Kansas City, Kansas

Rep. Davids Releases New Report on the State of Transportation Safety

Today, Representative Sharice Davids released a new report examining the state of transportation safety in the Third District of Kansas, the fourth installment in her office’s “State of our Systems” series. The series details the most pressing infrastructure needs in the district and how Davids is working to bring federal funds to those projects, from bridges to roads to water. This new report highlights concerning trends in roadway safety and how Davids is working with state and local officials to create safer commutes in the Kansas Third District. Key takeaways include:
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Residential Trash and Recycling Delayed

In observance of Independence Day, Waste Management will not collect residential trash and recycling in Kansas City, Kansas, on Monday, July 4, 2022. Residential trash & recycling collection will be delayed by one day this week:. If your normal day is Monday, place your items at the curb or street...

I-70 Eastbound Entrance Ramp from Central Avenue Closed

The Kansas Department of Transportation (KDOT) has temporarily closed the eastbound I-70 entrance ramp from Central Avenue. The closure is needed to perform road and bridge maintenance activities. The closure is not expected to last beyond July 1. KDOT urges all motorists to be alert and obey the warning signs...

Santa Fe Trail and the Hispano capitalistas

In 1821, the Santa Fe Trail was opened as a commercial route between Missouri and New Mexico. Hispano and American entrepreneurs were ready and able to make the Santa Fe Trail a two-way international trade route and a conduit for cultural exchange between the two nations. Historian-in-Residence at the Kansas...

Executive Search and Recruitment Services Needed

The Unified Government of Wyandotte County/Kansas City, Kansas (UG) is seeking proposals from qualified firms for executive search/recruitment services for the position of County Administrator. The Unified Government desires to award a contract to a highly qualified and experienced executive search firm with a strong background in local government and chief administrator officer searches.

Public Works Deploys New Spray Pothole Patcher to Repair Local Streets

The Unified Government’s Public Works Department is pleased to announce the arrival of a new pothole patching vehicle, and they need your help picking a name for it!. Earlier this month, teams from Public Works’ Street and Fleet Services divisions received delivery of a LeeBoy® Spray Pothole Patcher. Unlike Public Works’ Hot Patchers, a single crew member can operate the Spray Patcher using a “Patch-on-the-Go” spray injection system. In some cases, the new vehicle can patch potholes in as little as two minutes.

Safe Routes to School Project Underway in KCK

The Unified Government (UG), in partnership with the Kansas Department of Transportation (KDOT), is pleased to announce the continuation of the popular Safe Routes to School (SRTS) program. SRTS is a program that provides infrastructure funding for projects and educational activities that enable children to walk or bicycle to school more safely.

Emmett Lockridge Appointed to Undersheriff

Effective May 30, 2022, Undersheriff Curtis Nicholson resigned from the Wyandotte Sheriff’s Office to assume the role as Chief of Police for the USD 500 Campus Police Department. We hate to see him go, but we believe he will do great things in his new role. We also wish him the best of luck and we are thankful for the things he brought to the Wyandotte County Sheriff’s Office while he was here.

988 Lifeline to Launch on July 16

On July 16, the 988 Suicide & Crisis Lifeline will launch in Kansas and across the U.S. Earlier this month, Governor Laura Kelly signed a bill to provide funding and regulation for the hotline. 988 is specifically designed to be used in instances where a person is experiencing a behavioral...

Key Employee System Restored as Recovery Continues

Over the Easter holiday weekend, the Unified Government detected a cybersecurity attack during routine maintenance of its systems. As previously shared, federal, state and local authorities were notified, and the situation immediately escalated to stop the spread of the attack and contain any damage. “Due to the professional, fast, and...

Election Office recognized for best practices in youth engagement

The Wyandotte County Election Office has been recognized by the U.S. Election Assistance Commission (EAC) with a Clearinghouse Award for Best Practices in Recruiting, Retaining, and Training Poll Workers. The award was presented to Kyla Esparza, Program Coordinator of Election Workers, by EAC Commissioner Ben Hovland, for her work in developing a Student Election Mock Vote Program that brings the voting process to the local schools of Wyandotte County.

Storm Debris Disposal Options

Do you have debris from recent storms? Not sure how to dispose of it? That’s okay! You have options!. Option 1 - Bring it to the Recycling & Yard Waste Center at 3241 Park Drive. The Recycling & Yard Waste Center is open every Thursday-Sunday, from 10 AM to 3 PM, and can accept:

Kaw Drive Closure Under I-635 bridge

The portion of Kaw Drive passing under I-635 will close to all traffic on Friday, June 10 at 9 PM. The road will reopen to traffic on Monday, June 13 at 5 AM. The closure is part of a demolition project on the westbound I-70 to southbound I-635 bridge deck. Motorists should follow posted detour signs. To view a detour map for the temporary closure of Kaw Drive, click here.

Mayor Announces Next Steps in Search for County Administrator

Tonight during the Board of Commissioner meeting, Mayor Tyrone A. Garner provided an update on the search for our next County Administrator. "While there are many moving parts above all it is going to be a community-driven process," said Mayor Garner. "I am committed to ensuring that our search is timely, transparent, thorough, and inclusive."

Provide Input on Housing and Community Development Plan

The Unified Government of Wyandotte County and Kansas City, KS (UG) is currently developing the five-year Consolidated Plan to improve housing options and encourage community development in the city and county. A second study, the Analysis of Impediments to Fair Housing, will look at whether everyone has similar choices for housing regardless of their race, ethnicity, national origin, sex, religion, disability, or whether they have children. These plans are required by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) for the Unified Government to receive Community Development Block Grant (CDBG; $2,189,834), HOME Program ($952,956), and Emergency Solutions Grants (ESG; $195,473) funds. The UG will also submit an amended Citizen Participation Plan.

Trash & Recycling Update

The Unified Government (UG) remains committed to working with Waste Management on improving residential trash and recycling services. This includes. route changes to balance and improve service in 2019. Adjusting payments based on community growth. providing direct access to our 3-1-1 service to facilitate issue complaint resolution. Staffing continues to...