Northeast Johnson County morning roundup



SM East’s Bhavish Dinakar honored on field at Sporting KC game. SM East senior Bhavish Dinakar was the first person in the KC metro to be recognized on the field at a Sporting KC game as part of Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Kansas City and Sporting KC’s new Community Ambassador Program. The program will honor one student or teacher each month for their remarkable service to the community. Dinakar completed an Eagle Scout project that helped provide guitars for music therapy for returning servicemen.

Merriam changes animal control ordinance. The Merriam City Council this week approved a change to its animal control ordinance. The changes allow residents to have three dogs and three cats per household without special permits or costs above the annual pet license. The update also reduces the number of days to keep dogs before allowing adoption from five to three. Some modifications were triggered by changes at the Great Plains SPCA which closed one of its Merriam facilities. The city staff and council members said they had received no public comment either way since the changes were first proposed.

New car dealership in the works after land sale. Infiniti of Kansas City has asked Merriam to sell an acre of city property that borders a tract already owned by Infiniti which is situated between the Infiniti dealership and the Hyundai dealership along the frontage road west of I-35. The combined lot would be the site of an additional car dealership, according to a presentation to the city council this week. The city granted permission for the land to be cleared. A staff memo says it is uncertain how or why the city acquired the property and it has no use to the city.

School finance plan would reduce Shawnee Mission funds. A plan to comply with the state supreme court’s equalization order would cost the Shawnee Mission School District $1.7 million. Superintendent Jim Hinson said the bill was the least detrimental solution that has been offered to correct the problem, but he preferred that districts be held harmless. Hinson testified before the House Appropriations Committee Tuesday. [Kansas school finance fix draws no opposition – The Kansas City Star]

Survey on middle school alignment available online. The Shawnee Mission School District is taking comment s the question of whether sixth graders should be moved into middle schools. A district task force is exploring the possibility and is in the midst of conducting several community meetings. An online survey also is available for community members to offer comments. The links to the survey can be found here. 

Merriam police report shots fired. Merriam police said shots were reported fired at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday in the 9500 block of 47th Terrace. The suspect vehicle is a red passenger car seen leaving the area. Anyone with information about the incident should call the Merriam Police Department.

Bollier, Rooker quoted on committee chair removal. NEJC Reps. Barbara Bollier and Melissa Rooker were both quoted in a story that reported on the abrupt the removal of Rep. John Rubin of Shawnee as a committee chair. Both Bollier and Rooker previously have been removed from committee assignments by the House leadership. [Kansas Rep. JohnRubin of Shawnee is stripped of chairmanship and might resign – The Kansas City Star]

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