PV city council potpourri

A few more notes from last night’s Prairie Village city council meeting:

  • Before the official meeting began, the council heard questions from city staff regarding their preferred approach to dealing with future applications from service providers who want to build cell phone signal towers within the city limits. The council agreed that they would like for the staff to develop a list of potential locations for the towers. There was mixed reaction, however, to the staff’s question about whether the council would be open to retaining the services of a consultant to help assess future cell phone tower applications.
  • Mayor Ron Shaffer, award recipient Marilyn Uppman, and council member Diana Ewy Sharp

    The council formally recognized Marilyn Uppman as the recipient of the Community Spirit Award for her decades of volunteer experience. Upmann is a former member of the city council herself, and became just the third female member in council history when she was elected in 1978. (“I have to say that, back then, as a woman, there were times when I was patted on the head,” she said.) Uppman told the council that “there is no where better to be a volunteer than in Prairie Village.”

  • Assistant city administrator Dennis Enslinger told the council that some 370 households took advantage of the special trash pick up the city arranged after last month’s flooding.
  • Interim director of public works Keith Bredehoeft told the council that work to replace the decorative sidewalks that have begun to dissolve along Mission Road at 75th Street, 77th Street and 79th Street will begin this weekend. He told the council he would be directing the contractor to schedule work so as to complete the replacement at the corner of 75th Street and Mission Road before school starts at Shawnee Mission East.