WIR 3/20/20

WIR 3/20/20
Posted on 03/20/2020
Friday Greetings,

Staff has been in communication with public health officials and emergency management professionals to monitor and respond to the global COVID-19 or coronavirus outbreak.  The City has taken several steps to help slow the spread of the disease in our community.  These actions include:

o Closing all City Facilities to the public until further notice.  To the greatest degree possible, employees are working from home.  At this time, City facilities will continue to be staffed on a very limited basis to continue normal operations as much as possible.  Customers are encouraged to conduct business with the City through City’s website, phone or email.  Contact information is listed below:
City website:  www.nkc.org
City main phone number:  816-274-6000
Community Development Department (building permits, codes, etc.):  816-274-6006
Finance Department (business licenses, water/sewer utility payments):  816-274-6000
Fire Department (non-emergency):  816-274-6025
Municipal Court:  816-274-6007
Parks & Recreation: 816-300-0545
Police Department (non-emergency):  816-274-6013
Police Department – Animal Control:  816-274-6024
Public Works (administration, municipal services, water/wastewater):  816-274-6031
Emergency:  911

o Water utility customers may continue to make payments through the drop box located at City Hall, by mail or online at www.municipalonlinepayments.com/northkansascitymo/utilities.  The City has suspended any water utility shutoffs until further notice. 

o Municipal Court has postponed/continued the Monday, March 23 and April 6 Municipal Court dockets to a later date.  Municipal Court customers can pay their court payments by mail, the drop box located at City Hall or online at https://www.municipalonlinepayments.com/northkansascitymo/court/search. 

o The North Kansas City Parks & Recreation Center will be closed until Monday, May 4.  Waggin’ Trail Dog Park will be closed to the public until further notice.  Macken Park and Dagg Park are open to the public, but the restrooms will not be open to the public until Monday, May 4.  The National Recreation and Park Association has provided the following Social Distancing Guidelines when enjoying our parks and trails (attached). If you have any questions or concerns about Parks & Recreation, please email parks_rec@nkc.org.

o The North Kansas City Public Library is closed until further notice. This includes all classes, activities, meeting and study room usages, and outreach services.  Customers are welcome to visit the Library’s collection of digital books, music, and magazines, available here at nkcpl.org, and via your Overdrive and/or Libby app(s). 

o On Tuesday, March 17, the City Council City Council passed Ordinance #9296 providing policies and procedures during health and safety emergencies in North Kansas City.  Following the passage of this Ordinance, Mayor Stielow issued a Proclamation prohibiting all group activities of any gathering of 10 or more people in any restaurant, tavern, bar, professional, social, cultural, entertainment, or other special events where people are not separated by at least six feet in North Kansas City.  These restrictions are effective immediately and will remain in place until further notice.

o Due to a partnership between the City, RiverNorth Business League, the North Kansas City Business Council, and Mindy Hart, up-to-date information about North Kansas City businesses – especially food, beverage, entertainment, and retail businesses – are available through this link: ExploreNKC.com/SupportLocal. You can also access helpful information at NKCGo.com. 

o Future closures or changes to City services may be needed as the COVID-19 pandemic continues to evolve.  To stay current on the City’s COVID-19 efforts, visit http://www.nkc.org/coronavirus

Other Important COVID-19 Information:

o April 7, 2020 Election has been postponed to June 2, 2020 by Governor Parson.  The Executive Order declares that ballots already printed for the April 7 election may be used at the postponed date of June 2. Voters who have attained the age of 18 by April 7 will be allowed to cast a ballot.   

o There are several confirmed cases of COVID-19 in nearby areas and so all residents, regardless of age, are encouraged to practice social distancing to slow the spread of disease. The situation is changing daily so make sure to stay informed by following trustworthy officials on social media and online.

o Please see the information below from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to learn more about what COVID-19 is, how it spreads, travel guidance, information for health care providers and more.

o More questions about COVID-19? Call the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services (DHSS) hotline at 877-435-8411. The hotline is being operated by medical professionals and is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

o If you are experiencing symptoms of COVID-19 (fever, cough, difficulty breathing) and have reason to believe you have been exposed to COVID-19, please call your health care provider for instructions. If you do not have a provider, please call 1-877-435-8411. Do not go to the emergency room or the health department for testing. 

Finance Manager Shirley Land retired today with over 16 years of service to our community.  Thank you Shirley for your service to our organization and we wish you well in your retirement!  

The community and business surveys that were approved by the City Council will be hitting mailboxes soon, if they have not already.  Given the national crisis we are in the middle of, this is not the most auspicious time for these surveys to be occurring, but they were already in the pipeline and it was too late for the City to pull them back.  We would appreciate anyone who received a survey to respond, to the degree that is feasible.

Residents are reminded to check their mail for a postcard invitation to participate in the 2020 U.S. Census, which was recently sent to all households. The invitations include the website address to complete the census online and the toll-free phone number to complete it by phone. It also includes a code that ties your response to your mailing address which ensures your household is counted in the correct community.

Residents may respond online and by phone even without the code. Access the survey online at https://my2020census.gov and by toll-free phone number by calling 1-844-330-2020.  Completing the 2020 Census is mandated by law. An accurate population count means our area will receive the correct share of federal funding for schools, hospitals, roads and other programs.  Census data also determines congressional representation and influence in the Electoral College. Data from the census influences funding and representation decisions over 10 years.

Upcoming Meetings and Events:  

City Council Work Session – Tuesday, April 7, 6 p.m.
City Council Regular Meeting – Tuesday, April 7, 7 p.m.
Parks & Recreation Meeting – Thursday, April 9, 6 p.m.
City Council Work Session – Tuesday, April 21, 6 p.m.
City Council Regular Meeting – Tuesday, April 21, 7 p.m.
Arbor Day – Tree City USA Celebration – Tuesday, April 21, 7 p.m.
Community Shred Event – Saturday, April 25, 9 a.m. to Noon
MLB Pitch Hit and Run – Saturday, April 25, 2 p.m.

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2010 Howell St
North Kansas City, MO 64116

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