The City of Strafford wishes to extend our heartfelt sympathies to those affected by the tornado that affected our City. We also want to express our pride in our citizens that pulled together and helped each other immediately after the event. It says a lot that everyone was checking on the well being of those in the neighborhood and assisted those in need of help covering their roof damage.

 Our City Emergency Management team and Police Department worked quickly with other agencies to ensure that needs were met. City staff is working now to assist in clean up of damage.

 Limbs and yard waste from storm damage:

A temporary area on the South side of Howard Smith Park has been set up where you can bring your limbs and yard waste caused by the storm. Place limbs and yard materials near the brush piles that are already in that area.  

Other construction-related materials from storm damage:

A couple roll off containers will be brought in by Tuesday morning for construction related materials to be placed in the dumpster. If you need to bring construction material to the park before Tuesday morning, please place it near the brush pile and our staff will place it in the bin when it arrives. Please place household trash and debris in your regular trash containers for normal pickup

 We are working on additional clean-up plans as we assess the needs of the community. Please stay tuned to our website at in the Current News section. We will post additional information as it is available.

The City has not authorized any door-to-door salesmen or disaster related entities. Feel free to call City Hall at any time to verify that companies have secured a Business License before you pay for work to be done.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                                                                             Megan Clark, Senior Planner 

January 8, 2020 


 The City of Strafford is excited to present the 2020 update of the Strafford Comprehensive Plan for public input.  An open house will be held on Friday, January 17, 2020 from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. at the Strafford High School, held concurrently with the basketball game against Mt. Vernon. 

 Citizens can provide comments through interactive exhibits and activities covering the goals and objectives that will guide decisions on City services, as well as residential and economic development, over the next twenty years.  The document update is based on a public survey and a series of meetings with local stakeholders, facilitated by the Southwest Missouri Council of Governments (SMCOG). 

 The comprehensive plan has served as a continuous source of guidance for the city regarding land use and the continued improvement of City services since it was last updated in 2003. Moving forward, the Plan will serve as a guide for managing the growth of Strafford and capitalizing on the city’s unique assets. 

 The public may access a draft version of the document beginning on Friday, January 17, 2020 as a digital version on the City’s website at New Comprehensive Plan DRAFT or as a print version at Strafford City Hall during business hours.  Public comments may be submitted to the SMCOG project manager, Brandon Jenson, at or (417)836-6900 or by mail at: 

ATTN: Brandon Jenson

Southwest Missouri Council of Governments 

c/o CRPM 

901 S National Ave 

Springfield, MO 65897 


All comments received by Friday, January 31, 2020 will be addressed before the presentation at the Planning and Zoning Commission on Monday, February 10, 2020 at 7 p.m.