First Responders to be honored
News and notes from around town:
• First responders got special recognition from the city last week for helping with the Aug. 22 school bus rollover accident on the Kansas Highway 7 ramp to K-32; now they’ll be recognized on an even bigger stage. John “Jack” Helin, city manager, told me that the Kansas City Royals will give Bonner’s first responders special recognition at the Saturday game (which starts at 6:10 p.m.) as part of their “First Responders Night.” The a representative of each city agency — police, fire and EMS — along with others that responded to the bus accident will be honored on the field at the beginning of the game.
• Speaking of first responders, Edwardsville's city council plans to discuss the future of their ambulance service at their meeting Monday. We'll be there to cover it.
• I left a message last week with the owner of the new Bonner Springs Pizza Company in Downtown Bonner and never heard back, but he told the city that he plans a soft opening on Monday. I will get a business profile of the new pizza place in the paper as soon as I can.
• Another economic development tidbit: the city reports that in Bonner Springs Pointe (northeast corner of Kansas Avenue and K-7), north of the Burger King, the developer has submitted a site and landscape plan for a 9,500 square-foot retail center that will have at least one restaurant. This must be approved by the city’s Planning Commission, and then construction could begin in November or December.
• The city’s parks and recreation department reports it has 178 players (20 teams) signed up for Youth Soccer, the most players the city has ever had in one soccer season. Last fall, they had 140 players on 14 teams.