First two in the council swimming pool

Randy Rhoads taught us long ago that jumping into the city race early can’t hurt your chances. When the then-District 2 Lee’s Summit Councilman fired the first shot in August of 2009 for the 2010 mayoral race against longtime Mayor Karen Messerli, it marked perhaps the earliest we received such an announcement for a city race.

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Does Lion’s Den demolition portend progress on outdoor space?

From residents to council members to business owners in downtown, there are a lot of people in the dark about just what exactly is happening with the $600,000 Downtown Lee’s Summit Performance Space project that was placed on the April 2013 ballot and passed overwhelmingly by the voters.

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What’s the latest with the downtown performance space?

What’s the latest with the downtown performance space? That’s a question that has been looming for far too long in Lee’s Summit. And while we can argue – on the surface, perhaps – the merits of a multi-million-dollar downtown performance space vs. other projects that need funding vs. raises for city employees, the fact remains that the voters approved a plan in April of 2013...

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If some City Council members don't see the Downtown ROI, they aren't looking very hard

COMMENTARY — At the June 7 City Council meeting, Johnson decided to use his valuable microphone time to question the relatively small amount that the City agrees to fund Downtown Lee's Summit Main Street — $60,000 (less than a t percent of its overall budget) due to the fact that the Community Improvement District board collects a penny tax on retail sales, which goes back to specific purposes for upkeep or marketing of our wildly popular downtown.

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Silly season's over, time for the new Council to get to work

Silly season, as it is so lovingly called, is a real thing in Lee’s Summit. Some, it appears from some time around the candidate filing deadline through that first Tuesday (after the first Monday) in April, just lose their absolute minds and all sense of reasoning. Sometimes it’s candidates. Other times, it’s voters. And social media has only helped enhance the crazy.

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Council ends debates over ethics violations & appoints DeMoro to District 4 seat

Thursday night's City Council meeting began with heated debate over a sitting a Lee's Summit City Council member and ended with a vote to appoint a new member to fill a vacant seat in Council District 4.

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Council to decide tonight whether to add renewal of Capital Improvement Tax to April ballot

As the City of Lee's Summit looks to continued growth and development, City staff is proposing the Lee's Summit City Council put a renewal of a Community Improvement tax before voters in April. If approved, the renewed tax would last 15 years and is estimated to provide more than $100 million in funding for road projects, transportation safety and capacity related issues and stormwater solutions.

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Developers break ground for 130-acre Paragon Star project

Nearly 200 people were on hand Wednesday morning as developers, along with local, county and state officials, broke ground for the 130-acre Paragon Star development at I-470 and View High Drive in Lee's Summit.

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