Lee's Summit Journal

Lee’s Summit stays in digital groove

Average monthly ridership for RideKC Lee’s Summit has risen 29% since the former OATS Transit and KCATA MetroFlex Transit services were combined in April.
Average monthly ridership for RideKC Lee’s Summit has risen 29% since the former OATS Transit and KCATA MetroFlex Transit services were combined in April. Courtesy photo

The Center for Digital Government is again recognizing Lee’s Summit’s commitment to communication through technology. Lee’s Summit ranked second in the nation in the 2018 Digital Cities Survey among cities with a population of 75,000 to 124,999. This is the fifth time the city has placed in the top 10 in its category.

The City of Lee’s Summit has a redesigned web site that makes navigation easier. The City conducted resident surveys as a part of that redesign process. A new Alexa skill for Amazon Echo devices is a part of the new technology offerings from the city. Residents can also access information on Nextdoor, Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

The City also emphasizes cyber security. Lee’s Summit Chief Technology Officer Steve Marsh says as technology evolves, they work to transform with it.

“With a citizen-centric approach, the city stands ready to make smart technology investments in new innovations that improve the citizen experience and meet strategic priorities,” Marsh said in a press release.

The Center for Digital Government is a national research and advisory institute focused on information technology policies and best practices in state and local government.

Holiday Help for Seniors

The 15th annual “Be a Santa to a Senior” program is collecting gifts to give to seniors who would not otherwise receive a gift this holiday season.

According to AARP, about 28 percent of seniors live alone and do not have family or friends to properly care for them. The Be a Santa to a Senior program recognizes the isolation that can come through the holidays as well as the needs of seniors in the community.

Lee’s Summit Home Instead Senior Care runs the program. To help, you simply have to pick an ornament on a tree at participating locations, buy the gift and return it to the store with the ornament attached. Community volunteers do the wrapping and delivering.

Alana Titus of the Lee’s Summit Home Instead Senior Care office says volunteers also make an effort to spend time with each senior who receives a gift.

“We’re always excited to see how much Be a Santa to a Senior boosts seniors’ spirits during the holiday season, and we are grateful to be a part of a community that comes together to make this happen,” Titus said.

Be a Santa to a Senior trees will be at two locations in Lee’s Summit:

▪ The Living Stone, 211 SE Main St.

▪ Academy Bank, 1000 NE Sam Walton Lane

Gifts should be returned by Dec. 7. For more information about the program, visit BeaSantatoaSenior.com or call 816-554-6166.

RideKC Ridership Up in Lee’s Summit

The combination of the OATS Transit and KCATA MetroFlex services last spring looks successful so far. Ridership is up by nearly a third since the April change. RideKC Lee’s Summit is a demand response transit service. The change increased capacity by reducing fares for prior OATS riders, expanding hours of service and the service area, and adding vehicles.

RideKC Lee’s Summit provides place-to-place public transit for any person regardless of age or ability for anywhere within city limits for $1.50 one-way. Service is also available to Truman Medical Center- Lakewood. It is available Monday thru Friday 7 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. with a 24-hour advance reservation. RideKC Lee’s Summit has provided an average of 2,048 one-way rides per month in the city since the change, compared with 1,590 rides on average per month for the first quarter of 2017. That is a 28.8 percent increase.

Handel’s Messiah Sing-Along

The next time you hear Handel’s “The Messiah,” you can be a part of the program. The Dec. 2 performance of this great choral work, sponsored by the Choral Foundation, invites all interested singers to help sing the Christmas portion.

The performance, under the direction of William Baker, will be accompanied by members of the Lee’s Summit Symphony.

The Sing-Along will be at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, Fourth and Grand in Lee’s Summit at 4 p.m. No registration is required, and musical scores will be available for purchase or singers can bring their own.

There is no charge for admission, but a freewill offering will be taken to benefit Hillcrest Transitional Housing.

Two Lee’s Summit Chamber Awards

Nonprofit Connect honored the Lee’s Summit Chamber with two Philly Awards for 2018.

The quarterly Catalyst Magazine and the Gala Royale invitation both received a Silver Philly Award. The annual Nonprofit Connect event recognizes outstanding marketing and communications pieces, and had more than 160 entries from more than 90 area nonprofits.

The Catalyst magazine features Lee’s Summit area businesses. It is produced quarterly by the Lee’s Summit Chamber of Commerce. the Chamber also received the Chamber of Commerce Executives of Missouri Award of Excellence in September for Catalyst.