Point of View

Excelsior Springs, Missouri

Mission Impossible

Start by doing what's necessary; then do what's possible; and suddenly you are doing the impossible. Francis of Assisi, patron saint of Italy, animals, and ecology. Thought this quote would be relatable to many people right now, as we re-open our economy, begin to re-socialize, and phasing back to a new normal.

Week of May 4th

  • Monday, 6:00 PM - Council Meeting @ Community Center & ZOOM
  • Tuesday, 11:00 AM - Communities of Excellence Webinar
  • Tuesday - CINCO DE MAYO

Council Actions

Council Agenda for Monday: Proclamation - Older American Month, Public Hearings for vacation of N. Jesse James R/W & Utility Easement, Consideration of transfer of Dunbar Property to LCRA, re-adopting procedure to disclose potential Conflicts of Interest, temporary suspension of Council Compensation, Credit Card Use Policy and appropriations. Council to adjourn and open as LCRA to consider transfer of Dunbar Property to developer and Closed Session.

Staff Credits

Community Center Staff (Jesse, Terri, Marie, Andrew, Cassie, Michelle & Rob) are preparing to re-open the Center and there is much to be done. The last several weeks have been spent on staff training, deep cleaning, refreshing the spaces and reaching out to stay connected with our membership. Attention is now turned to incorporate social distancing and new cleaning protocols. We are working in concert with area community centers and leaning heavily on all agencies guidance. We are working on schedules to accommodate the demand for classes and equipment to meet your needs safely and conveniently. Our goal is to keep our community healthy, safe and to keep the Center open. Follow us on our website and Facebook, until we can open safely.

Key Project Updates

In light of our lean budget measures, it can be confusing to watch some projects in development, while other expenditures are on hold or reduced. The source of funding generally will drive decisions, & can include the loss of funding or contract defaults if not spent on time.

  • On hold - Jesse James overlay between Hwy 10/69 [Funding: TT, RB] & Cemetery GIS [Funding: CIP] WHY? No deadline, no contracts awarded, funds reserved in case of funding losses or emergency demands for repairs. Delay will not cause greater harm.
  • Proceeding - Shirewood Sewer Project [Funding: CIP], Sewer Digester Design [Funding: Sewer Bond], Midland GIS data prep for E-911 database [Funding: PSST], Concrete repairs [Funding: CIP, TT], settling grave sites & seeding [Funding: GF], Replacing coax & antennas to correct SCADA alarms system deficits between plants, tanks, pumps [Funding: water/sewer] WHY? Shirewood contracts signed before shut-down, Digester grant funding dictates completion w/in 24 months, provides needed redundancy; E911 contracts signed & conversion in process, Concrete & Cemetery work is routine maintenance, SCADA repair is cost saving measure to correct alerts to staff of overflows or mechanical failures.

CCPHC releases Re-entry Plan, beginning 5/4 Hall of Waters lobby will open for bill pay. Please visit our website for updates. Clay County Commission's Friday vote allocates $29M in CARES funding to cities/schools. Funding cannot be used for revenue shortfalls or budgeted expenditures, must be used for COVID related expenditures to ensure public health or economic recovery. The approval provides $2.9M to the CCPHC, $1M to City, & $249K to ESSD. Fielding calls from businesses inquiring about occupancy limits as they prepare to reverse the Stay@Home Order. To receive Nixle Alerts from ESPD, download the Everbridge app from your Mobile App Store.

Choose Your Attitude!

Roadside Attraction In Missouri Is The Most Unique Thing You’ve Ever Seen - If in Excelsior Springs, you must visit the Hall of Waters. The Art Deco style architecture is still incredibly beautiful & Mayan motifs throughout relate to the Mayan God’s of water. While we’re continuing to feature destinations that make our state wonderful, we don’t expect or encourage you to go check them out immediately. We believe that supporting local attractions is important now more than ever and we hope our articles inspire your future adventures! And on that note, please nominate your favorite local business that could use some love right now: https://www.onlyinyourstate.com/nominate/