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City Administrator’s Report for 1/11/2012

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


Community Development

The 16th annual Raytown MLK Celebration will be held this Sunday, January 13th at 3:00 p.m. in the Raytown High School Auditorium. The keynote speaker will be Rev. Olivia C.Q. Aiken from Memorial Missionary Baptist Church. The program will also include issuance of a proclamation by Mayor Bower, Maxine “Queen Mother” McFarlane singing her annual rendition of “Pass it On”, performances by two Hawaiian dance ensembles, members of 2 school choirs from Raytown, performance by internationally known vocalist Bryan Austin, participation by other faith and civic leaders and the announcement of the winners of the “MLK Today” essay contest for Raytown students. The students were charged to propose a project in Raytown that would help further Dr. King’s vision for America. The Grand Prize award will be a donation by Graceway Church of $3,000 and 1,000 volunteer hours to implement the winning project. The students submitting the top essays will receive Google Nexus 7 Tablets.

The CBD Streetscape Steering Committee met on Wednesday, January 9th to review the final draft of the CBD Streetscape Master Plan as wells as to get an update on the status of the construction plan approval for Phase 1 of the streetscape improvements. Staff is anticipating receiving approval of the construction plans for Phase 1 within the next two weeks. Upon approval of the construction plans, the City will be able to release a request for construction bids. It is anticipated that a selected bid package will be brought to the Board of Aldermen in March with construction commencing shortly thereafter.

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 in Unity Village in the Garden / Tea Room located at 1901 NW Blue Parkway. This 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.

Board, Committee and Commission Meetings and Events

January 14 – Municipal Court 6:00 p.m.

January 15 – Board of Aldermen 7:00 p.m.

January 16 – Municipal Court 8:00 a.m. and 6:00 p.m.

January 17 – Council on Aging 4:15 p.m.

January 17 – Human Relations Commission 6:00 p.m.

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