In the Know

Census Day is April 1, 2020. If you’re not sure who to count as part of your household, think about who stayed in your home on April 1. For example, if you share custody of a child, you can decide which household should count the child based on where they stayed on April 1. People staying with you on April 1 who have no other usual home should be counted as part of your household. You can expect to get instructions from the U.S. Census Bureau in the mail or, in some rural communities, hand-delivered to your home, in early March 2020. You’ll be able to respond online or by phone.

The 2020 Census is your chance to make sure the hard-earned tax dollars you send to Washington, D.C. make their way back to Missouri. For every adult and every child that is not counted in the census, our state will lose $1,300 in federal dollars every year. When every Missourian is counted, we get more money for roads and bridges, hospitals, and schools. Respond to the 2020 Census. Because Missouri Counts! Because You Count!

Your responses to the 2020 Census are safe, secure, and protected by federal law. Your answers can only be used to produce statistics. They cannot be used against you in any way. By law, all responses to the U.S. Census Bureau household and business surveys are kept completely confidential. Click here to visit the official Missouri 2020 Census website.

MML Economic Development Issue

Excelsior Springs was recently featured in the Missouri Municipal Review magazine’s economic development issue. Written by Melinda Mehaffy, City of Excelsior Springs Economic Development Director, and Lee Langerock, partner with Prep the Page LLC, the article provides insight into the 2017 legislative act designed to draw private investment into areas that experience a high level of socio-economic distress. What does the Opportunity Zones Program mean for your community? Click here to read the article.

City’s Listening Post events

The City has hosted listening posts with topics that have included Medical Marijuana, how to respond to the airport request for proposals, how the Hall of Waters could be reused or renovated, and a neighborhood discussion on proposed reuse of the Wyman School building. The Listening Posts are intended to allow individuals to join in the conversations about projects that are important in the community and are timely in nature. Check back for new topics and lend your voice to the conversation!

ALDI store receives Keystone Award

The Clay County Economic Development Council presented the Annual Keystone Awards to area businesses and projects on December 11. The Excelsior Springs ALDI store was recognized for their expansion and job creation in their new location at the corner of McCleary Road and 69 Hwy. Accepting on behalf of ALDI was Regional Store Manager Dionte Lampley, third from left. Joining from Excelsior Springs were, from left, Councilwoman Sonya Morgan, Mayor Pro-Tem Sharon Powell, Mayor Brad Eales, City Manager Molly McGovern, and Chamber Director Elaina Lamley. Photo by Excelsior Springs Economic Development Director Melinda Mehaffy.

Yard Waste Site Holiday, Seasonal Hours

The City of Excelsior Springs Yard Waste Drop Off Site will be open Friday, November 22 and Saturday, November 23, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. and Sunday, November 24, 3 p.m. to dusk. Bulky Item Drop Off is open Saturday, November 23, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Both sides are closed for Holiday — November 29 through December 1.

Yard Waste and Bulky Item Drop Off Sites will be open December 7, December 14, and December 21, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Both sites will be closed after December 21 until March 7, 2020.

Hall of Waters featured in Missouri Chamber magazine

Missouri Business, published by the Missouri Chamber of Commerce and Industry, recently featured an article on the Hall of Waters in its Summer 2019 issue. “Making a splash: City Purchase of Excelsior Springs in 1935 led to construction of historic Hall of Waters”, written by Shawna Scott, quoted an earlier article from Missouri Business from February 1936. Click here for a copy of the article.

It’s Your Home, Make it Safe

The City of Excelsior Springs is a participating community in the Regional Household Hazardous Waste (HHW) Collection Program through the Mid-American Regional Council (MARC) Solid Waste Management District. The district encompasses Cass, Clay, Jackson, Platte and Ray counties in Missouri. A portion of your trash bill is used to support this program. Collection events are held throughout the year and share hosting these events. Click here for 2020 collection events calendar.

Items that can be disposed of include paint, cleaners, lawn and garden products, automotive fluids, bug sprays, fluorescent lights, and other chemical products generated by residents at their home. Hazardous waste is also accepted from Excelsior Springs residents at no charge at the Kansas City HHW facility, 4707 Deramus (just south of the Chouteau Bridge in the east river bottoms), Thursday and Friday 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., Saturday 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. No appointment required. Please note that until further notice, the Summit Waste System HHW facility in Lee’s Summit in no longer accepting material.

Learn more about the City of Excelsior Springs Recycling Center and items that are accepted.

Community Development publishes Annual Report

The City of Excelsior Springs Community Development Department published its first Annual Report in February. “The Annual Report is a glimpse into the work we do in community development,” said Melinda Mehaffy, Director. “What you don’t see is all of the ‘behind the scenes’ work to clean up properties, finish new projects or plan for what comes next. We hope this gives you an idea of the work we are doing to ensure our community has safe buildings and homes and new investment in the community.”
Click here for Annual Report.