The Grain Valley state-of-the-city luncheon Tuesday was a chance for Mayor Mike Todd and various department heads to share the city’s past accomplishments and potential progress.
Speakers cited Grain Valley’s surging population as motivation for city projects, predicting that this growth would continue. Fitting with this theme, data from the U.S. Census Bureau estimated a 9 percent increase in the city’s population between 2010 and 2017.
As a result, one of Grain Valley’s biggest future undertakings involves planning for a large municipal complex. Mayor Todd elaborated on past plans to transform Sni-A-Bar Farms – a 52-acre site on the south side of the city also known as “Ponderosa” – into a hub featuring a new city hall, police station, library and aquatic center. According to Todd, the developmental idea, which has been in the works since 2015, is gaining traction and may soon become a reality.
The presentation also spotlighted residential development, detailing that seven subdivisions have been completed or are under construction. Specifically, the Woodbury and Rosewood Hills neighborhoods will see updates and increased residential properties.
Future business development will include the opening of a Great Clips behind the Casey’s General Store at 1111 S. Buckner-Tarsney Road.
Interim Police Chief James Beale spoke about the need to “promote positive interaction in the community,” highlighting the upcoming National Night Out on Aug. 7, which will feature a guest appearance by Chiefs mascot K.C. Wolf.
On a big-picture scale, city officials celebrated eliminating 11 percent of city debt throughout the last year. Mayor Todd predicted savings of $240,000 in the next 10 years through bonds.
Leaders also revisited accomplishments from the last year. Since the last state-of-the-city address, Grain Valley has added a Price Chopper (1191 N.E. McQuerry Road), revamped the Dillingham Trail for public use and witnessed increased involvement in local youth sports programs.