May 31, 2018
Nixa News | June 2018 Edition
In this month's edition...

  • City Administrator Search Update
  • Dr. K gets a Key to the City
  • Christian County Library Nixa Branch Opens
  • Nixa Pool Opens for Summer
  • Watch Out for Unlicensed Solicitors

Plus: upcoming events, a Letter from the Mayor's Desk, city employee spotlight, and more!

As always, you can find much more information at and engage with us on our official social media pages on Facebook, Twitter, and Nextdoor.
You can't rush an important decision and there is probably no more significant decision a city council can make than selecting a city administrator.

The Nixa City Council have already reviewed over 45 applications for the City Administrator position and we continue to search for the right person to lead our community into our next era of growth.

What are we looking for? We want someone who has a progressive vision and innovative ideas. We want someone who can exemplify our motto "Neighbors Committed to an Exceptional Quality of Life." We also are looking for someone with experience in city management and economic development. We want a leader who is an effective communicator, influencer, and team collaborator. We want someone who is dedicated to public service and who can push an already exceptional team to a whole new level.

We are blessed to have a talented, passionate, and experienced management team directing each of the city's departments, supported by a staff which is dedicated to a high quality of customer service. The right candidate will be someone who can work collaboratively with that team. They will also need to be a liaison to various community partners to work alongside of and coordinate efforts across agencies and organizations.

As you can see, our expectations are high. We thank Brian Bingle, our previous city administrator who retired in fall of 2017, for helping set that high standard. We are also extremely proud of the stellar leadership of Interim City Administrator Doug Colvin, who wishes to continue in his capacity as Director of Nixa Utilities and Public Works. As Mayor, I feel I can speak for the entire city council when I say that we feel no pressure to rush our selection process. We have to get this right.

This is why council have chosen to reopen the position to applications. We live in an exceptional community, and we will settle for nothing less than an exceptional leader. In the meantime, we appreciate the continued work of Doug Colvin and the rest of the city's leadership team to keep the city running at a high level during this process.

Mayor Steele
The Baffler Question
This perplexing puzzle will keep you bewildered, befuddled, and bemused.

Q: I am weightless but can be seen. Put me in a bucket and I'll make it lighter. What am I?

The answer to The Baffler is at the bottom of the newsletter.
Key to the City for Dr. K
At the Nixa Chamber Luncheon on May 8, Mayor Brian Steele presented Dr. Stephen Kleinsmith with a key to the city in appreciation of his significant contributions to our community and his stellar leadership of the Nixa Public Schools over the last two decades.
Watch Out for Unlicensed Solicitors
The summer heat seems to bring out door-to-door solicitors every year. City Hall has been made aware that there are already some unlicensed solicitors going door-to-door. If someone comes to your door, ask them if they have a solicitor's license. All solicitors are required to obtain a solicitor's license through City Hall prior to going door-to-door. Requirements and hours allowed for solicitation can be found on the Solicitor's License Information page . Solicitation hours are 10am-6pm M-F and Noon-6pm on Saturdays. Solicitation is not allowed on Sundays. The license process includes a background check to help protect our community. If you see a solicitor without a license or soliciting outside of approved hours, please call Nixa Police (24/7) at 417-582-1030 or Nixa City Hall (during regular business hours), 417-725-3785.
Nixa Library Branch Opens!
Check out a summer read!
Congratulations to the Christian County Library on opening the Nixa branch! Our community has wanted a library for many years, and thanks to voter approval of a property tax increase, the County Library system was able to afford to add the branch in Nixa as well as remodel the Ozark branch. The Nixa Library is located next to the McDonald's and behind the Great Southern Bank at 208 McCroskey.

Mon-Thur 8:30am-8pm
Fri-Sat 8:30am-5pm
Closed Sundays.

Working For You
Pool Open for Summer!
The X Center Pool is now open! Get your day pass $4 for Nixa residents, $5 for non-Nixa residents. Season passes are sold for $105 for the first person in a Nixa household, with an additional $17.50 for each additional person in the household. For non-Nixa households, the price is $115 for the first person and $20 for each additional person.
Save Money on Your Electric Bill
Did you know that Nixa Utilities provides all our customers with access to a free appliance calculator which can help you see how much energy each of your appliances use and therefore how much they are costing you each month? Follow this link and click the green button in the video to go to the calculator.
Exceptional City Staff
Police Promotions
In May, the Nixa Police Department completed it's administrative promotions as part of a restructuring of the organization. Officers Christina Gullett and Jeremiah Tayman were each promoted to the rank of Corporal. Corporals Shawn Clark and Jason Fleetwood were both promoted to Sergeant. Congratulations and thank you for your service to our community!
Left to right: Shawn Clark, Jason Fleetwood, Christina Gullett, Jeremiah Tayman.
Leadership Certified
In April, Utility Account Specialist Supervisor Deanna Allen and Assistant Supervisor of Utility Billing Kellie Davis both completed the Missouri Public Utility Alliance's Certification of Supervisory Leadership. The course provides training and coaching for utility supervisors in leading others, effective problem solving, and decision making, among other skills. The city prioritizes such trainings for our staff so that we can provide exceptional customer service while maintaining a positive work environment. Deanna (top) and Kellie (below) do a great job managing our Utility Billing team!
City Events
Summer Pool Party!
All are welcome to the Friends of the Park: Summer Pool Party! This FREE event will be held at the Aquatics Center. Come swim with us—the pool party will be held on Sunday, June 24th from 6:30 pm to 8:30 pm.
The Update is a great way to learn more about what's happening in Nixa and have your questions answered while enjoying lunch. Each month, we bring a different guest speaker. These events give senior citizens an opportunity to meet and interact with the city's leadership, voice their concerns, and stay informed!

For 2018, The Update is held on the last Wednesday of each month.

UPCOMING DATES: June 27, July 25, August 29.

Anyone can enjoy lunch at the Nixa Senior Center with a suggested donation of $6. Learn more at the  Nixa Senior Center  website.
Movies in the Park: Lego Ninjago
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 9th: Lego Ninjago
July 21st: Jumanji—Welcome to the Jungle
August 18th: Star Wars—The Last Jedi
September 22nd: Coco
Summer Baseball / Softball / T-Ball
Registration for Baseball / Softball / T-Ball ends June 20th. 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 (2017-2018 school year). (Must be 3 years old by July 23rd). The fees for the program are as follows: Members $40, Residents $45, Non-Residents $53. *Late registration from June 21st - June 24th, with a $10 additional late fee.

PK T-Ball plays Thursday evenings.
5/Kindergarten T-Ball to be determined.
1st-2nd grade (boys) play Monday evenings.
1st-2nd grade (girls) play Tuesday evenings.
3rd-4th grade (boys and girls) play Tuesday evenings.
5th-6th grade boys play Monday evenings.
5th-6th grade girls play Thursday evenings.
*Game nights are subject to change.
Swim Lessons
Space is limited—please register early! Registration will end the Thursday prior to the first class of each session.

Classes include Tadpoles, Intro to Swim, and Levels 1 through 5.

Classes are held Monday through Thursday for the two week session.

The fees for the program are as follows: Member $40, Nixa Resident $45, Non-Resident $53.

Session Dates for Swim Lessons: (Times vary depending on class)
Session 1: June 4th to June 14th
Session 2: June 18th to June 28th
Session 3: July 2nd to July 12th
Session 4: July 16th to July 26th
British Soccer Camp
The British Soccer Camp is coming to Nixa Parks! This camp will focus on developing speed/agility, juggling, foot skills, passing, control, dribbling, and shooting. The camp is open to ages 3 - 15 years old. To register, visit The deadline to register is June 29th. The camp will take place July 9th - 12th (Monday - Thursday) at McCauley Park.
First Kicks: 3 - 4 years, 5:30 pm - 6:30 pm, $60
Mini Soccer: 5 - 16 years, 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm, $75
Half Day: 7 - 15 years, 5:30 pm - 8:30 pm, $100
More Nixa Parks Events, Programs, & Sports Leagues
For the latest info on all the events happening at Nixa Parks and The X Center (including fall volleyball and soccer leagues), follow this  link to the Nixa Parks Newsletter  and
Nixa Takes the Field!
Join the Nixa Chamber of Commerce for Nixa Community Night at the Springfield Cardinals game on Saturday June 23rd at 6:10pm versus the Arkansas Travelers. The Nixa Chamber has great deals on tickets! Nixa Chamber of Commerce Website.
River Rescue 2018
The James River Basin Partnership is hosting their annual river clean-up on the James River on Saturday June 9. The City of Nixa is a partner in this event and we encourage Nixa residents to participate. You can borrow a canoe or bring your own boat. Register for this event at
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Police: 725-2510
911 Non-emergency and Animal Control: 582-1030
Nixa Utilities and report an outage: 725-3229
Public Works: 725-2353
Parks: 725-5486
The Baffler Answer
The solution to your scalp scratchin'.

Q: I am weightless but can be seen. Put me in a bucket and I'll make it lighter. What am I?

A: A hole.
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