New curbs and sidewalks coming to Turner area

Commissioner Angela Markley is holding a special ribbon-cutting event near Matney Park, at 42nd and Shawnee at 10 a.m. Wednesday, Oct. 22, to celebrate the completion of a Commissioners’ Neighborhood Infrastructure Project (CNIP project) in her district. Markley will be joined by the students from Junction Elementary School.

The ribbon-cutting will be open to the public.

New sidewalks were recently completed from the Junction Elementary School entrance along Shawnee Drive, connecting with the walking trail that ends at Matney Park. Although the event will feature Junction’s new sidewalks, Markley will also draw attention to new ADA compliant sidewalks and curbs along 55th Street from Hagemann to Oak Grove Road, and to lighting improvements at Turner Community Walking Park.

“The families of Junction Elementary students are very appreciative of the completion of this project. It brings us comfort to know our students can walk safely to school on the new sidewalks,” said Junction Elementary Principal Kristen Shipp.

Trying to figure out how to upgrade and finance an aging infrastructure has been a challenging and complex debate for many local governments throughout the nation. The Unified Government Board of Commissioners committed $4.4 million to improving and updating aging streets, curbs, and sidewalks in eight districts.

“Sidewalks are consistently a priority for our residents. They are a sign of healthy, family-friendly neighborhoods. But traditionally, there has not been a funding mechanism for new sidewalk projects,” Markley said.
The creative financing for these projects comes from the Commissioners’ Neighborhood Infrastructure Project (CNIP), funded through the Public Safety and Community Infrastructure Sales Tax, which was overwhelmingly passed by voters in April of 2010.

“The CNIP program created an avenue to address this community need, and we continue to look for innovative ways to complete sidewalk projects countywide,” Markley said.

The commission approved a process that allows it to use sales tax revenue to pay for projects commissioners have selected within their individual districts. The funding would be allocated for two rounds in 2013 and 2015, with planning years in 2012 and 2014. The projects are approved by a vote of the full commission. The District 6 CNIP project cost approximately $210,000.

“These projects were chosen after receiving input from more than 200 residents through email and neighborhood meetings and events,” Markley said. “I am proud to have completed projects that were a priority for residents, and that would not have been funded without this unique CNIP program.”

“Our Junction Elementary PTA joins us to express our delight to know our families can walk to night events, such as musical performances and PTA Bingo and Carnival. Several Turner community members, along with the Turner Recreational Commission, use the sidewalks to access the baseball field as teams practice and play games in the evening,” Shipp said.

“Our Public Works staff have been working hard to improve the infrastructure throughout our community,” said Mike Tobin, director of public works. “We appreciate the collaboration from our commissioners and the overwhelming support from our residents as we work together to provide vital community services and programs that continue to improve our infrastructure.”

– Story from Edwin Birch, public information officer, Unified Government

Elementary school lunch menus

Kansas City, Kan., Public Schools
Monday, Oct. 20
Pork rib sandwich, lettuce and tomato, French fries, mandarin oranges, fruit, milk.

Tuesday, Oct. 21
Hot dog on a bun, tri-tater, baby carrots, diced peaches, fruit and milk.

Wednesday, Oct. 22
Chili, broccoli, cinnamon roll, fruit cocktail, fruit and milk.

Thursday, Oct. 23
No school.

Friday, Oct. 24
No school.

All Kansas City, Kan., Public Schools lunches include alternate entrée choices of mini chef salad, mini fruit chef salad or yogurt-muffin basket.

Turner Public Schools
Monday, Oct. 20
Teriyaki chicken, egg roll.

Tuesday, Oct. 21
Taco salad, beef, snack chip.

Wednesday, Oct. 22
Barbecued rib on bun, cookie.

Thursday, Oct. 23
Chicken nuggets, sauce, bread sticks or equivalent.

Friday, Oct. 24
French toast sticks with sausage, or eggs.

Additional Turner lunch entrée choices: yogurt platter, or peanut butter and jelly platter. All Turner lunches include fruits and veggies bar, and milk is offered with meals.

Piper Public Schools
Monday, Oct. 20
Cheeseburger; three-cheese grilled cheese, sweet potato fries, broccoli with dip, grapes, pears; turkey chef salad, peas, grapes, pears, blueberry fruit muffin.

Tuesday, Oct. 21
Barbecued chicken nachos; chicken nuggets, garden salad, Texas pintos, cantaloupe, applesauce; taco salad, Texas pintos, cantaloupe, applesauce, tortilla chips.

Wednesday, Oct. 22
Chicken patty-grilled chicken; corn dog, mashed potatoes with gravy, roasted squash, strawberry banana mix, pineapple, roll; chicken Caesar salad, carrots with dip, strawberry banana mix, pineapple, roll, crackers.

Thursday, Oct. 23
Early dismissal.

Friday, Oct. 24
No school.

Bonner Springs-Edwardsville Public Schools
Monday, Oct. 20
Cheeseburger; three-cheese grilled cheese, sweet potato fries, broccoli with dip, grapes, pears; turkey chef salad, peas, grapes, pears, blueberry fruit muffin.

Tuesday, Oct. 21
Barbecued chicken nachos, chicken nuggets, garden salad, Texas pintos, cantaloupe, applesauce; taco salad, Texas pintos, cantaloupe, applesauce, tortilla chips.

Wednesday, Oct. 22
Chicken patty-grilled chicken; corn dog, mashed potatoes with gravy, roasted squash, strawberry banana mix, pineapple, roll; chicken Caesar salad, baby carrots with dip, strawberry banana mix, pineapple, roll, and crackers.

Thursday, Oct. 23
Buffalo ranch chicken wrap; chicken Alfredo with Italian bread, carrot coins, spring mix salad, cheesy cauliflower popcorn, watermelon, mandarin oranges; Italian chef salad, carrot coins, watermelon, mandarin oranges, and Italian bread.

Friday, Oct. 24
Cheese pizza; sun butter and jelly sandwich with yogurt, Caesar side salad, baby carrots with dip, roasted corn, banana, peaches; popcorn chicken salad, roasted corn, banana, peaches, fruit streusel muffin.

Bid solicitation

Paid legal advertisement
BID
SOLICITATION

Turner Unified School District No. 202 is accepting sealed bids
for the Junction Elementary Addition project in Kansas City,
KS. Bids must be received by 2pm local time on November
20, 2014 at the School District Offices, 800 South 55th St.,
Kansas City KS 66106 Attention: Dr. Jason Dandoy. At that
time, bids will be opened and read aloud. A 5% bid security is
required. A mandatory pre-bid meeting will be held at 10am
local time on November 7, 2014 at Junction Elementary; 2570
S. 42nd St.; Kansas City KS 66106.

After October 21, 2014 Bid Documents will be available for
viewing at Drexel Technologies e-Distribution planroom
www.drexeltech.com or phone 913-371-4430 or 888-202-1301.
A non-reproducible CD of the Bid Documents is available at no
cost from Drexel Technologies.

Junction Elementary Addition
DLR Group
7290 West 133rd St
Overland Park KS 66213
Attn Kathy Walbert
Phone 913-897-7811
kwalbert@dlrgroup.com