Northeast Johnson County morning roundup

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Kansas City Star, Business Journal cover new Mission Gateway proposal. Both the Kansas City Star, The Pitch and the Kansas City Business Journal on Thursday afternoon published reports on developer Tom Valenti’s proposal for a scaled down version of the Mission Gateway project that features an enlarged Walmart and a request for $25 million in TIF and CID financing. See our story from Thursday morning here.
[Mission Gateway plan scales back again — Kansas City Business Journal]
[Mission considers a scaled-down retail plan – Kansas City Star]

KSHB obtains letters revealing motivation for Google pulling out of Leawood. KSHB’s Melissa Yeager has obtained via a Kansas Open Records Act request correspondence revealing that Google backed out of negotiations to bring its high-speed Fiber service to Leawood because of the city’s requirements that utilities be buried as opposed to hung from light poles. The letters show that early correspondence from Mayor Peggy Dunn to Google seemed to insinuate that the company would be able to hang them from light poles. See our story on the announcement Google had pulled out of Leawood from last week here. [Google Fiber ended contract with Leawood over underground utility ordinance — KSHB]

Roeland Park nets 20 ticket in traffic blitz. Roeland Park police officers, joined by three troopers from the Kansas Highway Patrol, handed out 20 tickets during a 90-minute traffic blitz on Thursday morning on Roe Lane. A total of six cars and one motorcycle were towed.  Police were checking for valid drivers’ licenses and also gave out tickets for expired tags. Drivers who had no license or a suspended license had cars towed. In the last three traffic blitz operations, police have issued 54 tickets, towed 23 vehicles, made four warrant arrests and one DUI arrest.

SM North, SM East compete in Eco-meet. SM North and SM East students competed against students from four other schools in an Eco-meet at the Ernie Miller Nature Center. In the Eco-meet knowledge of Kansas wildlife and fauna are the keys to doing well in four nature-focused events.

Only three candidates running in Roeland Park. The list of candidates for the vacant Roeland Park City Council seat has narrowed to three.  Originally, four candidates had filed by the deadline to run for the seat vacated by Mel Croston in Ward Three. Tom Riddle’s name is no longer listed on the candidate list at the Johnson County Election Office and he has reportedly withdrawn. That leaves candidates Scott Ferrel, David Gauwitz and Ryan Kellerman. The election will be Dec. 9.

More coverage of aquatic center site. The issue of possible placement of the new Shawnee Mission aquatic center on ground of the Shawnee Mission Environmental Science Lab received more attention [Shawnee Mission high schoolers go to bat to save outdoor classroom – KCTV 5 News]. See our Tuesday story here.