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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+.

7/18/2017Cooling Center opening in response to heat warning

The Roger T. Sermon Community Center, 201 N. Dodgion St., will be available as a cooling center from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Wednesday, July 19 through Saturday, July 22.

7/17/2017Scam Alert: Letters, emails, videos attempting to use Federal Reserve Bank Routing numbers are scams, may result in unpaid bills, fines

A citizen may receive a letter, email or video that asks them to pay a fee to use their social security number and a Federal Reserve Bank Routing number to pay bills from a trust.

7/13/2017City announces Independence Power and Light Financial and Management Audit results

Members of the City’s Finance and Audit Committee heard an overview of the Independence Power and Light (IPL) Financial and Management Audit on July 12.

7/12/2017Gov. Greitens signs Senate Bill 111 requiring LLCs to list natural person, helping City of Independence enforce code violations

The City will be able to better enforce code violations on neglected properties with this information.

7/10/2017Cooling Centers opened in response to heat advisory

The Roger T. Sermon Community Center, 201 N. Dodgion St., will be available as a cooling center from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. today through Wednesday.

6/30/2017City reminds citizens, businesses of fee changes taking effect July 1

The City Council has approved revisions to the Schedule of Fees for the City of Independence.

6/28/2017Independence recognized for continued commitment to arboriculture

For the 18th consecutive year, the City of Independence Power & Light (IPL) has been recognized for its commitment to utility arboriculture when it was named to the 2017 Tree Line USA.

6/28/2017To improve customer service, City merges functions into Regulated Industries Division

The City of Independence today announced the business license function will be merged with the Rental Ready Program in the Community Development Department in a new Regulated Industries division beginning July 1.

6/27/2017Palmer Center Activities and Events for July 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+.

6/27/2017Susan Paxton Block Public Service Award Nominations Due August 18

Anyone can nominate a City employee, volunteer or elected official who has demonstrated outstanding public service, valor and job performance with leadership.

6/27/2017Andrew Boatright named Acting Director of Independence Power and Light

Boatright joined IPL in April 2016, moving to Missouri from Ohio where he served as Electric Utility Manager for the City of Westerville.

6/26/2017Independence Power and Light Director Leon Daggett announces retirement

Daggett has served as Director of IPL for more than 10 years and has worked in the utilities industry for more than 50 years.

6/23/2017Nearly 100 volunteers to help cover graffiti along Little Blue Trace Trail as part of service project

Independence and Jackson County are working with 80 youth and 15 chaperons visiting the Kansas City-area from Ames, Iowa, as part of a service project from 2:30 to 5 p.m. today.

6/22/2017Independence Invites the Public to Get Involved in the Community Visioning Process

Citizens are invited to help update the City’s comprehensive plan at a public meeting today, June 22, at 6 p.m. at Mid-Continent Public Library North Independence Branch.

6/20/2017City of Independence earns ‘A- Stable’ credit rating from S&P

The City of Independence today announced it has earned an “A- Stable” credit rating from Standard & Poors (S&P).

6/19/2017City of Independence to open Drop-off Depot for storm debris June 23

The City of Independence is opening the Drop-Off Depot for storm-related debris on June 23. The Depot, located at 875 Vista Avenue, will be accepting tree limbs and brush through July 2.

6/13/2017Celebrate safely! Independence shares fireworks safety tips, reminds residents of local ordinances.

The City of Independence would like to remind residents of local ordinances and share tips to celebrate safely.

6/7/2017Independence City Council passes resolution supporting public art

The Independence City Council passed a resolution Monday night requiring an amount equal to 1 percent of the estimated cost for construction, reconstruction or remodeling of Municipal buildings be set aside for public art include ornamentation and adornment.

6/6/2017City of Independence passes new hotel ordinance

These changes ensure that all hotels and motels promote industry best practices while holding all properties accountable.

6/5/2017City of Independence shares tips to protect from mosquitoes

The City of Independence is reminding citizens and business owners of steps they can take to protect themselves from mosquitoes.

5/31/2017Palmer Center Activities and Events for June 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+.

5/26/2017Break out the sunscreen, Adventure Oasis Water Park Opens May 27

Just in time for the Memorial Day Holiday, the Adventure Oasis Water Park will open for the season May 27.

5/24/2017City of Independence announces continued success of Corridor Code Enforcement Initiative

The City of Independence’s Corridor Code Enforcement (CCE) Initiative is systematically working through major corridors in the City to address property maintenance and zoning violations.

5/22/2017Have you checked your smoke detectors lately?

IFD encourages citizens to check alarms, reminds public of Free Smoke Alarm Program