January 2015 Mayor’s Report
…for the people, by the people
You may think that government is a machine-like power of “others” controlling the City. Well, in Our City, nothing could be further from the truth. Many of our citizens, mostly non-elected officials, are directly responsible for our “public good.” Besides the obvious making and upholding of municipal laws by the Governing Body and Staff, our volunteers and employees (many citizens too) perform many functions which make our City great. Here are some of the ways citizens add value to our lives:
Board of Zoning Appeals (BZA) (5 citizen members) – reviews zoning variation requests for property development or use within the City. (State of Kansas mandated Board)
Planning Commission (7 citizen members) – responsible for regulating development within the City through planning and zoning as well as creating and regulating the comprehensive land use plan. (State of Kansas mandated entity).
Redevelopment Committee (5 members) – gives guidance to developers in preliminary reviews of development requests to help make their efforts as efficient as possible.
Parks Committee (10 citizen members) – Assess and make recommendations on our City park properties and run events such as the Arbor Day event and Bark in R Park.
Art Committee and Arts Commissioner (7 citizen members) – Engage and work with artists for Art in R Park public art and the City Hall rotating art displays. They Create and run the annual Art Scavenger Hunt and Art fund-raising events.
Sustainability Committee (5 citizen members) – Continue efforts to help make our City earth-friendly “green” and are looking to assess Roeland Park’s “score” as a MARC Sustainable Community
Events Committee (7 citizen members) – Brainstorm, plan and run different events and activities throughout the year. This past year the committee ran our first annual City Wide Picnic in R-Park, and the Easter Egg Hunt.
Community Foundation Advisory Board (8 citizen members) make recommendations about management and distribution of donations from our new Community Foundation.
Ad Hoc Committees – Periodic Mayor-appointed Committees such as our recent Staff Salary and Benefits Committee. Currently our Strategic Planning Committee (all citizen members) with citizen input is working on putting together a Strategic Plan which will help our City unify toward common goals so we can focus our resources.
Citizens for enhancements to R Park – most of the work of getting a grant and soliciting private funds to make the new walking path around R Park was due primarily to this group of volunteer citizens. They are now considering benches and trashcans as well as bigger goals such as a Community Shelter, tennis court(s) and landscaping. This year’s events included Bacon Blues and Brews and the City Birthday Party…more planned for 2015!
The volunteer planner/development/architect/etc. citizens (6 citizens) study miscellaneous planning and design elements in the city such as Northeast Roe Blvd. and Johnson Dr., 4800 Roe Blvd. (“Old Pool Site”) and the Roe Boulevard design.
The volunteer graphics citizens (3 citizens) contributions include ideas for the Neighborhood Watch signs, R-Park signs, Park directional signs and crosswalk designs.
Volunteers helping Johnson County Services – assist with planning and events at our Community Center and City Pool, including 50+ Spaghetti dinner, Holiday Spooktakular, Splash-for-Cash and Movie Night at the Pool.
Of course…Roeland Park’s Governing Body (8 Council members and the Mayor) – besides the research, discussion and voting on laws and activities in the City, they also help City Staff plan and run Community Forums and the year-end Staff Holiday Party, volunteer on MARC boards, the 47th & Mission Overlay District, Northeast Johnson County Animal Control, the Roeland Park Aquatics Center Advisory Board, MARC First Tier Suburbs Coalition, a National League of Cities Committee, school district committees, 5-K races, and liaisons to many other groups.
Staff – 29 full time employees – execute the laws of the City. Three Police officers, 4 of 7 Public Works staff including our Director, and our City Administrator and City Clerk are all Roeland Park citizens.
Beyond that, we have many, many citizen volunteers working day-in and day-out for the “good of the whole.” A list of additional ways to volunteer and support the needs of the City can be found on our website at: http://www.roelandpark.net/volunteer-opportunities/
So, if YOU have an inclination to benefit the City in one of these areas, or have other ideas on what could or how to benefit our City, please call City Hall (913-722-2600), or contact anyone on the Governing Body to let us know your thoughts. Please let us know how we can help you help the City, and/or let us know if there is any group or effort listed above you would like to have fun with. Here’s to all you do already to help Roeland Park be a great City.
Thank you! HAPPY NEW YEAR…2015!
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