Northeast Johnson County morning roundup

Prairie Village Mayor Ron Shaffer was named Architect of the Year by the AIA.
Prairie Village Mayor Ron Shaffer was named Architect of the Year by the AIA.

Prairie Village mayor named Architect of the Year.Prairie Village Mayor Ron Shaffer, who was recently elected to the Johnson County Commission representing the first district, has been named Architect of the Year by the American Institute of Architects Kansas City chapter. Shaffer said he was surprised by the award. He had been asked to come to the annual dinner by AIA Execuitve Director Dawn Taylor (a Prairie Village resident) and make a few remarks about his public service, which turned out to be a ruse. The award reads, in part: “For extraordinary effort and achievement advancing the profession of architecture and its role in improving the quality of the built environment in Kansas City.“

SM North grad Mitch Barnhart honored by Bluegrass Sports Commission. University of Kentucky Athletic Director Mitch Barnhart has been named by the Bluegrass Sports Commission as the winner of the Jim Host Sports Business Award. Barnhart is the son of Mission City Councior Suzie Gibbs. He is a 1977 SM North graduate. The Bluegrass awards will be presented at a dinner in February. The awards announcement says that UK athletes have set records for graduation rates as well as their achievements in competition since Barnhart took over as AD in 2002. “This kind of recognition for Mitch Barnhart is long overdue,” said Jim Host for whom the award is named. “The job he has done at UK in building all sports is one of the best in the country. M.ore about the award and Barnhart can be found here


Chamber sets State of Cities address for Jan. 8. The Northeast Johnson County Chamber of Commerce’s annual State of the Cities luncheon will be Jan. 8 at the Overland Park Marriott. Each year, the mayors of northeast Johnson County use the event to provide insights into the main developments in their cities and share thoughts on the biggest opportunities and challenges facing the municipalities in the coming year. The event costs $35 for chamber members and $45 for guests. You can register for the event here.

Prairie Village Police holding Tip-a-Cop event to raise funds for Special Olympics. Officers from the Prairie Village Police Department on Thursday will be taking orders and bussing tables at Johnny’s Tavern at Corinth Square in an effort help the Special Olympics. Any donations made to the officers as they volunteer their time Thursday will got to Special Olympics Kansas. The Tip-a-Cop event will run from 6-9 p.m.

Holiday marketplace at Roeland Park Community Center. The Roeland Park Community Center will be hosting a holiday marketplace from 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Saturday. Volunteers will help children shop for their family while parents wait in another room. Homemade items will be for purchase for $10 or less and gift wrap is included to keep the presents a surprise. Donuts, hot chocolate, visits with Santa and holiday crafts also are part of the morning.

Mission police plan DUI saturation patrol. The Mission Police Department will be conducting a state sponsored DUI saturation patrol from 7 to 11 p.m. Friday. The focus of the patrol is to deter and apprehend drivers who are operating under the influence of alcohol or drugs. All of the officers participating are trained in DUI detection and their patrol cars will be marked with a “DUI Task Force” magnet on the car.