City of Independence, Missouri

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City News
6/22/2016Hot Weather and Excessive Heat Warning

The National Weather Service has issued an excessive heat warning until 9 p.m. tonight for several counties in Missouri, including Jackson County.

6/16/2016Independence Power & Light Receives National Energy Award

Independence Power & Light (IPL) received the American Public Power Association Energy Innovator Award which recognizes creative, energy-efficient techniques to provide better service to electric customers.

6/16/2016Telephone Scam Warning

Some residents have received calls containing an automated message from someone claiming to be with the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) and stating that a lawsuit is being filed in order to collect back taxes.

6/15/2016Heat Advisory and Excessive Heat Watch

The National Weather Service has issued a Heat Advisory that remains in effect until 7 p.m. Wednesday, June 15.

6/13/20164th District Neighborhood Meeting on June 18

The City of Independence will hold a neighborhood meeting for the residents of the 4th District on Saturday, June 18 from 12 p.m. to 2 p.m. at Santa Fe Park.

6/6/2016McCoy Park Inclusive Play Project Ground Breaking

Join the City of Independence for a special groundbreaking ceremony at 4 p.m. on Tuesday, June 7.

6/3/2016Independence Police Chief To Retire; Brad Halsey Named Successor

City Manager John Pinch announces the retirement of Independence Police Chief Thomas J. Dailey effective July 21, 2016. Pinch also announces the selection of Deputy Police Chief Brad Halsey as the new Police Chief.

5/31/2016Palmer Center Activities and Events for June, 2016

The Palmer Center at 218A N. Pleasant St. in Independence, MO is operated by the City of Independence; see listing of classes and programs offered in June.

5/23/2016Parks and Recreation Department to Host Fitness Workshops

The City of Independence in partnership with National Exercise Trainers Association (NETA) is sponsoring two nationally-recognized fitness workshops.

5/12/20169th Annual EcoFest to be held Saturday, June 4 at Waterfall Park

The 9th annual Independence EcoFest - “It’s All About Water!” – will be from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. on Saturday, June 4, at Waterfall Park, 4501 S. Bass Pro Drive.

5/10/2016City of Independence to Participate in Social Services Summit

The City of Independence, in partnership with Community Services League and the Independence Ministerial Alliance, will participate in the second annual Social Services Summit on Tuesday, May 10.

5/6/2016The R.H. Johnson Company to Redevelop MarketPlace Shopping Center

The R.H. Johnson Company is pleased to announce a $34 million dollar investment in the MarketPlace Shopping Center located at the intersection of Interstate 70 and Noland Road.

4/27/2016Palmer Center Activities and Events for May, 2016

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 50+.

4/21/2016Jordan Ellena Named Independence City Management Analyst

The Independence City Council named Jordan Ellena as the Management Analyst for the City of Independence effective April 25, 2016.

4/21/2016Independence Engineer Receives George Warren Fuller Award

Matt McLaughlin, water distribution/engineering manager with the Independence Water Department has received the 2016 George Warren Fuller Award from the American Water Works Association.

4/13/2016Independence Recognized for Continued Commitment to Arboriculture

For the 17th consecutive year, the City of Independence Power & Light has been recognized for its commitment to utility arboriculture when it was named to the 2016 Tree Line USA.

4/12/2016History and Heritage Chalk Walk at Historic Independence Square

The City of Independence will host a chalk art walk on Friday, June 10 on the Historic Independence Square.

4/7/2016Independence Fire Department Issues Burn Ban

The City of Independence Fire Department has issued a burn-ban for Thursday, April 7, 2016, through Sunday, April 10, 2016, for all outside or open fire (except for residential barbecuing).

4/4/2016Free Screening of Early Childhood Documentary

The free screening event will be held at the Barbara J. Potts Public Health Center, Independence Health Department, 515 S. Liberty St., Independence, on Wednesday, April 6.

4/1/20162016 Harry S Truman Public Service Award Recipients Announced

The Independence Harry S Truman Commission has chosen Alvin Brooks as the 2016 Harry S Truman Public Service Award recipient.

3/25/2016Independence Community Rummage Sale at Truman Memorial Building

The Independence Community Rummage Sale will be from 10 a.m. until 3 p.m. on Saturday, April 23 at the Truman Memorial Building.

3/24/2016Palmer Center Activities and Events for April, 2016

The Palmer Center at 218A N. Pleasant St. in Independence is dedicated to the mission of improving the overall health of adults 50+.

3/23/2016City of Independence Facebook Sweepstakes Contest 2016

The Independence Health Department invites you to "like" our Facebook page and enter a sweepstakes for two tickets to the Royals home opener.

3/23/2016Applications for 2016 Fireworks Vendors Due Between April 11 and 15, 2016

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 Finance Department between 8 a.m. Monday, April 11 and 5 p.m. Friday, April 15, 2016.

3/23/2016City of Independence Signs Open Data Policy

The City of Independence joins cities around the country with an Open Data Policy to be in effect immediately.

3/21/2016Independence Fire Department Issues Burn Ban

The City of Independence Fire Department has issued a burn-ban effective Monday, March 21, through Thursday morning, March 24, 2016, for all outside or open fire (except for residential barbecuing).

3/14/2016City of Independence Free Household Hazardous Waste Collection

Get ready for the City’s 19th annual household hazardous waste (HHW) collection, scheduled from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday, April 2.

3/11/2016City of Independence Gardening Classes 2016

The Independence Health Department and Independence Community Garden Association are sponsoring a series of free classes beginning Monday, March 14.

3/9/2016City Of Independence Accepting Nominations for Historic Preservation Awards

The Hickman Preservation Awards recognize the efforts of individual, organizations, and projects that display an exemplary commitment to historic preservation in Independence.

3/3/2016Independence Fire Department Extends Burn Ban

The City of Independence Fire Department has extended a burn-ban for Thursday, March 3, 2016, through Wednesday, March 9, 2016, for all outside or open fire (except for residential barbecuing).

3/1/2016City of Independence Raises Tobacco Sale Age to 21

Effective today, the City of Independence will join Hawaii and over 100 cities and counties in eight states, including Wyandotte County, Kansas, and Kansas City, Missouri, in raising the tobacco sale age to 21.

3/1/2016Independence Water Department Takes Bronze

The City of Independence Water took home the bronze at the 26th annual Berkeley Springs International Water Tasting contest held February 25– 28 in Berkeley Springs, WV.

2/29/2016Independence Fire Department Issues Burn Ban

The City of Independence Fire Department has issued a burn-ban through Wednesday, March 2, 2016, for all outside or open fire (except for residential barbecuing).

2/26/2016Palmer Center Activities and Events for March, 2016

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 50+.