U.S. Rep. Sharice Davids, D-3rd Dist., recently announced preliminary federal funding for several projects in the 3rd District.
The projects totaled $32 million of federal funding that were approved by the House Appropriation subcommittees and will be included in a larger appropriations package to be voted on in the House.
The projects were in Wyandotte County as well as Johnson County.
“My job is to listen to Kansans and advocate for their priorities in Washington,” Rep. Davids said in a news release. “The projects I submitted alongside our state and local officials passed detailed reviews and met significant standards for return on investment, and they will make crucial, immediate investments in our local law enforcement, infrastructure, and health care. I look forward to voting to send these funds home.”
The projects included a wastewater treatment plant project in Kansas City, Kansas, aimed at reducing rates paid by the public; and the purchase of an emergency electric back-up generator at the Nearman Water Treatment Plant in Kansas City, Kansas.
Three projects benefiting the University of Kansas Medical Center were added including the purchase of a state-of-the-art CT and MRI scanners. The Wyandotte County Health Department also would receive funding to increase staff bandwidth and available services.
The projects included:
• $2.6 million to the University of Kansas Medical Center for the purchase of a new MRI scanner allowing community members to participate in the latest research studies for years to come.
• $3 million to the University of Kansas Medical Center for the purchase of a CT scanner allowing researchers to obtain 3-D reconstructions of internal organs, a technology it currently lacks.
• $1 million to the University of Kansas Medical Center for equipment enhancements to expand and upgrade the Alzheimer’s Disease Research Center (KU ADRC), located in Fairway, Kansas.
• $3.7 million to the Kansas City, Kansas, Board of Public Utilities for the purchase of an emergency electric back-up generator at the Nearman Water Treatment Plant, the primary water treatment facility in the event of electrical service disruptions.
• $2 million to the Unified Government of Wyandotte County and Kansas City, Kansas, for a Kaw Point Wastewater Treatment Plant project aimed at reducing both long-term operation costs and rates paid by the public.
• $750,000 to the Wyandotte County Public Health Department for increased access to mental and behavioral health services and staff funding.
• $1 million to the Unified Government of Wyandotte County and Kansas City, Kansas, to address the aging infrastructure of parks in KCK.
• $4 million to the Kansas City Area Transportation Authority (KCATA) help further incorporate battery electric buses into the already established RideKC network, which covers the urban and suburban regions of the bi-state Kansas City area. This is a joint request with Rep. Emmanuel Cleaver (D-Missouri).
• $300,000 to the Olathe Police Department for needed technology upgrades to their Mobile Command Post.
• $660,000 to the Olathe Fire Department Administration for the expansion of the Mobile Integrated Health (MIH) program to include a second team to provide additional care and resources.
• $5.4 million to the city of Overland Park for infrastructure upgrades to the College Boulevard Bridge in Overland Park, Kansas.
• $126,750 to the city of Shawnee for upgrades to the Fire Station Headquarters and Fire Station 73 to solar energy systems.
• $3 million to the city of Gardner for a wastewater infrastructure grant to support continued commercial expansion at New Century Business Park and Logistics Park Kansas City Intermodal, including more affordable housing in Johnson County for workforce.
• $4 million to the city of Overland Park, Kansas for the reconstruction of 167th Street from Switzer Road to Antioch Road including a new roundabout and new sidewalks on either side of the road.
• $750,000 to the city of Olathe to design (including permitting and mitigation) a new dam and spillway approximately 900 feet downstream of the current Cedar Lake Dam.