Northeast Johnson County morning roundup

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Homestead emerges from Chapter 11 protections. Homestead Country Club officially emerged from Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection on Monday, club management announced. The club filed for Chapter 11 protection in August as it prepared to sell its front acreage to Evan-Talan Homes, fending off an aggressive maneuver from developers who purchased the club’s note from Vally View Bank in hopes of developing the land themselves. General Manager Brian Collins said work has begun to renovate the club’s new primary dining space in what was the snack bar area. The renovations are expected to be complete by the summer season.

Mission clock now on time. The clock at Rotary Plaza in downtown Mission is now telling the correct time, according to Fox4 News. The clock was purchased by the Shawnee Mission Rotary Club and donated to the city for its placement along the newly rebuilt Johnson Drive. The clock is dedicated to Dr. John Hollyman. Plaques at the plaza also honor long-time Rotarians O.M. Ashe and Reuben Sell. [Public clock in Mission, Kan. now showing correct time – Fox4 News]

Roeland Park candidate forum tonight. The Northeast Johnson County Chamber of Commerce will sponsor a candidate forum starting at 5 p.m. today at the Roeland Park Community Center. All candidates for city council have been invited to attend the forum. Brian Brown, chair of the legislative committee for the NEJC Chamber will moderate the forum and pose questions to the candidates.

Salina senator says formula giving too much to Shawnee Mission. Kansas State Senator Tom Arpke, R-Salina, told a Saturday legislative forum that the 1992 school funding formula has some serious flaws. Among those flaws, as reported by the Salina Journal, are that Blue Valley and Shawnee Mission school districts are among those receiving millions of dollars in state aid specifically intended to help poor districts. “That’s just not right,” Arpke said. The Shawnee Mission district wants to change the formula as well, but has a different view as to which districts benefit the most. [School funding at center of forum – Salina Journal]

Merriam council gives new authority to serve complaints. A charter ordinance that would expand who can serve a summons to appear in municipal court narrowly passed the Merriam City Council on a 6-2 vote Monday (six votes in favor were required). The ordinance allows code enforcement officers as well as law enforcement to serve complaints and notices to appear. The change was described as an efficiency move because code enforcement is now required to have a notice mailed out by the court clerk rather than serving it directly. The ordinance designates the city attorney, prosecutor, law enforcement, fire marshal, animal control, community development director and designees and the zoning administrator as those with the ability to sign and serve complaints. Councilors John Canterbury and Jim Wymer voted against the change. “Most police states are run very efficiently,” Wymer said in his criticism of the new ordinance.

League of Women voters holding JCCC Trustee candidate forum tonight. The League of Women Voters of Johnson County will be holding a forum for the candidates running for Johnson County Community College Board of Trustees tonight at 7 p.m. at the Nerman Musuem. Invited participants include candidates Larry Fotovich, Nancy Ingram, Patricia Lightner, David Lindstrom, Greg Musil and Mark Read. The event will be moderated by Dave Helling of the Kansas City Star.

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