The City of Parkville is pleased to announce that the Riss Lake Community Association recently adopted a 1.165 mile section of Highway 45 through the Missouri Adopt-A-Highway program. They join the more than 5,200 groups and 50,000 volunteers who focus on making Missouri’s roadways cleaner and more attractive.
Parkville Police Chief Kevin Chrisman started the process following the association’s annual meeting. He communicated with the Missouri Department of Transportation (MoDOT) to set up initial conversations with the Riss Lake Community Association. An application was submitted to and approved by MoDOT for the association to adopt the section of Highway 45 from Klamm Road on the east to Route 9 on the west. The team’s lead for the volunteers is Cem Yildirim. The developer of Riss Lake is Don Julian.
The Missouri Adopt-A-Highway program began in 1987. More than 385,000 acres of right-of-way along 33,700 state highway miles are maintained by MoDOT. Adopters can pick up litter, mow, beautify the roadside through landscaping or grow native wildflowers and grasses along the roadside. The Riss Lake Community Association plans to pick up litter in their adopted section. As required in the agreement, one of the cleanups will be during the No MOre Trash! Bash in April.
Signs will be posted with the association’s name at each end of the adopted section. MoDOT will provide trash bags and will pick up and dispose of the bags of collected litter.
Volunteer cleanup work began on Saturday, May 5th with a small group of Riss Lake residents who helped start the cleanup process. Residents included Judy and Randy Timmerman; Amy and Kent Barr; Frances Duffy; and NevAda, Banu and Cem Yildirim. The group will continue to meet and help keep the section of Highway 45 clean throughout the year.
Mayor Johnston said “Thank you to the Timmerman’s, Barr’s, Frances Duffy and the Yildirim’s. Their hard work helps make Parkville a more beautiful place to live, work and play. Volunteers are what make a good community great!”