Although BPU’s business offices are closed on holidays, emergency service is available seven days a week, 24 hours a day. For power emergencies, customers should call (913)-573-9522. The water emergency number is (913)-573-9622.
BPU’s water department was originally created in 1909, and its electric utility was operational in 1912. The purpose of the utility, then and to this day, is to provide the highest quality electric and water services at the lowest possible cost. Today the publicly owned utility serves approximately 63,000 electric and 50,000 water customers, primarily in Wyandotte County, Kansas. The mission of the utility and its employees is “to focus on the needs of our customers, to improve the quality of life in our community while promoting safe, reliable and sustainable utilities.” BPU’s Web site is www.bpu.com.
Below is an image of the Self-Supported Municipal Improvement District Impact Study Executive Summary. We thank our friends at the Local Initiatives Support Corporation (LISC) for making this study a possibility. To download or print a PDF copy of the complete report and executive summary, please click here. For a copy of the public hearing presentation, click here.
Accepting applications for the position of MCSP Program Supervisor until 5/27/16 at 5 p.m. Interested applicants should submit an interest letter, current resume and at least three personal references by email to firstname.lastname@example.org. Supervisory and/or management experience preferred. Previous work with the Criminal Justice system also preferred. Maximum salary for this position is currently $40,000 annually. Humana health and dental insurance available. KCMCC will cover 70% of individual coverage.
MCSP Program Supervisor
The Metropolitan Community Service Program (MCSP) was created under the umbrella of the Kansas City Metropolitan Crime Commission (KCMCC) as a public safety and court services program in 1994 with the following mission:
The purpose of MCSP is to contribute to community betterment in the Kansas City Metropolitan area through the restorative justice process by providing opportunities to perform community service.
Scope of Work:
The MCSP Program Supervisor reports directly to the KCMCC Vice-President and/or President, and assumes the management duties and responsibilities as set forth in this job description. The general scope of work is as follows:
MCSP Program Supervisor Position Expectations
The supervisor will work explicitly within moral and ethical parameters. Expectations include to assist management to plan, organize, direct, staff, coordinate, report, and budget for the program and maintain a professional standard of performance ratings in bi-annual employee appraisals.
KC Metro Crime Commission Board of Directors
MCSP Advisory Board Members
KCMCC fellow employees
MCSP Staff and Contractors
MCSP Worksite directors from government service departments, faith-based and non-profit organizations
Judges/Prosecutors/Court Administrators in the region the program serves
Government partner/representatives at Federal, State, County, and City levels
Law Enforcement, corrections agencies, government/private probation agencies
MCSP accepts referrals of clients from courts and are authorized to charge a minimal one-time fee if the client is not indigent to coordinate community service for the client with our worksite partners located across the metropolitan area.
MCSP is responsible for providing case management services and tracking of client accomplishments to report back to court jurisdictions.
MCSP provides the community with special blight reduction/litter abatement projects funded by grants and fundraising efforts, such as, Adopt Prospect, Adopt Downtown KCK and state/city supported Neighborhood Assistance Programs.
Strategic Planning (as of April 2016)
Implement and monitor the MCSP 3 year plan
Assist in the implementation and monitoring of KCMCC 3 year plan
Measuring program success, i.e., clients served, hours for the community worked, etc.
Resource Development for Program
Position Information: This position is located in the Kansas City Metropolitan Crime Commission offices at 3100 Broadway, Suite 226, Kansas City, Missouri 64111. The position is responsible for oversight and supervision of the 5 to 6 MCSP case workers, working in partnership MODOC Probation/Parole officials and private probation agencies, working with our community worksite partners, and partnering and coordinating with judges/prosecutors/court administrators of the jurisdictions being served. The goal of the supervisor will be to ensure the highest quality of programming for MCSP clients, and collaborate with partners throughout the greater Kansas City community as an endeavor to impact public safety. The supervisor will seek outcomes which are consistent with the KCMCC mission.
Supervisory Controls: This position comes under the supervisory control of the Vice President of the Kansas City Metropolitan Crime Commission and/or designee.
Provides supervision to all MCSP staff, meeting 1:1 with each staff member on a daily basis to ensure program success and staff development.
Ensures adequate financial support for all operations by working with the KCMCC Vice President on all grant, foundation, and government funding opportunities.
Maintains all reporting requirements and compiles outcomes for each funding source.
Develops and maintains Memorandums of Understanding/Agreement with each partner provided services, as required.
Develops standardized intake/assessment, goal plans, and other data collection tools for case files and documentation of work performed.
Facilitates the bi-weekly staff meetings, periodic Probation & Parole and Law Enforcement meetings, site visits at community worksites, and makes final decision regarding case assignments to staff.
Oversees and monitors use of MCSP comprehensive resource database and responds to service gaps.
Create outcomes goals/measurements for staff and the program and monitors progress.
Attends and provides program updates to MCSP Advisory Board at their bi-monthly meetings.
Models high standard of professionalism and leadership for staff, program participants, colleagues and partners.
Maintains effective communication with KCMCC management, office personnel, visitors, probation officers, participants, families, court officers, etc.
Completes performance reports as required.
Reports for work, work assignments and job related functions as needed and when scheduled.
Attends meetings with outside groups as required by the program.
Follows guidelines established and set forth in KCMCC policy/procedure manual.
Competencies Key values and behaviors
1. Strategic Thinking
Displays a broad strategic view by generating winning results
Focused on long-term vision, not just next year
Demonstrates strong problem solving skills on strategic issues
Finds innovative ways and creative means to address challenges
2. Results Focused
Possesses a results orientation and holds themselves responsible
Committed to act and achieve results with urgency
Displays sound professional judgment
Embraces change and the evolution of the program
3. Team Leadership
Uses influence, problem-solving skills, and charisma to inspire
Manages team resources and seeks compromises as needed
Promotes respectful team dynamic
Promotes healthy work and life balance
4. People Development
Coaches and develops talent
Provides open and constructive feedback
Fosters diversity and the appreciation for human dignity
Effectively builds relationships and internal constituencies
Is effective within a multi-cultural environment
Engages in fair and equitable treatment of others
Developed broad knowledge of the criminal justice system
Functional knowledge of evidence-based practices in restorative justice.
Functional knowledge in project and financial management
Models professional and ethical behavior without exception
The Kansas City Metropolitan Crime Commission is an equal opportunity employer.
Job Type (optional): Full Time
Salary Range (optional): $30,000 – 49,999
Checking out a physical book with a SMS text message from micro libraries located throughout the Kansas City, Kansas community could soon be a reality. The Kansas City, Kansas Public Library (KCKPL) – in partnership with New York-based Capira Technologies and Twilio and Twilio.org, which are headquartered in San Fransisco – has developed the automated Text-to-Check Out Program. KCKPL staff members will present on the new program at the COSUGI (Customers of SirsiDynix User Group, Inc.) conference on May 25 in Indianapolis
This is a huge leap forward in both how we can deliver and checkout items for our patrons,” KCKPL Assistant Library Director David Hanson said. “It is also a platform paradigm shift where libraries don’t just talk about being a part of a patron’s cell phone activity but to become useful, convenient and fun on the fastest-growing and most important content platform today.”
The new automated version of the program is being piloted with the KCKPL micro library located at the A.R. Dykes Library at the KU Medical Center. An earlier version of the program started at the A.R. Dykes Library of Information Services in June 2015.
“The KCKPL partnership has been fantastic,” said Jameson Watkins, Director of A.R. Dykes Library of Information Services. “They’ve curated a small collection of books just for our patrons’ unique interests, expanding our service to them while allowing us to focus our energy and budgets toward our core health sciences mission. The text-to-checkout method of delivery is a perfect fit for both our millennial student population and layering in over our existing library checkout process.”
The Text-to-Checkout Program allows people to use their cell phones’ text messaging services, which generally is a standard feature with most cell phones and cell phone plans, to check out the physical books from micro libraries. People do not have to be registered users with KCKPL and there are no fines associated with this program. To check a book out or back in, a patron would text a nine-digit code associated with an item to a special phone number. In a matter of moments, patrons should then receive a text back confirming an item is checked out to them.
KCKPL staff members worked with Capira Technologies to establish the program. Capira Lead Software Engineer and Managing Member Michael Berse developed code that integrated Twilio’s cloud SMS texting service with KCKPL’s database used to manage and track materials.
“We wanted to help the library meet this specialized project requirement as best we could, and in the most efficient way possible,” Berse said. “Getting technical and system integration requirements completed was both challenging and rewarding throughout the project. It was great to partner with a library who loves experimenting with new ideas for its community.”
About Kansas City, Kansas Public Library
KCKPL was formed in 1895. In 1899, in came under the authority of the Kansas City, Kansas Public School District Board of Education and remains there to this day. It serves a population of about 160,000 in Kansas City, Kansas, and Wyandotte County. This mission of KCKPL is to connect members of a dynamic community with information, tools, resources, and welcoming spaces to enrich lives in Wyandotte County. The library can be found online at kckpl.org
About Capira Technologies, LLC
Founded in 2012 by a former library employee, Capira Technologies provides mobile applications for libraries, customized for an optimal patron experience, including state-of-the-art functionality and services, such as digital library cards, self-checkout, remote renewal capabilities, iBeacons, and more. Capira Technologies serves 14 Library Conferences and over 500 libraries, including the Somerset County Library System. Minuteman Library Network, and BlackGold Library Cooperative. Visit Capira Technologies by clicking here.
About Twilio Twilio Makes communications easy and powerful. With Twilio’s platform businesses can make communications relevant and contextual by embedding real-time communication and authentication capabilities directly into their software applications. Founded in 2008, Twilio is privately-held and has over 400 employees, with headquarters in San Fransisco and other offices in Bogota, Dublin, Hong Kong, London, Mountain View, Munich, New York City, Singapore, and Tallinn.
Members of the Kansas City Board of Public Utilities (BPU) elected new officers to the Board. New officers include: Tom Groneman, President; Jeff Bryant, Vice President; and Norman D. Scott, Secretary.
Before being elected Board President, Tom Groneman served as Vice President. He has been on the BPU Board of Directors since 2013.
Mr. Groneman is a lifelong Wyandotte County resident, graduating from Wyandotte HS in 1965. In 1969 he graduated from Bethany College, Lindsborg, KS with a Bachelor’s degree in Business/Economics. Following college he entered the United States Navy and was trained as a Vietnamese linguist. Groneman was stationed for 15 months at the Naval Communications Station, Philippines where he was assigned to temporary active duty with the Commander of Carrier Division 5/Task Force 77 aboard the USS Enterprise, USS Kitty Hawk and USS Constellation. He finished his tour at the National Security Agency, Ft. Meade, MD.
After the military he returned to Wyandotte County and worked briefly as a probation officer for the 29th Judicial District. In 1975 he was appointed Register of Deeds to fill out the unexpired term of Jack Reardon who had been elected mayor. Groneman was subsequently elected to seven consecutive four year terms as Register of Deeds.
In 2003, newly elected Governor Kathleen Sebelius asked Tom to join her staff in Topeka as Director of Alcoholic Beverage Control for the State of Kansas. Tom commuted for nearly eight years between Kansas City and Topeka until the change in administrations in 2011.
During his time in public service Tom has served in numerous positions on various state and national organizations.
Tom has been married to his wife Kay for over 40 years. They have two children, Brooke and Jared and four grandchildren.
Other elected officers include Jeff Bryant, Vice President and Norm Scott, Secretary. Bryant has served on the Board since 2011. Scott has served on the Board since 2015. Both Bryant and Scott will work closely with Groneman in their new roles.
Below you will find the updated lane and ramp closure dates and times for the I-70 & I-635 Interchange Dual Bridge Repair Project. Due to rain this past weekend and the forecasted rain for tonight, the originally planned closures shown in the news release below were rescheduled as follows.
WEEKDAY OVERNIGHT LANE CLOSURES: Westbound I-70 over the Quarry Road Bridge will be reduced to ONE OPEN LANE for traffic control work beginning at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, May 11 and reopening at 5 a.m. on Thursday, May 12. Project work is scheduled to be completed on Thursday, May 12. (REV. 5-9-16)
LONG-TERM LANE & RAMP CLOSURES: A dual bridge repair project will begin on I-70 and I-635 with the following closures taking place beginning at 11 p.m. on Tuesday, May 10 through the project duration. Project work is scheduled to be completed in early September 2016. (REV. 5-9-16)
Westbound I-70 over the Quarry Road bridge will be reduced to two open lanes, 24/7 round the clock.
Southbound I-635 to westbound I-70 ramp CLOSED. Marked detour will be provided via K-32/Kansas Avenue west to Turner Diagonal. An optional detour will be State Avenue west to Turner Diagonal.
Northbound I-635 to westbound I-70 ramp CLOSED. Marked detour will be provided via K-32/Kansas Avenue west to Turner Diagonal. An optional detour will be State Avenue west to Turner Diagonal.
. . . . . I-70 & I-635 Dual Bridge Repair Project in Wyandotte County
On Monday, May 9, weather permitting, a dual bridge repair project will begin on I-70 and I-635 in Kansas City, Kan. (Wyandotte County). Project work on the westbound I-70 bridge over Quarry Road includes bridge deck patching, polymer overlay and replacement of the approach pavement on both ends of the bridge. Project work on the northbound I-635 to westbound I-70 ramp includes replacement of the expansion joints on both ends of the bridge. Work will take place during daylight hours, Monday through Friday, with some Saturday work.
Beginning at 7 p.m. on Monday, May 9, westbound I-70 over the Quarry Road Bridge will be reduced to two open lanes and the southbound I-635 to westbound I-70 ramp will be closed, 24/7 round the clock, throughout the project duration. A marked detour will be provided via K-32/Kansas Avenue west to Turner Diagonal. An optional detour will be State Avenue west to Turner Diagonal. There will be a 55 mph posted speed limit on I-70 through the work zone throughout the project duration.
At the same time on Monday, May 9, the northbound I-635 to westbound I-70 ramp will be closed, 24/7 round the clock, throughout the project duration. A marked detour will be provided via K-32/Kansas Avenue west to Turner Diagonal. An optional detour will be State Avenue west to Turner Diagonal.
Advance message boards will alert drivers to the ramp closures. Drivers should expect delays, allow extra time during their daily commutes and must use alternate routes during the ramp closures. Updated daily traffic information for this project and for the entire Kansas City Metro Area can be viewed at: www.ksdot.org/kcmetro/laneclose.asp
The Kansas Department of Transportation urges all motorists to be alert, obey the warning signs, and “Give ‘Em a Brake!” when approaching and driving through the project work zone.
Comanche Construction Co. (Olathe, KS) is the primary contractor on the I-70 and I-635 bridge repair projects with a total contract cost of $681,400 and $35,400, respectively. Project work is scheduled to be completed in early September 2016, weather permitting.
This project is funded by T-WORKS, the transportation program passed by the Kansas Legislature in May 2010. Find out more about these and other T-WORKS projects at: http://kdotapp.ksdot.org/TWorks/
For more information on this project, please contact Kimberly Qualls, Northeast Kansas Public Affairs Manager at (785) 640-9340, or Joel Smith, Construction Engineer, Bonner Springs at (913) 721-2754. (KDOT Projects #70-105 KA-4104-01 and #635-105 KA-4188-01)
Foodies unite! The wildly popular, decidedly delicious, and wyco-based Indios Carbonsitos will be joining us for our 2nd Food Truck event of the summer!
Join DTSKCK and other Downtowners May 13 from 11:30am to 1:00pm in the parking lot across from the Hilton Garden Inn of KCK. This event is open to the community, and we encourage you to invite your friends by sharing our event on Facebook or by downloading this handy event flyer!
William Johnson, Manager of Electric Operations & Technology for the Kansas City Board of Public Utilities (BPU) was presented with the Edgar P. Schowalter Award by Kansas Municipal Utilities (KMU) the statewide association of municipally-owned and –operated electric, gas, water and wastewater utilities in Kansas. Johnson was presented the award, the highest honor provided by the state association, at the 89th annual KMU conference in Wichita. The award is given annually to a manager, employee or policymaker of one of KMU’s member municipal utilities. Making the presentation at the conference banquet was Robert Peter, City Attorney for the City of Ellinwood, Kansas and the recipient of the 2015 Schowalter Award.
Johnson has worked at Kansas City BPU for more than 30 years, working his way up from an entry-level IBEW bargaining unit position to an executive level management position. In March 2008, Don Gray, BPU General Manager, appointed Johnson Manager of Electric Operations.
His current responsibilities include directing all BPU Electric Operations services and activities, including transmission and distribution, electric engineering, information technology, fleet maintenance, telecommunications, and electric meters and services.
Johnson has taken a leadership role not only within his community, but within the municipal utility community across Kansas as well. He has served on the KMU Board of Directors since May 2009 and has also served on the KMU Executive Committee and KMU Advisory Committee. In 2012-2013, Johnson served as President of KMU.
In his presentation of the award, Peter noted that, “The recipient of the 2016 Edgar P. Schowalter Award is well deserving of the tribute. During his many years of service to his utility and to the municipal utility community as a whole, he has contributed greatly to the improvement of this association through the dedication of his time and effort.”
Johnson’s work for municipal utilities and their consumer-owners truly exemplifies the qualifications for the Edgar P. Schowalter award of not only bettering service in his community, but working as an advocate for all municipal utilities.
“It is particularly exciting to see Bill win this award, as this highest KMU award is named after a Kansas City BPU employee who impacted the state’s public power community profoundly in the 1950s and 1960s,” said KMU Executive Director Colin Hansen. “He is extremely deserving of the high honor and we thank him for his considerable contributions to municipal utilities across Kansas and the United States.”
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The award is named after the late Ed Schowalter, who was a renowned leader in the municipal utility field, both in Kansas and nationally. Mr. Schowalter was employed by the Kansas City Board of Public Utilities for 28 years and was instrumental in the development of KMU.
Previous BPU winners of the KMU Edgar P. Schowalter Award include:
Ed Schowalter – 1969
Paul Haas – 1979
Jim Widener – 1996
E. Leon Daggett – 2005
Joe Dick – 2005
Kansas Municipal Utilities (KMU) is the statewide association of community-owned and -operated electric, natural gas, water, wastewater, storm water, and solid waste and telecommunications utilities across Kansas.
As a non-profit association established by its member utilities in 1928, KMU is dedicated to serving the needs and interests of 170 consumer-owned utilities and the citizens, businesses and industries that they serve.
An awareness initiative with a simple message—all people in our community deserve access to healthy food, opportunities for physical activity, and quality health services.
Why does it matter?
Our surroundings – our neighborhoods, our parks, our grocery stores – affect our health, as individuals and as a community. Whether our neighborhood has places to purchase healthy foods, safe places for physical activity, and quality health care services or not, influences our health and well-being. Too many Wyandotte residents live in areas where it is easier to buy a candy bar than an apple or safer to stay inside than go to the closest park to be active. Wyandotte Deserves is an effort aimed at raising awareness and building support for the work that community partners are doing to improve the opportunities to engage in healthy behaviors.
What can you do?
Working together, we can make Wyandotte County the place that we all deserve. Join efforts to promote health. Show your support for the Wyandotte Deserves effort by posting Wyandotte Deserves materials in your business, home, volunteer organization, and other places.
Come to Action Committee Meetings of the Latino Health for Coalition, 3rd Thursdays each month, 11:30-1:00 pm, El Centro.
Shop at corner stores and mini-markets that sell fresh fruits and vegetables.
Encourage your favorite corner store to sell your favorite healthy foods.
Eat out at a local restaurant providing healthy menu options.
Support local farmers’ markets.
Choose healthy vending options. Look for low-fat, low calorie items.
Ask your employer to offer healthier options in vending machines.
Get out and walk or play in a local park!
Join or form a Park Champions group to improve your local park.
Make sure you are screened for diabetes, high blood pressure, and high cholesterol.
Support efforts to ensure that everyone gets quality health care.
Join us as we work together to improve opportunities to be healthy in Wyandotte County!