MLK Jr. "Week of
Service" & Celebration
The cold weather season is upon us. Therefore, some of us are busy winterizing vehicles; stocking up on wood for fireplaces; purchasing shovels and snow blowers; and caulking around windows and doors to keep the heat in and the cold out.
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If you have managed to take care of a lot of these items, you are probably feeling pretty well prepared for winter.
Before you sit back to relax, there are a few more tasks to add to your list of to-dos to be even better prepared for this season’s winter weather.
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• Second, whenever we experience inclement weather, check the City’s Web site (cityofls. net) for information about City meeting cancellations as well as the government access channel broadcast on Comcast, channel 7; Time Warner, channel 2; and AT&T U-verse, channel 99. You can also find helpful tips to prevent frozen pipes in the Utilities section of the City's Web site. • Third, please remember to do all you can to help with the City’s snow removal process by removing vehicles from the streets to prevent delays in plowing and treating your street. Clearing snow from around fire hydrants, in case of a fire emergency, is another opportunity for residents to help in the snow removal process. • Fourth, shovel snow to the side of your driveway to lessen the amount of snow left at the entrance of your driveway by our snowplows. • Fifth, learn more about the City’s Snow Plan by reading pages 6 and 7 in this issue of the City Scope or by visiting cityofls.net and selecting Transportation. Have a safe and happy New Year!
~ Mayor Randy Rhoads
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• First, sign up for Nixle.com. This is a new service offered by the City to keep residents informed about emergency and nonemergency information in Lee’s Summit. Through this “FREE” service you can also receive updates on the City’s progress with snow removal efforts and road closings due to winter storms and other road conditions. This reliable information comes directly from the City and can be received either by text message, e-mail, or Web. Nixle technology sends the messages simultaneously to e-mails and in a text message to cell phones. All of the information posted is also visible at http://local.nixle.com/ city/mo/lee’s-summit/ or by searching for Lee’s Summit at Nixle.com.
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14th Annual Celebration
As a tribute to Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., the City is organizing service projects in need of your time, talent and skills from January 8 - 17. Opportunities range from preparing meals to painting projects. You can also come up with your own service project and take part in the realization of Dr. King’s vision of “Living the Dream through Service.” For a list of projects, go to cityofls.net, select the “Main” site and click “Volunteer.”
The culminating event will be the 14th Annual Observance “Celebrating the Dream through Service” in the Pavilion at John Knox Village, 520 NW Murray Road on January 17, 2011. The celebration begins with a 6:30 p.m. preshow and cultural exhibits. There will be performances by musical, singing and dance groups beginning at 7 p.m.
You can also become involved by participating in the blood drive at Saint Anne’s Episcopal Church, the “Free” Garage Sale at First Baptist Church of Lee’s Summit and the Project Warmth coats, eye glasses, and hearing aids drive. Details are available on the City’s Web site.
Among the performers: Kiddie Kollege Primary School, Men of Note of Lee’s Summit United Methodist Church, Nartan Academy of Dance and the New Generation Mass Movement of Praise. An inspirational message of service will be delivered by former senior pastor of Lee’s Summit Christian Church Rev. Dr. Tom Haley. NBC Action News Weekend Anchor and Reporter Cynthia Newsome will serve as the mistress of ceremony.
In an effort to reduce fuel consumption, the City’s Fleet Division worked with the Police Department to replace four sedans with advanced technology Ford Escape Hybrids. The hybrid vehicles are expected to reduce maintenance costs and average 40 miles per gallon of gas. The Fleet Division estimates during the life of these vehicles, the department’s unleaded fuel usage will be reduced by an estimated 16,000 gallons and save approximately $40,000 in fuel costs based on gas priced at $2.50 per gallon. The City received help in purchasing the vehicles thanks to an $8,000 grant from the Kansas City Clean Cities Coalition, a regional organization that works to promote alternative and reduced fuel technologies. The grant funding was made possible by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act.
The City, in partnership with the Lee’s Summit Chamber of Commerce and the United Way of Greater Kansas City, will host free tax preparation services at City Hall. These free services are available to Lee’s Summit residents who are eligible to receive the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC). The EITC is a refundable federal tax credit for low-income individuals and families. Because the amount of the federal EITC increases with the number of qualifying children, credit expenditures are weighted more to larger families. Income guidelines will be based upon the adjusted gross income (agi) for 2010 which is set by the Internal Revenue Service (IRS).
This event is possible thanks to accountants and volunteers in the community.
Below is the 2010 agi. • $43,352 ($48,362 married filing jointly) with three or more qualifying children; • $40,363 ($45,373 married filing jointly) with two qualifying children; • $35,535 ($40,545 married filing jointly) with one qualifying child; •
$13,460 ($18,470 married filing jointly) with no qualifying children. The FREE tax preparation services will be held every Tuesday in February from 6 to 8:30 p.m. These services will be held at City Hall, 220 SE Green St.
Visit the City online at cityofls.net to obtain a list of required documentation. For more information on tax related questions, please call United Way at (816) 472-4289. For weather-related cancellations for these events, call 969-1011 for a recorded update.
An effort is underway in the community to bring a consistent identity to the City through branding. To accomplish this, the Lee’s Summit Branding Committee needs the community to tell us why Lee’s Summit is special by submitting responses at facebook.com/brandls. Be as creative as you like: photos, drawings, poems and one minute videos. You can even request a presentation about branding to learn
The Sherwood Manufacturing building, also known as Arnold Hall, in downtown Lee’s Summit is now listed in the National Register of Historic Places – a crucial designation requirement in order for the structure to be considered for state and federal historic tax credits. Currently, there are efforts underway to restore and reuse Arnold Hall for a small venue performing arts theatre, serving Lee’s Summit and all of Southern and Eastern Jackson County.
more about the process. Your input is valuable and will help with the creation of a community brand strategy. A Request for Proposal (RFP) will soon be issued to bring in professional assistance to create the brand strategy. The study will include a review of previous branding efforts and research, development of a conceptual brand image and corresponding slogans and/or taglines as appropriate. An implementation plan will also be prepared as part of the work. The final product is projected to be completed by summer 2011. The branding effort is a goal of the Lee's Summit 360°: Charting Tomorrow strategic plan.
Residents can help improve the Government Access Channel by completing an online survey available on the City’s Web site, cityofls.net by clicking “Main” and looking for the “News” box. The City’s channel is broadcast on Comcast, channel 7; Time Warner, channel 2; and AT&T U-verse, channel 99. The deadline to
respond to the survey is January 14, 2011.
Lee’s Summit Parks & Recreation is the 2010 winner of the National Gold Medal Award for Excellence in Park and Recreation Management among cities with a population of 50,001–100,000 by the American Academy for Park and Recreation Administration (AAPRA), in partnership with the National Recreation and Park Association (NRPA). This is the highest honor a community can receive for Parks and Recreation. Learn more at lsparks.net and view a video about the department’s services and programs on the City’s government access channel.
The City is ranked as the third most advanced digital City in America in its population category by Digital Cities Survey. The announcement evaluates a tenth annual Digital Cities Survey which evaluates a municipality’s use of information technology and how it is incorporated into government operations to better serve the community.
Progress on the Stormwater Bond Program approved by voters in 2007 continues. As of the end of 2010, nine projects to alleviate flooding of homes and other habitable structures were completed at the following locations: NE Grant Street and Colonial Court, SW
The City continues to offer many online services, such as registration for Parks and Recreation classes, look-up a court date, schedule an appointment, sign-up to volunteer, activate or disconnect your water service, and signup for various E-newsletters. Nearly 70 percent of residents scheduling an appointment for Household Hazardous Waste drop off were able to experience a simpler registration, offered online! This new feature is one of many, including digital enhancements to the City’s Government Access Channel which broadcasts on AT&T U-verse channel 99, Time Warner cable channel 2 and Comcast cable channel 7.
Flintrock Drive, SW Waterfall Drive, NE Chapel Drive,
There’s a lot more to experience with the City’s digital enhancements, start by visiting us online at cityofls.net. While you’re there, register for our new, FREE communication tools, such as Nixle.com, an emergency alert system or Raidsonline.com, an up-todate local crime statistics map.
phase with bidding and construction planned for 2011.
SW Morris Drive, SW Gulfport Drive, SE Topaz Drive, NW Ward Road and NW Carroll, and SW Lea Drive (Phase 1 of two phase project). A project to enclose an open channel, just west of SW Windemere and south of M150, is under construction with a spring completion date. Projects bidding during the fall and winter months for spring/summer construction include Phase 2 of the SW Lea Drive, NE Ivory Lane, NE Scruggs Road and NE Tudor Road, SW Peterson Road and “green” projects in Williams-Grant Park and Deer Valley Park. The green projects will include grading to detain runoff and native plantings to help water infiltrate into the soil to reduce runoff and improve water quality. Approximately 10 more projects are in the design
Mayor Randy Rhoads 1060 NW High Point Dr. (64081) (816) 524-8245 Randy.Rhoads@cityofls.net
District 1 James Hallam 3996 SE Doc Henry Rd. (64082) (816) 517-7790 email@example.com
District 1 Kathy Hofmann 1011 SW Orrington Pl. (64081) (816) 536-3393 firstname.lastname@example.org
District 2 Brian Whitley 4544 SW Gull Point Dr. (64082) (816) 213-9366 BWhitleyd2@gmail.com
District 2 Allan S. Gray II 612 SW Walden Lane (64081) (816) 695-8845 email@example.com
District 3 Joseph C. Spallo 5502 NE Oaks Ridge Cr. (64064) (816) 478-6752 firstname.lastname@example.org
District 3 Forrest “Ed” Cockrell 4000 Cimarron (64064) (816) 350-2523 email@example.com
District 4 Bob Johnson 1000 NE Remington Ct. (64086) (816) 225-6126 BJohnsond4@gmail.com
District 4 Dave Mosby 352 SE Williamsburg Ct. (64063) (816) 246-1315 DaveHMosby@gmail.com
Mayor & City Council
Plowing and treating City streets to make them safe and passable for the traveling public during the winter months are a City priority. This was the message given to the City Council during a presentation in December of the updated Snow Plan by the Public Works Department. Some of the changes to this year’s Snow Plan are increased levels of service in residential neighborhoods.
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All streets including residential streets and culde-sacs should be pretreated with salt brine or rock salt before each snow or ice event as long as the storm is not forecasted to begin as rain. City crews will begin plowing in residential neighborhoods in conjunction with primary and secondary streets during snow events. Once the precipitation ends, streets will be plowed from curb-to-curb and treated in order of priority: primary, secondary and residential. After plowing and treating primary and secondary streets almost every resident in the City will have a street plowed and treated within a ¼ mile of their residence. Crews will work continuous 12 hour rotating shifts during the week, weekends and holidays until work is completed.
continued Citizens are encouraged to: • Signup to receive updates from the Snow Desk about snow removal operations by visiting: http://local. nixle.com/city/mo/lee’s-summit/. • Remove vehicles from streets to prevent a delay in the snow removal process • Shovel snow to the side of your driveway to lessen the amount of snow left at the entrance of your driveway
This year’s winter operations include five levels of more descriptive responses than the four levels in the past. The expanded levels add flexibility to the Snow Plan and take into account that not all snow and ice storms are the same. Another change, a private contractor will plow and treat City maintained parking lots, primarily located in downtown. Working with a contractor for these services will allow the City to use its resources to clear public streets in a timelier manner. Unfortunately, weather conditions can change dramatically during a snow event. The City has established five levels of response which make the best use of equipment and manpower to effectively deal with weather conditions. Gaining knowledge about the types of precipitation and our levels of response will help citizens properly prepare for winter storms. To review the Snow Plan and the five response levels, visit: cityofls.net/Transportation/StreetPrograms-and-Maintenance/Snow-and-IceRemoval.aspx Remember the City does not clear private streets, shopping areas, driveways and certain private neighborhoods. For more information about the Snow Plan contact the Snow Desk at (816) 969-1870. Normal business hours are Monday - Friday, 7a.m. to 3:30 p.m. During winter storm events, the Snow Desk operates 24 hours a day.
SNOW CONDITIONS: Normally, winter weather that produces 2 to 6 inches of snow are the easiest to plow and treat, however when they are accompanied by high winds, freezing rain and other forms of precipitation, it becomes much more difficult. Some of the most difficult winter storms: • Blizzard conditions have winds in excess of 35 mph resulting in blowing snow and visibility of less than a ¼ mile. In these cases, the same streets must continually be plowed until the wind subsides. The result of continued work on primary and secondary streets is that residential streets are delayed from treatment which can cause snow packed streets to become icy. • Rain, Freezing Rain or Sleet: It is our goal to pre-treat all streets with either salt brine or rock salt before precipitation begins, but when rain, freezing rain or sleet precedes the winter weather event it will wash away the salt brine and reduce the effectiveness of the rock salt. Pre-treating streets provide a barrier between the frozen precipitation and the pavement; helps to prevent frozen precipitation from bonding; and assists in the subsequent plowing and treating of the streets. • Snow Flurries or Light Snow: By pre-treating streets, snow flurries and light snow are generally not an issue. If streets are not pretreated, snow flurries can make streets very slick. Treating streets with rock salt is the primary defense for winter storms.
City Hall................................................(816) 969-1000 Chamber of Commerce.......................(816) 524-2424 Downtown Main St., Inc.................... (816) 246-6598 Economic Dev. Council.......................(816) 525-6617 Gamber Center.....................................(816) 969-1580 LS Social Services................................(816) 525-4357 OATS Bus.............................................. (816) 380-7433 Metroflex Downtown Bus.................. (816) 346-0802
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General Information ..................... 969-1000 Animal Control........................... 969-1640 Administration.............................969-1010 Mayor.........................................969-1030 City Council...............................969-1010 City Manager.............................969-1013 Codes Administration Inspect. & Plans Review...........969-1200 Neighborhood Services............969-1200 Fire Department Business Office..........................969-1300 Emergency Calls..................... 911 Municipal Court...........................969-1150 Parks & Recreation......................969-1500 Planning & Development...........969-1600 Police Department Business Office..........................969-1700 Emergency Calls..................... 911 Public Works Airport........................................969-1182 Engineering...............................969-1800 Operations (Streets)..................969-1870 Resource Recovery Park..........969-1980 Recycling...................................969-1804 Treasury Dept.(tax info.).............969-1139 Water Utilities Operations..........969-1940 Customer Service (billing)......969-1900
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