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City Administrator’s Report for 1/18/2012

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

 

Administration

As a reminder, City Hall will be closed on Monday, January 21st, in observance of the Martin Luther King, Jr. Holiday. Normal business will resume at 8:00 a.m. on Tuesday, January 22nd.

Information Technology

In collaboration with the Information Technology Department at Jackson County, the Metropolitan Area Network infrastructure upgrade has been completed. As a satellite office for Jackson County property tax processing, the upgrade provides for faster access to Jackson County’s network and database servers for property tax business functions performed by the City’s Finance Department. The technology upgrade included network hardware, line circuit performance and security enhancements.

Request for service included; 42 computers, 5 telephones, 3 government channel, 2 door lock, and 3 website update. The network, server, telephone, government channel, electronic security doors and website are at optimum functionality.

Community Development

The next public workshop for the Rock Island Corridor Study will be held on Wednesday, January 23rd from 5:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. This workshop will be held at Unity Village in the Garden/Tea Room located at 1901 NW Blue Parkway. The workshop will build upon the efforts and input received at the previous workshop, which among other things includes a focus on the downtown Raytown area as an activity center for possible future transit route and bicycle-pedestrian trail that could be constructed along the Rock Island Corridor. These transit and trail alignments are proposed to extend from Pleasant Hill to downtown Kansas City and would provide a connection to other transit lines as well as the KATY Trail State Park. The focus on the downtown Raytown as an activity center takes into consideration potential land use changes, a possible transit station location and trail head locations along the corridor.

Public Works

Public Works engineering staff attended the Missouri Asphalt Paving Association training seminar that covered a wide variety of topics ranging from preservation techniques to reconstruction of roadways.

Public Works staff responded to an unexpected change in the weather forecast last Saturday morning. The forecast on Friday was only for a dusting of snow; however, when the updated forecast arrived Saturday morning there was a change which added 3 inches of snow. Public Works mobilized in response to the forecast and initiated our snow response by placing salt in trucks and pretreating the roadways. The recycling center hours were cut short Saturday so there would not be any conflict between salt loading, salt trucks and public vehicles in the public works yard. In the end, the snow stayed a few miles to the south and east and no sustained response was necessary.

Board, Committee and Commission Meetings, and Events

January 22 – Fire Board Meeting Station #1 9:00 a.m.

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