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City Administrator’s Report for 8/2/2013

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

Development & Public Affairs

The Kansas City Community for All Ages and the Kansas City First Suburbs Coalition (City of Raytown is a member of both of these) has produced two publications that will help people age in place. The Community for All Ages Idea Book provides useful information to help individuals and their caregivers navigate the coming changes in health and lifestyles with special emphasis on home design and maintenance, housing options, and assistive technologies. The Kansas City Community For All Ages Coalition (made up of MARC, KC First Suburbs and KC Communities for All Ages) provides a toolkit that provides strategies to improve facilities and services for older adults and improve the quality of life for all residents. These strategies include improvements to community design, housing choices, local transportation, pedestrian environment, community services, programs for healthy living and civic engagement.

John Benson and Brenda Gustafson attended the Truman Heartland Community Foundation Committee on Mobility/Transportation Eastern Jackson County Coalition. The goal of this committee is to ensure that seniors have access to affordable transportation services so their mobility and independence is not unduly limited when they decide they do not wish to drive or are unable to drive. We, along with the cities of Blue Springs, Independence and Lees Summit discussed what is currently available and what needs to be looked at for the future. This committee will participate in the MARC Older Adult Transportation and Mobility Summit on August 29th.

John Benson and Brenda Gustafson attended the second Farmers Market Planning Committee Meeting on July 31st. Alderman Emerson, Alderman Ertz and Alderman Mock were in attendance. The committee continues to work towards a 2014 Farmers Market for Raytown. Management structure and location were the main topics of this meeting. Our next meeting will be August 7th at 3:30 p.m. in the council chambers.

The tower behind City Hall continues to develop. The footings for the tower and the equipment building have been set.

Last Thursday was the ground breaking for the new Habitat for Humanity House. The footings and foundation walls were poured this week.

The Toast to Our Towns Annual Gala Save the Date was received. The event will be held at the Sheraton Kansas City Hotel at Crown Center on Saturday, September 7, 2013. Raytown’s Citizen of the Year is Terry Landers. Bridget McCandless, M.D. will be honored as the Heartland Humanitarian of the Year, Silverstein Eye Centers, Heartland Corporate Citizen of the Year and Cliff Jones, Dr. Paul M. Thomson advisor of the Year.

Planning and Zoning held a meeting August 1st. They unanimously recommended approval of a conditional use permit for a pre-owned automotive sales business at 10004 Highway 350 subject to certain conditions.

The department continues to promote our Spring/Summer Newsletter located on our Website to the citizens of Raytown.

A free online directory dedicated to providing seniors and their caregivers with easy access to quality information and resources called CareConnection is available careconnection.mymcpl.org. This directory was developed in partnership with Truman Heartland Community Foundation, Mid-Continent Public Library and Shepherd’s Center Central.

EMS

Raytown EMS will be collecting school supplies for their annual Back to School Supply Drive. Residents may drop off supplies at the EMS office located at 10020 East 66th Terrace, Monday through Friday 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. EMS will collect supplies until August 9, 2013. All items collected will be sent to REAP to distribute to local children who are in need.

Board, Committee and Commission Meetings, and Events

August 5 – Municipal Court – 6:00 p.m.
August 6 – Board of Aldermen Meeting – 7:00 p.m.
August 7 – Farmers Market Meeting – 3:30 p.m.
August 8 – BZA Meeting – 7:00 p.m.

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