Liberty violators can pay online
The city of Liberty now has an online option for defendants to pay fines and court fees for most traffic violations.
If citations are not connected to an accident the following can be paid online: failure to have a driver’s license, failure to wear a seat belt, failure to properly restrain a child in a motor vehicle, stop sign violations, some speeding citations, running a red light, parking violations, and expired license plates or improper registration.
Last year almost 7,000 of these cases were handled by the court.
To see if a fine is eligible for online payment or to pay the bill, go to www.ci.liberty.mo.us/court.
New youth specialist at Tri-County
Ashley Zugelter of Pleasant Valley is the new Youth Prevention Specialist at Tri-County Mental Health.
“I will plan, develop and implement programs in the community and area schools that keep kids safe and healthy,” said Zugelter, who previously served as executive director of the National Alliance on Mental Illness in Dallas.
Zugelter earned a bachelor of arts degree in psychology and a master’s in social work from the University of Kansas.
She is originally from the Kansas City area and said returning to work with Tri-County was a great opportunity.
Tri-County assisted 9,000 area residents last year and provided prevention services to more than 40,000. For information on Tri-County programs call 816-468-0400 or go to www.tricountymhs.org.
NKC License Office opens
A new North Kansas City License Office will open Dec. 9 at 2424 Burlington, Suite B in North Kansas City.
“We collect sales vehicle tax, process titles, issue driver’s licenses, process renewals,” said DJ Koester, who will operate the license office with his father, David Koester.
North Kansas City has been without a license office since September.
The Koesters are from St. Louis and Bowling Green, Mo. This will be their sixth license office.
Call the license office at 816-472-0555.
Tax bills merge in Liberty
Liberty residents will see fewer tax bills for 2013 thanks to a contract the city has made with the Clay County Collector’s office to include Liberty’s taxes on county issued tax bills. Liberty residents will pay their city taxes to the Clay County Collector.
In the past residents received real estate tax bills and personal property tax bills from each entity. Both city and county taxes will now appear on the same bills.
Liberty residents can see and pay their taxes online at www.claycountymo.gov/collector. Tax bills can also be paid through the mail or by dropping payments off at the courthouse.
“There is no transaction with the city anymore,” said Sara Cooke, communications manager for the city of Liberty.
For questions about 2013 tax bills, call the Clay County Collector's Office at 816-407-3200. For questions about delinquent Liberty taxes on the combined 2013 tax bills, call the city Finance Department at 816-439-4458.
Miss Missouri Teen winners
Platte County senior Olivia Crider was chosen as third runner-up in the Miss Missouri Teen USA pageant in St. Louis on Nov. 10.
Crider, 17, competed as Miss Kansas City Teen USA against 70 other girls from across the state in swimsuit, evening gown and personal interview competitions. She was awarded a scholarship to Lindenwood University in St. Charles, Mo.
The Kansas City, North, teen goes to Platte County High School in Platte City. She is the daughter of Ron and Michelle Crider.
She is a member of the Platte County girls varsity swim team and holds five school swimming records. She also serves on the Platte County High School event staff and is active in Science Club and Young Life.
Samantha Jo Bowers, Miss Cass County Teen USA, was named Miss Missouri Teen USA for 2014.
Cookies with Santa
Everyone is invited to share cookies with Santa from 2 to 5 p.m. Sunday at the Gladstone Community Center.
The event will feature a visit from Santa, cookie decorating and other activities for children.
Cameras are welcome, and a photographer will be on site for people who want to buy photos.
The event is free and open to all. It is hosted by Sherrie Rickel and Scott Vulgamott of ReMax Results.
For information call 816-423-4200 or go to www.gladstonecommunitycenter.com.
The Liberty Community Christmas Tree program needs volunteers to bring holiday cheer, gifts and food to local families in need.
Volunteers are needed to adopt a family they will and shop for and deliver food and gifts to. Interested persons should attend an orientation meeting at 6 p.m. Dec. 3 or Dec. 5 at Heritage Hall, 117 W. Kansas, Liberty. Photo ID is requested.
Shoppers will be given a debit card to purchase gifts for their chosen family.
Last year 276 families with 699 children and 135 other households received assistance from the Liberty Community Christmas Tree program.
For information call 816-439-4714.
| Norma King, Special to The Star