Northeast Johnson County morning roundup

Faris Farrasati taking the council oath. Photo via city of Overland Park
Faris Farrasati taking the council oath. Photo via city of Overland Park

Overland Park council appoints Faris Farassati to replace John Skubal following resignation. The Overland Park City Council on Monday unanimously voted to appoint Faris Farassati, a cancer scientist at the Kansas City Veterans Affairs Medical Center, to fill Ward 5 councilman John Skubal’s seat following his resignation. Skubal, who was elected to the Kansas Senate last fall, announced his resignation in April after determining that his obligations in the statehouse prevented him from devoting the time necessary to his council duties. A committee of Overland Park officials reviewed applications to fill Skubal’s seat and narrowed the field to five candidates. Ward 5 residents will vote in November on a permanent replacement for the final two years of Skubal’s unexpired term.

Grant Street and intersection with 85th Street closure starts today, will impact access to SM West. Motorists in the neighborhood surrounding SM West may have to make a few detours in the coming weeks. Contractors will be closing off the intersection of 85th Street and Grant as well as a portion of Grant for 45 days as they continue work on a $3.6 million reconstruction project. “Parents and students who use 85h St. as a route to Shawnee Mission West High School need to plan an alternate route to avoid the road closure,” reads a release from the city. “Access to Comanche Elementary School remains open through the end of the current school year.”

WaterOne releases annual water quality report. WaterOne, Johnson County’s water utility, has released its 2017 water quality report. “Acknowledging increased public awareness of the importance of water quality, WaterOne is pleased to report that its water meets or exceeds all standards for safe and high quality water, and that water produced by WaterOne consistently ranks among the best for purity, reliability, and taste,” reads the utilities news release on the report. Each year, WaterOne runs more than 25,000 tests to ensure drinking water in the county meets safety standards. You can download the report here.