Vacancy on Historic Preservation Resource Commission More...
If you are interested in serving on the Historic Preservation Resource Commission please email the City your name and address at KellyP@IndependenceKs.gov and your name will be forwarded to the Mayor. All appointees shall be persons who have demonstrated interest, knowledge or training in fields closely related to historic preservation, such as history, architecture, landscape architecture, architectural history, archeology, planning, real estate, law, finance, building trades, urban design and geography. Not less than three appointees shall be composed of persons who are engaged in or retired from preservation-related professions such as archeology, architectural history, conservation, cultural anthropology, curation, engineering, folklore, historic architecture, historic preservation planning, historic preservation and history. For more information about this City Board click on the More... link above.
LEAF PICKUP -- NOVEMBER 4TH -- DECEMBER 30TH More...
Leaf Pickup starts November 4th and runs through the end of the year. Please check the attached schedule to determine when they will be picking up in your area. Please remember that leaves are to be placed by the curb in the right-of-way in front of residences, not in the street or alley.
Strategic Plan Summary More...
“Independence is known for its quality of life, vibrant economy, educational excellence and being served by an efficient, responsive and open government.”
“The City of Independence is committed to promoting the highest quality of life for all residents by providing fiscally sound, responsive municipal services in an equitable and professional manner and relentlessly collaborating with our educational and private business communities.”
• Provide quality services in a safe, efficient and courteous manner.
BUSINESS & INDUSTRY
• Provide an environment to facilitate growth and retention of business and industry.
• Promote an environment of lifelong learning and exceptional educational opportunities.
QUALITY OF LIFE SYSTEM
• To support and maintain quality of life initiatives that meet the cultural and health needs of the community.
• Collaborate with other governmental entities to provide cost effective services and support initiatives.
• Create an environment that values employees and empowers them to provide top quality public service.
Logan Fountain Update More...
06/07/2013 -- You may have noticed that Logan Fountain is not running this year. This is due to safety concerns regarding electrical issues in addition to the fountain pool leaking. At the Commission meeting last night the Commission authorized a committee to be formed to study the needs of the fountain and also accepted a generous donation from TranSystems for engineering services for this project. A plan and cost estimates will be developed and a fund raising campaign will begin to solicit donations for this renovation. We hope when the project is complete the fountain will be better than ever! Donations can be sent to the City of Independence, ATTN: Tony Royse, Logan Fountain Fund, 120 N. 6th, Independence, KS 67301 or through FORPAZ, ATTN: Logan Fountain Reconstruction, P.O. Box 9, Independence, KS 67301. Be sure to include Logan Fountain on the memo portion of your check to ensure it is earmarked for the fountain project. Donations are tax deductible. To make an online donation through FORPAZ follow the "More..." link above. Thank you for your support of this great project!
Siren Activation for Imminent Threats
Upon hearing outdoor warning sirens it is important that all persons immediately refer to local broadcast media (radio, TV, etc.) or NOAA Weather Radio for additional information!
When activated, the siren should run for 5 minutes, and then 2-3 minute pause, and reactivated for 5 minutes, repeating this interval for the duration of the threat. During this time you should take cover. Do not call the Independence Police Department while the sirens are activated unless you have something to report, or have an emergency.
Repeated sounding of sirens has directly resulted in saved lives in numerous cases. Doing repeated sirens allows for an increased chance the sirens will be heard and also lets people know the threat still exists.
Designated Storm Shelters
The designated storm shelters are Memorial Hall/Civic Center (410 N. Penn), City Hall (120 N. 6th) and the basement of the judicial center (Sheriff's Office-300 E. Main).
Nixle Storm Warning System More...
If you would like to receive storm warning text messages on your cellular phone please go to www.Nixle.com and sign up for this free service. Be sure to pick City of Independence as your local agency. Click on "More..." above to go to the nixle site.
03/27/2013 Stadium Proposal More...
This is the concept presented by the Stadium Committee to the City Commission/School Board/ICC Board on March 27, 2013. The stadium committee consists of Greg Hennen, Ron Schwatken, Tabatha Snodgrass, Scott Null, Jason Rutledge, Dave Shepard, Bob Leiker, Leslie Coder and Dr. Gary Beaver who chaired this committee. Please thank them when you get a chance as they did an excellent job!
Historic Preservation Brochure More...
Check out the new brochure by the Historic Preservation and Resource Commission regarding rehabilitating historic structures downtown.
WEST MAIN FROM 10TH TO OVERPASS RECONSTRUCTION TO BE BID OUT LATER THIS YEAR --
With the assistance of Representative Jim Kelly we are proud to say that the City is in the final stages of approval of this project by the State.
On May 12, 2011 the Commission authorized an agreement with TranSystems for the design of improvements on West Main Street from 10th to 18th which included relocation of utilities and total reconstruction with concrete. This was done so that the project would be “shovel ready” in the event any grant opportunities became available.
Since that time the City Manager became aware of the possibility of corridor funds. However, Independence needed to have an access management plan completed prior to being eligible for these funds.
On June 12, 2012 the Commission authorized an agreement with KDOT for the required US-75 Access Management Plan (which is nearly completed), the $2,000,000 in State corridor funds have been applied for, and our engineers are now modifying the design to meet the recommendations included in the access management plan, which will be sent to the State later this month for final approval.
KDOT’s District Engineer Mike Stringer reported at the March 12, 2013 City Commission meeting that it is anticipated that this project will go out for bid later this year. Stringer credited City Manager Micky Webb’s diligence in working with the State for the past few years on this project.
Mayor Rick Mott asked Mr. Stringer about the possibility of resurfacing the road as a temporary fix. Mr. Stringer indicated that this would only be a “band-aide” and would be a waste of funds. According to TranSystems a temporary resurfacing would cost approximately $550,000 from 10th to the overpass with no milling. The total cost for reconstruction is approximately $2,800,000 with the State paying $2,000,000 of this cost. The Commission feels it is a better use of the sales tax funds to pay $800,000 for the City’s share for the total reconstruction than to pay an additional $550,000 for a temporary fix that would be ripped up in a few months. Especially when these funds could be utilized for resurfacing other City streets. In 2003 this road was overlaid and within a few months City crews started seeing failures, primarily due to the base underneath being severely deteriorated.
Thank you for your patience as we await the State’s final approval to go out for bid later this year. If you have any questions please call Micky Webb at 332-2506.
2013 -- 5 Year Goals More...
Attached is a link to 5 year projects approved by the City Commission in January. Many of these projects would not be possible without the success of the sales tax initiative passed last year. Thanks to the Independence voters the City was able to maintain City sevices, plan for mandated ADA improvements, plan for badly needed street improvements and plan for improvements to City buildings and facilities, including the park and zoo while continuing to hold the mill levy, as the Commission has for the past several years. Many of the ADA improvements have already been started, including the first phase of curb ramps. Recently the Commission authorized funding for materials for repairs by Park staff to several deteriorated park and zoo buildings. Recently the Commission approved bids for ADA improvements to serveral facilities, including the park and zoo, Memorial Hall, the library, the pool and the Ash Youth Center. Several street/highway projects are currently in the works with KDOT, including the reconstruction of West Main, resurfacing of 10th from Main to Laurel and redeisign of the 10th and Chestnut intersection. City staff and consultants are currently working together to prepare a resurfacing plan for residential streets for approval by the Commission. If you have suggestions for residential streets that need resurfaced please call the office at 332-2506. Again, all of these projects are being accomplished without increasing the mill levy (property tax) to Independence residents because of their support of the sales tax. Many of the projects are also being funded through the City's normal budget process, as has been with capital projects in the past. Please feel free to share this post with your Independence friends. Click "More..." above to download a pdf of the City's 5 year goals.
2012 City Accomplishments and Statistics More...
To view the City's 2012 Accomplishments and Statistics please click on the "More..." link above. This file is a pdf file which is bookmarked by department.
April 3rd Sales Tax Election Results
With all votes counted, the total is 904 Yes, 236 No. Thank you Independence voters!
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List of Sales Tax Projects in Priority Order More...
For a list of projects to be completed with the proposed sales tax in priority order click "More..." above.
ADA Compliance Page More...
For information about ADA compliance and a copy of the City's settlement agreement with the Department of Justice click "More..." above.
City/ICC Access Channel has moved to Channel 12
Information regarding the City and ICC can be found on Cablevision Channel 12.
Fair Housing Hotlines
The City of Independence will assist persons who may be experiencing discrimination in housing on the grounds of race, color, national origin, sex, age, familial status or handicap. If you feel that you have been discriminated against for any of these reasons, call the numbers on the hotline. Housing Discrimination Hotline -- 1.900.669.9777; KS Human Rights Commission -- 913.296.3206; City of Independence -- 620.332.2500.
ADA Resolution More...
In accordance with the requirements of title II of the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 ("ADA"), the City of Independence, Kansas, will not discriminate against qualified individuals with disabilities on the basis of disability in its sevices, programs, or activities. Click on "More..." above to read the entire resolution.
All Residential Trash Must Be Bagged
Did you know that each sanitation employee assigned to the back of the truck lifts around 10,000 pounds of trash per day? City code requires that residential trash containers be no larger than 32 gallons and that all trash is bagged. Due to potential injuries from lifting heavy cans loose trash will no longer be picked up. Thank you for your cooperation and for helping us reduce potential injuries to our employees!
Interested in starting a new business and not sure where to start? Need help with an existing business? Check the "more" link to check out the IBRC for assistance.
Employee Gmail Link More...
Click on the "more" link above to log in to your City email account.
Community Video Now Online More...
Follow the link on "More..." above to view the community video.