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May 26, 2017  

As I start my 4th year as Mayor I thought it was a good time to look at what I wanted to accomplish, what has been accomplished, and what is left to do. 

Jobs and Economic Development
Nixa must continue to  expand its economic base.  This will allow for the revenue to keep up our streets, improve our parks and schools, and create businesses and jobs for Nixa residents, in Nixa.
Over the last 3 years we have made several investments to bring more jobs to Nixa.  Along with the schools and the fire districts, we invested in a company called Retail Strategies to sell Nixa to national retail businesses.  During this same time, we have worked with Ozark, Christian County and many local businesses to form the Christian County Business Development Corporation.  This new entity will allow us to soon hire a full time economic developer who will work to attract and grow businesses throughout the county.

Better Quality of Life for Everyone
Our main priority must continue to be helping the citizens and businesses in Nixa.  We continue to work to improve Nixa's three most important assets - our city infrastructure, police and parks. 
Towards these goals, our electric system was recently awarded a platinum-level recognition as a Reliable Public Power Provider (RP3) from the American Public Power Association. We have also improved and expanded our water systems and worked to relieve stormwater and sewer issues across the city.  Several major street projects were completed in 2016, with several more slated for 2017 and beyond.  This year we added 5 additional officers to the force to meet the expanded calls for service.  Our parks department continues to improve the quality and number of offerings.  The City continues to look for new and innovative ideas on how to best service the community, within the available resources.

Connecting Us with Parks and Sidewalks
As a part of helping to keep Nixa one of the best places to live, we have continued to push for new and improved parks and recreational programs throughout Nixa.  The voters have shown, while they support this, the city needs to make these improvements within current tax revenues.  To this end, the City has saved over $1 million into a new parks expansion fund, and will continue to look for ways to save towards a future community park.

We have been much more successful in building the needed sidewalk connections throughout the city.  This includes a crosswalk across 160, connecting east and west Nixa for the first time.  With planned improvements on 14, you will soon be able to travel from one end of town to the other, safely.

Keeping Our Government Accountable
The City must provide the services that Nixa needs, but at a cost tax payers can afford.  Along with this we must strive to be more efficient and effective with what we do have.  Like in business, government should work to be as effective as possible - in the most efficient way possible.  To that end, one of my proudest accomplishments is the initiation of the NCIP - Nixa Continuing Improvement Program.  Modeled after the school district's very successful strategic planning program, NCIP brings community members from every area of Nixa to work together to develop a plan for our future.

Keeping my Commitments to You
I look forward to continuing to work towards these goals over the next 3 years, and I hope I will be able to report even more successes in the future!

Mayor Steele

City Events
Memorial Day Ceremony
All are welcome to the Memorial Day Ceremony on Saturday, May 27th at 9:00am. The ceremony will take place at the Veterans Memorial at McCauley Park and inside The X Center, in the café. This year, families of World War I veterans will be recognized and WWI memorabilia will be on display. The ceremony will be followed by light refreshments.

Nixa's 115th Birthday Bash!
This year's Nixa Fest for District 2 coincides with a special date, the city's birthday!

J oin the Massengale Group of Keller Williams, the City of Nixa, Nixa Parks, Nixa Police, and Nixa Fire for Nixa's 115th Birthday Bash! 

On Saturday, June 10th from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm, we will celebrate Nixa with food, fun, and some great family memories. Meet your council members, play with Nixa Parks, and interact with those that protect and serve our community. The event will take place at 201 Village Center St. Nixa, MO. We hope to see you there!

Movies in the Park
The Movies in the Park series is presented by the Massengale Group. All movies begin at dusk and all movies are FREE! Please bring lawn chairs or blankets. Concessions will be available for purchase. All movies are dependent on weather. No smoking and no alcohol.

June 3rd - Moana (Rescheduled) 
June 24th - Princess Bride
July 29th - Dirty Dancing
August 26th - Sing
September 30th - Lego Batman

Summer Baseball/SoftballT-Ball

Registration for Baseball / Softball / T-Ball ends June 21st. The six game season begins the week of July 24th. The program is open to boys and girls ages 3 years old to currently in 6th grade (2016-2017 school year). (Must be 3 years old by July 24th).  

The fees for the program are as follows: Members $40, Residents $45, Non-Residents $53.

Visit for more info. 

Tennis Lessons

Session I: June 5th - 29th
Session II: July 3rd - 27th 

Location: Rotary Park - Tennis Courts

Open To: Ages 5 years old to Adults (18+)

Cost: $32 per session (choose one class from the schedule)

Registration: Ends the Wednesday prior to the session start date.

Information: The non-contact sport of tennis is great in terms of health and fitness. Tennis also develops hand-eye  coordination, balance, and body coordination. Moreover, tennis nurtures work ethic and discipline, all while teaching young players responsibility and sportsmanship.

Visit for more info. 

Need a summer job?
Nixa Parks is looking to hire lifeguards, camp counselors, umpires, and concessions staff!

Visit  the  JOBS  section of our website or you can call our Human Resources department at 417-724-5626.
Pool Party!
All are welcome to come swim at the Friends of the Park Summer Pool Party! This FREE event will be held at the Aquatics Center Sunday, June 25th from 6:30pm - 8:30pm.

Tornado Shelters
Do you know where your nearest FEMA shelter is? There are 4 in Nixa. Click here to see where your closest shelter is. Visit for more information on #SevereWeatherPrep.

Working for you
Nixa declares war on mosquitoes 
Starting Tuesday, May 30th, the Nixa Street Department will begin spraying for mosquitoes. Sprayers will drive designated routes Mon-Thur. 7:00 to 9:00pm. The intent is to spray every area once a week. Spraying will be subject to rain and wind conditions. The department tries to spray the city parks more than once a week and we also drop mosquito abatement in ponds and other standing water areas in the city. Please help do your part by limiting the amount of standing water on your property.

You can see which streets will be sprayed by looking at the attached route map.

Summer Recycling Center Hours
Starting May 16, 2017, the Recycling Center will extend hours 5 days a week through the summer.

Open Mondays: 8am - 4:15pm
Open Tuesday-Saturday: 7am - 7pm

Visit for more information on the City's Recycling Center. 
Exceptional city employees
The City of Nixa is truly blessed to have an amazingly talented staff who win awards for being the best at what they do in service of our small town. Congratulations to all these exemplary city employees!

Water Dept. Assists City of Republic
On May 8th, 2017, the city of Republic had a wastewater station fail causing sewage to leak into Shuyler Creek Bypass.  The city of Nixa wastewater department assisted in the clean up. The Republic City Administrator sent the following thank you letter:

Dear. Mr. Bingle:

On behalf of the City of Republic, I would like to extend our sincere appreciation for the assistance received from the city of Nixa during our recent sewer system problem.  This was a challenge that none of us with to face and we are grateful for your help.  With your assistance, we were able to quickly mitigate a significant environmental concern while auxiliary systems were put in place.

Again, thank you, and if we can ever be of service, please let us know.

Best regards, 
David Cameron
City Administrator

Electric Dept. honored for reliable electricity
The Nixa Electric Utility has earned a "Platinum" level Reliable Public Power Provider
(RP3)® designation from the American Public Power Association for providing reliable and safe electric service.

The RP3 designation, which lasts for three years, recognizes public power utilities that demonstrate proficiency in  four key disciplines: reliability, safety, workforce development and system improvement. Criteria include sound
business practices and a utility-wide commitment to safe and reliable delivery of electricity. 

Nixa Electric joins 235  public power utilities nationwide that hold the RP3 designation. Of the 235 RP3 designated utilities, 91 hold the
"Platinum" level designation, which shows a utility is demonstrating an even higher level of proficiency by applying  a high number of industry best practices. 

Congratulations Nixa Electric Department! 

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If you have any questions about what's happening at the city, please reach out to us either by email, phone,  Facebook, Twitter, or Nextdoor.


Drew Douglas
Public Information Officer

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