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Thursday, November 12, 2020
Home Heating Safety

We are moving into cooler days and even cooler nights and more homeowners are turning on their heating systems to stay warm. It’s important that you have your furnace inspected to ensure that it is in good working condition. Following these simple steps will help keep you and your family safe:
  • Be sure all furnace controls and emergency shutoffs are in proper working condition. 
  • Leave furnace repairs to qualified specialists. Do not attempt repairs yourself unless you are qualified. 
  • Inspect the walls and ceiling near the furnace and along the chimney line. If the wall is hot or discolored, additional pipe insulation or clearance may be required. 
  • Check the flue pipe and pipe seams. Are they well supported, free of holes, and cracks? Soot along or around seams may be an indicator of a leak. 
  • Is the chimney solid or does it have cracks or loose bricks? All unused flue openings should be sealed with solid masonry. 
  • Keep trash and other combustibles away from the heating system. 
Corby Pond Project Update

The Corby Pond Green Project began a few weeks ago with goals to improve water quality, reduce combined sewer overflows by increasing water detention and ultimately providing a much-needed renovation to the surrounding park area. This project was identified and approved to meet the 2019 Administrative Order on Consent required by the Missouri Department of Natural Resources and the Environmental Protection Agency. 

The scope of the improvements include removing silt from the pond, diverting two streams which flow directly into the combined sewer towards the pond improving aquatic habitat, reconstructing the overflow structure, separating surrounding storm water inlets from the sewer and directing piping to the pond and rebuilding the west and north banks to cure erosion problems. After all the work is completed, the area of storm water run-off capture will increase from 48 to 338 acres while the water volume storage contained in the pond will increase from three acre-feet to over 18 acre-feet. Smart technology will control water levels within the pond prior, during and after storm events to minimize flows into the combined sewer at the pond’s outlet. A previous wetland pilot project north of this area has proven this technological promotes and maintains natural habits for many species. 

The order of work has already started which includes the Missouri Department of Conservation removing fish from the pond and placing them into other area lakes and rivers and draining the existing pond. Once emptied, dredging of silt from the pond will occur over the winter months allowing for contracted retaining wall work to begin in spring 2021. The design was completed by the city’s engineering division and much of the construction work will be accomplished between parks and public works staff. The work within the project scope will be completed by late summer 2021.
2020 Parks Christmas Ornament

Own a piece of Holiday Park history with the Parks, Recreation and Civic Facilities Department's 2020 Christmas ornament. This year's ornament celebrates the 40th anniversary by featuring retired light bulbs from the displays over the years. The ornaments are available for $10 in a variety of colors at the Remington Nature Center. Previous yearly ornaments can be purchased for $8.
The Local Evolution of COVID-19

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Going on a Turkey Hunt

Searching for a fun, outdoor activity? Join the Parks, Recreation and Civic Facilities Department on a turkey hunt throughout the parks all month long for the chance to win a family-sized, take-home Thanksgiving meal from your local Hy-Vee. Instructions on how to participate can be found on the parks department's Facebook page. Can't figure out the next clue? Message them on Facebook and staff will try their best to guide you to the next spot. Don't have time to finish them all in one day? Residents have until Monday, November 23, to complete the scavenger hunt.
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