Bonner Springs, Edwardsville could apply for UG’s ARPA funds

Bonner Springs and Edwardsville may be interested in applying for American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) funds.

At a Unified Government ARPA subcommittee meeting on March 22, representatives of the two cities indicated interest in receiving some of the ARPA funding that the UG has not yet spent.

Another ARPA subcommittee event, a community workshop, is scheduled from 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. tonight, March 29, both virtually and in person at City Hall, 701 N. 7th St., Kansas City, Kansas. At the workshop the public may discuss how COVID has affected them and the community, and discuss how they would prioritize recovery funds. The workshop will be on Zoom. Registration is required to https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZYpdemprDIiGd2rYOBG2IDTNYr2jZ4ldL5g.

Kathleen von Achen, UG chief financial officer, told the ARPA subcommittee on March 22 that ARPA funding for the smaller cities was determined by the state under the direction of the state treasury office. The cities received allocations directly from the state. Bonner Springs received $6 million and Edwardsville received $680,000. The school districts also received ESSER allocations from federal funding.

The UG ARPA subcommittee has been actively evaluating the process for distributing funds and setting priorities.

The ARPA funding to the UG was split between an allocation to the city of Kansas City, Kansas, and Wyandotte County.

Von Achen said $7.2 million in ARPA funding to Wyandotte County is still available and has not yet been allocated. Initially Wyandotte County received $32 million in ARPA funding, she said, and the county’s estimated revenue loss replacement was $11 million. An immediate needs resolution was adopted on Aug. 26, to spend $8.5 million, with an additional $1.58 million set aside for housing assistance.

Public health in Wyandotte County received $8.3 million, according to Von Achen. There also were allocations for the Area Agency on Aging and community corrections. Public health expenditures included the vaccination facility at the downtown UG Health Department expanded; booster shots and pediatric shots for ages 5 to 11 expanded; contact tracing for managing the spread of COVID, quarantine and isolation housing, free food and cleaning supplies, technical assistance for local health providers, long-term care facilities and mental health facilities.

Also, the Community Health Improvement Plan was addressed, and violence prevention staff was hired, along with a health equity coordinator.

About $1.85 million was allocated through United Way for housing assistance, she said. These funds should be distributed to nonprofit agencies for all of Wyandotte County, she said.

About $500,000 has been allocated for nonprofits, and these allocations are still pending, to be launching in April, according to Von Achen.

According to Bonner Springs officials, the city is experiencing a need for funding to address stormwater problems.

Edwardsville officials discussed a need for funding for participation in the dispatch system, and other issues.

Von Achen said that while the UG could decide to give some of the county ARPA funding to Bonner Springs and Edwardsville, the cities would have to apply for the funding and tell how it would be used. The UG is required to have this sort of information and application before it allocates any funding to agencies, governments and organizations, as part of the rules governing ARPA spending, according to von Achen. The UG cannot just make a line-item allocation to the cities.

Local nonprofits also may apply for ARPA funding from the UG. More information on the application process is at https://www.wycokck.org/files/assets/public/board-of-commissioners/documents/arpa-nonprofit-application-process-1.18.22.pdf.


For more information on the workshop tonight, see https://www.wycokck.org/Engage-With-Us/Calendar-of-Events/ARPA-Community-Workshop-1.

KU announces graduates

More than 125 Wyandotte County residents graduated in the fall 2020 and spring 2021 semester at the University of Kansas, Lawrence.

In all, there were more than 5,700 graduates.

Graduates from Wyandotte County are listed below. Not all graduates choose to release their names.

From Wyandotte County:

Joey Lee Bourdow, Bonner Springs, Bachelor of Fine Arts in Visual Art
Jacqueline Calderon, Bonner Springs, Bachelor of Science in Nursing
Tyler J. Campbell, Bonner Springs, Master of Architecture
Angela Marie Jones, Bonner Springs, Master of Science in Project Management
Steffan Lynn Mefferd, Bonner Springs, Bachelor of Science in Information Technology
Alyissa Marie Mendoza, Bonner Springs, Bachelor of Social Work
Chellcy Miller, Bonner Springs, Bachelor of Science in Nursing
Julianne Josephine Jackson Ruwe, Bonner Springs, Master of Social Work
Emily Louise Vitt, Bonner Springs, Doctor of Pharmacy
Jensen A Walcott, Bonner Springs, Bachelor of Science in Nursing
Sabria Moheddin Zlitni, Bonner Springs, Bachelor of Arts in Psychology

Suhaib A Bajwa, Edwardsville, Doctor of Medicine
Robert Daniel Crowley, Edwardsville, Bachelor of General Studies in Political Science
Jacob Warner Shriver, Edwardsville, Bachelor of Science in Sport Management
Elijah VanWinkle, Edwardsville, Bachelor of Arts in Biology

Lucas Caleb Adam, Kansas City, Kansas, Bachelor of Science in Pharmaceutical Studies
Alix Adauto, Kansas City, Kansas, Bachelor of Social Work
Alejandra Juarez Aguirre, Kansas, Kansas City, Bachelor of Science in Respiratory Care
Geovanni Rafael Alvarado, Kansas City, Kansas, Bachelor of Arts in Economics and Bachelor of Science in Business in Finance
Max A. Avila-Franco, Kansas City, Kansas, Bachelor of Arts in Architectural Studies
Jordan Baker, Kansas City, Kansas, Master of Science in Biostatistics
Arizona Levi Baldwin, Kansas City, Kansas, Master of Social Work
Rylee Basler, Kansas City, Kansas, Master of Social Work
Kathryn Marie Beltran, Kansas City, Kansas, Master of Science in Supply Chain Management
Francis Patrick Bentler, Kansas City, Kansas, Master of Science in Supply Chain Management
Linda Gayle Bergman, Kansas City, Kansas, Professional Science Master’s in Applied Science
Madonna Ruturaj Bhakta, Kansas City, Kansas, Bachelor of Science in Exercise Science
Shelley Lynn Blackwell, Kansas City, Kansas, Doctor of Speech-Language Pathology
Anissa Elise Brantley, Kansas City, Kansas, Bachelor of Science in Education
Jennifer Sabra Brooks, Kansas City, Kansas, Doctor of Medicine
Ladarius Brooks, Kansas City, Kansas, Bachelor of General Studies in Liberal Arts and Sciences
Ruben Adrian Bueno, Kansas City, Kansas, Doctor of Medicine
Darrian Rae Burgess, Kansas City, Kansas, Bachelor of General Studies in Sociology
Jesus Aldair Cazares Arzola, Kansas City, Kansas, Bachelor of Science in Architectural Engineering
Samuel R. Chaney, Kansas City, Kansas, Bachelor of Science in Business in Finance
Adrian J. Cisneros, Kansas City, Kansas, Bachelor of Arts in Sociology and Bachelor of Arts in Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies
Geidy G. Contreras-Kelly, Kansas City, Kansas, Bachelor of Science in Nursing
Endurance Edward Crosby, Kansas City, Kansas, Master of Science in Education in Health, Sport Management
Josselyn Anabella Cruz-Lopez, Kansas City, Kansas, Bachelor of Science in Nursing
Karla De La Pena, Kansas City, Kansas, Bachelor of Arts in Communication Studies
Colby Dressler, Kansas City, Kansas, Bachelor of General Studies in American Studies
Samuel Harrison Duncan, Kansas City, Kansas, Bachelor of General Studies in Political Science
Kayla Anne Dye, Kansas City, Kansas, Bachelor of Science in Molecular Biosciences
Sandra Erica Elizondo, Kansas City, Kansas, Master of Social Work
Alexander R. Falk, Kansas City, Kansas, Bachelor of Science in Business in Accounting
Cameron Conrad Fox, Kansas City, Kansas, Doctor of Medicine
Lisandra Garcia, Kansas City, Kansas, Bachelor of Arts in Law and Society
Kellen Brody Gil, Kansas City, Kansas, Doctor of Medicine
Hanah E. Glimpse, Kansas City, Kansas, Bachelor of Fine Arts in Theatre Design
Katherine E. Goble, Kansas City, Kansas, Master of Arts in Speech-Language Pathology
Emily Gudino, Kansas City, Kansas, Bachelor of Arts in Psychology
Seungyeob S. Han, Kansas City, Kansas, Bachelor of Science in Chemical Engineering
Andrew Ryan Henry Harsh, Kansas City, Kansas, Doctor of Pharmacy and Bachelor of Science in Pharmaceutical Studies
Gharett Matthew Heenan, Kansas City, Kansas, Doctor of Medicine
Brian Daniel Heinen, Kansas City, Kansas, Bachelor of General Studies in Literature, Language and Writing
Brenden Hensley, Kansas City, Kansas, Bachelor of Fine Arts in Design
Pafoua Angela Her, Kansas City, Kansas, Master of Arts in Communication Studies
Tony Vichai Her, Kansas City, Kansas, Bachelor of Science in Aerospace Engineering
Alexandria Hood, Kansas City, Kansas, Bachelor of Science in Nursing
McKayla Ann Horton, Kansas City, Kansas, Master of Occupational Therapy
Damon Ray Jackson Jr., Kansas City, Kansas, Bachelor of General Studies in Applied Behavioral Science
Makale’a D. Jackson, Kansas City, Kansas, Bachelor of General Studies in Communication Studies
R-Reonnia James, Kansas City, Kansas, Doctor of Nurse Anesthesia Practice
Jarius O’Neil Jones II, Kansas City, Kansas, Bachelor of Science in Nursing
Danielle Denice Jones, Kansas City, Kansas, Doctor of Philosophy in Health Policy and Management
Josie Irene Jones, Kansas City, Kansas, Bachelor of Music in Tuba
Jeffrey Ryan Kelly, Kansas City, Kansas, Master of Accounting
Peyton K. Kelly, Kansas City, Kansas, Bachelor of Science in Education
Tykeisha Dai’Von Kelly, Kansas City, Kansas, Master of Social Work
Melissa M. Koch, Kansas City, Kansas, Bachelor of Business Administration
Elliot Nash Konrade, Kansas City, Kansas, Doctor of Medicine
Mleh Landford, Kansas City, Kansas, Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering
Shannon Larsen, Kansas City, Kansas, Bachelor of Science in Nursing
Sang Lau, Kansas City, Kansas, Doctor of Pharmacy
Nicholas Alexander Leahy, Kansas City, Kansas, Bachelor of Science in Exercise Science
Jasmyn L. Leapheart, Kansas City, Kansas, Bachelor of General Studies in Psychology
Andrew J. Lentell, Kansas City, Kansas, Doctor of Physical Therapy
Noses Lor, Kansas City, Kansas, Bachelor of Science in Chemical Engineering
Cristina Luna, Kansas City, Kansas, Master of Accounting
Ryan Carl Macan, Kansas City, Kansas, Bachelor of Science in Exercise Science
Adrian Alejandro Martinez, Kansas City, Kansas, Bachelor of Science in Education
Gabrielle Grace Matt, Kansas City, Kansas, Bachelor of Science in Nursing
Steven M. Mccord, Kansas City, Kansas, Bachelor of General Studies in Anthropology
Kathryn Lynn McCullough, Kansas City, Kansas, Bachelor of General Studies in Law and Society
Kimberly Thalia Merritt, Kansas City, Kansas, Master of Science in Bioengineering
Richard F. Mikesic, Kansas City, Kansas, Master of Accounting
Dustin Alfred Miller, Kansas City, Kansas, Bachelor of Science in Business in Supply Chain Management
Prompan Mingbunjerdsuk, Kansas City, Kansas, Certificate in Neurology
Marissa Alia Moreno, Kansas City, Kansas, Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering
Abigail P. Neal, Kansas City, Kansas, Bachelor of General Studies in Political Science and Bachelor of Science in Environmental Studies
Derek Nold, Kansas City, Kansas, Doctor of Medicine
Cailin C. O’Mara, Kansas City, Kansas, Bachelor of Arts in American Studies and Bachelor of Arts in English
Sakher Mahmoud Obaidat, Kansas City, Kansas, Doctor of Philosophy in Rehabilitation Science
Chidera Crystal Okoye, Kansas City, Kansas, Bachelor of Arts in Biochemistry
Sarah Felisa Oropeza, Kansas City, Kansas, Bachelor of General Studies in Psychology
Enrique Manuel Ortiz, Kansas City, Kansas, Bachelor of Science in Education
Kayla Noehmi Palacios, Kansas City, Kansas, Bachelor of Business Administration
Amittia Lonette Parker, Kansas City, Kansas, Doctor of Philosophy in Social Work
Fabian Eduardo Requenes, Kansas City, Kansas, Bachelor of General Studies in History of Art and Bachelor of Science in Biochemistry
Diana Nataly Reyes, Kansas City, Kansas, Doctor of Nursing Practice
Michael A Rhodes, Kansas City, Kansas, Bachelor of Business Administration
Claudia Karina Rivera-Sanchez, Kansas City, Kansas, Bachelor of Science in Nursing
Lure’a Danielle Robertson, Kansas City, Kansas, Bachelor of Science in Nursing
Lasharica Ross, Kansas City, Kansas, Bachelor of Social Work
Merllan Alejandra Sabillon-Artiaga, Kansas City, Kansas, Bachelor of General Studies in Public Administration
Eric Salazar, Kansas City, Kansas, Bachelor of Science in Business in Information Systems
Elizabeth Santillan, Kansas City, Kansas, Bachelor of Arts in Speech-Language-Hearing
Amara Seng, Kansas City, Kansas, Doctor of Medicine
Melanie Elizabeth Sharpnack, Kansas City, Kansas, Doctor of Pharmacy and Bachelor of Science in Pharmaceutical Studies
John Peter Shaughnessy, Kansas City, Kansas, Master of Science in Engineering Management
Joshua Jordan Shepherd, Kansas City, Kansas, Bachelor of Arts in Communication Studies
Conner Swanton, Kansas City, Kansas, Juris Doctor
Branden M. Taylor, Kansas City, Kansas, Bachelor of Science in Computer Science
Jennifer Thluai, Kansas City, Kansas, Bachelor of Science in Biology
Michell Tinoco-Morales, Kansas City, Kansas, Bachelor of Science in Atmospheric Science
Sarah James Turner, Kansas City, Kansas, Bachelor of Science in Nursing
Juan A. Velasquez, Kansas City, Kansas, Bachelor of Arts in Human Biology
Jamie Rebecca Visser, Kansas City, Kansas, Bachelor of Social Work
Joshua Anthony Wakes, Kansas City, Kansas, Bachelor of General Studies in Communication Studies
Alana A. Washington, Kansas City, Kansas, Bachelor of Science in Journalism in News & Information
Hanna Mae Wertz, Kansas City, Kansas, Master of Social Work
LeFonzo Wesley, Kansas City, Kansas, Bachelor of Arts in Biology and Bachelor of Arts in Spanish
Trey Whetstone, Kansas City, Kansas, Bachelor of Science in Exercise Science
Kassidy Rhiann Wieduwilt, Kansas City, Bachelor of Social Work
Belicia MariAnna Wilcoxen, Kansas City, Kansas, Bachelor of Arts in Applied Behavioral Science and Bachelor of Arts in Psychology
Kayla Marie Willis, Kansas City, Kansas, Bachelor of Science in Education in Community Health
Alexander Wittman, Kansas City, Kansas, Bachelor of Science in Computer Science
Cheeng Dannie Yang, Kansas City, Kansas, Bachelor of General Studies in Liberal Arts and Sciences
Jordan Brian Young, Kansas City, Kansas, Bachelor of Arts in Communication Studies.