It’s almost time to break the resolutions. Countryside Christian Church in Mission isn’t holding out much hope for our resolve after today, but does send good wishes for a trouble-free 2016 on its sign along Nall Ave.Merriam police offer active shooter safety training. The Merriam Police Department is offering active shooter safety training for area businesses. Specialized training for representatives of the Merriam business community will focus on what to do if an active shooter event occurs in the workplace. The training will be offered during two session on Jan. 15 – at 9 a.m. and 2 p.m. at the Merriam Visitor’s Bureau at 6304 Frontage Road. “Our top priority is keeping the community safe, and businesses play a big role in the Merriam community,” Merriam Police Chief Michael Daniels said. “This is the type of training we hope nobody has to use, but it’s always better to be prepared.” The training is free and will last about one hour. Interested businesses can contact the Merriam Police Department at 913-322-5560, or send an e-mail to Captain Todd Allen at [email protected] chance to take Roeland Park community survey. The First Suburbs Coalition of the Mid-America Regional Council is requesting feedback from residents within their member cities to assist with future planning and programming for the initiative. The mission of the First Suburbs Coalition is to promote sustainable communities with healthy environments, vital economies, and a high quality of life for all current residents and future generations by promoting the preservation, reinvestment, and revitalization of first suburb neighborhoods, commercial areas, and infrastructure. Roeland Park is letting residents know that the survey closes on Jan. 6. The survey can be taken here.The Pitch takes a hard look at Mission Gateway proposal. The Pitch’s Steve Vockrodt had an update to the paper’s coverage of the Mission Gateway project — and some less than flattering words about developer Tom Valenti’s insistence on keeping Walmart as a centerpiece for the plan. “It’s hard to blame those Mission residents who are unhappy with the plan,” Vockrodt writes. “Typically, a project that’s described as a city’s gateway contemplates something more destination-worthy than a retailer that can be found in 42 locations within 50 miles of Mission.” [Mission Gateway survives a crucial vote before the Mission Planning Commission, but still has a long road to travel — The Pitch]Northeast Johnson County morning roundup is brought to you by Twisted Sisters Coffee Shop on Johnson Drive. For updates on the latest blends and specialty drinks available, follow them on Facebook.