August 28, 2018
Nixa News | September 2018 Edition
In this month's edition you can read about...

  • Golf carts now allowed on city streets, but read the rules first
  • Nixa to get its first roundabout
  • Call for volunteers to assist on stormwater committee
  • City administrator search update
  • Upcoming events
  • A letter from the Mayor
  • 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.
One of the key elements of Nixa's strategic plan is to increase community involvement and communication.

The City has worked over the last several years to increase how much, and in what ways, we reach out to the community. We have added this monthly newsletter which you are currently reading, began using social media more, created a series of events called NixaFests to meet people in the neighborhoods where they live, and started "The Update", a monthly series of presentations at the Nixa Senior Center where community leaders meet directly with residents.
This month we launched "Nixa NeXt", an event targeted at younger members of our community. I feel it is very important to engage that next generation in local government. When I joined City Council in 2011, I was the youngest person on council and probably the youngest person seen at a city meeting. Since then, we have brought in the next generation of leaders - both in elected positions and as city staff - for our community. Leaders like Justin Orf and Matt Barker, both of whom were under 30 when they were elected to council.
While I didn't get the large turnout for Nixa NeXt that I had hoped for, I do want to thank those who came to the event. We proved the point that it is hard to get young people engaged with local government, even when we offer free pizza. Those who did turn out gave some great feedback, and we are working to address some of the things they mentioned.  I am also excited for the Nixa Young Professionals group recently formed through the Nixa Chamber of Commerce. 
These young people are our future leaders and we want them involved in leading local business and government towards our City's future.

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

Q: What's the difference between a well dressed man on a bicycle and a poorly dressed man on a unicycle?

The answer to The Baffler is at the bottom of the newsletter.
City Administrator Search Update
Nixa City Council have scheduled interviews with 6 finalist candidates for our Next City Administrator. Finalists were selected after reviewing over 50 applications. Council is looking for a visionary and experienced leader who will be the perfect fit to guide our progressive, innovative, and fast-growing community into our next era of economic development and growth. City Council will interview finalists in the coming weeks and hopes to make a decision and announcement soon.
Working For You
Nixa to get its first roundabout
You will soon move faster through the Gregg and Northview intersection.

At the August 27 Council Meeting, council approved a contract with Hunter Chase and Associates to begin construction of a new roundabout at the intersection of Gregg Rd. and Northview Rd.

Traffic studies identified this intersection as a prime candidate for a roundabout rather than other upgrade ideas. The intersection needs an upgrade because of new construction nearby and the increased traffic it will bring to the area.

Roundabouts were an idea from the Nixa Continuing Improvement Plan (NCIP). Nixa residents decided, as part of the strategic planning process, that we should be using roundabouts to improve traffic flow in Nixa.

Work will begin in the next few weeks and once it begins, should take less than 120 days to complete.
Nixa decides to allow golf carts, with some conditions
You can now drive your golf cart on some Nixa city streets if you get a permit and follow some rules.

At the August 27 Council Meeting, council approved changes to city ordinances to allow for the use of golf carts on city streets.

Here are the new rules to keep everyone safe when golf carts are used on city streets:

  • A golf cart is defined as a motor vehicle designed and built for operation on a golf course and recreational purposes which is not able to go faster than 20mph.
  • Golf carts may be operated on city streets where speed limit is 25mph or slower.
  • Golf carts can cross city streets with a faster speed limit, but otherwise can't drive on streets with a speed limit higher than 25 mph.
  • Golf carts must NOT be driven on or across any state highway.
  • All golf cart drivers must have a valid driver's license.
  • All golf carts must have a valid City of Nixa permit attached to the rear of the golf cart. (This may be purchased at Nixa City Hall)
  • Golf cart driver and all passengers must be seated while the golf cart is in motion.
  • Golf cart driver and all passengers must wear a seat belt or child safety seat.
  • All golf carts must be operated in a safe and responsible manner.
  • Golf carts may only be used during daytime hours.
  • Golf carts can not be driven at speeds above 20mph.
  • All golf carts must be insured and proof of insurance must be available upon request.

You can buy a permit for your golf cart at Nixa City Hall for $15 per calendar year. You will need to provide your insurance company and policy number to get your permit.

Recycling. Simplified.
Learn how to be a better recycler.

Republic Services  provides free curbside recycling to Nixa residents. All you have to do is call Republic Services to get your bin. Check out the above link to learn what you can and can't put in the bin.

The monthly recycling charge you see on your utility bill is for the city's recycle center. Learn what you can take to the city recycle center here.
Volunteers Needed
Passionate about our beautiful rivers and streams here in the Ozarks? Want to make an impact on the Nixa community without a heavy time commitment?

The City of Nixa needs community volunteers for a Citizen Volunteer Stormwater Advisory Committee which will meet 2 times each year to address stormwater issues.

We are looking for folks who live or work in Nixa:
  • Property owners
  • Renters
  • Professionals
  • Local business owners
  • Construction industry
  • Non-profits
  • Health/Medical professionals
  • Anyone passionate about the environment, our local waterways, or our water supply

To learn more, contact Danny Newell, our Stormwater Management Plan Coordinator. Or call Nixa Public Works at 725-2353.

Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over
Nixa Police are showing ZERO tolerance for drunk drivers.

The Labor Day holiday is one of the deadliest holidays due to drunk drivers.

That's why the high-visibility national enforcement campaign, "Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over" runs from August 17 thru September 3.

Nixa Police are partnering with the program to show ZERO tolerance for drunk driving and our officers are actively looking to get drunk drivers off our roads.

Remember, buzzed driving is drunk driving.
Exceptional City Staff
Man of the Year
Nixa Police Department DARE Officer Brent Forgey ( Pictured right with Police Chief Jimmy Liles) was recognized by the Springfield Business Journal as one of their 2018 Men of the Year. Officer Forgey serves the children of Nixa by teaching them safety and health programs. He also coordinates neighborhood watch programs among other functions. Earlier this year, Officer Forgey also earned the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Missouri DARE Officers Association. Read the SBJ article profiling Officer Forgey.
Employee Spotlight
Jay Gallivan is a Recreation Specialist II, who has been with the Parks Department since 2015. Jay does a great job coordinating programs and can be counted on to help out and lend a hand whenever needed. Jay is a huge sports guy, so this position allows him to put an area of interest to use every day when coordinating youth sports programs. The Parks Department is lucky to have Jay and appreciates his hard work and dedication to our community. Thank You Jay for everything you do!
Service Award
At the July 23 City Council Meeting, Mayor Brian Steele recognized three employees with service awards. Finance Director Donna Swatzell ( Pictured right with Mayor Steele) has served the city 15 years. Will Liniger and Emily Prier were each recognized for 5 years of service in the Street Department.
Mayor Brian Steele presents a 15 Year Service Award to Donna Swatzell.
City Events
Doggie Dive In
On Labor Day, the pool will go to the dogs! To celebrate the end of the pool season, the Aquatics Center will hold its annual Doggie Dive In. The 
Doggie Dive In will be September 3rd, from 3:30 pm - 5:00 pm. Dogs are free and people are $2 each.
The Xchange
Nixa Parks and Recreation presents: The XChange, Learning Opportunities for Professional Growth.

During this educational series, the focus will be on increasing communication, resolving conflict, and avoid drama in the work place.

Speaker and author, Lauren Schieffer, will guide participants in utilizing effective communication tools to create a better workplace environment.

Seating is limited—please register early! To register, call 725.5486, visit The X Center, or send an email to . Each class is $50 per participant.

The series will be divided into the following classes.
  • Class 2: Before it comes to blows. September 13th, 9:00 am - 11:00 am
  • Class 3: Leading out of drama. November 8th, 9:00 am - 11:00 am
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.

September 22nd: Coco
50th Anniversary Celebration for the Nixa Electric Utility
Your family will have a blast plus you'll learn a piece of fascinating Nixa history on October 6, 1pm-4pm at Rotary Park. Help us celebrate the 50th Anniversary of the Nixa Electric Utility.

You'll enjoy free snacks and family fun including bounce houses, Safety Town, and more. There will also be some special guest speakers to tell the surprising story behind Nixa's Electric Utility.
Electronics Recycling Day
Got old electronics you need to get rid of?

The City of Nixa is partnering with Complete Electronics Recycling to host an electronics recycling collection event on Saturday, October 13 from 9am - 12pm at 1111 W. Kathryn St.

The event is open to all residents, businesses, churches, schools and organizations in Nixa and the surrounding area.

PCs, laptops, cell phones, kitchen appliances, and lots of other electronic equipment will be accepted free of charge except for Televisions and CRT Monitors ($20 fee applies). A more detailed list of recyclable items can be found at

The following items will NOT be accepted at the event, but can be recycled at the Complete Electronics Recycling facility located at 2935 W. Chestnut Expressway in Springfield during normal business hours (9am - 5pm Mon-Sat).
- Alkaline batteries (AA, AAA, C, D, hearing aid, etc.)
- Fluorescent / CFL / HID Lamps
- Appliances w/ Freon (Dehumidifiers / Refrigerators / Air Conditioners)
- Large Appliances (Washers / Dryers / Dishwasher / Hot Water Heater / Water Softeners / etc.)

For more information about this event, please contact Tim Andrews at 417-864-4415 or
Yoga in the Park
Saturday, Sept. 29, 6pm - 7pm
Saturday, Oct. 13, 6pm - 7pm
Saturday, Nov. 3, 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm        

Location: McCauley Park (Beneath the Willow Tree)

Cost: FREE

This class is open to all community members and all fitness levels. Bring your towel, mat, and water and come ready to relax in an outdoor setting to be guided through a 60-minute yoga session by a certified yoga instructor.
Spooktacular is presented by Mac Dental!

Join Nixa Parks, Nixa Police, Nixa Fire District, and local businesses for the annual Halloween Spooktacular. The event will be held on Friday, October 26th from 6:00 pm to 8:30 pm.

Please bring a canned food item for donation. Wear your costumes and Trick-or-Trick at The X Center. In addition to candy, there will be lots of fun activities, including laser tag, inflatables, crazy hair, and more!

Call 725-5486 to reserve a booth space for your business.
Winter Recreational Basketball
Registration for Winter Recreational Basketball will end October 3rd. The program is open to boys and girls ages 3 years old (must be 3 by November 4th) to 6th grade.

Games will be played on Saturdays. The season will run from Saturday, November 3rd to December 15th.

The fees for the program are as follows: Members $40, Nixa Residents $45, Non-Residents $53. *Late registration from October 4th - October 7th, with a $10 additional late fee.
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: August 29, September 26, October 31.

Anyone can enjoy lunch at the Nixa Senior Center with a suggested donation of $6. Learn more at the  Nixa Senior Center  website.
Academy Shopping Day
You’re invited to Academy Sports + Outdoors (Springfield, MO) for an exclusive offer! Nixa Parks and Recreation participants will receive 20% off their purchase September 8th - 9th, 2018. Please present the offer flyer at your time of purchase— get your flyer at or pick one up at The X Center.
More Nixa Parks Events, Programs, & Sports Leagues
For the latest info on all the events happening at Nixa Parks and The X Center, follow this  link to the Nixa Parks Newsletter  and
FYI: For Your Information
Have you visited the new Nixa Library yet?
The Christian County Library opened its brand new Nixa Branch a few months ago. It's located at 208 McCroskey St. Be sure to stop by to check it out!

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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: What's the difference between a well dressed man on a bicycle and a poorly dressed man on a unicycle?

A: Attire.
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