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Students from Junction Elementary School spelled out "sidewalk" in today's sidewalk dedication. The ribbon-cutting ceremony was in Matney Park near 42nd and Shawnee Drive. (Staff photo by Mary Rupert)
Students from Junction Elementary School spelled out “sidewalk” in today’s sidewalk dedication. The ribbon-cutting ceremony was in Matney Park near 42nd and Shawnee Drive. (Staff photo by Mary Rupert)

by Mary Rupert

With the help of students from Junction Elementary School, the ribbon was cut today for new sidewalks in the Turner area.

The sidewalk improvements are expected to make it safer for students to walk to school, according to Unified Government Commissioner Angela Markley, 6th District. They also are in keeping with the healthy communities initiative goals in Wyandotte County.

During the ribbon-cutting event, the group walked a short distance on a pathway from Matney Park at 42nd and Shawnee Drive to the nearby Junction School, enjoying the beautiful autumn weather.

About $210,000 was spent on the project from the Commissioners’ Neighborhood Infrastructure Project (CNIP). Commissioner Markley estimated the cost of sidewalks at $100 per square foot.

Under this program, each commissioner has about the same amount of money to spend on projects he selects in his district. The source of the funds is the sales tax approved in 2010, according to the UG. In all, the districts have $4.4 million to spend on projects selected by each commissioner. In the 5th District, the CNIP project was the renovation of the Piper community center, and in the 4th District, it was the improvement of an athletic field.

Since the amount of money can fund only a small project in each district, Commissioner Markley said it was decided in the 6th District to work on sidewalk projects near schools that are in heavy traffic areas, to improve children’s safety in walking to school.

She said she received about 200 responses from her community survey of residents, plus she talked with groups in Turner about their priorities for spending the CNIP funds.

The sidewalks near Junction School are now connected with a walking trail at Matney Park. In addition, new improvements of sidewalks and curbs on 55th, Hagemann to Oak Grove Road, are in keeping with Americans for Disabilities Act requirements. Lighting was enhanced for the Turner community walking park.

Turner historically has been a rural area, changing over the years to a suburban area, where sidewalks were not part of the original plans for some developments.

Commissioner Markley said she is now working on the CNIP project requests for 2015. Many residents have asked about improvements to Key Lane, she said, but after meeting with the Public Works Department she discovered it would cost more money than CNIP could provide. The Key Lane project will be placed on the list for usual UG public works projects, she said.

Commissioner Markley said it is likely that the second round of CNIP funding for the 6th District will go toward similar sidewalk projects.

The ribbon was cut today for new sidewalks in the area of Matney Park and Junction Elementary School, near 42nd and Shawnee Drive. (Staff photo by Mary Rupert)
The ribbon was cut today for new sidewalks in the area of Matney Park and Junction Elementary School, near 42nd and Shawnee Drive. (Staff photo by Mary Rupert)

Those attending the ribbon-cutting today walked along a path at Matney Park. (Staff photo)
Those attending the ribbon-cutting today walked along a path at Matney Park. (Staff photo)

Commissioner Angela Markley, 6th District, right, said the sidewalk project was chosen because it would help improve safety for students walking to school. (Staff photo)
Commissioner Angela Markley, 6th District, right, said the sidewalk project was chosen because it would help improve safety for students walking to school. (Staff photo)

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City Park, Kansas City, Kan. (Photo by Mary Rupert)

Fall foliage throughout Wyandotte County and Kansas City, Kan., is beautiful at this time of year.

Here are just a few photos of the beautiful fall scenery in Wyandotte County and Kansas City, Kan.

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City Park, Kansas City, Kan. (Photo by Mary Rupert)

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Scenic view. (Photo by Christine Rupert)

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Scenic view. (Photo by Christine Rupert)

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Scenic view. (Photo by Christine Rupert)

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Scenic view. (Photo by Christine Rupert)

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Scenic view. (Photo by Christine Rupert)

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Residential view. (Photo by Mary Rupert)

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Village West area. (Photo by Christine Rupert)

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Wyandotte County Lake. (Photo by Christine Rupert)

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Wyandotte County Lake. (Photo by Christine Rupert)

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Wyandotte County Lake. (Photo by Mary Rupert)

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Wyandotte County Lake. (Photo by Mary Rupert)

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Wyandotte County Lake. (Photo by Christine Rupert)

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Wyandotte County Lake. (Photo by Christine Rupert)

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by Mary Rupert
Kansas City, Kan., can expect some good business effects from the Kansas City Royals being in the World Series starting Tuesday night in Kansas City, Mo.

Although all of the official events are taking place in Kansas City, Mo., Bridgette Jobe, executive director of the Kansas City, Kan., Convention and Visitors Bureau, said she anticipated some increased hotel room nights in Kansas City, Kan.

She added the Kansas City, Mo., Convention and Visitors Association has taken the lead on all tourism efforts involving the World Series.

There are expected to be a large number of out-of-town visitors to the metropolitan area for the World Series, including a large media contingent.

Some visitors who were already planning to be in the metropolitan area for reasons other than the Royals probably will be compressed out of their normal stay on the Missouri side because of the game, Jobe said, and Kansas City, Kan., may pick up some room stays in the process.

Currently, she said she is working with the Missouri side convention officials to get banners out, and get a list compiled and sent to the Kansas City, Mo., convention association so that anyone looking for activities may find them.

While all official events are happening in Missouri, Jobe anticipates plenty of other types of events may be held on the Kansas side by restaurants or other businesses that are not official Major League Baseball events.

She noted that even if visitors are not staying in Kansas, they may be driving through the area and shopping here while they are in town.

The Hilton Garden Inn in downtown Kansas City, Kan., is planning to put a “Take the Crown” slogan on its marquee and electronic signage, she said. Also, she’s encouraging others with the capability of changing electronic signs to post the same message next week.

Jobe noted that another big plus for tourism in the area is that Sporting Kansas City, which plays its soccer games in Kansas City, Kan., has recently secured a spot in the Major League Soccer playoffs. The playoff spot was clinched at last Friday’s 2-0 win over the Chicago Fire at Sporting Park.

“It’s a good time to be in KC,” she said.

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