City Portal July 7, 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 Rundown

There's a new episode of the City's video series "Lee's Summit Rundown" out now. Take a dive into big topics impacting residents of Lee's Summit and while you're here, get to know Councilmember Bob Johnson!

Watch individual segments or the entire episode. This episode includes:

Have a topic you'd like to learn more about? Send an email to communications@cityofLS.net.

Water Utilities

Get a text, email or both when your water utility payment is due. Say goodbye to paper and hello to paperless. It’s easy to do! Register your account, select paperless and you’re good to go.

Pryor Road Public Meeting

We need your input! The City is designing infrastructure improvements for the Pryor Road corridor from Longview Road to Hook Road.

There will be a public meeting on July 21 to receive oral and written public input on the project's preliminary plans and exhibits.

Rock the Amp

A Tribute to the Bands of Woodstock

Enjoy three days of "Peace, Love and Music" 50 years after Woodstock on Saturday, July 17 at 7 p.m. Watch as this iconic festival is recreated right before your eyes!

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

Grand Opening of Rock Island Trail - Phase II

The wait is over! Mark your calendars and join Jackson County Parks + Rec to Ride the Rock on July 10!

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.

Community Blood Drive

Get Your Royals Swag! Donors will receive a Royals T-shirt or ballcap!

The City is partnering with the Community Blood Center for a two-day blood drive. The Community Blood Center has declared an emergency blood shortage. Every donation counts! Appointments are strongly recommended but walk-ins will be accepted.

City Council Update

July 6, Regular Session

Summit Point Phase II. City Council advanced to second reading an ordinance approving a preliminary development plan for phase two of the Summit Point apartment complex. Summit Point is located near Northeast Chipman Road and Northeast Independence Avenue. The second phase will add 144 units on about seven acres north of the existing Summit Point apartment complex. Since the proposed development is located near a floodplain, an updated Hydrologic Engineering Center River Analysis System (HEC-RAS) study will need to be submitted before any final development plans will be approved.

Bailey Farms Subdivision. City Council advanced to second reading an ordinance approving a rezoning request and preliminary development plan for the Bailey Farms development near Southeast Bailey Road and Southeast Ranson Road. The project will be divided into three subdivisions. The Cornerstone at Bailey Farms will consist of 43 single-family lots and 32 two-family lots with maintenance provided. The Retreat at Bailey Farms will have 73 single-family homes and the Manor at Bailey Farms will have 103 single-family homes. There will also be an amenity area with a pool, tennis courts and playground area.

Recognition of City Manager Stephen Arbo. City Manager Stephen Arbo was recognized for receiving the 2021 Mid-America Regional Council’s Regional Leadership Award. Mr. Arbo is the co-chair of the Regional Homeland Security Coordinating Committee and this award recognizes his role in the region’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

City Council Redistricting. City Council received a written update on City Council redistricting. Development Services performed a preliminary analysis of changes in population based on information currently available and prepared three conceptual scenarios to balance the population between the four districts. The estimates provided by council district are ahead of the release of 2020 census data, which is expected in September 2021.


How was your month of June? Did you discover a new LS park or take the family downtown? We love seeing residents taking advantage of our beautiful City and all it has to offer. Send your pics to creativeservices@cityofls.net. #CaptureLS

*By submitting your photos, you're sharing the rights with the City to use them in a publication or marketing material.

LS Marketplace

New merch alert! These are hot, hot, hot! Be the first in your crowd to sport the new LS coffee mug or better yet, pick one up for your bestie! Mugs are only $7!

All purchases can be made at the LS Marketplace located at Treasury in the lobby of City Hall.

Summit Waves

We're excited to have so many visitors at Summit Waves. However, this has resulted in long lines to purchase single visit passes. To help alleviate the long wait, single visit passes must be purchased online before arrival at the water park.

Season passes can be purchased in person or online.

Family Fun Night

July 12, 8:30 - 10:30 p.m.

Enjoy the park after hours! There will be a DJ, games, giveaways, concessions and more!

  • Residents: $5
  • Non-residents: $6
  • Season passholders: FREE!


Quick Hits

July 1, 2021 - Rockhurst University and William Jewel College will require faculty, staff and students to be vaccinated for the fall semester. However, both private schools offer exemptions.

June 30, 2021 - “If you are vaccinated, you are safe from the variants that are circulating here in the United States,” CDC director Dr. Rochelle Walensky said on “Today.”

As of July 7, 2021:

  • More than 182 million people across the United States have received at least one dose of the COVID-19 vaccine.
  • 5,002,264 total vaccine doses administered in Missouri.
  • 44.9% of Missourians have received at least one vaccine dose.
  • 36.9% 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.