Amsterdam Trunk or Treat

The Amsterdam Jubilee will host Trunk or Treat on Sunday, October 31st from 5pm to 8pm on Main Street in Amsterdam.

There will be a costume contest with prizes in three age groups. Age groups for the costume contest are 0 to 5 years old, 6 to 11 years old, and 12 years and up. Awards for each age group for first, second and third place.

Amsterdam Jubilee will also be having a contest for the Best trunk decoration with an award it be given. Mikes Wood and Metal will be making the awards for each contest.

Amsterdam Jubilee will be serving hot dogs or chili dogs, chips, and hot cocoa with marshmallows.

Amsterdam Trunk or Treat will have games, spook music and Charlee Chamber will be there drawing caricatures for you.

Amsterdam trunk or treat is a fun and safe night for kids on Sunday, October 31st on Main Street in Amsterdam.

For more information or questions contact Vicky Vail at 660-200-5585 or 660-267-3161

News from the Butler City Council Meeting on Tuesday, October 5th

Story Courtesy of Mid America Live

Guest Tobi Markham approached the Butler City council with suggestions to provide more things for kids and parents to do, including a dog run/park and a splash pad at the park or the city lake. She also expressed concerns that raising water rates will affect low-income residents and wanted to know if there was a better way to warn residents when electricity will be shut off for any reason. The Butler City council promised to take her suggestions into consideration and will discuss more in upcoming sessions.

Following a Butler councilmember suggestion, and then by unanimous vote it was decided to not charge late fees to those paying utility bills due to an anticipated slowdown of the US Postal service that was announced earlier this month. While the late fees are forgiven, bills are still due by October 20th to avoid disconnection. 

Two bills became ordinances- one regarding work at the airport that required rewording to satisfy MoDot; the other was an update to a Butler city ordinance regarding disciplinary procedures and appeals of disciplinary actions. In short, that update now mirrors state law.

Police Chief Jarret Wheatly reported that issues with the dispatch radio console are becoming critical. The unit allows the Butler police department to not only dispatch Butler police, but also several local fire departments. Lately it has rendered itself inoperable at times which is unacceptable in terms of safety. It is a complicated piece of equipment, the current unit is old, and the replacement price quoted several years back was close to $70,000. The Butler City council asked Wheatly to get current bids and report back at the next meeting.

City clerk Corey Snead reported that while the city currently gets local bank bids for the city every two years, he suggested moving that to four years as it is a complicated process that is quite time consuming and there is no real savings benefit using the two-year window. At any rate, bids will be submitted by local banks over the next few weeks.

The new playground equipment is finally being installed at Sunset Park. While the equipment was donated several years back, there were various delays that kept the project from being done and everything should be completed by the end of the month.

It was also noted that the remodel work at city hall is nearly complete; unfortunately, at the time of this writing, city hall is closed due to covid concerns for the foreseeable future.

Concerns about the condition of a house in the 300 block of West Pine Street were discussed at length. There is one occupant living in the home that has a large hole in the roof, no utilities and raw sewage in the yard. While the city is sympathetic to the person living there, it appears action will need to be taken to condemn the property. 

Again, discussed was safe passage for bicyclists and pedestrians traveling on Fort Scott Street under the railroad overpass. While the city of Butler is at an impasse with the railroad on bettering the situation, it was suggested that better lighting on each side of the overpass could help especially during the morning and evening. Cost for doing such will be assessed and discussed at the upcoming meeting.

The city of Butler is planning another town hall meeting on October 21, 6:00 pm at Happy Hill Church. Topics to be discussed will include the American Rescue Plan Act as the city will receive $800,000.00; water rate increase; street projects and airport projects. The public is HIGHLY ENCOURAGED to attend as the town hall meeting is an informal event where the public can voice concerns and ideas openly to the council.

The Butler city council meets regularly at 7 pm on the first and third Tuesdays at city hall and the public is highly encouraged to attend.

Cass County Covid Report

Cass County has released its weekly report documenting COVID-19 impacts and vaccination efforts to combat the pandemic. The data is through the week ending October 9, 2021.

There were 148 confirmed (PCR tests) cases in Cass County in the last week, down from the 234 cases the week prior. In addition, there were 94 probable cases (antigen tests and other cases), up from 85 cases the week prior.

188 people were notified of possible exposure, down from 473 last week.  124 of those exposures related to school systems, down from 224 the week prior. 64 people were notified of exposure outside school systems, down from 249 such notifications the previous week.

Overall, Cass County has reported 11,051 cases, about 10,463 cases per 100,000 residents.

The county has reported 118 deaths (109 per 100,000 residents), with one death reported in the last week.

The Cass County Health Department administered 253 vaccine doses last week, up from 233 doses the prior week. They have now administered 10,660 first doses and 10,300 second doses of COVID-19 vaccines. In addition, 224 third doses and 350 booster shots of the Pfizer or Moderna vaccines have now been administered to those who qualify. The department uses the Pfizer (age 12 and up) and Moderna (age 18 and up) vaccines.

In addition to Health Department administered vaccines, other entities are offering vaccines to county residents. According to the Mid-America Regional Council (MARC) Data Hub which uses Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) data, 50.3 percent of Cass County residents have initiated vaccinations and 44.3 percent have completed vaccinations. 74.5 percent of residents 65 and older, and 49.2 percent of residents 18-64 have been fully vaccinated.


The Health Department will continue to offer vaccinations from 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday, and 9 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. on Wednesday at their new clinic location at 1411 S. Commercial, Harrisonville, MO 64701 (formerly Forged by Fire Kitchen and Tap House).  Walk-ins are welcome but appointments are preferred.  For an appointment, residents can call 816-380-8425 to schedule.

More vaccine clinic information can be found on the Health Department website (www.casscounty.com/2462/COVID-19-Vaccine) and on their Facebook Page @CassHealthDepartment. 

Butler Bears Cross Country Team Results

Butler XC hosted the 3rd Annual Butler Bear XC Invitational on Saturday, October 9th, with a total of 19 teams in attendance. The course was in great condition and the weather was perfect. It was a very smooth day with a lot of great competition.

Butler XC would like to Thank their volunteers for all of your help in making it a great day for all the runners, coaches and fans! Thanks to Jake Duvall, Nancy Sutton, Gregg Webb, Val Craft, Heather Goldammer, Leigh Trumbore, Carmen Behringer, Crystal Eldred, Leslie Hedrick, Lauren Duvall, Damon McGuire, Mike Mallatt, Josie Johnston and Macey Kelso! Plus team members that weren’t able to run that helped out! Also thanks to Carmen Behringer and Brayton Wix for taking some great pictures!

Varsity Girls

10th – Olivia Dowell – 23:34 – medaled and new school course record

21st – Brielle Campbell – 26:59 – PR

28th – Cadence Turney – 28:05

34th – Jakaila Rolph – 35:08

Varsity Boys

38th – Andrew Clutter – 24:32

Junior High

Boys

2nd – Brandon Hammett – 12:22 – medaled and new school course record

Girls

13th – Mika Vice – 17:14

The Butler Bears Cross Country team traveled to Clinton on Tuesday, October 14th for the Ozark Highlands Conference Championships.

To achieve All-Conference status, you must get top 10 in your race. Butler had a few come through, plus some good times overall. Mika Vice becomes the first Butler runner in school history to achieve All-Conference more than once! While he may not have achieved All-Conference, Ronen Hilgenberg ran in his first career HS meet and ran a fantastic time!

Next up Butler Bears Cross Country team will travel to El Do for a High School only meet on Tuesday, October 19th

Varsity Girls

7th – Olivia Dowell – 23:43 – ALL-CONFERENCE

14th – Brielle Campbell – 27:40

17th – Cadence Turney – 28:12

20th – Jakaila Rolph – 31:47

Varsity Boys

13th – Ronen Hilgenberg – 21:32

19th – Andrew Clutter – 23:05

23rd – Richard Walker – 23:42

JH Boys

2nd – Brandon Hammett – 12:03 – ALL-CONFERENCE

JH Girls

7th – Mika Vice – 16:15 – ALL-CONFERENCE and PR

15th – Natalee Kennedy – 21:05