Northeast Johnson County morning roundup

Mission Street Lights

Streetlights coming to new Johnson Drive not quite a match. The Mission City Council last week approved a revised purchase of decorative streetlights for the section of Johnson Drive currently being rebuilt. Originally, the streetlights were to look like those farther down the street east of Nall. A budget of $350,000 was established to buy the lights, but the brand, manufactured in Canada, did not meet “Buy America requirements for federal projects. The bid came in at nearly $800,000, far more than expected. A similar alternative light that meets the requirements will be purchase for just over $681,000, but the purchase qualifies for a 50 percent match so the total cost to Mission falls below the $350,000 budget. Some councilors were vocally critical at recent meetings of the budget gap on the estimate with the first lights.

Prairie Village disc golf course now open. Prairie Village announced Tuesday that its new disc golf course at Santa Fe Trail Park is now officially open. The nine-hole course now has concrete tee boxes and signage mapping out each hole.

Waste Management to purchase Deffenbaugh. A subsidiary of Waste Management will purchase Deffenbaugh, which provides collection services to Prairie Village and Mission, the companies announced earlier this week. A Waste Management spokeswoman said the company didn’t have immediate plans for changes to Deffenbaugh. “We plan to run Deffenbaugh how it operates today, and we’ll be working on transition and integration plans to make it as seamless as possible for the customers and employees,” Lisa Disbrow told the Kansas City Business Journal in an interview. [Deffenbaugh will sell to Waste Management – Kansas City Business Journal]

Community forum postponed in Roeland Park. A quarterly community forum that had been scheduled for next week will be postponed until 7 p.m. November 10 at the Roeland Park Community Center. In a discussion Monday, the council noted the conflict with another event – a Royals playoff game – on the originally scheduled date. The council discussed potential topics for the forum, including animal control, rental inspections and trash can codes.

Candidate forum Thursday for County Commission District 1. Ron Shaffer and Laura McConwell will participate in a candidate forum at 2 p.m. Thursday at Leawood City Hall, 4800 Town Center Road. The forum is sponsored by the Johnson County Public Policy Council and the Northeast Johnson County Chamber of Commerce. The event is free but RSVPs to the Chamber are appreciated.