Kansas Dept. of Commerce creates jobs website during COVID-19; Rezoning approved for Shawnee housing subdivision; Shawnee pauses Tidy Town cleanup; Westwood Foundation accepting scholarship applications

The city of Shawnee has delayed its Tidy Town cleanup initiative to December due to COVID-19 concerns. The annual event allows residents to remove bulky items from their homes. File photo.

Kansas Department of Commerce creates website for jobs during COVID-19

The Kansas Department of Commerce Wednesday launched a website connecting Kansas businesses with job seekers to fill critical positions during the coronavirus pandemic.

Employers can post essential positions on the website, which will be continuously updated as positions are added.

“While the COVID-19 crisis has led to many Kansans losing their jobs, it’s also driven demand and opportunity for some functions in critical industries such as food and grocery, shipping and logistics and healthcare,” said Secretary of Commerce David Toland in the release. “The COVID-19 jobs website allows us to quickly connect individuals looking for work with companies that have urgent hiring needs, particularly those related to support needed as a result of the coronavirus pandemic.”

The website, kansasworks.com/coronavirus, is free for both job applicants and employers.

Shawnee approves rezoning on new residential subdivision on Clare Road

The Shawnee city council on March 23 unanimously approved rezoning about 40 acres of property in the 7500 block of Clare Road from agricultural to single-family residential. The plans make room for Legacy Crossing, a development consisting of 129 single family lots.

Councilmembers shared their enthusiasm for the project.

“I am happy to see this come across our plate; I think it is yet another diversified housing option, different from what we currently have,” said Councilmember Jill Chalfie. “I’m pretty excited about it.”

Shawnee puts Tidy Town cleanup dates on pause

The city of Shawnee is putting its Tidy Town cleanup dates on hold while the COVID-19 restrictions are in place.

Once coronavirus restrictions are lifted residents can schedule a bulky item pickup for their household directly with their trash hauler, pending employee safety and staffing availability. More details are on the city’s website.

Westwood Foundation now accepting applications for merit scholarship

The Westwood Foundation is now accepting applications for its merit scholarship, which the board of directors voted to award in March 2020. The scholarship will be in the amount of $5,000 per academic year, for up to four years. Applicant qualifications are as follows:

  • Must be a Westwood resident
  • Must be a high school senior
  • Must maintain a 3.0 GPA or higher
  • Must be enrolled as a full-time student (12 credit hours or more) for the 2020-21 academic year

Applications are due by 5 p.m. on Friday, May 15, and late applications will not be accepted. Westwood Foundation directors and their immediate families are not eligible for the scholarship program. The downloadable scholarship application can be found here.

For additional questions, contact Abby Schneweis at (913) 362-1550 or at abby.schneweis@westwoodks.org.