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City Administrator’s Report for 7/22/2011

City Administrator’s Report


FROM: Mahesh Sharma, City Administrator


With the current weather conditions and heat advisories city offices have been provided information regarding cooling stations within the Metro Kansas City area; the Raytown YMCA provides shelter for all area residents from 1:00pm to 4:00pm daily.

Economic Development
An update will be presented next week to the general membership of the Raytown Chamber of Commerce during their monthly Membership Luncheon. Additionally, Representatives Michael Brown, Gail McCann-Beatty and Tom McDonald will be on hand to discuss the latest legislation in Jefferson City.

Information Technology
Fiber optics link communications, data and voice cable installation is underway and nearing completion for the renovated Public Works building. Upgrades to system include high speed, secured VPN connections and seamless building to building site replication of data and voice systems, which primary propose will be disaster recovery and business continuity of mission critical application in support of City operations.

Court Department computers and network data systems upgrade has been completed in preparation for connecting to new records lookup application; system is scheduled to go live in August 2011.

Public Works
KCP&L has prioritized the electrical connection for the Public Works building and service is scheduled for installation next week, several weeks in advance of the last installation schedule. Interior finish work continued this week along with the installation of the aluminum structures at the entrance to the building. The contractor is attempting to complete the project by the end of next week for occupation by the city.

There was a water main break on Raytown Road just south of 55th Street, which required closing south bound traffic and one lane of northbound traffic. The break has been repaired and one lane in each direction has been reopened. Temporary repairs are expected in the next week to reopen all lanes and final repairs will be several weeks away depending upon the extent of the damage to the roadway.

Phase Two of the annual Pavement Maintenance Program, the Asphalt Overlay Project, has been issued for construction bids. These bids will be publicly opened on July 26th at 2:00pm in the council chambers and bid documents are still available at www.drexeltech.com.

MODOT has announced that 350 Highway will be closed between 63rd Street and Gregory Boulevard for the demolition of the Blue Ridge Boulevard and 67th Street bridges over 350 Highway. The weekend closure, starting at 10:00pm Friday, July 22nd, will mark the start of two bridge projects over Route 350 near Raytown. Route 350 will re-open by 5:00am Monday, July 25th. The closure is weather dependent and could be rescheduled. Detour information can be found at the following internet address http://www.modot.mo.gov/kansascity/major_projects/Safe_and_Sound_Jackson.htm.

The concrete contractor replacing sidewalk, pavement and curbing has been working along 59th Street this week and should complete work on 59th Street sometime next week.

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