Parkville receives budget award
Parkville has been recognized by the Government Finance Officers Association of the United States and Canada (GFOA) for its budgeting achievements.
The Northland city received the Distinguished Budget Presentation Award for 2016. Last year only 29 municipalities in Missouri received the award.
To qualify for the award, the city had to meet guidelines for an effective budget presentation including a policy document, financial plan, operations guide, and communication device; and prove proficiency in 14 mandatory criteria within the four categories, said Tim Blakeslee, assistant to the city administrator.
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“It’s definitely a team effort from the city’s prospective,” Blakeslee said. “It’s three months of budget season and everybody’s working hard putting it together.”
Parkville City Administrator Lauren Palmer praised Blakeslee and those involved in the qualification process.
“Parkville has been working toward this goal for three years. I am proud of the commitment of the governing body and city staff to meet the highest principles of governmental budgeting,” Palmer said.
“The budget is a major team effort each year assisted by every department. I want to especially recognize Tim Blakeslee, assistant to the city administrator, for doing the primary work to compile the budget document and prepare the award application.”
The GFOA Distinguished Budget Presentation Awards Program is the only national awards program in governmental budgeting.
Meet with a pharmacist
Liberty Hospital is hosting a free “Know Your Medications” event 8 a.m. to noon, July 16.
“This is a unique opportunity for patients to get to know their medications and have uninterrupted, one-on-one time with a pharmacist,” said Lindsay Foresee, a Liberty Hospital pharmacist.
Four pharmacists will be available, by appointment, to meet with 20 participants that day. Register for an appointment at www.libertyhospital.org. Only registered participants will be seen.
Participants should bring all current and unused medications, including vitamins and supplements and over-the-counter medications with them, said Foresee. “We want them to bring basically their entire medicine cabinet.”
Appointments will be held on the ground floor of the Doctors Building at Liberty Hospital, 2521 Glenn Hendren Drive, Liberty.
While the event is free. Participants are invited to bring donations for the TreeHouse at Liberty Hospital, which offers patients’ families temporary housing while the family member is in the hospital. Suggested donations are paper towels, toilet paper, bottled water, tissues, paper plates, breakfast bars or coffee.
The Liberty Police Department will host a drug take-back event at the hospital for participants in the “Know Your Medications” event, accepting outdated or unused medications.
Others wanting to properly dispose of unused medications can take them to the Liberty Police Department, 101 E. Kansas St., Liberty. A drop-off box is located inside the doors.
Missouri Farm Stress
A meeting to discuss financial issues and stresses in farm country is planned in Excelsior Springs at 10 a.m. July 8 at Flander Hall, 107 S. Broadway.
“This meeting will gather information rather than tell economic outlooks,” said Scott Brown, University of Missouri economist.
Topics that may be discussed are volatile prices for inputs and commodities, weather impacts, 2015 prevented planting acres, lower land values, dropping farm commodity prices and broad-issue impacts on local areas.
Representatives from the Missouri Department of Agriculture and MU Extension will attend, and a panel representing farms, agribusinesses, organizations and state and federal agencies will address the topic “What are the next steps?”
Register for the meeting in advance by calling 660-747-3193.
Seven meetings on financial issues and stresses are planned throughout the state.
Lunch with candidates
The community is invited to attend a luncheon with legislators and legislative candidates July 13 at Maple Woods Community College.
The complimentary luncheon is sponsored by The Northland Coalition, a group of prevention volunteers in Clay, Platte and Ray counties.
The luncheon begins at noon and is followed by a question-and-answer forum focused on issues of importance to the Coalition.
The event will be held in room 110 of the Campus Center Building at the college, 2601 N.E. Barry Road, Kansas City, North.
Reservations for the luncheon should be made by July 18 online at www.2016legislativeforum.eventbrite.com or by calling 816-877-0401.
The Northland Coalition, with the support of Tri-County Mental Health Services, works to create safe, healthy and drug-free communities.
Youth are invited to register for Camp Shakespeare, a week-long drama camp in Weston planned for July 11 to 22.
The camp, for youth ages 8-18, is a joint project of Weston Community Theatre and Heart of America Shakespeare Festival.
While the camp fee is $300, WCT is offering 11 tuition scholarships and Camp Shakespeare is offering four.
The camp is billed as an educational introduction to the works of Shakespeare and theater, taught by professionals. The culmination of the camp will be a public performance of Shakespeare’s “Twelfth Night” on the last day of camp.
“My personal philosophy is this is what gives kids great skills for moving forward regardless of what walk of life they go into,” said Kirk Nelson, founder of WCT.
“It builds confidence. It builds memorization skills. It gives them more confidence in speaking in public, following directions, team building. Plus it introduces them to the whole history of a different era of a different time. You can get a team together but you don’t have to beat somebody to win.”
To register call Heart of America Shakespeare Festival at 816-531-7728 or go to www.kcshakes.org. Camp will be held at Weston United Methodist Church, 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. each day.
WCT, now in its 13th year, has presented a musical each summer. This summer’s musical was preempted by construction in the Weston High School where the rehearsals and performances normally take place.
The planned musical was “Anything Goes,” by Cole Porter.
“It was sort of God having a giggle up there, I’m thinking,” Nelson said.
WCT then approached Heart of America Shakespeare Festival about offering the camp for youth and now can boast the only Camp Shakespeare north of the river.
Camp Shakespeare is open to all youth, regardless of residency.