Commission makes short work of meeting

The Unified Government Commission met for about 11 minutes June 19 and dealt with about 11 items.

All items passed unanimously, 7-0, and there were a few absences at the meeting.

Items that were approved included:

A resolution authorizing payment of $1,520,000 for settling a claim made by the Laborers’ National Industrial Pension Fund for outstanding withdrawal liability amounts for prior participation in the LIUNA Fund. The resolution would authorize general obligation bonds or temporary notes to be issued. Lew Levin, chief financial officer, explained that if the UG were to stay within this fund, it would incur an annual expense of more than $200,000.

Presentation of the Comprehensive Annual Financial report from the UG’s independent auditor.

A resolution designating Brotherhood Bank as an eligible depositor to receive UG funds for investment, subject to meeting eligibility requirements.

An ordinance authorizing issuing up to $10 million of industrial revenue bonds for Dunn Realty Inc. logistics facility, 240 S. 65th.

Plat submitted (for information) of Village West Apartments, 112th and Parallel Parkway, developed by NorthPoint Development.

Reappointment of Lynn Kuluva to the Self-Supported Municipal Improvement District, appointment by Mayor Mark Holland.

Resolution authorizing a land survey for the construction of the 55th Street Bridge north of Leavenworth Road. Eminent domain is authorized under the resolution. The project replaces two bridges and requires drainage improvements for construction along 55th – Nearman Drive, north of Leavenworth Road, and south of Dickinson Road. These are located not far from the Missouri River. According to UG documents, the work includes installation of a temporary bypass route at each location, demolition of existing structures, and replacement of each with new concrete box culverts, including related street approach replacement, street and channel improvements, guardrails, and the relocation of utilities.

A resolution authorizing an agreement with the city of Shawnee, Kan., for the paving of County Line Road from 55th Street to 65th Street. The UG share of the cost of the project will be $101,796.

Two resolutions approving an increasing for the Merriam Lane, 10th to 24th Street project. The local funding requirement increased from $4.8 million to $6.1 million. This project has $4.2 million in federal grants.

Land Bank item: Transfer of property at 4022 Springfield Ave. to Rosedale Development Association for a community garden.

Also presented was a schedule for special sessions during the next three months.

For more details, visit and click on agendas.

Community calendar

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Sign up for library’s reading program
The Kansas City, Kan., Public Library’s summer reading program has started signing up readers. The program runs from June 1 to July 31. Participate at any of the five library branches. After signing up, participants may start logging books on June 1. For more information, visit the website at

Addictions support group to meet
“All Addictions Group,” a free support group for women dealing with any kind of addiction, at any stage of recovery, meets from 6 to 7 p.m. on Tuesday evenings at Keeler Women’s Center, 2220 Central Ave., Kansas City, Kan. Call 913-906-8990 or register online at

UG Commission to meet June 19
The Unified Government Commission is scheduled to meet at 7 p.m. June 19 at City Hall, lobby level, 701 N. 7th, Kansas City, Kan. An agenda may be posted at

Adventures in Learning to be held Friday, June 20, at Grace Lutheran
Adventures in Learning, a free program of the Shepherd’s Center of Kansas City, Kan., will take place beginning at 9 a.m. on Friday, June 20, at Grace Lutheran, 3333 Wood Ave. The building offers entry-level parking and easy drop off of both people and equipment. Everyone is welcome to attend part or all of the day’s activities, a spokesman said. Make a reservation for lunch by calling the Shepherd’s Center office – 913-281-8908. For more information, see

Flying disc tournament planned June 20-22
The Professional Disc Golf Association and the Kansas City Flying Disc Club are sponsoring the 2014 Kansas City Wide Open from June 20 to 22 at five different disc golf courses around the Kansas City area. The courses used will be Blue Valley Park, Swope Park, Rosedale, Water Works Park and Wyandotte County Park. The tournament is sanctioned by the Professional Disc Golf Association. The tournament format will have competitors playing one round of 18 holes on Friday, Saturday and Sunday. The Pro lead group will begin final round play on Sunday, June 22, at 3:30 p.m. at Swope Park in Kansas City, Mo. Admission is free.

Democrats to meet Saturday
The Wyandotte County Third Saturday Democratic Breakfast will meet Saturday, June 21, at the Eisenhower Room, Hilton Garden Inn, 520 Minnesota Ave., Kansas City, Kan. Shawnee County District Attorney Chad Taylor, candidate for U.S. Senate, will be the guest speaker. The breakfast buffet begins at 8:15 a.m., and the forum begins at 9:15 a.m. The cost of the breakfast buffet is $10; or $7 for students and those on limited incomes. All Democrats are invited to attend. Reservations are requested by Friday, June 20. Reservations are requested but not necessary to attend. To RSVP, email

Summer concert to be June 21 at Legends
Dave and Buster’s Summer Concert Series will begin at 9 p.m. Saturday, June 21, on the rooftop patio at The Legends Outlets. The State Line will perform from 9 p.m. to close June 21. Different bands will play on Saturdays through September, excluding July 5.

Wolf to speak at Historical Society meeting June 22
Don Wolf, a Kansas City, Kan., photographer and author who recently wrote the book, “A Croatian Love Story,” will be the guest speaker at the quarterly meeting at 2 p.m. Sunday, June 22, of the Wyandotte County Historical Society, 631 N. 126th, Bonner Springs. A lifelong resident of Wyandotte County, Wolf grew up on Strawberry Hill watching newly arrived immigrants from Croatia struggle to build, educate, become citizens in the search for the American dream without forgetting those left at home. His book was released last fall. The Croatian people of Strawberry Hill educated their people and moved into local politics carving out their position of strength in the Kansas City, Kan., community. Spreading throughout the Greater Kansas City area they continue to preserve and cherish their traditions as they embrace the freedoms of the United States. Wolf’s heritage, culture and his Croatian love story is in this presentation.Wolf will have copies of his book available for purchase. There will also be light refreshments after the meeting, which starts at 2 p.m.

Free summer movies offered
The Legends 14 Theatres will present “The Rugrats Movie” rated G and “Hotel Transylvania” rated PG at 10 a.m. June 24, 25 and 26. Admission is free. All ages and groups are welcome. Doors open at 9 a.m. Seating is limited to availability. The current feature films are not included in the free admission, and the schedule is subject to change.

GOP to meet June 24
A Wyandotte County GOP Town Hall meeting will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. June 24 at the Frontier Steakhouse 94th and State Avenue, Kansas City, Kan. The guest speaker will be David Powell, candidate for Kansas insurance commissioner. Those who are interested in eating dinner should arrive early.

Community Blood Center blood drive scheduled
The University of Kansas Francisco Lounge, 3901 Rainbow Blvd., will hold a Community Blood Center blood drive from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. June 25. To schedule an appointment to give blood, visit or call 816-753-4040.

Red Cross blood drive scheduled
A Red Cross blood drive has been scheduled from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. June 25 at the Unified Government of Wyandotte County Justice Complex, 710 N. 7th St., Kansas City, Kan. To schedule an appointment, call 1-800-RED-CROSS or go online to

Women in Business Summit to be June 26
The third annual Women in Business Summit will be held from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Thursday, June 26, at Kansas City Kansas Community College, Jewell building, 7250 State Ave. Kelly Scanlon, publisher of Thinking Bigger Business Media, will be the keynote speaker. A spotlight on women innovators will feature Carlanda McKinney and other owners of businesses. There will be sessions in time management, getting the fee you expect, personal financial planning, interpersonal competence building business relationships. Registration is $50 for nonmembers and $40 for members. Breakfast and lunch are included. To register or for more information, visit or call 913-522-7526.

CHWC fundraiser planned June 28
CHWC will hold a fundraiser for community redevelopment at 5 p.m. June 28 at Sporting Park, Kansas City, Kan. At the event, the “Continue the Legacy” award will be presented to Craig and Karen Gaffney in honor of their dedication to Community Housing of Wyandotte County, and the Gaffneys’ philanthropic work in the community. The fundraiser begins at 5 p.m. June 28 with cocktails. Dinner, dancing, an auction and field activities will follow. Last year, the event raised nearly $100,000 for the organization. Individual tickets are $75, and table sponsorships start at $1,000. To register for the event, visit and click on the event button.

Libertarian Party to meet June 29
The Libertarian Party will meet at 4 p.m. Sunday, June 29, in City Park in the City Park North Shelter, 32nd and Park Drive, (north side), Kansas City, Kan.

Free fireworks display planned
A free community fireworks display is planned July 3, after dark, at Pierson Park, South 55th and Douglas, Kansas City, Kan. It is sponsored by the Turner Recreation Commission.

Blood drive scheduled
A Red Cross blood drive has been scheduled from noon to 4 p.m. July 8 at Curves, 1224 N. 79th St., Kansas City, Kan. To schedule an appointment, call 1-800-RED-CROSS or go online to

Mental Health First Aid Day planned
Kansas City’s first Mental Health First Aid Day is planned for Thursday, July 10. Six sites throughout metropolitan Kansas City, including one in Kansas City, Kan., are participating in the event. It is sponsored by the Metropolitan Council of Community Mental Health Centers. The goal of the event is to teach mental health first aid and youth mental health first aid courses at no cost to more than 250 people. It would be the largest number of people to train at one time in the metropolitan area. In Kansas City, Kan., a class will be held from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. July 10 at the Kansas City, Kan., Public School Central Office, 2010 N. 59th St., Kansas City, Kan. Participants will learn what to do if an adult or child is experiencing a mental health crisis. The course teaches about the signs and symptoms of mental illness, gives confidence to reach out to people in need, and skills to respond to a mental health crisis. Participants will receive a manual and certificate upon successful completion of the course, and information about accessing local services. A continental breakfast and lunch will be provided. Those who are interested in attending the course may contact Beth Yoder Stein at or Mark Wiebe at

Night Charity Golf Tournament planned
A Night Charity Golf Tournament is planned on Friday, July 18, at Painted Hills Golf Course, 7101 Parallel Parkway, Kansas City, Kan. The event is sponsored by Greater Kansas City Civitan International and Civitan Club Dotte. It will benefit local charities. The cost of the event is $125 per person, which includes supplies, green fees, cart, dinner, awards reception, trophies and prizes. After June 18, registration fee is $150. Sponsorships are available. It is a four-person singles paired or scramble. Registration is at 5 p.m., followed by a shotgun start at 6 p.m. The Night Golf has a shotgun start at 8:30 p.m. For more information, call 913-208-3533 or email

Museum plans lock-in
An all-night lock-in is planned from 7 p.m. July 18 to 8 a.m. July 19 at the Wyandotte County Historical Museum, 126th and State. The event on July 18 is for girls ages 8 to 12. A safe night at the museum, tour, hands-on projects, evening snacks and a movie are planned. Boys will have a similar event on July 25. The cost is $25 per child. One adult must attend. Reservations are required. For information, call 913-573-5002.

Program offered on cropping systems
K-State Research and Extension is offering a workshop on “Low-till/No-till Cropping Systems” on July 21 in Kansas City, Mo. For more information, visit

Concert scheduled July 31 at outdoor theater
As part of the Warped Tour, Of Mice and Men is comng to Bonner Springs, Kan., July 31 to play Cricket Wireless Amphitheater, 126th and State Avenue. Some of the albums of the heavy rocker group are “The Flood” and “Restoring Force.”

African-American Art Festival planned Aug. 9
The MoKan African-American Art Festival will be held from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 9, at Quindaro Park, 35th and Sewell, Kansas City, Kan. Those attending the free event may bring a blanket, enjoy artwork, stilt walkers Gullah basket weathers, African drummers and dancers, food and vendors. For more information about having an art exhibit there or being a vendor, contact 913-788-7330.

Residents near Oak Grove evacuated after natural gas leak

Utility crews struck a two-inch natural gas main line near the Oak Grove area this morning. Nearby residents were evacuated.

According to a spokesman for the Kansas City, Kan., Fire Department, workers were boring under the sidewalk about 9:11 a.m. June 19 at 55th and Locust when the gas leak occurred.

About 37 residents were evacuated within a 150 feet of the leak according to the spokesman.

Kansas Gas Service employees worked to expose the punctured line while fire crews continued air monitoring in the area. Gas Service capped off the leak to make repairs.

Residents then were then told they could return to their homes. In all, they were out of their homes about three hours. There were no injuries, the spokesman said.

The estimated dollar loss was $2,000 for sidewalk repair, according to the Fire Department.