March 17, 2021

Welcome to the Covering COVID-19 Community Briefing

Here's what you can expect:

  • COVID-19 news including vaccine information and dashboards
  • testing locations
  • City news and information
  • community events

Next Vaccination Phase Opened Monday, March 15

The Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services is encouraging anyone who qualifies under this phase to register on the Missouri Vaccine Navigator.

Mega Vaccination Event

Governor Parson announced a mega vaccination event would be held at Arrowhead Stadium March 19 and 20. Names of eligible Missourians in activated phases will be chosen from a list of those who have previously registered for the vaccine with the Jackson County Health Department and through the state's Vaccine Navigator. Those selected will be notified of their appointment date and time and be provided with further instructions.

CDC Update

New Guidelines for Fully Vaccinated Individuals

The CDC issued new guidance for those who have been fully vaccinated for COVID-19. The CDC says it’s still learning how well COVID-19 vaccines keep people from spreading the virus as well as how long protection lasts. New guidelines include:

  • You can gather indoors with fully vaccinated people without wearing a mask.
  • You can gather indoors with unvaccinated people from one other household without a mask, unless any of those people or anyone they live with has an increased risk for severe illness from COVID-19.
  • If you’ve been around someone who has COVID-19, you do not need to stay away from others or get tested unless you have symptoms.

The CDC still recommends taking precautions to protect yourself and others – such as wearing a mask and social distancing – if you’re in public, gathering with unvaccinated people from more than one household, or visiting with an unvaccinated person who is at an increased risk for severe illness from COVID-19 or who lives with a person at increased risk.

COVID-19 Data Snapshot

Missouri COVID-19 Vaccination Progress

More than 19% of Missourians have now received at least one dose of the COVID-19 vaccine, with an average of 30,356 doses being administered per day over the past seven days.

Eastern Jackson County COVID-19 Data Dashboard

Looking for a Vaccine Location?

We know its a struggle to go to multiple websites searching for vaccination events and information. To help, the City has gathered this information in one place on our website. Find local vaccine locations and registration, eligibility information and much more.

Municipal General Election

What's on the ballot?

The current property tax levy is $1.4563 per $100 assessed valuation. On April 6, Lee's Summit voters will be asked if the City can transfer $.10 of the $1.4563 levy from the debt service fund to the general operations fund. The overall levy is not projected to change and is not accompanied by an overall tax increase. This shift is projected to annually add approximately $2.3 million in revenue to the $74.6 million general fund operating budget.

The reallocation of funds from debt service to operations can provide these types of improvements:

  • municipal building maintenance
  • technology
  • workforce investment

Paid for by the City of Lee’s Summit, Missouri, William A. Baird, Mayor | 220 SE Green Street, Lee’s Summit, Missouri

The Lee's Summit Police Department is Hiring

Join the Lee’s Summit Police Department and work in a city named one of the best in America. We’re looking for candidates who share our values of pride, honor, unity and commitment! Earn a competitive salary with great benefits! The deadline to apply is March 19.

#DYK the City Has a Bee Ordinance?

The City will be holding a Zoom meeting on April 5 to discuss the future of the Bee Ordinance. Items on the agenda will include:

  • Type of hives
  • Permits and licenses
  • Reduction in the distance from the hive to a residence

For questions or to register for the Zoom meeting, email Rodney Wagner (Rodney.Wagner@cityofls.net).

Help the Lee's Summit R-7 School District

What if you could help name a school in Lee's Summit? Well, here is your chance. Middle school number four opens in 2022 and the Lee's Summit R-7 School District is collecting ideas for the name, mascot and colors. Ideas can be submitted online or by mail to the Stansberry Leadership Center (301 NE Tudor Road, Lee's Summit, MO 64086) attn: Public Relations Department. The deadline is April 11.

The Farmers Market is Back

The Downtown Lee’s Summit Farmers Market will open for the 2021 season on Wednesday, April 7!

April 7 | Wednesday Market from 8 a.m. - noon at Second and Douglas Streets

April 10 | Saturday Market from 8 a.m. - noon at Abundant Life Church

Hand sanitizer stations will be provided throughout the market and customers are encouraged to wear masks and maintain a social distance of six feet.

The pickleball courts are NOW OPEN!

City Council Meeting Agenda Items

March 16, 2021

Community Development Block Grant Funds. City Council advanced to second reading an ordinance approving a funding agreement with the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development to receive a special allocation of Community Development Block Grant funds. The funding totals $571,772, which enables the City to provide quality subsidized housing and expanded economic opportunities for low-and moderate-income individuals in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. This special allocation of funding is part of the CARES Act.

Streets of West Pryor Funding Agreement. City Council adopted a resolution approving a funding agreement with Streets of West Pryor related to a Land Clearance for Redevelopment Authority (LCRA) incentive request. The agreement covers City costs associated with processing the LCRA incentive request. It does not approve the incentive request. The developer is seeking 50% property tax abatement for 25 years and sales tax exemption on construction materials. The incentive is to help with mine remediation costs to stabilize land for construction of the Vanguard Villas.

Traffic Enforcement Grant Funding. City Council adopted a resolution in support of the Lee's Summit Police Department's applications for grant funding from the Missouri Highway Safety Program for traffic enforcement. The first grant is for $56,450 to participate in a Hazardous Moving Violation project. The second grant is for $43,450 to participate in an Impaired Driving Enforcement project.

Let's Dig Into City Bond Projects!

On the latest episode of the Green Street Beat podcast, City Manager Steve Arbo and Development Services Director Ryan Elam give us a progress report on the renovations happening at Police Headquarters, where things stand with the two new fire stations and what’s next for the Downtown Market Plaza.

World Water Day is March 22

World Water Day is when people around the world take time to recognize the importance of water. Water means different things to different people. What does it mean to you? On this day, reflect on the big impact water has on your day-to-day life.

Heads Up Drivers

SW Pryor Rd from M-150 HWY to Napa Valley Dr. will be closed to through traffic from March 22 until May 3 (weather permitting). The street closure is for new utility street crossings & reconstruction in association w/nearby subdivision development.

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