City Portal August 4, 2021

Welcome to the City Portal, the City's monthly round up of all the latest City news you could ever want and more! This newsletter is chock full of information about events, development and City services. We will still be covering COVID-19 in the COVID-19 Briefing section at the end of this newsletter.

Rock the Amp

Landslide, a Tribute to Fleetwood Mac

Come out to Legacy Park Amphitheatre on August 20 to enjoy a tribute to Fleetwood Mac.

Gates open at 6 p.m. All seating is general admission lawn seating. Please bring a blanket and/or lawn chairs.

City Council Update

August 3, 2021

Southside Plaza Redevelopment. City Council advanced to second reading an ordinance approving the amended petition for the Southside Plaza Community Improvement District (CID) and the amended cooperative agreement for the Southside Plaza Redevelopment Project. These amendments allow the CID to impose special assessments in the amount of the abated real property taxes to fulfill the original reimbursement amount agreed upon by City Council. There is no increase in costs to the tenants. The total reimbursable amount totals $1.44 million. The Southside Plaza Shopping Center is located near Southwest Blue Parkway and Southwest Third Street. The developer is making improvements to the shopping center including a new façade, roof replacement, landscaping and parking lot enhancements.

Tow Lot. City Council advanced to second reading an ordinance approving a special use permit renewal for a tow lot, located near Southeast Oldham Parkway and Southeast Browning Street. The lot has been in operation since 1994 and is currently owned by Crash Champions. The special use permit renewal would be for 10 years and would expire June 2, 2031.

Ranson Landing. City Council voted to continue a public hearing discussing a rezoning request and conceptual development plan for Ranson Landing, a proposed mixed-use development near Southeast Oldham Parkway and Southeast Ranson Road. The conceptual plan includes a convenience store, commercial space, restaurant with a drive-thru, storage units, contractor garages and 25 fourplexes. The public hearing will be placed on a future City Council agenda.

Police Explorer Program

The Police Department is now accepting interest cards for the 2021-2022 Explorer Program.

The program is designed to provide knowledge and training to young people (14-20 years of age) who may be interested in a career in law enforcement.

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Join us Friday, August 27, for the Fourth Fridays Art Walk in Downtown Lee's Summit. Enjoy the work of local artists and live musical performances! Learn more at downtownLS.org.

Here's the Scoop

It's an old-fashioned block party at the Lee's Summit History Museum to celebrate Missouri's Bicentennial on August 10 from 5-8 p.m. and you are invited!

Ice cream trucks will be serving up one free scoop of ice cream to the first 500 attendees. Festivities will include live music, children's games and free admission to the History Museum. Kettle corn, root beer and additional ice cream will be available for purchase throughout the event.

Bring your lawn chairs and blankets and enjoy the summer evening with neighbors and friends.

Hosted by the Lee’s Summit Historical Society and the City's Cultural Arts Division.

Pryor Road Infrastructure Feedback

The City is asking for online feedback on the preliminary plans for Pryor Road improvements from Longview Road to Hook Road. The project, approved by voters with the passage of the 2017 sales tax initiative, will include widening to two lanes in each direction, additional turn lanes, signal improvements, and pedestrian and cycling features.

View the project exhibits and provide comments online by 5 p.m. August 21.

Get the Scoop in Under Two Minutes!

Take a listen to the weekly flash briefing and in under two minutes, you'll be up to date on events and important City information.

Saturday Farmers Market

It should be a beautiful weekend! The Downtown Lee’s Summit Farmers Market is open every Saturday from 8 a.m. – noon at the corner of Second and Douglas Streets in Downtown Lee’s Summit.


Quick Hits

August 4, 2021. Jackson County Executive, Frank White, announced his plan to issue a public health order requiring masks in public indoor places. The order would go into effect on Monday, August 9.

August 2, 2021 - The U.S. on Monday finally reached President Joe Biden's goal of getting at least one COVID-19 shot into 70% of American adults.

July 28, 2021 - Kansas City Mayor Quinton Lucas announced that he will reinstate an indoor mask mandate in places of public accommodation, effective at 12:01 a.m. Monday, August 2.

As of August 4, 2021:

  • More than 192 million people across the United States have received at least one dose of the COVID-19 vaccine.
  • 5,353,821 total vaccine doses administered in Missouri.
  • 48.6% of Missourians have received at least one vaccine dose.
  • 39.8% of Jackson County residents are fully vaccinated.

Sources: CDC and the Missouri COVID-19 Dashboard

COVID-19 Resources

* The Jackson County Health Department testing sites in Lee's Summit have moved to a new location. They will now be conducted at Legacy Football Venue, 1300 NE Legacy Park Drive.