Northeast Johnson County morning roundup

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Belinder_Red_CrossBelinder kids get firsthand lesson in emergency preparedness. Belinder Elementary fourth graders this month got a chance to learn about keeping their own families safe in the event of an emergency while providing some help to victims of disasters as well. As part of the school’s Growth in Volunteer Experience for Students (GIVES) program, the fourth graders assembled comfort kits for the American Red Cross that included toothbrushes, toothpaste, soap, shampoo and other essentials. The Red Cross gives the kits to children who have been displaced by disasters. The Belinder students also learned about how to be prepared for a disaster at their own home as Red Cross volunteers delivered a lesson on fire safety and how to be ready in the event of an emergency.

KCUR takes closer look at battle over TIFs in Johnson County. KCUR’s Sam Zeff has a good piece this week on the growing controversy over the use of tax increment financing in Johnson County, with Shawnee Mission Superintendent Jim Hinson and state Rep. Melissa Rooker weighing in on the development tool’s impact on school budgets. [In Johnson County, Some Are Asking ‘What’s The Matter With TIF?’ — KCUR]

Merriam finalizes end of TIF. The end of the Tax Increment Financing District for the Merriam Town Center received its final unanimous approval from the Merriam City Council Monday night. Then end of the TIF will return the full property tax assessment back over to the taxing units when the TIF ends early next year. City Administrator Phil Lammers said the Town Center project showed that a TIF can work and credited it with removing a blighted area in the city. The Center was completed in 1999.

Second Merriam art project looks at Marketplace. The Merriam Marketplace is likely to be the site of the next public art project, the city council was told Monday. The first project authorized by the city will be placed at the corner of Johnson Drive and Merriam Lane. It is expected to be dedicated by next March. The committee has begun work on the second project.

Mission restaurant gets shout-out from New York visitors.  Some visitors from New York are in the Kansas City area this week to see a game of some sort. The New York visitors and media have picked up on the Kansas City food scene. Barbecue aside, they have discovered the joys of Avelutto’s Italian Delight in Mission. [Mets fans enjoy Kansas City’s cuisine ahead of World Series – WABC – TV]

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