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.
Public Comment Opportunity
Third Street Improvements
The City is designing infrastructure improvements for the Third Street corridor from Blue Parkway to Jefferson Street, a project approved by voters with the passage of the 2017 sales tax initiative.
The overview, conceptual plans and project exhibits are available for public comment. The deadline to comment is June 1.
The Best Public Park
Lee's Summit Parks and Recreation is in the final round for Best Public Park in "The Best of KC '21" presented by the Kansas City Magazine!
City Council Actions
May 18, 2021
Streets of West Pryor. City Council moved to second reading several ordinances related to the Streets of West Pryor development. The ordinances included an amendment to the Chapter 100 Master Plan to extend the construction period by three years and update the scope of the project; an amendment to the Tax Increment Financing (TIF) contract to allow for the collection of a one percent general sales tax on a hotel located outside of the TIF redevelopment project area, but within the redevelopment area; and a redevelopment contract to implement the LCRA Redevelopment Plan for the Vanguard Villas.
Stag’s Field. City Council heard a presentation discussing a conceptual economic development incentive request from the developer of Stag’s Field, a multifamily development near Northwest Bowlin Road and Northeast Jamestown Road. The development consists of a 356-unit apartment complex along with 16 single-family units. The developer asked City Council for feedback on a conceptual request for sales tax exemption on construction materials. The total incentive request is about 2.75% of the total development cost. The next step for the developer would be to submit a formal incentive request.
Capital Improvement Plan. City Council heard a presentation of the draft Capital Improvement Plan (CIP), which outlines anticipated infrastructure improvements for the next five years. Proposed funding for the 2022-2026 CIP is $359,542,000. New projects in the updated CIP include the replacement of Fire Station No. 5, Velie Park renovations and Southwest Scherer Road reconstruction. The CIP will be presented to the Planning Commission on May 20 for adoption.
Lakewood Self Storage. City Council moved to second reading an ordinance approving a climate-controlled storage facility, which would be located near Northeast Port Drive and Northeast Lakewood Way. The three-story facility would primarily have indoor storage units with only 17 exterior units. City Council will hear a second reading of the ordinance at a later date.
Proclamations. Mayor Bill Baird issued proclamations recognizing National Gun Violence Awareness Day, which takes place June 4, and Nurses Month, which takes place throughout the month of May.
Make a Splash This Weekend
Watercraft rentals are coming back to Legacy Park Lake! Canoes and paddleboards are available to rent beginning May 29 through September 6.
- $5 per hour for residents
- $7 per hour for non-residents
- Two hour max rental time
From the CDC: Choosing Safer Activities
Fully vaccinated people can resume activities without wearing a mask or physically distancing, except where required by federal, state, local, tribal or territorial laws, rules and regulations, including local business and workplace guidance.
- CDC cannot provide the specific risk level for every activity in every community. It is important to consider your own personal situation and the risk to you, your family, and your community before venturing out.
May 14, 2021 | The Jackson County Health Order expired lifting mask restrictions indoors but masks remain strongly recommended for individuals who are not fully vaccinated.
As of May 26, 2021:
- The U.S. has reached a vaccine milestone with 50% of adults fully vaccinated (131 milllion). More than 164 million people across the United States have received at least one dose of the COVID-19 vaccine.
- 4,479,998 total vaccine doses administered in Missouri.
- 41% of Missourians have received at least one vaccine dose.
- 32% of Jackson County residents are fully vaccinated.