TRANSPARENCY PORTAL: Clay County Bond Initiative
Clay County Progress - Bond Dollars at Work
Our commitment to fulfilling our obligations from the past while building for the future.
This past October the Clay County Commission passed its tax-free bond initiative to fund improvement projects across the county. Very quickly we have started projects that have been deferred for years and in some cases decades. We have begun vital safety upgrades and are starting plans for our growing community. Every step of the process is important, and we will keep our communities informed of progress as promised.
As we continue to make progress, you will see monthly report expenditures as part of the update process. As always, we strive to hire local so we encourage all Clay County businesses to keep an eye on the bid opportunities as projects and services are posted. You can register now to be notified of bid opportunities.
We appreciate your continued support as we work toward a safer, more enriched Clay County for all.
Bond Payment Tracking Spreadsheet (Click to download, updated as of 6/1/19)
The Jesse James Farm renovations are moving along, crews continue to remove siding from the walls of the cabin and are working on removing chinking from logs on the west side. Utility lines were marked this week and cabin logs were tested for durability. Three holes at the Paradise Pointe Golf Course reached its completion goal on time and holes 17 & 18 are also almost complete. The golf course also took delivery of the new grinder. The final version of the 188th street bridge plans have been sent to MODot for approval, also landscaping environments surrounding both 188th and 148th street bridges are being worked on.
Due to the recent extreme weather and emergency situations, this weeks bond update will be delayed so that staff can assist citizen's, prepare preventative efforts and assess the damage already done. If you are interested in volunteering to help clean up after the tornado, please check back. Details will become available in the coming week. Thank you for your understanding.
The sanitary sewer project at the airport is underway, crews came out and staked the area and work will begin on June 1st as long as the weather cooperates. The Parks Department took delivery of maintenance equipment that includes two large area mowers and two 7200 Toro mowers. The road resurfacing project at Kelsey Short has been completed. The bicycle repair stations for the trailhead have been delivered, the installation will begin weather permitting. At the golf course, 50 ft lengths of pipe have been fused together. The next steps will be taking those and making 500 ft lengths which will be tunneled underneath the ground. In all this step will put in 35 miles of pipe that will be used for the irrigation system. Holes 10, 11 and 18 have been marked for sprinkler head placement.
The Jesse James renovations team removed the floors in Zerelda James' bedroom in the cabin. Currently, the floor joists are set on the ground which can cause moisture and mold. To prevent deterioration, the space under the cabin will be cleaned out and vents put in place to keep the space under the cabin dry. The Tryst Falls playground dirt has been leveled and seeded, the ADA accessible ramp and parking will be placed when weather permits. Midwest Irrigation will be delivering the pipes for the irrigation piping on Monday just ahead of the ribbon cutting for the system which will be at 3 pm at Paradise Pointe Golf Complex, 18212 Golf Course Road, Smithville, MO 64089.
The Jesse James Farm had its floors surveyed this week, the cabin will also receive a more historically accurate roof, a look at the cabin before renovations. The playground at Tryst Falls is completely installed and mulched. Grading, seeding and adding parking will follow next week depending on the weather conditions. Tree replacement efforts continued this week with the installation of 12 more trees around loop A in Crows Creek Campground. The community also gathered at Little Platte Park near Shelter 2 today to celebrate Arbor Day with a tree planting lead by our community's future, we appreciated their enthusiasm for the job. They also took part in the official ribbon cutting for the new Playground. It was a beautiful evening to be at the park! The ribbon cutting for the new irrigation system will be May 6th. Information along with a map of the proposed irrigation system will be on display in the clubhouse.
Construction for the playground at Tryst Falls Park has begun, the ground has been prepped and work will continue over the next couple of weeks. Supplies for the James Farm Cabin renovation have been ordered for reconstruction starting with the exterior of the historical site. Four John Deere front mowers, two large area mowers, and two zero turn mowers have been purchased for grounds maintenance. Resurfacing of all of the Camp Branch showers are now completed. Supplies for the new irrigation system at the golf course are on order with a tentative installation start date of May 6th. Groundbreaking for the new irrigation installation to be announced once a solid date is set. Information along with a map of the proposed irrigation system will be on display in the clubhouse. Sod will be installed in tandem with the irrigation construction.
The Little Platte Playground has been fully completed. The dirt work around the playground has been smoothed, leveled and seeded. A ribbon cutting for the playground will happen at the Arbor Day celebration set for April 26th. This event will also kick off the program to plant 200-250 Missouri native trees around Smithville Lake. Sodding has begun at the golf course, crews will be working on 4 holes at a time to cut down on play disruption. Engineering work stage has been completed for the electrical upgrades to Sailboat Cove and Paradise Point Marina. Engineering work has been started for the electrical upgrades to Camp Branch Campground - loops EFG; work is scheduled for this project to begin in the fall. Replacement to the second HVAC system for Camp Branch Marina is completed. The hot water heater for shower house 1 is completed and operational.
The interior of Camp Branch Campground's restrooms of loops A, B, & D as well as shower house one and the swim beach restrooms have all been painted. The interior of Crow's Creek Campground's restrooms of loops A, B, C, D & G as well as Shelters #5 and #9 restrooms painting has been completed. The highway department met with Burns & McDonnell to discuss bridge replacement on Home Avenue and 132nd. The design work for the bridge on Shady Grove is 90% complete. Read more on the bridge process here.
Golf course vendor, Turfworks, has completed the design of the hydraulic system and sprinkler head layout for the golf course. Strategy and planning meetings have started in regards to the dredging out of the lagoons at Crows Creek. The county has also met with the Corps to discuss how to permit the dredging of Rocky Hollow. Blueprints are being made for the electrical upgrades to the Marinas and campgrounds that are currently at 30 amp.
Project completed! Arctic-like temperatures were no match for the crew from Atlas Dock. Dedicated to the completion of this project, 6,000 sq. ft. of frozen dock pavers were pried up and replaced. Looking forward to warmer weather and walking the docks! Pavers surrounding the new marina restaurant will be placed as that project progresses. 1, 2, 3, &4
Despite frigid temperatures and old pavers being frozen to the dock Atlas Dock has started the 6000 sq ft installation of new dock pavers at Camp Branch Marina. Engineering work has been started on the electrical upgrades at both Sailboat Cove and Paradise Pointe Marina. The culvert drainage tube is in place and is waiting on more cooperative weather to backfill the area and complete the project.
Frigid weather conditions made it possible to install 40 Truckloads of riprap along the shoreline at Crows Creek campground, loop D. This is the start of the shore stabilization project, it is projected that 10 additional days of installation will be needed to complete the project. At the golf course, the layout for the sprinkler heads has begun, the next step is the hydraulics layout. Projects task orders have been approved for the trail alignment and Rocky Hollow Park. Completed the reconstruction and conditioning of the courtesy dock at Crow's Creek.
6000 sq ft of replacement pavers for Little Platte Marina have been installed. Culvert at Crows Creek is installed and nearly complete. Remaining CXT buildings to be installed upon approval from the Army Corps of Engineers approval to remove the existing structure. Reconstruction of the courtesy dock at Crow's Creek is underway. The site for the Tryst Falls playground has been graded and is ready for installation as soon as weather cooperates.
A pipe was replaced under the picnic arm at Crows Creek. CXT buildings have been installed, backfilled and graded at Little Platte South (DD &F) and North (188th past Central Services). Playground for Tryst Falls to be delivered this week. RipRap, 14 tons delivered and for the northern part of E, F, &G. The installation will be weather and ground dependant. Sole source bid went out for Rainbird equipment needed at the golf course. Started sampling lagoons which will determine the direction of that irrigation system and the replacement valve.
Four New CXT restroom facilities have been installed at Little Platte South (at DD & F Highway) and North (188th street past central services, near the trailhead) and both facilities at G & B loops at the campground. Rip Rap for Crows Creek shore stabilization has been ordered and plans for placement have been outlined. Repairs were made to the main water line leading to Parks. Twenty trees were planted ahead of the weather, another 100 to 150 more are planned in time for Arbor and Earth Day 2019. These trees are vital to our environment but critical to pest control.
The Clay County Commission has retained Cook, Flatt & Strobel Engineers (CFSE), P.A. to conduct a double-blind site survey for the Clay County Annex Facility. CFSE will provide analysis of three new sites as well as the existing annex facility and will provide recommendations to the County.
Phase one of Smithville Marina's paver replacements on the docks has been started. The culvert at the Picnic Arm of Crow's Creek has been replaced. Roofs for all shelters throughout the park have been replaced. Little Platte Park's playground has been installed and the ADA parking lot and accessible sidewalk into the playground has been poured.
George K Baum reports that the sale of the bonds went very well and all bonds were sold. They also reported that they secured better interest rates than previously expected, bringing the overall TIC (True Interest Cost) down. Bond Counsel will be working on closing documents that are set for October 30, 2019.
Clay County passes the proposed no-tax-increase bond initiative. The county has outlined its improvement and maintenance projects - outline of projects.