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Observer Corps reportsJohnson County Library Board

Jan. 10

Karen Wulfkuhle

The Johnson County Library Board of Directors approved a new strategic plan for 2019-2023. The mission states, “The Library provides access to ideas, information, experiences and materials that support and enrich people’s lives.” Five key performance areas are education, operations, community, communication and convenience. Staff is developing operational goals.

Lenexa City Center branch is on-target to open the third quarter this year. The Lackman facility will then be sold.

You can read a summary of the board meeting on their website.


Observer Corps reportsOverland Park City Council

Jan. 14

Luann Peterson

What does the new generation of self-storage buildings look like? Overland Park is one step closer to finding out as the city council approved rezoning for the property located in the vicinity of the northwest corner of 123rd Street and Metcalf. The developer plans to build a four-story indoor storage facility along with a two-story medical office on this property, located near Costco. 

While the final plans for these buildings are only in the preliminary stages, presenters of this development seemed committed to making sure the casual observer would not know they were storage units without reading the signage. They assured council they would work with them and city staff to blend in with other buildings in the area. When asked if they weren’t afraid the market in self-storage units was being overbuilt, they said they were bullish on storage buildings in the Overland Park area and intended to build more of them.

Council also addressed a rezoning request at 6470 West 151st St., from A-J Agricultural District to RP-6, Planned High Rise Apartment District. This rezoning was continued from the Dec. 3, 2018 meeting. Since then, the developer and a landowner who would be sharing an access road have agreed to and signed an access easement agreement. The developer intends to build a three-story, 62-unit senior independent living apartment building. The council unanimously approved this rezoning. 

Read council meeting summaries on their website.


Observer Corps reportsBoard of County Commissioners

January 2019

Leonore Rowe

Jan. 10

This was the last meeting held before the newly elected commissioners were in place. An item was added to the agenda to adopt an amendment to the county ‘s charter. This motion was to require that commissioners be elected on a partisan basis. Because this change would need approval by a super majority of the commission, six of the seven commissioners needed to vote in favor. The motion received only five votes. This matter will probably be taken up during the charter review in 2020. The charter is reviewed every 10 years and at that point needs the approval of the voters.

Jan. 17

This was the first meeting for two newly elected commissioners, Janeé Hanzlick and Becky Fast. They were inducted on Jan. 14 along with re-elected Chair Ed Eilert and Commissioner Michael Ashcraft.

Jan. 24

During public comments, it was noted that there is no housing in place in Johnson County for homeless men. There was also a concern about the number of illicit massage businesses in the county.

Construction of a tunnel across Santa Fe Road to facilitate bringing inmates to the new courthouse will take two months and require closing that portion of the road. Detour information will be publicized.

Videos, transcripts and agendas can be viewed on their website.