Former Prairie Village mayors encourage residents to contact SMSD board about Meadowbrook veto

Roe Taliaferro, flanked by former Kansas City, Mo., mayor Kay Barnes (left) and Prairie Village Mayor Laura Wassmer at a presentation earlier this year, is encouraging PV residents to contact their representatives on the Shawnee Mission School Board.
Roe Taliaferro, flanked by former Kansas City, Mo., mayor Kay Barnes (left) and Prairie Village Mayor Laura Wassmer at a presentation earlier this year, is encouraging PV residents to contact their representatives on the Shawnee Mission School Board.

Former Prairie Village Mayors Monroe (Roe) Taliaferro and Ron Shaffer issued a joint statement today showing support for the collaborative effort that would bring a new 88-acre park to the former Meadowbrook Country Club property. The statement comes ahead of Wednesday’s special meeting of the Shawnee Mission School Board during which board members will consider whether to veto the tax increment financing package that would let the park plan move forward:

Here is Taliaferro and Shaffer’s statement:

Traditionally, Prairie Village has successfully acquired and developed green space for parks.  We strongly support Mayor Wassmer, the City Council, the City staff and the citizens of Prairie Village in their vision to preserve 88 acres of green space for park land. The area to be developed for use by all residents of Johnson County and surrounding areas is the result of a cooperative effort by Prairie Village, the Johnson County Park and Recreation District, Johnson County government and VanTrust Real Estate. Their mutual effort is the result of over a year of collaboration, is unique and reliable. It is a one time opportunity that is not likely to occur again. The over-all long term greater good of the entire region must have priority over short term concerns. The land should be allowed to be developed as proposed. Thanks to all for your support. Call or write to your Shawnee Mission School Board Representative.

Taliferro served 10 years as Prairie Village mayor, holding office from 1989 to 1999. Shaffer succeeded him to become the longest-tenured mayor in the city’s history, serving from 1999 until 2015, when he moved on to become the District 1 representative on the Johnson County Board of County Commissioners.

The school board meeting on the Meadowbrook plan will be held at 7:30 a.m. Wednesday at the McEachen Administrative Center, 7235 Antioch Road.