionals.


Meeting on new interchange:

Transportation officials are planning to build a new Interstate 49 interchange at 211th Street, with construction starting in 2015, and have scheduled a meeting Tuesday to share the plans and discuss concerns.

The session will be from 4 to 7 p.m. at the Peculiar Lions Community Building, 500 Schug Ave. in Peculiar. No formal presentation will be given, but the Missouri Department of Transportation, the city of Peculiar and the consultant team will be represented.

In addition to the interchange, the $12 million project includes improvements on 211th, School Road and Peculiar Drive.

An online public hearing also will be available at www.modot.org/


211thStreet.htm from Aug. 20 through Sept. 3.

The project will be partly funded by bonds that Peculiar voters approved in 2009.

Lee’s Summit

Girls golf team:

Summit Christian Academy will be adding an All Girls Golf Team for the upcoming school year. It will be open to academy students in grades 9-12.

The team will be coached by Tom and Alicia Blumer. who have three daughters at the school.