HOUSING AUTHORITY BOARD More...
There is an opening on the Housing Authority board for an unexpired term. If you are interested in this position please email KellyP@IndependenceKs.gov by August 1, 2014. Please include your contact information. If you have questions regarding what this board does please contact April Nutt at 332-2536. The Mayor will select an appointment to represent the City on this board from the list of candidates responding which will be voted on by the City Commission.
WEST MAIN RECONSTRUCTION
A Notice to Proceed was provided to the contractor in July, 2014. This project will take 12-18 months. Thank you for your patience. If you have any questions please call Micky Webb at 332-2506.
Former Police Chief Found Guilty in Montgomery County District Court More...
Mr. Parker, former Independence, Kansas Police Chief, was found guilty on July 15, 2014 in Montgomery County District Court of four felonies which included Perjury, Official Misconduct (submit false expenses), Misuse of Public Funds (value $25,000-$100,000) and Theft of Property or Services (value $25,000-$100,000) which were committed during his time as Police Chief of Independence. Mr. Parker and the State’s Special Prosecutor had agreed to a plea agreement prior to the proceedings which included paying $50,000 in restitution to the Independence, Kansas Police Department. Judge House found Mr. Parker guilty and sentenced him to 24 months of probation. Mr. Parker paid the $50,000 in restitution prior to the proceedings.
The City of Independence wishes to thank law enforcement, County Attorney Larry Markle and Special Prosecutor Jacqueline Spradling for the efforts which resulted in the plea agreement announced today in Montgomery County District Court.
In September 2011, irregularities regarding purchases made by then Chief of Police Ken Parker were discovered by current Independence Chief of Police, Harry Smith, who was then a Detective. Detective Smith notified City Manager Micky Webb who directed that Smith continue his investigation and County Attorney Larry Markle was notified.
At the request of City Manager Webb and County Attorney Markle, the matter was referred to the Kansas Bureau of Investigation to conduct a criminal investigation. Mr. Parker was notified by City Manager Webb that he was being suspended pending the investigation at which time Mr. Parker promptly resigned from employment.
Criminal charges were filed by a special prosecutor in January 2014. That prosecution has now culminated in Mr. Parker’s plea and agreement to pay restitution. For a copy of the official press release click the "More..." link above.
A significant amount of supplies (weapons, ammunition, emergency supplies, etc.) which were purchased by Mr. Parker with City funds were returned to the City early during the investigation.
Aquatic Center More...
The admission cost is $4 a person. Every Thursday night is Family Night from 5pm-7pm. The cost for family night is $5 a family (immediate family in the same household only). The pool opens at 1 PM daily. Hotline: (620) 331- 4620 Phone: (620) 331-4624 For more information follow the "More..." link above.
Storm Video -- 7 minute version More...
Watch this video to learn more about the process and behind the scenes of the storm warning system in Independence, Kansas.
Storm Video -- 60 second version More...
Watch this storm warning video to learn about how the storm warning system works in Independence, Kansas.
Community Video Now Online More...
Follow the link on "More..." above to view the updated 2014 community video.
Letter Sent to County Commission Requesting Consolidated 911 Study More...
On March 12, 2014 the City hand delivered to the County a letter requesting the County Commission conduct a study determining the costs and benefits of a Consolidated 911 Center as proposed by Montgomery County Commissioner Leon Rau. A copy of the letter can be downloaded by following the "More..." link above.
2013 City Accomplishments and Statistics More...
To view the City's 2013 Accomplishments and Statistics please click on the "More..." link above. This file is a pdf file which is bookmarked by department.
Commission Meetings More...
Commission meetings are being held on the 2nd and 4th Wednesday of each month. The only planned exception to this is March 12th, which has been rescheduled for March 11th and December 24th, which has been rescheduled to Tuesday, December 23rd. Please note that agenda items and all attachments must be received in the City Manager's Office by noon Wednesday (one week prior to the Commission meeting). Click on the "More..." button for a Calendar of Events.
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.
Join us on Facebook! More...
Become a fan of the City's new Facebook page and be notified of meetings and special events. Follow the link on "More..." above.
Join us on Twitter! More...
For instant updates and news follow us @IndependenceKS on Twitter.com or follow the link on "More..." above.
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.