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City Administrator’s Report for 10/21/2011

City Administrator’s Report
10-21-2011
FROM: Mahesh Sharma, City Administrator

 

Community Development
Ten proposals were received in response to the city’s Request for Proposals for downtown streetscape design services. Community Development and Public Works Department’s staffs have begun reviewing the proposals and will presented the recommended proposal to the Board of Aldermen for consideration later this year.

Economic Development
On Wednesday, Tom Cole and John Benson provided a presentation detailing Raytown’s approach to comprehensive planning and economic development to the Missouri Chapter of the American Planning Association. The representatives from Raytown were invited by the Missouri APA as other planning agencies have become aware of our recent success of launching several redevelopment projects despite the current economic challenges.

Public Works
Staff completed nearly 100 miles of street sweeping this week. The goal is to keep leaves from plugging the storm sewer inlets and to keep pollutants from the roadway out of the storm sewer system. This effort is required to maintain compliance with the Municipal Separate Storm Sewer System permit issued by the Missouri Department of Natural Resources. The Municipal Separate Storm Sewer System or MS4 permit process is managed by the EPA and Missouri Department of Natural Resources as required by the Clean Water Act.

The asphalt overlay on Raytown Road was completed this week. The overlay was to be a ½” thick which would have resulted in a reasonable ride over manholes and water valves however the actual thickness varied significantly and some manholes and water valves are now significantly below the finished roadway surface to cause a rough ride. Public works will now evaluate the manholes and water valves and determine if adjustment rings are available to smooth the ride at the worst locations. It is imperative that the manhole lids and water valve rings are at or below the finished roadway surface or during winter weather the snow plows will damage the manhole lids or water valve rings.

Superior Bowen will be working on Saturday, October 22nd, in an effort to finish the asphalt overlay project during the good weather.

Vance Brothers started the Light Weight Aggregate seal project this week. The contractor started with some sporadic work in areas that a double coat was deemed appropriate to ensure a good seal to the road. All roadways that receive the coating next week will be sealed the entire width of the existing asphalt.

Black and McDonald finished the installation of new energy efficient street light fixtures this week which replaced existing cobra head street light fixtures with new LED light fixtures. The lights replaced 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 and also in the front parking lot of city hall. A grant funded all of the costs of the project. The project includes other municipalities in the metropolitan area, KCP&L and MARC. The goal of the project is to reduce energy consumption of street lighting.

Board, Committee and Commission Meetings, and Events
October 25 – Fire Board Meeting; Station 1, 9:00am

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