Residents will have multiple opportunities to offer input and feedback on City projects during the next month.
The first chance will be at a public meeting from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, April 29 at City Hall. This meeting will focus on proposed improvements to the Third Street corridor from Blue Parkway to Jefferson Street on the north side of the historic downtown district.
The meeting will allow the public to view conceptual plans and exhibits and provide feedback.
The project is designed to enhance safety and improve connectivity, resulting in an inviting gateway corridor into downtown Lee’s Summit. Third Street would remain a three-lane roadway with improved pavement, curb, storm drainage and waterline infrastructure as well as modified access management, such as driveway adjustments and consolidations. The project would also add a sidewalk on the north side of Third Street, multi-use path on the south side of Third Street, pedestrian crossings, street lighting and would relocate utilities.
In addition to the April 29 public meeting, the plans and exhibits will be available online and public comments may be submitted beginning April 30 at cityofLS.net/third-street. Online public comments will be accepted through June 1.
Construction is expected to start in the spring of 2023. Voters approved this project in 2017 with the passage of the capital improvement sales tax continuation. The ½-cent capital improvement sales tax funds road, transportation-related and stormwater projects.
The other opportunity for public participation in a City plan is happening now through May 17.
According to a release from the City, public comments are currently being accepted through May 17 for the City of Lee’s Summit’s Capital Improvements Plan (CIP), which outlines anticipated infrastructure improvements for the next five years.
The 2022-2026 CIP totals $359,037,000, which includes funding from prior years. Every project in the plan has been considered for its financial feasibility, environmental impact, conformance to previously adopted plans, priorities established from the citizen input process and ability to meet the public need. New projects in the CIP Plan include improvements to the Lee’s Summit Municipal Airport, the replacement of Fire Station No. 5, Southwest Scherer Road reconstruction, Velie Park renovations and several stormwater, water and sewer projects.
Public comments close at midnight on May 17. In addition to submitting comments online, individuals will have the ability to comment at a public hearing scheduled for the Planning Commission meeting on May 20.