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July 10, 2014 Vol. 1 Issue 6 Construction in Full Swing Buckner Clarion PRSRT STD ECRWSS U.S. POSTAGE PAID EDDM RETAIL Local Postal Customer The installed which allowed for laying the foundation. The process began on June 27 and took about a week to finalize. A lull in progress is expected until the end of July, when the building is delivered. Construction of the metal building is estimated to take four to five weeks. Residents can expect to see consistent progress in the following months. After building Construction on the new City Hall in downtown Buckner is taking shape. After the groundbreaking in April, construction continues to progress. The 1,200 square foot building will house the police, court, and city administration departments. Alderman Jordon Elefson said, "We can't control the weather and it has slightly interfered with the progress, but overall I am pleased with the amount of work already complete." To date, several ground tests and leveling processes have been completed. These were necessary to ensure a quality finished product. "We are putting a lot of money into this building and we want to do things right, said Mayor Dan Hickson. "We want a good, quality building." Last month, plumbing was Last month marked the second annual "Smoke Out in the Valley" in Buckner, hosted and organized by the city's Fairs and Festivals committee. This year's Grand Champion is Dirt Road BBQ. They received a plaque, $250 cash prize and a new smoker. KC Can Crew came in second as the Reserve Champion and received a plaque and a cash prize of $150. This year's event was sanctioned by the Kansas City Barbeque Society. Last year's event was unsanctioned and consisted of seven teams. This year, however, there were 35 teams who registered and participated. Only one team hailed from Buckner. Several others came from surrounding areas to compete, while two other teams traveled from as far as Illinois (Jazz'd BBQ from Scott Air Force Base) and Alabama (the Blue Bloods). In addition to the contest, local Kansas City band, Grand Villanova, played a mixture of classic rock and blues. The event also featured a motorcycle show, where people could vote for a penny on their favorite bike. After the judging concluded, all teams stayed for the awards ceremony. State Representative John Mayfield awarded prizes to the top 10 teams in each category as well as the Reserve Champion and Grand Champions. Plans are underway for 2015's competition. By Jessica Mauzey construction, the brick work is scheduled to begin in September. Though the building itself is metal, it will consist of a brick front to coincide with the exteriors of original downtown buildings. "The tentative completion date is in February 2015, but we are hopeful that construction could be complete by late December or January," said Yvonna Stapleton, city administrator. New 'Smoke Out in the Valley' Champion is Crowned Grand Champions Ryan and Karen Murphy of Dirt Road BBQ in Kansas City, Mo. win top honors. A Brinkmann smoker is among the winnings.

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