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The Mayor's Column August 12, 2017
August 12, 2017
I cannot believe summer is nearly gone. Mason School is back in session in about two weeks. Memorial Day, 4th of July, and Lotawana Days are all a memory and the days are already getting shorter.
If you have not heard by now, the City decided to officially put the proposed police services cost sharing agreement with Blue Springs to rest. We did this via a Resolution at the last Board of Aldermen meeting. Chief Randy Wilson is pulling together different options for the Board to consider. We may contract out components of our Police Department, but Chief is already looking for full-time officers. The Board will make some strategic decisions as we work through the 2018 budget process.
Speaking of the budget process, it is that time of year again. Our first discussion on the 2018 budget was at the August 1st work session. There will be at least seven public meetings over the next five months if you are interested in learning about the plan for the 2018 revenue and expenses.
The budget will be discussed at the following meetings:
August 15th – Board of Aldermen Meeting Attending these meetings is the BEST way to learn how the City plans to program your funds. If you have ideas on how our City funds should be spent, now is a good time to talk to your Alderman.
September 5th – Work Session
September 19th – Board of Aldermen Meeting
October 3rd – Work Session
October 17th – Board of Aldermen Meeting
November 7th – Work Session
November 21st - Board of Aldermen Meeting
As I mentioned in my last note, the Lake Lotawana Community Improvement District (CID) has officially asked the City to accept the Foxberry Subdivision’s streets, sidewalks, and storm water infrastructure. They have secured $300,000 to bring the streets up to engineering standards. We are working with the CID to ensure the long term viability of those roads, while ensuring the City is not taking on a long-term, unfunded burden. This is a work in progress, and I will have a detailed article once the process is completed.
A few weeks ago, I was asked to make a short dedication at the Children’s Park across the street from City Hall. Russ & Carolee Atha donated a beautiful shelter. It is a wonderful addition to the park. This park is a shining example of the delightful things a community can accomplish when they set their minds to it. I would like to personally thank everyone that has contributed both time and funding to make this park such as a special place!
And a final note, the City recently secured a large grant from the Missouri Department of Natural Resources (MDNR). This grant will be used to assess how we should proceed after a large portion of the sewer system debt expires in 2020. The city administration team did an outstanding job working with the MDNR to secure these funds. The work on this study will begin later this year.
If you have a topic you would like me to cover, please drop me a note at firstname.lastname@example.org, or stop by City Hall during my office hours on Tuesday mornings.
Scott Miles, Mayor
City of Lake Lotawana
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