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City welcomes new Community Center Director

The City of Excelsior Springs is happy to announce the hiring of Katie Vivas as Community Center Director.
For the past several years, Katie has served as an Executive Director with the YMCA of Greater Kansas City. Her professional experience brings a work history of actively working directly in the field; especially in leadership and operations as an Executive Director, Membership Director and Fitness Supervisor. Katie brings with her a large amount of experience which will help to make our new Community Center a great success
Please join us in welcoming Katie to this new position.

Ribbon Cutting at Memorial Airport

A Ribbon Cutting Ceremony was by the City of Excelsior Springs and Chamber of Commerce to celebrate the opening of the newly resurfaced runway at the Excelsior Springs Memorial Airport. The project was funded by a grant through MO-DOT. Airport managers Jerry Beebe and Don Myer host 9 a.m. coffees on Saturday mornings for persons interested in aviation.

Eric Copeland receives MMLC Civic Leadership Award

Eric Copeland, Managing Editor of the Excelsior Springs Standard, left, was presented a Leadership Award by Mayor Pro-Tem Brad Eales during the July Missouri Municipal League of Cities Civic Leadership Banquet. Copeland was recognized for his op-ed pieces covering issues important to the Excelsior Springs community and his volunteer efforts throughout the year.

Excelsior Springs representative sought for
Clay County University of Missouri Extension Council

The City of Excelsior Springs is seeking an interested person to serve on the Clay County University of Missouri Extension Council. The appointed representative will have the responsibility of working in partnership with the University of Missouri to provide a variety of educational programs and resources to the citizens of Clay County. The term of service would be from March 1, 2015 through February, 2017. The only criteria is that this representative be a resident of Excelsior Springs.
We ask persons who are interested in filling this important position to fill out an online nomination form or call Shannon Stroud, City Secretary, at 816-630-0752.

Governor Jay Nixon visits Magna Seating facility

Governor Jay Nixon addressed Magna Seating plant managers and employees, as well as Excelsior Springs community leaders, Ford Union officials and Clay County representatives about continued expansion of Missouri's automotive industry. Pictured above with Governor Nixon are Magna Seating General Manager John Tarpley, left, and Excelsior Springs Mayor Ambrose Buckman.

Governor Jay Nixon visited Magna Seating of America Inc. in Excelsior Springs on February 5. The visit followed Ford's announcement to create 900 additional jobs at the Ford Kansas City Assembly Plant to build the next-generation F-150 pickup. Magna Seating is one of hundreds of manufacturers that supply Ford on a daily basis.
Governor Nixon made automotive manufacturing a priority in our state in 2010. At that time, Governor Nixon was able to work across the aisle and get the Missouri Manufacturing Jobs Act passed. Magna Seating completed a renovation to manufacture complete seating systems for Ford's Transit van, that added more than 100 jobs here.
"Ford's commitment to the state of Missouri has created good growth opportunities for suppliers like Magna," said John Tarpley, general manager of Magna Seating in Excelsior Springs. "We are pleased to be supporting Ford and contributing to the state's automotive industry resurgence."

North Kansas City Avenue project

The North Kansas City Avenue replacement project began Monday, October 27. Pyramid Constractors, Inc. are the company contracted to complete the work. The panels are now in place and the footers have been poured. Remaining work is being done as weather permits, with an anticipated completion in March.
A temporary stop sign will be installed for northbound Dunbar Ave. at Beverly Ave. near Sunnyside Park. Additional traffic signs will require traffic flowing up Beverly approaching Dunbar to make a right turn only onto Dunbar, but they can do so without stopping. The change will allow traffic coming up the Beverly Ave. hill to avoid stopping, which could be difficult during the winter weather. When the North Kansas City Ave. project is complete, the temporary signs will be removed and the traffic flow will be back to normal.

Local businesses recognized with Keystone Awards

From left, Roger Wade and Keith Diebold of KC Machine, and Mayor Ambrose Buckman.

KC Machine, a tool repair and rebuilding service for highly precise equipment, received a 2014 Keystone Award for its expansion of 6,500 sq. ft. to the existing 7,500 sq. ft. facility located at 505 S. McCleary in Excelsior Springs. This $825,000 project helped create five new jobs and retained eight. The award was presented by the Clay County Economic Development Council.

From left, Aimee and Greg Owen of Talented Tots Learning Center, and Mayor Ambrose Buckman.

The opening of Talented Tots Learning Center at 1452 Kearney Rd. refurbished an existing building with an approximately $800,000 project. The modern, 8,000 sq. ft. day care for 136 children added 20 full-time and five part-time employees. The award was presented by the Clay County Economic Development Council.

Recycled tires help keep children safe

Playground safety mats, featured above, made from recycled tires have been installed at all of the parks in the Excelsior Springs Parks and Recreation park system thanks to a grant from the Missouri Department of Natural Resources Solid Waste Management Program.
Visit the Parks and Recreation Department website for more information.

Mayor Ambrose Buckman welcomes
Missouri Preservation Conference attendees

Mayor Amborse Buckman, at right, delivered a welcome to attendees of the Missouri Preservation Conference on October 7. The City of Excelsior Springs was proud to host the 2014 conference.
A Hall of Waters reception was held later in the evening, where city staff and officials provided tours of the national register listed building. Other historic property owners were also available for tours to showcase downtown Excelsior Springs.
The event was held October 6 through 8 at the Elms Hotel & Spa, featuring a variety of preservation educational sessions, technique workshops, trade show exhibits, tours and networking receptions.

2014 Regional Household Hazardous Waste schedule
spacerMid-American Regional Council brings safe disposal of hazardous waste to participating areas through annual collection program events. Household Hazardous Waste (HHW) includes household cleaners, lawn and garden products, automotive fluids, paints and paint-related products. Click here for the 2014 Regional Household Hazaroud Waste brochure.
spacerFor more information about the Excelsior Springs Yard Waste Drop Off and Bulky Item Drop Off Site, please click here.

City proclamation
honors ESJCC

spacerMayor Ambrose Buckman presented a proclamation in recognition of the 50th Anniversary of the Job Corps Center program in Excelsior Springs to Caroline Pauley, ESJCC programs director, during a celebration held August 21.

Excelsior Springs Hospital and North Kansas City Hospital announce new partnership
spacerThe Excelsior Springs Hospital (ESH) has entered into a management agreement with North Kansas City Hospital (NKCH), effective July 1, 2014. NKCH will provide operational oversight to ESH through the employment of current CEO Sally Nance, who has held the position for 24 years.
spacer"The partnership means that our community will have seamless, local access to NKCH's extensive network of specialists and services, and the hospital will have access to their financial and operational expertise," said Nance. NKCH will also provide staffing and employee education to ESH as needed. ESH employees will continue to be employed by ESH. Click here for news release.

Civic Leadership Award presented to Kenneth Dickey

spacerExcelsior Springs resident Kenneth Dickey, pictured at left, was presented with a Civic Leadership Award from Ambrose Buckman, Excelsior Springs Mayor, and Jan Marcason, President of the Missouri Municipal League, at the West Gate Region Banquet in Independence. The banquet is an annual event honoring citizens for their community service. Congratulations, Ken!

Weekly Curbside Recycle Pickup starts February 3
spacerAllied Waste will be beginning weekly curbside pickup of recyclables starting on February 3, 2014 on your regular scheduled trash day. Allied Waste will be sending out a mailer to all citizens with additional details.

Hours of operation to change in December
spacerEffective December 1, 2013 all City Offices in the Hall of Waters building will be closed from Noon - 1:00 pm daily. This includes the Cashier Window. Water payments may be left in the drop box in the circle drive.
spacerThe Visitor Center, located in the Hall of Waters building will remain open from Noon - 1:00 pm, Monday through Saturday. Visitor Center hours are 10:00 am - 5:00 pm, Monday through Saturday, and 11:00 am - 4:00 pm on Sunday.

2013 Collection of City Taxes will change
spacerBeginning with tax year 2013 City taxes and vehicle license fees will be included on the County tax bill and collected by the respective County Collector.

Magna Seating receives
Keystone recognition from
Clay County EDC

spacerMagna Seating of America/Excelsior Springs was presented a 2013 Keystone Award by the KC Northland Clay County Economic Development Council during a recognition awards ceremony held December 10, 2013. The awards honor businesses that have increased their commitment to Clay County through job creation, capital improvements, expansion, new equipment, technology and important quality enhancements that serve not just individual organizations, but entire communities.

Pictured from left, Vince Magers of Williams Spurgeon Kuhl & Freshnock, Ambrose Buckman, Mayor of Excelsior Springs, John Tarpley, Magna Seating General Manager, and David Barner, Magna Seating Analyst.

spacerMagna Seating of America/Excelsior Springs provides seat and form manufacturing for the new Ford Transit Van, which entered production this year at the Ford Claycomo plant. To meet this new demand Magna Seating invested $8 million in a major retooling and expansion of its facility in Excelsior Springs. The work also created 16 new jobs and retained 389 workers.
spacerThe general contractor for the effort was Brian Armstrong, and the engineer manager and project architect was Williams Spurgeon Kuhl & Freshnock.

Excelsior Springs Council and community receive award from MPHA

Pictured from left, are Councilman Brent McElwee, Councilwoman Sonya Morgan, Mayor Ambrose Buckman, Clay County Director of Public Health Gary Zaborac, Mayor Pro-Tem Brad Eales, and Councilman Reggie St. John.

spacerA Group Merit Award was presented Monday, Oct. 21 recognizing the efforts of the Excelsior Springs City Council to improve public health and safety by adopting both the smoking ordinance and the motorized bicycle ordinance. This award is given once a year by the Annual Missouri Public Health Association (MPHA).
spacer"Councilman Brent McElwee, Mayor Pro-Tem Brad Eales, Mayor Ambrose Buckman, Councilman Reggie St. John, Councilwoman Sonya Morgan, and City Manager David Haugland are to be congratulated for their leadership," said Gary E. Zaborac, Director of Public Health, Clay County Public Health Center. "Prioritizing health in their policy making and creating a healthier and safer Excelsior Springs benefits all who visit or live in Excelsior Springs!"
spacer"On behalf of the Board of Health and myself, I also want to extend our thanks to you for placing the health and safety of your community as a priority. Those decisions, although not popular with a minority, will benefit your community now and for generations to come. Thanks again," said Zaborac.

Rainbow Trail Ribbon
Cutting held

spacerA Ribbon Cutting was held to celebrate the new addition to Rainbow Trail on October 5. Members of the Parks and Recreation Department, Board and Foundation were joined by residents of the neighborhood and Chamber and City officials to recognize the completion of the trail. A handicap accessible boardwalk from the King's Addition neighborhood to the trail will be added in the near future.

Local Tree Fund is launched
Heartland Tree Alliance (HTA) has launched a digital approach to funding trees in the Kansas City metropolitan area, including Excelsior Springs.

HTA now gives residents the opportunity to pay directly for the planting of trees in their own hometown. With a simple click here, donors can specify how much they would like to give, and then watch as the tree fund grows. Each time the fund reaches $1,000, HTA will launch a tree-planting event, giving Excelsior Springs residents the opportunity to see their dollars go to work. For more about the program, click here for HTA news release.

New Recycling Service schedule begins April 1
spacerAllied Waste, service provider for trash and recycling services for the City of Excelsior Springs, will be providing improved recycling services beginning April 1, 2013. A new recycling service schedule will be implemented. This is a necessary step towards eventually being able to execute a weekly recycling service in the near future. For a new recycling schedule and map, click here.
spacerFriendly reminders: Please set your carts out by 7 a.m. on your service day. All carts will be served by 5 p.m. There should be at least 3 feet of clearance between your cart and any other objects (cars, mailboxes, etc.). Glass is not accepted.

Excelsior Springs annexation along U.S. 69 complete
spacerThe City of Excelsior Springs will extend its city limits to include a little over 250 acres owned by Cecil and Carolyn Troutwine. The property is located between Cameron and Rhodus roads, north of the southbound lanes of U.S. 69 and in between the highway's southbound and northbound lanes. The property is zoned for light industrial and commercial development.
spacerAs part of the annexation agreement, the city will extend water and sewer utilities to the corner of U.S. 69 and Cameron Road within two years.

Police Department launches Community Information Service
spacerThe ES Police Department provides a Community Information Service designed to deliver neighborhood-level public safety and health alerts to residents, instantly sent to you by cell phone text message, email and web.
spacerThis service, Nixle, is available at no cost (standard text message rates apply for cell phone subscribers who do not have text plans with their cell phone providers). The service is simple to use, reliable and trusted. Learn more by visiting the Nixle website and registering.

Excelsior Springs Park & Recreation Launches Online Registration!
spacerExcelsior Springs Parks and Recreation will be offering a new and more convenient way to register for activities or reserve facilities starting December 1 with an online system. With online registration capabilities, thousands of participant will now be able to view, register and pay for activities, including youth and adult sports, fitness classes, art classes and much more! Participants can reserve facilities, check sports schedules and check scores. Customers will still be able to stoy by the office and register or drop registration forms in the drop box located at the Community Center.
spacerClick here for complete news release. Click button below to access our new registration network!

Missouri launches new storm/tornado preparation website
spacerThe Excelsior Springs Emergency Management Director, Chief Kent Cantrell, encourages residents to visit the new website.
spacerMissouri StormAware site includes videos on sheltering and storm warning systems; also includes links to severe weather texting services to alert Missourians to severe weather in their area.
spacerThe site shows how people can find the safest place to shelter in their house and the steps mobile home residents should take as soon as they move in to their residences. There's also information for sheltering in schools, places of worship and other large gathering places.
spacerTo read entire news release on this public service, click here.
spacerTo explore Missouri StormAware and get helpful preparedness tips for your family, visit

Newcomer Information Packets available
spacerThe City of Excelsior Springs makes available information packets to help new residents familiarize themselves with community living. Included are important numbers, understanding your water bill, refuse and recycle service, recycle center information and more.
spacerClick here to download the information packet, or pick up a printed version at the Hall of Waters, 201 E. Broadway, or the Public Works Department office, 103 E. Water St. For more information contact the Public Works Department at 816-630-0755.

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