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
Youth and Recreation Sports
Jackson County Guidelines
Phase 2 of Jackson County's Recovery Plan allows youth sports leagues and practices with limitations. Regular league play is allowed, but large tournaments are prohibited. Competition and travel teams should avoid traveling outside of the Kansas City metro.
As youth begin to return to leagues and camps, the Sports Medicine Team at Children's Mercy Hospital has prepared resources for parents on how to safely reintroduce exercise. Their website provides steps on how to gradually return and acclimate to exercise to reduce the risk of acute and overuse injuries.
The Sports Medicine Team has also provided a guide for returning to sports that includes guidance for different sports, age groups and vulnerable populations. Additionally they provide information on the infection risks of tournaments, camps, travel teams, and low, moderate and high risk sports.
TPDC: Know the Risks
It's important to assess the risk of contracting COVID-19 as we begin to participate in more activities outside of our homes. There are four easy questions to help assess the risks.
Time. Are you in a confined spaced (outside of your home) for more than 10 -15 minutes?
Proximity. Are you within 6 feet of others, or participating in activities known to more rapidly spread respiratory droplets such as talking, singing, or exercising?
Density. Are there a lot of people around you, especially in a confined space?
Contact. Are you sharing common objects, handing items back and forth, shaking hands, etc.?
If you answer yes to any of the TPDC scenarios you are at a higher risk of exposure to COVID-19. These can be controlled with easy modifications such as:
- Mask Wearing
- Hand Washing
- Screening yourself and your household for symptoms – and staying home if you or household members are ill
City Council Update
Emergency Dispatch Performance Audit. City Council heard a presentation detailing recommendations from an Emergency Dispatch Performance Audit conducted by Mission Critical Partners. The audit examined the City’s current emergency dispatch system, focusing on items such as organizational structure, staffing and training. Among the recommendations, consolidating services to improve performance and reduce costs; cooperative training; resolving pay disparities; and enhancing staffing.
Solid Waste Management. City Council was scheduled to hear a presentation discussing the long-term vision for solid waste management following the closure of the landfill. However, the presentation was postponed until the July 14 City Council meeting to allow more time to compile information.
Citizen's Leadership Academy. City Council recognized the graduates of the 2020 Citizen’s Leadership Academy. The academy takes place once a year and offers a chance for residents and business owners to learn about the inner workings of City government. Participants attend a total of seven sessions, two Saturdays a month, from 8 a.m. to noon in various City facilities. Sessions begin in January.
740 NW Blue Parkway CID. City Council approved a resolution authorizing the mayor to appoint successor directors to the 740 NW Blue Parkway Community Improvement District. John Lovell, Bette Wordelman and Mark Dunning would serve from Jan. 26, 2020 through Jan. 25, 2024.
Ready to IGNITE!
Lee’s Summit is launching the IGNITE Comprehensive Plan to fuel the City’s future.
The IGNITE Comprehensive Plan will serve as the foundation for economic development, quality residential growth and general improvements for the Lee's Summit community. It will include a series of goals, policies, actions and standards to define Lee’s Summit’s physical development and programs.
This exciting process sets forth a 20-year community implementation plan and will build upon the nearly completed Strategic Plan (five to seven-year plan), sharing the same vision, goals, objectives and critical success factors. The comprehensive planning effort is expected to continue through April 2021.
You Fuel Our Future
A successful comprehensive plan is community-based to reflect residents, businesses and other community stakeholders’ desires for future Lee’s Summit. The planning offers objective information and asks participants to provide thoughtful input to ensure Lee’s Summit is fueled to arrive at its chosen destination in 20 years.
Lee’s Summit wants you involved and is planning several ways to bring you into this important process. During this time of physical distancing, you can expect invitations to digital engagement opportunities such as:
- virtual small group conversations
- online surveys
- conversation kits available for download
- social media
Can’t Wait to Get Started?
Visit the Ignite Foresight Hub to find a repository of articles related to comprehensive planning, trends and information on a variety of topics.
Legacy Park Sculpture Installation
Legacy Park Amphitheater received it's very own sculpture this morning. Craig Snyder's sculpture "Twisted Sister" was installed as part of the "Sculpture on the Move," a program designed to foster relationships between communities and artists and grow art appreciation.
"Sculpture on the Move" will have approximately 20 sculptures installed for prominent display in outdoor, public areas around the state of Missouri.
Craig's sculpture will be on display until 2022! Go check it out.
Across the Country
N.Y. Gov. Cuomo gives OK for US Open to be held in August without fans.
All SeaWorld Parks & Entertainment operations will be open with limitations as of June 19.
US extends border closure agreements with Canada, Mexico into July.
Airlines ban alcohol on planes in response to Covid-19.