Northeast Johnson County morning roundup

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Cat emerges unscathed from Westwood house fire. Thankfully, there was no one at home when a house in the 5000 block of Mission Road caught on fire Tuesday morning — but responders from Consolidated Fire District No. 2 did save one life yesterday. Firefighters were able to rescue the resident’s large cat as the house filled with smoke and flame.

Mission Hills to consider moratorium on recreational drones. The Mission Hills city council this week directed the city attorney to draft a simple ordinance that would regulate how hobbyist drone pilots can operate the airborne vehicles in the city. The ordinance is expected to be presented to the council for discussion at its Jan. 11 meeting. The move comes in response to concerns raised by Councilman David Dickey about the possible impact of drones in the area as the Federal Aviation Administration considers national regulations.

New public works director in Merriam. The Merriam City Council voted this week to accept the recommendation of the mayor and city administrator to hire Kevin Bruemmer as the city’s new director of public works. Bruemmer has been the director of public works at Bonner Springs since 2006. He also has been a public works project manager in Bonner Springs and was Prairie Village public works project coordinator from 1994 to 2004. He takes the place of Randy Carroll who was terminated in September by the council. Carroll worked in the department for 34 years.

Roeland Park feral cat issue gets TV coverage. The dilemma faced by Steven Lewis, the Roeland Park man who wound up in court after caring for feral cats on his property, has garnered more media attention. His story was told on a KCTV5 news segment. “These are cats you can’t find homes for. They’re going to be nobody’s pets,” Lewis said. He trapped them, had them neutered and vaccinated. His story first appeared on shawneemissionpost.com Monday. [Catch 22 law punishes man for taking care of feral felines – KCTV]

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