Northeast Johnson County morning roundup

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Chickens and bees allowed in Mission. A new ordinance allowing chickens and bees in Mission backyards was approved Wednesday after several discussions over the summer. Mission residents had made the request that started consideration of the changes to the city’s animal control ordinance. The ordinance allows six chickens – no roosters – and two bee hives in the backyard. Permits are required and there are some other restrictions on placement.

Abouhalkah credits Peterson with vision for improved JoCo services. In his most recent post, Kansas City Star columnist Yael Abouhalkah says it was former Fairway Mayor and District 1 Commissioner Ed Peterson with pushing for the vision of expanded library and parks services that the county took a large step toward pursuing with the passage of a tax increase last week. [Johnson County’s hero lost a big battle but won the important war — Kansas City Star]

New safety measures at schools. With the start of the new school year, Shawnee Mission schools all have new safety procedures in place. Each of the 45 schools has secured and camera-monitored entrances this year. That is up from only 15 with monitored entrances last year. [New safety measures put in place in Shawnee Mission School District — KCTV]

Prairie Village police see crashes from distracted drivers. Prairie Village police give out hundreds of texting while driving citations. They also see drivers in school zones distracted, which is a problem now that students have headed back to school for the year. [Police say distracted driving in school zones still problematic in Kansas, Missouri – KSHB 41]

Roeland Park to add spring leaf pickup. Roeland Park has approved a one-time spring leaf pickup program as an experiment to see if the program will be worth continuing. The spring leaf pickup will be scheduled for spring break. Roeland Park will continue with its traditional fall leaf pickup as well as trying out the new pickup in the spring. The idea for a spring pickup came from a resident.

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