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Riverside’s mayor
delivers a cheer

byValerie Verkamp
Landmark reporter

Kathy Rose, mayor of Riverside, dressed in a Park Hill South Panther's cheerleading outfit, carried out a special cheer in front of the Parkville Board of Aldermen Tuesday night.

In the month of September, the City of Parkville issued a challenge to the City of Riverside to see which city would have the largest amount of participation in the Oct. 1 Household Hazardous Waste ABOP Event, as well as the Nov. 5 E-Waste Paper Shred Event.

The City of Parkville's victory of the recycling rivalry challenge prompted Mayor Rose to perform a cheer in front of the Parkville Board of Aldermen.
Mayor Rose shouted: “I've never done this, not even in school

“But I am here to tell you Parkville rules
“The challenge was made, the competition was on
“Battle to the finish and Parkville won
“Head to head the recyclers came
“Kendall and Kathy were here in the game
“Minutes left Gerry made the winning place
“Scoring victory for Parkville for that day
“Shout it to room; shout it to the floor,
“Shout out Parkville; recycle more
“People in the front let me hear you grunt
“People in the middle let me hear you sizzle
“People in the rear let me hear you cheer
“Give me a P, give me an A, give me a R, give me a K-ville
“What's that spell, Parkville, Parkville, Go Parkville.”

After the cheer by Rose, the Parkville mayor had a few words:

“Thank you to the City of Parkville for bailing me out of this one.” responded Mayor Gerry Richardson. “Truth be told, of course, both communities were winners,”

Alderman Kendall Welch reported that at each of the recycle events had approximately 200 participants.

Richardson proclaimed Nov. 15 as America Recycles Day in Parkville.

“Each year, Americans generate nearly 245 million tons of municipal solid waste per year. That's more than 4.5 pounds per person per day. While the nation has reached an overall recycling rate of nearly 33 percent, much more can be done, especially in closing the loop and purchasing products made with recycled content,” said Richardson.

In other news, Kirk Rome, director of public works, presented a draft plan for opening the southern trail at English Landing Park while the remainder of the park is reconstructed.

“We are putting the finishing touches on the trail over the last couple of days,” said Rome.

Following the Thanksgiving Day Turkey Trot, walkers and runners will be able to utilize part of the trail at English Landing Park during the park's restoration, said Rome.

The southern trail will expand as far east as the boat club.

The work zone, as well as the north trail will be fenced off and kept separate from the southern trail.

The remainder of the park is scheduled to open in the spring of 2012. The significant items of work yet to be completed include the reconstruction of the McKeon stage; the reconstruction of the gazebo; the renovation to the public restrooms; the resurfacing of the playground; the relocation of the sand and silt; the planting of new grass, trees, and shrubs; repairs to the Grigsby field; and the installation of rip-rap on the river bank erosion repair site, said Rome.

In addition, Rome reported that effective this week, Main Street leading down to the river would be open to viewers.

Shannon Thompson, city administrator, said that the Federal Emergency Management Agency FEMA has been working with the City of Parkville to determine the overall cost of the flood damage, as well as which flood clean-up projects will be eligible for funding.

“We are still doing walk-throughs and there are a lot of structural assessments that they still need to look at, but they have reviewed all the contracts and all of the clean up,” said Thompson.

It is projected FEMA will reimburse approximately 75% of the flood repair cost, minus the cost of certain projects FEMA excludes from assistance, said Rome.

Preliminary cost assessments indicate the flood damage and repair work will cost $250,000.