Construction causing closure of City Park

The Harrisonville Board of Aldermen were informed Monday night that much of City Park will be closed to the public beginning Monday.

Work is progressing on the dam and spillway projects, but for about 20 to 30 days, heavy machinery is being brought to the park. The closure is a safety measure.

According to a statement from the city, “As we want to make sure our park guests are not put in harm’s way, and that we do everything we can to allow this project to move forward quickly, we will need to remove both vehicle and foot traffic from inside the park during this time. Gates will be closed at the park entrance on the east side of the outdoor pool and at the intersection of Ash Street and Bluegill Boulevard. We know that this is not exciting news to hear as we enter springtime, but we have greatly appreciated your patience throughout this project.”

The dog park will still be accessible.

To visit that area, it is suggested to park at the front of the park and use the Monday Mile trail to access the dog park.

During its meeting, the board passed a resolution updating policies concerning financial incentives for businesses looking to relocate in Harrisonville.

Economic Development Director Jim Clark said the changes focus primarily on the use of Payment in Lieu of Taxes (PILOTS) funding and for advanced manufacturing and disruptive technologies.

Advanced manufacturing includes things such as additive manufacturing (sometimes referred to as 3D Printing); advanced materials, composites, and alloys; robotics and automation; welding and machining with lasers; nanotechnology, among others.

Disruptive Technologies include artificial intelligence and machine learning; blockchain technology; virtual and augmented reality; 3D Printing; robotics; cyber security; drone technology; GPS & navigation systems.

The board also heard a presentation from representatives from Gouldevans, the consultants working on the city’s comprehensive plan. The consultants have been involved in numerous group meetings, seeking input on how the public wants to see the city in the future.

According to the document: “The comprehensive plan is a document designed to guide future growth in the community. The comprehensive plan is to reflect the vision of the community and provide actionable steps toward achieving stated goals. The comprehensive plan is then reviewed by the planning commission each year as a “living document” to ensure it is supporting the community’s long-term aspirations.”

The preliminary plan was presented and highlighted four specific areas for the city’s future: becoming a regional industrial town, square revitalization, being a place to establish roots and growing with a purpose.

When the final plan is prepared, it will be presented to the planning and zoning commission and then back to the board of aldermen for final approval.