The vultures are almost gone in Harrisonville.
Public Works Director Jerry Gibbs took a unique approach in scaring off the turkey vultures taking flock on the city’s water tower by hanging two dead birds of the same species near where the birds were gather.
Gibbs shared with the Harrisonville Board of Aldermen on May 20 that he obtained a special permit to get the two birds, which are a protected species, and picked them up at Whiteman Air Force Base near Knob Noster.
On Friday, the birds were installed and since, Gibbs has only noticed several vultures in the area.
Gibbs reported that he still plans to install LED-lighting below the water tower in attempt to keep the vultures from roosting.
“From what I understood, about five years ago, we used to have lights that would shine up and illuminate the ‘Harrisonville,’” Gibbs previously told the aldermen.
Gibbs said there isn’t a recollection of the vultures being an issue when the lights were in place.
Also during Monday’s meeting, Community Development Director Rick Deluca briefly introduced two possible plans to relieve traffic congestion during a discussion in regard to the 291 Highway and Commercial Street.
“We have a lot of traffic accidents there,” Deluca said. “People hate to drive through there.”
Two similar street connectivity plans were introduced as a method to improve traffic flow around the corridor.
Deluca said the Development Review Team was involved in the process, and ultimately, the recommendation by city staff was embraced by the TDD and the Missouri Department of Transportation.
The first plan calls for a half-circle loop north of the intersection that would connect at Rock Haven Road, near QuikTrip, to the west side of 291 by Walmart, and on the east side of 291 from Royal to Commercial Streets, near Bizarre Bazaar, at Plaza Drive.
The second plan follows the same design as the first on the west side. On the east side of 291, a road would be constructed from Royal Street to the Wellborn property area, and then connect in a T-shape to Commercial Street, at Plaza Drive.
In other meeting business, the BOA took the following actions:
Presented service awards to Dee Shelton for 30 years and to Gabe Dalton for 15 years of service to the city.
Appointed Don Allen to the city’s Park Board for a term lasting through June 2014.
Approved a resolution allowing the city administrator to execute an agreement for mowing services with Jed Beasley for the purpose of abatement of health and environmental violations for 2013-2014 at $30/hour.
Approved a resolution allowing the city administrator to execute an agreement with Drake-Scruggs Equipment for the purpose of purchasing a new 60-foot tree trimming bucket device in an amount not to exceed $124,150.
Approved a resolution amending a lease agreement of Trap and Skeet Range at North Lake with Heartland Trap and Wobble Skeet by extending the lease for another 10 years.
Approved a resolution allowing the city administrator to execute an agreement with Wald Company to provide a fireworks display on July 4 not to exceed $11,000 for the city’s annual Independence Day celebration.
Approved a resolution allowing the city administrator to execute an agreement with Redzone to provide closed-circuit televised inspection of the city’s sewer system not to exceed $96,307.
Approved a resolution of establishing a new policy governing long-term parking on city-owned lots. The non-refundable fee would be set at $120/yard, pro-rated monthly, and would go into effect July 1.
Approved a resolution amending Enforcement and Obedience to Traffic Regulations to include a “move over” ordinance for emergency vehicles displaying lights and sirens.