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12/29/2017Dangerously cold temperatures ahead, City reminds citizens to take precautions to protect themselves and their families

Temperatures over the next few days are expected to be dangerously low, with wind chills overnight anticipated in the negative teens. Citizens are encouraged to stay inside if possible and if they must go outside or travel, to take appropriate precautions to protect themselves and their families.

12/6/2017City works to enhance park security

The City of Independence is taking steps to better patrol City parks through the winter months.

11/27/2017City looks to ‘green’ future for Rockwood Golf Course

The City announced today it has accepted the deed and taken possession of 94.6 acres of property formerly known as Rockwood Golf Course (2400 South Maywood Avenue, Independence, Mo.), ensuring a positive future for this green space in the heart of District 4.

11/20/2017City takes steps to decrease number of tobacco stores in the City

The City Council tonight approved an amendment updating the Unified Development Ordinance (UDO), Chapter 14, of the City Code which will over time decrease the number of tobacco/convenience stores from the currently allowed 14 to 7.

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 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

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.