Google Fiber contractors at work in northeast Johnson County. Two contractors preparing for the arrival of Google Fiber service to the area have begun work in Roeland Park. The city council was told this week that Parr Electrical Contractors had begun work in the city and underground boring will be performed by BEAR. Google Fiber previously has filed plans for equipment huts in Mission and Leawood.
Peterson touts progress of “employment pipeline” concept. County Commission Chair Candidate Ed Peterson, who is currently the District 1 County Commissioner, sent out a message Tuesday promoting the progress of his “employment pipeline” proposal for the county. Under the proposed program, high schools, community colleges and universities would be connected with employers to “enable direct on-the-job learning with focused curriculum in the schools.” Peterson said the County Manager would be contacting a group of stakeholders — including school district representatives and Johnson County Community College — to discuss the idea over the summer. “The employment pipeline offers the potential of a highly trained and specialized work force that would build job opportunities and create economic development. We all can win, especially our young people who are the future vitality of this community,” Peterson said in a statement. Peterson, a former Fairway mayor, is challenging current County Chair Ed Eilert for the county’s top elected office. Former congressional candidate Patricia Lightner is running for the seat as well.
Rose pegs JoCo revenue loss as big issue in county races Kansas City Star columnist Steve Rose says that the hot button issue of this election season in Johnson County won’t be parks and libraries. Instead, “The wedge issue in the upcoming August primary election for Johnson County Commission chairman, as well as for other county commission seats, will instead be about how to deal with a massive loss of revenue facing Johnson County government,” he writes. “This just in: The net loss over five years, according to county officials, will be an astounding $48 million. This is the result of the Kansas Legislature eliminating over five years the mortgage registration fee, where lenders pay county government the fees collected from buyers of property. (The Legislature also approved new fees on document filings, which will raise a small amount of money.)” [Meddling Kansas lawmakers cut Johnson County funds — Kansas City Star]
First block captain meeting held in Roeland Park. Police Chief John Morris has hosted the department’s first block captain meeting in its program to revive neighborhood watch programs. Morris said 13 community members attended the first meeting. The department will be recruiting more people for the program at a community event next week. The locations for the new block captains will be on the city Web site shortly.