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Thursday, October 29, 2020
Daylight Saving Time Ends

Daylight Saving Time ends on Sunday, November 1, at 2am, as it's time to fall back. Make sure to set your clocks back one hour and remember to replace all the batteries in your smoke detectors.
Corby Pond Project

In the coming months, Corby Pond will receive a facelift through a stormwater improvement project. Led by the Public Works and Transportation Department, this project will help capture stormwater and control excess runoff in this area. The Parks, Recreation and Civic Facilities Department will be removing some trees, benches and the dock to allow more room for construction. The dock will be replaced with a floating fishing dock. The departments are working on classifying this project as a community assistance program, which helps proactively prevent and resolve flood management issues.

The Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) has removed all the fish from the pond and relocated them. Also, an agreement with the MDC has been created to help with fish management and enforcement. As before, Corby Pond will be stocked with fish and the MDC will enforce fishing regulations such as licensing and limits. This project is projected to be completed by summer of 2021. 
Making Halloween Safer This Year

Traditional Halloween activities are fun, but some can increase the risk of getting or spreading COVID-19. Here are some safety tips which can help keep you and those around you safer this season.
  • Stay at least 6 feet away from others who do not live with you. Whether indoors or outdoors, you are more likely to get or spread COVID-19 when you are in close contact with others for a long time.
  • Wash hands before handling treats. Bring hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol with you and use it after touching objects or other people. Parents should supervise young children using hand sanitizer. Make sure to wash hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds when you get home and before you eat any treats.
  • Wear a mask. Make your cloth mask part of your costume. A costume mask is not a substitute for a cloth mask. Do not wear a costume mask over a cloth mask. It can make breathing more difficult. Masks should not be worn by children under the age of two or anyone who has trouble breathing
  • Avoid direct contact with trick-or-treaters. Hand out treats outdoors if possible. Set up a station with individually bagged treats for kids to take.

There are alternate ways to participate in Halloween festivities.
  • Decorate and carve pumpkins or decorate your home for Halloween. Carve pumpkins with members of your household or outside with neighbors or friends. Walk from house to house, admiring Halloween decorations at a distance.
  • Visit an orchard, forest, or corn maze. Go on an outdoor Halloween-themed scavenger hunt. Visit a pumpkin patch or orchard. Remember to wash your hands or use hand sanitizer frequently, especially after touching frequently touched surfaces, such as pumpkins or apples. Go to a one-way, walk-through haunted forest or corn maze.
  • Other ideas include hiding Halloween treats in and around your house. Hold an outdoor costume parade or contest so everyone can show off their costumes. Host an outdoor Halloween movie night with friends or neighbors or an indoor movie night with your household members.

Drive-thru Trunk-or-Treat

Don't forget to head to the parking lot of Heritage Park tonight, October 29, from 6-8pm for a a drive-thru trunk-or-treat hosted by the Parks, Recreation and Civic Facilities Department. This social distancing event will be like a normal trunk-or-treat, but instead of walking, treaters will stay in their car and drive between each trunk as the candy will brought to them. Hope to see you there!
Winter...and it's Not Even Halloween

As I sit here writing this, the street maintenance division crews are cleaning the salt spreaders from the first snow of the season. Take a minute and...read more
Fall Open Burning

Reminder, open burning has been approved for November 1-30, between the hours of 8am-6pm. Only dry yard waste such as leaves, brush and logs grown on the residential property may be burned. Residents are encouraged to explore alternatives to open burning. Many options for disposing of yard waste are easy, do not contribute to air pollution, are not dependent on time restrictions or the weather and provide the health benefit of physical activity while doing yard work.

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