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July Update

Good morning Citizens,

          In July, we have began our street updates, we have the patch mix and are just waiting for dry weather to start the patches.

Mayor's December Report

This letter is to inform you of the results of the efforts of your Board of Aldermen, Mayor, and City Staff in 2015. 


Congratulations to Rachel Taylor on Maplewood Drive in Wood Heights for receiving her Masters of Science in Management from Baker University.

Be aware of car break ins

For the residents throughout the Wood Heights neighborhoods there has been a series of car break ins with a few reports of items being taken from the cars at night.  Please make sure your vehicles are locked and any thing of value is taken into your home.  If you notice any strangers contact the Ray County Sheriff's office (1-816-776-2000)  or City offices (1-816-630-7900) when opened.

When are the streets going to be fixed?

     I made a commitment to address street repairs on a regularly scheduled basis...and I admit we did not begin in June as we intended. The rain issues caused concerns for the city as well as it did for home owners!  The city workers have been addressing water and sewer issues at the city plant and Marvin Hill lift station all during June as a result of the rains.  Gary, Dennis and Kenny have spent extra hours - late evenings, early mornings and weekends on water issues.  Consistently safe drinking water and safe sewer management is the number one priority in the community. 

What are the Primacy Fees on my water/sewer bill?

     As you may notice there is a "Primacy fee" on your sewer bill this month and there will be another one next month on the water bill.  These are fees billed once a year for the Missouri Department of Natural Resources as a funding source to support the MDNR's public drinking water.  Every user of Missouri's public drinking water and sewers is charged these fees. Water and sewer are regulated by the State instead of the Federal government.  Detailed information can be found on the web site: 

The weather and our routine

I show approximately 8.5 inches of rain in my gage since Wednesday.  This unusual rain event has affected our routine maintenance and of are mowing schedule.  Dennis and Kenny have been answering the alarm warnings for the water system. I am sure the rain has caused concern for all of us.  We all are ready for a little dry spell.

City Mowing

Mowing of the city properties has been inconsistent in the past for two reasons.  One is that we have had only one employee responsible for water, sewer, street repair and general maintenance of the city properties.  The second is most of the city mowing equipment is aged, bought from Missouri surplus and constantly needing repairs before or after use.

Speaking of Streets

We are targeting the week of 15 June to begin street maintenance.  We will try to work one day a week (or more) if time allows, on selected streets.  At the present the selected streets are on the North side of Wood Heights.  If your street is not on the list, contact Hillery or Sondra at the City Offices (1-816-630-7900) so we can set a work schedule for your street.  The repairs will mainly be cold patching and rolling.  I know street maintenance is a constant issue in Wood Heights and we are developing a plan to be more consistent with our maintenance.

Kent and Brian Street Repair

For the residents on Kent Street and Brian Street the rumors of getting your streets repaired are no longer rumors!  The Board of Aldermen approved a contract, which I signed that evening, along with a check for the repair.  These were sent to the contractors, the Clay County Commissioners for the Clay County Roads and Streets.  They plan to begin work in late June or early July, depending on the daytime/nighttime temperatures.  The streets will be scarified, and then double-chipped and sealed.  Clay County will handle the notification to the residents as well as the safety of the project.


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