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Thursday, July 11, 2019
Neighborhood Watch Groups

It only takes a minute for a burglary to happen. Get to know your neighbors and work together to help deter crime. A Neighborhood Watch is a crime prevention program which enlists the active participation of citizens in cooperation with law enforcement. There can't be a law enforcement officer on every corner, so citizen involvement is essential to help reduce crime. To begin a Neighborhood Watch, contact the crime prevention division at 236-1473.
New Landfill Trash Compactor

The landfill recently purchased a new trash compactor. The Caterpillar 836 K arrived on two flatbed trucks during the first week of May. The new machine weighs in at 119,817 pounds, puts out 535 horse power and working out quite well already packing all the trash. The landfill staff considers this machine a major component of the day-to-day operation.
Tennis Court Updates

Local tennis players will be pleased to know progress is being made with the tennis court renovations at both the Northside Complex and Hyde Park. Northside Complex renovations have been completed and opened for play on Friday, July 5. Work is currently being completed at the Hyde Park tennis courts and, depending on the weather, the hope is to open those courts by the end of this week or early next week for game play.   
Renovation for both tennis courts is being done by Riggs Recreation Equipment, Inc. out of Leawood, Kansas. The new tennis court surface being laid at both facilities is called ProBounce and consists of layers of different types of materials to provide a surface that floats over the existing asphalt surface. By floating over the asphalt surface, Riggs guarantees the new overlay will be good for up to five years. As the underlying asphalt moves and cracks, the overlay will adjust to the changes maintaining a playable surface.

The ProBounce system includes several layers in the process of placing it on the courts. The base layer is similar to artificial turf, consisting of artificial fibers and coated with a soy based urethane resin. This layer is filled with silica granules until the turf-like surface is completely filled. Weather resistant tape and urethane adhesive is applied to the seams to make a solid surface. A resin binder is then applied to the entire surface to bond all the materials together. A coating is applied on top of the layers already in place. One or more layers of a seal coat application follows. Each seal coat application requires a 24-hour minimum time to cure. Once this step has been completed, the edges are made smooth with a 45 degree angle for smooth transition from the pavement around the court onto the tennis court and flexible color surfacing is applied to produce the color of the courts and stripes. This will also require time to cure before the court is ready for game play.
The Future of Regional Transportation

The Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) recently received approval for the 2020-2023 Transportation Improvement Program (TIP) from the Governor of Missouri, the Deputy Secretary and State Transportation Engineer in Kansas, the respective federal highway representatives for both states and... read more
Get Ready for the Chiefs

Get ready to celebrate the Kansas City Chiefs returning for their 10th training camp during the Red Rally on July 26, at Coleman Hawkins Park at Felix Street Square. The free event starts with the pep rally at 5:45pm, with emcee Mitch Holthus and KC Wolf followed by the Sounds of Summer concert featuring Swift Kik at 6:30pm. The evening event will also include:

-Andy Reid and Patrick Mahomes Look-A-Like Contests at 5:40pm
-Performance by MizzNekol
-Children's activities
-T-shirts for purchase
-Food and beverages available for purchase
-Specials at various downtown businesses
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