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City Administrator’s Report for 2/10/2012

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

 

Administration

As a reminder; the Mayor’s State of the City Address is slated for Wednesday, February 22nd, at the First Baptist Church of Raytown with networking time to begin at 11:00am, lunch to be served at 11:30am and the Mayor’s address approximately at noon. RSVP to the Chamber office by noon, Monday, February 20th.

Community Development

The Steering Committee for the CBD Streetscape Design met on Thursday, February 9th to discuss and provide direction to the consultant and city staff on design of the sidewalks and pedestrian areas along 63rd Street, as well as changes to the street width along Blue Ridge Boulevard between 63rd Street and 59th Street and Raytown Road south of 63rd Street. The next Steering Committee meeting will be held on Thursday, March 15th from 4:00 to 5:30 in the City Council Chambers at City Hall.

John Benson provided a presentation on development and planning efforts in Raytown to students in the Urban Planning Program at the University of Kansas on Thursday, February 9th.

Information Technology

The City’s network is performing at optimum level; one hundred percent (100%). All servers are online and functioning within their network service roles. Telephone system and related voice mail system is operational, the government channel system and related audio-visual recordings and playback systems, with playback of Board of Aldermen meetings, are scheduled, and the electronic door lock system and city’s website have experience zero downtime this week.

Public Works

Staff participated in the Jackson County Commuter Corridors Alternatives Analysis workshop this past Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday. The workshop focused on how the city could implement transit oriented design around future transit stops and the policies that would need to be implemented to effectively implement transit oriented development.

Responded to a sewer overflow reported by the Department of Natural Resources (DNR). A remote manhole located near the Southwood Equalization Basin was overflowing sanitary refuge from the manhole. Upon inspection it was determined the sewer main was blocked by tree limbs and a wood 4X4 post that had been thrown into the manhole. The obstruction(s) was removed and the adjacent soil was treated according to DNR directives. The manhole ring and lid will be replaced with a tamper resistant lid to deter further vandalism of the manhole.

Crews cleaned 6,231 feet of sewer main and repaired a broken sanitary sewer force main at 8401 Westridge and repaired the traffic detection system at 59th and Blue Ridge Cutoff that detects approaching vehicles; the repair will allow the traffic light cycle to be vehicle sensitive instead of a constant timed cycle.

Board, Committee and Commission Meetings, and Events

February 13 – Park Board Meeting; Park Office, 7:00pm
February 14 – Board of Aldermen Work Session; Council Chambers, 6:00pm
February 14 – Board of Aldermen Meeting; Council Chambers, 7:00pm
February 16 – Council on Aging Meeting; Council Conference Room; 4:15pm

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