Linda Hoskins Sutton, candidate questionnaire

Linda Hoskins Sutton

Name and office sought
Linda Hoskins Sutton
Kansas City Kansas Community College Board of Trustees

Age: 68

Occupation and experience:
I retired from Kansas City Kansas Community College in 2014 with 30 years of service. I was professional Assistant-Bookkeeper in the Business Office, Coordinator of Community Education and when I retired, I was Director of Student Activities. During my full-time employment at KCKCC, I was also adjunct faculty some semesters.

Education:
1.Associate in Business
2.Bachelor of Science in Human Resource Management
3.Masters of Business Administration

Organizations, clubs, groups to which you belong:

  1. Member of Olivet Institutional Baptist Church
  2. Past member of KCK Women’s Chamber of Commerce
  3. Past board member of People to People International

Reasons for running:
As a current Trustee serving my first 4-year term, I want to continue serving students, employees and the community thru diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI). We are in the middle of building student housing and I want to see that completed as well as other initiatives that are in progress by KCKCC Board of Trustees.

What are the three most important issues facing this position and how would you handle them?
The most important issue facing KCKCC is restoring full accreditation from Higher Learning Commission (HLC.) There are employees working on this and it takes the whole College. As a Trustee, my role is to stay updated monthly on the progress of the report for the site visit in Spring of 2022. This deficiency at the college with HLC did not happen overnight. However, as Trustees, we must make sure this never happens to KCKCC again.

I will not list any other issues because of the high importance of HLC. Without full accreditation from the Higher Learning Commission (HLC), no other issues matter for KCKCC.

If you are an incumbent, list your top accomplishments in office. If you are not an incumbent, what would you change if elected?
As an incumbent on the Board of Trustees at KCKCC some of the things we have accomplished and I say we because we work as a unit. We have an individual voice and vote but no individual authority.
1.The most important accomplishment was hiring a new president for KCKCC (2018).

2. Reopening the Childcare Center

3. Opened a Veterans Center on Main Campus

4. GED partnership on-site with University of Kansas Health System.

5. Class offerings at Wyandotte High School.

6. The college was a leader in handling the Covid-19 pandemic with protocols that allowed KCKCC to continue serving students and keep employees whole.

Have you run for elected office previously? When, results?
Yes, in 2017, there were seven of us running for three seats on KCKCC’S Board of Trustees. I was one of the top three with the highest number of votes. Thus I’m serving my first 4-year term.

Police search for woman in connection with homicide

Police are searching for a woman with dark, possibly shoulder-length hair, in connection with a homicide on Wednesday in the 7900 block of Sandusky. (Photo from KCK Police Department)
The woman was last seen driving a red Hyundai Tucson last seen eastbound near 78th and I-70. Police are alerting the public to a female who is dangerous and is driving the vehicle. Anyone who sees the vehicle should call 911, according to police.

Update: Kansas City, Kansas police stated that a person is in custody in Kansas City, Missouri, in connection with the home invasion and homicide investigation.

The case is under investigation by the KCKPD’s Major Case Unit. Anyone with information about the case is urged to call the TIPS hotline at 816-474-TIPS.

Police are searching for a woman in connection with a homicide on Wednesday morning in the 7900 block of Sandusky.

According to Nancy Chartrand, a spokesman for the Kansas City, Kansas, Police Department, a female probably in her late 20s or early 30s with brown shoulder length hair is considered dangerous. Residents should immediately call 911 if they see her or the red Hyundai Tucson she is driving, she said.

Residents should not have contact with her but should call 911, according to police.

An adult male homeowner on Sandusky was killed earlier on Wednesday, according to police.

Chartrand said police believe the suspect is associated with this homicide. The suspect allegedly confronted the homeowner and stole his red Hyundai.

Police believe a series of incidents involving two vehicle thefts are traced to the same suspect.

Police said a vehicle was stolen from Sam’s Club parking lot at the Legends area at 7:30 a.m. Wednesday.

This vehicle then got into an accident at 83rd and State Avenue, and police were called about 10:18 a.m. today, police said. The suspect did not stay at the scene of the accident.

While police were at the scene of the accident, they received another accident call from 78th and Tauromee, where the suspect was still in the vehicle that was stolen this morning, Chartrand said.

The suspect then ditched the vehicle and fled, she said.

She broke into a house of an elderly resident, and stabbed a woman there, who was taken to a hospital around 10:30 a.m., police said. The woman is expected to survive, she added.

Officers were searching the area, and a little after 1 p.m. Wednesday, they received a call about a shooting in the 7900 block of Sandusky. An adult male was killed outside his residence, and she took his car, the spokesman stated.

The red Hyundai Tucson has a license plate number of KS 237NLE.

Anyone who sees the suspect or the vehicle she was in should call 911 and stay away, Chartrand said.

The vehicle was last seen eastbound on I-70 near 78th, she said.

New high-tech Wolcott wastewater treatment plant goes into operation

New facility is 5th of its kind in the United States, first in Kansas

Local officials with the Unified Government gathered for a ceremonial ribbon-cutting to announce the activation of the Wolcott Wastewater Treatment Plant in western Kansas City, Kansas, earlier this morning. From left to right are Pat Young, HDR Engineering; Doug Bach, county administrator; At-Large District 1 Commissioner Melissa Bynum; At-Large District 2 Commissioner Tom Burroughs; Mayor-CEO David Alvey; District 5 Commissioner Mike Kane; Kurt Winters, Public Works Water Pollution Control director; Jeff Fisher, Public Works executive director. (UG photo)

Today, local officials with the Unified Government gathered for a ceremonial ribbon-cutting to announce the activation of the Wolcott Wastewater Treatment Plant in western Kansas City, Kansas.

The plant utilizes new technology, aerobic granular sludge, which eliminates many of the traditional wastewater treatment steps, reduces operational complexity, and decreases maintenance needs while keeping the community and the environment safe from harmful toxins.

“We are pleased to officially bring the new Wolcott Wastewater Treatment Facility online, putting in place cutting-edge technology to better serve current and future residents and businesses in this area, while protecting the water quality of the Missouri River and the environment throughout our community,” Mayor David Alvey said in a news release. “The new Wolcott treatment plant, the first of its kind in Kansas and one of only a few in the nation, will be capable of meeting future growth needs in the area, accommodating up to 18 MGD of flow daily and serving 64,000 rooftops. We appreciate the ongoing efforts by the UG Water Pollution Control team, and their partners, on this multi-year project, and want to thank all that work every day to meet the critical wastewater and stormwater management needs of Wyandotte County.”

Mayor Alvey was joined by Commissioner Mike Kane, 5th District, who represents residents and businesses in the Piper area.

“As commissioner, I have always been and remain committed to serving the residents of Piper, bettering our neighborhoods, and improving life for our hard-working families,” Commissioner Kane said in the news release. “Although wastewater treatment plants aren’t always pretty to look at, this one serves a crucial role in the continued growth of our area. Not only does this plant use new technology, but it also lowers maintenance costs and is built to handle future growth for more than 64,000 rooftops.”

The Unified Government’s Public Works Department began planning for the roughly $54 million investment in 2015 to accommodate future population growth in the Piper area and safeguard the environment by reducing overflows caused by heavy rainfall.

“Our team is committed to returning value to the community we serve, and this project is an example of what can be accomplished when they trust us to make these investments in our shared future,” said Jeff Fisher, executive director of the UG Public Works Department. “We are grateful for the opportunity to deliver this project on the community’s behalf.”

The investment contains three distinct parts working together: the Wolcott Treatment Facility, which cleans wastewater; the Lower Conner Creek Interceptor, which spans nearly 4-miles and carries wastewater away from homes and businesses; and Pump Station 70, which helps move wastewater up hills.

The treatment plant currently processes daily flows of 2-million gallons and was designed to readily accommodate 4 million gallons within the next 10 years. Ultimately, the plant’s capacity is expected to handle average daily flows of 18-million gallons or roughly 64,300 rooftops.

The project was delivered with the assistance of HDR Engineering and Garney Construction.

To learn more about wastewater treatment in Kansas City, Kansas, and how to help the environment, visit wycokck.org/water.

  • Story from Dave Reno, community engagement officer, UG Public Works