Leawood weighs future of former City Hall
The City of Leawood is considering moving its former City Hall from 9615 Lee Blvd. to a spot near the current City Hall at 4800 Town Center Drive.
All residents are invited to comment on the idea when the City Council meets at 7 p.m. Nov. 12 at the new City Hall. Speakers will have two minutes to make their remarks.
After hearing the comments, the council will discuss the idea and possibly take action.
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The city is using the old City Hall for storage. Its relocation is being considered to create more green space for a yet-to-be named future park on the city’s one-time civic center, said Chris Claxton, the city’s director parks and recreation.
The cost of moving the building hasn’t been confirmed, Claxton said, but if it remains on the site, it still must be moved to accommodate the construction of a new fire station where the now-razed police headquarters used to be.
Claxton said no future use has been specified for the old City Hall if it moves to the Town Center area, but officials have discussed turning it into a museum of Leawood history.
Questions and written comments (for those who can’t attend the meeting) can be directed to firstname.lastname@example.org. Commenters should include their names and addresses in the email.
Two lifesaving awards in less than a year
Merriam Master Police Officer Kristin Jasinski wasn’t on duty yet when she heard a distressing dispatch call. A little girl was choking.
She rushed to the scene anyway, applied the Heimlich maneuver and cleared the airway of a 2-year-old girl who was gagging on a meatball at IKEA Restaurant.
“I was already dressed out and getting my equipment and car loaded for the shift,” she said in a news release. “ I wasn’t in service yet, but the station parking lot is just right next door to IKEA, so I knew I could be there in a matter of seconds.”
For her actions that day, Jasinski accepted a Life Saving Award at the Oct. 22 meeting of the Merriam City Council. She was honored 10 months to the day of receiving the same award for reviving a Merriam resident who had suffered a heart attack.
Jasinski said every second is critical when someone is choking. Between her military experience and working for the Merriam police, Jasinski said, she’s spent a lot of time training and teaching for such emergencies. Then, when the moment comes, it’s natural to react the way she did.
“We are very proud of the time and effort MPO Jasinski puts into training for her opportunities to help people,” Police Chief Michael Daniels said. “She has been able to help two families with medical emergencies this year alone.”
As Veterans Day approaches on Nov. 11, Johnson County communities are finding various ways to say thank-you for military service:
▪ Leawood: The Leawood Historic Commission is encouraging residents to keep their porch lights burning on Veterans Day. That would continue a World War II tradition of leaving porch lights on, a symbolic way for overseas troops to “find their way home.”
▪ Johnson County: In conjunction with the 50th anniversary commemoration of the Vietnam War, the 2018 Johnson County Veterans Day Observance will pay special tribute to veterans of that conflict.
The event will begin at 11 a.m. Nov. 10 at the the Vietnam War Veterans Memorial in Antioch Park, 6501 Antioch Road in Merriam.
More than 400 veterans of the Vietnam War era have applied to receive Vietnam War 50th Anniversary lapel pins from the U.S. Department of Defense and a certificate of appreciation from Johnson County.
The program includes patriotic music, presentation of the colors, a rifle salute, placement of memorial wreaths and the playing of “Echo Taps.”
Park outside the former Lee Apparel building, 9001 W. 67th St., and take a free shuttle.
▪ Overland Park: A free public event is scheduled from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Nov. 8 at the Sprint Campus, 6240 Sprint Parkway.
A-10 Thunderbolts will fly over the venue, and attendees can see an aerial performance by the BeechNutz flying team. Military aircraft will be on display, as will fire and police vehicles.
Shawnee weighs changes to bulky trash pickup
Traditionally, the city of Shawnee has designated certain dates for Tidy Town, when residents can dispose of unwanted bulky items at the curbside. Now, officials are wondering if it would be better for individual households to schedule an annual pickup when it’s more convenient for them.
Residents would call their trash-hauling company, which would have 10 work days to complete the service.
As with Tidy Town, no extra fee will be charged. A drop-off site would still be available on certain days for construction debris and other items don’t qualify for pickup.
Shawnee is seeking feedback on the idea through an online survey at cityofshawnee.org. The survey will be open through 5 p.m. Nov. 16.
Do you have a better name for Cedar Niles Park?
Cedar Niles Park is the tentative name chosen for a future Johnson County park to be developed on 956 acres west of Olathe, roughly between 119th and 135th streets.
But members of the public can weigh in with better ideas.
Comments on the name, or alternative suggestions, must be submitted by Nov. 23. Email email@example.com or mail a letter to: Board Chair, JCPRD Administration Building, 7900 Renner Road, Shawnee Mission, KS 66219.
The park is expected to open in 2020 with trails, a picnic shelter and restrooms.
American Indian celebration at JCCC
American Indian culture will be celebrated during an event that runs from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Nov. 10 at Johnson County Community College, Quivira Road and College Boulevard.
The day will include an arts and crafts market that showcases paintings, sculptures, carvings, clothing, beadwork and jewelry. Attendees can see “Keepers of the Game,” a film about the origins of lacrosse, and learn how to make hand drums, moccasins or medicine wheels. Traditional food will be for sale, and a silent auction will benefit American Indian Health Research & Education Alliance scholarships and summer internships.
The evening will end with a performance at 7 p.m. by American Indian dancers and musicians.
Events will take place in the college’s Regnier Center and in the atrium of the Nerman Museum of Contemporary Art. Admission is free, but fees will be charged for workshops and the dance performance.
K-State freshmen chosen for Quest Honorary
Students from several Johnson County cities are among the 34 first-year Kansas State University students chosen for the Quest Freshmen Honorary, which aims to develop freshmen leaders.
Johnson County area members are Mary Clare Halpin of Leawood; Cameron Jones of Lenexa; Camryn Eberhardy and Jackson Engle from Olathe, Michael Dowd of Spring Hill, and Overland Park residents Margaret Horton, Alex Roth and and Nolen Wright.
Shawnee names top planner
Doug Allmon has been promoted to the post of community development director in Shawnee. He started his new job on Oct. 15, replacing Paul Chaffee, who retired after more than 30 years.
Allmon has nearly 25 years of municipal planning experience and has spent the last 19 years with Shawnee. He previously was deputy community development director.
“Camelot” at Jewish Community Center
The Jewish Community Center of Greater Kansas City is presenting the Tony-award-winning musical “Camelot” through Nov. 18 at the Lewis and Shirley White Theatre.
Beginning with this first production of the 2018-19 season, patrons will be able to purchase beer and wine and signature cocktails before the show and at intermission.
Remaining performances are Nov. 8, 10 and 11 and Nov. 15, 17 and 18. Curtain time is 7:30 p.m. on Thursdays and Saturdays and 2 p.m. on Sundays. Open captioning will be available on Nov. 10 and 11.
Tickets cost $14 to $30. Buy them by going to TheWhiteTheatre.org, by calling 913-327-8054 or by visiting the center at 5801 W. 115th St. in Overland Park. The box office is open from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Tuesday through Friday.