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City Hall to close for Labor Day

West Plains City Hall and other city offices will be closed Monday, September 6 for the Labor Day holiday.

Monday trash routes will be run on Tuesday, September 8. No other routes affected.

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Area firefighters raise $8,500 for MDA

For 67 years firefighters across the nation have collected critical funds in the community – one dollar at a time – as part of the MDA Fill the Boot program.

West Plains-area Fire Departments continued the long-standing tradition Saturday (8/28) as its members participated in the annual Fill the Boot program to raise critical funds to help transform the lives of kids and adults with muscular dystrophy, ALS, and related muscle-debilitating diseases. Donations help MDA continue services for more than 250,000 people living with neuromuscular diseases across the country and help continue funding life-saving research.

Dedicated firefighters from the West Plains Fire Department, Howell County Rural – District 1 Fire Department, Pomona Fire Department, Peace Valley/White Church Fire Department, and the Pumpkin Center Fire Department took donations from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at three different locations in West Plains. In total, $8500 was raised.

“The West Plains-area Firefighters and Fire Departments would like to thank the community for their support this year with the MDA Boot drop,” said West Plains Assistant Chief Kurt Wilbanks.

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Exterior updates to be done at the West Plains Civic Center

Work is underway to repair and refresh the exterior of the West Plains Civic Center. The exterior of the building uses an Exterior Insulation and Finish System, commonly referred to as EIFS.

EIFS is an exterior wall cladding that utilizes rigid insulation boards on the exterior of the wall sheathing with a plaster appearance exterior skin. While moisture can get behind just about any exterior surface on a home, the plastic nature of the EIFS synthetic stucco coatings tends to trap moisture.

The EIFS has not been cleaned or repaired since the building was built back in 1993. 

“Everyone likes to make a great first impression and ours is getting some much-needed love,” said West Plains Civic Center Director Eryn Walters. “It was night and day difference when we painted the interior of the building, so now we are eagerly watching the gradual changes as the days come.  The EIFS repairs has been something the staff has talked about for a while, so it is exciting to see this project come to fruition.”

Work is expected to be completed by the end of October and includes:

  • Pressure washing of all masonry and EIFS surfaces
  • Visually inspecting mortar joints, cutting out and re-painting deteriorated joints
  • Removing and replacing up to 50 deteriorated bricks at various locations
  • Cutting out and re-caulking all vertical expansion joints
  • Cutting out and re-caulking the perimeter of all windows and doors and louvers
  • Patching areas of deteriorated/loose EIFS
  • Removing 1-foot-tall continuous strip of EIFS on South elevation at pool wall
  • Removing and replacing wall flashing, then replacing EIFS
  • Applying waterproof coating to all EIFS surfaces
  • Applying clear water repellant sealer to all masonry surfaces

“If the EIFS repairs were to continue to go unattended it could potentially lead to mold and the breakdown of our bricking system because of the moisture that is able to get into the deteriorated EIFS areas,” said Walters.

Portions of the Civic Center campus could be roped off at times during the work, but the Civic Center will remain open. If you have questions, call the Civic Center at 417-256-8087.

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Paving Underway at Galloway Park

Nearly two miles of trails at Galloway Creek Nature Park are being paved with completion expected early next week.

Funding for paving the trails was awarded to the City of West Plains by a Recreational Trails Program grant through the Land Water Conservation Fund.

“Galloway Park is a hidden gem for West Plains, and having the trails paved will give even more recreational opportunities for people in our community,” said Community Services Director Todd Shanks. “This includes walkers, joggers, bicyclists, or people just wanting to enjoy nature and the scenic beauty of the Ozarks right here in town.”

The Park will not close for paving but please be advised that portions of the trail may be temporarily inaccessible. Visitors are reminded that pets must be leashed, and the park closes at dusk.

Another upcoming project at Galloway Creek Nature Park includes the construction of children’s “playscapes” near the pavilion, with that work expected to begin in the next few months.

Galloway Creek Nature Park is a 40-acre recreational park located off County Road 1770 in West Plains. Galloway Creek, a 5.3-mile-long tributary creek, runs through the property. Areas in the park serve as a “green area” for wildlife, maintaining the natural habitat of native plants and animals.

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Peak Alert issued

The City of West Plains issued a peak alert from noon to 7 p.m. Today, Wednesday, and Thursday due to extreme temperatures. During this time please be mindful and conserve as much power as possible.

According to the National Weather Service, afternoon temperatures are forecast to be in the upper 90s over the next three days.

If possible, raise your thermostats a few degrees and turn off any unnecessary lights and electronics.

We appreciate your patience and understanding. Thank you.

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West Plains City Council passes pair of ordinances

The West Plains City Council met in regular session Monday, August 24, 2021.

Council passed a pair of Ordinances during the meeting. Both were approved unanimously.

Ordinance 4689 authorizes Mayor Mike Topliff to execute a municipal agreement between the City of West Plains and the Missouri Highways and Transportation Commission providing for the pavement coldmilling and resurfacing of Route Business 63.

Ordinance 4690 provides for the levying and collection of a tax for the general revenue fund within the City of West Plains for the Year 2021.

The Council also appointed Crockett Oaks to the Planning Commission for a four-year term, which expires September 2025.

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Water and Wastewater Treatment Professionals Week

Missouri Governor Mike Parson has signed a proclamation declaring the week of August 15-21, 2021, as Water and Wastewater Treatment Professionals Week. The Governor’s proclamation recognizes the crucial work that water and wastewater treatment professionals do to keep Missourians healthy and our communities vibrant.

The City of West Plains Water Plant personnel oversees six water towers, four booster stations and the water system at Heritage Business Park in Pomona, in addition to the Water Treatment Plant.

The City of West Plains Wastewater personnel oversee four lift stations and the Wastewater Treatment Plant in addition to Heritage Business Park’s lift station in Pomona.

The proclamation highlights COVID-19 response efforts and that water and wastewater professionals are essential infrastructure personnel serving to protect Missouri citizens and critical infrastructure. “This week is a great opportunity to recognize these professionals and the vital role they play in our daily lives,” said Governor Parson.  

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August is National Traffic Awareness Month

National Traffic Awareness Month aims to shed light on the safety rules that can help prevent major or minor accidents from taking place. According to the World Health Organization (WHO), every year more than one million people become victims of fatal traffic accidents. The organization also reports that about 20 to 50 million people are injured in traffic-related incidents. 

As the summer season presses on, more and more motorists will be on the roadways. With an increased amount of vehicle traffic, so comes an increased amount of motor vehicle crashes. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) refers to the period from Memorial Day through Labor Day each year as the 100 deadliest days due to the staggering increase of motor vehicle crash fatalities during that time frame.

The West Plains Police Department would like to give some reminders to ensure you and those who ride with you stay safe on the roadway this summer.

  1. Buckle Up. According to the most recent data from NHTSA (2016) seat belt use saved over 14,000 lives. Before leaving in your vehicle, make sure you and your passenger(s) are using proper safety devices (seat belts, car seats, etc.) It’s also the law.
  • Say No to the Cell Phone. According to NHTSA sending or reading a text takes your eyes off the road for 5 seconds. At 55 mph, that’s like driving the length of an entire football field with your eyes closed. If it cannot wait, pull off the roadway before using your phone.
  • Slow Down. As of 2017, according to the Bureau of Transportation, speeding is the number one driver-related factor in highway fatal crashes.
  • Take A Breather. For those traveling long distances, the road can sometimes be a weary place. If you begin to feel tired or even start falling asleep behind the wheel; pull off, take a break, stretch your legs, and, if possible, switch drivers.
  • Do Not Drive Drunk or High. The dangers of intoxicated/impaired driving are well known yet every year, people are killed on the roadway across the nation because of intoxicated or impaired driving. By designating a driver or using a taxi or ride share service, you are potentially saving your own life as well as the lives of all motorists.

Chief Stephen Monticelli wants to remind everyone that School Opens on August 23rd in West Plains.

“Extra traffic awareness needs to be followed as we will have lots of kids on the roadways and on bikes traveling to and from school,” said Monticelli. “Please follow the School Bus Stop Sign indicators, it’s the law and it is enforced.”

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West Plains reminds residents of recycling program

On April 30, 1990, the City of West Plains implemented a curbside recycling program. The idea was to make recycling easy and convenient. After a short suspension (7/29/21 – 8/6/21), due to staffing difficulties, the program is back up and running.

“We just want to thank everyone for their patience and understanding,” said Supervisor Brent Lidgard.

Recycling is offered to residents of West Plains free of charge. The city provides red recycling bins to utility customers, along with free curbside collection and access to a recycling drop off center free of charge for anyone wishing to participate outside the city limits.

Approximately 75% of trash Americans throw away each week is recyclable, yet only 25% is actually recycled. When recycling happens products that would normally be discarded are broken down and turned into something valuable. They receive a second life and landfills are spared the waste. With the amount of waste already in landfills, the problem may seem larger than any individual could solve, but small recycling efforts do make a significant impact.

Citizens are asked to separate recyclables into six categories: glass, aluminum, tin cans, number 1 and 2 plastics, paper and cardboard. There is also commercial recycling available for cardboard.

To participate in the recycling program, call the West Plains Sanitation Department at 417-255-2330.

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