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10/19/2018Go around the world, Cultural Heritage Festival this Saturday at Uptown Market

The annual Cultural Heritage Festival is this Saturday, Oct. 20, from noon to 6 p.m. at the Independence Uptown Market, 211 W. Truman Road.

10/16/2018Celebrate 10 years with the Kansas City Mavericks

Celebrate 10 years with our hometown team the Kansas City Mavericks by entering to win free tickets to home games.

10/15/2018U.S. Capitol Christmas Tree to Visit Independence during 2018 Tour

“People’s Tree” will make cross-country journey from Oregon to Washington D.C.

10/1/2018Police Officer Jeff Nunn receives Susan Paxton Block Award

Independence Police Officer Jeff Nunn has been named the recipient of the 2018 Susan Paxton Block Award for Distinguished Public Service.

10/1/2018Independence Fire Department, AMR crew helps with special delivery

On Monday, September 17, a crew from Fire Station One responded to a medical emergency call.

9/24/2018City of Independence shares results of external Utilities Billing System Conversion Audit

The City Council of Independence tonight heard the results of the completed Utilities Billing System Conversion Audit from BHMG Engineers, Inc.

9/19/2018Potawatomi Trail of Death Commemorative Caravan to visit Independence September 21

The Potawatomi Trail of Death Commemorative Caravan will be in Independence on Friday, Sept. 21, as part of their journey to retrace the original route taken by the Potawatomi in 1838.

8/31/2018City of Independence welcomes Higashimurayama delegates

The City of Independence will host delegates from the Japanese Sister City, Higashimurayama, as part of the 40th anniversary celebrations this weekend

8/24/2018City of Independence announces external audit next step in continued response to citizen concerns regarding utilities

The City of Independence today announced it has engaged an outside firm, BHMG Engineers, to conduct an external audit of the City’s utility billing system.

8/23/2018City of Independence celebrates the completion of the new Uptown Market

The City of Independence today celebrated the completion of the Independence Uptown Market, a permanent Farmers Market structure at 211 W. Truman Road, with a ribbon cutting ceremony and open house.

8/20/2018City of Independence highlights success of Rental Ready Program in year one

The Rental Ready Program went into effect in the City of Independence on June 1, 2017. This ordinance change was championed by Mayor Pro Tem Tom Van Camp and has proven to be a regional and national model for communities.

8/17/2018City of Independence hires new Director of Finance and Administration

The City of Independence today announced the hiring of Bryan Kidney as the new Director of Finance and Administration following a nationwide search.

8/3/2018City of Independence finds issues with utility bill mailing, online payments

The City of Independence announced it was beginning an internal audit of the utility bills addressing citizen concerns on July 20. Citizens should know this process is ongoing and the City is now working with the Management Analyst as an internal but independent auditor to review ongoing concerns related to increased utility bill amounts.

8/2/2018City of Independence Assistant City Manager Lauren Palmer accepts position with Mid-America Regional Council

Assistant City Manager Lauren Palmer has announced she will be leaving the City of Independence to accept a position with the Mid-America Regional Council (MARC) directing their local government programs.

7/30/2018National Frontier Trails Museum awarded R. Crosby Kemper III Award for Achievement in Historic Preservation

The Westport Historical Society and R. Crosby Kemper III have announced that the recipient of the 2018 R. Crosby Kemper III Award for Achievement in Historic Preservation is the National Frontier Trails Museum.

7/27/2018Palmer Center Activities and Events for August 2018
7/26/2018Public engagement sessions announced to discuss Pioneer Spring Cabin

On Monday, July 23, Councilmember Curt Dougherty provided an update regarding the Pioneer Spring Cabin, its condition and proposals related to the future of the building. As part of this update, Councilmember Dougherty announced the cabin will be open to the public July 24-August 12, Monday through Thursday from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m., Friday and Saturday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., and closed on Sunday.

7/23/2018City shares update on new low voltage ordinance

On Monday, July 16, the Independence City Council approved changes to the City Code amending Chapter 4 to require low voltage electric permits.

7/20/2018City undertaking utility bill audit in response to citizen concerns

Staff will be conducting an audit of recent utility bills to verify accuracy.

7/19/2018Working together to prepare the workforce of the future

A column by Mayor Eileen Weir which originally ran in the Kansas City Business Journal on July 12, 2018.

7/19/2018Mayor appoints Committee to receive Pioneer Spring Cabin comments from public

City of Independence Mayor Eileen Weir announced today she has appointed a three-member Council committee to receive citizen comments regarding the Pioneer Spring Cabin.

7/9/2018Mayor Weir announces new Independence Works 2025 initiative which includes free WiFi for Indebus riders

City of Independence Mayor Eileen Weir announced today a new workforce development initiative, Independence Works 2025. With the Independence Metro Center around her, Mayor Weir shared one component of this effort includes free WiFi access for Indebus riders.

6/29/2018City of Independence Cooling Center will be open through Saturday due to Excessive Heat Warning

Due to the extension of the Excessive Heat Warning from the Nation Weather Service, the Roger T. Sermon Community Center, 201 N. Dodgion St., will be available as a cooling center through Saturday evening.

6/27/2018Heat Advisory issued, citizens encouraged to take precautions and be safe

The National Weather Service has issued a Heat Advisory with a predicted heat index between 100 and 105 degrees in the afternoon today, June 26, and between 105 and 110 through Friday, June 29.

6/27/2018Palmer Center Activities and Events for July 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

6/27/2018Independence Power and Light Department Deputy Director Andrew Boatright announces resignation

Independence Power and Light Department Deputy Director Andrew Boatright has announced his resignation to pursue other opportunities, effective June 29.

6/25/2018City of Independence announces reorganization of Health Department complete, building to close today

As announced in February, the City of Independence has reorganized the Health Department and as of 4 p.m. today has closed the building located at 515 S. Liberty Street. The transition of functions and staff to other departments and agencies is now complete.