Dumpster Days starts Friday

Dumpster Days, an opportunity for Wyandotte County residents to recycle electronics waste for a small fee and dispose of unwanted bulky items for free, will be held Friday and Saturday mornings.

The event will be from 8 a.m. to noon Oct. 21 and 22 at Wyandotte County Park, 126th and State Avenue, Bonner Springs.

Those participating in the event will need to show proof of Wyandotte County residence with a driver’s license, utility bill or other document displaying their name and address.

Residents may bring items including electronics recycling, mattresses, furniture, appliances, fixtures, refrigerators, televisions and cathode ray tube televisions and monitors.

There will be a $40 charge for CRT computer screens, $20 for LCD-flat screen TVs, and $40 for CRT TVs. Cash only, exact change, will be accepted.

Items that will not be accepted include household hazardous waste, yard waste, batteries, storm debris, food waste, glass, plastics and other recycling, tires and demolition material.

Household hazardous waste may be taken to the HHW Center at 2443 S. 88th St., Kansas City, Kansas, for free. HHW dates for this year have passed, and residents may view dates in 2023 at wycokck.org/waste.

Recycling or yard waste may be taken to the Recycling and Yard Waste Center at 3241 Park Drive, Kansas City, Kansas, for free. The center is open from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Thursdays through Sundays, except on holidays, through Nov. 20.

For more information, visit wycokck.org/dumpsterdays.

Today’s public meetings

UG’s ARPA subcommittee to meet

The Unified Government American Rescue Plan Act Subcommittee will meet virtually at 1:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 20. The committee will review and complete the list of recipients and award amounts. The public may view the meeting in the fifth floor conference room, Suite 515, City Hall, 701 N. 7th St., Kansas City, Kansas. The meeting also may be viewed on Zoom. The Zoom link is https://us02web.zoom.us/j/86195755248. The toll-free phone number is 888-475-4499. The webinar ID is 861 9575 5248.

Housing summit to introduce affordable housing executive

The Unified Government of Wyandotte County and Kansas City, Kansas, has announced the appointment of DeWayne Bright Sr. as a FUSE Corps Executive Fellow to support an economic sustainability through affordable housing initiative.

“Addressing housing is critical to our economic success,” said Interim County Administrator Cheryl Harrison-Lee. “Mr. Bright will be joining our team as we kick-off our UG Forward economic development strategic plan and comprehensive citywide plan. He will be instrumental in helping us establish a much-needed framework to ensure that our growth is complemented with quality housing stock that is accessible and affordable to our community.”

The Unified Government of Kansas City and Wyandotte County is currently working to increase affordable housing options to address the rising housing shortage crisis and increase the city’s workforce and economic development potential as well as the well-being of its citizens, according to a spokesman. The FUSE Executive Fellow Housing Coordinator will help research and design a cohesive housing development strategy that will help increase housing affordability and availability, encourage housing retention in vulnerable neighborhoods, and maximize local economic effects on building owners, residents and businesses.

Bright is joining the Unified Government after spending the last 15 years with the Greater Kansas City Local Investment Commission where he worked to provide independent living skills and resources for youth in foster care, coordinated caring community sites across three school districts, and developed programs and services for youth and young adults.

This is the first time that the Unified Government has partnered with FUSE to hold an executive fellowship. The fellowship kicks off officially on Oct. 31. However, Bright will be participating in the closing plenary panel at the Wyandotte County Housing Summit on Wednesday, Oct. 19. The fourth annual event will be held at the HyVee Arena from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and will include discussions on land trusts, tenant’s rights and responsibilities, LGBTQ+ housing, healthy and safe communities, land bank and housing choices for an aging community. There will be a reception following the panel where drinks and appetizers will be served. For more information, visit https://www.wycokck.org/Engage-With-Us/Calendar-of-Events/Wyandotte-County-Housing-Summit.