WIR 3/27/2020

WIR 3/27/2020
Posted on 03/27/2020
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.  This week’s actions include:

o On Sunday, March 22, 2020, Mayor Stielow and Clay County Health Center issued a ‘Stay at Home’ Order.  These orders took effect at 12:01 a.m. on Tuesday, March 24 and remain in effect until Friday, April 24 unless and until it is extended, rescinded, superseded, or amended in writing.  As a result of these ‘Stay at Home’ Orders, several City Policies, Services, and Events have been impacted:
o Municipal Court 
The court has postponed/continued the April 13 & 20 Municipal Court dockets to a later date.
All prisoner arraignments will continue as usual via video conferencing.   
The Court staff will be working with the Municipal Court Judge to set cases appropriately and notify all attorneys and defendants of the new dates as soon as possible.  
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 following City events have been canceled and may or may not be rescheduled at a future date:
Friends of the Library Book Sale
North Kansas City Arbor Day – Tree City USA Celebration 
Community Shred Event

o On Monday, March 23, 2020, the City authorized a new temporary emergency policy regarding Curbside Alcohol Delivery.  Businesses that have a valid City Liquor License may now serve curbside delivery of packaged goods.  The following requirements must be followed:
Only packaged liquor can be delivered curbside.
Microbreweries/bars are allowed to distribute/deliver new, sealed (not a refill by a customer) “growler or crowler” curbside in the same fashion as a packaged liquor license holder. 
Absolutely NO OPEN CONTAINER curbside deliveries of alcohol.

o On Tuesday, March 24, 2020, the Parks & Recreation Department closed the playgrounds at Dagg and Macken Parks, and the tennis/pickleball and handball courts at Macken Park until further notice.  The walking trail, green spaces and wheel park in Macken Park are still open, but we urge visitors to use proper social distancing practices while enjoying outdoor activities.

o Thanks 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 at www.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, or for more information, visit http://www.nkc.org/coronavirus

Other Important COVID-19 Information:

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. 

Parks & Recreation crews planted 25 new trees in Macken Park this week to replace the trees that were removed due to disease last fall. Crews planted 15 River Birch trees, 6 Amour Maple trees and 4 Green Mountain Sugar Maple trees. 

Starting next week, be sure to check out the North Kansas City Parks & Recreation’s Facebook page (@NKCParksAndRecreation) at 11 a.m. for activities, craft ideas, and videos to expand your child’s learning opportunities and creativeness during this Stay at Home Order.  Next week’s schedule is as follows:
o Monday – Activity
o Tuesday – Outdoor/Nature
o Wednesday – Craft
o Thursday – Live Feed
o Friday – Storytime

Residents are encouraged to participate in the Kansas City Area Transportation Authority’s RideKC Next proposed system redesign plan by participating in an online survey at ridekcnext.org.  Participants can review the plan, and access the survey both in English and Spanish. The survey deadline has been expanded to March 31.

Due to the recommendations of the Centers for Disease Control and the Stay at Home Order issued by Mayor Don Stielow and the Clay County Health Department, the April 7 City Council Meeting will be held virtually, with City Council members and City staff joining the meeting on an online platform.  The public will not be able to participate in the meeting as it is being held, but the public may view the meeting live on the City’s Cable Channel or YouTube channel, which can be found on the City’s website at www.nkc.org.  Anyone wishing to make a public comment for the record at the meeting may do so by sending an email to city@nkc.org until 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday, April 7, 2020, and it will be read aloud at the meeting.  Please supply your name and address.

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.
MLB Pitch Hit and Run – Saturday, April 25, 2 p.m.

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