Seniors (top photo from left) Cheyanne Crabtree, Morrigan Severs, Amanda Clevenger, Kylee Taylor and Amy Venegas give a thumbs up at Pleasant Hill High School commencement exercises held last Thursday evening at the First Baptist Church in Raytown. They were among PHHS seniors awarded diplomas this year. Senior class president Nicole Nulsen (lower left photo) and Student Council president Susanna Goodell-Fields (lower center photo) addressed their classmates at commencement. This year’s class valedictorian was Riley Bonnesen (lower right photo) and the class salutatorian was Nicole Nulsen (lower left photo).
Assistant earns statewide award
....The Pleasant Hill City Council honored finance director and assistant city ad-ministrator She- lby Teufel on her selection as the recipient of the 2015 Richard R. Noll Outstanding Assistant Award presented by the Missouri City/County Management Association. ....Shelby received the award at the organization’s annual spring conference held May 6-8 at the Camden on the Lake Resort at the Lake of the Ozarks. ....The recipient must hold an administrative position that is responsible for assisting the chief administrative officer in carrying out various administrative duties and other responsibilities. ....Shelby joined Pleasant Hill City Hall as finance director and assistant city manager in December of 2011.
Prior to that, she worked for the City of Olathe, Kans., and did an internship in Olathe. ....A native of Sweet Springs, Shelby earned her undergraduate degree at William Jewell College and a master’s degree in public administration at the University of Kansas. ....Recipients of the Noll award are judged on leadership in the community, personal and professional growth, participation in professional and governmental organizations and ethical values. ....Prior to the City Council’s May 11 meeting, the councilmen viewed a short video on the liabilities faced by public officials. The presentation was part of the city’s risk management and safety program. ....Later, the councilmen confirmed the appointment of Andy Bailey to fill a vacancy on the Pleasant Hill Parks & Recreation Board. Bailey is a meteorologist at the National Weather Service Forecast Center in Pleasant Hill. ....Following a public hearing, the councilmen approved Rocky and Bobbie Adams’ request to rezone their property at 618 Oakland Street from residential to agricultural uses. Community development director Randy Miller said the couple had purchased 15 acres adjacent to their 5-acre property and under city ordinances, the additional land qualified them for agricultural zoning. There was no opposition to the rezoning received by City Hall and none expressed at the public hearing. The councilmen approved the rezoning request by a unanimous 4-0 vote. ....The councilmen approved a vendor trailer permit for a Zarda BBQ smoker event to be held on Thursday, June 4, at the Cosentino Price Chopper parking lot on 7 Highway in Pleasant Hill. ....A special events application was approved for the Pleasant Hill Downtown Association’s Cruise Nights to be held on the third Friday night of each month from May through October. The permit allows the Downtown Association to close First and Wyoming streets on those Friday nights for the car show. ....Another special vendor application was approved for Megan Donley at 116 First Street during the monthly Cruise Nights. ....Finally, the councilmen were reminded of the Regional Missouri Municipal League’s Westgate meeting to be held on Thursday, May 28,