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November 2013 - Clay County Planning & Zoning - Public Informational Meeting

 

Clay County Planning & Zoning would like to announce a public informational meeting coming up on November 21, 2013 at 2:00 p.m. at the Clay County Administration Building in the Commission Hearing Room on the third floor.  Click here for more information.

January 2012 - Midwest Transmission Project - Public Information Meetings

About Midwest Transmission Project

The Midwest Transmission Project is one of several ‘Priority’ projects as determined by the Southwest Power Pool’s (SPP) Board of Directors and Members Committee in April of 2010. The Midwest Transmission Project will better integrate SPP’s east and west regions, improving SPP members’ ability to deliver power to customers and facilitating the addition of new renewable and non-renewable generation to the electric grid. SPP is a Regional Transmission Organization with members in Arkansas, Kansas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Missouri, Nebraska, New Mexico, Oklahoma, and Texas that serve more than five million customers.

The Midwest Transmission Project will provide an alternate route for electricity during emergencies and greater service reliability for all electric utility customers across northwest Missouri, eastern Nebraska and throughout the surrounding region.

The Midwest Transmission Project will reduce congestion on the region’s transmission system and provide additional transmission capacity needed for long-term efficient delivery of energy to our customers and our region.

The Midwest Transmission Project will provide future access to affordable renewable power for all electric utility customers across northwest Missouri, eastern Nebraska and throughout the surrounding region.
The Midwest Transmission Project is a partnership project being accomplished by KCP&L and the Omaha Public Power District. The Project includes planning, routing and construction of a new 345-kV transmission line from KCP&L’s existing Sibley Substation located near Sibley, Missouri to the new Maryville Substation south of Maryville, Missouri and on to OPPD’s existing Substation 3458 located at their Nebraska City Power Station south of Nebraska City, Nebraska.

Meetings Scheduled

Public information meetins have been scheduled that will provide the latest information about the project and provide the project team the opportunity to obtain input and address any routing concerns citizens may have about the proposed transmission line route alternatives.

The open house will be informal; you may arrive anytime during the 3 -7 p.m. timeframe and walk through the stations at your own pace. MTP representatives will be available at each station to provide information on key aspects of the project including project need, the route selection process, engineering, design and construction, environmental details and the easement acquisition process. Maps and aerial photographs will also be available for review.

A first round of public meetings for this project was held in August, 2012 throughout northwestern Missouri and southeastern Nebraska. At that first round of meetings we provided an overview of the project and discussed the routing process. Since then the MTP team has developed a preliminary network of potential routes for the project.

We encourage you to attend this open house and look forward to speaking with you. If you have questions prior to the open house, you may call our toll-free hotline at (855) 222-1291 or visit the project website at www.midwesttransmissionproject.com for more information.

The same information will be at each meeting.

Monday, January 21 – Stanberry, MO (3 p.m. – 7 p.m.)
Stanberry RII School Multipurpose Room
610 North Park Street
Stanberry, MO 64489

Tuesday, January 22 – Maryville, MO (3 p.m. – 7 p.m.)
American Legion
1104 E 5th Street
Maryville, MO 64468

Thursday, January 24 – Cameron, MO (3 p.m. – 7 p.m.)
United Methodist Church of Cameron
201 N. Pine
Cameron, MO 64429

Monday, January 28 – Fairfax, MO (3 p.m. – 7 p.m.)
Fairfax High School Gym
500 Main Street
Fairfax, MO 64446

Tuesday, January 29 – Auburn, NE (3 p.m. – 7 p.m.)
The Wellness Center of Nemaha County
601 J Street
Auburn, NE 68305

Thursday, January 31 – Excelsior Springs, MO (3 p.m. – 7 p.m.)
Crescent Lake Christian Center
1250 St. Louis Avenue
Excelsior Springs, MO 64024

 

January 18, 2013 - MoDOT Announces Work Begins on I-35/291 Interchange

MoDOT - Kansas City District 

Kerri Lewis 816-607-2151

Work Begins on I-35/Route 291 Interchange Improvements

LIBERTY - The Missouri Department of Transportation, the City of Liberty and the City of Kansas City begin improvements on the Interstate 35 and Route 291 Interchange in Liberty. Crews have mobilized in the area and will begin setting temporary concrete barriers on I-35 for traffic control during construction. This will require lane closures on north and southbound I-35 beginning Saturday, Jan. 19.

The left lane of north and southbound I-35 at Rout 291 will close from 6:30 a.m. to noon and the right lane of north and southbound I-35 will close from noon to 6 p.m. on Saturday only. Additional restrictions should be expected as construction continues. Crews will maintain at least one lane of traffic on Route 291 in each direction during construction. Temporary ramp closures will occur to connect the new bridge to the ramps and access to businesses will be provided throughout the length of the project. 

This $10.659 million project was awarded to Clarkson Construction and is expected to be completed by December 2013. Improvements include replacing the existing bridge with a wider structure to allow for increased capacity. Dual left turn lanes will be added on southbound Route 291 to northbound I-35, and northbound 291 to southbound I-35 will have a longer turn lane to accommodate more vehicles. This will significantly reduce congestion and safety issues at this location.

Other improvements include relocating the north I-35 ramps closer to the new bridge; adding a third through lane on northbound Route 291 from Glenn Hendren to Ash Street; adding a right turn lane on southbound Route 291 from west of the intersection with Church Road and extending to the southbound ramp to I-35; adding dedicated turn lanes at Ash/96th onto Route 291; adding another left turn lane on Glenn Hendren to southbound Route 291; and constructing a 10 foot multi-use path on the north side of the bridge to accommodate pedestrians and cyclists.

For more information about other MoDOT projects, please visit MoDOT's Website at www.modot.mo.gov/kansascity. For instant updates, follow MoDOT_KC on Twitter or send questions and comments to kccustomerrelations@modot.mo.gov. We want your feedback on our work zones! Rate Our Work Zones at www.modot.org/kansascity.


October 10, 2012 - MARC Creating Sustainable Places - North Oak Study

KANSAS CITY - The activity centers, transportation corridors, conservation areas and neighborhoods in Greater Kansas City provide a framework for future growth and development within the region. While the Creating Sustainable Places initiative includes tools and resources that can be applied anywhere in the region, in the short term, implementation planning will focus on six specific corridors. Over the next three years, Creating Sustainable Places will expand its focus to include a more robust set of corridors, centers and conservation areas.

The six demonstration corridors were selected for the Creating Sustainable Places demonstration because they are all part of the Smart Moves regional transit plan and are a key focus of other transit investments, including the federal TIGER grant.

They include:

  • North Oak Trafficway in Clay County, Mo.

  • U.S. 40 in eastern Jackson County, Mo.

  • Rock Island Railroad line (from downtown Kansas City, Mo., through Lee's Summit)

  • Troost Avenue in south Kansas City, Mo.

  • Shawnee Mission Parkway/Metcalf in Johnson County, Kan.

    • Shawnee and Merriam

    • Downtown Overland Park and Downtown Mission

  • State Avenue in Wyandotte County, Kan.

North Oak Corridor

Planning work is just beginning. The project will assess the potential and possible configuration for transit along North Oak. This will include pedestrian and bicycle connections to transit as well as development opportunities created by enhanced transit services. The project will study economic development, social equity, and environmental issues along the corridor related to transit.

Preliminary work is underway with stakeholders in these communities to discuss the status of each corridor, including current and planned activities. Partners will also determine how the planning process will be structured, what the goals are for the corridor plans, how stakeholders will be engaged, and how the work on each plan can be coordinated with other Creating Sustainable Places activities.

For more information about the North Oak Trafficway corridor plan, contact Lisa Pool, 816-701-8338.

In addition, MARC is reaching out and asking all interested individuals to go to the below website and provide feedback on how the North Oak Trafficway corridor can be more sustainable:

http://www.creatingsustainableplaces.com/category/kansas-city-sustainable-places-north-oak-corridor

 

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August 17, 2012 - Clay County to hold final hearing on the adoption of 2012 building codes

LIBERTY - The Clay County Building Commission (BC) will host its final public hearing on Wednesday, August 22, 2012 at 2:00 pm, Shrader Building, 234 W Shrader Street, Liberty, MO 64068 where they will make their final recommendations for the adoption of the 2012 building codes.  Their recommendations will then go on to be heard by the Clay County Commission on Tuesday, September 4, 2012.

The International Code Council (ICC) published their model 2012 building codes in May of 2011, which amongst other improvements further advanced the energy efficiency standards of typical single-family construction.  A few other Kansas City metro area municipalities have already adopted amended forms of the 2012 building codes, including the City of Kansas City, Missouri and Overland Park, Kansas.

July 31, 2012 - Clay County to hold 1st of 3 hearings on the adoption of 2012 building codes

LIBERTY - The Clay County Building Commission (BC) will be hosting its first of three (3) public hearings on Wednesday, August 1, 2012 at 2:00 pm, where they will review the adoption of the 2012 building codes.  The International Code Council (ICC) published their model 2012 building codes in May of 2011, which amongst other improvements further advanced the energy efficiency standards of typical single-family construction.  A few other Kansas City metro area municipalities have already adopted amended forms of the 2012 building codes, including the City of Kansas City, Missouri and Overland Park, Kansas.

Cleck here to review the agenda for the August 1, 2012 BC public hearing on the adoption of the 2012 building codes.  The remaining two (2) public hearings will be at 2:00 pm on August 8 and 22, 2012.

*** UPDATE:  The location of the August 1, 2012 Clay County BC public hearing has been moved to the Shrader Building at 234 W. Shrader St, Suite C, Liberty, MO 64068 due to the window replacement project at the Administration Building (Old Courhouse) on the Liberty square. ***

July 11, 2012 - Wall Street Journal - The U.S. Housing Bust Is Over

>> Click here to view the article.

The housing market has turned—at last.

The U.S. finally has moved beyond attention-grabbing predictions from housing "experts" that housing is bottoming. The numbers are now convincing.

Nearly seven years after the housing bubble burst, most indexes of house prices are bending up. "We finally saw some rising home prices," S&P's David Blitzer said a few weeks ago as he reported the first monthly increase in the slow-moving S&P/Case-Shiller house-price data after seven months of declines.

\/ MORE ...May 29, 2012 - MoDOT Public Hearing #2 for I-35/291 Improvements

MoDOT - Kansas City District 

Kerri Lewis 816-607-2151

2nd Public Hearing for Improvements to Interstate 35 and Route 291 Interchange in Liberty 
Public Invited to Offer Comments on REVISED Preliminary Plans 
  

LIBERTY - The Missouri Department of Transportation and the City of Liberty are working on preliminary plans to improve safety and alleviate congestion at the I-35 and Route 291 Interchange. Due to the changes made from 1st public hearing on April 24, MoDOT will host another public meeting to share these revised plans. Please stop by an open-house public meeting on Thursday, June 7 from 4 to 6 p.m. in the Liberty North High School Library, 1000 Northeast 104th Street to see the  updated plans and learn more about this project. Contact Kerri Lewis at 816-607-2151 or Mark Fisher, Project Manager at 816-607-2271 if you have additional questions. 

For further information about this project and others, please visit MoDOT's Facebook page at www.facebook.com/modot.kansascity, or Twitter site at www.twitter.com/modot_kc.  You can also contact MoDOT 24 hours-a-day at 888-ASK-MODOT, 275-6636 to find out information or report road concerns.

May 23, 2012 - Planning & Zoning Commission (PZC) June meeting agenda published online

The agenda for the regularly scheduled Clay County PZC June 5, 2012 meeting has been published on our website.  Click here to view more information

May 16, 2012 - 69 Hwy Culvert Work South of Lawson Expected Open by Memorial Day Weekend

MoDOT - Kansas City District

Kerri Lewis 816-607-2151

69 Hwy South of Lawson Expected to Open by Memorial Day Weekend

LAWSON-The replacement of a box culvert on Route 69 south of Lawson in Clay County experienced unexpected shifting of the wing walls that tie into the culvert last month requiring the Missouri Department of Transportation to extend the closure. The road is expected to reopen to traffic by Friday, May 25 in time for Memorial Day weekend. Although the road will be open to traffic, lanes could be restricted to allow the crew to finish improvements. This work is weather dependent.

The large box culvert, built in 1955, is being replaced as part of the Safe & Sound Bridge Improvement Program and carries approximately 7,000 vehicles per day. The signed detour will stay in place, sending motorists around the closure using Route PP, I-35 and Route 92.

The Safe & Sound Bridge Improvement Program began in 2009 and will replace or rehabilitate 802 of Missouri's worst state bridges. 159 will be done in the Kansas City District. Currently, the district has finished 146 bridges with the remaining 13 bridges scheduled for this year. Ten of those bridges will be done in Clay County, with only four remaining. 

For more information about other MoDOT projects, please visit MoDOT's Website at www.modot.mo.gov/kansascity. For instant updates, follow MoDOT_KC on Twitter or send questions and comments to kccommunityrelations@modot.mo.gov. We want your feedback on our work zones! Rate Our Work Zones at www.modot.org/kansascity.

May 9, 2012 - MoDOT Moves to Southbound 69 Hwy for Bridge Replacement

>>> Click here for Clay County's coverage of the MoDOT 69 Hwy bridge work <<<

MoDOT - Kansas City District

Kerri Lewis 816-607-2151
 
Southbound Route 69 North of Liberty Closing for Bridge Replacement
Traffic switches to northbound lanes May 12 through July 26

 
LIBERTY - The Missouri Department of Transportation has finished the northbound Route 69 bridge replacement and will begin constructing a new bridge on southbound Route 69 over the Burlington Northern Santa Fe (BNSF) Railroad just north of Liberty as part of the Safe & Sound Bridge Improvement Program. This work will close the southbound lanes of Route 69 between Chandler Road and East Heartland Drive through July 26 to accommodate replacement. All work is weather dependent.
Beginning Saturday, May 12, motorists will encounter a new head-to-head traffic configuration. Traffic on southbound Route 69 will move into the northbound lanes using the bypass near Chandler Road. Southbound traffic will cross back to southbound lanes at the signal on East Heartland Drive. Northbound Route 69 traffic will be reduced to a single lane at East Heartland Drive. 

During this time, access at East Heartland Drive will be limited. Vehicles will be allowed right in and right out movements only, but will have full access using Route 33 and Route B.  During the bridge work, the speed limit will be lowered to allow traffic to move safely through the area. This will impact traffic especially during peak travel times. Motorists driving through the area are encouraged to seek alternate routes if possible to minimize delay.

MoDOT typically closes the road during bridge replacement, but recognized the importance of minimizing the impact to the more than 15,000 motorists driving through the area daily. Crews have used the existing intersection at East Heartland Drive and constructed a temporary crossover south of Chandler Road to allow north and southbound Route 69 traffic to bypass each bridge closure. A head-to-head traffic configuration will limit access to Route 69 for traffic using the East Heartland Drive and Chandler Road intersections.

April 17, 2012 - MoDOT Public Hearing for I-35/291 Improvements

MoDOT - Kansas City District 

Kerri Lewis 816-607-2151

Public Hearing for Improvements to Interstate 35 and Route 291 Interchange in Liberty 
Public Invited to Offer Comments on Preliminary Plans 
  

LIBERTY - The Missouri Department of Transportation and the City of Liberty are working on preliminary plans to improve safety and alleviate congestion at the I-35 and Route 291 Interchange. An open-house style public hearing is scheduled for Tuesday, April 24 from 4 to 7 p.m. at the Liberty North High School Library, 1000 Northeast 104th Street in Liberty to gather public input regarding the location and design for the proposed project.

This open-house style hearing will share with the public preliminary plans and potential right of way impacts to property in the area. Currently, the plans include replacing the existing bridge at Route 291 and I-35; widening Route 291 between Glenn Hendren Drive and 96th/Ash Street; constructing a multi-use path to the north of Route 291; and realigning North Church Road to improve traffic congestion. 

The public is encouraged to drop by anytime during the posted hours to talk to MoDOT engineers and city officials at the hearing and offer comments. Those unable to attend can view the displays and offer comments through an online public meeting at www.modot.org/kc beginning April 24. Comments will be taken through May 3.

For further information about this project and others, please visit MoDOT's Facebook page at www.facebook.com/modot.kansascity, or Twitter site at www.twitter.com/modot_kc.  You can also contact MoDOT 24 hours-a-day at 888-ASK-MODOT, 275-6636 to find out information or report road concerns.

March 28, 2012 - Planning & Zoning Commission (PZC) April meeting agenda published online

The agenda for the regularly scheduled Clay County PZC April 3, 2012 meeting has been published on our website.  Click here to view more information.

March 16, 2012 - MoDOT Reducing 69 Highway North of Liberty for Bridge Replacement

>>> Click here for Clay County's coverage of the MoDOT 69 Hwy bridge work <<<

MoDOT - Kansas City District 
Kerri Lewis 816-607-2151

Route 69 North of Liberty Reduced to One Lane
Two Significant Bridge Replacements Coming Soon

LIBERTY - The Missouri Department of Transportation is preparing for two significant bridge replacements on Route 69 over the Burlington Northern Santa Fe (BNSF) Railroad just north of Liberty as part of the Safe & Sound Bridge Improvement Program. This will require north and southbound Route 69 to be reduced to one lane throughout the duration of work beginning 7 a.m. on Monday, March 19 through July 26, weather permitting.

MoDOT typically closes the road during bridge replacement, but recognized the importance of minimizing the impact to the more than 15,000 motorists driving through the area daily. Crews will use the existing intersection at East Heartland Drive and construct a temporary crossover south of Chandler Road to allow north and southbound Route 69 traffic to bypass the bridge closure. Motorists will be placed into a head-to-head traffic configuration, limiting access to Route 69 for traffic using the East Heartland Drive and Chandler Road intersections. 

Beginning Monday morning, crews will close the left lane of Route 69 in both directions between Chandler Road and the BNSF Railroad bridges for construction of a temporary crossover. Once construction for the temporary bypass is complete, traffic will be placed into the head-to-head traffic configuration.

Northbound Bridge Closure: On Monday, April 2, the northbound Route 69 Bridge will be closed for replacement, placing head-to-head traffic on southbound Route 69. Northbound traffic will be reduced to a single lane and sent into southbound lanes at the signal located on East Heartland Drive. Northbound traffic will cross back over at the newly constructed bypass near Chandler Road.

During this time, traffic using East Heartland Drive will have limited access. Vehicles traveling north on Route 69 will be allowed to enter East Heartland Drive to reach the industrial park; however, southbound Route 69 traffic will need to find an alternate entrance. All traffic exiting the industrial park using East Heartland will have full access to both north and southbound Route 69, but could experience long wait times to gain access onto the highway. Motorists are encouraged to seek alternate routes.  

Southbound Bridge Closure: Once work on the northbound bridge is complete, southbound traffic will be reduced to a single lane and sent into northbound lanes using a newly constructed crossover near Chandler Road. This will place traffic into a head-to-head traffic configuration on northbound Route 69, crossing back at East Heartland Drive.

During this time, traffic using East Heartland Drive will have limited access. Vehicles will be allowed right in and right out movements only, but will have full access using Route 33 and Route B.

During the bridgework, the speed limit will be lowered to allow traffic to move safely through the area. This will impact traffic especially during peak travel times. Motorists driving through the area are encouraged to seek alternate routes if possible to minimize delay. All work is weather dependent and will be finished by July 26.

February 27, 2012 - Land Development Code (LDC) proposed amendments ADOPTED

The Clay County Commission adopted 2012-ORD-01, an ordinance recommending approval of proposed LDC amendments, at their regular Business Session meeting on Monday, February 27, 2012.

At their regularly scheduled meeting on December 6, 2011, the Clay County Planning & Zoning Commission (PZC) recommended approval of the proposed LDC amendments to the County Commission.

  • Click here for the Clay County Commission transmittal that explains the proposed amendments in summary format [file size less than 1 MB].
  • Click here for the complete Clay County LDC with the ADOPTED amendments [file size 2.38 MB].

February 15, 2012 - MoDOT Closing 69 Highway for Culvert Replacement

For more information, contact Kerri Lewis at 816-607-2151.

Route 69 Closing for Large Culvert Replacement
Community Briefing Scheduled to Share Details

LAWSON - The Missouri Department of Transportation will close Route 69 at Williams Creek, two miles south of Lawson in Clay County to replace a large box culvert as part of the Safe & Sound Bridge Improvement Program. This closure is scheduled for Monday, Feb. 27 through the end of March to accommodate replacement of the 57-year-old structure. All work is weather dependent.

In addition, the public is invited to an open-house style community briefing on Thursday, Feb. 23 from 4 to 6 p.m. in the Lawson High School Performing Arts Center located at 600 Bob Gill Drive, Lawson MO 64062. The meeting will describe the road closure and the Safe & Sound Program.

The Route 69 culvert was built in 1955 and carries approximately 7,000 vehicles per day. Once closed, the culvert will be completely replaced with a new structure. A signed detour will be in place to move motorists around the closure using Route PP, I-35 and Route 92.

It is possible that the closure date could move depending on extreme weather conditions, contractor flexibility and other extenuating circumstances; however, once closed, the contractor, Phillips Grading, must reopen the road within 35 days. Complete bridge closure is necessary to allow the contractor to complete the work quickly and get the bridge back open faster, while keeping costs down by minimizing the need for additional right of way and for costly roadway work. Every bridge that's closed during construction allows us to work on another bridge in need of attention.

The Safe & Sound Bridge Improvement Program began in 2009 and will replace or rehabilitate 802 of Missouri's worst state bridges. 159 will be done in the Kansas City District. Currently, the district has finished 146 bridges with the remaining 13 bridges scheduled for this year. Ten of those bridges will be done in Clay County, with only four remaining.

For more information about Safe & Sound or other MoDOT projects, please visit MoDOT's Website at www.modot.mo.gov/kansascity. For instant updates, follow MoDOT_KC on Twitter or send questions and comments to kccommunityrelations@modot.mo.gov.

February 9, 2012 - MARC AirQ E-Tips Newsletter

RideShare website upgrade makes it easier to find someone to share a ride.  Need to find ways to stretch a tight budget further in 2012? Take a look at your commute to work.

The AirQ E-Tips newsletter can be found by clicking here.

February 15, 2012 - MoDOT Closing 92 Highway for Bridge Replacement

For more information, contact Kerri Lewis at 816-607-2151.

Route 92 Closing for Bridge Replacement
Safe & Sound Kicks off for 2012

SMITHVILLE - A mild winter and warmer temperatures has allowed the Missouri Department of Transportation to gear up for the 2012 season of the Safe & Sound Bridge Improvement Program. The Route 92 Bridge over First Creek in Clay County, west of Smithville is scheduled to close on Tuesday, Feb. 14 through the end of April to accommodate replacement of the 81-year-old structure. All work is weather dependent.

The Route 92 Bridge was built in 1931 and carries approximately 4400 vehicles per day. Once closed, the bridge will be completely dismantled and replaced with a wider, safer structure. A signed detour will be in place to move motorists around the bridge closure using Route 169, I-435 and route C. This detour is about 15 miles long and the safest route around the closure.

Complete bridge closure is necessary to allow the contractor to complete the work quickly and get the bridge back open faster. It also keeps our costs down by minimizing the need for additional right of way and for costly roadway work. Every bridge that's closed during construction allows us to work on another bridge in need of attention.

The Safe & Sound Bridge Improvement Program began in 2009 and will replace or rehabilitate 802 of Missouri's worst state bridges. 159 will be done in the Kansas City District. Currently, the district has finished 146 bridges with the remaining 13 bridges scheduled for this year. Ten of those bridges will be done in Clay County, with only four remaining.

For more information about Safe & Sound or other MoDOT projects, please visit MoDOT's Website at www.modot.mo.gov/kansascity. For instant updates, follow MoDOT_KC on Twitter or send questions and comments to kccommunityrelations@modot.mo.gov.

October 13, 2011 - FEMA Publishes Preliminary Flood Maps for Clay County

The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) in conjunction with the State Emergency Management Agency (SEMA) of Missouri published the last notice in the newspaper on October 13, 2011 for the new, preliminary FEMA flood maps.

Affected property owners have ninety (90) days from that date to submit appeals and comments back to FEMA/SEMA regarding the new, preliminary flood maps for their properties.  More information on the new, preliminary FEMA flood maps through the "Map Modernization" project can be found by clicking here.

December 1, 2011 - MARC awarded SunShot Solar Grant

A consortium of local governments and companies in the Kansas City area has received $450,000 to make it easier for homes and businesses to add rooftop solar technology.  MARC is the lead agency selected to receive a $450,000 grant that establishes a local consortium including the cities of Kansas City, Mo. and Lee’s Summit, Mo.; Clay County, Mo.; Johnson County, Kan.; the city of Olathe, Kan.; KCP&L and the Metropolitan Energy Center (MEC).

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has announced $12 million in funding for the awardees of the Rooftop Solar Challenge. The Challenge supports 22 regional teams to spur solar power deployment by cutting red tape—streamlining and standardizing permitting, zoning, metering, and connection processes—and improving finance options to reduce barriers and lower costs for residential and small commercial rooftop solar systems. This project is part of the Department's larger effort to make solar energy more accessible and affordable, increase domestic solar deployment, and position the United States as a leader in the rapidly-growing global solar market.

Click here for the DOE announcement.

Click here for the MARC announcement.

Click here for the Kansas City Business Journal (KCBJ) article.

October 27, 2011 - MoDOT Seeks Input on State Rail Plan

For more information, contact Kristy Hill Wegner, Customer Relations, 816-607-2298.

MoDOT Hosts Public Meeting on the Future of Rail in Missouri

Kansas City, MO - Help shape the future of Missouri's rail system. The Missouri Department of Transportation is seeking public input on the future movement of goods and people in Missouri by rail at a series of public open house meetings across the state. The Kansas City District meeting will be held from 5:30 to 7 p.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 2, at Sermon Center North Room at 201 N. Dodgion Ave. in Independence, Mo.

The purpose of the meetings - both in person and online - is to gather public input on the development of MoDOT's Statewide Rail Plan. The plan will serve as the strategic framework for the development of both freight and passenger rail service in Missouri for the next twenty years, so it is vital we hear from Missourians to incorporate their needs into this process.

In addition to the open house meetings, MoDOT is hosting an online public meeting from Oct. 18 through November 18 at morail.org. This online meeting will give those unable to personally attend public open houses a chance to learn about freight and passenger rail in Missouri, ask questions and provide input.

A Statewide Rail Plan is necessary for Missouri to pursue critical federal funds for planning and constructing rail projects and prioritize investments that will enhance the movement of people and goods, expand connections between all modes of transportation and support long-term economic growth in Missouri.

As work on the plan begins, the public is being asked to comment on the following:

  • The current rail system's ability to serve Missouri's businesses in moving raw materials and finished products.
  • The state's interest in and potential ridership of intercity passenger rail.
  • The role of publicly funded improvements to move people and goods on privately-owned railroad systems.
  • The importance of investing in different types of rail projects compared to other infrastructure needs, given likely funding limitations.

The public is encouraged to join the open house or online meeting to review project information, ask questions and discuss the plan with MoDOT representatives. All public meeting sites are wheel-chair accessible. The information presented at the open house meetings will also be included as part of the online public meeting.

For more information, see http://www.morail.org/. For questions regarding the public meeting, please contact Kristy Hill Wegner, in the MoDOT Kansas City District, at 816.607.2298 or kristy.hillwegner@modot.mo.gov. For media inquiries, contact MoDOT Customer Relations Outreach Coordinator Kristi Jamison at kristine.jamison@modot.mo.gov or at 573.526.2482 or MoDOT Administrator of Railroads Eric Curtit at eric.curtit@modot.mo.gov or 573.751.7476.

For more information about other MoDOT projects, please visit MoDOT's Website at www.modot.mo.gov/kansascity. For instant updates, follow MoDOT_KC on Twitter or send questions and comments to kccommunityrelations@modot.mo.gov. We want your feedback on our work zones! Rate Our Work Zones at www.modot.org/kansascity.

October 7, 2011 - FEMA Announces Federal Flood Aid at Nearly $4 Million

FEMA Release Number: 4012-034

COLUMBIA, Mo. -- Federal and state assistance to help Missouri flood survivors recover has topped $3.9 million.   

As of close of business Oct. 5, the Federal Emergency Management Agency has approved nearly $1.6 million in federal grants and the U.S. Small Business Administration has approved more than $2.3 million in federal disaster loans to residents of Andrew, Atchison, Buchanan, Holt, Lafayette and Platte counties affected by recent flooding.

Disaster assistance from FEMA includes grants to eligible applicants to help pay for temporary housing, home repair or other essential and necessary disaster-related expenses not covered by insurance.

So far, 773 individuals have registered for flood assistance from FEMA.

“We hope more flood survivors will give FEMA a call before the November 10 deadline,” said Federal Coordinating Officer Mike Karl. “We don’t want anyone who is eligible for assistance to miss out on the help available to them.”

Registration may be completed by calling FEMA’s toll-free registration line, 1-800-621-FEMA (3362). If the applicant has a speech disability or hearing loss and uses a TTY, call 1-800-462-7585 directly; if the applicant uses 711 or Video Relay Service (VRS), call 1-800-621-3362. Multilanguage assistance is available. Helpline hours are 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. Registration is also available online at www.DisasterAssistance.gov or by smartphone at m.fema.gov.

Nov. 10 is also the deadline to apply for a low-interest disaster loan from the U.S. Small Business Administration. Applications are available at Disaster Recovery Centers, where SBA representatives are on hand to answer questions and help applicants complete their disaster loan applications. Residents and businesses may also apply online at SBA’s secure website, disasterloan.sba.gov/ela.

July 5, 2011 - FEMA, USDA Partner to Provide Disaster Relief for Farmers and Ranchers

FEMA Release Number: 1980-105

Farmers and ranchers who need to recover from the recent severe storms that devastated Joplin and other areas in Missouri can turn to a team of federal agencies for assistance. Farmers and ranchers can obtain aid tailored to their special needs from the United States Department of Agriculture. These benefits are administered by the Farm Service Agency, the Department of Agriculture's arm in Missouri.

June 24, 2011 - KCP&L announces charging station partnership

KCP&L is partnering with eight local companies to install 10 new electric vehicle charging stations throughout the Kansas City region. Charging stations provide the infrastructure that will help promote electric vehicle adoption in our region. KCP&L will use these charging stations to test charging technologies and behaviors while monitoring usage

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Clay County

Planning & Zoning Department

Matt Tapp, AICP, MBA

Director


234 W. Shrader

Suite C
Liberty, Missouri 64068
 

phone: (816) 407-3380
fax: (816) 407-3381
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