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City Portal June 9, 2021

Welcome to the City Portal, the City's biweekly round up of all the latest City news you could ever want and more! This newsletter will be 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.

Lee's Summit Parks & Recreation

Elton Dan and the Rocket Band

Rock the Amp is back with an even great lineup! Up first is Elton Dan and the Rocket Band on Friday, June 18. You will be blown away by this tribute band as they rock the night out to classics by Elton John.

Unplug and Explore Through Labor Day

Unplug and explore the many parks and the amenities each offer this summer through Labor Day. Join in the fun by picking up a bingo game card at participating locations:

  • Summit Waves
  • Lea McKeighan Park
  • Lee's Summit Parks & Recreation (LSPR) front desk in City Hall

Each bingo card has a variety of fun activities including zipline, canoeing and more! Complete the card and return it to the Parks and Recreation front desk in City Hall to receive a prize!

Swim Lessons

Have a little swimmer or two on your hands in need of swim lessons? We've got you covered. Explore a variety of swim lessons offered in June and July.

City Budget

Fiscal Year 2021-2022

A public hearing is scheduled on June 22 for the City of Lee's Summit's proposed 2021-2022 budget. Residents can provide feedback regarding the submitted budget by attending the public hearing in person or submitting comments to the City Clerk's Office by 5 p.m. June 21.

The budget is for the 2021-2022 fiscal year, which runs from July 1, 2021 through June 30, 2022. The total proposed budget expenditure is $236,558,612. This includes all proposed funding for daily operations, capital improvements, debt services, internal services and enterprise operations.

The public hearing will take place during the June 22 city council meeting, which begins at 6 p.m. at City Hall.

City council is scheduled to adopt the budget on June 29.

Main Street America

Downtown Lee’s Summit Main Street received National Main Street accreditation... again! This accreditation was given following a program assessment by Missouri Main Street Connection and is the highest level a downtown revitalization program can achieve.

Are You Still Receiving Water Bills in the Mail?

There's an easier way! Set up an account on the City's website and choose paperless billing. You will receive a text or email notification when your bill is ready. There's also the option to set up online bill payments or better yet, enroll in autopay and never worry about missing a payment again!

Get the Scoop in Two Minutes!

Your weekly flash briefing is here. Get a snapshot of what's happening this week in Lee's Summit. Take a listen!

City Council Actions

June 8, 2021

Southside Plaza LCRA. City Council advanced to second reading an ordinance approving the Southside Plaza Land Clearance for Redevelopment Authority (LCRA) redevelopment plan. The Southside Plaza Shopping Center is located near Southwest Blue Parkway and Southwest Third Street. The incentives included in the LCRA redevelopment plan are a sales tax exemption on construction materials and 100% real property tax abatement for four years followed by 50% abatement for the next six years. City Council had previously approved the formation of the Southside Plaza Community Improvement District (CID), which will impose an additional 1% sales tax on all retail sales in the shopping center to reimburse renovation costs. Planned improvements include façade improvements, roof replacement, HVAC updates and other site upgrades.

Airport Master Plan. City Council adopted the 2021 Airport Master Plan, which updates the current master plan that was approved more than 20 years ago. The Airport Master Plan provides long-range planning for the Lee’s Summit Municipal Airport. Phase 1 of the plan assessed airport inventory, economic development near the airport, demand projections and facility requirements to meet those demands.

World Elder Abuse Awareness Day. Mayor Bill Baird issued a proclamation recognizing World Elder Abuse Awareness Day, which will take place on June 15. The City is committed to the prevention of abuse, neglect and exploitation of the elderly and disabled population. Purple ribbons are placed throughout downtown Lee’s Summit and the fountains are turning purple in observance of World Elder Abuse Awareness Day.

Adopt a Pet

Find your next furry family member at the Lee's Summit Animal Control facility. From cats, dogs to even guinea pigs, you're sure to find your next best friend. Visits to Animal Control are by appointment only. Please call 969.1640.

Look Out for Our Four-Legged Friends

As we enter the summer weather, let's not forget that it is too hot for animals to be left inside of vehicles.

If you see an animal locked in a car and have questions or concerns, call Animal Control at 816.969.1640 or the Lee's Summit Police Department at 816.969.7390. Call 911 if the animal appears to be in distress.

Ladies Night Out is Thursday, June 17. Grab the girls and head downtown for night of catching up, shopping and more. Get the full details at downtownls.org.

Now Hiring

The Lee's Summit Fire Department is hiring! The communication specialist is the front-line of the department. Are you able to multitask and communicate effectively under pressure? If yes, apply today!

Breakfast With a Cop

World Elder Abuse Awareness Day

Downtown Lee's Summit will be turning purple in observance of World Elder Abuse Awareness Day on June 15. The City of Lee's Summit is committed to the prevention of abuse, neglect and exploitation of the elderly and disabled population.

News

Quick Hits

As of June 9, 2021:

  • More than 171 million people across the United States have received at least one dose of the COVID-19 vaccine.
  • 4,633,414 total vaccine doses administered in Missouri.
  • 42.4% of Missourians have received at least one vaccine dose.
  • 33.5% 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.