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LSNHS Broncobots Hosts Robotics Camps

Lee’s Summit North High School Broncobots held two robotics camps for children during July. Students from fourth through sixth grade attended the one-week camps, forming eight teams and competing as alliances with and against one another.

During these smoldering summer weeks, Lee’s Summit’s Parks are finding ways to help you ‘Beat The Heat’!

Each week, kids ages 5 to 11 get to participate in Camp Summit, a recreational day camp run out of the Harris Park facility that covers the R-7 school district summer break.

Averaging 414 students per week, the kids get to stay cool during the heat of the summer by swimming everyday at Summit Waves next door.

City Council Discusses The Fate Of Arnold Hall

There was continued discussion over the space at 123 SE 3rd Street, across from Arnold Hall during the Lee’s Summit City Council meeting, regular session no. 5, Thursday evening, July 10 starting at 6:15 p.m.

New Fiber Optic Lease Agreement Between City of Lee's Summit and R-7 School District

July 19, 2014

By Carlee Edwards

A request for a new Fiber Optic Lease Agreement was brought before the Budget & Finance Committee Tuesday, July 15 for authorization. The lease agreement would be an upgraded contract of the existing contract the city currently has between the City of Lee’s Summit, Missouri and the Reorganized School District No. 7 of Jackson County, Missouri.

These fibers optic cables, which the city uses in 22 of our office facilities, were originally leased by the city in 2002.

A contract was drawn up with the R-7 School District that allowed the city to share fiber optic cable infrastructure and also allowed for the addition of future shared fiber segments when needed. This agreement was updated in 2003 with additional sections needed by the City, then over the next 10 years more sections of fiber were utilized but no updates were made to the agreement.

Now, with the help of the District’s technology department, all fiber in use has been identified and mapped correctly and which led into the new agreement being proposed.

“Where does Google Fiber fit into this?” Mayor Pro Tem Gray asked. “What’s the difference between our Fiber and Google Fiber?”

“Only the provider is different,” the IT consultant answered.

As explained by the IT consultant, Google Fiber cannot be a primary source of Fiber for the city, but it can be a secondary and used as a backup. Google Fiber cannot be used for secure communications and public safety.

“In 2002 did we actually lay the Fiber?” Holland asked.

“The capital cost has been on the School District side,” Assistant City Manager Christal Weber responded. “We are just a leasing tenant.”

The city currently uses 231,238 linear feet of fiber according to the agreement, at a consented rate of $0.25 per foot.  Included in the agreement is a three year abatement for 1/3 of the rent in the first fiscal year, 2/3 in the second and the full rent rate in the third year of the agreement to help the city adjust to the difference.

Some of the facilities that use this infrastructure are City Hall, Police and Municipal Court, Harris Park Community Center, Legacy Park Community Center, Fire Headquarters, Fire stations 2,3,5 and 6, Public Works Maintenance Facility, Water Utilities Operations, Animal Control and Resource Recovery Park.

Upon considering this agreement a motion to approve the authorization of the Fiber Optic Lease Agreement between the City of Lee’s Summit and the School District No. 7 of Jackson County, Missouri was made by Mayor Pro Tem Gray and the committee agreed.

The motion was passed.

Refresher Course On Public Hearings For Council

The city council got a review of public hearings at their work session this week. The best practices training was for the benefit of the three new members of the council (Trish Carlyle, Diane Forte and Diane Seif) and based on identification of public hearings as an issue in some litigation that the city has been involved in. John Mautino, deputy city attorney, gave the presentation.

Lee's Summit Council Gets Training For Active Shooter Events

The Lee’s Summit City Council got a lesson on threatening situations, particularly preparing for active shooter events at their July 17 work session.

Sergeant Rod Schaeffer of the Lee’s Summit Police Department (LSPD) said that violence is everywhere around us and that people respond in such situations only as well as they’re prepared for them.

Independent Movie Being Filmed In Lee's Summit

“Normandy is My Name,” a full length feature film written and directed by Jim Russell and David Throckmorton as director of photography, is currently being filmed locally in the Kansas City area. Several scenes were filmed in Lee’s Summit/Lake Lotawana area this past week.

Produced by Royal House Studios in association with the Smart Angels Film Fund, this film is to be the first in a series of family friendly comedies.

Camp Offers Unique Learning Experience For Drum Line Members

Lee’s Summit High School hosted a two day Drum Line Camp in partnership with System Blue, a service that works to develop a System of Excellence for band directors, teachers, staff, designers, performers, and marching members.

The camp began at noon on Sunday, July 13 and ended at 4 p.m. on Monday, July 14. Students of all skill levels were invited to hone their percussion skills.

Lee’s Summit Social Services Needs Your Help With Back To School

Lee’s Summit Social Services will open their store, located at 108 SE 4th St,
from July 28 through August 6 for back to school shopping.

Summit Place TIF Contract Passes In City Council

City Council approved the Summit Place TIF contract which gives 18.5 million dollars to RED Development for their new Summit Place shopping center last Thursday night, July 10, at the Lee’s Summit City Council meeting at City Hall.
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