Today’s high to be in mid-30s

After a cold start today, the temperatures will rise to about 36 degrees, according to the National Weather Service.

The forecast includes rain possible on Friday night and Saturday, and snow possible on Tuesday, the weather service said.

Non-severe thunderstorms are possible on Saturday, according to the weather service.

Today will see increasing clouds, with a high near 36 and a south southwest wind of 3 to 8 mph, the weather service said. The temperature was 24 degrees at 9 a.m.

Tonight, expect mostly cloudy skies with a low of 24 and an east southeast wind of 3 to 8 mph, according to the weather service. On Wednesday night and Thursday morning, snow is possible to the north, near St. Joseph, Missouri, but it is not in the Wyandotte County forecast.

Thursday, the high will be near 41 with mostly cloudy skies and an east southeast wind of 8 to 11 mph, the weather service said.

Thursday night, it will be cloudy with a low of 26 and an east northeast wind of 5 to 8 mph becoming north after midnight, according to the weather service.

Friday, it will be partly sunny with a high near 43, and a north wind of 5 to 7 mph, the weather servie said.

Friday night, there is a 70 percent chance of showers after midnight, with a low of 36. Between a tenth and quarter-inch of rain is possible.

Saturday, there is a 100 percent chance of showers and possibly a thunderstorm before noon, then a chance of showers and thunderstorms after noon, the weather service said.

Saturday night, it will be partly cloudy with a low of 29, according to the weather service.

Sunday, it will be sunny with a high near 43, the weather service said.

Sunday night, it will be mostly clear with a low of 25, according to the weather service.

Monday, it will be sunny with a high near 44, the weather service said.

Monday night, it will be mostly cloudy with a low of 30, according to the weather service.

Tuesday, there is a 70 percent chance of ran and snow, with a high near 44, the weather service said.

KU Health System receives grant award for improving adolescent immunization rates

Dr. Belinda Vail and her team at the University of Kansas Health System have received a grant award for improving adolescent immunization rates. (Submitted photo)

The University of Kansas Health System received a grant award recently for improving adolescent immunization rates.

Immunize Kansas Coalition honored four organizations recently with the grant awards.

The KU Health System, Department of Family Medicine, received the outstanding residency program award.

The grant award was developed in 2015 to support innovative, collaborative and sustainable methods to increase age-appropriate immunization rates for Kansas adolescents.

Immunize Kansas Coalition identified human papillomavirus (HPV) and meningococcal vaccines as specific targets for improvement in 2015 as rates of immunizations for adolescents in Kansas were among the lowest in the nation.

In 2017, Kansas adolescent immunization rates, while improved from 2015, were below the national rate for both HPV-initiation (52.4 vs 65.5 percent) and meningococcal (72.1 vs 85.1 percent). In this award cycle IKC asked providers to include Tdap (tetanus, diphtheria and pertussis) immunizations in their rate improvement efforts in response to the identification of bundling – or offering all of the recommended adolescent immunizations together – as a best practice approach to adolescent immunization rate improvement.

The University of Kansas Health System Department of Family Medicine in Kansas City, Kansas, under the leadership of Dr. Belinda Vail, implemented several methods of patient contact and follow-up with the aim of improving adolescent immunization rates. Dr. Vail and her team found that telephone follow-up resulted in the highest rate of completed immunization. From this success, Dr. Vail and team intend to continue to use clinic staff to make follow-up, personal contacts with patients when they are due for immunizations, according to a spokesman.

UG Committee votes for more penalties for code enforcement violations

The Unified Government Neighborhood and Community Development Committee on Monday night voted to advance a proposal to increase the range of penalties for code enforcement violations.

The proposed fines start with $100 for a first code enforcement violation, then rise to $250 for the second violation within 24 months; $500 for the third violation within a 24-month period; $750 for a fourth violation within a 24-month period; $1,000 for a fifth violation within a 24-month period; and $1,500 for a sixth or subsequent violation within a 24-month period.

Greg Talkin, director of the UG Neighborhood Resource Center, told the commission that they have been struggling with habitual violators. Instead of changing the definition of habitual violator, they decided to add more steps to the administrative fine penalties, he said.

Sometimes those in violation are corporations or speculators in property, he said.

He said he hopes they never get to that higher level of fines, that people would work with them on issues.

“If individuals who are homeowners continue to work with us, hopefully we don’t even get to that $100 level,” he said.

The proposed change would add different divisions that are able to use the fines, he said. Currently, code enforcement and licenses are able to use this tax. The proposed ordinance change would add planning and zoning, air pollution, fire prevention, health and sanitation, and streets and sidewalks to those who could use the citation and fine process, he said.

Commissioner Brian McKiernan asked if anyone, individual or corporation, who engaged with the Neighborhood Resource Center could avoid the administrative fine process by engaging with the staff.

Talkin said they could as long as they engage honestly and have true intentions of working with them.

There is an administrative hearing officer with this process, and an appeal may be filed within 30 days of receiving a fine, Talkin said.

The motion by Commissioner Ann Brandau Murguia passed unanimously. This issue is scheduled to go to the full UG Commission for a vote on March 28.

In other action, the committee approved the transfer of property at 748 Seminary St., from the Land Bank to the Rosedale Development Association. The property is being used for a community garden.

The committee also approved the transfer of properties from the Dec. 18 tax sale into the Land Bank for further disposition. The properties being transferred received a bid, and then the sale did not go through. More than 100 properties were on this list. The list is contained in the committee agenda, for March 4, on p. 36 at https://wycokck.civicclerk.com/web/UserControls/DocPreview.aspx?p=1&aoid=1555.