Mission awards comprehensive plan contract to Confluence for first update in 9 years

first_imgConfluence will work with the City of Mission over the next year to update the city’s comprehensive plan.The Mission city council last month awarded its comprehensive plan update to the design and architecture firm Confluence. This will be the second update to the city’s current plan in 13 years, as Mission last adopted a comprehensive plan back in 2007 and updated that plan in 2011.“I just think it’s very timely for us to go ahead and do this,” Councilmember Ken Davis said. “We haven’t done [a comprehensive plan] since 2007, it’s been updated in 2011, it’s really time for us — there’s been a lot of changes since 2007.”The project will take approximately one year and is not to exceed $120,000, according to city documents. Confluence will conduct a review of the existing comprehensive plan as well as master plan documents, and then conduct an analysis of the following items:Emerging trends in residential and commercial land usesExisting transportation network and potential opportunitiesLand use classifications and zoningExisting technology infrastructureA selection committee — which included Mayor Ron Appletoft, Planning Commissioner Robin Dukelow, Councilmember Arcie Rothrock and city staff members — reviewed and scored all nine of the proposals submitted to the city, Councilmember Hillary Thomas said.The committee then interviewed five design and architecture firms and considered the cost before deciding on Confluence, Thomas said. Confluence had the highest price point at an estimated cost of $120,000. The four other firms had estimated costs ranging from $99,000 to $111,000, according to city documents.City council approved the contract award unanimously following Thomas’s presentation. Additionally, Confluence sent a representative who will be working on Mission’s comprehensive plan update to a Community Development Committee meeting, which Thomas said was promising.“At our committee meeting… [they] had a lot of wonderful things to present, and I think that the city and staff will be in good hands as we move forward,” Thomas said.A number of community engagement opportunities will be available throughout the 12-month process, according to city documents. These opportunities include a kick-off workshop event, a youth workshop, and a booth at various events that will provide general information to the public.Confluence is currently involved in similar comprehensive plan updates with Mission’s neighbors, Merriam and Roeland Park.last_img read more

Be Nice To Yourself

first_imgPrevention:“Be kind to yourself.” If you keep good company, someone has probably uttered these words to you at some point, maybe during a particularly hard spell, or at a time when you were being a little too harsh on yourself. It’s always sound advice—irksome though it may be to hear at the time—but new research published in Psychological Science reveals it’s especially apropos when you’re dealing with a broken heart. Self-compassion, according to researchers, may just be the secret to bouncing back after a breakup.In the study, researchers met with recently divorced people to assess how they were coping. They noticed that some people were much better able to move on without their relationship woes interfering in their day-to-day life—and the effects continued for nine months after the initial visit. Their secret? They were nice to themselves.The good news is that whether you’re naturally nice to yourself or not—it can be learned.“Self-compassion is a perspective people can take with respect to difficult experiences in their life,” says lead researcher David A. Sbarra, PhD, associate professor of psychology at the University of Arizona. That means instead of beating yourself up for your mistakes or shortcomings when times are tough, says Dr. Sbarra, try to view what you’re going through as part of the overall human experience, with its inherent highs and lows.Read the whole story: Prevention More of our Members in the Media >last_img read more

Boys basketball: Bearkats fall in Bossier Invitational semis; Parkway gets past Airline; Plain Dealing…

first_imgThe Bossier Bearkats fell to the North Caddo Rebels 46-38 in the semifinals of the Bossier Invitational boys basketball tournament sponsored by Bossier Federal Credit Union on Friday night.Elsewhere, the Parkway Panthers improved to 2-0 in District 1-5A with a hard-fought 63-58 victory over the Airline Vikings at Parkway. In other 1-5A games, Haughton lost to Byrd 63-51 and Southwood defeated Captain Shreve 62-40.Parkway and Southwood share the 1-5A lead. Evangel is 1-0. Byrd is 1-1. Haughton is 0-1. Shreve and Airline are 0-2.In District 1-1A, Plain Dealing routed Ringgold 84-62 at home.At Bossier, the Bearkats held onto the ball for the first three minutes of the game and led 3-0. North Caddo, however, scored the final six points of the first quarter for a 6-3 lead.Antonio Davis tied the game with a 3-pointer early in the second quarter, but the Bearkats scored only two more points and trailed 16-8 at the half.North Caddo opened a 27-13 lead in the third quarter. The Bearkats fought back, closing the quarter on an 8-0 run. They trailed by just six, 27-21, heading into the fourth.The Rebels stretched the lead to 10 early in the final period. Travis Manning hit a 3-pointer to get the Bearkats within seven, but they were unable to mount a serious run thanks in large part to the Rebels’ Cherrod Hill.Hill scored 16 of his game-high 18 points in the second half, including 11 in the fourth quarter. He was 5-of-5 from the line. Texas A&M commit Robert Williams, North Caddo’s 6-foot-8 post player, scored 12 points in the game. Larry Robinson III led Bossier with eight points, seven rebounds and three assists. Jacoby Decker had eight points and two steals. Davis scored seven points and had four rebounds. Dontavious Washington had eight rebounds to go with six points.North Caddo (15-4) faces Natchitoches Central (14-3) for the championship Saturday at 7:30. The Chiefs knocked off Ruston 45-36 in the other semifinal. Bossier (13-7) plays Ruston (13-4) for third place at 6.At Parkway, Airline rallied from a seven-point deficit in the fourth quarter to take a two-point lead. But Keondre Wudtee hit a 3-pointer to put Parkway back in front 57-56 with 2:51 left to play.Robert McKnight sank two free throws to give the Panthers a 59-56 lead with 1:26 left. Airline’s Will Roberson hit two free throws to make it a one-point game again with 57.1 seconds left.The Vikings forced a turnover with 46 seconds left, but Trent Ivy was called for charging with about 27 seconds remaining.Kamren Davis was left alone under the basket and dunked with 16 seconds left to put Parkway up by three. The Vikings couldn’t get a baseline 3-pointer to fall. Justin Rogers grabbed the rebound. Davis was fouled and hit two free throws with 5.6 seconds left for the final margin.Davis led the Panthers (12-6) with 16 points and McKnight had 14. Trey Webber and Wudtee scored eight each.Ivy led Airline (9-12) with 15 points. Jacob Guest added 12 and KJ Bilbo nine.At Plain Dealing, Keldrick Carper scored 28 points and grabbed 12 rebounds to lead the Lions (7-10, 2-1). Jakeleb McGee had 18 points and nine rebounds. Max Scott scored 17.— Russell Hedges, [email protected] Expat InsuranceExpat Living in Hong Kong without Health Insurance?Top Expat Insurance|SponsoredSponsoredUndoTheTopFiveVPNThe Secret Netflix Doesn’t Want You To Know To Unblock RestrictionsTheTopFiveVPN|SponsoredSponsoredUndoCelebsland.com9 Celebrity Before-And-After Plastic Surgery DisastersCelebsland.com|SponsoredSponsoredUndoPerfect-Dating.comAre You Ready to Meet Cool Guys in Tung Chung?Perfect-Dating.com|SponsoredSponsoredUndoTheTopFiveVPNThe Trick Netflix Doesn’t Want You To Know To Unlock RestrictionsTheTopFiveVPN|SponsoredSponsoredUndoAspireAbove.comRemember Abby from NCIS? Take A Deep Breath Before You See How She Looks NowAspireAbove.com|SponsoredSponsoredUndolast_img read more