Overland Park may soon acquire this small cemetery established in the 1860s — here’s why

An Overland Park city council committee voted Wednesday to approve the filing of a "friendly" lawsuit that would allow the city to take ownership of Pleasant Ridge Cemetery on 135th Street. The owner and sole living board member of the privately-run cemetery is in ailing health, and his daughter approached the city about taking over the property. Photo credit Leah Wankum.

The city of Overland Park may soon file a “friendly” lawsuit with the aim of taking over a small private cemetery at the owner’s request.

The city was approached by the daughter of James McKee, the owner and sole living board member of the privately-run Pleasant Ridge Cemetery, with a request for the city to take ownership of the property.