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City Administrator’s Report for 9/23/2011

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

Community Development

Animal Control impounded 56 animals during the month of August. Of those animals impounded during August, 14 were released back to their owner, 11 were adopted and 31 were euthanized. For this fiscal year (beginning November 1, 2010) a total of 355 animals have been impounded, 102 impounded animals have been returned to their owners, 105 have been adopted and 148 have been euthanized. The year to date total is approximately 25% less than the total number of animals impounded last year.

An application to rezone vacant land located between 63rd Street and Blue Ridge Boulevard east of Blue Ridge Elementary School has been submitted to the Community Development Department. The application proposes rezoning the property from Planned Low Density Residential (R-1-P) to Planned Neighborhood Commercial (NC). A site plan for the proposed rezoning has also been submitted which as described in the submitted application proposes construction of a one story commercial retail building. The site plan is currently under review by city staff for compliance with the city’s adopted codes and regulations. The rezoning application is tentatively scheduled to come before the Planning & Zoning Commission on November 3, 2011 and to the Board of Aldermen on November 15th and December 6th.

A public meeting will be held on the Jackson County Commuter Corridors Alternative Analysis (JCCCAA) on Tuesday, September 27th from 4:00 pm to 7:00 pm at the Enovation Center located at 201 N. Forest in Independence. The JCCCAA is developing and reviewing alternative transit options for two corridors in Jackson County, which include the Rock Island Rail corridor through Raytown. The JCCCAA will consider different corridor alignments and transit options at the public meeting for your review and comment. The ultimate purpose of the JCCCAA is to review the alternative transit options for the two corridors and then adopt a locally (regionally) preferred alternative (LPA) for the Kansas City region. Adoption of the LPA will then position the Kansas City region to submit applications to the Federal government for design and construction funding for these corridors. Additional information on the JCCCAA can be found by clicking http://kcsmartmoves.org/projects/jacksoncounty.aspx.

Public Works

Andy Noll and Tony Mesa attended the APWA National Congress in Denver this past week. The National Congress is a great opportunity to receive training and view equipment and services for public works on the exhibit floor. Asphalt reheating equipment, work order software, and pavement grinding equipment were of specific interest this year. All of the items would help staff be more effective and efficient. As an example the asphalt reheating equipment would allow staff to perform permanent repairs year round and possibly reduce expenses. Training sessions attended included winter roadway clearing performance, sustainability in snow removal and fleet operations, strategic planning, energy efficient street lighting, federal highway funding, alternative fueled vehicles, funding alternative fuel vehicles, operations manual creation, and ADA compliance.

Staff continues to move items into the renovated building and office staff now has operational phone and data communications. It will be several weeks before the move is complete and an open house to celebrate the completion of the project is in the planning stage.

The pavement marking contractor has 95% of the paint restriping work within the city completed, only 67th Street from Raytown Road to Woodson Road is yet to be completed.

Staff continues large asphalt patching operations in advance of the asphalt overlay and LWA seal program. The asphalt overlay program is scheduled to begin next week and the LWA seal program to begin in October.

Board, Committee and Commission Meetings, and Events

Sept 28 – Budget Hearings; Council Chambers, 7:00pm
Sept 29 – Budget Hearings; Council Chambers, 7:00pm


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