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10 chances to tell Overland Park what you think

Johnson County will install modern equipment in the control tower at the New Century AirCenter.
Johnson County will install modern equipment in the control tower at the New Century AirCenter. File photo

As Overland Park continues its long-range visioning process known as Forward OP, officials have scheduled 10 “community conversations” April 24-26, where citizens can discuss the city’s future direction.

Participants can choose any of the 10 meetings, which will be identical in format. The focus will be to validate and deliberate on the nearly 3,000 pieces of community input received earlier. Participants will be able to see drafts of vision statements and supporting goals while identifying steps to achieve the vision.

The schedule:

▪ Tuesday, April 24 (one session): 6:30 p.m. at the Matt Ross Community Center, 8101 Marty St.

▪ Wednesday, April 25 (four sessions): 7:30 a.m. at St. Andrews Golf Course Clubhouse, 11099 W. 135th St.; noon at Johnson County Community College Carlsen Center, 12345 College Blvd.; 4 p.m. at the Overland Park Chamber of Commerce, 9001 W. 110th St.; and 6:30 p.m. at Shawnee Mission South High School, 5800 W. 107th St.

▪ Thursday, April 26 (five sessions): 7:30 a.m. at Tomahawk Ridge Community Center, 11902 Lowell Ave.; 10 a.m. at The Culture House at Oak Park Mall, 11149 W. 95th St.; noon at Johnson County Central Resource Library, 9875 W. 87th St.; 4 p.m. at Mazuma Credit Union, 7260 W. 135th St., and 6:30 p.m. at Blue Valley Hilltop Conference Center, 7700 W. 143rd St.

RSVPs are encouraged, but not required, at

Recycling Extravaganza is Saturday

Leawood, Overland Park and Prairie Village are hosting an event Saturday where residents can recycle just about anything — from documents, shoes and mattresses to bicycles, eyeglasses and pet supplies.

The 2018 Spring Recycling Extravaganza will take place from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Johnson County Community College, 12345 College Blvd.

At a similar event last fall, residents disposed of 105,000 pounds of electronics, 62,000 pounds of paper, two semi-trailers of housewares, clothing, furniture and books; more than 400 pairs of glasses; 18 band instruments; more than 150 bicycles, 900 pairs of shoes; hundreds of pounds of fabric and more than 80 mattresses.

Most items can be recycled for free, but there is a charge of $20 to $50 for CRT electronics, depending on their size, a $10 fee for mattresses and box springs, and a suggested donation of $5 for a standard file box of documents.

Find details at

Airport to upgrade control tower

Johnson County will install modern equipment in the control tower at the New Century AirCenter, with the help of nearly $150,000 from the Kansas Department of Transportation.

The state funding — totaling $148,680 — will finance most of the $165,200 cost of replacing the control tower voice switching system and backup radio transceiver. The voice switch is the primary interface of the radios, telephone and data lines between the tower, aircraft, Kansas City Approach/Departure Control at Kansas City International Airport and Kansas City Center Controllers.

“New Century is the third-busiest towered airport in Kansas,” said Aaron Otto, acting assistant county manager, “and this modernization will provide more reliable services to the airport’s pilots.”

The Johnson County Commission has approved a contract with Wolen LLC to complete the work.

Bike route being marked in Leawood

Starting this month, crews are marking a recreational bicycle route in northern Leawood, which will guide riders riders from the northern city limits to Interstate 435 and back. An extension will go to Leawood Park across I-435.

The work includes sign installation and traffic control. Completion is expected in early June, weather permitting. Completion is expected in early June.

A map of the route can be found by clicking on the news release is at

‘Taste of Shawnee’ postponed to May 12

Because of nasty weather forecast for April 7, “Taste of Shawnee” has been postponed to May 12.

Featuring food from more than 20 Shawnee restaurants and food trucks, the event will take place from 3 to 6 p.m. at Shawnee Town 1929. A $10 gate pass buys five taste tickets. Details are at

Fashion show at JCCC

Most of us can’t afford Fashion Week in New York, but new clothing ideas are as close as Johnson County Community College.

The college’s “City Style” Fashion Show, featuring designs from students in the Fashion Merchandising and Design program, will be presented at noon and 7 p.m. Friday in Yardley Hall at the Carlsen Center.

In addition to the students’ original designs, the shows will include sustainable looks using repurposed clothing from TurnStyles Resale shop in Overland Park and pieces from the college’s historic and designer collections. Also highlighted are dresses that will be distributed in Uganda by nursing students and staff.

Tickets can be purchased ahead of time for $8 or at the door for $10. All proceeds support student scholarships. Advance tickets are available at the Carlsen Center box office, 913-469-4445, or online at (Click on Carlsen Center.)

Leawood Stage Company presents retrospective musical revue

The Leawood Stage Company will inaugurate its 20th season April 20-21 with a musical revue of songs from shows of previous seasons.

Both performances of “An Enchanted Evening: ” begin at 7:30 p.m. at the Burns & McDonnell auditorium, 9400 Ward Parkway across the state line in Kansas City.

The revue is directed by Chris McCoy, with music direction by Brant Challacombe. The Broadway tunes will be sung by vocalists from past productions.

Tickets cost $19.95. They can be purchased in advance at or at the Parks and Recreation desk on the lower level of Leawood City Hall, 4800 Town Center Drive.

Lenexa Dumpster Days now April 21-22

Predicted bad weather on April 7-8 caused Lenexa to reschedule Dumpster Days to April 21-22.

From 8 a.m. to 4 pm. both days, Lenexa residents can dispose of large items at the Municipal Services Service Center, 7700 Cottonwood St. They should bring proof of residency and money to pay a fee based on the size of the vehicle. There’s an extra fee for items like tires and televisions.

Appropriate items include appliances, ballasts, electronics, furniture, lamps, light fixtures, smoke detectors, tires and yard waste.

Household trash, liquids and hazardous waste — like chemicals and fluorescent tubes — will not be accepted.