Major resurfacing, water line project planned on 55th, with BPU Nearman plant upgrade

A resurfacing and water line project means more construction over the next few years in the area of 55th Street north of Leavenworth Road, according to Lou Braswell, executive director of the Leavenworth Road Association.

She said the area may expect heavy truck traffic in September. The project goes from 55th and Leavenworth Road, north to Dickinson Road near the Missouri River.

At a recent presentation to the Leavenworth Road Association, Board of Public Utilities staff outlined the projects that were planned.

A water main replacement project tackled 50-year-old water mains, mostly larger lines, which should result in fewer breaks and better reliability, according to BPU staff. Work began July 14. The project completion date is Oct. 1.

Road construction on 55th includes resurfacing of the existing road, removing existing potholes, fixing crumbling street edges and new road lines. The roads will be strengthened to manage future traffic to the Nearman plant. The work began in August and is scheduled to be completed by the spring of 2015.

At the Nearman plant, a $250 million air quality control project will be necessary to comply with federal and state air emissions regulations, according to information provided to Leavenworth Road Association. It will result in reduced air emissions for the community.

This also will allow the BPU to maintain fuel diversity and help leverage energy costs. There will be opportunities for local workers during construction. Construction is scheduled to begin in November and is scheduled for completion by 2016.

The project is a combined effort of the BPU and Unified Government.

Bonner Friends of Library Book Sale to be Aug. 14-16

Book lovers will want to mark Aug. 14, 15 and 16 as the date of the Bonner Friends of the Library Book Sale.

Hours are 4:30 – 7:30 p.m. on Thursday and 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. on Friday and Saturday. The library is at 201 N. Nettleton Ave., Bonner Springs.

A large selection of fiction and nonfiction as well as children’s books will be sold for no more than $1 and many older but still in good shape choices for only 25 cents.

There is an interesting selection of large print volumes and you may also find a book autographed by the author. Along with bargain prices there will be different specials throughout the days of the sale, such as a bag of romance fiction or a bag of paperbacks for $1.

Fiction is arranged alphabetically by author and nonfiction in a variety of categories is identified by signage. Recent donations will be in a separate area and many are like new and would make good gifts.

The sale will be held in the lower level storm shelter of the library and can be accessed from the parking lot in the rear of the building.

Profits from the sale are used to enhance the library and its programs, most recently contributing to the successful summer reading program.
– Information from Bonner Friends of the Library

Top seven safety tips for kids heading back to school

Back to school is a busy time for children and families.

Between school supplies, new clothes and sports tryouts, parents may not think about safety issues. During back to school time, Safe Kids Kansas wants to remind parents to talk to their children about how to stay safe.

Pedestrian safety is very important this time of year as more than 19,200 children seek medical attention for injuries sustained while walking, and almost 500 children die every year in pedestrian accidents. According to a 2012 report by Safe Kids, pedestrian injuries among 16-19 year olds increased 25 percent over the previous five years. Teens now account for half of all pedestrian deaths among children 19 and under.

“Distraction is a big problem, both while driving and walking,” said Cherie Sage, Safe Kids Kansas coordinator. “As kids head back to school, we’re urging parents to talk to their kids to make sure they are paying full attention when crossing the street. And we adults need to follow our own advice. If we put our devices down, our kids are more likely to do the same.”

Safe Kids Kansas recommends the following seven tips for back to school.

1. Put devices down while crossing the street. One in five high school students cross the street while distracted by technology. Teach your kids to put devices down, look up, listen, and make eye contact with drivers before crossing the street.

2. Walk with your kids to the bus stop and wait with them until it arrives. Tell kids to stand at least three giant steps back from the curb as the bus approaches and board the bus one at a time.

3. Make sure your carpool is safe. Carpooling is a great way to save time for busy families. Make sure each child in the carpool has a car seat, booster seat or safety belt, based on individual age, weight and height. If there isn’t, find an alternative way for your child to get to and from school.

4. Receive a pre-participation physical exam. Before playing organized sports, make sure your child receives a pre-participation physical exam, or PPE, by a doctor. This can help rule out any potential medical conditions that may place your young athlete at risk.

5. Drink enough water. To keep kids in top shape for sports or gym class, it’s important for them to stay hydrated. The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) recommends 5 oz. for an 88-pound child every 20 minutes or 9 oz. for a 132-pound adolescent every 20 minutes.

6. Check playgrounds where your children play. Look for age-appropriate equipment and hazards, such as rusted or broken equipment and dangerous surfaces. Report any hazards to the school.

7. Whether walking or driving, obey all traffic signals. Kids should cross the street at the corner or crosswalk if there is one, but it’s also important for drivers to watch out for young people who may be thinking about getting to school.

For more safety information, visit, or call 785-296-1223.