Northeast Johnson County morning roundup


Roeland Park Interim City Administrator Mark Pentz attended his last city council meeting Monday and received this present from public works.

Roeland Park honors interim administrator. Monday was the last city council meeting for Mark Pentz who signed on as interim city administrator after Aaron Otto resigned to take a job with the county earlier this year. Pentz retired as city manager in Chandler, Ariz., in 2010, after serving as city manager in several cities. Since his retirement he has also served as an interim in Grain Valley. He was hired in May to fill in and this will be his last week in Roeland Park. New administrator Keith Moody takes over next week. The public works department put together a momento for Pentz Monday.

Merriam public works director fired. The Merriam City Council has fired Public Works Director Randy Carroll who worked in the department for 34 years. Carroll was placed on administrative leave on the morning of Sept. 3. Later that day, the city council met in an executive session and afterwards voted 7-0 to terminate Carroll. The recommendation for dismissal came from City Administrator Phil Lammers. Termination of department heads in Merriam requires a majority vote by the city council upon the recommendation of the mayor or city administrator. No other details of the acton were released.

Cars broken into in Westwood. Westwood police received a pair of reports of cars that were entered Monday evening in the area around 50th and Belinder. In one case a window was smashed and purse taken and in another a purse phone and car keys were taken from an unlocked car in the driveway. Westwood Police Chief Greg O’Halloran said “any auto burglaries give us concern,” adding this offers one of the “best examples of community policing” when citizens and police can work together. He urged residents to keep doors locked and valuables out of sight. A third car was reportedly entered with nothing stolen.

Website names Mission second best place to start a business. Website NerdWallet says that Mission is the second place city in Kansas to start a business based on the city’s business climate and the local economic health. [Best Places to Start a Business in Kansas — NerdWallet]

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