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11/16/2017City issues statement in response to State Audit of Independence Event Center CID

Zach Walker, City Manager for the City of Independence, today issued the following statement in response to the Independence Event Center CID State Audit Findings.

11/15/2017Independence Deputy Fire Chief Doug Short named Fire Chief

Following a nation-wide search, City Manager Zach Walker today announced Doug Short was selected as the next Fire Chief for the Independence Fire Department.

11/10/2017Making the grade, City continues to work forward on strategic goals

The City of Independence today relaunched the Performance Dashboard on its website at indep.us/dashboard. The Dashboard has been reorganized to highlight the four main goals outlined in the City’s Strategic Plan, Independence for All.

11/7/2017Independence Fire Department responds to house fire

Independence Fire Department units were dispatched at 6:10 a.m. this morning, November 7, after neighbors reported a house fire at 1127 S. Pearl Street.

11/6/2017Independence expands hotel/motel video surveillance ordinance

Earlier this year, the Independence City Council identified public safety as a key goal for the growth and development of the City. Tonight, they approved an ordinance amending Chapter 5, pertaining to business licenses, adding hotels/motels to the business types required to install and maintain video surveillance systems.

11/6/2017City moves forward on new Farmers Market

Council members tonight saw three options proposed for the new Farmers Market located just off the Square in Downtown.

11/1/2017Do you want to build a snowman? Decorate a snowman for George Owens Nature Park and help raise funds for Truman Heritage Habitat for Humanity

Families, groups and businesses are invited to decorate snowmen to help raise funds for Truman Heritage Habitat for Humanity this winter.

10/26/2017Palmer Center Activities and Events for November - 2017

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.

10/25/2017Get in the game! Enter to win Mavericks or Comets home game tickets

Now’s your chance to win tickets to a KC Mavericks hockey or Missouri Comets soccer home game.

10/20/2017Saving you money, City of Independence Finance Department receives national recognition

The City of Independence Procurement Division of the Finance Department has received two national awards for excellence this fall.

10/19/2017“Imagine Independence” wins Outstanding Public Outreach, Program, Project, Tool, Community Initiative award from American Planning Association Missouri Chapter

Representatives from the City of Independence were in St. Louis today to accept the Outstanding Public Outreach, Program, Project, Tool, Community Initiative award from the American Planning Association – Missouri Chapter for the “Imagine Independence” public engagement campaign.

10/17/2017City of Independence receives GOLD status for the 2017 KC Chamber Workplace Wellness Certification

The City of Independence is proud to announce it has received the GOLD Status through the Kansas City Chamber’s Healthy KC Workplace Wellness initiative.

10/16/2017City of Independence breaks ground on 6,000 square-foot communication center

The City of Independence today broke ground on the new Communications Center, located south of the Independence Utility Center off of 23rd Street.

10/6/2017The Color of Unity – theme for annual John Olivarez Scholarship essay contest announced

The City of Independence in collaboration with the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. celebration committee today announced this year’s theme for the John Olivarez Scholarship, “The Color of Unity.”

9/27/2017Oh Christmas Tree – Mayor’s Christmas Tree finds new home thanks to Independence citizen

The City of Independence today planted the Mayor’s Christmas Tree at Hiram Young Park.

9/25/2017City of Independence welcomes author Peter Kageyama to lead discussion, workshop on citizen engagement

Mr. Kageyama will participate in a planning meeting open to the public tonight, September 25, from 5 to 6:30 p.m. at the Independence Utilities Center.

9/22/2017Palmer Center Activities and Events for October 2017

The Palmer Center at 218A N. Pleasant St. in Independence is dedicated to the mission of improving the overall health of adults 60+.

9/19/2017Jennifer Polston receives Susan Paxton Block Award

Jennifer Polston, Animal Services Manager in the Animal Control Division of the Independence Health Department, has been named the recipient of the 2017 Susan Paxton Block Award for Distinguished Public Service.

9/19/2017City working toward new Historic Preservation Master Plan

The City Council has approved a resolution supporting a grant application for $20,000 focused on the City of Independence’s historic preservation efforts.

9/18/2017City of Independence supports regional effort to attract Amazon’s second headquarters

Some of the criteria Amazon is looking for include metropolitan areas with more than one million people; a stable, business-friendly environment; and a willingness to think big.

9/8/2017Do you have an emergency plan? September is National Emergency Preparedness Month

The City of Independence is joining local, state and federal partners in sharing information as part of National Emergency Preparedness Month this September.

9/7/2017Independence Fire Chief John Greene announces retirement

City Manager Zach Walker today announced the retirement of John Greene, Chief of the Independence Fire Department.

9/7/2017Water reservoir on 35th Street to receive needed maintenance

Work will begin the week of September 11 and continue through April 2018, depending on weather conditions.

9/6/2017Independence City Council approves steps to improve technology for personnel management and financial reporting

The City Council approved two contracts with Tyler Technologies, Inc. to implement modern software for a wide range of administrative functions.

9/6/2017Independence City Council approves steps to improve technology for personnel management and financial reporting

The City Council approved two contracts with Tyler Technologies, Inc. to implement modern software for a wide range of administrative functions.

9/6/2017Help shape the future of Downtown Independence, apply for Downtown Redevelopment Coordinating Committee

The City Council has approved the creation of the Downtown Redevelopment Coordinating Committee.

9/1/2017Looking for a way to donate to help Harvey survivors? City encourages residents to use caution and think long-term as disaster unfolds

The City of Independence is thinking of all of the survivors of Hurricane and Tropical Storm Harvey.

8/28/2017Resources available for Independence residents impacted by recent storms

The City of Independence is encouraging residents who suffered losses during recent storms to take action to address their disaster related needs.

8/24/2017Palmer Center Activities and Events for September 2017

The Palmer Center at 218A N. Pleasant St. in Independence, MO and is dedicated to the mission of improving the overall health of adults 60+.

8/22/2017Oregon-California Trail Association presents City of Independence with President’s Special Award for continued support and partnership

The City of Independence is committed to supporting historical education and this has not gone unnoticed.

8/14/2017City prepares for future of Independence Power and Light

The IPL Financial and Management Assessment is now available for review.

8/9/2017Statement from City of Independence regarding renewal of Streets Sales Tax

"We encourage citizens to learn more about the projects the Streets Sales Tax makes possible at indep.us/streetssalestax."

8/4/2017City of Independence encourages utility customers to update contact information

Correct phone numbers and addresses associated with accounts will improve the flow of outage information to field personnel working to restore power, water and sewage after a major storm.

8/3/2017Celebrate Farmer’s Market Appreciation Day, Aug. 12, with City of Independence

The Independence Health Department will be sponsoring Farmers’ Market Appreciation Day on Saturday, August 12 from 9 to 11 a.m.

8/1/2017Princess in the house?

The City of Independence will hold the annual Little Princess Ball from 6 to 8 p.m. on Saturday, September 23.

7/28/2017Mayor Weir invites community youth to Play Ball

The Mayor’s Play Ball Challenge will take place on Saturday, August 5 from 8:30 to 11 a.m. at the Independence Athletic Complex Baseball Fields, 17800 E. Salisbury Road.

7/24/2017City of Independence Storm Response Update

Residents may begin dropping off storm debris free of charge on Wednesday, July 26, from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.

7/24/2017City of Independence Storm Response Update

Crews from Independence Power and Light as well as several other communities are working together to restore power as quickly as possible.

7/20/2017Palmer Center Activities and Events for August 2017

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+.

Police News
10/30/2017Homicide Investigation on E. 43rd Street
10/28/2017Homicide Investigation on E. 47th Street
10/23/2017Drug Take Back Event on Saturday from 10:00 AM-2:00 PM
10/19/2017IPD Detective Seeks help in Cold Case Homicide
10/18/2017Results of IPD Prostitution and Human Trafficking Sting
10/17/2017US 40 Hwy and 36th Street Pedestrian Crash
10/11/2017Silver Alert
10/11/2017Attempt to Identify - Robbery Suspect
10/2/2017New State Grant Will Allow IPD to Step Up Liquor Control Enforcement Efforts
9/29/2017Homicide at I-70 and Noland Road
9/28/2017Attempt to Identify: Larceny from Auto Suspects
9/27/2017National Railway Safety Week
9/13/2017Attempt to Identify: Business Burglary Suspects
8/31/2017Missing Person: Police Search for Missing Woman
8/26/2017Homicide Investigation on E. St. John Ave
8/18/2017Homicide Investigation on Pearl Street
8/17/2017Fatality Hit & Run Investigation at US 24 Hwy and Liberty Street
8/15/2017Driver killed, passenger seriously injured in I-70 crash
8/14/2017Shooting Investigation at Burger King Parking Lot
8/13/2017Shooting Investigation in Hawthorne Place Apartments
8/13/2017Shooting Investigation on Highridge Drive
8/9/2017Detectives Search for Witness In Investigation
8/8/2017Attempt to Identify: Theft Investigation
8/8/2017National Night Out 2017 is Scheduled for October 3rd
8/7/2017Fatal Officer Involved Shooting Investigation
8/5/2017Driver killed in Truman Road crash
8/1/2017IPD Officers Receive Lifesaving Awards
7/27/2017Police Seek Information on Additional Child Molestation Victims
7/27/2017Attempt to Identify: Theft from public library