City Hall will be closed on Friday November 10th in observation of Veterans Day. Regular hours will resume on Monday, November 13, 2017, at 8:00 a.m.
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The City of Parkville is seeking public input for the Monument at the Veterans’ Memorial Campaign. The campaign provides an opportunity for citizens to honor Veterans by submitting design concepts for a future memorial to be located in English Landing Park.
Design concepts can be submitted in PDF format by e-mail to Assistant to the City Administrator Anna Mitchell or can be dropped off at Parkville City Hall, 8880 Clark Avenue. Submissions are due by Wednesday, November 22, 2017.
Top candidates will be chosen for the public to then vote on a favorite design at a booth at Christmas on the River in downtown Parkville on Friday, December 1. The event begins at 6:00 p.m. and the public can vote throughout the festival.
The winner will be announced on Monday, December 4th on the City’s Facebook (@CityofParkville) and Twitter (@parkvillemo) pages using the hashtag #MonumentVeteransMemorialPKV and on the City’s website. The winning design will also be displayed at City Hall for public viewing.
For more information about the Monument at the Veterans’ Memorial Campaign, contact Assistant to the City Administrator Anna Mitchell at (816) 741-7676.
The Parkville Nature Sanctuary will host its annual Ghost Stories Night on Saturday, October 28, 2017, from 6:30-9:00 p.m. at the Parkville Nature Sanctuary located at Highway 9 and 12th Street. Ghost Stories Night is a family event for kids of all ages.
Hot dogs and chips will be served – adults are $7 and kids are $3. Guests can toast marshmallows and enjoy s’mores at the campfire, hike the haunted trail and listen to scary tales. Music will be provided by Mike Fraser and Tenley Hansen.
To help prepare for the event, the Nature Sanctuary is looking for high school aged and older volunteers to help carve Jack-O-Lanterns at English Landing Park on Thursday, October 26 from 6-8 p.m. Cookies and cider will be provided. The pumpkins carved will be used to light the kids trail during Ghost Stories.
For more information about Ghost Stories, contact Nature Sanctuary Director Joe Ryan at (816) 741-7676.
The Fall 2017 Newsletter is now available on the City’s website. Check out Parkville news, events, pictures and more! To view the online version visit https://parkvillemo.gov/download/newsletters/Fall2017Newsletter.pdf.
A hard copy was be mailed to all Parkville residents and licensed businesses the week ending October 6, 2017.
The City of Parkville became the second in Platte County to adopt an ordinance to prohibit the sale of tobacco-related products to minors under the age of 21 years. The ordinance was adopted on October 2nd and will become effective November 1st.
The City previously adopted an ordinance prohibiting the sale of tobacco products to minors under the age of 18 years. As part of a regional initiative called Tobacco21|KC, dozens across the Kansas City region, led by the Greater Kansas City Chamber of Commerce, have partnered with city and county governments to adopt regulations to increase the minimum age to purchase tobacco products, e-cigarettes, vapor products and related paraphernalia to 21 years. The initiative was launched in 2015 and to-date cities in the metro area, with a total population of nearly 1.5 million, have adopted the regulations.
The ordinance did not change the age for possession of tobacco products from the current state-imposed age of under 18 years old.
A principal objective of Tobacco 21|KC is that prohibiting the sale of tobacco-related products to minors under 21 will decrease exposure to the addictive properties of tobacco products. The group cites national data showing that 95% of adult smokers begin smoking before they turn 21. The ages between 18 and 21 are a critical period when many smokers move from experimental smoking to regular, daily use. By reducing exposure to tobacco products, there will be a drop in the number of long-time tobacco users which will result in improvements to health and lifespans of a greater number of people.
Mayor Johnston said, “Adoption of this ordinance will help ensure that healthy lifestyle habits are established in our youth; it has been proven that these lifestyles are carried into adulthood. I am pleased the initiative passed with unanimous support from the Board of Aldermen.”
The City will notify Parkville retailers that the sale or distribution of tobacco, alternative nicotine products and vapor products to minors under 21 years of age is prohibited starting November 1, 2017.
For more information about the Tobacco 21|KC initiative visit http://www.wearehealthykc.com/We-Are-Healthy-KC/Tobacco-Cessation.aspx.
The City of Parkville set an example at the Board of Aldermen meeting on September 19th by receiving Hands-Only CPR from the Southern Platte Fire Protection District (SPFPD). The trainees are now ready to provide cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) services through notifications from the PulsePoint app. Sudden cardiac arrest strikes about 350,000 people in the United States every year. When someone is in cardiac arrest, seconds count.
The life-saving PulsePoint app for smart phones provides mobile alerts to citizens trained in hands-only CPR when someone in a nearby public place suffers sudden cardiac arrest. Public safety communications centers send alerts through the app at the same time they dispatch first responders to the scene and users of the closest available automated external defibrillator (AED) so users can start CPR before an ambulance arrives.
Anyone with a smart phone can download the free PulsePoint app. Once installed users can select the agency serving the areas where they live and work to receive alerts. The app is available through three agencies that dispatch emergency medical services in all or part of six counties in the Kansas City metro, in both Kansas and Missouri. Richard Carrizzo, SPFPD Fire Chief and president of the Heart of America Fire Chiefs, said, “Combined, these areas have a population of over 1.3 million. This is the largest regional effort to simultaneously implement PulsePoint in the nation. Getting more people trained in #HandsOnlyCPR is a plus!”
The SPFPD invites businesses to schedule a 20 minute hands-only CPR training session to practice skills on manikins. There is not a certification associated with the training, but it is a skill that can enable citizens to save a life. The American Red Cross states that 27 percent of all citizens will have to provide CPR to someone. Businesses can contact Deputy Chief Ralph Nell at (816) 741-2900 or by e-mail to schedule Hands-Only CPR training at the workplace.
Employers can also schedule training for their employees through local fire or emergency medical service departments, the American Red Cross and the American Heart Association.
Mayor Johnston said “The City is proud to be part of the movement to train citizens in Hands-Only CPR. If this saves one life it will be worth it!”
For more information about the smart phone app, visit http://www.pulsepoint.org/download/. For questions about the Board’s training contact City Administrator Joe Parente at (816) 741-7676.