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WIR 1/7/22

WIR 1/7/22
Posted on 01/07/2022
Friday Greetings,

This week the Police Department hosted the FBI Law Enforcement Executive Development Association (FBI-LEEDA) at the Parks and Recreation building.  FBI-LEEDA presented their week-long Command Leadership Institute where Sgt. Chris Kimmel and Sgt. Ryan Hubbell attended with other future leaders in law enforcement.  We are proud to have been able to host this course and look forward to future partnerships with FBI-LEEDA.

The Fire department finished out 2021, responding to a record 2,495 calls, an increase of 376 calls from 2020. 

In response to the global Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) crisis, the City Council voted to extend NKC’s Emergency Public Health Order (mask order) until 12:01 a.m. on Saturday, February 5, 2022.   Masks are only required inside a school building where any students from kindergarten up to and including 12th grade are attending class, unless eating or drinking.   All persons must wear a mask when riding on a school bus unless documentation has been submitted to and approved by the school for a medical mask exemption.  To view this order, visit www.nkc.org/coronavirus

The City Council voted to require masks at public meetings being held at City Hall until further notice.  The Council will reexamine this requirement at future City Council Meetings.

The Clay County Public Health Center will be at the North Kansas City YMCA on Saturday to offer free COVID vaccines to anyone age 5 and older seeking their first, second or third dose.  This event will take place from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Make an appointment on our website at clayhealth.com/getcovidvaxccphc.  COVID-19 vaccines are available for everyone at no cost, regardless of immigration or health insurance status.

Unfortunately, we have had to make the decision to postpone the NKC Citizens Academy until mid-April.  We have not made this decision lightly and are very disappointed that this program is again delayed due to COVID-related issues.  Unfortunately, transitioning the class to full virtual is also not an option as there wouldn’t be an opportunity for tours and hands-on learning activities.  We hope you understand, and we look forward to hosting this Academy in April.  We will be announcing the new Academy dates soon.  If you are interested in signing up, contact the Deputy City Clerk Mallory Brown at 816-412-7820 or send a note to mbrown@nkc.org.

The Community Development department issued a total of 321 permits in 2021, with over $84 million being invested in projects across the City. This compares to 315 permits and almost $35 million invested in 2020. In 2019, 393 permits were issued and $83 million was invested. The types of projects vary from new multi-family housing and home renovations to tenant finishes for new businesses and remodels and updates for existing businesses. The City tracks and compares development across the City to identify areas of potential growth and best serve the needs of its residents and businesses.

The Christmas tree pickup program began this week.  To be eligible for collection, tress must not have tinsel, lights, or any items not originally part of the tree.  Place the tree where you usually place your yard waste.  The next two pickups will be on January 12 and 19, 2022.

Enjoy a fun night of games, dancing, and dinner with your kid!  The Parks & Recreation Department is hosting a Dance Party on Saturday, January 29, from 6–8 p.m.  This event is for children ages 5 to 12.  Couple's ticket (parent and child) $60, and $25 for an additional child.  The dance will be held at the North Kansas City Parks & Recreation Center located at 1201 Clark Ferguson Drive, NKC, MO 64116.  Please register by January 21; space is limited.  Register by phone, 816-300-0545, or online at nkcpr.activityreg.com.  Sponsored by Thomas James Hershewe, CPA.

North Kansas City’s Enrichment Catalog for Winter/Spring 2022 is now available!  Check out our events, youth and adult programs, and rental space options at https://issuu.com/northkansascity/docs/22_enrichment_winter_issuu.

Help for local families struggling financially due to the COVID-19 pandemic is available through a program being administered by Clay County.  The Emergency Rental Assistance Program can help families who rent their homes get caught up on past due rent and utility bills.  If you are eligible, make sure to fill out an interest form by clicking the button on our Rental Assistance Portal, which can be found here: https://www.claycountymo.gov/transparency/erap.

Current City job openings are listed below.  To apply, please visit www.nkc.org/jobs.
o Community Development Director
o City Administration Summer Intern

Upcoming Meetings and Events:  

Equity and Inclusion Committee – Thursday, January 13, 7 p.m.
Martin Luther King, Jr., Day – City Offices Closed – Monday, January 17
City Council Work Session – Tuesday, January 18, 6 p.m.
Regular City Council Meeting – Tuesday, January 18, 7 p.m.
City Council Work Session – Tuesday, February 1, 6 p.m.
Regular City Council Meeting – Tuesday, February 1, 7 p.m.
Planning Commission Meeting – Thursday, February 3, 6 p.m.
Equity and Inclusion Committee – Thursday, February 10, 7 p.m.
City Council Work Session – Tuesday, February 18, 6 p.m.
Regular City Council Meeting – Tuesday, February 18, 7 p.m.

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