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WIR 7/17/20

WIR 7/17/20
Posted on 07/17/2020
Friday Greetings,

Kristine Welch started on Thursday as the new part-time Animal Shelter Kennel Attendant.  Welcome aboard Kristine!

Municipal Services has promoted Herschell Zimmerman to the newly created Foreman position.  Herschell will serve as the first foreman since the Municipal Services Division of Public Works was established by combining the Street Division with Buildings and Grounds in 2011. Herschell has been employed by the City of North Kansas City for 19 years. He began working as a Maintenance Worker and Relief Water Treatment Operator in the Water Division in 2001, and transferred to Municipal Services in 2012.  Congratulations, Herschell!

The Police Department hosted a police/community relations forum on Tuesday at Macken Park.  An estimated 50 people attended the event.  The conversation was productive and there were many takeaways identified by the department to bring back and start looking at. We appreciate the community’s support and understand that policing is only successful if it is a cooperative effort between the police and the community. 

One of the outcomes discussed at the police forum was the desire to increase communications on police activity in NKC.  Here is a not-all-inclusive summary of incident reports that were taken during the week: the police department responded and took incident reports on 2 Assaults, 3 Property Damages, 5 Stealings, 3 Auto Thefts, 3 Recovered Stolen Autos, 8 motor vehicle crashes, and 12 Burglar alarms.

On Wednesday, Parks & Recreation Director Kelli Votypka issued the following statement on playgrounds and the Dagg Park sprayground:  North Kansas City Parks and Recreation Board met on July 9, 2020 to discuss the re-opening plan for Dagg Park spray ground and all playground systems in North Kansas City parks. The Board unanimously voted to keep the spray ground and all playgrounds closed until Clay County Recovery Plan is in Phase 3: Establish Protection Then Lift All Restrictions. Phase 3 will introduce long-term solutions to mitigate the spread of disease and lift all restrictions associated with COVID-19.  When Clay County has reached this phase, all playgrounds will be open and if weather permits, the spray ground at Dagg Park will open. We appreciate your understanding in this difficult decision; we deem it our responsibility to ensure the safety and welfare of our community and park patrons.  

On Wednesday, the City’s contractor conducted repairs to a water valve on Armour Road.  Several businesses did not have service during the overnight repairs, but service was restored early on Thursday.

On Friday, crews spent most of the day conducting repairs on a water main between Burlington and Buchanan Streets near 20th Avenue.  Crews will continue to operate until the water main is repaired and service can be restored.  Due to the heavy excavation, East 20th Avenue, from Buchanan to Burlington, will be closed to traffic until Tuesday or Wednesday while the street is being restored.

On Sunday, July 19, Clay County will begin requiring face masks and coverings to be worn in all indoor areas of public accommodation. This decision was made due to the rapid increase in the number of COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations of Clay County residents in recent weeks.  This order is in addition to the City’s Order issued previously.  To learn more about the Clay County Order, visit www.clayhealth.com/recovery.   For more information on the City’s Order, visit www.nkc.org/coronavirus. 

For the Tuesday, July 21 City Council Meeting, the City will utilize the Zoom Webinar platform. This platform will allow the public to speak during public comments.   The public is invited to participate in Council Meetings in the following ways during Item 5, “Comments from the Public”:

o Online: the public may join the Zoom Webinar via a link that will be published on the City’s website at www.nkc.org/agenda. Online participants may make comments by using the Raise Hand feature of Zoom.
o Phone: A phone number and webinar ID will be published on the City Council Agenda.  These numbers are randomly generated and unique to the individual Zoom Webinar event, so they will change each meeting for security reasons.  Callers may use *9 to indicate that they would like to speak during the comments.
o Email: Send comments to city@nkc.org until 5:00 p.m. on Tuesday, July 21st and they will be read aloud at the meeting. Please supply your name and address. Any public comments received after 5:00 p.m. but before 7 p.m. will be placed in the City records by the City Clerk.

Upcoming Meetings and Events:  

City Council Work Session – Tuesday, July 21, 6 p.m.
City Council Regular Meeting – Tuesday, July 21, 7 p.m.
Friday in the Park – Friday, July 24, 11:30 to 1 p.m.
Friday in the Park – Friday, July 31, 11:30 to 1 p.m.
City Council Work Session – Tuesday, August 4, 6 p.m.
City Council Regular Meeting – Tuesday, August 4, 7 p.m.
Friday in the Park – Friday, August 7, 11:30 to 1 p.m.
Friday in the Park – Friday, August 14, 11:30 to 1 p.m.
Friday Night Concerts – Friday, August 14, 7-8:30 p.m.
City Council Work Session – Tuesday, August 18, 6 p.m.
City Council Regular Meeting – Tuesday, August 18, 7 p.m.
Friday in the Park – Friday, August 21, 11:30 to 1 p.m.
Friday in the Park – Friday, August 28, 11:30 to 1 p.m.
A Night Out in Macken – Friday, August 28, 6-8 p.m.
Movie in the Park – Friday, August 28, dusk

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