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City Administrator’s Report for 7/15/2011

City Administrator’s Report


FROM: Mahesh Sharma, City Administrator


Several staff members volunteered time this week to assist with the Raytown Christian Church’s Summer Lunch Program for area youth. Volunteers made and bagged sandwiches, built lunches, and assisted in their distribution.

Community Development

The Certificate of Occupancy for the new IHOP Restaurant was issued by the Community Development Department on Tuesday, July 12th. IHOP employees are making preparations for the restaurant’s opening set for Monday, July 25th.

Economic Development

Staff has received plans for the second building at Gregory Square (350 HWY & Gregory Blvd). Tenants have not been announced; however, the building will be roughly 6,500 square feet and designed to accommodate three tenants including restaurants. Additionally, the developer will need to remove a great deal of dirt prior to construction. As such, they are seeking anyone who may be in need of fill dirt in quantities above 500 cubic yards.


Governor Nixon has signed Senate Bill 48, thereby eliminating the mandated requirement of certified mailings for non-payment shut-off notices. Staff estimates a potential savings of thirty thousand dollars ($30,000.00) per year in postage. Customers will be informed that, effective September 1, 2011, the City will no longer use certified notifications to notify delinquent customers; shut-off notices will be sent utilizing first class mail only. A special “thank you” goes to Representative Tom McDonald who assisted with working this bill through the legislative process in Jefferson City.

Information Technology

Court video software applications have been upgraded to accept new video court sessions from the Johnson County jail. The upgrade included redefining network perimeter firewall settings and testing to assure court video sessions are secured, accessible and uninterrupted during video court sessions.

Public Works

Renovations continued this week with interior finish work, exterior stucco application, exterior paint preparation and entry vestibule construction. The new electrical service installation has been delayed significantly by KCP&L, due to a technical error by KCP&L. A modification to the temporary service installed for the trailers will be investigated to keep the project on schedule. Crews have completed the sign room.

The second phase of the annual pavement maintenance program, the Asphalt Overlay project, has been issued for construction bids. The Asphalt Overlay project bids will be publicly opened July 26th at 2:00pm in the council chambers. Bid documents are available at Drexel technologies at www.drexeltech.com.

The City of Lee’s Summit has decided to not pursue a project that had been awarded a Transportation Enhancement grant and has returned approximately $400,000.00 to the committee. The committee has made a motion that the next highest ranked projects should receive the funding. The next highest rated project is Raytown’s Downtown Streetscape project. Public Works and Community Development are providing the necessary information to MODOT and MARC to finalize the project funding available.

Board, Committee and Commission Meetings, and Events

July 19 – Board of Aldermen Meeting; Council Chambers, 7:00pm
July 21 – Council on Aging Meeting; Council Conference Room, 4:15pm
July 21 – Human Relations Commission; Council Chambers, 6:00pm
July 22 – Rescheduled Fire Board Meeting; Station 1, 9:00am

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