Repair project slated for Piper streets

Piper streets will be sealed in a repair project scheduled to begin in April.

County Engineer Bill Heatherman said a crack-and-seal project is planned in the Piper area of Kansas City, Kan.

About 21.7 miles of streets will be covered by the project, which will seal cracks in asphalt streets to prevent water from getting under the pavement, he said. Water under the pavement causes the streets to deteriorate more quickly, and the sealing treatment is expected to make the roads last longer.

Residents of nearby Piper neighborhoods are expected to be notified before the project begins.  On the list of neighborhoods to receive crack-and-seal treatment are Delaware Ridge, Delaware Highlands, Swan Lake, Rolling Meadows, Whispering Ridge, Swanson Farms, Pavilions of Piper and Freeman Farms.

Heatherman referred to it as a pilot project for streets that are less than 20 years old.

The project is expected to cost around $150,000.  After it is completed, the repaired area may look a bit like lines on the road. The cost is much less than other street repairs, including micro-sealing and mill and overlay, he said.

Heatherman made his remarks at a March Unified Government public works committee meeting.

Fundraiser for scholarships to be held Tuesday

Volunteers from Business West will help serve meals at Culver’s from 5 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, April 1, to raise funds for a scholarship for students at Kansas City Kansas Community College.

Culver’s will contribute 10 percent of its sales of Butter Burgers to the fundraiser. The restaurant is at 1925 Prairie Crossing in Village West, Kansas City, Kan.

The public is invited to attend the fundraiser to help raise scholarship funds for students to attend KCKCC. The scholarship fundraiser is an initiative of Business West.


Revolve KC announces upcoming events

by William Crum

Revolve KC Bike Shop has announced several upcoming events.

On April 2, Revolve is asking its supporters to shop at Whole Foods market in Overland Park on this day. Revolve will receive 5 percent of this store’s sales.

Revolve’s earn-a-bike program makes bikes available to kids. They may  go to the Revolve website, login, take a bike safety test and after they complete the test they are qualified to get a good quality used bicycle.

Another event coming up in Kansas City, Kan., is at 11 a.m. April 26. The event is called blessing of the bicycles. Mark Holland, a pastor and the Unified Government mayor, will officiate to ask for the protection and blessing of the diverse community of bike riders.

On May 17 between 2 p.m. to 6 p.m., Revolve KCK is throwing a party to celebrate Bike Month and Bike to Work Week.  This celebrates the first year at their Kansas City, Kan., location. Money raised at this supports the IRNA bike program and other programs such as the Latino and Geers4Queers outreaches.

For more information on how to get involved with the earn-a-bike program go to the website or call 816-835-3310 Tuesday through Saturday.