The Lotawana Minute 7-6-17
July 8, 2017
The Board Work Session on July 5, 2017 had a full agenda. Because of Lotawana News print deadline, I am not able to provide an update on the Boards discussions. Meeting agenda topics include Police Services and the Community Improvement District south of Highway 50. Please check the City
website for the latest information on the topic. I will also provide details in my next Lotawana News article.
A topic we have not discussed lately is the status of the annexed property south of Highway 50, specifically the Community Improvement District (CID). A CID is a completely separate political subdivision within a City, with a separate board of directors, that has the ability to tax citizens. These taxes are used to build infrastructure or provide amenities for a specific area. CIDs have been successfully used for years in the State of Missouri for both development and re-development. That said, the Lake Lotawana Community Improvement District has had its struggles over the years. For the last several years, it has been working its way through a bankruptcy process. At a recent CID board meeting, they announce that the bankruptcy process may be nearing resolution.
In the past, I have been apprehensive to have any concrete discussions about moving forward, with all of the annexed property south of Highway 50, until the CID bankruptcy was settled. If that process is truly nearing an end, it may be time to pick up those discussions.
The City is in the process of wrapping up our updated, long-term comprehensive plan. Many of you participated in the process and provided input and opinions along the way. This data will be critical as we think through our next steps. All of that said, no matter what direction we go with that area of our City, change will take time.
The very first discussion on this topic occurred July 5th at the Board of Aldermen Work Session. Your Board will not be making any immediate decisions on how to proceed. We will go through a thorough analysis, talk to citizens, determine costs and benefits, and put together a strategy that fits into the City’s long-term comprehensive plan.
As I mention above, I will provide a detailed update on Board discussions in my next Lotawana News article. For the most current information, please sign up for City email communications, or visit the City Website.
If you have a topic you would like me to discuss, please drop me a note at email@example.com.
Scott Miles, Mayor
City of Lake Lotawana