Northeast Johnson County morning roundup

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Roeland Park postpones decision on another extension for Commerce Bank property. The Roeland Park city council on Monday postponed a planned discussion of whether or not to give Commerce Bank another extension on the start of construction deadline for the undeveloped parcel of land at Johnson Drive and Roe Avenue. Commerce Bank purchase the property from the city in July 2012 and was initially given a start of construction deadline of March 1, 2014. After the bank had trouble finding tenants interested in occupying pad sites near the planned new bank building, it approached the city for two deadline extensions, the most recent of which is set to expire Sept. 1. Commerce has now requested another six month extension, which the city is prepared to consider — though this time with the caveat that Commerce must compensate the city $5,000 for the lost revenue caused by the delays. The Roeland Park council is expected to vote on the proposed extension later this month.

Shawnee Mission, teachers union to hold contract talks tonight. Teachers in the Shawnee Mission School District may at last have a contract for the 2015-2016 school year after today — and not a moment too soon, considering the first day of class is just a week away. The district announced earlier this week that negotiators would be holding a meeting at 5 p.m. tonight at the Indian Creek Technology Center to discuss teacher contracts. The meeting is open to the public.


Milton Wolf says he’s cleared by Kansas Board of Healing Arts. Milton Wolf, the Leawood resident who mounted a surprisingly robust challenge to Sen. Pat Roberts in the 2014 elections, told the media this week that he had been cleared of any wrongdoing by the Kansas Board of Healing Arts, which started an investigation of the radiologist after it came to light that Wolf had posted photos of deceased patients along with humorous comments on Facebook. Wolf tacked a charge or two of his own along with the announcement the investigation was over. “In the coming days and weeks, Kansas Republicans will learn the details of corruption within our own party. When they see the abuse of power, the disregard of law, the depth of dishonesty, and the heights to which this reaches — all so a group of failed career politicians could cling to power — I suspect Kansans will recoil in disgust, and then grab their pitchforks,” Wolf wrote in a statement. “But for today, I am going to celebrate with family and friends that the truth has finally prevailed.” [Milton Wolf says he’s been cleared of wrongdoing by Kansas medical board — The Pitch]

Coffee With a Cop roll outs in Mission, Prairie Village subject of Star story. The Kansas City Star this week published a profile on how local cities are using community relations efforts, like the Coffee With a Cop programs recently rolled out in Prairie Village and Mission, as a way to improve interactions with citizens. [Cities turn to personal contact to bolster public relations — Kansas City Star]

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