2017 WyCo Sheriff’s Citizens Police Academy

“Want to learn what the Sheriff’s Office does for You!” Says Wyandotte County Sheriff Don Ash!

Citizens Academy is a free, exciting, six-week program that touches upon virtually every facet of the Wyandotte County Sheriff’s Office. Sessions will be held on Tuesday nights from 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM, September 12 through October 17 at the Sheriff’s Office located at 710 N. 7th Street Kansas City Kansas. Food and other refreshments will be provided at each session.

Participants will have the chance to visit and speak with nearly every Division Commander to include the Sheriff. Each session will include live demonstrations, a question and answer portion, and educational discussions to give participants a better understanding of the Sheriff’s Office.

Sessions will take place only on Tuesdays from 6:00 to 9:00 PM each week. 2017 Citizens Academy Schedule:

  • September 12 – Welcome and Orientation, Staff and Organization, History of WY.CO S.O.
  • September 19 – Operations Division at the lake
  • September 26– Support Division
  • October 3 – Adult Detention, Juvenile
  • October 10 – Round Table discussion
  • October 17 – Closing Remarks and Graduation

All participants must be at least 18 years of age and currently be a resident or business owner in Wyandotte County. The deadline to register is Friday, September 8. Space is limited to 15 participants on a first come, first served basis. To register, or for more information, please contact Captain David R. Thaxton at (913) 573-8435.

Livable Neighborhoods WyCo Seeks Volunteers

Our friends with Livable Neighborhoods need some help, and we think you’re just the person to lend a hand:

Administrative Assistant Volunteer Position – Livable Neighborhoods is looking for a volunteer to work from the office 10-15 hours a week between 8am-5pm to assist with making copies, mailings, recording phone tree messages, helping at the counter and answering the phones. This particular volunteer will need to have office experience, knowledge of Microsoft Word and customer service skills.

Archivist – Livable Neighborhoods is in need of an experienced archiver or librarian to organize and catalog 20 years of paperwork and photos. This volunteer positon will just be short term and can be very flexible with hours between 8 AM to 5 PM.

Volunteer Attorney – Livable Neighborhoods is looking for a retired or practicing Attorney who would be willing to answer questions for neighborhood groups registered with the Livable Neighborhood office. Questions would mainly involve property and nonprofit finances. These questions do not arise often and will require minimal phone or email conversation.

To get an application or to get information on other volunteer opportunities, please email the Unified Government’s Volunteer office at csachen@nullwycockck.org.

Faulty Septic Systems Can Pollute Stormwater

During a rainfall, water runs across rooftops, down driveways, streets and across parking lots and yards, picking up substances along the way. This stormwater “runoff” may contain materials like septic system wastewater, soil, chemical fertilizer, pet waste, litter, automotive fluids and yard waste such as leaves and grass clippings. Runoff then washes down storm drains, eventually reaching local rivers and streams where it can pose significant risks to people and wildlife.

Since this stormwater runoff is not treated before flowing into local streams, rivers, and lakes; most people never think about this stormwater runoff causing water pollution. But as the water flows; this stormwater runoff may collect and transport septic system wastewater.

The EPA estimates 25% of homes use septic systems. Over 4 billion gallons of wastewater per day is dispersed below ground into septic systems. As well as polluting the ground and ground water; an improper septic system can overflow onto the ground & can flow into storm drains.

What can residents do to help to prevent their septic systems from causing this pollution?

  • If you have a septic system have it inspected and pumped by a licensed contractor on a routine schedule, generally 3 years or less
  • If necessary, fix or replace your faulty septic system with a licensed contractor.
  • Fix faulty toilets as you can waste 200 gallons of water that goes to your septic system each day.
  • Wash loads of clothes over several days so you don’t run so much water thru your septic system at one time.
  • Don’t plant trees and shrubs over or near your septic system.
  • Don’t drive or park vehicles over any part of your septic system.
  • Not all items should be disposed of in your septic system.

For more information about septic systems, click here.

For more information about Stormwater, click here.

WPC Plants Receive Peak Performance Awards

Water Pollution Control received four Peak Performance Awards for excellence in permit compliance. WPC was recognized by the National Association of Clean Water Agencies (NACWA) during their annual NACWA’s Conference.

The four treatment facilities that received the prestigious honor for 2016 were:

  • Kaw Point received a Gold award
  • Plant 20 received the Silver award
  • Plant 14 received the Silver award
  • Wolcott received the Silver award

Peak Performance Award Categories and Honorees are as follows:

Platinum Awards
Platinum Awards recognize 100% compliance with permits over a consecutive five-year period. Platinum Awards will be given to facilities with a consistent record of full compliance for a consecutive five year period

If 100% compliance is maintained beyond the initial award, Platinum Award status is continued. Should 100% compliance not be maintained, member agency facilities must receive four consecutive Gold Awards to again be eligible for another Platinum Award in their fifth year of compliance.

Gold Awards
Gold Awards are presented to facilities with no permit violations for the entire calendar year.

Silver Awards
Silver Awards are presented to facilities with no more than five violations per calendar year. All treatment facility applicants must be publicly owned by a current NACWA member agency and be in operation for at least one month or more during a calendar year. Treatment facilities must provide, at minimum, secondary treatment, or advanced primary treatment with a 301(h) waiver. Additionally, there are no facility capacity minimums for Peak Performance Award eligibility.

Third Annual Picnic in the Park

The Wyandotte County/KCKS Human Services Department and the Council of Community Members will sponsor “Picnic in the Park” at Wyandotte County Park, Shelter D, on 126th & State Avenue, Bonner Springs, KS on August 25, 2017 from 11:30 AM -1:30 PM for individuals with Intellectual/ Developmental Disability (I/DD).

This collaborative effort was designed to provide an opportunity for individuals to receive resource information that will educate and empower them about their community. This opportunity brings awareness to persons with disabilities while also providing an opportunity for families to learn about service options and our community partners.

In attendance this year will be the:

  • KC Chief’s Mascot KC Wolf;
  • KC Royal Diamonds Drill Team;
  • KCK school district staff, students;
  • Unified Government affiliated agencies and other recipients of Intellectual/Developmental Disability (I/DD) services;
  • KCK Fire Department;
  • KCK Police Departments

Those in attendance will enjoy food, music provided by a DJ, face painting, drawings, giveaways and much more.

We hope to continue with this annual event for years to come. If you would like information about services or want to serve on our volunteer committee please contact (913)573-5502 or email wcddo@nullwycokck.org.

Mobile Library Associate, KCKPL

Our friends with the Kansas City, Kansas Public Library seek qualified applicants for the position of Mobile Library Associate.

Associate level position responsible for driving the bookmobile, assisting patrons in a friendly and professional manner, performing circulation/public service desk duties, computer troubleshooting and assisting the Librarian in the process of preparing and maintaining the collection and services while keeping the bookmobile neat, clean and inviting to the areas served.

Bachelor’s degree or equivalent education/experience mix with the ability to work directly with the public in a friendly, helpful manner; handle multiple tasks quickly and accurately; have an above average proficiency with computers and available software for patron use; must have some public programming or training background to be able to participate in scheduled programming as assigned; ability to safely drive the mobile library in all weather conditions and establish and maintain effective working relationships with route/stop contacts.

Must have a good driving record and have or be able to obtain a Commercial Driver’s License (CDL) with required endorsements to drive the mobile library bus. Must have a bright and cheerful nature and the ability to interact with the public and staff in a courteous and professional manner at all times.

Physical attributes of standing, kneeling, walking and lifting up to 35 pounds as work activity, programming, set-up and daily activities may be required.  May require additional training and/or performance of duties outside normal work hours as assigned/required.

Salary based on 2017/2018 classification/salary range.  Non-exempt status. KCKPL offers attractive benefits and optional purchase plan benefits; health insurance plans for employee and elective family coverages; optional dental and vision plans for employee and family; group term life; salary protection; tax deferred annuities; flexible spending account and retirement plan through Kansas Public Employees Retirement System (KPERS).  To learn more and apply for this position, visit the KCKPL employment website.

2017 DashKCK Sponsorship Opportunites

Want to get your logo in front of thousands? DTSKCK invites you to sponsor the 5K, 2017 DashKCK. A timed event, DashKCK participants can choose to run competitively or a non-competitive run/walk option. Registration is online at http://www.dashkck.com/register.html.
Your donation supports:

  • free participation by students
  • participatory t-shirt and medal with registration by Aug 28
  • snacks for participants
  • fee for RaceDay Timing Solutions Company

Current in-kind donations of volunteers and public safety are well over $8,000. The Health Care Foundation of Greater Kansas City is our primary sponsor.

Sponsorship levels and benefits are:

  • $250: listings on social media platforms including websites, newsletters, and blasts; name/logo on participant t-shirts; name/logo on professionally printed event day posters; exhibitor’s table at Library in the Park; logos in pdf or jpeg format
  • $100: listings on social media platforms including websites, newsletters, and blasts

Please reply to Chuck, below, indicating your sponsorship level by August 20. We appreciate your payment by September 1. A community event, not a fundraiser, any excess proceeds will go to funding Little Library stations for child/youth reading/literacy to be placed in neighborhood parks in Wyandotte County.

Payment methods:

  • checks can be made and sent to DTSKCK with the memo: Dash
  • CC donations can be made at: https://runsignup.com/dashkck
  • contact Chuck w DTSKCK, below, for other payment methods

Thank you for your consideration.


Chuck Schlittler, Director
Downtown Shareholders of Kansas City, Kansas
Cell/Text: (913) 620-7480
726 Armstrong, Ste 201
Kansas City, KS 66101
Office: (913) 371-0705

Many Thanks to Current Dash Sponsors and Community Partners

The Health Care Foundation of Greater Kansas City, Donnelly College, the KCK Library, the YMCA, the KCKPD, the Wyandotte County Sheriff’s Department, the Parks and Rec Department of the Unified Government of Wyandotte County and Kansas City, KS, the KU Cancer Center and MCA, the Hilton Garden Inn, and the Wyandotte County Community Health Council, the NBC Community Development Corporation.

Download a copy of the 2017 DashKCK Sponsorship Letter here.

Rep. Kevin Yoder Announces Third District Job Fair

Representative Kevin Yoder (R-KS) announced today that he will be holding his eighth Third District Job Fair on Tuesday, August 22nd at the Kansas City Kansas Community College (KCKCC) Burke Technical Center. As in past years, the Job Fair will help facilitate face-to-face meetings between those seeking employment and local employers currently hiring. The Job Fair will include a special morning hour exclusively for veterans.

The Job Fair will last from 9:00 AM to 1:00 PM, with the 9:00 AM to 10:00 AM hour exclusively open to veterans. Job-seekers should dress for success and bring several copies of their resume. There is no registration or fee required to attend.

WHEN: Tuesday, August 22nd
9:00 AM to 10:00 AM: Exclusive to Veterans
10:00 AM to 1:00 PM: Open to All Job Seekers

WHERE: Kansas City Kansas Community College (KCKCC)
Dr. Thomas R. Burke Technical Education Center
6565 State Ave.
Kansas City, KS 66102

Only exhibitors need to register by clicking here.

For more information, visit www.Yoder.house.gov, or please contact Susan Metsker in Representative Yoder’s District Office at (913) 621-0832.

Newsletter Feature from Chuck – August 8, 2017

Good day. Welcome to this August edition of our newsletter. Please note the opportunities within and on our Community Calendar.

DTSKCK invites you to either run or walk in the Dash KCK 5K run/walk on September 9. The event is at the JFK center in Downtown off of Washington Blvd. Registration is now open online and is free for students including on race day. Please register here. Others registering online by August 28 are $10 or $15 day of. Registration by August 28 will ensure you receive a participatory t-shirt and medal. The top 3 male and female finishers will each receive awards.

Registration opens day-of at 7:30 with the event at 8:30. Awards will be announced around 10 at Library in the Park. We invite you to stay and learn about library resources and enjoy free tacos and ice cream. Dash KCK again gladly collaborates with the Library and their event.

Concerning economic development and housing the DTSKCK EcoDevo and Housing Committee begins dialogue September 12 on tasks, if any, the group needs to undertake besides advocacy. Opportunities exist. What might DTSKCK do regarding those opportunities? We appreciate the leadership of Jim Schraeder, committee chair, and board vice-chair, plus Wil Anderson, board chair. Watch this space for further information.

The DTSKCK Outreach Committee meets this Thursday at the new convenience store Downtown at 720 Minnesota. Chips & Coins is owned and operated by Mike Benitez and Dorota Lopez of MM Companies LLC. Each day a home-made lunch is available from family recipes. The committee meets this Thursday at 11:30.

Finally, we are pleased to announce that Tom Lally has agreed to do some contracting work with DTSKCK. Tom is well known for his work in the KC area and we could not be happier that he has agreed to help us.

Events, committee work, and opportunities to explore. Even in late summer, there is energy in the air in Downtown KCK. Come be with us September 9. Come listen to how people are exploring possibilities in our Downtown. Come join us and see how you are welcomed. Come see why we say Downtown is everyone’s Downtown.


Chuck Schlittler, Director
Downtown Shareholders of Kansas City, Kansas
Cell/Text: (913) 620-7480
726 Armstrong, Ste 201
Kansas City, KS 66101
Office: (913) 371-0705

BPU FlexPay Program Allows Utility Purchase on Prepaid Basis

Kansas City Kansas Board of Public Utilities Flex Pay LogoFlexPay is a new program offered by the Board of Public Utilities allowing customers to monitor their electricity and water on an “as-needed” basis, with services purchased on a pre-paid basis. There are no deposits and no late fees. The FlexPay program allows customers to be aware of their energy and water usage. The customer can then make efforts to conserve their services, which equals saving money.

Studies have shown that persons enrolled in this type of program tend to save up to 15% on their energy usage. Customers who are unable or unwilling to pay the required deposit to establish service will enjoy immediate benefits due to such deposits not being required.

FlexPay accounts do not receive paper statements (bills) as this information will not be relevant to their FlexPay account. Daily account history (usage, charges and payments) will be available via the internet at www.myusage.com or by calling the automated system at (855) 837-6742. Accounts will be reconciled monthly to the KCBPU’s billing system and any adjustments (positive or negative) will be made at that time.

Customers can view their account balance, daily usage, payment history and more by visiting www.myusage.com. MyUsage.com displays the prior day’s usage and allows a person to monitor their energy and water consumption 24/7. There is also a MyUsage app for smart phones. Alerts can also be set up to inform customers of their account status, and the website allows them to modify their notification settings.

Existing BPU customers can stop by BPU’s customer service lobby or call (913) 573-9190 to enroll in this program.

Payments can be made in the lobby or at one of 32 kiosks throughout metro Kansas City, including a kiosk open 24 hours, 7 days a week at BPU’s main office at 540 Minnesota Avenue. Payments made at a kiosk will incur a fee to make the payment.

The new FlexPay program gives BPU customers control of the energy & water they use while providing them the tools they need to keep costs low and save them money. For additional information on the BPU FlexPay program, go to www.bpu.com.

About BPU
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.