Council continues work on performance space, community marketing

rpulley@sjournal.comJune 18, 2014 

The downtown festival space and Arnold Hall, the city budget and community marketing are ongoing issues the Lee’s Summit City Council will take on at its regular meeting June 19.

The Lee’s Summit Economic Development Council will learn if the full council agrees to performance standards recommended by a subcommittee. The Chamber of Commerce will see if the council adopts a resolution committing financing for a multi-year marketing program to be run by the chamber.

The agenda for the June 19 meeting also includes a vote on awarding the bid for renovation of the WPA Post Office on West Main to The Wilson Group Inc. for $427,868.

On the budget, council heard a report on the $183 million budget at its previous meeting this month, with City Manager Steve Arbo outlining a plan for controlling personnel costs over a two-year period during a public hearing. The budget is for the 2014-15 period that begins July 1 and ends June 30, 2015. The council had already voted 7-1 to draft the ordinance, so it is likely to pass.

There is to be a public hearing and then a vote on creating a Community Improvement District for the downtown core, a goal of downtown business leaders since a $25 million reconstruction by the city including a new City Hall, streets, water and sewer lines and decorative street lighting. A 2002 bond issue approved by voters financed those downtown improvements.

As city leaders planned the improvements, downtown leadership agreed to create the community district to help with upkeep in the downtown core and other projects. Downtown Lee’s Summit Main Street has spent the intervening years on planning the district, collecting petitions and other legwork to make it possible.

The district will be able to levy an additional 1 cent sales tax in the core to support programs that include marketing and development, business seminars, street sweeping and weed control, landscaping and street furniture. The mayor would appoint board members to govern the district.

Other items on the agenda include:

contracts for hangar leases at Lee’s Summit Municipal Airport

an agreement with OATS for door-to-door transportation in Lee’s Summit

awarding bid to ABC Specialty Inc. for city ordered tow services for one year with four possible renewals

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