News in Prairie Village
Schermoly, who is running for mayor, questioned whether 30 days was enough notice for the business community to provide its input. She also said she had concerns about enforcing the ordinance and that forcing business owners to provide services that violated their religious beliefs could lead to litigation and other costs.
“I support non-discrimination, and I think most of us here want to make sure that happens,” Schermoly said. “But we need to be careful.”
Tuesday, September 11, 2018 11:57 AM
I am proud to announce that Andrew Wang is endorsing our campaign. To have the support of Andrew, the senior member of City Council demonstrates that our campaign is working for the residents of Prairie Village. I appreciate the support of Andrew a man with integrity, loyalty and who has worked so long and so hard for his residents. Andrew understands the issues facing our city and has devoted his time and energy to making the best choices for Prairie Village. I am honored to accept his support and for as Mayor I will bring the same concern for our residents to every issue we face.
Thursday, July 26, 2018 10:07 AM
Prairie Village council balks at proposal for city to take on live-streaming of meetings; will revisit issue in coming months - JAY SENTER
5/16/2017 10:49 AM - Jay Senter
Shortly after being elected to the Prairie Village governing body last spring, Ward 2’s Serena Schermoly took it upon herself to organize the recording and live-streaming of city council meeting on her Facebook page.
Since last fall, as she’s enlisted family and friends help her record and transmit the proceeds from every council meeting, she’s lobbied for the city to take on the responsibility for making video of the meetings available to the public. After a vote last night, it appears Schermoly will have to wait at least a bit longer to hand over the duty to city staff.
Thursday, July 19, 2018 8:24 AM
Prairie Village mayoral candidates share views on rising property values, teardown-rebuilds, public financing incentives - LEAH WANKUM
Before a standing-room-only crowd at Colonial Church Wednesday, the three candidates running to succeed Laura Wassmer as Prairie Village mayor shared their views on pressing issues including the teardown-rebuild trend, sharply rising home values, and the use of public financing incentives for redevelopment at the Shawnee Mission Post’s candidate forum.
Candidate Serena Schermoly joined Prairie Village in April 2016 as a Ward 2 councilmember.
Sunday, July 8, 2018 12:00 PM
The City of Prairie Village is in the process of considering updates to our zoning regulations, particularly as it relates to the design of single-family residential properties. A committee of local design professionals and city staff have been working together for several months to draft new regulations that would govern the design of single-family residential homes. This effort began at the direction of the City Council with the goal of protecting neighborhood character while balancing the changing demographics and needs of the Prairie Village community.
The proposed changes to the zoning regulations can be found at the link below. The changes include added requirements for greenspace, street trees, and the size of buildings and garages. These proposed changes are in addition to the changes that were adopted by the City Council in 2016, which decreased maximum building heights and increased side setback requirements.
The City will be holding open houses on July 9, July 11, July 17 to provide additional information and gather feedback from our residents. These open houses will be held from 5:30 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. in the Council Chambers at Prairie Village City Hall, located at 7700 Mission Road. Residents may come and go as needed.
Can’t make it to any of the open houses?
We still want your input! Please take a minute to complete our survey regarding the proposed changes at www.surveymonkey.com/r/PVneighborhoods.
The City values the opinions of our residents, and public input is certainly encouraged to help shape the future of our City. If you have any questions about the proposed guidelines or the public open houses, please contact Jamie Robichaud, Assistant City Administrator, at firstname.lastname@example.org (913) 385-4601.
View the proposed guidelines (PDF)
Take our survey
Wednesday, June 13, 2018 11:30 AM
Some residents say big, new homes on small, old lots are changing the nature of the Kansas suburb.
Home teardowns are not a new problem in Prairie Village, but the issue is receiving a lot of new attention. Today, we asked city leadership how they would strike a balance between property owners' ability to build what they want on their own land, and preserving the look and feel of what's long been known as a modest, affordable community.
Prairie Village Mayor Laura Wassmer
Councilwoman Serena Schermoly, District 2
Councilman Tucker Poling, District 3
Tuesday, June 5, 2018 10:17 AM
Prairie Village ready to get public feedback on new house design guidelines that would regulate aesthetics - SM Post - JAY SENTER
Monday, May 14, 2018 5:30 AM
In Prairie Village, teardowns bring 'monster homes' and calls for more restrictions - BY LYNN HORSLEY, Kansas City Star
Thursday, May 10, 2018 9:07 PM
Councilwoman Serena Schermoly filed to run for mayor of Prairie Village this morning, setting up a contested election to replace outgoing Mayor Laura
Councilwoman Serena Schermoly said she plans to file to run for mayor of Prairie Village this morning, setting up a contested election to replace outgoing Mayor Laura Wassmer.
Wednesday, June 21, 2017 9:05 AM
After months of debate, the Prairie Village city council on Monday approved a new initiative to live-stream and archive video of its meetings.
Resurrecting the practice of the city producing a broadcast of its meetings became a priority for Ward 2 councilwoman Serena Schermoly shortly after she joined the governing body last year. For the past several months, Schermoly has taken it upon herself to have friends and family stream the council’s proceedings via Facebook Live. The practice of producing a broadcast of the meetings had long precedent in the city. Between 1976 and 1997, Prairie Village produced a public access broadcast of its meetings.
Under the resolution approved by the council on Monday, the city will invest $3,500 in equipment and a one-year subscription to a live stream provider’s service to make city council committee of the whole, city council, and planning commission meetings available online.
The council had rejected a motion in May that would have allocated $8,000 to live-streaming.
On Monday, the council voted 8-2 in favor of the lower-cost option. Councilmembers Ted Odell and Brooke Morehead cast the dissenting votes. Morehead indicated she had heard from a number of residents “from the swimming pool, to stopping on the street” who had said they were thankful the city did not allow live-streaming of meetings. Morehead said her primary concern with the idea of broadcasting the recordings of meetings was that it might discourage residents from speaking to the council in open forum because they would be uncomfortable knowing their remarks would reach a large audience.
Thursday, September 22, 2016 9:19 AM
Prairie Village city councilmember personally takes on task of providing video of council meetings to the public
One Prairie Village councilmember has been live streaming city council meetings and making video available later for the public to watch.
Serena Schermoly said when she ran for office this year she made a promise to Ward 2 residents that she would keep them informed. Many of the residents were not familiar with the committee of the whole process, she said, where much of the discussion about an issue takes place.
For the first couple of meetings, Schermoly paid someone to to the video. Since then, she has bought a camera for nearly $500 and has been doing the recordings with family and friends pitching in to man it.
Schermoly would much prefer the city take over the responsibility for video, but she plans to keep doing it until that day comes. The technology is now inexpensive and it would allow city residents to watch government in action, she said. Mission provides video of its meeting, as does the Shawnee Mission School Board. Roeland Park provides audio the next day.
The livestream goes out on her Facebook page.