Northeast Johnson County morning roundup

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Prairie Village passes measure creating TIF district for Meadowbrook park. With a unanimous vote on Tuesday, the Prairie Village city council voted to create a redevelopment district that will allow it to use Tax Increment Financing as part of the plan to turn nearly 90 acres of the closed Meadowbrook Country Club into a public park. After months of work behind-the-scenes and at meetings, the council needed little time to consider the measure Tuesday, passing it with limited comment from members of the council. No members of the public addressed the issue Tuesday during the public hearing portion of the meeting.

Star editorial laments likely loss of thousands of ash trees. The Kansas City Star’s editorial board on Tuesday published a piece likening the culling of thousands of ash trees in established cities like Prairie Village to the impact of Dutch elm disease, which ravaged elms in northeast Johnson County and beyond starting in the 1950s. [How can we save some stately ash trees? — Kansas City Star]

Johnson County offers tips on pool water disposal. The public pools won’t be the only ones draining their water this week. Dozens and dozens of area homeowners will need to prepare their homes for the fall and winter as well. Johnson County has a series of tips on how to properly dispose of water from both traditional chlorine as well as salt water pools. [Pool water disposal — Johnson County Government]

Pitch previews Prairie Village Jazz Festival. The Pitch ran a brief preview of this Saturday’s upcoming Prairie Village Jazz Festival on its website Tuesday. [Prairie Village Jazz Festival, at Harmon Park — The Pitch]

Hazardous waste collection Saturday. The Johnson County household hazardous waste facility will be collecting household chemicals, paint and electronics on Saturday from 8 to 11:30 a.m. The collection point is inside a secure wastewater treatment plant at I-35 and Lamar and is not accessible without an appointment. Appointments can be made by calling 913-715-6907.All items are recycled for free except TV tube monitors. Televisions under 27 inches are $20 and over that limit are $40. The facility is open year round and accepts appointments for household waste during the week. Electronics are only accepted during select Saturdays.

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