Gov. Kelly issues statewide order limiting religious service gathering size; Renner, College boulevards in Lenexa getting mill and overlay

Gov. Laura Kelly on Tuesday included religious services and funerals in her mandate on gathering sizes during the COVID-19 pandemic. Religious services are limited to groups of 10 people. Photo credit Randy Greve. Used under a Creative Commons license.

Gov. Kelly issues statewide order capping religious services to groups of 10, JoCo already had size cap in place

Gov. Laura Kelly has mandated that religious services and funerals in the state be limited to 10 people after state officials identified three coronavirus clusters related to church gatherings. Kelly made the announcement on Tuesday. Her new order takes effect at noon Wednesday, just days before Easter.

“This was a difficult decision and could not come at a more disappointing time,” Kelly said.

Johnson County had already issued a size limit on religious gatherings as part of its stay-at-home order, which was put in place a week before the governor issued her statewide order. The state and county clarified last week that the county’s size limit on church services and other religious gatherings was still in effect even though the initial statewide order had made religious gathering exempt.

[Kansas limits size of church services heading into Easter — Associated Press]

Lenexa approves mill and overlay projects on Renner, College boulevards

The Lenexa city council on Tuesday evening unanimously approved proposals for two mill and overlay projects for a combined $3.8 million of improvements.

The city awarded a mill and overlay project bid to Superior Bowen for $1,478,437.20 for the stretch of Renner Boulevard between 87th Street Parkway and Prairie Star Parkway, and the stretch of College Boulevard from Lackman Road to Renner Boulevard.

The project qualifies for Johnson County’s County Assistance Road System funding and is part of the city’s 2020 Pavement Management Program.

Lenexa will cover 50% of costs (about $739,000), and CARS funding will cover the other 50%.

The project consists of a 2-inch mill and asphalt overlay, repairs of deteriorated curb and gutter, and replacement of accessible ramps where needed. The work is anticipated to begin in late April and be completed in late summer or early fall.

The city also awarded a similar project bid to McAnany Construction for $2,324,815 for the Ultra-Thin Bonded Asphalt Surface (UBAS) portion of the 2020 Pavement Management Program. This year’s program consists of treating about 29 residential lane miles with the new asphalt surface, a treatment that consists of a one-inch mill and then placing a thin coarse aggregate hot asphalt mix on the roadway. The new asphalt has a life cycle of about eight to 10 years.

Other improvements include: Curb and gutter work, sidewalk replacement, and installing accessible ramps.

Work is anticipated to begin in April and be completed, weather permitting, in late summer or early fall.