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City Administrator’s Report for 12/2/2011

City Administrator’s Report
12-2-2011
FROM: Mahesh Sharma, City Administrator

Community Development
A Rock Island Corridor public open house is set for December 7th, from 7:30pm to 9:00pm at Walnic’s Place; 10028 E 63rd Street. Urban planning and landscape architecture students from Kansas State University and the University of Kansas have been working on ideas and alternative futures for the Rock Island Corridor through Raytown, Kansas City and Lee’s Summit. They are now ready to share their work.

The NSP3 grant which the City partnered with Sugar Creek and Grandview on completed its public comment period last week. As a result Builders Development Corporation (BDC), which is the City’s housing specialist for the grant, has closed on the purchase of the first two properties in Raytown. The two properties are located at 5420 & 5424 Laurel Avenue. The houses on each of these properties are deemed inhabitable and will each be demolished. BDC submitted plans for building permits this week for each of the new homes to be constructed on these lots, which are currently being reviewed by staff. BDC will be in attendance at the Board of Aldermen work session on December 20th to provide an update on the NSP3 program.

Staff received word this week that MARC and the First Suburbs Coalition, of which Raytown is a member, are one of 30 regions across the U.S. to be awarded a Community Challenge grant from HUD. The grant application was submitted as a partnership between nine first suburb communities that are members of the First Suburbs Coalition, MARC, Urban Land Institute (ULI), and UMKC. The $400,000 grant will allow the First Suburbs Coalition to develop a Sustainable Development/Redevelopment Ready Code Framework and then use this framework to audit the codes of 8 different first suburb communities (Raytown, Mission, Grandview, Independence, Roeland Park, Gladstone, Fairway, and Prairie Village) for the purpose of encouraging and fostering sustainable development and redevelopment. Work on the development of the Sustainable Development/Redevelopment Ready Code Framework is anticipated to begin in the first quarter of 2012.

EMS
Staff conducted pre-employment testing for a full-time Paramedic and part-time EMT/Paramedic this week, and as of today nearly 40 candidates have been tested; response teams have completed 74 calls in the last week; hosting a blood drive for the Community Blood Center on December 21st, from 1:00 to 4:00pm, if interested in donating please contact Kim at 737-6030; currently in the last few weeks of our 15th EMT certification program.

Public Works
The Central Business District Streetscape project included the formation of a steering committee composed of adjacent business and property owners. The purpose of the committee is to provide input during the design of the project. The committee has been formed and the first step for the steering committee is a bus tour next Friday, Dec 9th. The committee will tour recently completed streetscape projects with the design consultant and city staff to identify aspects of each location that would be beneficial and feasible to implement for downtown Raytown.

Crews completed; 75 miles of sweeping, repair of the storm sewer box at 10300 E. 64th and made several storm sewer box lids to replace broken and damaged lids, crosswalk markings at Gregory Boulevard and Blue Ridge Boulevard, installed turn lane markings at Woodson and 350 Highway, and cleaned 9414 feet of sewer line this week.

The public works crews completed a test snow route run this week. The test provides an opportunity for drivers to familiarize themselves with the routes and any changes that will affect the snow plows. The test identified several manholes that needed to be adjusted to prevent damage to the snow plows.

Board, Committee and Commission Meetings, and Events
December 8 – Board of Zoning Adjustment Meeting; Council Chambers, 7:00pm

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