Dear Parkville residents,
I hope this letter finds you and your family safe and secure. I will start out by saying what a challenging time it has been. It goes without saying that we are living in a time of daily uncertainty that most of us have never experienced. As a community, we are all in this together and that we will get through this together.
Your City government is here to help. We continue to provide your essential services and are working closely with public health officials in responding to this emergency and providing a coordinated community response. We are also doing our best to regularly update our citizens on constant changing conditions.
I offer many thanks to everyone in the community who is stepping up during these difficult times:
- First, and foremost, I thank the tireless commitment of our front-line health workers, first responders and other essential service providers for their continued effort to care for us and keep us safe.
- I would like to personally thank each and every one of you for doing your part to help us battle the virus. Our residents and businesses are being diligent in staying home as much as possible and following the guidance of public health officials in practicing social distancing to prevent exposure and the spread of the disease. It will help contain the spread and get us through this.
- Citizens are selflessly responding to the needs of others, checking up on vulnerable family members and neighbors, or simply helping people out in the smallest of ways, or in the biggest of ways.
- Businesses and retail workers are working hard to make goods and services available to us.
- As we adjust to a new daily routine, it warms my heart to see so many of our residents continue to find ways to help in our community through our various organizations. Locally, there are a number of residents making face masks to deal with the nationwide shortage. Feed Northland Kids, a nonprofit organization, has teamed up with northland school districts to continue providing meals to kids who are now home bound. Our dedicated Parkville Animal Shelter volunteers continue to ensure our homeless animals are walked and fed. I am grateful to these residents and organizations that, despite new social distancing guidelines, have found innovative ways to continue to serve our community. Just because our daily life has changed, these organizations and others have the same, or even increased, financial needs. Please consider donating to Feed Northland Kids at https://www.feednorthlandkids.org/get-involved/donate/ or the Parkville Animal Shelter at https://www.parkvilleshelter.com/.
The City of Parkville is doing its part in responding to this emergency.
- Parkville, along with other cities in the metro, are collaborating with each other and working closely with the health departments in implementing orders that will help keep us safe.
- The City is providing regular updates on our social media sites and through our electronic mail system. I encourage you to sign up for updates to keep track of ever-changing news pertaining to COVID-19. Visit the City’s website at http://parkvillemo.gov/email-signup/ to sign up for e-mail and/or text message updates.
- The Stay at Home order continues to be implemented. The City is working with businesses and communicating with the public on providing guidance in our effort to abide by the order, yet let residents engage in permissible activities.
- I have issued an emergency order that will help facilitate the use of City resources in responding to this crisis.
- Our Police Department and Public Works Department are on the job, keeping our community safe and maintaining the City’s infrastructure.
- While City Hall is presently closed to the public, staff continues to work to serve the resident’s needs, practicing social distancing guidance including having a number of staff members working from home.
In addition to grocery shopping, or medical care, there are other essential services that are available to us during the time of Stay at Home and other social distancing orders. Among them are:
- English Landing Park, Platte Landing Park, the Sullivan Nature Sanctuary, the Parkville Nature Sanctuary and neighborhood parks are all open. We understand that our citizens may feel isolated as they follow the advice. Our parks are an opportunity for residents to get out to take a walk, do some exercise, or simply get outdoors and enjoy our beautiful parks. I encourage you to take advantage of this, and please, follow the social distancing guidelines.
- Most of Parkville restaurants are open for carry-out service and many of our other businesses are open online – please support our local businesses
- For updates on our business community – go to:
I assure you the City of Parkville will do all it can to keep the community safe and to respond to your needs. I encourage you to remain strong and to continue to help each other during these challenging times. Our faith will help guide us. We will soon get through this together. I look forward for our citizens to be able to resume the vibrancy of their lives and to enjoy the things that are most important to them, including living in our great community.
Thank you and be well.
Mayor Nan Johnston