Point of View

Excelsior Springs, Missouri


If you were preparing to become an American Citizen, you would read, "Citizenship is the common thread that connects all Americans. We are a nation bound by the shared values of freedom, liberty, & equality. Rights are freedoms we have that are protected by our laws, while responsibilities are duties or things that we should do. In order to be good citizens, or members of a community, we must understand our rights & responsibilities. Among the responsibilities of citizenship are to stay informed of the issues affecting your community, respect the rights, beliefs & opinions of others, participate in your local community."

Week of July 20th - Recovery Phase 2, Step 2

The length of each step within Recovery will vary. Masks are required in all indoor public spaces until August 23. There has been a 36% increase in COVID-19 cases in the past week in Clay County. "Face masks & physical distancing are the two most effective tools we have at our disposal during this time. These simple actions have been proven to reduce the spread of droplets that can carry COVID-19. Please do your part to protect yourself & others in our community, especially the most vulnerable."

Monday, 5:00 pm - City Council Meeting

Wednesday, - HPC Design Guidelines Public Meeting

Thursday, 9:00 am New Westview Groundbreaking; 5:30 pm - Dubious Claims - Dilly Events

Staff Credits

Recognizing Parks & Recreation Month during July; Nate Williams & Kendra Beaver planned special events this month to introduce activities in our parks; Upcoming activities include:

7/20, 7:30 pm - Dog Obedience Night @ Century Bark

7/21, 6:00 pm -Trivia Night @ Facebook Live, 7/23, 9:30 am - Art in the Park @ Virtual

7/24 5:45 am - Sunrise Yoga @ Golf Course, 7/28, 6:00 pm - Trivia Night @ Clubhouse

7/31 E-Town Hose Down, TBD

Council Actions

Council Agenda for Monday includes: Consider Change of Managing Officer at DICK's, WHY? required to maintain Liquor License; Board Appointments to Community Center, TIF Commission, BZA, Price Chopper & Downtown CID; Resolution of Support for Hazard Mitigation Plan, WHY? MARC prepares a 5-yr. regional plan for adoption by cities & counties to remain eligible for Federal Disaster Assistance; Crescent Lake Pump Station VFD's Emergency Purchase, [Funding-Sewer] WHY? replace incompatible equipment; Annual Renewal of Eastern Clay County Ambulance District Contract for Service, [Funding-GF] WHY? City provides ambulance response to area west of city limits; Rezoning & SUP @ Roosevelt, WHY? support redevelopment plans to follow for senior housing w/commercial use development plans; & Appropriations.

Key Project Updates

Shirewood Sewer Project is 60%+ complete, 17 service taps connected, [Funding-CIP] WHY? to connect to public sewer, eliminate pollution, avoid condemnation; Mask wearing enforcement is the community's responsibility not Law Enforcement, WHY? We are experiencing community spread of a highly contagious disease, everyone has a responsible to protect each other to slow the spread, you know what to do; Fireworks tents had record sales this year, while police experienced the lowest call volume, WHY? we recognize fireworks can be dangerous to person & property, however there are not enough resources to end the widespread use of fireworks unless the community has the desire to do so; Parks/Recreation formed Ad Hoc Committee to explore uses for Airport property, WHY? Airport property is an untapped opportunity, we look forward to a fresh set of eyes to study the possibilities; Governor vetoes legislation that would have prevented West Side Committee forming CID, WHY? to build walk trail & encourage design guidelines to improve property values & marketability; Community Center announces collaboration with School District, WHY? School District employee health insurance provider will be providing free Center memberships for all employees.

Choose Your Attitude!

Top 5 Reasons to go Wine Tasting in Excelsior Springs according to www.impeccablypaired.com - The best way to enjoy wine tasting is to be at the vineyard and winery with the winemaker, learning the history, enjoying the beauty, and sipping with friends - and that's exactly what happens when wine tasting in Excelsior Springs, the hidden wine-tasting gem! As part of the NWMO Wine Trail, once known as "the world's greatest collection of mineral waters" - this little city is the best wine destination because the history is mesmerizing, the people are fantastic, and the quality of the winemaking will certainly impress you.