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THEN NOW Riverside 2012 Progress Report

Riverside, Mo. is a community of dreamers. And very big thinkers. Here, neighbors become leaders – the kind with a focus on progress. On moving upstream. On finding new and better ways to define and realize the City’s potential. And then, in the spirit of old-fashioned civic pride, we celebrate where we’ve been and how far we’ve come. While doing all we can to make tomorrow even greater.


Riverside 2012 Progress Report


In 2012 we implemented better processes and efficiencies, created partnerships where everyone has “skin in the game,” and developed an alignment of interest for success. So, what have we done? We have moved dirt (lots and lots of dirt), built sustainable infrastructure, erected quality buildings, created jobs, completed the Vivion Road Bridge and upgraded many roads. Residential growth is on the rise in new housing areas. We have launched sustainable, environmentally friendly practices citywide and branded the initiative. We continue to deliver services

that our citizens once again rated as “outstanding.” And we’ve brought our community together, through a host of programs and fun events that enrich us all. Best of all, “we” (the City) didn’t do this. You did. It was your voice – through surveys, conversations, action and involvement. You showed us the way and helped us stay focused on what really matters: preserving what we have, and preparing for the journey to an even greater future. I am grateful to all of our residents, the Board of Aldermen, our City staff members and even those outside our City who share our vision as we continue to make Riverside a place that is truly “Upstream from ordinary.” All the best, Kathy Rose Mayor


IMAGINED EXECUTED Building and cultivating a community takes grit, might, foresight and ingenuity. Oh yeah, and an extraordinary amount of collaboration. In 2012, the Riverside community continued to push forward and saw the completion of several capital projects, from roads to bridges to trails. The result? A better, and more inviting, way to get from here to there.

Horizons Groundbreaking



It’s safe to say that 2012 was the most

building. In total, these tenants will bring

transformative year yet for our Riverside

nearly 1,000 jobs to the area. Not a bad

Horizons project. Streets and other

start to our projection that the development

infrastructure are nearly complete, and a

will produce close to 6,000 jobs over the

multitude of companies now call Riverside

next generation.

Horizons home. Landscaping is set to begin in the coming Johnson Controls established a new

months, and the construction of park

facility. Premium Waters opened its new

signage will be complete by spring 2013. As

headquarters. Gallagher International

the saying goes, “Good things come to those

opened its North American Headquarters.

who wait.” Or, more accurately in our case,

And Marlen International and Velocity

great things come when a strong community

became tenants in Horizons’ first industrial

works together.

Premium Waters Groundbreaking

IMAGINED EXECUTED Riverside Horizons at a Glance All buildings constructed are LEED Certified 1 million square feet of development completed or under construction 1,000 new jobs projected from development to date $120M of capital investment to date



In July 2012, construction began to replace the antiquated, two-lane bridge at Route 69 over Line Creek. The total budget was $1.5 million, with MoDOT providing federal funding to assist with the project. An estimated 10,000 cars that travel the bridge daily were rerouted when the bridge closed in late August. It reopened less than two months later (ahead of schedule) on Oct. 12, complete with a sidewalk and trail that will eventually connect to the Line Creek Trail system.

Mattox Road/Riverside Horizons

Northwood Road – Phase 2

Interurban Bridge

Completed in the fall of 2012, the Mattox

With a budget of approximately $3.5 million,

A safety issue was addressed where the

Road project provides an even stronger

the City dug into the second phase of this

creek continued out the banks underneath

infrastructure to the Riverside Horizons

total road reconstruction, which extends

the Interurban Bridge. As part of the

development and supports the increased

from the entrance to the Montebella Housing

City’s annual street and infrastructure

traffic from tenants, including Premium

Development to 52nd Street.The project

maintenance program, a bank stabilization

Waters and Johnson Controls. The project

scope included leveling the road to make it

project was initiated directly under the

included adding curbs and gutters and

safer for travelers (including a growing

bridge, on the Linear Trail, to remedy

improving the roadway from 41st Street to

number of students) and adding roundabouts,

the problem. Both the trail and bridge

the railroad crossing in Riverside Horizons.

streetlights, curbs, gutters and sewers.

reopened in November.

Mattox Road/Riverside Horizons

Northwood Road – Phase 2

Interurban Bridge



FRIENDS Riverside isn’t just a dot on a map. It’s a community, in

the truest sense of the word. It’s a place where neighbors know each other by name, celebrations are many, and a colorful history sparks enthusiasm for a remarkable future. How can we tell? Just look at some of the ways our Riverside residents got connected in 2012.

Riverside BLAST

Girls on the Run 5K

On September 14 and 15, EH Young Park

On July 21, family fun for everyone was

The Girls on the Run 5K was hosted by the

hosted Riverfest and offered entertainment

the order of the day in Renner Brenner

City on May 21 in Riverside Horizons. Open

for all ages, including a beauty pageant, arts

Park. Magic, inflatable rides, Radio

to girls in grades 3 through 5, the mission of

and crafts, a beer garden, great food and

Disney, the Rockin’ Road Crew and

Girls on the Run is to inspire young girls to

live entertainment.

more entertained the crowds – while

be joyful, healthy and confident using a fun,

a delectable array of the area’s most

experience-based curriculum that creatively

popular gourmet food trucks satisfied

integrates running.

Riverfest Levee Run

hungry fun seekers. Girls on the Run 5K Riverside BLAST

Photo by Elaine Warren



Police Involvement – Special Olympics

Team Shakespeare Performance

Members of the Riverside Police Department

Riverside Fire and Police Athletic League

spent the month of May showing their

From the Golf Tournament at the National,

teen company, Team Shakespeare, treated

continued support for the Special Olympics,

to Field Day events at Renner Brenner Park,

residents to three free performances of

one of the department’s newest community

the Riverside Fire and Police Athletic League

Romeo and Juliet over Memorial Day Weekend

partnerships. They participated in the Torch

continued its work this year – thanks to the

at EH Young Park. Twenty-seven teens from

Run and supported a group of students with

support of our Fire and Police departments.

across the metro enchanted audiences with

special needs at the Girls on the Run 5K.

FPAL is a youth crime prevention program that

the best of the Bard under the stars.

The Heart of America Shakespeare Festival’s

utilizes educational, athletic and recreational Special Olympics Girls on the Run Team

activities to create positive relationships

Battle of the Bands

between members of the Riverside Public

The City of Riverside rocked, rolled and

Safety Department and area youth.

danced in the streets during the Battle of the Bands at EH Young Park on Aug. 11. Sponsored

Riverside Fire and Police Athletic League

by the City and 101 The Fox, the bands played for enthusiastic crowds who enjoyed food truck fare and refreshments from the Riverside Chamber of Commerce Beer Garden. The band Red Eyed Bob was declared the winner.



PRIDE Sure, we’ll take an award. But the best part is the great sense of pride that comes with it … the comfort in knowing that this is a place where people want to live and grow. 2012 brought a host of accolades – just more evidence that together we are building the best kind of community: one that only gets stronger every day.


SIOR Award Winner

Northlander of the Year

Silver PRISM Winner

In the 2012 Municipal Development Report

Former Riverside Mayor Betty Burch

The City’s 2011 Progress Report, developed in

Card, Riverside was named the most

was recognized in January as the 2011

partnership with Trozzolo Communications

effective place to obtain a development

Northlander of the Year by the Northland

Group, was awarded a Silver PRISM award

permit. We came out on top among 17

Regional Chamber of Commerce. This

by the Greater Kansas City Chapter of the

municipalities evaluated on general timeline

prestigious award is presented to a

Public Relations Society of America.

and cost for typical commercial real estate.

Northlander who has made an outstanding

The study was conducted by the Society of

contribution to the community. From her

Industrial and Office Realtors and students

time as City Clerk to her tenure as Mayor,

from the University of Missouri-Kansas

Mayor Burch served our City for 30 years.

City’s Lewis White Real Estate Center. Northlander of the Year Betty Burch SIOR Award for Municipal Development

Silver PRISM Award Winner

Financial Reporting Excellence For the sixth year in a row, Riverside was awarded the Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting by the Government Finance Officers Association. This award is the highest form of recognition in the area of governmental accounting and financial reporting.

Crisis Recovery Efforts Riverside was presented the 2012 Crisis Management Award by the Greater Kansas City Chapter of the American Society for Public Administration. The City received the award in recognition of its leadership in flood recovery efforts along the Missouri River, as well as for the assistance provided during the Joplin tornado recovery.





REALIZED Even small steps – when they’re the right steps – can lead to big transformation. Our pledge to build a sustainable community, initiated in our original 2006 Master Plan, pushed forward even further when we renewed Riverside’s environmental commitment in the 2010 Master Plan Update. And in 2012 our efforts took another very visible, forwardlooking step for sustainability.

Thinking Upstream


In January 2012, the City launched

And Taking Action – Recycling Extravaganza

“Think Upstream,” our new sustainability

This year, the Cities of Riverside and

brand. The theme line and mark, which is

Parkville teamed up to present the Recycling

inspired by a drop of water and the ripple

Extravaganza at the Damon Pursell Yard

effect it creates, now appear on any project

Waste Facility. Held in April in honor

that reflects our commitment to creating a

of Earth Day, and again in October in

sustainable community. “Think Upstream” is

anticipation of America Recycles Day, the

more than a brand or campaign. It’s a visual

events enabled residents to dispose of items

testament to Riverside’s ongoing promise

not permitted in curbside recycling. Things

to do what’s best for the environment, our

like clothing, tires, shoes, car batteries,

residents and our future.

bicycles and much more ... all at no charge.

Recycling Extravaganza




LIVE THRIVE If you want to know how Riverside residents see their City, check out the results of our 2012 resident and business survey conducted by the ETC Institute on behalf of the City. Record-breaking satisfaction, compared to 41 other communities that also participated in the ETC Survey, decidedly portrays that Riverside isn’t just a place to live. It’s a place to thrive.


Importance/Satisfaction Rating

Top Future Priorities:

Major Findings – Confidence and Precision

There are two key criteria for making

1. Enforcement of codes and ordinances

The results of a random sample of 407

decisions in Riverside.

2. Overall quality of water/sewer utilities

households indicate a 95 percent level of

One: Target resources toward services of

3. Effectiveness of community planning

confidence with a precision of at least

the highest importance to citizens. Two: Target resources toward services where citizens are least satisfied.

and development 4. Overall flow of traffic and congestion management 5. Maintenance of City streets/

The Importance/Satisfaction Rating is an


analysis of the data collected through the survey. It combines these two criteria to develop a list of the top priorities for the City in the coming years. Police Services

Parks and Recreation

+/-5 percent. In other words, if the survey were conducted 100 times, the results would be the same or within 5 percent for 95 of them. Maintenance of Water Systems

Significant Increases

Metro Highs

Overall Satisfaction

These categories showed a statistically

Riverside set new standards in the following

Residents were asked about many aspects

significant increase in the level of satisfaction

areas, compared to the 41 other communities

of life in our City, and 94 percent said that

between 2010 and 2012:

that participated in the same survey:

Riverside was an excellent or good place to

82% in 2010

Maintenance of city streets/buildings/facilities 80% in 2010

Maintenance of water and wastewater systems 63% in 2010

71% in 2012

Parks and recreation programming for seniors 61% in 2010

68% in 2012

Adult athletic programs 64% in 2010

71% in 2012

Enforcement of sign regulations

90% 84%

Value received for tax dollars/fees 83% in 2012

live. Residents rated several areas very high in overall quality of services:

Quality of stormwater runoff/stormwater management

86% in 2012

Quality of emergency management 76% in 2010


88% in 2012

84% Visibility of police in retail areas 73% Cleanup of debris on private property

Police services 90% Fire services 88% Maintenance of city streets/ buildings/facilities 85%

73% Quality of the City’s Web page

Parks and recreation

“My Riverside” Photo Contest This year we wanted to celebrate the most important point of view. So we asked our residents to tell their Riverside story, in pictures. The only requirement was that the photos were taken within Riverside city limits. Participants were invited to capture the cityscapes, wildlife, events, parks and community life that reflect their vision of life in Riverside. We loved the


photos so much that we have included select entries.

Overall “My Riverside” Winner: Donald Gram

First Place Adult Category: Kevin Boji

COMMUNITY SATISFACTION First Place Senior Category: Bev Allen

Jamie Ebel Jamie Ebel

Kimberly Nagel Melissa Powers

Melissa Powers

Kimberly Nagel

Kimberly Nagel



IMPACT Financial consistency is a signature attribute of Riverside. And as in years past, the fiscal year 2012-13 budget was created with citizen input plus a five-year capital improvement plan – with an emphasis on funding high-priority programs through the most fiscally responsible approach.


Revenue Total budgeted revenues of $22,669,354 are

Other Revenue $717,638

$4,353,873 lower than 2011-12 budgeted revenues of $27,023,227. With the February 2012 opening of the Hollywood Casino in

Taxes $2,360,000

EXPENDITURES Levee Debt Repayment Fund $6,411,000

Capital Equipment Fund $460,844


Wyandotte County, Kan., gaming revenues were budgeted below 2011-12 levels. And while the outlook for the Horizons development is extremely positive, the City budgeted conservatively on development

Real Estate Income $4,250,000 Land Sale Proceeds $1,000,000

and consequently reduced the budget for land sale proceeds.

Expenditures After reviewing budgets from each City department, the Board of Aldermen approved expenditures totaling $43,862,237 for the 2012-13 fiscal year – a nearly 9 percent decrease from the 2011-12 budget of $48,286,759.

General Fund $9,727,893

Gaming Revenue $7,000,216

TIF Revenue $3,011,500

Reimbursements $4,330,000

Capital Investment Fund $22,582,000

Tourism Tax Fund $180,000 Community Development Fund $4,500,000

Gaming Revenue

Major Thoroughfare/Infrastructure

Community Services

During the 2011-12 fiscal year, the City of

• Northwood Road . . . . . . . . . . . . . $2,237,742

• Resident community

Riverside utilized more than $11 million in

• Vivion Road Bridge & 48th Street . . $272,811

center memberships . . . . . . . . . . . $196,777

gaming revenues to make a positive impact

• Waterline improvements . . . . . . . . $244,415

• Citywide trash collection . . . . . . . . $75,270

on the City and to provide assistance to

• Street maintenance program . . . . . $173,185

• Ambulance services for residents . . . $53,024

other communities and organizations.

• Facility improvements . . . . . . . . . . $116,631

• Transit services for residents . . . . . $41,920 • Fire and Police Athletic League . . . . $4,774

Assistance to Other Entities

Park Improvements

• Northland Health Care Access . . . . . $35,000

• Park/trail improvements . . . . . . . . . $16,251

• Park Hill School District . . . . . . . . . . . $23,500

Horizons Development Commitment • 900-acre industrial park . . . . . . $4,661,181

• Platte Senior Services . . . . . . . . . . . . $20,000

Equipment Purchases

• 41st Street . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $1,580,034

• Miles of Smiles . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $15,000

• City radio system . . . . . . . . . . . . $656,856

• Mattox Road . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $166,733

• Platte County Health Department . . . $15,000

• Wayside horns . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $174,676

• Economic development

• Synergy . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $7,500

• Public safety vehicles . . . . . . . . . . $119,054

• MOCSA . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $5,000

• Public works equipment . . . . . . . . . $71,635

• American Red Cross . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $5,000

• Computer equipment . . . . . . . . . . . $58,591

• YMCA of Greater Kansas City . . . . . . $3,000

• Financial system upgrade . . . . . . . . $19,206

• Girls on the Run . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $1,500

• Community center equipment . . . . $3,606

consultant . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $166,532 Total for FY 2011-12 . . . . . . $11,241,404




LEADERS Kathy Rose

Mike Fuller

Ron Super

Aaron Thatcher

Art Homer

Brad Cope


Ward 2

Ward 1

Ward 3

Ward 1

Ward 3

Seth DeRose Ward 2

CITY ADMINISTRATOR In 2012, Riverside moved even further ‘Upstream from Ordinary.’ Horizons was transformed from a blank canvas to a budding new business community. Sustainable, environmental efforts were implemented. And, as in years past, our City services received ‘outstanding’ marks from our citizens. Despite our progressive ideas and new growth, Riverside remains a close-knit community where people come first. It is an honor to serve our citizens and business owners as we work together toward an even brighter future. Chief Greg Mills Interim City Administrator


Planning and Zoning Commission

Board of Zoning Adjustment

Jim Frakes

Gail Perkins

Tax Increment Financing Commission

Ray Uhl

Fred Buckley III

Ron Super, City of Riverside

Al Bowman

Jeff Warren

Kathy Rose, City of Riverside

Steven Kaspar

Dean Lefstad

Cy Houston, City of Riverside

Cheryl Melton

Chris Craig

Kip Crawford, City of Riverside

Mike Soler

Jerry Hackenberg

Leland Finley, City of Riverside

Stephen King

David Hurt, City of Riverside

Harold Snoderley

Park Board

Kathy Dusenberry, Platte County

Mike Lombardo

Deborah Leader

Bob Weidt, Park Hill School District

Art Homer, BOA Liaison

Norma Parrot

Kent Jackson, Jackson Animal Clinic

Kathy Rose, Mayor

Terri Dwyer Ken Smith

Tourism Commission

Industrial Development Authority

Timothy Miller

Deana Winter

Cy Houston

Julie Rule

Jerry Pietsch

Pamela Darata

Mike Fuller, BOA Liaison

Dirk van der Linde

Leland Finley

Jason Rule

Harold Snoderley

Aaron Thatcher, BOA Liaison

Bernie Bruns

CITY CONTACT INFORMATION City Hall: 816-741-3993

City Administrator: 816-741-3993

Mayor and Board of Aldermen: 816-741-3993

@RiversideMo (Twitter)

Police/Fire Emergency: 911

Police/Fire Non-Emergency: 816-741-1191 Community Center: 816-741-4172 Public Works: 816-741-3908

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