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City Administrator’s Report for 4/25/2014

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

 Development & Public Affairs

The City now has124 roofing companies that have opened business licenses to do work on residential homes. Over 400 roofing permits have been purchased.

Our Code Enforcement Officers and Building Official have been busy picking up illegal signs that have been placed in the right-of-ways of the City. As of Thursday, April 24th, they have picked up over 250 illegal signs within the past three weeks.

The Development & Public Affairs Department welcomed their newest department member, Allyn Harvey. Allyn’s title is Neighborhood Services Specialist I. Her duties include codes enforcement and animal control issues. Allyn comes to us from the Great Plains SPCA in Independence, Missouri where she worked as a Veterinary and Animal Care Technician. She graduated from Metropolitan Community College with an A.A.S. in Veterinary Technology and is currently working on a degree in Criminal Justice. She is a member of Missouri Animal Control Association and Student Chapter of the National Association of Veterinary Technicians in America. Allyn received the John Rhodes award from the Missouri Animal Control Association in 2010. This prestigious award is for the Animal Welfare Professional that goes above and beyond the call of duty, who exemplifies the role of the animal control profession and has made great changes that better the profession. The DPA department is excited to welcome Allyn to Raytown.
John Benson, Director of Development and Public Affairs and Brenda Gustafson, Public Information Officer along with MARC employees attended a focus group comprised of several

Raytown area residents on Tuesday, April 22nd, which the City hosted. The purpose of the focus group was to continue work identifying and discussing what makes communities such as Raytown livable for all ages now and in the future. This work is in conjunction with the KC Communities for All Ages (KCCA) initiative that Raytown, Gladstone, Mission and Prairie Village are working with MARC on how to create a Kansas City region of vibrant communities, building on the strengths and serving the needs of individuals of all ages. The older adult population in the great KC region will double in the next 20 years and KC Communities for All Ages is intended to help identify measures that communities can undertake to ensure that older adults are valued, understood, respected and involved in creating and sustaining a high quality of life. For more information about this project visit www.kc4aic.org.

Brenda and John also attended the quarterly First Suburbs Coalition Meeting in Mission, Kansas on Friday, April 18th. Alderman Melson was introduced as Co-Chair of the First Suburbs Coalition at the meeting. The coalition discussed neighborhood reinvestment and redevelopment efforts, rental licensing and continuing to work with KC Communities for All Ages to develop strategies that support age-friendly communities. The mission of the First Suburbs Coalition is to promote sustainable communities with healthy environments, vital economies and high quality of life for all current residents and future generations by promoting the preservation, reinvestment and revitalization of first suburb neighborhoods, commercial areas and infrastructure. The group is made up of the ring of suburbs around Kansas City, MO and Kansas City, KS (19 communities).

The Human Relations Commission met on Thursday, April 17th. Several members will be attending a Human Relations Commission Forum that is being hosted by the City of Lee’s Summit Human Relations Commission on Monday, April 28th as well as the Mayor’s Prayer Breakfast on May 1st as a group.

Just a reminder that the April Sewer Bill has a new look. To see what the new bill looks like visit the City’s website at www.raytown.mo.us.

Board, Committee and Commission Meetings, and Events

April 30 – Sales Tax Oversight Committee – 5:30 p.m.
May 1 – Senior Expo – 9:00 a.m. – Noon

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