Northeast Johnson County morning roundup


Bishop Miege coaches Jon Holmes (left) and Tim Grunhard (right) with Shane Ray.
Bishop Miege coaches Jon Holmes (left) and Tim Grunhard (right) with Shane Ray. Photo via Holmes’ Twitter account.

Super Bowl champ returns to Bishop Miege. Shane Ray, the Bishop Miege football star who earned a Super Bowl ring as part of this year’s Denver Broncos team, was on hand in Roeland Park last night to be honored for his part in the Broncos’ title and receive his framed Bishop Miege jersey during the boys basketball game.

Lancers looking to repeat at state swim and dive champions. SM East’s swim and dive dynasty will look to continue its winning tradition today as it hits the pool at the Capitol Federal Natatorium in Topeka. The Lancers will face stiff competition from other powerhouse programs, like Blue Valley North, but this year’s team features a broad array of talent. The Lancers have four swimmers — the KSHSAA maximum per team — in every event except the 100 backstroke.

Sen. Wolf sponsor of bill to change sales tax on groceries. Kansas Sen. Kay Wolf of Prairie Village has joined other Kansas senators in sponsoring a proposal to bring the state sales tax on groceries down to zero over the course of three years. Kansas is on of the minority of states that charge full sales tax on groceries. The proposal would put a constitutional amendment before voters to change the tax. [Kansas lawmakers target state’s high tax on groceries – The Kansas City Star]

Shawnee Mission reserves in range of consultant recommendation. In a story about recommendations from an efficiency consultant, the Shawnee Mission School District reserve funds were listed at 11.1 percent of operational expenses. The consultants suggested saving the state money by tapping school reserves and leaving a balance between 10 and 15 percent of operating funds. [Consultants recommend tapping Kansas school districts’ was reserves – The Kansas City Star]

Laura Smith gets indefinite term as Mission city administrator. The Mission City Council, after a short executive session this week, unanimously approved Laura Smith as city administrator for an indefinite term. Smith was named city administrator in October 2014. The appointment had been renewed every year historically, but the council removed the annual necessity for re-appointment.

Mission Ward meeting to hear from Valenti. A meeting for residents of Ward 3 and Ward 4 in Mission has been scheduled for 9 a.m. on March 12 at Sylvester Powell Community Center. Gateway developer Tom Valenti is expected to meet with residents to answer questions about the project.

Water projects divert traffic. Two water projects will divert traffic in NEJC in the coming days. A portion of 51st Street in Roeland Park between Cedar and Rosewood will be closed dos through traffic starting Feb. 22. In Fairway, a water main on Mission Road from Reinhardt Drive to 63rd Street will make the road impassable in work zones starting on Feb. 29.

Prescription take-back box reinstalled in PV. The Prairie Village Police Department has reinstalled its prescription drug take-back box. The box is located just inside the Police Department’s doors at 7710 Mission Road, and is accessible 24 hours a day. Residents can drop off prescriptions, including patches, pills and ointments, as well as vitamins, drug samples and pet medication. If you have questions about the drug take-back service, contact Sgt. Myron Ward, or 913-385-4610.

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