Leawood man among those honored for D-Day participation. Colonel Jack Brooks, 94, of Leawood was among the three veterans of D-Day operations honored by Johnson County to mark the 70th anniversary of the operation. Brooks was an Army captain in the First Infantry Division. He was among the first wave of soldiers to storm Omaha Beach. “On behalf of Johnson County, it’s a privilege to salute our local D-Day veterans,” said county Chair Ed Eilert. “They demonstrated strength, determination, and bravery. We must never forget them, what they did, and why they did it.” The operation that proved to be the turning point of World War II began 70 years ago today.
Another MVNA family puts house on market. Whitney and Debbie Kerr, two of the most active members in the Mission Valley Neighbors Association’s fight against the Tutera Group’s Mission Chateau proposal, and plaintiffs in the group’s lawsuit against the city of Prairie Village over the outcome of the vote on the project, have put their house on the market.
Johnson Drive project moving along. The Johnson Drive rehabilitation project is hitting some big markers. The southeast quadrant of the project is ready for sidewalks to be installed. A driving surface has been laid in that area with the final two inches of asphalt to come at the end of the project. Construction crews have started work in the southwest section. The switch to the north side is estimated to come in July.
Registration for U.S. Open National Playoffs qualifier at Homestead closes June 11. The U.S. Open National Playoffs Missouri Valley Sectional Qualify Tournament returns to Prairie Village this summer, and registration for the event closes June 11. The tournament will run June 26-29, and will feature some of the top amateurs in the region. More information is available here.
Kansas Watchdog examines Roeland Park public comment policy. Kansas Watchdog reporter Travis Perry published an exploration of Roeland Park’s deliberations over how much public comment to include in city’s committee of the whole meetings. Councilor Jennifer Gunby said her support of a proposal to curb some public comment hasn’t been influenced by the extensive comment on the anti-discrimination ordinance the council is considering. “It wasn’t driven by any of the recent meetings; this change has been coming for a little while,” she said. [Roeland Park council may rescind public comment experiment — KansasWatchdog.org]