Northeast Johnson County morning roundup



Orders for annual lobster sale benefiting SM East International Club due May 9. The annual northeast Johnson County rite of spring has arrived. SM East’s International Club is taking orders for its yearly lobster sale, with proceeds going to help the club bring international exchange students to SM East and send SM East students abroad. Orders must be received on or before May 9 to be fulfilled. Live lobsters from Maine will be flown to the area for pickup on May 14. You can place your order online and pay here.

Prairie Village council gives final approval to Meadowbrook finance plans. In a special meeting on Monday, the Prairie Village city council gave the final approvals necessary for the city to issue $19 million in bonds to help fund the Meadowbrook park project. [Prairie Village clears path toward Meadowbrook Park reality — Kansas City Star]

Shawnee Mission Parkway closed for high water. Merriam police issued a warning early this morning that Shawnee Mission Parkway westbound was closed at Craig due to high water. KDOT was on the scene shortly before 5 a.m. and working to get the road open again.

Rain totals approach three inches. Rain sensors around the area recorded nearly three inches of rain in the last 24 hours ending at 6:30 a.m. today. Porter Park recorded 2.64 inches, Mission and 63rd had 2.60 inches, Mission at Rock Creek was 2.8 inches, Martway at Rock Creek was 2.56 inches, Lamar at Turkey Creek was 2.84 inches and 67th at Turkey Creek was 2.88 inches.

Shawnee Mission Health earns sixth consecutive “A” rating for patient safety. Merriam-based Shawnee Mission Health has for the sixth year in a row earned a Hospital Safety Score of “A” from The Leapfrog Group, an independent non-profit that works to promote quality and safety in healthcare.

Mission council approves demolition contract. The Mission City Council last week gave its approval for a demolition contract for the former Harleywoods building at 5908 Outlook. The demolition of the building is expected by the end of June. The property and a parcel to the south were purchased in 2005 for $650,000 as part of the property acquisition due to FEMA floodplain map revisions. The building is currently used for equipment storage and supplies for the Farmers Market.

Traffic signal study will be delayed. A study to determine if a left turn signal is warranted at Broadmoor and Martway in Mission will be delayed until the recently opened Welstone apartments reach an occupancy rate of 75 percent. Welstone occupancy is expected to affect traffic counts and the signal analysis. At peak times only one or two cars can make the turn from southbound Broadmoor to eastbound Martway causing traffic to back up.

Merriam will apply for street light grants again. Merriam is proposing to apply for federal funds through the Johnson County Community Development Block Grant program for 2017 to be used for 30 streetlights. The proposed request is for $100,000 to cover an area bounded by 69th Street, 70th Street, 70th Terrace and Switzer Road. CDBG funds have been used for street lights in previous years. A second public hearing on the proposal will be held next month.

SM North raises money for Children’s Mercy. The SM North annual Charity Picnic, sponsored by Student Council, raised nearly $2,500 which will be donated to the Children’s Mercy Cancer Center. Students paid $1 to attend the picnic and could pay to participate in a variety of games and activities. Senior Olivia Johnson coordinated the picnic.

Five NEJC natives earn honors at University of Nebraska — Lincoln. Five northeast Johnson County natives were among the 1,800 University of Nebraska — Lincoln students who were named to the school’s honor rolls. All five earned the “High” distinction noting their placement in the top 10 percent of their class. The students are: Katherine Knight, sophomore, College of Journalism and Mass Communications; Bridget Marie Bailey, junior, College of Arts and Sciences; Henry Recker, junior, College of Arts and Sciences; James Wooldridge, freshman, College of Journalism and Mass Communications; James Onnen, freshman, College of Engineering.

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