Saturday events

Edwardsville plans Autumnfest celebration
Edwardsville plans Autumnfest on Saturday, Sept. 22, near the Community Center located at 696 S. 3rd St., Edwardsville, Kansas. On the schedule for Saturday are a craft fair beginning at 10 a.m., performance by Edwardsville Elementary Choir at 11 a.m., free face painting at noon, free kids bounce house and game village at noon, food truck vendors at noon, mouse races at 1 p.m., free balloon artist at 2 pm., performance by Premiere Dance Studios at 3 p.m., performance by Mike Wheeler Band at 4 p.m., beer garden at 5 p.m., Saturday night concert featuring Matfield Green, the Dirt Bourbon Band and Canaan Cox at 5:30 p.m. For more information, visit www.edwautumnfest.com/.

Renaissance Festival continues
The Kansas City Renaissance Festival continues on weekends through Oct. 14 at the festival grounds at 130th and State Avenue, Bonner Springs. The festival is a celebration of medieval life, with such activities as jousting, contests, a royal parade, music, entertainment and food. Hours are 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Tickets are $22.95 per adult, $13.95 for children 5-12, $20.25 for seniors and students, and free for children 4 and younger. Discounts are available for advance tickets and group rates are available. It is open on weekends only. For more information, visit http://www.kcrenfest.com/ or call 913-721-2110.

Art program planned Saturday
An hour of drawing and coloring is planned from 1 to 2 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 22, at the West Wyandotte Library craft room, 1737 N. 82nd St., Kansas City, Kansas. The program for children and teens will include the materials for coloring pages and mandalas.

Hispanic Heritage Month celebrated at South Library
The South Branch Library, 3104 Strong Ave., Kansas City, Kansas, is sponsoring a Hispanic Heritage Month program from 2 to 4 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 22, with food and information about cultural heritage. For more information, visit https://kckpl.librarymarket.com/hispanic-heritage-celebration.

Storytelling around the campfire planned Saturday at Grinter Place
An evening of storytelling around a campfire is planned at 5:30 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 22, at Grinter Place, 1420 S. 78th St., Kansas City, Kansas. The event will feature a historical character portrayal of Wilbur Wright, aviation pioneer, by Bill Nicks, the site director of Grinter House. Pat Spencer of the Grinter Place Friends said the group will furnish hot dogs, and those who attend may roast hot dogs and make s’mores. The storytelling event is free to the public. Those attending may bring their own lawn chairs. After the storytelling event, the public may tour Grinter House, the oldest home in Wyandotte County, and the admission charge is $6 for adults and $3 for students. The next event for Grinter Place will be the Autumn Art event from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Oct. 6, Spencer said. For more information, call 913-334-2500 or visit https://www.facebook.com/Grinter-Place-Friends-Inc-560554977327335/.

10th annual Slovenefest to be Saturday at Holy Family
Holy Family Catholic Church, Kansas City, Kansas, will hold its 10th annual Slovenefest on Saturday, Sept. 22, at the school grounds and at Monsignor Mejak Hall, 513 Ohio, Kansas City, Kansas. The event begins after the 4 p.m. Mass at the church, 274 Orchard St.,, Kansas City, Kansas. Hours of the festival are 5 to 10 p.m. Activities include a Slovenian dinner, food and entertainment, with booths, a silent auction and music by Hrvatski Obicaj and the Brian McCarty Band. Food will include stuffed cabbage rolls, stuffed peppers, sausage, potica and strudel, The money raised will support Holy Family Catholic Church.

Church plans ice cream social Saturday
St. Patrick Catholic parish, 1086 N. 94th St., is sponsoring an ice cream social at 5 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 22. The social starts at 5 p.m. and is open to the public. There will be a Mexican dinner, Burmese Chin dinner, burgers, hot dogs, bingo, children’s games, music and other activities.

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UG administrator gives county budget presentation in Bonner Springs

Unified Government Administrator Doug Bach gave a county budget presentation Monday evening at the George Meyn Community Center, Bonner Springs. (Photo by William Crum)

by William Crum

About 30 people, including the mayors of Bonner Springs, Edwardsville and Kansas City, Kansas, attended a presentation Monday night on the Wyandotte County budget.

The presentation was held at the George Meyn Community Center, Bonner Springs.

Doug Bach, UG administrator, spoke about the Wyandotte County budget, which was passed Aug. 2. The Wyandotte County mill levy rate remains the same at 38.880, while valuations have increased an average of 7.9 percent.

Bonner Springs Mayor Jeff Harrington, Edwardsville Mayor John McTaggart and Kansas City, Kansas, Mayor David Alvey attended the meeting.

Four members of the Edwardsville City Council and four members of the Bonner Springs City Council attended the meeting. Only a few questions were asked at the meeting.

The budget presentation included a slide on actions affecting revenue generation. (Photo by William Crum)
Budgeted expenditures were the topic of another slide. (Photo by William Crum)
Mayors, from top, John McTaggart, David Alvey and Jeff Harrington attended the budget presentation Monday evening. (Photo by William Crum)
About $5.3 million was budgeted for public safety for 2019, according to this slide. (Photo by William Crum)
County revenues were divided by fund category. (Photo by William Crum)
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Hard Rock Hotel coming to Edwardsville

The Edwardsville City Council on Monday night approved a community improvement district for a Hard Rock Hotel development coming to Village South at 110th and I-70. (Photo by William Crum)
An architect’s drawing of the new Hard Rock Hotel development at Village South, 110th and I-70.

by William Crum

The Hard Rock Hotel is coming to Edwardsville, Kansas, according to officials at Monday night’s Edwardsville City Council meeting.

The 231-room hotel with a meeting space will be at the Village South development at 110th and I-70, said Jon Monson, a developer who is part of the ownership group. The hotel’s anticipated completion date is in 2020. Village South is just to the south of the Village West development.

The Edwardsville City Council on Monday unanimously passed a Community Improvement District for the new hotel and development, with a 1 percent sales tax in the district.

“I am really excited, this project will be a big asset to our community,” said Edwardsville Mayor John McTaggart.

Kevin Lee, a lawyer with Polsinelli who is representing the owners, said this project has been in the works for some years, and the CID is the latest part of it. An initial CID was approved previously, and there are now three CIDs for the project, he added.

Lee said the developers are still working on plans for an events center subject to approval by Edwardsville planning and zoning that will decide how big the events center will be. He added it is not a convention center, but an events center.

For financing, the hotel development project plans to use tax-increment financing, the CID and a transient guest tax dedication. According to a public notice, it will be a pay-as-you-go project, paid in part by bonds funded from sales tax revenues and in part from private equity and debt.

The Edwardsville Council approved raising the transient guest tax from 6 percent to 8 percent.

The estimated cost of the project is still being worked out, Lee said. The public notice published Aug. 9 in the Wyandotte Echo for the Edwardsville CID meeting listed the projected cost of the first CID development at $19.2 million; the second CID development at $63.39 million; and the third CID development in the project at $13.1 million.

The development group is the Compass Commodity Group III LLC.

Mayor McTaggart said original plans for this Village South project were a La Quinta and a Holiday Inn, with a restaurant. Then that was changed to a 208-room single hotel with Hyatt, including a convention center and other development.

“Even before they changed to a Hard Rock, the impact of development on Wyandotte County was going to be pretty big anyway,” he said. He believes this announcement will have a major impact on development in Edwardsville.

Mayor McTaggart also said that developers are currently looking at two restaurants with the Village South project, one a rooftop on top of the 10-story hotel, and the other possibly in the events center area. Currently, the developers are discussing an events center of about 39,000 square feet, he added.

The council on Monday night also advanced a bond issue for the project, and they will be considering the bond issue at the September council meeting.

The audience at Monday night’s Edwardsville City Council meeting listened as a community improvement district was approved for a Hard Rock Hotel development at 110th and I-70. (Photo by William Crum)
The Village South development at 110th and I-70 has been divided into three separate community improvement districts. (Illustration from Edwardsville city)
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