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City Administrator’s Report for 2/26/2014

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

 Development & Public Affairs

All Fall/Winter Newsletters have been delivered. If you have not received a newsletter please email Brenda Gustafson at brendag@raytown.mo.us or you can see a version on our Website at www.raytown.mo.us.

Arts and Music Festival will be this Saturday from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. The headlining band is Brewer and Shipley (4:30 p.m.) but music will run all day. A varied array of artists, food trucks and children’s activities will be available. More information for the Annual Arts and Music Festival is available on our Website.

The Charter Commission was not taped on September 23 so it will not appear on our YouTube Account.

Brenda Gustafson has won a Prism Award from the Public Relations Society of America for her pro-bono marketing and communications plan on behalf of the Raytown Three Trails Kiwanis Club’s Pumpkins on Parade.

The City of Raytown has recently approved a Findings of Fact and Order of Demolition for the property located at 8605 Elm Avenue, which has been deemed by the Building Commissioner to be a Dangerous Building under the Raytown Municipal Code. Mahesh Sharma, City Administrator, serves as the City of Raytown’s Building Commissioner. Under the testimony provided by Raytown Building Official Andy Boyd, Mr. Sharma oversaw a hearing conducted by City Attorney Joe Wilerth, which provided all of the evidence necessary to declare the house at 8605 Elm to be a Dangerous Building, and thus ordered it to be demolished. Reasons for the house being declared a Dangerous Building included:

1. A collapsed roof connected to the external car port
2. Rotting interior floors and walls
3. Copious amounts of trash and debris
4. Wires and plumbing have been stripped throughout the house by trespassers
5. Rusted and ruined water heater and furnace
6. The house has been vacant for several years, with no attempt by any party to fix any of the above issues with the building.

Furthermore, a house in such a state drives down property values in the area, serves as a harbor for trespassing and other criminal activity, as well as encourages the habitation of rodents and other wildlife. Thorough attempts were made to contact the current owner of the house, listed as Michelle Hudson-Briggs, as well as five (5) other parties listed as trustees to the property, none of which appeared before the Building Commissioner, or made any contact with the City to claim interest in the property or its demolition. Mr. Sharma approved the Order of Demolition on September 24, 2014, and by law the City of Raytown must wait thirty (30) days to begin the process of demolishing the house, the first step being a Request for Proposals (RFP) being posted for licensed contractors who will perform the demolition. The current target date for said RFP will be October 27, 2014.

The Development and Public Affairs Department has been working on several prospective development projects over the past few weeks. This work has included:

Meeting with engineers regarding a possible new store in the Center 63 Shopping Center. The name and type of store was not disclosed or a potential time frame for the development.

o  The owner of Rick’s Auto applying for a conditional use permit to allow vehicle sales at 8216 Westridge Road. The conditional use permit application is anticipated to come before the Planning & Zoning Commission on November 6th and to the Board of Aldermen on November 18th and December 2nd.

o  Reviewing plans for redevelopment of property at 8910 Highway 350 for a retail tire and wheel store as well as wheel and tire installation and repair.

Board, Committee and Commission Meetings, and Events

October 02 – Planning & Zoning – 7:00 p.m.

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