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2023-2024 Odessa City Guide Page 3 Welcome to the wonderful community of Odessa! As a longtime resident, I can say that Odessa is a great place to call home. Odessa maintains its small-town atmosphere yet still has quick and easy access to the Kansas City metropolitan area. Odessa has rich history we are proud of but we also are excited to see our community grow and develop into the future. Part of that growth is and has been a revitalization of our downtown business district. Our downtown has become a destination for folks of all ages who want to shop, grab a cup of coffee, have a bite to eat, or just take a walk and listen to the music playing. We have an outstanding school district which is known statewide for its excellence in education, accompanied by staff and a leadership team second to none. Our Parks and Recreation Department is another bright spot for Odessa, and it provides residents with numerous options to live happy, healthy and active lives. Keep an eye out throughout the year for events and activities which will bring fun and fulfillment to the entire family! There is a lot going on in our city. As the largest city in Lafayette County, it is important we constantly respect where we’ve been, appreciate where we are at, and look forward to where we are going. Your city government is currently doing just that through its strategic plan, and will work hard to keep Odessa out front. Whatever your reason for being in Odessa, it is my hope that you’ll feel welcome and enjoy your time here. Steve Wright, Mayor Welcome to Odessa!

2023-2024 Odessa City Guide Page 4 CityGovernment Governing Structure Odessa is governed by a mayor and board of aldermen. Aldermen are elected in April to two-year terms. Odessa’s three wards each have two aldermen. The mayor also is elected to a two-year term. Decisions in the city are made by a simple-majority vote on behalf of the aldermen. In event of a tie, the mayor is able to cast a vote. Steve Wright, mayor Shawna Davis, city administrator Karen Findora, city clerk Mallory Chiesa-Cullum, finance director Christi Dickey, community development coordinator Lauber Municipal Law, city attorneys Jeff Deane city prosecutor Carl Scarborough, municipal judge City Hall 125 S. Second Odessa, Mo. 64076 816-230-5577 Mickey Starr Ward One 816-260-8448 Karla Polson Ward One 816-739-2224 Bryan Barner Ward Two 816-985-0361 Bob Carey Ward Three 805-320-4877 Board meets Second and Fourth Monday 7 p.m. Community Center, Dyer Park Steve Wright Mayor 816-918-6634 Shawn Cramer Ward Three 816-522-3827 Donna Ehlert Ward Two 816-263-9559

2023-2024 Odessa City Guide Page 5 CityStaff Shawna Davis City Administrator The City of Odessa staff is available to serve the residents of the community. Whether you are new to town or a longtime resident, the city looks to provide customer care. Staff can be contacted to assist with utility payments and answer questions about city services and community activities. Each month the City Newsletter is included with the utility bill, providing information about city services and community events. There is also information available on the city website, www.cityofodessamo.com. City boards Planning & Zoning Commission 7 p.m. Third Thursday, community building Marty McDermed, chair Ruth Beamer, secretary Matthew Modlin Mary Bertram Vicki Pavlovsky JoAnn Quigley Mike Hunt Board of Adjustment Sean Croucher, chair William BJ Begeman, co-chair Jason Hawkins Charles Harvey Sr. Stan Jones Board of Appeals Ernie Cockrum Brandon Murry Rick Barker Dennis Summers Park Board 7 p.m. Fourth Tuesday, community building Jannan Bradley, president Gerald Gittinger, vice president Emily Oldham, secretary John Carmody, treasurer Mike Duncan, sergeant at arms Logan Seals John Elliott Alan Barner Tracy Peter Residents who wish to serve on city boards can apply at cityofodessamo.com/ boardsandcommissions Shawna Davis began working for the City in April of 2021 as Finance Director. She was promoted to Assistance City Administrator in August of 2022 and soon after voted as interim City Administrator. She was hired by the Board of Aldermen as City Administrator in January of 2023. Previously Davis worked as a Budget Analyst for the City of Olathe, KS, and worked in their City Manager’s Office as a Management Fellow prior. Davis is originally from Illinois where she obtained her Masters in Public Administration from the University of Illinois Springfield. City Hall staff include, from left, Karen Findora, city clerk, Jennifer LeBlanc, municipal court clerk, Andrea Johns, utility billing clerk, Shawna Davis, city administrator, Kate Collins, accounts payable and collector, Mallory Chiesa-Cullum, finance director and Christi Dickey, community development coordinator.

2023-2024 Odessa City Guide Page 6 CityStatistics Latitude 39.00 N, Longitude 93.95 W Elevation 935 Odessa is a growing and active rural community in western Lafayette County. According to 2022 census figures, Odessa is the largest city in Lafayette County, with 5,600 residents. The town has a highly accredited school district, 200 businesses and professionals, a small-town atmosphere, a location 30 minutes from Kansas City and more than 50 community organizations. Odessa Missouri Missouri Population Population estimates, July 1, 2022 5606 6,154,957 Population change - April 1, 2020-July 1, 2021 0.2% 0.4% Census population April 1, 2020 5593 6,154,913 Age and Sex Persons under 5 years 6.9% 5.8% Persons under 18 years 22.6% 22.4% Persons 65 years and over 21.6% 17.6% Female persons 50.1% 50.6% Race and Hispanic Origin White alone 97.0% 82.6% Black or African-American alone 1.4% 11.8% Asian alone 0% 2.2% American Indian and Alaska Native alone 0% 0.6% Two or More Races 1.1% 2.6% Hispanic or Latino 1.5% 4.7% Population Characteristics (2017-2021) Veterans 247 377,127 Housing (2017-2021) Owner-occupied housing unit rate 68.4% 67.6% Median value of owner-occupied housing units $163,100 $171,800 Median selected monthly owner costs-with a mortgage $1400 $1,343 Median selected monthly owner costs-without a mortgage $604 $472 Median gross rent $816 $886 Families & Living Arrangements (2017-2021) Households 2113 2,433,819 Persons per household 2.60 2.46 Living in same house 1 year ago 77.6% 86.0% Computer and Internet Use (2017-2021) Households with a computer 88.1% 92.1% Households with a broadband Internet subscription 82.3% 85.1% Education (2017-2021) High school graduate or higher, age 25 years+ 90.6% 91.0% Bachelor’s degree or higher, age 25 years+ 23.6% 30.7% Health With a disability, under age 65 years, 2017-2021 5.7% 10.2% Persons without health insurance, under age 65 years 5.8% 11.3% Economy In civilian labor force, total, age 16 years+ (2017-2021) 59.3% 62.8% In civilian labor force, female, age 16 years+ (2017-21) 56.4% 59.1% Total accommodation & food serv. sales, 2017 ($1000) 9688 15,082,366 Total retail sales, 2017 ($1000) 40,111 100,393,968 Total retail sales per capita, 2017 $7,702 $16,427 Transportation (2017-2021) Mean travel time to work (minutes), workers age 16 years+29.3 23.8 Income & Poverty (2017-2021) Median household income (in 2021 dollars) $80,481 $61,043 Per capita income in past 12 months (in 2021 dollars) $31,956 $33,770 Geography Population per square mile, 2020 1365.5 89.5 Land area in square miles, 2020 4.10 68,746,48 2010

2023-2024 Odessa City Guide Page 7 CityCommonly asked codes questions City staff provided the following list of answers to common questions from residents. Codes are enforced through the police department. What is the maximum height grass/weeds can be before it is in violation? Grass and weeds are in violation if exceeding ten (10) inches (2012 IPMC302.4) What am I responsible to mow? In addition to the lawn, you are responsible to mow all rights of way and easements included on your property, everything up to the street and everything back to the alleys. What is considered an inoperable vehicle? Any vehicle not currently licensed, or that has issues that cause it to be illegal to be driven on the street. Where may I park my vehicle? Vehicles are required to be parked on a paved surface. No vehicle may block any public sidewalk, extend into the street, or be parked on the grass. (OCDC 50-581) May I add a gravel driveway? If the original driveway was gravel and legally permitted at the time of installation, it would be legal. You may keep it provided you maintain it. However, you may not increase the size. New gravel driveways are not allowed. (OCDC 50-581) May I burn yard waste? Yes, ONLY yard waste may be burned (limbs, sticks, branches, etc). You must notify the Odessa Fire & Rescue Department first. You shall not burn on windy days, or if a burn ban is in place. Brush piles must be removed or properly disposed of. Do I need a permit to install a fence? A permit is required for any fence that is over three & one half (3 1/2) feet. Any fence over 3 1/2 feet shall not encroach into a required front yard setback. Fences may extend onto side yard setbacks on corner lots, provided that they set back from the right-of-way line at least eight (8) feet. (OCDC 50-581) Do I need a permit for a detached accessory building? If the building is more than one hundred twenty (120) square feet, a permit is required. (2006 IRC 105.2) How big may I build my accessory building? Main and accessory buildings shall not cover more than twenty-five percent (25%) of the total lot area on interior lots and thirty percent (30%) on corner lots. Accessory buildings shall not cover more than twenty percent (20%) of the rear yard. (OCDC 50-545) Do I need a permit for building a deck? If the deck is going to be over thirty (30) inches above grade, a permit will be required. (2006 IRC 312.1) Do I need a permit for a swimming pool? Any swimming pool with a depth of twenty-four (24) inches requires a permit. Pools, hot tubs and spas containing water more than twenty-four (24) inches in depth, shall be completely surrounded by a fence or barrier at least forty-eight (48) inches in height. (2012 IPMC 303.2) How many layers of roofing material may I put on my house? The maximum allowable number of layers of roofing is two (2). (2006 IRC 907.3) The City of Odessa does require an ice shield to extend from the lowest edges of all roof surfaces to a point at least twenty-four (24) inches inside the exterior wall line of the building. (OCDC 7.201) How many pets may I have? The maximum number is four (4). A kennel license is required for more than that. Operating a kennel is not allowed in a residential district. What work do I need a permit for? If you have this question for a particular project, please call the community development department and ask. Most minor projects do not need a permit. City staff also advises: •Always call DIG-RITE before beginning any excavation project. •Residential trash containers should be placed at the curb not more than 24 hours prior to scheduled collection and stored at the side or rear of property after pick- up. •Garage and yard sale signs shall not be placed on public utility/light poles. •Street address numbers must be in contrast with background, must be Arabic numerals at least 4 inches high and be visible from street.

2023-2024 Odessa City Guide Page 8 Cus Corpor Promo Tea Spo Gra Vin Le Cust hdgraphicsandapparelllc@gmail.com 227 W. Mason Street • Odessa, MO 64076 816-230-5980 Custom Apparel • Corporate Apparel • Embroidery Promotional Items • Team Uniforms • Spirit Wear Sporting Goods • Hats • Graphic Design • Vinyl Lettering Letter Jackets • Custom Patches • Sublimation Proudly serving ALL surrounding communities! 650 NW Jefferson ● Grain Valley, MO 64029 wwwhdgraphicsandapparel.com CitySevere weather City of Odessa operates an outdoor weather warning system. Severe weather sirens in Odessa are regularly tested at 11 a.m. on the first Wednesday of each month. The siren system is in place to alert people who are outside to seek shelter inside. The warning system is not designed to always be heard within your home or business. City recommends residents have another alert system such as a weather radio or subscription to a local alert system and to be attentive to local radio and television networks. Odessa does not use an “all clear” signal, so any repeat soundings of the siren mean the emergency is continuing. Sirens may sound for three to five minutes at a time in an emergency. Sirens are not intended to permeate the insulation of modern houses, instead intending to warn residents outside. In addition to tornado warnings, which is when a tornado has been spotted or indicated by radar, the sirens can be sounded in the event of a severe thunderstorm warning in which wind is expected to reach 70 miles per hour or create hail two inches in diameter or any emergency in which immediate action needs to be taken. Tornado watches mean weather conditions can result in storms which produce heavy rain, lightning, strong wind, large hail or tornadoes. In case of a warning, shelter should be taken in small interior rooms on the lowest floor available. In such cases, mobile homes should be vacated. The Community of Christ, 515 S. First Street, Odessa, is the city’s designated shelter in case of severe weather. Any and all pets accompanying people seeking shelter must be in a kennel/cage. Those seeking shelter must stay in the designated shelter area. Smoking is not allowed in the church or on church property. The church and representatives of the church are not responsible for lost, stolen or damaged items. Those seeking shelter are asked to remain in the church until the storm has passed. The church will not be responsible for Community of Christ church, 515 S. First Street, is the city’s designated storm shelter. anyone who chooses to leave before a severe weather event has ended. Josh Thompson, police chief, is director of the Odessa Emergency Management Agency. The agency is tasked with preparing the city for disasters including tornadoes.

2023-2024 Odessa City Guide Page 9 CityOdessa Police Department Josh Thompson, chief of police Leland “Bubba” Liese, assistant chief Cody Smith, lieutenant Phillip Salmon, detective Derek Zarda, sergeant and K-9 handler Dyllan Ratigan, school resource officer Greg Daniel, school resource officer Josh Thompson, police chief, and Leland “Bubba” Liese, assistant chief, head a department containing 12 officers and a K-9 program. Department is located at the shop building of the 1912 school building. Austin Summitt Andrew Lockhart Matt Osborn Daniel Melchioris Kim Wood, animal control Jenny Riedl, police clerk Ty Bell

2023-2024 Odessa City Guide Page 10 FireOdessa Fire & Rescue Protection District Odessa Fire and Rescue Protection District was organized in 1993, after years of service as a City of Odessa and Rural Fire Association. In 2020, the district underwent the largest change since its founding with the addition of ambulance service and allhours staffing. The District operates under a publicly elected Board of Directors. Marty McDermed serves as board chairman. Robert Hotmer is board secretary, and Grant Kuhlmann is board treasurer of the five-member board which also includes Ruth Ann Dillon and Norman Brodeur as directors. The directors of the district hold a regularly scheduled monthly meeting the third Wednesday of each month. In April 2019, residents of the district voted for additional taxes for the district to provide ambulance service in the area, which was previously provided by the City of Odessa. With the addition of EMS in 2020, district began to offer 24hour in-house staffing. Non-emergency telephone line 633-7182 is in operation from 8 a.m.-5 p.m. The district’s six-bay fire station at the corner of Dryden and Third streets was dedicated in 1995. Insurance rating for the City of Odessa or any property within five miles of the Odessa station or within five miles of any of its automatic aid stations is “5”. Properties not within five miles of any station may have a higher ISO rating. The District, which covers 101 square miles, has made many improvements since 1895, when the first department used a team of horses owned by G.B. Thatcher to pull the ladder wagon. District equipment includes a 2022 ambulance, a 2017 ambulance, 2003 engine, 2000 engine, 1993 75-foot ladder truck, 2006 tanker and 2017 tanker. The District also has three brush trucks, the newest purchased in 2016, and one utility truck in its fleet. Through the years, miscellaneous equipment, firefighter turnout gear and rescue equipment upgrades also have been purchased. District has nine full-time employees and around 25 employees total. All full-time and most part-time employees are certified in both fire and EMS. Roger Kratz and Kim Shook serve as district co-chiefs. Brandon Flathers is the captain. In January 2020 the Odessa Fire and Rescue Protection District became the area’s EMS service provider.

2023-2024 Odessa City Guide Page 11 Legend City Limit Developed by: Yunnan Chen Projection: Universal Transverse Mercator Data Source: MoDOT, MSDIS Date: 7/15/2015 Citystreet map

2023-2024 Odessa City Guide Page 12 1 3 2 1 dessa - City Wards 1 0 0.5 Cityward map Odessa aldermen represent areas, or wards, of the city. Wards are adjusted based on U.S. census data each decade. Wards 1 and 3 are divided primarily by Mason Street, wards 2 and 3 by First Street, and 1 and 2 primarily by Dryden Street, with some exceptions on the edges of the city.

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2023-2024 Odessa City Guide Page 14 Schools Odessa R-VII The Board of Education meets in public session at 7 p.m. the second Tuesday of each month at the high school media center, 713 South Third Street. Meeting agendas are available the Friday before each meeting at the central office. District patrons wishing to place items on the agenda must submit them in writing to the superintendent’s office the Wednesday prior to the board meeting, in accordance with guidelines in the district’s Policy and Procedures Manual. Brian Young, President Cole Shippy, Vice President Chad Hubbard, Director Brad MacLaughlin, Director Jessica Porter, Director Kelsey Legate, Director Adam Bradley, Director Odessa R-VII Board of Education Odessa R-VII School district is located in western Lafayette County and includes a portion of northern Johnson County. The district is approximately 25 miles east of Kansas City. The district has consistently earned over 90% of total points possible on the state’s annual performance report. The Odessa R-VII District operates under a $4.7185 tax levy. Student population for the district currently totals 1989 in grades K-12. The district employs approximately 259 persons including classified staff. Odessa R-VII offers many programs and its students excel in state and national academic competitiveness. Odessa R-VII students traditionally receive high honors in such organizations as DECA, FBLA, FCCLA, FFA, FEA, Math Relay Team, drama, speech and debate, band and vocal music. Both the FFA and engineering instructors have received honors and recognition in the work they do with students. Other outstanding programs offered by the district include Drug-Free World, special education, breakfast, all-day kindergarten, infant care for teen students and patrons, Peer Helpers, Hi-Step, SOAR before and after school child care, Parents as Teachers, gifted, at-risk, entitlement, summer school, computer labs, vocational Lex La-Ray Vo-Tech School in Lexington with job training courses, student athletic activities, before and after school tutoring and numerous organizations/clubs. Integrated technology is an important element in the Odessa R-VII curriculum with students frequently using computers and various media to problem solve, research and create project-based products. Students who reside more than one mile from their attending school may be transported by bus to the appropriate facility. One-mile requirement does not apply to Grade 5 and younger. The ACE program offers alternative classes for students struggling in a regular classroom setting. Parents support the schools through active parent/teacher organizations. PTO at the elementary level and STEP at the middle school give volunteer support and host fundraising activities. More than 50% of the teaching staff in the district hold master’s degree along with an average of more than 10 years longevity. The R-VII School District remains competitive with the surrounding area regarding base salary. This is the benchmark of most school districts and Odessa has managed to keep pace with an experienced staff. According to the state funding mechanism, the district strives to maintain a salary schedule comparable to those districts of similar size, as well. Academically, Odessa offers students a range of choices from computer labs in each R-VII school to a physics requirement for each high school student with four levels of study offered. Odessa’s athletic program offers football, basketball, track, tennis, golf, cross country, soccer, volleyball, wrestling, softball, baseball and cheerleading. In addition to an excellent sports program and other traditional clubs and academic organizations, Odessa has an outstanding fine arts program. The district continues to provide diverse opportunities to ensure a variety of experiences and opportunities for the students. According to performance data from state testing, Odessa R-VII surpassed Missouri standards set by the state in mathematics and communication arts. Almost all students realized gains in achievement scores compared to the previous year. ACT scores continue to improve, as well. In April 2022, residents passed a no tax increase bond issue to fund district facilities improvements including secure entrances at district buildings, the addition of a bus loop between McQuerry Elementary and Odessa middle School, parking lot and repairs to driveways, parking lots, roofs, district tennis courts and the brick facade of Odessa Middle School. Recent bond issues have also funded the construction of a district childhood center and renovations to the athletic stadium. Dr. Jon Oetinger, superintendent, stresses the district has good cooperation with the local police department. The Drug Free program is part of the curriculum for sixth-graders at the middle school. A School Resource Officer is on site. The public health and safety department in Odessa assists the school district. The county health department holds annual immunization clinics. The fire department is involved in bicycle and fire safety along with inspection of buildings and fire extinguishers, and insurance inspection reports. Brian Young Cole Shippy Chad Hubbard Brad MacLaughlin Jessica Porter Kelsey Legate Adam Bradley

2023-2024 Odessa City Guide Page 15 Welcome to the Odessa R-VII School District! We are proud of our school system and its long tradition of excellence. Excellence occurs when students, staff, parents and the community recognize the value of education by working together to prepare our students for the future. The Odessa R-VII School District has earned a statewide reputation as an innovative educational leader, and our staff is working continually to provide the highest quality instructional program for our students. We help our students master the basics, develop practical life skills, become problem solvers, learn to communicate and work effectively with others, and develop patterns for lifelong learning. We want you to get to know us and learn about our history, our financial situation and our educational programs. We invite you to become acquainted with the faculty and administration, the curriculum and special programs, and the buildings which students occupy. At the same time, we would like an opportunity to get to know you. We encourage you to visit the buildings, classrooms and offices which are in our district. We are eager to answer your questions or offer assistance. As always, we appreciate your support. Jon W. Oetinger, Ed.D. Superintendent of Schools Dr. Jon Oetinger will begin his fifth year as superintendent of the Odessa R-VII School District during the 2023-24 school year. Previously, Oetinger served six years as superintendent of the Carrollton R-VII School District. In addition, Oetinger served the Waynesville R-VII School District as assistant superintendent for business and operations from 2006-2013; Halfway R-III School District as superintendent from 2003-2006 and high school principal from 2002-2003. Oetinger holds an undergraduate degree from Newman University, Wichita, Kansas, in secondary education; Master’s and Specialist degrees from Missouri State University in secondary and educational administration, respectively; and a Doctorate degree from Lindenwood University in educational administration. Jon Oetinger Dr. Jon W. Oetinger Dr. Jon W. Oetinger Superintendent of Schools 633-5316 Dr. Roger W. Feagan Assistant Superintendent 633-5316 Dr. Dave MacLean Director, Teaching and Learning 633-5316 Elizabeth Fagre Director, Special Services 633-1599 Robbie Shepherd Principal, Odessa High School 633-5533 Kaitlyn Grace, Assistant Principal 633-5533 Kendra Malizzi Principal, Odessa Middle School 633-1500 Thomas Hotmer, Assistant Principal 633-1500 Chris Doering Principal, Odessa Upper Elementary 633-5396 Amanda Smith, Assistant Principal 633-5396 Daniel Armstrong Principal, McQuerry Elementary 633-5334 Katie Russell, Assistant Principal 633-5334 Odessa R-VII School District Administration Schools Odessa R-VII Dr. Roger Feagan will begin his eighth year as assistant superintendent with the Odessa R-VII School District. Previously, he served the Norborne School District for three years as superintendent and two years as principal. Dr. Feagan began his teaching career at Malta Bend R-V as a sixth grade teacher and junior high communication arts teacher for one year and then served the district as K-12 principal/activities director for four years. He then spent one year as a sixth grade teacher in the Sweet Springs School District before moving into the principal position at Norborne. He has a Bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education from Missouri Valley College, a Master’s degree in Educational Administration from Lindenwood University, and Specialist degree and Doctorate degree from St. Louis University in Educational Leadership. Dr. Roger W. Feagan Roger Feagan

2023-2024 Odessa City Guide Page 16 Advanced Industries OD City Guide 2023 ads PLACE .PDF ADVANCED INDUSTRIES 301 R.L. Kelly St., Odessa (816) 633-7503 For Employment Opportunities call (816) 633-7503 Schools Odessa R-VII Robbie Shepherd Robbie Shepherd will begin his first year as Odessa High School principal. Previously, he served as the principal of Osage Trail Middle School in the Fort Osage school district. Shepherd is an Odessa High School graduate and has a bachelor’s degree from University of Missouri, Kansas City, master’s degree from University of Central Missouri, Warrensburg and specialist’s degree from William Woods University. Robbie Shepherd Chris Doering is beginning his fourth year as principal of Odessa Upper Elementary. He was previously assistant principal and activities director at Odessa Middle School. Prior to his role in administration, Doering was a fifth grade math and science teacher in the district. Chris Doering Kendra Malizzi Kendra Malizzi Kendra Malizzi is serving her ninth year as principal at Odessa Middle School, and her 24th year in the district. Her previous roles include assistant and interim OMS principal, McQuerry Elementary assistant principal and kindergarten teacher. Malizzi received a Bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education, a Master’s degree and a Specialist degree in Education Administration, all from the University of Central Missouri. Daniel Armstrong Daniel Armstrong will begin his eighth year as McQuerry Elementary principal. Armstrong has been in the district the past 22 years and served as a classroom teacher and as assistant principal for McQuerry Elementary. Armstrong holds a Bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education from William Jewell College and a Specialist degree in Educational Leadership from the University of Central Missouri. Daniel Armstrong Chris Doering

2023-2024 Odessa City Guide Page 17 Odessa R7 Schools OD City Guide ads 2023 COLOR PLACE .PDF Odessa R-VII Schools Odessa is proud of its public school system which serves the communities of Odessa, Bates City, Mayview and Lake Lafayette. Student population in the 2022-2023 school year was 2043 students in four buildings. Dr. Jon W. Oetinger, Superintendent Dr. Roger W. Feagan, Assistant Superintendent Dr. Dave MacLean, Director of Teaching and Learning Elizabeth Fagre, Director of Special Services R-VII Central Office 701 South Third, Odessa, Phone (816) 633-5316 McQuerry Elementary School Grades K-2 607 South Third • Phone (816) 633-5334 Daniel Armstrong, Principal Katie Russell, Asst. Principal Odessa Upper Elementary Grades 3-5 1100 West Cox School Road Phone (816) 633-5396 Chris Doering, Principal Amanda Smith, Asst. Principal Odessa Middle School Grades 6-8 607 South Fifth • Phone (816) 633-1500 Kendra Malizzi, Principal Thomas Hotmer, Asst. Principal Odessa High School Grades 9-12 713 South Third • Phone (816) 633-5533 Robbie Shepherd, Principal Kaitlyn Grace, Asst. Principal

2023-2024 Odessa City Guide Page 18 Schools R-VII Foundation R-VII Public Foundation was formed in 1992 and became active in 2004 to enhance educational opportunities and to provide support for schools in the Odessa R-VII School District. Each year, the Foundation holds a gala to honor persons who have had a positive impact either in their chosen career or in advocating for education. To date, more than 100 persons have been honored, including the 1994 undefeated state champion football team players and their coaches. The Foundation provides numerous grants to teachers each year to provide for educational needs beyond the scope of budgets. Some of the notable gifts were the replacement of seating in the Odessa High School auditorium and installation of exterior electronic signs at the high school, middle school and McQuerry Elementary. A $2500 scholarship is provided to a graduating senior at OHS. In addition, the Foundation manages other scholarships provided by alumni, former teachers or patrons. Tahnami Gittinger serves as president; Aaron Dillon vice president; Dr. Roger Feagan, secretary; Janet Tirschel, treasurer. Dr. Jon Oetinger, superintendent, is a member of the board. Other members are Candace Osborne, Brett Nickels, Peter Rorvig, Sue Young, Ray Sullivan, Ruth Beamer, Crissa Cockrum, OEA representative, Betty Riekhof, Jack Bainbridge and Cole Shippy. Honorary directors are Dan Cobb and Henry Grubb. Teacher grants are awarded by the Odessa R-7 Public Foundation every year to enhance student learning. Quality Overhead Door Dennis Garland, Owner Garage Doors - Entry Doors - Storm Doors Electric Openers - Sales and Service Commercial and Residential 816-230-4800 • 816-517-1356 FREE ESTIMATES • In business since 1991 324 E. Park Lane, Odessa TIME FOR A NEW GARAGE DOOR? CALL QUALITY

2023-2024 Odessa City Guide Page 19 Schools Day cares Bright Beginnings Academy The Odessa R-VII Childcare Center opened its doors in August 2018. The facility is offered to school district faculty, staff and community at a reasonable rate. Located at 402 West College Street, directly behind McQuerry Elementary School, the center has an infant room, rooms for children ages 1, 2, 3 and 4, and 4 and 5 year old preschool room. Center hours are 6:45 a.m. - 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday and Odessa R-VII Childcare Center is open during days the school district is in session, during teacher work days, in-service days, summer school and during parent-teacher conferences. Center is not open during summer school. Further information may be obtained by contacting Wendy Reynolds, director at 816-633-5437. Bright Beginnings School Age Center, 1701 W. Main St., was originally a part of the Bright Beginnings Academy. In 2021, Victoria Barker sold Bright Beginnings Academy and founded the Bright Beginnings School Age Center in 2020, which serves the needs of children ages 5-12 years old. Center is open before school beginning at 6 a.m. and after school until 6 p.m. In the summer, center is open from 6 a.m. - 6:30 p.m. Barker is currently a second grade teacher at Odessa Upper Elementary, and the School Age Center is run by Kandis Lancaster, who has worked with Barker for eight years. The two believe parents need a place to take their children and know they will be receiving an educational experience with love and nurturing from adults who truly care about each child as their own person. She wants to provide an environment for learning and growth. Bright Beginnings School Age Center Bright Beginnings Academy, 305 A North Park Lane, was purchased in January of 2021 by Rayna Young who has a Bachelor of Science degree in education from the University of Central Missouri. A staff of 17 care for approximately 100 students ages birth to 6 years, offering quality child care 6 a.m. - 6 p.m. Monday through Friday. Bright Beginnings is proud to serve the community with a Pre-K curriculum based on kindergarten readiness. All classrooms run on an age-appropriate curriculum based on appropriate milestones and learning through play. Bright Beginnings Academy is partnered with Early Head Start, which pays for class fees and required items such as diapers and formula for eight qualifying children ages birth-two years. Rayna Young, director, said the partnership has a goal of allowing all children to receive quality child care. A 2018 expansion allowed for an update of both playgrounds and addition of a sensory room to the facility.

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2023-2024 Odessa City Guide Page 22 The City of Odessa is making a concerted effort to promote business in the city through its own initiatives and by supporting those of area economic development groups. The city also works with Pioneer Trails Regional Planning Commission on economic development throughout the region. Residentially, the city has recently seen an increase in building, particularly in empty lots in older neighborhoods. Two new subdivisions have also been approved in recent years. The city is also targeting new industrial businesses to grow the local economy and bring additional jobs to Odessa. Local real estate professionals available to assist with inquiries about residential and/or commercial property in the Odessa area are: •Heritage Realty Danette Iman and Harley Todd owners/brokers 200 S. Second, Odessa 816-230-5324 •Home Realty Cheryl Jungeblut, owner/broker Donn Quick, Tracy Dyer 215 S. Second, Odessa 816-230-8947 •Local Living Kelsey Legate, owner/broker 128 S. Second St., Odessa 816-739-7892 Development Growth Lafayette County Health Department 547 South Business Hwy 13 Lexington, MO 64067 660-259-4371 Fax ~ 660-259-6250 www.lafayettecountyhealth.org Service Hours Monday - Thursday ~ 8:30 a.m. - 4:45 p.m. Clinic Hours Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday 8:30 a.m. - 4:45 p.m. (by appointment) Public Health ❖ Environmental Public Health Services ❖ Missouri Vital Records: Birth and Death Certificates Women, Infants and Children (WIC) Supplemental Food Program ❖ Immunizations Communicable Disease Surveillance & Assessment Maternal Child Health Program (MCH) ❖ Blood Pressure & Health Screening Safe Crib and Car Seat Safety Programs ❖ Child Care Health Consultation (CCHC) Disaster and Emergency Preparedness ❖ Health Education and Community Assessment School Based Oral Health Preventative Services (Saving Smiles) An Equal Opportunity Employer ❖ Services Provided on a Non-Discriminatory Basis

2023-2024 Odessa City Guide Page 23 “Volunteers are needed for coaching in all of our youth activities,” Adams added. “If anyone is interested, call the parks department and inquire. We have some great people volunteering their time now, but we need more.” Members of the Odessa Parks and Recreation Board are Jannan Bradley, John Elliot, Tracy Peter, John Carmody, Alan Barner, Mike Duncan, Logan Seals, Emily Oldham and Gerald Gittinger. Residents may call the park office at 816-633-8324. The park office is at Dyer Park and is open Tuesday, Thursday and Friday 8 a.m. - 5 p.m. Website is odessamoparksrec.com. Odessa Parks and Recreation Department offers a wide variety of recreational activities and facilities for local residents. Employees include a full-time director and maintenance director as well as seasonal workers, as needed, throughout the year. The department is funded by a 1/2¢ park sales tax and a 14¢ per $100 assessed valuation on Odessa residents’ real estate and personal property. Lindsey Adams, director, oversees the development and maintenance of the department’s parks and facilities. Joey Starner, maintenance supervisor, performs mowing, trimming and maintenance work on the department’s parks and facilities. Formed in June 1997, the Parks and Recreation Department offers programs and activities throughout the year. Available to children from three years old through sixth grade are basketball, baseball, softball, machine pitch baseball and softball, t-ball, co-ed soccer and girls volleyball for grades 3-6. Special youth events organized by the department are Knights of Columbus free throw competition in January and Challenger British soccer camp in August. Adult activities offered to area residents include co-ed church league slow-pitch softball in the summer and men’s slow-pitch and co-ed adult softball in the fall. Aquatic Center activities available are swimming lessons for age 4-Adults. Pool parties at rental rates are offered as well. Pool hours are 1-6 p.m., Saturday-Thursday and 1-7 p.m., Friday. The department also offers five parks, a community center, rodeo arena, basketball courts, three paved walking trails and shelter houses for the community’s recreational use. Volunteers are a big part of the recreation side of the Parks and Recreation Department. New pickleball courts at the entrance to Dyer Park. RecreationParks & Rec

2023-2024 Odessa City Guide Page 24 RecreationCity Lakes Lake Odessa, the former city reservoir, is located southwest of Odessa city limits on Odessa Lake Road off of Eds Road from Hwy. OO. Lake is owned by the City of Odessa and managed for its fishery resource by the Missouri Department of Conservation. This partnership was created as a way to provide the residents of Odessa and the surrounding communities with a quality fishery to enjoy. To fish at Lake Odessa, anglers need a state fishing permit as well as a City of Odessa user permit which may be purchased at City Hall and the Police Department. There is a protected slot limit for black bass in the lake which means that all fish between 12 and 15 inches must be immediately returned to the water unharmed. The use of any motorboat is allowed but boats must be operated at slow, no-wake speeds. Firearms are prohibited on the premises and waterfowl hunting is allowed with permit only during certain months of the year. Lake Venita, located in Dyer Park, also is a hot spot for local fishing. A state fishing license is required. Row- boats are allowed as well as boats with trolling motors, however, boats are not necessary to fish the lake. Users are asked to help preserve the quality of the lakes and report any wildlife violations to the Department of Conservation by calling Operation Game Thief hotline 800392-1111 and any other violations by calling the Odessa City Police Department. Lake Odessa, also known as the old city reservoir, is a 200acre body of water outside the city limits. A second, smaller lake is also available on the property. Sunset over Lake Venita.

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2023-2024 Odessa City Guide Page 27 Trails Regional Library, Odessa Branch is a beautiful, 7000-foot facility located at 107 W. Mason Street. There are public-accessible computers and a large collection of print and audiovisual materials. The library hours are 9:00 a.m.–6:00 p.m., Monday–Thursday, 9:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m. Friday, and 9:00 a.m.–2:00 p.m. Saturday. As part of the Missouri Evergreen consortium, patrons have the ability to access titles from more than 60 library districts in Missouri. A full catalog of materials is accessible by visiting Trails Regional Library website, www.trailslibrary.org. Patrons are able to access books, DVDs, and other materials, place requests, verify the items checked out and renew their materials all online. Requests are delivered to the Odessa branch in as little as one day. In addition to the physical collection, the library offers a digital collection, accessible via Trails Regional Library website, such as downloadable eBooks and audiobooks through Libby and hoopla. Trails Regional Library – Odessa Branch has programs yearround for all ages, from storytime and other early learning programs to adult book clubs and cooking classes. Program information is found at the library in an events page or online at http://www.trailslibrary.org/events/. In addition, there are system-wide programs that are available at home, like the virtual Author Talks. Patrons can register for a specific Author Talk and listen to the discussion with the author in the comfort of their own home. To see the list of authors available, visit https://libraryc. org/trailslibrary. The library is also a good source for genealogy research, offering local history, a large file of local obituaries and microfilm copies of local newspapers dating from 1901 to 2017. Detailed information from U.S. Census reports form 1830 to the latest printed census also are available for those conducting research. Online resources, such as Ancestry Online and Heritage Quest, also are available to cardholders. Trails Regional Library Foundation provides patrons the opportunity to support the library. Foundation activities promote the branch within the community and raise funds for library needs. To become involved with the Foundation submit an application to the director, Jackie Hawes. Applications can be found Library Trails Regional on the organization’s website under “become a member” and then “apply to be on the foundation board.” Trails Regional Library system includes eight branches located in Concordia, Corder, Holden, Knob Noster, Lexington, Warrensburg, and Waverly. There is also an express branch in Leeton. Trails Regional Library Board members are Patricia Long, president; Carlin Dillon, vice president; Jane Beal, treasurer; Bekki Currier, secretary; Goldie Edwards and Judy Tyler. As of printing, there were four vacancies on the board.

2023-2024 Odessa City Guide Page 28 Any time, any where... WE’RE THERE! 24 Hour Emergency Road Service and Towing 230-5752 Open 8-6 Monday-Friday and 8-2 Saturday 403 Action Ave., ODESSA We Have Trucks & Trailers Celebrating 32 Years of Service 1990-2023! Thank You for your business Over 2000 New & Used Tires In Stock Mail USPS One of the first stops new residents to the Odessa area need to make is their local U.S. Post Office to arrange for mail delivery to their home. In Odessa, the post office is located one block east of Highway 131 (Second Street) at the corner of First and Dryden streets. Service counter hours are 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and 1:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday - Friday, and 9 a.m. to 11:30 a.m., Saturday. At the front service counter, you will be assisted by a knowledgeable, friendly staff. There are three city carriers, four rural route carriers and a number of substitute carriers to deliver the mail in the Odessa area. Residents are asked to keep pets restrained, keep mailboxes clear of debris and sidewalks and steps clear of ice and snow to enable postal employees to efficiently serve customers. The U.S. Post Office in Odessa serves a large territory stretching from just south of Truman Road on the north end to within three miles of Pittsville on the south, and from within two miles of Bates City on the west side to just east of Route O on the east. Total number of deliverable addresses served by the Odessa Post Office currently stands at approximately 4200. Odessa Douglas Spencer, Postmaster 816-230-8081 Bates City Christopher Gilmore OG Postmaster 816-625-3475 Wellington Karla Southard, NTFT 816-934-2341 Napoleon Nikki Toler 816-934-8223 Mayview Rhonda Whittaker 660-237-4420 Oak Grove Christopher Gilmore, Postmaster 816-690-3500 Area post offices

2023-2024 Odessa City Guide Page 29 The Odessan began in 1884 as The Odessa Moon. Renamed the Odessa Democrat by publisher A.J. Adair, who purchased the newspaper in 1906, the paper was sold in 1940 to the Collins Ewing family, owners of The Missouri Ledger. The two papers were merged into what is now The Odessan. The Ewings sold the newspaper in 1947 to William A. Bray. Remaining the publisher until 1954, Bray left to become executive director of the Missouri Press Association and sold the paper to Joe Western. Western was publisher from 1954 to 1960, until moving to Washington, D.C., to join the staff of The Wall Street Journal. Betty Simpson Spaar purchased the newspaper on December 1, 1960, and remained actively involved in reporting the news and assisting businesses with advertising needs until her death in 2018. The newspaper is now published by her sons, John and Joe Spaar. The Simpson/Spaar family has worked in the newspaper profession for five generations beginning with Betty’s grandfather who published the newspaper in Rolla. For many years, her parents, Mr. and Mrs. W. L. Simpson, owned and operated the Holden Progress. The Spaar family has deep roots in the community of Odessa and continues to chronicle it and the area’s history. Currently, two generations of the family have been raised in Odessa and work at The Odessan. Joe Spaar, co-publisher and production manager, is a past board member of the Missouri Press Association. He won a first place award in the state for his weekly column, Sports Time Out. John Spaar, co-publisher and advertising manager, was the 2005 president of the Missouri Press Association, the third generation of his family to hold that office. He has served as president of the Odessa Chamber of Commerce. He also is a member and past president of the Odessa Rotary Club. Hannah Spaar, daughter of Joe and the late Renee Spaar, is news editor. A 2009 graduate of Odessa High School and a 2013 graduate of the University of Missouri, Columbia, Missouri School of Journalism, Hannah has written a weekly column in The Odessan since she was 10 years old. She has received numerous awards for reporting, editorial writing, design and photography and was named the Missouri Press Association’s 2016 Outstanding Young Journalist. She also serves as news editor for Focus on Oak Grove. She is currently on the board of the Missouri Press Association and as the association’s representative to the National Newspaper Association. Laura Sanders, compiles and writes the Yesteryears column and researches topics of interest for the “I Have a Question” column. Kory Hales, multiple award-winning sports editor and photographer, Pam Schuchner, production and Jennifer Rawls, customer service, round out the staff. In an effort to better serve area businesses, employees continually strive to create effective advertising. The Odessan staff has received numerous advertising awards, among them a national grand prize for the annual Christmas section. The largest paid circulation newspaper in Lafayette County, The Odessan continues to receive awards for feature stories, news coverage, special sections, advertising and photography. Serving western Lafayette County, the newspaper covers the Odessa and Wellington-Napoleon school districts, city and county governments as well as the businesses and families that make up our communities. Newspapers in Education program for the Odessa and Wellington-Napoleon school districts involves delivering The Odessan each Thursday morning to fifth grade classrooms at the Odessa Upper Elementary School and Wellington-Napoleon Elementary School. This will be the 22nd year for the program. The office is located at 212 West Mason Street. The building is handicapped accessible and features ample parking for customers. NewsThe Odessan The Odessan office, 212 W. Mason

2023-2024 Odessa City Guide Page 30 ODESSA PARKS & RECREATION AQUATIC CENTER Odessa Parks & Recreation Department The mission of the Odessa Parks and Recreation Department is to provide safe, usable, adequate park land and to offer affordable recreational activities for the Odessa community. As we anticipate the area’s continuing growth, we intend to provide new programs and facilities as needed to fit the changing desires of our community. The Parks and Recreation Board adopted a new master plan in the spring of 2003. This plan is a guide to lead the board in future developments. Copies of the master plan are available to view at the Parks and Recreation Office. PARK FACILITIES Dyer Park 601 W. Main St. Lake Venita, pool, 2 pavilions, walking trail, playground, 2 ball fields, lighted basketball courts, 2 sand volleyball courts, rodeo arena and community building Railroad Park 2nd St. & Main St. Landscaping and historic signage Phillips Park E. Dryden St. Pavilion, play equipment and basketball court VOLUNTEER - VOLUNTEER Centennial Hills Park Hwy. OO Open space, walking trail, play equipment Chestnut Memorial Park Chestnut St. & Johnson Dr. Pavilion, open space, play equipment, walking trail, basketball court Odessa Parks & Recreation Department 601 W. Main St., Bldg B - PO Box 128 Odessa, MO 64076-0128 (816) 633-8324 Activities #: (816) 633-5728 E-mail: LindseyAdams@cityofodessamo.com website: www.odessamoparksrec.com Please take the time to make a difference in the life of a child. All OPR programs rely on volunteers. Coaches and assistant coaches are needed for most youth programs. Office hours are 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Tuesday, Thursday and Friday. Please contact the office with any questions regarding programs or facilities. The Parks and Recreation Board meets the fourth Tuesday of each month at 7 p.m. at the Community Building in Dyer Park. Board meetings are open to the public. ADULT ACTIVITIES Programs • Men’s Softball • Church Softball • Co-ed Softball YOUTH ACTIVITIES Programs • Fall Soccer • Basketball • Spring Soccer • Baseball/Softball • T-Ball, Boys machine pitch & Girls coach pitch • Youth Volleyball SPECIAL EVENTS • Knights of Columbus Free Throw Competition • Odessa Country Jubilee Music Show 3rd Friday of each month at Community Center • Phone call from Santa Odessa Parks & Rec OD City Guide 2023 ads POOL ACTIVITIES • Swimming Lessons for all ages • Pool Parties Pool Hours: Sat. - Thurs. - 1-6 p.m. Fri. - 1-7 p.m. Pool phone: 816-394-9745