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City Administrator’s Report for 3/9/2012

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


Community Development

The Missouri Department of Agriculture Division of Animal Health completed their annual inspection of the City of Raytown’s Animal Control this week. The inspection included a review of the city’s internal procedures, animal control vehicles, as well as the clinic facilities at Raytown Animal Hospital which provides veterinary services for the animals impounded by the city. At the conclusion of their inspection the City received approval of our animal control procedures and facilities.

Building upon the efforts undertaken as part of the Jackson County Commuter Corridors Alternative Analysis Transit Study the Mid-America Regional Council (MARC) has released a request for qualifications (RFQ) for consulting services to assist local governments and stakeholders with development and implementation of sustainable development strategies (sustainable development is characterized by a mix of uses, a mix of housing types and price points, walkable, transit-oriented, emphasizing environmental stewardship) along multiple corridors in the metropolitan area including the Rock Island corridor through Raytown. The next step in developing and identifying implementing strategies for sustainable development is to integrate these components by applying them to specific centers and corridors. In addition to the Rock Island corridor downtown Raytown is identified as a center along with other locations along the Rock Island corridor in Kansas City and Lee’s Summit. Responses to the RFQ are due to MARC on March 16th. It is anticipated that the contract with the selected consultant will be approved by MARC by June. Public engagement and full community participation is a very important element of this project. Therefore as this process moves forward there will be opportunities for community participation. Staff will continue to provide updates on these opportunities when they are announced. Please contact John Benson in the Community Development Department if you would like further information.

The next CBD Streetscape Steering Committee meeting will be held next Tuesday, March 13th from 4:00 to 5:30 at Raytown City Hall. The consultant will also be giving a presentation on the Steering Committee’s proposed streetscape design at the Board of Aldermen Work Session on Tuesday, March 20th.

Public Works

The maintenance garage mechanics have completed four up-fits, installation of lights, sirens, and data terminal equipment, and have started on the fifth up-fit of new police patrol vehicles.

Public works crews have placed 15.5 tons of asphalt at 84th and Evanston completing a repair along the edge of the curb. The sweeper truck swept 40 miles of roadway this week.

Public Works and Community Development met with MODOT to review the 8 letters of interest from consultants for the preliminary design of improvements to 350 Highway from Blue Ridge Boulevard to Sterling Avenue. The group selected 4 consultants to interview which are scheduled for the afternoon of March 19th at MODOT’s Lee’s Summit location.

The Downtown Streetscape steering committee will meet next Tuesday March 13th to continue the process of finalizing the design of the streetscape improvements.

The sanitary sewer project between 83rd and 84th Street on Lane Avenue has been completed this week. The project replaced a segment of line that had significant defects that were restricting the flow and had the potential to cause a sewer backup.

Board, Committee and Commission Meetings, and Events

March 15 – Council on Aging Meeting; Council Conference Room, 4:15pm

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