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Andy Baily: Citizen of Year

Mayor C. J. Hicks presented Andy Baily the 2016 Citizen of the Year Award at the 2016 Mayor’s Appreciation Dinner, December 2, 2016. Mayor Hicks preceded his presentation with the explanation for Bailey’s being selected for the honor: “Our community has been preparing for the opening of the Rock Island State Trail for years. We knew the trail would have an impact on the future of our
community. We began discussing the concepts of what it meant to be a Trail Town. Becoming a Trail Town took joint efforts from the State, the City, Jackson County and more. Phase I of the MoPAC Single Track Trail has been constructed through volunteer labor, materials and donations. We are thankful and look forward to completion of future phases. The person behind the concept, the fundraising and volunteer work days has made a lasting impact on our community. He has helped our community become more marketable to trail riders, visitors and residents. At this time, we recognize Andy Bailey as the Citizen of the Year for his work on the MoPAC Single Track Trail.

Rock Island Trail State Park Grand Opening

...Governor Jeremiah (Jay) Nixon has announced a ribbon cutting and grand opening of the Rock Island Trail State Park in Pleasant Hill on December 10, 2016 at 2:00 p.m. at the trailhead.
...The Pleasant Hill Trailhead is located adjacent to the Cass County Fairgrounds at 308 W. Commercial Street. Shelby Teufel, Interim City Administrator said, “Help us celebrate this important extension of the Katy Trail and honor those who have helped to make it possible. Please also plan to join the Governor on the trail
following the ceremony.”
...This is the first phase of the Rock Island Trail State Park which encompasses a
47.5-mile trail from Pleasant Hill to Windsor. Riders will then have the opportunity to ride to eastern portions of Missouri utilizing the Rock Island Trail connection to the KATY Trail in Windsor.
...In addition, future planned trail connections include a 17.7-mile expansion to the Truman Sports Complex by the Jackson County Rock Island Rail Corridor Authority and a 145-mile continuation of the Rock Island Trail State Park to the east from Windsor to Beaufort.
...The City of Pleasant Hill has been building trail networks in support of the Rock Island Trail system. The city has constructed a 3.5-mile stretch from the State Trailhead to the northwest known as the MoPAC Trail. The third and final phase of the MoPAC Trail ends at the Pleasant Hill City Lake and is expected to be completed in 2017. As an added amenity at the City Lake, a group of volunteers have begun work on the MoPAC Single Track which serves as a mountain bike and hiking trail.
...“The opening of the Rock Island Trail State Park is a historic moment for our community,” notes Mayor Chris J. Hicks. “Our residents and businesses have waited many years for this day. We are ecstatic to be the western anchor to the newest State Park and are anxious to welcome trail riders to our hometown. On this monumental day, we also look to future developments of the Rock Island Trail corridor by our many partners.”
...For more information, contact Shelby Teufel, Interim City Administrator, at (816) 540-3135 or


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