Mayor Johnston proclaimed May 17-23, 2015 as National Public Works Week in Parkville at the Board of Aldermen meeting on Tuesday, May 19. Thanks to our Public Works employees for working hard every day to maintain streets, parks, nature sanctuaries, sewers, and other public infrastructure. Pictured (left to right): Richard Wilson, Alliance Water Resources (wastewater treatment plant); Mayor Nan Johnston; Public Works Director Alysen Abel; Director of Operations Alan Schank.
From January 2015 to March 2015 the City of Parkville partnered with the Park University Master of Public Affairs Public Management Class (PA 511) on a community-based venture. Initially, City staff worked with Park University Professor (and Parkville resident) Rebekkah Stuteville to select an interesting and viable project with real world management issues for the PA 511 class to research and analyze. After discussion of various projects, the management and maintenance of the Old Parkville Cemetery was selected as the class topic.
Historically, the Old Parkville Cemetery has remained a relatively low priority for the City because of its limited usage as a functional cemetery and the dedication of City resources to other areas of need. Maintenance and management of the Old Parkville Cemetery was a project that was given a score of low priority at the Board planning retreat last summer. However, staff recognizes the need to develop a plan for future maintenance and preservation of the cemetery before the area suffers irreversible damage or requires extraordinarily expensive repairs. The partnership with Park University provided an opportunity to advance this project through volunteer support in lieu of significant City staff and other resources that are committed for higher priorities. Specifically, the PA 511 class was tasked with determining (1) ways to effectively maintain the cemetery on a limited budget and (2) the future of the currently defunct Cemetery Board.
Throughout the semester, City staff checked in on PA 511 class progress via a YouTube video, a live video chat, and discussion in an online classroom. This format provided a way for students to get instant information and feedback from each other and from City officials. As a supplement to the PA 511 class project, students from the Park University Geography Department began a preliminary mapping and online Geographic Information Systems (GIS) project for the cemetery. The supplementary project produced a GIS map and list of visible gravestones in the Old Parkville Cemetery.
The full report presented to the Board of Aldermen on 5/5/15 can be found at the following link: Full Report PDF
The PowerPoint presented to the to the Board of Aldermen on 5/5/15 can found at the following link: Full Presentation PDF
Need a place to get rid of that old freezer, cell phone or most anything else with a cord or battery? The city has partnered with the Parkville Commons, Tech Express, and MRC Recycling, to collect basically everything that has a cord or battery (working or not).
Items accepted at no charge include: computers, printers, keyboards, laptops, hard drives, cell phones, pagers, radios, scanners, speakers, VCR, DVD, fax machines, answering machines, televisions, stereos, non-PCB ballast, furnaces, water heaters, air conditioners, microwaves, power tools, lawn and garden equipment (must have gas and oil removed), refrigerators, freezers, stoves, washers and other kitchen and home appliances. There is a charge to recycle TVs. $20 for TVs smaller than 27” and $40 for TVs larger than 28″.
The May 2015 Quarterly Major Projects Update has been posted on the City website. Check it out at the following link: http://parkvillemo.gov/
Save the Date! You are invited to join the City on Saturday, May 16th at 2:30 pm at the Sullivan Nature Sanctuary to recognize the Brown family and the Smalley Family for their generous gift of forested land to the City of Parkville.
The city will also dedicate “Maria Ewing Circle” as an official trail at the end of North Twin Trail. Cookies and punch will be served. We look forward to seeing you.
We will meet outdoors at the end of Main Street near the entry to Sullivan Nature Sanctuary and the entry to Platte Landing Park. This is just across Main street and to the west of Grigsby Field baseball diamond.
Save your child’s spot for Nature Day Camp at the Parkville Nature Sanctuary! This camp fills up quickly so don’t delay. See the attached flyer for more details.
The City of Parkville is pleased to announce the Parkville Parks Donation Program. The donation program is split into four primary areas of focus: Memorial Bench Donation, Memorial Tree Donation, Dog Park Donations, and General Park Donations.
Visit: http://parkvillemo.gov/parks-donation-program/ for more information.
Areas of focus:
- Memorial Bench Donation: A bench donation includes a black 6 foot long bench that is made with a thermo-plastic coating over steel set in a concrete pad, a memorial plaque, a commemorative certificate, map, and a photo of the bench. The cost of a bench donation is $2,000.00.
- Memorial Tree Donation: A tree donation includes a high-quality 30 gallon tree, which is 8 to 12 feet tall and 2″-2.5″ caliper, planted and maintained for its life span. A memorial tree donation also includes a commemorative certificate, map, and a photo of the tree. For landscaping and general maintenance purposes, a memorial tree does not include a plaque. The cost of a tree donation is $400.00.
- Dog Park Donations:
- The purchase of a Dog Tag memorial plaque is a relatively inexpensive alternative for residents and visitors to help support the Dog Park. A donation of $50.00-$100.00 reserves a personalized tag. The idea is that Dog Tags will be on display year round on a display board at the Dog Park. Donated funds will be used for the purchase of new Dog Park equipment and general year round maintenance of the Dog Park.
- Larger donations to the Dog Park are also accepted. The informational website lists toys and amenities available for donation inside and around the Dog Park. Currently available for donation: ramps, tunnels, teeter-totters, hoops, fire hydrants. These donation options range from $500.00 to $2,000.00.
- General Park Donations: General park donations are accepted on the Parkville website. Unspecified donations will be posted to the Parks Donations Fund and used for the purchase or maintenance of park amenities, features, and/or landscaping.
Please visit http://parkvillemo.gov/route-9-corridor-study/ to view updates and to leave comments about the Route 9 Corridor Study. This webpage is intended to provide detailed information regarding the Route 9 Corridor Study. It will be updated as the project progresses.
Route 9 is regionally significant, connecting vehicular and pedestrian traffic on Route 45 to employment centers and regional destinations including downtown Parkville, Park University, the Horizons, over 200 acres of parkland, the South Platte County Community Center and the Platte County Health Department. The purpose of the Route 9 Corridor Study is to create an implementation plan that addresses the following key priorities for the project partners:
- Determine needed vehicular and pedestrian improvements to mitigate safety and capacity issues, and minimize traffic conflicts, on Route 9.
- Enhance aesthetics and pedestrian movements, particularly in proximity to downtown Parkville and Park University.
- Accommodate compatible new development and redevelopment along the corridor.
- Reduce future construction costs by facilitating the reservation of right-of-way for future improvements.
- Position the participating municipalities to compete in future transportation grant cycles for eligible improvements in the corridor