WIR 6/26/20

WIR 6/26/20
Posted on 06/26/2020
Friday Greetings,

Earlier this year, the City offered winter sewer averaging to residential customers who opt for it.  Winter sewer averaging works by averaging the assumed lowest water usage months (typically December through February) and billing customers based on that average over the next year. Each year the average is recalculated.  Seventy-four (74) out of approximately 960 accounts decided to accept this option.  The utility bills that will be sent next week will reflect the winter average for those who chose it.  This average will be effective until April 2021, when it will be recalculated based on the previous winter average.

Last week, Community Development staff submitted a grant application to MARC’s Planning Sustainable Places program to support an East-West Connectivity Study examining better connections across I-35 for people walking and biking. MARC is currently collecting public comments on all the applications that they received for the Planning Sustainable Places program. Comments will be collected through July 3. NKC’s application summary, with the comment form at the bottom of the page, is available at http://www.marc2.org/tr_psp/projectdetails.aspx?PID=28. The full list of PSP applications is available at http://www.marc2.org/tr_psp/browseprojects.aspx. MARC will make grant awards this fall.

The City's annual paper shredding event was held on Saturday, June 20, and was a great success. Over 50 people participated this year, and the paper shredding truck was filled to its 10,000-pound capacity.  

Municipal Services installed the City’s first parklet on Monday morning under the supervision of public safety officials at Screenland Armour Theatres. These barriers are funded with CARES funds.

On Tuesday, June 23, the City Council approved 28 CARES Small Business Grant Applications issuing $140,000 in CARES funding to small businesses in North Kansas City.  This program was administered by the Clay County Economic Development Council.  To view the agenda, http://nkc.org/common/pages/DisplayFile.aspx?itemId=1682889.  

Crews finished installing the new shade structure at the Festival Pavilion in Macken Park. This new shade structure will provide performers with a pleasant experience while entertaining our community, without impacting the integrity of the existing design or layout. 

The 2020 Summer edition of the North Kansas City Connection has been loaded to the City's website: http://www.nkc.org/common/pages/DisplayFile.aspx?itemId=16847189.  Residents will receive their newsletters in the mail soon.

On Wednesday, the NKC Police Department added a new page to their website to provide information on how the North Kansas City Police Department aligns with the #8CantWait project by Campaign Zero to decrease police violence: http://www.nkc.org/cms/One.aspx?portalId=2375314&pageId=16837105

On Thursday, City Administrator Eric Berlin released a statement on the importance of ongoing conversation between our community and our police department about their experiences with each other, and about what we do, and should do, to keep the community safe while recognizing the humanity and inherent worth of every individual. The police department is working on organizing a community forum in the coming weeks to allow for a dialogue between the community and our police on these issues and any others of concern.  This forum is planned on Tuesday, July 14, at 7 p.m. at Macken Park.  Stay tuned for further details.

Friday in the Park resumed on June 26.  Patrons practiced social distancing and staff sanitized chairs and tables before and after the concert. 

Modifications to Armour Road between Linn and Knox were completed on Friday.  Westbound traffic in the outside lane on Armour now has a forced right turn on Knox Street.

Movies in the Park is Friday, June 26 and will be held at the Festival Shelter beginning at dusk.  The movie showing will be Playing with Fire.  Social distancing will be required, signage will be place throughout the Festival area, and staff will practice sanitization and wear face masks when engaging with the public. 

Tauvasa Faletagoa’i will start on Monday, July 13 as a Neighborhood Services Inspector in Community Development.  Welcome Aboard! 

The City has entered into an agreement with the Northland Assistance Center to distribute $15,000 of CARES funds for emergency financial assistance to individuals and families directly impacted by a loss of income due to the COVID-19 public health emergency. If you are a North Kansas City resident in financial need due to the COVID-19 event, please reach out to the Northland Assistance Center at (816) 421-2243. 

The Tim C. Crummett Family Charitable Fund Projects Committee is commissioning a new, original public art mural with a project budget of up to $8,000. The 2020 mural will create an uplifting and positive message of how the North Kansas City community came together during these uncertain times.  The mural will be on the south wall of FDF Wealth Strategies located at 1609 Swift Street, North Kansas City, MO 64116.  The Call to Artists will be open until Tuesday, June 30. For applications or more information, visit www.nkc.org/publicart.

Upcoming Meetings and Events:  

Movies in the Park – Friday, June 26, dusk
Fourth of July Holiday - City Offices Closed – Friday, July 3
Friday in the Park – Friday, July 3, 11:30 to 1 p.m.
City Council Work Session – Tuesday, July 7, 6 p.m.
City Council Regular Meeting – Tuesday, July 7, 7 p.m.
Friday in the Park – Friday, July 10, 11:30 to 1 p.m.
Friday Night Concerts – Friday, July 10, 1-8:30 p.m.
Friday in the Park – Friday, July 17, 11:30 to 1 p.m.
City Council Work Session – Tuesday, July 21, 6 p.m.
City Council Regular Meeting – Tuesday, July 21, 7 p.m.
Friday in the Park – Friday, July 24, 11:30 to 1 p.m.
Friday in the Park – Friday, July 31, 11:30 to 1 p.m.

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