Mayor Nan Johnston announced today that public meetings and city public events will be cancelled beginning March 18, 2020, continuing through April 15, 2020. Cancellations include City board and commission meetings and organized events on City property, including an upcoming recycling event and two races in the park. The cancellations are an effort to protect public health by discouraging the assembly of people while the COVID-19 outbreak is occurring. English Landing Park, Platte Landing Park and neighborhood parks and the nature sanctuaries will remain open.
The City is presently engaged in contingency planning to assure the continuity of government services during the crisis. We have taken steps to protect our employees from exposure and preserve our ability to provide essential services. We are coordinating our activities with county, state, and federal officials and will cooperate with directives they issue concerning the protection of public health.
In an effort to promote social distancing between the public and our employees, the public is encouraged to transact City business via the telephone, mail, or email. A drive up drop box for sewer bills is located on the north side of City Hall. It may also be used for any City correspondence. The public may contact City Hall at (816) 741-7676, by email at firstname.lastname@example.org, or by mail at 8880 Clark Avenue, Parkville, MO 64152.
For individuals who have a need to visit City Hall, we ask that they come to the Clark Avenue entrance located on the lower level to City Hall. The lower level lobby will be open to the public and City personnel will be available in glass enclosed reception area. The upper level entrance will be closed to the public.
Mayor Johnston said, “We appreciate the understanding of the public as we deal with this unprecedented event. The citizens of Parkville are our first priority and we will do all we can to protect them and provide vital services during this urgent time of need. We encourage our citizens to continue to follow the advice of public health officials and to be safe. We will also do our best to keep you informed as we work our way through this.”
The City is in communication with the Platte County Health Department and Emergency Management Division. We will pass along any updates on closures, or other impacts of COVID-19 in Platte County. As the situation changes, and as conditions warrant, additional steps may be taken to further ensure the safety of our citizens. To remain informed about any changes, please sign up for our text and/or email notification updates. To sign up for e-mail updates, visit the City’s website at http://parkvillemo.gov/email-signup/. To sign up for text notifications on your phone, visit http://parkvillemo.gov/departments/police-dept/emergency-management/.