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April 26th, 2017  

Spring is upon us, and this is great time to live in Nixa. The next couple of months are packed with awesome events for everyone to enjoy:
  • April 29th: Movies in the Park - Secret Life of Pets. This event will have a host of activities and fun, all to help support the upcoming Nixa Dog Park.
  • May 5th-7th: 60th annual Nixa Sucker Days.  The parade will be held May 5th, with the festival May 6th and 7th, including crafts, live music and that incredible sucker feast.
  • May 13th-14th: If you don't have anything the weekend - well you're are probably going to be in trouble.  The annual City Wide Garage Sale will be held on Saturday, followed by Mother's Day and Nixa High School Graduation on Sunday.
  • May 20th: Movies in the Park - Disney's Moana & Safetypalooza.  Before the movie, come out and enjoy Safetypalooza, a kid's safety event, hosted by the Christian County Optimist Club at the X-Center between 9-1.
  • May 27th: Memorial Day Weekend - Kick off your Memorial Day weekend by remembering those who have given all in the name of freedom.  The annual Memorial Day Ceremony will be held at the Nixa Veterans Memorial, located in front of the X-Center,  9AM.  Then come back at noon to enjoy the opening of the Nixa Aquatics Center.
  • June 10th: NIXAFest/Nixa 130th Anniversary - Come out the Massengale Group's offices on Village Center to enjoy Nixa's newest event - NIXAFest.  This NIXAFest will also celebrate the 130th anniversary of the incorporation of Nixa.  Enjoy free food, inflatables and meet members of your City Council and staff.
  • June 17th: Nixa Youth Triathlon & Nixa Car Show - The X-Center will be rocking with two events.  First the Nixa Youth Triathlon, organized by the Christian County Optimist Club, followed by a car show supporting Christian County LINKS and creating an inclusive playground for Nixa.
  • June 24th: Movies in the Park - Princess Bride
  • June 25th: Friends of the Park Summer Pool Party - Finish off the month with another movie in the park and then enjoy the free Summer Pool Party on Sunday.
I hope to see you at one of these events this spring!

Mayor Steele

New City Council
On April 4th, Nixa voters made their voices heard in the city elections. The ballot issue regarding the Out-of-State Motor Vehicle Sales Tax Discontinuance was rejected, meaning the city does not have to enact a budget cut. Voters also selected Darlene Graham as the councilwoman for District 3 (replacing Andrea Long), Jimmy Ledbetter as the councilman for District 1 (replacing Kendall Dingus), and both Mayor Brian Steele and Municipal Judge Joel Harris were reelected to another term.
City Events
Sucker Days
Time to go grabbin' for suckers! The 60th Anniversary Nixa Sucker Days will kick off with the parade on Friday, May 5th. Then, Nixa's famous street festival celebrating the traditional sucker fish fry will run all day on Saturday and Sunday, May 6-7. More info at

City Wide Garage Sale
One person's junk is another person's treasure! Do some spring cleaning and find a bargain during the annual City Wide Garage Sale: May 12-14, it's a Nixa Mother's Day tradition!

Contact the Parks Department for more information and to add your garage sale to the map of garage sales.  725-5486

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.

April 29th - Secret Life of Pets
May 20th - Moana
June 24th - Dirty Dancing
August 26th - Sing
September 30th - Lego Batman

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 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.

Prescription Drug Take Back Day
Turn in unused medication for safe disposal on Saturday, April 29th from 10am-2pm at the Family Pharmacy located at 105 Ridgecrest Ave.

You can drop off any type of pills anonymously, but no needles or syringes can be accepted.

Citywide Clean-Up
After the busy city wide garage sale weekend, help us clean up the city! Saturday May 20th, Republic Services will go around (inside the city limits only) to pick up items at the curb. Please put your trash out the night before or by 7am at the latest. You don't have to sign up. Click here to see the list of accepted items.

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
Sign up for free curbside recycling
Enroll for a free curbside recycling bin! If you pay for trash pickup through the City of Nixa Utility, cost for curbside recycling is included in the price of trash pick-up, you just have to sign up to get your recycling cart delivered!

Call Republic Services 865-1717 to schedule your recycling cart delivery.

Recycling gets picked up every other week, just roll out your recycling bin to the curb alongside your trash bin.

Don't forget the city also has a recycling center where we can accept some of the things you can't throw in the curbside bins.
Nixa Recycling Services Website.

Tree Trimming
Tree trimming crews will be in the area represented on this map to cut back vegetation touching or too close to power lines. If you see trees that need to be trimmed within this area of Nixa (East of 160 but West of Hightower and South of Scott Wayne but North of Hwy 14/Mt. Vernon Street) please call the City Tree Department: 983-3000. Crews will be working this area for the next few months. If you have trees touching power lines in a back yard, please call to set up a time that would be best for you for a crew to come. We rotate which area of town the crews focus on each Spring/Summer. So if you live in a different area of town and see trees touching power lines, you can still call the tree department to report it, but right now we are focused on the area in this map.  Tree Trimming Map Spring 2017

Exceptional city employees
In April, City Council honored 3 city employees as part of the first ever Council Awards of Excellence. These quarterly awards were established to recognize outstanding performance by city staff.

The City of Nixa is truly blessed to have an amazingly talented staff who also win state and national level awards for being the best at what they do in service of our small town. Congratulations to all these exemplary city employees!

Wendi Buckmaster:
Council Award of Excellence

Wendi is the Police Department Administrative Assistant. She was nominated for this award because of her continuous pursuit of excellence in the performance of her job. An example of this professional quality is demonstrated in her M.U.L.E.S. administration. Wendi's performance year after year has received perfect M.U.L.E.S. audits. In addition, she has received recognition for her administration of the Uniform Crime Reporting (UCR). Year after year, she has accomplished perfect audits.
This recognition is not just from her peers. The Highway Patrol auditor also recognizes her exceptional quality of workmanship and the efforts that Wendi contributes. As a direct result of her efforts and error free achievements, our Police Department was recommended to the Department of Justice to become a test agency for the new crime responding system (NIBRS). This recommendation has provided the Police Department the opportunity of applying for and receipt of an $80,000 grant for the conversion from UCR to NIBRS.

Jenni Gerhauser:
Honorable Mention
Council Award of Excellence

Jenni works in the Finance Department. She was nominated for consideration of this award due to her exceptional performance as a team player. This observable behavior is most noticeable in her willingness to put forth the effort to assist others in ordering supplies, setting up the city's Amazon business account and vendor verification. She is extremely conscientious in product pricing and opportunities, such as product rebate programs, which saves the city money. It is her work ethic, efficiency, effectiveness and team work performance which exemplify this organization's expected qualities.

Katie Buford:
Council Innovation Award

Katie is the Assistant Director of the Parks Department. She was nominated to receive this award as a direct result of her development of the City's Welcome Packet. This award recognizes her contribution towards making a modification to or creating a new procedure, idea, process or product that effectively increases the city's efficiency in its operations, public service and substantially improves cost savings. It was through Katie's efforts in the creation of this Welcome Packet that she literally met every single criteria for this award. It is a brand new product created by Katie. It is an extremely effective document in that it gives our customers a first impression of what our extraordinary city represents. It was accomplished efficiently in that she did this in-house; the city did not have to hire a marketing or publishing company, saving a substantial amount of monies. This document also truly reflects who Katie is. Her talents and professional contribution to this organization are assets that make us who we are. 

Purchasing Manager of the Year

Congratulations to Nixa Purchasing Manager
  Mary Tronnes ! The Missouri Association of Public Purchasing recognized Mary as Purchasing Manager of the Year for a small government entity because of her outstanding performance. Mary does a great job ensuring the city finds the best price for products and services as part of the finance team dedicated to spending tax dollars wisely for the city.

Reliable Electricity

Nixa Utilities is being recognized with the Certificate of Excellence in Reliability from the American Public Power Association. It's SHOCKING how good our
  electrical   workers are at getting the power turned back on!

Nixa Utilities average outage time for 2016 = 14 minutes

National average outage time (all utilities/types) = 132 minutes

Operator of the Year

Congratulations to Stuart Venable, Nixa's Water Quality Assistant Superintendent for Wastewater, on being named "Operator of the Year - Small Facility" by the Missouri Water Environment Association!
Stuart says this really isn't an individual award but a reflection on how fortunate Nixa is to have great supervisors and staff committed to returning clean water to the recreational waters of the Finley River, James River, and Table Rock Lake.

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Remember to "Like" and "Follow" the City's Facebook page . We are working hard to give you lots of updates there, so we don't flood your e-mail. Another way to connect with the City is through our new account. is a social media network for neighborhoods to discuss HOA issues, yard sales, and anything else that might affect the people who live in your immediate vicinity. When you join with a Nixa address, you'll be able to send messages to the city's account and see events and other information we want to make your neighborhood aware of. It's just one more way for us to hear from you, so we can serve you better.

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Drew Douglas
Public Information Officer

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