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City Administrator’s Report for 3/22/2012

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

Information Technology

Information Technologies Services has just upgraded new Windows Server Upgrade Services (WSUS). WSUS saves bandwidth where there are many computers and only a single Internet connection. WSUS will download the updates only once to a single server and then use the LAN to download the updates to the rest of the computers and servers in the network. It also allows network administrators to decide which updates should be released and when (as in what time) they are sent out to be used. WSUS controls when the service packs, updates and several other packages are released and (using Group Policy Objects) installed.

As a side benefit network administrators can also see computers that are not updated as well. One that isn’t updated with security patches can potentially be a serious problem.

All network systems are operating at 100%.

Community Development

The Board of Zoning Adjustment met on Thursday, March 21st. At the conclusion of a public hearing they approved an application requesting a variance to the 60 foot front yard setback requirement for the property located at 8820 Highway 350. The variance was being requested as a Dunkin Donuts is proposed to be constructed on the property.

The Planning & Zoning Commission met on Thursday, March 21st to consider two conditional use permit applications – one for a tattoo business at 9909 E. 63rd Street and the other for a pawn shop business at 8834 Highway 350. At the conclusion of the public hearings for each application the Planning & Zoning Commission recommended approval of each application subject to numerous conditions. Each of these applications comes before the Board of Aldermen for public hearings on April 9th and 16th.

On Friday, March 22nd the City hosted MARC’s quarterly First Suburbs Coalition meeting, which was attended by mayors, council / board members, and staff from cities in the Kansas City metropolitan area as well as MARC Staff members. Items discussed at the meeting included: a report on the work underway on the joint KC4Aging initiative, which focuses on multigenerational issues in communities and which Raytown hosted a focus group a couple of months ago; a report on the Smart Lights for Smart Cities, which the City is participating in; a report on a Sustainable Code Framework, which the City is participating in; an update on the Creating Sustainable Places work that is underway in various communities across the metropolitan area.

Public Works

Public Works is prepared for the expected snow fall Saturday and Sunday. The crews will be working 24 hours a day during the snow event until the end of snow operations that is anticipated during the day on Sunday.

Public Works has two projects that are currently out for bid, they are:

o 350 Highway Bicycle and Pedestrian Trail, bid date March 26th, 2013

o 2013 Concrete Repair Project, bid date April 3rd, 2013

Interested parties can view the construction documents at the Drexel Technologies website at www.drexeltech.com under the eDistribution Plan Room area.

The Missouri Department of Transportation has initiated the “On the Move” community engagement effort to gather direction and insight from Missourians on major priorities across the state. The initiative is in response to the proposal for a 1% statewide sales tax to fund transportation-related issues.

The Missouri Department of Transportation will present information regarding the preliminary 350 Highway Design and economic analysis to the Raytown Chamber of Commerce on Wednesday, March 27th. The discussion will cover how the improvements were conceived during the 350 Highway Corridor Study and how this next piece is another step to realizing the finished improvements.

Board, Committee and Commission Meetings, and Events

March 26 – Fire Board Meeting @ 9:00 a.m. Station #1
March 26 – Candidate Meet and Greet @ 6:00 p.m. Council Chambers
March 27 – MoDOT Presentation on 350 Highway @ 11:30 a.m. Chamber of Commerce
March 28 – Council on Aging @ 4:00 p.m. Council Conference Room

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