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City Administrator’s Report 10-14-2011

City Administrator’s Report
FROM: Mahesh Sharma, City Administrator

The Board of Aldermen Work Session, which is scheduled for October 18th at 6:00 p.m., will be held at the newly renovated Public Works Department located at 6417 Railroad Street.

Jeremy Willmoth, Finance Director, announced that he has accepted an offer as County Administrator with Cowley County, Kansas. His last day will be November 11th.

Jim Lynch, Police Chief, received the 2011 Clarence M. Kelly Award at the Kansas City Crime Commission Awards luncheon on October 11th, 2011. This award recognizes an active law enforcement administrator in metropolitan Kansas City who is an excellent administrator, proactive in their approach and dedicated to improving the criminal justice system.

The West Gate Division of the Missouri Municipal League will meet Thursday, October 20th, 2011. The City of Parkville is the host city and Mayor Bower, along with Aldermen Ertz, Hamilton, Lightfoot, Mock and Par-Due will be attending.

Economic Development
Sutherlands and Phillips 66 – Conoco Convenience Store, located at 53rd Place and Raytown Road, both opened for business on Thursday, October 13th.

Community Development
The State of Missouri Department of Economic Development completed their review of the Environmental Assessment for the City’s NSP3 Grant. The city’s Grant Administrator will need to publish the required notice of intent next, which will allow our Housing Specialist, Builders Development Corporation, to begin acquiring and working on homes within the designated grant area by the end of the year. The grant area is the area bounded by the city limit line on the north, Blue Ridge Cutoff on the west, 59th Street and on the south and Woodson Avenue on the east.

The City has partnered with other cities that are members of the First Suburbs Coalition at MARC on submittal of a $400,000.00 grant application for funding to develop a Sustainable Code Framework and completion of building and zoning eight code audits to identify possible amendments that would promote sustainability. No financial commitment is required by the city if the grant application is approved as each communities local match requirement will be in the form of in-kind services involving staff time.

Since the first of September the Community Development Department has been performing sweeps for illegally placed signs in the street right-of-way each week. Prior to September 1st, sign sweeps were performed on an intermittent basis. Since September 1st, the total number of signs that have been picked up has gone from a high of 145 signs during the week of September 5th to 51 during the past week. Community Development has seen a steady decline in the number of signs that have been picked up, which can be attributed to the increased enforcement. We anticipate that as we go into fall and winter season the amount of sign needing to be picked up will further decrease.

Public Works
The removal of a temporary office trailer by the rental supplier is all that remains of the public works renovation project. The trailer is scheduled for removal by the end of next week. Staff will continue to organize the public works lot once the last trailer is removed.

Public Works staff continues large asphalt patching operations in advance of the asphalt overlay and LWA seal program and have placed 17.5 tons of asphalt this week. Public Works will be complete with patching operations for the LWA seal program next week.

All asphalt milling has been completed. Raytown Road and Raytown Trafficway were selectively milled to ensure proper application and ride quality of the bonded asphalt overlay that is scheduled for the roadways. The bonded asphalt overlay is a minimum of ½” thick and deep ruts will cause an over-run in overlay material and finished ride quality.

The asphalt overlay is scheduled to begin Monday depending upon weather. The overlay operations are scheduled to start on Raytown Road and Raytown Trafficway and then move to the remaining overlay streets. The overlay operation should last about two weeks.

Black and McDonald will start the installation of the energy efficient street lights next week. They will be replacing 126 existing street lights with new LED light fixtures. The lights we are replacing are at intersections of roadways and along Blue Ridge Boulevard from the North city limits to 63rd Street and further east on 63rd Street to Blue Ridge Cutoff.

Board, Committee and Commission Meetings and Events
October 17 – Municipal Court, Council Chambers, 6:00 p.m.

October 18 – Board of Aldermen Work Session, Public Works Facility (6417 Railroad St.), 6:00 p.m.
October 18 – Board of Aldermen Meeting, Council Chambers, 7:00 p.m.
October 19 – Municipal Court, Council Chambers, 8:00 a.m. and 6:00 p.m.
October 20 – Council on Aging, Conference Room, 4:00 p.m.

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