Community For All Ages Certification
The City of Lee’s Summit was recently named a “Community for All Ages,” which recognizes its work to become more age friendly. The recognition program encourages communities to respond positively to the rapid increase in the older adult population and to adopt policies and programs that make the region a great place for residents of all ages to live and age well.
Lee’s Summit received a Bronze level recognition, which recognizes awareness of the issues and requires a resolution or commitment by the city’s elected body, as well as community presentations and engagement. Lee’s Summit representatives worked with program managers from the Mid-America Regional Council’s KC Communities for All Ages to learn about the issues, using materials developed by the program and attending workshops to assess Lee’s Summit’s age-friendliness and make their community more welcoming for all age groups.
The Communities for All Ages recognition program was developed by the First Suburbs Coalition and KC Communities for All Ages, and the first awards were presented in May 2015. Lee’s Summit was recognized for the Bronze Level at the First Suburbs Coalition meeting on Jan. 26, 2018. The recognition program recognizes three levels of achievement that reflect increasing degrees of commitment to becoming a Community for All Ages. The other levels are Silver, which includes the completion of an assessment process and requires the community to appoint a citizen-based committee to assess city activities and investments; and Gold, the highest level, which recognizes communities that formally adopt a Communities for All Ages plan based on the assessment completed at the Silver level. More information about the recognition program is available at Mid-America Regional Council's website. The Lee's Summit Community for All Ages Plan was adopted by the Planning Commission by resolution on Nov. 8, 2018 as a part of the City's Comprehensive Plan.
On Jan. 18, 2019, the City received both Silver and Gold certifications for its efforts to become a Community for All Ages at a ceremony in the City of Merriam City Hall. Mayor Pro Tem Beto Lopez (3rd from right in photo) and Steve Arbo, City Manager (2nd from right) accepted the awards with Bob McKay, Director of Planning and Special Projects, Victoria Nelson, Planner and Heping Zhan, Assistant Director of Planning and Special Projects. Mayor Pro Tem addressed the audience after receiving the awards.
Metro cities also receiving certifications at this ceremony include City of Peculiar (Bronze), City of North Kansas City (Bronze), and City of Independence (Silver and Gold). Read the news on MARC's website.
SolSmart Recognition Program
On May 1, 2018, Lee's Summit, Missouri was designated as SolSmart Gold community, "marking the 200th local government nationwide to be recognized under the SolSmart program...," according to SolSmart web article. According to the organization, "SolSmart is a national designation program recognizing cities, counties, and towns that foster the development of mature local solar markets... SolSmart is led by the International City/County Management Association and The Solar Foundation, along with a team of partners with deep expertise in solar energy and local governments...SolSmart uses objective criteria to designate communities that have successfully met these goals. These communities receive designations of SolSmart Gold, Silver, and Bronze. Visit SolSmart website for more information.
The City is helping solar companies greatly reduce the cost of installations and pass those savings on to consumers. This allows even more local homes and businesses to obtain affordable, clean, and reliable electricity through solar. These actions will help encourage solar companies to do business in the area, driving economic development and at the same time help the City achieve clean energy goals.
In addition to promoting solar market development, the City is embracing renewable energy with its own solar project at the Lee’s Summit Animal Control Facility on Hamblen Road. A ground-based system will be installed at the facility this summer. The solar installation is expected to save $136,128 in energy bills over the course of 25 years.
2020 Census Is Coming - LUCA Project
City has completed updating Census Bureau’s address list through the Local Update of Census Addresses (LUCA) Program to ensure Census accuracy and coverage. LUCA confirmed addresses were submitted to the U.S. Census Bureau by the July 9th, 2018 deadline. Census Day is April 1, 2020.
Participation in the LUCA Program helps to ensure an accurate decennial census count for our community. Over $400 billion in Federal funds are distributed annually for infrastructure, programs, and services such as transportation projects and City’s Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) Program using census data. An accurate census helps the City obtain needed funding and better plan for our future needs. Follow up for future updates on this important project.