HOGSETT APPOINTED AS CITY COMMISSIONER
At the 8/20/2014 meeting Gary Hogsett was appointed on a unanimous vote to fill an unexpired term on the City Commission following Derrill Unruh's recent resignation. Mr. Hogsett is a professional engineer and is certified in Energy Management. He is married to Dr. Anne Hogsett and they both share a passion for renovating old homes and downtown historic buildings. Mr. Hogsett has served on both the Independence Housing Authority and Independence Historic Resource Commission. Mr. Hogsett will be sworn in at the August 27, 2014 Commission meeting.
HONORING DERRILL UNURH
The City will be recognizing Derrill Unruh for his service to the City and to the community at the Commission meeting on Wednesday, August 27, 2014 at 5:30 PM in the Veteran's Room of Memorial Hall.
Derrill was elected to a four year term to the Commission in April of 2007 and to a second four year term in April of 2011. He has served as Mayor three times during his tenure as a City Commissioner. We all wish Derrill well and appreciate his service which has made Independence a better place to live, work and play.
The following is a copy of Derrill's bio in his own words:
I was raised in Independence and attended local schools through high school and community college. I later received a B.S in Human Resources Management, with an additional 60 hours in engineering. Most of my adult life I was employed by Automotive Controls Corporation (now Standard Motors ) in Independence , with promotion to plant manager, (16 years) then division manager (12 years), retiring in 2003.
While serving at ACC, I had responsibility for operations, profit and loss, with proven capability of management of a corporation with over 1,000 employees. I have extensive experience in business planning, acquisitions and finance. Through experience, I have gained knowledge of the needs of industry, and the recruiting of new industry. I believe in openness in management and in clear communication with all involved in business decisions. Efficiency in management and all operations, continuous improvement and up to date business planning is central to running any operation successfully.
Because of attending all local schools, I have continued to take pride in them and their activities. But as a businessman, I recognize the importance they play in the success of the community. Without excellent educational opportunities we cannot support existing companies or attract new industry. The need for excellent education at a reasonable cost is vital to the future of our community. In addition, long-term planning must be a city priority and a vision for our future is necessary for progress.
10th and Main Intersection Closed for 30 Days
10th & Main will be closed starting Friday, August 1st for 30 days for the West Main Construction Project.
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.
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.
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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.