Dueling beard departments
Members of the Peculiar Police Department and Raymore Police Department are participating in No Shave November. The effort, which involves not shaving from Nov. 1 to Nov. 30, is an effort to raise funds to fight cancer. The public is invited to support the officer’s efforts with a donation at https://no-shave.org/
Click the donate button on the site. Search for the department or an individual member by name to either vote for a team or an individual member of the police department.
Drug takeback success
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The National Drug Takeback Day in Raymore was a success on Oct. 27. The four hour drop off, sponsored by the Raymore Police Department and the Raymore Price Chopper, allowed people to drop off the unused portion of their prescription medications for proper disposal. The effort keeps the drugs out of the waterways, and also away from people who do not have a prescription for the medications. The police department turned over 17 large boxes of expired and unwanted drugs to the Drug Enforcement Agency.
Belton City Council position open
Belton City Council has a vacancy following the successful election of Jeff Fletcher to the office of County Clerk. The city is taking applications to fill the remainder of Fletcher’s unexpired term in office as a representative of Ward 1.
City Council will appoint a qualified person to fill the position until the next regular municipal elections in April of 2019. To apply a person must be at least 18, be a registered voter in Ward 1, have lived in the City of Belton for at least two years and in Ward 1 for at least six months.
They must not hold another compensated elected office, have a felony conviction, or be in arrears for any tax lien. Applications are available online and can be submitted through Nov. 19.
Peculiar Christmas tree
The Mayor’s Christmas tree lighting ceremony in Peculiar is scheduled for Tuesday, Nov. 27. The event starts with a food drive at 5 p.m. to benefit the First Baptist Food Pantry. The donation of a can of food allows participants a picture with Santa, who will arrive at 5:30 p.m. at Brierly Hall. The Ray-Pec choir will sing at 6:30 p.m. The lighting ceremony is scheduled for 6:45 p.m.
Harrisonville EMT classes coming up
Harrison Emergency Services is starting an Emergency Medical Technician class at the beginning of December. The 20-student class will be held at 6:30 p.m. on Mondays and Thursdays beginning on Dec. 3. The class will satisfy the 160 hour requirement for the National Registry EMT certification.
Cost for the class is $1,000. Students will receive a course completion certificate and the first round of practical testing with their tuition. A state written test must also be passed before students can become a nationally registered EMT. Applications for the class are available at EMS Headquarters. Deadline to enroll is Nov. 23.
Harrisonville Square Town Hall Meeting
Love the Harrisonville Square and Missouri Main Street Connection want public feedback on how to improve the Harrisonville square.
The organizations are holding the first in a series of town hall meetings Nov. 27 at the Beck Event Space from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.
The meetings are a part of a grant and training Love the Harrisonville Square received last summer to help with economic development in the downtown square area. Missouri Main Street Connection will be working with the group over the next two years to help members establish a revitalization effort for the area which focuses on preserving the historic buildings and capitalize on increased interest in the area.
City of Harrisonville City Administrator Happy Welch says the city is enthusiastic about the potential of this effort.
“The Harrisonville Square is the very heart of the city and city government is committed to preserving its historic aspects while also fostering a new vibrancy in our original business district,” Welch said in a news release.
The City of Harrisonville provided a 40 percent cash funding match to help Love the Harrisonville Square secure the grant.
Wall Coming to Harrisonville – volunteers wanted
A replica of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial is coming to Harrisonville in summer of 2019. The three-quarter scale replica of the national memorial in Washington, D.C. is 375 feet in length and 7.5 feet high. It features the name of each of the 58,220 soldiers who died in the Vietnam War.
The American Legion Post 42 arranged the visit, which will be from June 27 to July 1 in the Mill-Walk Mall parking lot. The exhibit includes a 53-foot trailer museum and education center that can give visitors a better understanding of the legacy of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial. A Huey helicopter that saw combat during the Vietnam War will also be on display. The American Legion Post 42 is looking for volunteers to help while the exhibit is in Harrisonville. Contact Steve Tiedeman 816-872-4450 for more information.
Southview Commerce Center under construction
NorthPoint Development is officially under construction at future Southview Commerce Center. The 148-acre flex industrial campus will take shape on the site of the former Southview Golf Course. The total project is projected to cost $105 million. When it is complete, the area is expected to bring about 1,400 jobs with a $58 million payroll to the area.