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City Portal March 31, 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.

Attention Jackson County Taxpayers

Starting March 22, Jackson County taxpayers requiring a tax transaction at City Hall will now need an appointment. Appointments can be made by calling 816.969.1139.

Non-tax transactions don't require an appointment such as:

  • water payments
  • pet licenses

A taxpayer who has a correct bill and does not require a change may also make payment without an appointment.

April 6 Municipal General Election

On April 6, voters in Lee’s Summit will be asked to consider a ballot question allowing the City to reallocate a portion of its property tax levy, transferring 10 cents per $100 of assessed valuation from the debt service fund to the general operations fund. If passed, the reallocated funds can be used to address municipal building maintenance, enhance digital capabilities and invest in the City’s workforce. The reallocation is projected to shift approximately $2.3 million annually to the general fund operating budget.

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

What's the buzz? The City will be holding a Zoom meeting on April 5 at 6 p.m. to discuss the future of the City's Bee Ordinance. Register for the Zoom meeting by emailing Rodney.Wagner@cityofls.net

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!

Starting a Spring Project?

Visit the Resource Recovery Park’s Reuse Center for all your spring project needs! Items at the center are dropped off at the City’s Household Hazardous Waste facility but can still be used. The center contains the following items free to the public:

  • Oil and latex paints
  • Stains
  • Spray paint
  • Automotive products
  • Cleaning products

Reusing these items is a great alternative to destroying them through incineration!

The Reuse Center is open to the public on the following days and times:

  • Wed. - Fri. | 7:30 a.m. - 4 p.m.
  • Sat. | 7:30 a.m. - 3 p.m.
Show Me Lee's Summit is a new exhibit on display at City Hall starting April 1. Come celebrate the Missouri Bicentennial! Presented by the Historical Society of Lee's Summit.

Emergency Rental Assistance Program (ERAP)

This program provides financial assistance and housing stability services to Eastern Jackson County families struggling financially. Households facing imminent eviction would receive priority assistance. Eligible households include renters who demonstrate a risk of experiencing housing instability, have seen their income reduced by the COVID-19 pandemic, and earn a household income at or below 80% of the county median income.

LS Marketplace

Attention citizens! We have new merch! From umbrellas to growlers, and masks to socks, there's something for everyone.

The LS Marketplace is located in the lobby of City Hall and is open Mon. - Fri., 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

BREAKING NEWS | A Whataburger is coming to Lee's Summit this fall.

Ranson Rd. Water Tower Update

You’ve likely noticed the Ranson Road water tower is getting a facelift! The recoating of the inside and outside of the water tower is expected to be completed this spring. The water tower was originally built in 1990 and has only been recoated once. Water towers are periodically recoated to protect the metal tanks from corrosion.

The tanks will be coated with a multi-part epoxy, which is applied in several layers of varying thickness, and will receive some structural modifications. Once the new coating is finished, it’s expected to last about 15 to 20 years and will look similar to the Hook Road water tower, which was also recently recoated.

Spring in Downtown Lee's Summit

Downtown Lee's Summit Farmers Market Is Coming Back!

  • 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

Fourth Fridays Art Walk | Friday, April 23 from 5 - 8 p.m.

The Fourth Fridays Art Walks in Downtown Lee’s Summit showcase local artists and live music performances inside participating shops and restaurants! The 2021 season will run through August.

Love Local Bonus Bucks

Did you receive Love Local Bonus Bucks during the holiday season this year? Bonus Bucks expire on June 30, 2021 so now is the time to use them!

More than 60 Downtown Lee's Summit businesses currently accept the bonus bucks/gift cards!

News

March 18, 2021 - Gov. Parson announced activation of Phase 2 and 3 of Missouri's COVID-19 vaccination plan.

  • Phase 2 opened March 29. Eligibility includes Missourians employed in construction, critical manufacturing, higher education, and remaining food and agriculture sectors. This also includes homeless and disproportionately affected populations with an emphasis on racial and ethnic minorities, among others.
  • Phase 3 opens April 9 and includes all Missouri adults.

March 26, 2021 - Jackson County announces plans to ease the following COVID-19 restrictions on April 9:

  • Essential and non-essential businesses, including gyms, fitness and recreation centers, can open at full capacity.
  • Restaurants, bars and taverns can operate at full capacity to serve food and alcohol.
  • There are no capacity limits on gatherings.

March 29, 2021 - Gov. Parson extends the state of emergency in Missouri through August 31, 2021.

March 30, 2021 - A new CDC report is revealing how well the Pfizer and Moderna COVID-19 vaccines work in real-world conditions. The study tracked nearly 4,000 health care workers, first responders and other essential workers for 13 weeks. The findings included:

  • Vaccines were 90% effective at preventing symptomatic and asymptomatic infections 14 days after the second dose
  • Partial immunization still provided significant protection
  • Vaccines were 80% effective 14 days after the first dose

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.