December 26, 2019
Nixa News | January 2020 Edition
In this month's edition you can read about...

  • 2020 event calendar
  • How to register as a candidate for Mayor or city council
  • Nixa Citizen of the Year Award goes to...
  • Nixa residents to vote on Home Rule Charter updates
  • What is the 2020 Census?
  • New businesses now open in Nixa
  • A letter from the Mayor
  • And more!

As always, you can find much more information at and engage with us on our official social media pages on Facebook, Twitter, and Nextdoor.
Hard to believe we’re beginning another decade already. The last several years have flown by as Nixa continues to be one of the fastest growing communities in the state. Last month, I reviewed all we accomplished in 2019, but now it’s time to look out the windshield at the exciting things coming our way for 2020 and beyond.

The theme for our community in 2020 will be PLANNING. These plans will lay the groundwork for our next phase of growth and improvement. The City will not only be creating a 5-year strategic plan, but also a long-range comprehensive plan for the community. We will be trying some new and exciting ways to allow everyone to have the opportunity to contribute their ideas for these plans. The public’s input will inform our planning in a deep way. I always want to see innovative ideas for not only how we can improve as a municipal government, but also as a community. However, 2020 will be a once-every-five-years opportunity to set priorities which will shape our community through 2025 and beyond. I encourage you to start thinking of ideas now, so you can speak up when we open the public comment phase of the planning process.

The 2020 Census will also be vital as we hope to get an accurate updated population count. Census data impacts how much of our federal tax dollars come back to Nixa as well as how much representation we have in government. More businesses will be attracted to our area when our population numbers accurately reflect how much we’ve grown since 2010. This spring, I encourage everyone in Nixa to complete the census survey online, by phone, or by mail.

The population count and planning processes will provide city council with the key information we need to be able to make strategic decisions and take action to keep up with our growth and further enhance the exceptional quality of life we enjoy in Nixa.

Mayor Steele
The Baffler
This perplexing puzzle will keep you bewildered, befuddled, and bemused.

Q: I am not alive but I grow. I don't have lungs, but I need air. I don't have a mouth, but water kills me. What am I?

The answer to The Baffler is at the bottom of the newsletter.
Candidate Filing For April 7th General Municipal Election
If you would like to run for Mayor or for a seat on Nixa City Council, please contact Nixa City Hall to register as a candidate for the election which will take place on April 7, 2020.

Candidates must have lived within their district for at least 1 full year prior to candidate filing and must be a registered voter and US citizen.

Candidate filing opens at 8:30am on December 17th and closes at 4:30pm on January 21st.

Mayor and council serve 3 year terms. The next term starts April 8, 2020 and ends in April of 2023.

Call 417-725-3785 to speak with Elizabeth Gibson regarding registration, or send an email to or
Nixa residents to decide on proposed Home Rule Charter Updates in April 7 Election
The City of Nixa passed its Home Rule Charter in 2010. This document essentially serves as the constitution for our city. Every 10 years, we have an opportunity to review and update the charter to ensure our local government works efficiently to serve the community.

On April 7th, 2020, Nixa residents will vote to either accept or reject 4 proposed updates to our Home Rule Charter which have been recommended by the Home Rule Charter Review Commission. That commission reviewed the entire charter and decided that each of the proposed updates would allow the city to operate more efficiently.

None of the proposed updates would impact taxation, representation, or city services.

April 2020 voter info - Home Rule Charter proposed updates
Mark your 2020 calendar!
Feb. 7: Father Daughter Dance
Feb. 29: Indoor Garage Sale
Mar. 21: NIXPO
Apr. 7: Municipal Election
Apr. 11: Easter Egg Hunt
Apr. 25: Medicine Take Back Day
May 2: Health & Wellness Expo
May 9: City Wide Garage Sale
May 15-16: Sucker Days
May 16: City Wide Clean Up
May 23: The X Center Pool Opens
Jun. 28: Friends of the Park Pool Party
Aug. 4: National Night Out
Sep. 7: Doggie Dive In
Oct. 30: Spooktacular
Oct. 31: Creepin' at the Crossroads
Dec. 5: Mayor's Tree Lighting
Dec. 6: Christmas Parade
2019 Nixa Citizen of the Year Award
Dr. Paul Robertson
Dr. Paul Robertson with Cobblestone Veterinary Hospital in Nixa has been named the 2019 Nixa Citizen of the Year by Nixa City Administrator Jimmy Liles. Nixa city staff make nominations for this award to honor community members who make a significant impact on the community through their partnership with the municipal government.

Dr. Robertson has been a staple of the community for many years. Over the years, Dr. Robertson has assisted the Nixa Police Department in handling rabid, vicious or injured animals at all hours of the day and night. He has always gone above and beyond to assist the Police Department and has been a great help to our K-9 officer and Animal Control Division. You will also see him at many community events supporting our Police Department. Thanks for all you do!
Working For You
Councilman Scott Perryman to serve on Policy Makers Council for the American Public Power Association
Scott Perryman
Nixa City Councilman Scott Perryman has been appointed to serve a 1 year term on the American Public Power Association’s Policy Makers Council (PMC). Nixa is a proud public power community, which means our community owns and operates its own electric utility. Councilman Perryman's service on the PMC means that our interests will be represented regarding national electric policy. His work on the PMC will include visits with elected representatives and congressional staff on issues critical to public power.
Now Open for Business in Nixa
Now Open sign
Shop local! The following brick and mortar businesses have received new Nixa business licenses in the last month.

  • Elite Marketing LLC - 234 Village Center (call center)
  • Kennedy Rose Properties LLC - 109 S Main St. (landlord)
  • Lilac Lane and Company - 109 S Main (retail sales, gift boutique)
  • On-It Pest Solutions LLC - 204 S Main St., Ste 2 (general pest control for residential and commercial property)

Thinking about opening a business in Nixa?
Call City Hall at 417-725-3785 to talk to us about your idea. We would be thrilled to assist you through the process.
Renew your business license at Nixa City Hall by Dec 31
Renew Your Business License
All Nixa business licenses expire on December 31. Stop by Nixa City Hall or visit our website to renew with our new online form!

Renewals cost $25 and new licenses cost $50.
Don't lose your best friend renew your dog tags
Renew Your Dog Tags
All Nixa Dog Tags expire on December 31. You must visit Nixa City Hall to show proof of rabies vaccination in order to renew your tags. These tags help Animal Control return your furry friend back to you if they get lost and ensure that all dogs in Nixa city limits have been vaccinated against rabies.

$2 for spayed/neutered dogs. $3 if not.
Water Tower #10 Under Construction
Water Tower 10 Dec-18-2019
Water Tower #10 is under construction on S. Norton Road. Contractors are pouring concrete for the various levels of the tower base, which will rise to 80 feet tall before installation of the 1 million gallon tank on top. This new water tower will help ensure Nixa's water utility provides sufficient supply and pressure as our community continues to grow and add hundreds of new homes each year.
2020 Census: Christian County Counts
Christian County Counts
Every 10 years, the US Census Bureau undertakes a mammoth task: counting all the people living in the United States. The population count in 2020 will determine how much federal funds come back to Christian County to pay for public resources such as roads and schools. The data also impacts how we plan for the future and how much representation we get at all levels of government.

The City of Nixa has partnered with the county-wide effort to encourage all Christian County residents to respond to the 2020 Census. To learn more, visit the Christian County Counts web-page, and follow the Facebook page where you can ask questions about the upcoming census.
Nixa City Offices Holiday Closures
Nixa City Hall
Nixa city offices will be closed on:
  • Tuesday Dec. 24th (open 8:30am - Noon)
  • Wednesday Dec. 25th in observance of Christmas.
  • Wednesday Jan. 1, 2020 in observance of New Years Day.
  • Monday Jan. 20, 2020 in observance of Martin Luther King Day.
Exceptional City Staff
2019 Employee of the Year
BJ Sartin
BJ Sartin is one of the city's hardest working employees. He has served the city since 2003, and is the Lead Community Service Officer for the Police Department. His work ethic, positive attitude, and initiative make him a valuable asset. He recently worked with local vendors to build a new police vehicle and was able to save the city about $30,000 by obtaining donated equipment upgrades. BJ oversees fleet management, equipment installation, animal control and more for the Police Department. He is also a team player who is eager to help and has been commended for his customer service on a regular basis. He is truly an all-around outstanding employee.
2019 Customer Service Award
Danny Newell
Danny Newell sets a very high standard for customer service in our Public Works Department. Danny serves as an infrastructure inspector and MS4 coordinator. He has been with the city since 1994. Mr. Newell is a master at facilitating project issues and works for all sides (city, customer and contractor) when necessary to assure our citizens are getting the most for their hard-earned dollars. He accomplishes this by first being a good listener. He displays excellent judgement and always advocates for the right outcome. He assists anyone he is working with in a manner which communicates clearly and respectfully so everyone involved in the project understands what must be done for every party to achieve a successful outcome. His leadership on the MS4 program, Adopt-A-Street program, and ROW Encroachment policy are examples of his stellar work to better our city.
2019 Team Player Award
Will Liniger
Will Liniger is a hard working employee who is always eager to jump in and help out. Mr. Liniger has served in our street department since 2013 but his impact is felt far outside his daily responsibilities. Will attends several community events throughout the year as a participant, and you can always find him assisting in some way beyond just attending for his own enjoyment - it's just the type of person he is. Will is a genuine, hard working, selfless employee that goes above and beyond to help whenever he can. He is an outstanding team player and the community benefits from his generosity of his time and efforts.
2019 Innovative Employee Award
Jeremy Whitehill
Lt. Jeremy Whitehill, who has served Nixa PD since 2009, is the mastermind who brought the #9pmRoutine to Nixa which has been a huge hit on the Police Facebook page. Lt. Whitehill got the idea from a department in another state, adapted it for Nixa and took it to a new level as a crime prevention effort. Lt. Whitehill has been innovative in improving ways our Police Department communicates with the community including recruitment and retention efforts and online forms. He was also the author of the departments 2018 Annual Report and has brought numerous web-based programs to our department. His innovative thinking is a tremendous asset to the Police Department and the City of Nixa.
City Events
Father Daughter Dance 2020
Feb. 7: Father Daughter Dance
Join Nixa Parks and Recreation for the annual Father Daughter Dance! The dance is sponsored by Mac Dental. Dance the night away while enjoying light refreshments, activities, and a picture to remember the evening!

Date: Friday, February 7th from 6:00 pm to 8:30 pm.

Location: The X Center

Registration: Pre-registration will end on February 6th: Members $25, Nixa Residents $30, Non-Residents $35. Day of Registration will begin on February 7th: Members $30, Nixa Residents $35, Non-Residents $40. The registration fee includes admission for Dad and one daughter. Each additional child is $10.
Indoor Garage Sale 2020
Feb. 29: Indoor Garage Sale
The Indoor Garage Sale will take place on Saturday, February 29th, 2020 from 7:00 am to 2:30 pm.

Entrance is FREE to the public.

Registration for booth spaces begins December 1st. Space is limited—please register early!

A 10x10 space is $20 and a 10x15 space is $30. Tables are available for $5 per table. The X Center reserves the right to refuse any item inappropriate for sale in this event. No concession items allowed.
The Update is a great way to learn more about what's happening in Nixa and have your questions answered while enjoying lunch. Each month, we bring a different guest speaker from Nixa local government. These events give senior citizens an opportunity to meet and interact with the city's leadership, voice their concerns, and stay informed!

Upcoming dates: December 30, January 29, February 26.

Anyone can enjoy lunch at the Nixa Senior Center. The cost of lunch is $3.50 for those 60+ and $6.00 for those under 60. Learn more about the Nixa Senior Center at the   Nixa Senior Center   website.
Parks Programs
Recreational Soccer
Recreational Soccer is geared towards introducing and fostering interest in soccer. Emphasis is on learning the game and having fun. The league is open to boys and girls; it is comprised of 4 different divisions, 3&4 years old, 5 years old and Kindergarten, 1st/2nd grade, 3rd-5th grade, and 6th – 8th grade. Games for every division are on Saturday morning/afternoons.
Season Dates: Saturday, March 14th - April 25th.
Open To: The program is open to boys and girls ages 3 years old (must be 3 by March 16th) to 8th grade.
Location: Games are played at McCauley Park and practices are held at Rotary Park.
Fees: Members $42, Nixa Residents $47, Non-Residents $55.
Registration: December 10th, 2018 and ends February 12th, 2020. *Late registration February 13th - 16th with an additional $10 late fee.
Recreational Volleyball
Recreational Volleyball is geared towards introducing and fostering girls 3rd through 6th grade an interest in volleyball. Emphasis is on learning the game and having fun. 

Season Dates: March 23rd/24th through April 20th/21st. 3rd/4th grade plays on Monday evenings; 5th/6th grade plays on Tuesday evenings. The season ending tournament will be on Saturday, April 25th.

Open To: The program is open to girls in 3rd - 6th grade.

Location: Games will be played and practices will be held at The X Center.

Fees: Members $42, Nixa Residents $47, Non-Residents $55.

Registration: December 10th, 2019 and ends February 19th, 2020. * Late registration from February 20th - 23rd with a $10 additional late fee.
Flag Football
Recreational Flag Football is designed as an introduction to the sport, to build on skills, and to foster an interest in football. Participants will learn the basic skills and concepts of the game.
Season Dates: Saturday, March 14th with the six-game season ending April 5th.
Open To: The program is open to boys and girls 3rd-6th grade.
Location: Games will be played and practices will be held at Rotary Park
Fees: Members $42, Nixa Residents $47, Non-Residents $55.
Registration: December 10th, 2019 and ends on February 12th, 2020. *Late registration from February 13th - 16th, with a $10 additional late fee.
More Nixa Parks Events, Programs, & Sports Leagues
For the latest info on all the events happening at Nixa Parks and The X Center, follow the link to
At the Nixa Branch Library this Month
The Nixa Branch Library is located at 208 N. McCroskey.
Winter Reading Challenge
Winter Reading Challenge
Help the Christian County Library read one million minutes in January!

Light up the mind with a book. Join the Winter Reading Challenge from January 1 - January 31, 2020. It's like a new years resolution with prizes!

Weekly drawings for $25 Amazon Gift Cards for participants.

How to become a foster parent
How to Become a Foster Parent
Learn how to prepare yourself and family in welcoming a foster child into the home. Presented by the former Director of Family Services for Stone County.

Learn from a professional the steps it takes to become a foster parent in the state of Missouri, and learn the benefits and challenges being a foster parent entails.

January 22 at the Nixa Branch, 5:30pm - 7:00pm.

Registration required, opens December 21 and closes January 21. Register online with your library card or call (417) 724-6100.
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Now Hiring!
The City of Nixa has job openings for various city departments!

Visit the  jobs section of our website   or you can call our Human Resources department at 417-725-3785.

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Police: 725-2510
911 Non-emergency and Animal Control: 582-1030
Nixa Utilities and report an outage: 725-3229
Public Works: 725-2353
Parks: 725-5486
The Baffler Answer
The solution to your scalp scratchin'.

Q: I am not alive but I grow. I don't have lungs, but I need air. I don't have a mouth, but water kills me. What am I?

A: Fire.
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