Riverside mayor Kathy Rose was one of seven mayors to head to Jefferson City on Tuesday, June 5 to meet with newly-minted Gov. Mike Parson.
Rose joined Sly James (Kansas City), Brian Treece (Columbia), Len Pagano (St. Peters), Karen Best (Branson), Carrie Tergin (Jefferson City) and Tom Schneider (Florissant) to discus a variety of topics, according to the Associated Press. It was just the second full day on the job for Parson, who replaced Eric Greitens, who resigned amid turmoil after a little more than a year in office.
Rose was back in Riverside prior to the board of aldermen meeting that night and talked about the trip.
“I was encouraged,” Rose told the board of aldermen during their first meeting of the month. “I felt he really listened to all of us and what we need for our communities. He stated at the first of the meeting it not about politics at all. It was about the state of Missouri and its people. It was very welcoming. It was a real opportunity to do things good for Missouri.”
Stanley the Bulldog continued to make his rounds to area cities and municipalities and Riverside was the stop on June 5. He was given a proclamation and became the city’s first-ever honorary fire dog. The anti-bullying bulldog tries to show everyone that being different is OK. This was his 35th proclamation given from area towns.
Christy May from Miles of Smiles gave a presentation of the impact of $15,000 the city gives a portable dental service that serves the Riverside area elementary, middle school and Park Hill South High School in the Park Hill School District.
The Kansas City organization provides charitable dental work for those children in need in Platte and Clay counties.
Last year, 385 children in Riverside took advantage of the program, which doesn’t end after the school visit. May noted there were 4,700 children between the two counties that took advantage of the program. A total of 69 percent of the clients seen have Kansas City addresses.
There are 70 percent living below the 100-percent poverty line and 35 percent are totally uninsured. In terms of positive numbers, May noted that 75 percent completed treatment plans last year and that 82 percent saw reduced cavities.
Recycling in the community has increased in recent years to the point where Riverside — like other cities — will be charged by its trash company for hauling off the bins. Currently, Riverside has a 30 yard and a 40 yard container for recycling, which is open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
WCA Waste Corp. wants to take away one of the boxes and almost everyone that talked was against that idea. Currently it cost $310 a trip, two times a week, for the recycling to be hauled off — more than $32,000 a year.
In other news
The board authorized the purchase of 19-channel digits and analog recording devices from Voice Products, Inc., not to exceed $30,802.
Purchased workers compensation insurance from Midwest Public Risk for the annual premium renewal not to exceed $182,265.69.
Approved specifications of the soon-to-be constructed Fitness Court project.
Approved the amended plat of Northwood Acres subdivision and a final plat of the Palisades subdivision.
The board approved a change order with Houston Excavating & Demolition for fill dirt for Horizons.
A resolution between the YMCA/Riverside Management Services, which includes summer camp this year after a hiatus last year.
May 15 meeting
The second meeting of May featured plenty of presentations and resolution approvals.
Dr. Kerry Roe, principal at English Landing Elementary School in the Park Hill School District, talked to the Riverside board about Beyond the Bell tutoring services.
The school targets different neighborhoods in Riverside and tutoring sessions run from Sept. 12 to March 1. There was a total of 32 sessions and an average of 21 students — adding the numbers of Tuesday and Thursday meetings.
“This is a program that is making them successful,” Riverside mayor Kathy Rose said.
Dolores Silkworth of Confluence gave some updates on the progress for improvements for E.H. Young Riverfront Park. She hopes to have a full draft for approval of the council in the middle of July.
There were two public open houses and Silkworth noted there was a broad spectrum of input from the public about what they want in the park.
She mentioned the bell tower will be a focal point of the park, which will become a destination playground. There will be a dog park, pickleball courts and launch areas for kayaks and canoes.
There were some concerns about getting rid of a baseball field there, which brought Rose to use her gavel to restore a bit of order. She said during the meeting that was only the second time in 12 years she’s had to do so.
In other news:
Gave a proclamation to public works director Tom Woodeell for National Public Works Week, which was May 20-26.
Martin T. Rucker, a Democrat running for an open spot in the Missouri State Senate 34th District, was at the meeting and introduced himself to the council.
William Bray was reappointed to the park board.
Approved a picnic not-for-profit liquor license to the Riverside Chamber of Commerce for Briar Fest, which will be June 22-23.
Approved final development plan for land at 4055 NW Mattox Road and 4120 NW Mattox Road.
Approved a resolution for professional services with Aylette Survey & Engineering Co. for a survey of E.H. Young Riverfront Park to not exceed $10,000.
Adopted the fiscal year 2018-2019 budget.
Approved an agreement with the City of Kansas City relating to emergency services.
May 1 Meeting
After a lengthy budget workshop prior to the meeting, the actual meeting was rather brief.
The highlight was approving two new buildings in Horizons Industrial Park.
Spec building Nos. 8 and 9 are on tab and the city will garner more than $60,000 in building permit fees. Both will be under construction this year on the west side of the 260 acre development off Highway 9 and Interstate 635.
The tenants couldn’t be verified by the paper by deadline.
In other news:
Sgt. Paul Campbell was given a proclamation for public service recognition week which was May 6-12.
Reappointed Rick Euwer and David Thatcher to the board of zoning adjustments.