Welcome to the Covering COVID-19 Community Briefing

This weekly digest of information will help keep you up to date as we work together to battle the COVID-19 pandemic. This briefing will provide:

  • state and county health updates and measures the City is taking to keep residents as safe as possible
  • reliable and factual information sources to use when seeking facts about this public health crisis
  • reminders about things happening in our community and ideas to keep you entertained

Mayor Baird Extends Emergency Order

On May 8, Mayor Baird issued a proclamation extending the state of emergency for the City of Lee's Summit until May 31. This is not a stay-at-home order. An emergency order allows the City to quickly procure needed resources and alter policies and processes such as the following, which are included in this most recent order:

  • The deadline for liquor license renewals has been extended to July 1, 2020.
  • All city-issued business licenses which are set to expire in May or June 2020, are extended until July 1, 2020.

Jackson County Community Input Survey

Lee's Summit residents far outpaced the other municipalities in the number of resident responses, making up 30% of the total.

Jackson County released results from a COVID-19 survey asking residents how they felt about reopening workplaces, businesses and venues. There were 9,500 responses from May 1 through May 8. Responses are organized into an interactive dashboard, with a breakdown by municipality and county legislative districts.

How COVID-19 Spreads

COVID-19 is thought to spread mainly through close contact from person-to-person. Some people without symptoms may be able to spread the virus. We are still learning about how the virus spreads and the severity of illness it causes.

Person-to-person spread

The virus is thought to spread mainly from person-to-person.

  • Between people who are in close contact with one another (within about 6 feet).
  • Through respiratory droplets produced when an infected person coughs, sneezes, or talks.
  • These droplets can land in the mouths or noses of people who are nearby or possibly be inhaled into the lungs.
  • COVID-19 may be spread by people who are not showing symptoms.

The virus spreads easily between people

How easily a virus spreads from person-to-person can vary. Some viruses are highly contagious, like measles, while other viruses do not spread as easily. Another factor is whether the spread is sustained, which means it goes from person-to-person without stopping.

The virus that causes COVID-19 is spreading very easily and sustainably between people. Information from the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic suggest that this virus is spreading more efficiently than influenza, but not as efficiently as measles, which is highly contagious.

COVID-19 Testing Event

  • Individuals must have symptoms to qualify for testing
  • Call 404-CARE (2273) to preregister

Give Us Something to Smile About

We asked for your good news photos and you delivered! Below are a just few we have received so far. We hope these photos bring some peace, happiness and calm to an otherwise weird world. #ShowMeSomethingGood

Keep sending those photos! Email to creativeservices@cityofls.net.

One of our own answered the call and is fighting COVID-19 on the frontlines in New York. What an honor to be able to say he is a Lee's Summit resident.

City Council Meeting: May 12

City Council held a City Council meeting last night by videoconference. Below are a few highlights:

Lee's Summit Police Department Grant Funding | City Council approved a resolution supporting the Lee’s Summit Police Department’s application for grant funding for traffic enforcement. The police department is applying for $84,800 in grant funding from the Missouri Department of Transportation to participate in the Highway Safety Program to reduce crashes and impaired driving in Lee’s Summit.

Capital Improvements Plan | City Council heard a presentation detailing the Capital Improvements Plan (CIP) for fiscal year 2021 through fiscal year 2025. The CIP is a planning document for infrastructure improvements throughout Lee’s Summit and is updated annually. The public is encouraged to review the CIP and provide comments, which will be taken into consideration for future plans. The CIP is available at cityofLS.net/publicworks . Public comments will close at 5 p.m. on May 26.

Social Media Policy | City Council adopted an ordinance establishing rules related to the use and archiving of social media by elected officials. Its intent is to provide greater transparency as well as comply with Missouri Sunshine Law and record retention regulations.

Water Utilities News

New Payment System Launches May 19

On May 19, Water Utilities will launch UtilityPay, a new online bill payment system that will offer a faster, easier & more convenient customer experience. If you are a current customer, instructions for creating an account in UtilityPay will arrive in your email inbox on May 19 or can be found at cityofls.net beginning May 19.

Reopening Your Business?

Don't forget to refresh your water. Water Utilities offers tips to maintain your internal plumbing before reopening to ensure a fresh water supply.

Project Updates

Capital Improvement Plan Public Comment Period

For the first time, the public can review and comment on the Capital Improvement Plan (CIP) online. The comment period for the 2021-2025 CIP will be open until 5 p.m. on May 26.

Third Street Improvements Project: Eastbound Third Street Closure May 18

Eastbound Third Street from Pryor Road to Murray Road is set to close on Monday, May 18, and will remain closed for approximately four weeks, weather permitting. Westbound Third Street from Murray Road to Pryor Road will remain open, but restricted to one lane during this time. The detour route for eastbound Third Street traffic is south on Pryor Road, east on Longview Road, and north on Ward Road (see map).

The closure is necessary while utility relocation work is completed and crews begin construction on the Third Street Improvements project. Following the completion of the utility relocation work, Third Street will re-open to two-way traffic throughout the duration of the Third Street Improvements project.

This project includes the installation of storm pipe, curb inlets, water main replacement, sanitary sewer extension, curb and gutter, pavement, raised medians, pavement marking, sidewalks and street lighting along Third Street between Pryor and Murray. This project also includes a traffic signal at Third and Murray.

In Case of a Corona Overload

Look Up!

We spy a city-branded water tower on Hook Road! How cool is that? The Ranson Road water tower will receive its face lift this fall.

Virtual Activities

  • Daniel Radcliffe will read a chapter from the first "Harry Potter" book to you or your kids! Chapter One: "The Boy Who Lived"
  • Stay connected with MCPL by checking out their virtual events!
  • Enjoy a scientific Mother’s Day (May 10) with Kansas City’s Mad Science’s online experiments using ordinary household items for kids and moms at madsciencepromo.com/athomeexperiments.
  • Explore the fountains and sculptures of Kansas City at kcfountains.com.
  • Dozens of wellness videos from the YMCA of Greater Kansas City are at kansascityymca.org/online-exercise.
  • A five-year-old from Chicago has launched his own podcast and has become an overnight sensation. Albie penned his own podcast theme song and it will be in your head all weekend long once you hear it. "Keep Away Corona!"

2020 Census Update

Our initial goal was a 70% self-response rate and we have beat that goal! What do you say we move the needle and get an 80% self-response rate? With your help we can do it. Stand up and be counted, LS!

Downtown Sculpture Walk

Three of the six sculptures for the Downtown Sculpture Walk were installed this past week. The Downtown Sculpture Walk is a new public art initiative of the Cultural Arts Division in partnership with the Lee’s Summit Arts Council. Funding support provided by the Downtown Community Improvement District and the Industrial Development Authority. All sculptures are displayed on loan to the City through March 2021.

  • "Stellated Bronze" was installed next to Third Street Social. Stellated means “to resemble a star” and this geometric sculpture creates a different abstract star shape depending on the viewer’s perspective. “Stellated Bronze” is also a kinetic sculpture and rotates when gently spun. The artist is Mike Herr from Tremont, Illinois.
  • "Wounded" is a focus on form and material. It uses vertical upright elements or leaning/diagonal orientation to create tension that captures the audience’s attention. Using only two straight lines and one circle, the focus is on negative space. The oculus is the focal point, not on the sculpture itself, but what is on the other side - through the oculus. That way the artwork becomes part of its surroundings. "Wounded" was created by artist Ben Pierce and is installed at Third and Market by Sabor Latino.
  • "Raptor" was installed in front of Fire Headquarters. Raptor is made from welded steel, stands just over four feet tall and spans a whopping ten feet from tooth to tail! Artist Vince Houston and his family made the trip from Fulton, MO to install their sculpture.

Night Flight 5K & Tour de Lakes Canceled

Parks and Recreation has canceled Night Flight 5K scheduled for June 12 and Tour de Lakes scheduled for June 27. The event cancellations are due to COVID-19 and to protect the health and safety of attendees and volunteers. Registration refunds will be issued for both events.

New Curbside Parking Spots

Downtown Lee's Summit and the City have added new temporary curbside parking options throughout the downtown. The five locations of curbside zones are spread out around downtown and are convenient and shared among nearby restaurants and businesses. Look for the curbside zone sign!

Farmers Market Returns!

Introducing a Drive-Thru Market

The Downtown Lee's Summit Farmers Market will operate as a drive-thru market starting Saturday, May 30 from 8 a. m. to 12 p.m. at Abundant Life, 304 SW Persels Road. A drive-thru format will provide minimal to no-contact shopping, minimizing risk to vendors and customers.

Shoppers will follow a one-way path through the parking lot that will take vehicles through the entire market. Shoppers must remain in their vehicles at all times. Preorders are highly encouraged. Vendor lists and items available will be posted here the week of the market.

Shoppers may make purchases at the market but must remain in their vehicles and allow vendors to bring items to the vehicle.

Where to Get COVID-19 Information

A COVID-19 information page is available on the City's website containing information specific to Lee's Summit, such as the stay-at-home order, City press releases, resources, FAQs, cancellations and closures.

The Jackson County Health Department released a dashboard last week giving COVID-19 cases by zip code.

Mid-America Regional Council (MARC) Regional Dashboard is a good resource hub with information specific to the Kansas City area.

COVID-19 information is rapidly changing and we encourage residents to visit the following websites to get reliable up-to-date information and guidance.

The Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services offers several options to obtain information:

  • 24/7 Hotline 877.435.8411 for residents and providers seeking guidance.
  • Missouri COVID-19 GIS Hub - Dashboards with information by county on positive COVID-19 cases, deaths, unemployment, stay-at-home orders, etc.

A good FAQ page is available on Coronavirus.gov, a joint effort between FEMA, the White House and CDC.

Community Support Resources

The City continues to add new support services to our COVID-19 Support Services webpage. Check the page frequently for updates on utility help, housing, food assistance and regional employment.

COVID-19 Business Resources

Paycheck Protection Program (PPP)

On April 23, Congress approved an additional $310 billion to replenish the SBA's Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) which provides forgivable loans to small businesses to pay their employees during the COVID-19 crisis. The SBA is currently accepting PPP loan applications from approved lenders on behalf of any eligible borrower. All loan terms will be the same for everyone.

Check our COVID-19 Business Resource page for the latest updates.