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Excelsior Springs, Missouri

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"What the new year brings to you will depend a great deal on what you bring to the new year."

---Vern McLellan, Author of Wise Words and Quotes. McLellan is an author, speaker, associate pastor, broadcaster, and musician with a zest for life.

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Week of January 6, 2020

Monday, 6:00 pm - City Council considers Liquor License application (Express Stop), Change to Golf Memberships, Rezoning/Final Development Plan for 201 N. Industrial Park Road (Shoemaker Tow Lot), St. Louis Ave. Sanitary Sewer Extension Project bid award to J&N Utilities, & Appropriations.

Tuesday - Communities of Excellence Webinar/Steering Committee discuss inclusion in work/decision-making process.

Wednesday - Missouri Legislators Convene

Wednesday, 5:00 pm - Historic Preservation Commission consider COA for 604 Benton.

Wednesday, 7:00 pm - Clay County Constitution Committee meets @ Woodneath Mid-Continent Library; meet every Wednesday around the county during January & February

Thursday - Communities of Excellence Steering Committee plan community forum; status of Task Force Action Plans

Thursday - MML Webinar - Civility - why it matters and how to get there

Friday - Staff Retreat

Staff Credits

Community Excellence Award WINNER!! City wins 2019 Awards. Excelsior Standard readers & our customers selected the City for following recognition: BEST GOLF COURSE, BEST LOCAL HERO - Paul White, BEST FITNESS FACILITY - Community Center. While Paul White's recognition is a personal achievement, to achieve best Golf Course & Community Center takes teamwork, the credit belongs to employees of these two departments & leadership from Jesse Hall, Tim Jarman, and Dean Berry. Thanks to our community for the recognition.


Mike Corgiat accepted the Patrol Sergeant position that just opened. Mike had just been promoted to Police OIC and completed qualifications for the position.

Key Project Updates

  • DNR issued notice to accept bids for Splash Pad. [Funding: LWCF, Park Foundation, CIP] Why? Grant agency must approve bid documents ensuring grant requirements are met.
  • Demolition of 410 E. Broadway is scheduled to start. [Funding: CIP] WHY? E. Broadway Redevelopment Plan stipulates demolition to accommodate renovation of 408 E. Broadway with parking.
  • Investors in ES Opportunity Zone will also be eligible for New Market Tax Credits if legislation is renewed past 2019. NMTC investors receive tax credits equal to 39% of Investment, realized over seven-year period, 5% annually for first three years & 6% in years four - seven. [Funding: none] WHY? Provides incentive to attract private investment & business activity.
  • Factoid: Fire Department stats for 2019 - 2,276 EMS calls & 288 Fire calls; estimated fire loss $606,350. [Funding: GF] WHY? Resources remain ready & prepared to respond to emergencies.
  • Counting everyone once, only once, and in the right place. [Funding: Potential Federal Revenue] WHY? US Constitution mandates population census every 10 years for reapportioning Congress. Census data also used to distribute more than $675 billion in federal funds back to states/local communities every year for services/infrastructure, including health care, jobs, schools, roads and businesses.

Choose Your Attitude!

"Art deco splendor! A working city building filled with reminders of the spring waters heyday here. Love the intact water bar which is now the welcome center. Lots of surrounding picture displays of the town's history and notable persons with connections to the general area." Joyce T., Honolulu, HI on Yelp 10/15/19