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6/12/2018City Leaders work with business and citizens toward solution for 24 Highway flooding issue

Many residents in northern Independence have recognized the problems heavy rains bring to their area. Over the last few years, flooding has regularly occurred along 24 Highway, causing thousands of dollars of damage. City leaders are working toward a potential resolution of the problem.

6/7/2018City Hall visitors will see changes to 2nd floor entry beginning next week

Visitors to the Independence City Hall will notice changes taking place beginning June 11.

6/5/2018Independence Utilities Customers may experience longer than usual wait times on phone, delayed bills

The City of Independence is asking for the continued patience of its utility customers as staff works through the rollout of the updated billing system.

5/31/2018Independence Utility Customers may see delayed bills

Please see the following statement from the City of Independence regarding utility bills.

5/23/2018Independence City Council approves new contract between City and Chamber of Commerce

The Independence City Council approved a new Contract of Services between the City and the Independence Chamber of Commerce on Monday night.

5/9/2018Independence Utilities Customers will soon see new utility bill

City of Independence Utility Customers will see a new utility bill and envelope in the mail beginning the week of May 21.

5/9/2018City of Independence Municipal Court closed May 15-21, court cancelled May 14-21

The City of Independence Municipal Court will be closed Tuesday, May 15, through Monday, May 21, to install and train on new software while shutting down software that is more than forty years old. In addition, court has been cancelled May 14-May 21.

5/4/2018City of Independence leaders work to address bus rider safety at Blue Ridge Crossing

In an effort to improve transit operations, enhance rider safety, and maintain quality economic development projects, Independence Mayor Eileen Weir and Independence 4th District Councilmember and Mayor Pro Tempore Tom Van Camp brought together representatives from local law enforcement agencies and the Kansas City Area Transit Authority (KCATA) to review the current status of the transit center at the intersection of Interstate 70, U.S. Highway 40 and Blue Ridge, commonly referred to as Blue Ridge Crossing.

5/3/2018Health Permits will relocate to City Hall May 14

Effective May 14, 2018, health permitting services will relocate to Independence City Hall (111 E. Maple Ave.).

4/26/2018Palmer Center Activities and Events for May 2018

The Palmer Center at 218A N. Pleasant St. in Independence, MO is operated by the City of Independence and is dedicated to the mission of improving the overall health of adults 60+. For more information call (816) 325-6200 or visit the website www.independencemo.org/parksandrec.

4/25/2018As of May 1 birth, death certificates will no longer be provided by the City of Independence

The City of Independence will no longer provide vital records (birth and death certificates) services effective May 1, 2018. City of Independence residents may request vital records from Jackson County Health Department.

4/16/2018Mayor Weir, At-Large Councilmember Deluccie begin second terms, Council welcomes new At-Large Councilmember Mike Huff

The City of Independence City Council tonight swore in Mayor Eileen Weir for her second term as Mayor. Mayor Weir, first elected in 2014, is the second female to serve in the City’s history.

4/11/2018Community youth invited to Pitch, Hit & Run event as part of national Play Ball Initiative

Mayor Eileen Weir in collaboration with Queen City Baseball is inviting Independence youth ages 7 to 14, to join her on April 15 for a Pitch, Hit, and Run event.

4/10/2018Former Independence Mayor Don Reimal selected as 2018 Harry S. Truman Special Recognition Award Recipient

The Harry S Truman Award Commission selected former Independence Mayor Don Reimal to receive the 2018 Special Recognition Award.

4/9/2018Janet Napolitano named 2018 Harry S Truman Public Service Award Recipient

The Independence Harry S. Truman Award Commission has chosen University of California President and former Secretary of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano as the 2018 Harry S. Truman Public Service Award recipient

4/4/2018Applications for 2018 Fireworks Vendors due between April 9 and 13

Applications from not-for-profit groups for the sale of consumer grade, or Division 1.4G, fireworks will be accepted at the City of Independence Community Development Department between 8 a.m. Monday, April 9, 2018 and 5 p.m. Friday, April 13, 2018. No early or late applications will be accepted.

4/3/2018Statement from City of Independence regarding citizen vote to not approve Local Use Tax

Zach Walker, the Independence City Manager, released the following statement in regards to results of the Local Use Tax, or Question 1.

4/3/2018Get into the “spring” of things - Celebrate the opening of the tourism season with the City of Independence

This week is the beginning of the 2018 tourism season here in Independence. To celebrate the City is inviting you to participate in a scavenger hunt for a chance to win the grand prize of an Independence Gift Basket.

4/2/2018Independence City Council approves new Comprehensive Plan

Following a two year-long review and public engagement process, the Independence City Council tonight approved a new comprehensive plan. “Imagine Independence: Comprehensive Plan 2040” identifies the vision, values and priorities of the City for the next 20-25 years.

3/28/2018Independence Recognized for Continued Commitment to Arboriculture

For the 19th consecutive year, the City of Independence Power & Light Department has been recognized for its commitment to utility arboriculture when it was named to the 2018 Tree Line USA.

3/22/2018City, MC Power break ground on Phase 2 of Community Solar Project at former Rockwood Golf Course

City leaders today joined representatives of MC Power to break ground on Phase 2 of the Community Solar Project at the former Rockwood Golf Course.

3/20/2018City’s Free Household Hazardous Waste Collection is Saturday, April 7

Now is the time to get ready for the City’s 21st annual household hazardous waste (HHW) collection, which is scheduled from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, April 7, at 200 S. Liberty Street.

3/13/2018Independence Water Pollution Control Director Dick Champion announces retirement

Dick Champion, Director of the Independence Water Pollution Control (WPC) Department, has announced his retirement. Champion has served as Director of WPC for nearly 35 years and has a worked in the water treatment industry for nearly 50 years.

3/2/2018City of Independence water once again ranked among best in the world

The City of Independence was notified earlier this week that The Berkeley Springs International Water Tasting once again placed water from the City amongst the best in the world, this year giving us 5th Place in the municipal water category. Nearly 100 different locations submitted water from all five continents into the competition.

3/1/2018Be Prepared, Severe Weather Awareness Week is March 4 -10

The Independence Fire Department’s Emergency Preparedness Division, in conjunction with the National Weather Service have declared that the week of March 4-10, 2018 to be Severe Weather Awareness Week.

2/28/2018City of Independence announces Health Department operation changes

Independence City Manager Zach Walker announced today that duties performed by the Health Department will be transferred to other city departments. The changes take full effect July 1, 2018.

2/27/2018City of Independence breaks ground on new Uptown Market

The City of Independence today broke ground on the Uptown Market, a permanent Farmers Market structure at 201 W. Truman Road. The $3.3 million project will begin construction next week, and the two structures, one enclosed and one open-air, are estimated to be completed mid-summer.

2/26/2018Independence Health Department Hosts Couch to 5K Training Program

The Independence Health Department is leading a six-week Couch-to-5K Training Program to help residents get ready for the Independence Park Trot 5K.

2/26/2018Enter to win Toughest Monster Truck Tour Tickets and Pit Passes

Now is your chance to win four tickets to see the Toughest Monster Truck Tour on Saturday, March 31 at the Silverstein Eye Centers Arena, one of the many family-friendly events coming to Independence this year.

2/22/2018Palmer Center Activities and Events for March 2018

Learn more about the upcoming programs and activities scheduled at the Palmer Center.

2/22/2018Night at the Museum brings history to life at the National Frontier Trails Museum

On Saturday, March 10, the National Frontier Trails Museum will host Night at the Museum: Pioneering Women. The event begins with remarks from local pioneer Barbara Potts, the first female mayor of Independence