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PRESS RELEASE, March 17: City Hall is closed until further notice - update.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

March 17, 2020

Leawood City Hall remains closed until March 24th

Leawood City Hall and other city buildings will be closed to public access until Tuesday, March 24th. This unprecedented step comes as the city seeks to protect the health of its residents and employees after the COVID-19 virus state of emergency declaration by Johnson County government.

Residents and city employees in direct exposure to a subject who tested presumptively positive for COVID-19 last week at City Hall continue to follow the recommendations of the Kansas Department of Health and Environment and are in a 14-day quarantine.

While City Hall is closed to public access, some staff will be available to answer calls. Group meetings, classes and other public events are canceled for the foreseeable future as well.  Citizens and employees are asked to check the Leawood.orgwebsite for continuing updates.

All Leawood Municipal Court hearings and walk-in dockets are suspended through Wednesday, April 8, 2020. New court dates will be mailed to defendants’ addresses on file. Court clerks will be available by phone at 913-339-6735 during normal business hours. If you need to contact the prosecutor to request an amendment on a traffic ticket, please emailprosecutor@leawood.org. The public is encouraged to conduct business as much as possible by phone or online during this time.

Mayor Peggy Dunn and the City Council continue to express their deep appreciation to our residents for their display of patience and calm during this extraordinary period.

 

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Capt. Brad Robbins
Support Services Commander/PIO
Leawood Police Department
4201 Town Center Drive
Leawood, KS 66211
913/663-9302

bradr@leawood.org

Road Closure: 143rd STREET and KENNETH ROAD - March 30, 2020

Monday, March 30, 2020: Miles Excavating, Inc. WILL CLOSE 143RD Street and Kenneth Road as well as 143rd Street- Kenneth Road to Overbrook Road to complete construction improvements.

ACCESS TO 143RD STREET: Wyandotte/143rd Street will be closed between 150 Hwy and Aberdeen Road.
Businesses east of Kenneth Road will have access off Kenneth Road from the north to 142nd Street to 141st Ter. to Wyandotte Street.

KENNETH ROAD: Kenneth Road is closed between 142nd Street and 145th Street.

Camden Woods residents will have to exit at Aberdeen Road to 143rd Street west. 144th Street is closed for the duration of this project.

Leabrooke residents will have to exit at 145th Street to Kenneth Road south or through Steeplechase.

Camden Woods Center will have business access off 143rd Street from the West.

OVERBROOK ROAD: Will be closed at 142nd Street.
Businesses along this route will have access off Kenneth Road from the north to 142nd Street to Overbrook Road.
This will be the same access for the Public Works shop entrance and weekly updates will be sent out as the project changes.

DETOUR ROUTES: On the north side of the project the detour routes will be set on 135th Street to Mission Road.
On the south side of the project the detour routes will be set on 151st Street to Mission Road.

REPORTED BY: LEAWOOD PUBLIC WORKS DEPARTMENT Whitney Miles, Miles Excavating, Inc. Project Manager – 913-724-1934

City of Leawood, Kansas Public Works – Contact Brian Scovill, P.E., City Engineer or

Dan Bergeron, Construction Inspector 913.663.9139

Press Release

PRESS RELEASE, March 16: City Hall is closed until further notice.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

March 16, 2020

Presumptive positive exposure at Leawood City Hall

The City of Leawood has learned that a resident who visited City Hall on Tuesday, March 10th, has since tested presumptively positive for COVID19. The residents and city employees who were in direct contact with the subject are being notified by county and state health officials. City employees are following every recommendation of the Kansas Department of Health and Environment.

Striving to provide the healthiest environment for citizens and employees, crews have been working to disinfect the work site. City Hall will remain closed Tuesday, March 17, 2020, but calls will still be answered. Citizens and employees are asked to check the Leawood.org website for continuing updates.  Other city facilities will be open, but group meetings, classes and other public events are canceled for the foreseeable future.

All Leawood Municipal Court hearings and walk-in dockets are suspended through Wednesday, April 8, 2020. New court dates will be mailed to defendants’ addresses on file. Court clerks will be available by phone at 913-339-6735 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday-Friday. If you need to contact the prosecutor to request an amendment on a traffic ticket, please emailprosecutor@leawood.org. The public is encouraged to conduct business as much as possible by phone or online during this time. The court staff will continue to assess future scheduling.

The city continues to urge everyone to follow these general guidelines as this situation progresses:

  • Put distance between yourself and other people (6 feet or more). This is especially important for people who are at higher risk of getting very sick – those over age 60, people with weakened immune systems or chronic medical conditions.
  • Stay home when you are sick.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom; before eating; and after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.
    • If soap and water are not readily available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol.

The Mayor and City Council want to express their deep appreciation to our residents for their display of patience and calmness during this extraordinary period.

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MEDIA CONTACT:

Brad Robbins, PIO

bradr@leawood.org

913-663-9302

THE LEAGUE OF KANSAS MUNICIPALITIES (COVID-19/coronavirus) - Update - March 16

The League is actively monitoring the Coronavirus (COVID-19) situation and is working with other agencies to provide our member cities with timely, accurate and important information as it becomes available. This page is a resource for city officials, and will be updated on a regular basis. This is meant to be a resource page with trusted information for cities in Kansas when managing municipal resources during the COVID-19 (coronavirus) outbreak.

The Latest News: 

On March 12, 2020, Governor Laura Kelly has issued an emergency declaration for the State of Kansas in response to COVID-19 (coronavirus).  The declaration authorizes the use of state resources and personnel to assist with response and recovery operations in affected counties that meet certain criteria. See the KDHE COVID-19 Resource Center for current updates of cases and response activities.

Per KDHE’s website, Governor Kelly recommends the Kansas State Department of Education temporarily close schools to implement comprehensive education plan amidst COVID-19 Pandemic. On Monday, March 16, Governor Kelly issued an Executive Order to adopt the CDC guidelines that prohibit social gatherings of over 50 people for a period of eight weeks.

Trusted Web Resources: 


League Resources: 


Meeting Guidance / Public Closures:

  • In times of crisis there is no provision to suspend the Kansas Open Meetings Law.  Meetings of the governing body must be open to the public; however, a meeting can still meet the requirements of KOMA without all the members of the governing body being in the same room.  If there is a legitimate public heath reason for a remote meeting, the meeting must be comprised of a majority of the governing body.  Each member must be able to interact with and hear the other members at all times AND the public must be able to have access to the meeting. For example, if the governing body was going to meeting via conference call, the public must be provided a way to call in and listen.  If the governing body was going to meet by video, there must be a way for the public to observe the video. This might involve providing an access code or even having a staff member at city hall to provide access to a TV screen showing the meeting.  If a meeting is being held remotely, it is important to remember a majority of the body must  be present at all times. The governing body will need to think through how to handle executive session. If it is a conference call for instance, the governing body cannot simply hang up on the public. Remote meetings in times of actual crisis can be accomplished; however, the governing body and staff need to think through the practicalities of it as soon as possible.  REMOTE MEETINGS SHOULD NOT BE THE NORM AND SHOULD ONLY BE USED IN EXTRAORDINARY CIRCUMSTANCES.
  • The KDHE website http://www.kdheks.gov/coronavirus/index.htm has guidance on their website for many types of audiences and guidance on law enforcement, detention facilities, CDC & KDHE Guidance on Mass Events, drinking water and wastewater, child care facilities, businesses and employers.
  • (3/16/2020) – Governor Kelly issuing Executive Order to adopt CDC guidelines to cancel or postpone all large gatherings of over 50 people for the next 8 weeks.
  • (3/16/2020) KDHE is now recommending 14-day home quarantine for Kansans who have:
  • Traveled to a state with known widespread community transmission (currently California, New York and Washington state) on or after March 15.
  • Visited Eagle, Summit, Pitkin and Gunnison counties in Colorado within the past week.
  • Traveled on a cruise ship on or after March 15. People who have previously been told by Public Health to quarantine because of their cruise ship travel should finish out their quarantine.
  • Traveled internationally on or after March 15.
  • People who have previously been told by Public Health to quarantine because of their international travel should finish out their quarantine.
  • Received notification from public health officials (state or local) that you are a close contact of a laboratory-confirmed case of COVID-19. You should quarantine at home for 14 days since your last contact with the case. (A close contact is defined as someone who has been closer than 6-feet for more than 10 minutes while the patient is symptomatic.)

Utility Resources:

Who is at risk? The risk to the general public is low. Data shows that children and young adults are likely to not show symptoms or have mild ones, much like you would have with a cold or mild flu.

At this time, transmission risks are primarily associated with the higher-risk populations including:

  • People who are close contacts of someone known to have COVID-19, for example healthcare workers, or household members.
  • Older adults and those with serious health conditions (heart disease, diabetes, lung disease and any condition that affects the immune system).
  • People who have recently been in an area with ongoing spread of COVID-19.  Learn more about places with ongoing spread at https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/about/transmission.html#geographic

What are the symptoms? Most people will have mild effects from the virus, but it can cause severe illness and pneumonia in others. People diagnosed with the COVID-19 virus reported symptoms may appear 2-14 days after exposure. Symptoms include:

  • Fever (100.4 or greater)
  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing

What should you do if you have symptoms?* If you have symptoms, please stay home! Most people will experience symptoms of a mild cold or flu and should recover just fine. If the symptoms progress where you have difficulties in breathing, then call your doctor to get instruction on what to do.

Please do NOT just walk into your dr. office or emergency room – please call them first. If you have mild cold or flu-like symptoms, you really do not need to get tested because there is no specific treatment for COVID-19, (just like when you have the flu – there is no treatment.) So, if you have mild symptoms, you will probably be told to just treat symptoms at home until you feel better. This will be more common than not since we are still in the flu and cold season and are also getting into the allergy season.

If you have been in direct contact with someone who has been confirmed with the COVID-19 virus and you develop symptoms, notify your healthcare provider. Supply them with information regarding your symptoms and that you have had contact with a confirmed case. Please do not go to your healthcare provider or an emergency room without contacting your provider or the emergency room first so they may take precautions to protect you and others. 

*If you are sick, please notify your supervisor as you would normally do.

What are the treatments? There are no specific treatments for illnesses caused by human coronaviruses. Although most people will recover on their own, you can do some things to help relieve your symptoms, including:

  • Take medications to relieve pain and fever
  • Use a room humidifier or take a hot shower to help ease a sore throat and cough
  • If you are mildly sick, drink plenty of fluids, stay home, and get plenty of rest

For more information, go to:

http://www.kdheks.gov/coronavirus/index.htm

https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/faq.html

https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-nCoV/summary.html

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The President’s Coronavirus Guidelines for America:

15 Days to Slow the Spread

 

1)      Listen to and follow the directions of your state and local authorities.

2)      If you feel sick, stay home.  Do not go to work.  Contact your medical provider.

3)      If your children are sick, keep them at home.  Do not send them to school.  Contact your medical provider.

4)      If someone in your household has tested positive for the coronavirus, keep the entire household at home.  Do not go to work.  Do not go to school.  Contact your medical provider.

5)      If you are an older person, stay home and away from other people.

6)      If you are a person with a serious underlying health condition that can put you at increased risk (for example, a condition that impairs your lung or heart function or weakens your immune system), stay home and away from other people.

7)      Even if you are young, or otherwise healthy, you are at risk and your activities can increase the risk for others. It is critical that you do your part to stop the spread of the coronavirus:

  1. Work or engage in schooling from home whenever possible.
  2. If you work in a critical infrastructure industry, as defined by the Department of Homeland Security, such as healthcare services and pharmaceutical and food supply, you have a special responsibility to maintain your normal work schedule.  You and your employers should follow CDC guidance to protect your health at work.
  3. Avoid social gatherings in groups of more than 10 people.
  4. Avoid eating or drinking in bars, restaurants, and food courts – use drive-thru, pickup, or delivery options.
  5. Avoid discretionary travel, shopping trips, and social visits.
  6. Do not visit nursing homes or retirement or long-term care facilities unless to provide critical assistance.

8)      Practice good hygiene:

  1. Wash your hands, especially after touching any frequently used item or surface.
  2. Avoid touching your face.
  3. Sneeze or cough into a tissue, or the inside of your elbow.
  4. Disinfect frequently used items and surfaces as much as possible.

* School operations can accelerate the spread of the coronavirus.  Governors of states with evidence of community transmission should close schools in affected and surrounding areas.  Governors should close schools in communities that are near areas of community transmission, even if those areas are in neighboring states.  In addition, state and local officials should close schools where coronavirus has been identified in the population associated with the school.  States and localities that close schools need to address childcare needs of critical responders, as well as the nutritional needs of children.

** Older people are particularly at risk from the coronavirus.  All states should follow Federal guidance and halt social visits to nursing homes and retirement and long-term care facilities.

*** In states with evidence of community transmission, bars, restaurants, food courts, gyms, and other indoor and outdoor venues where groups of people congregate should be closed.

 

Just click this link to get the latest updates on COVID-19 from The League of Kansas Municipalities.

PRESS RELEASE, March 15: City Hall is closed until further notice.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

March 15, 2020

Leawood City Hall remains closed on Monday

Leawood City Hall will remain closed on Monday, March 16, 2020, in a precautionary action after the city learned of a possible COVID19 / coronavirus exposure last week in the facility.

Striving to provide the healthiest environment for citizens and employees, crews have been working to disinfect the work site. City hall employees will not report to work Monday while this process continues. Citizens and employees should check the Leawood.org website for updates. Other city facilities will be open, but group meetings and classes, including the City Council meeting scheduled for Monday evening, are canceled.

The city urges everyone to follow the CDC’s general guidelines as this situation progresses:

  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
  • Stay home when you are sick.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaningspray or wipe.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to thebathroom; before eating; and after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.

If soap and water are not readily available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol. Always wash hands with soap and water if hands are visibly dirty.

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MEDIA CONTACT: Brad Robbins, PIO bradr@leawood.org 913-663-9302

PRESS RELEASE, March 13: City Hall is closed until further notice.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

March 13, 2020

Leawood City Hall closed to the public

Out of an abundance of caution, the City of Leawood has closed city hall to the public until further notice. This precautionary action comes after the city learned of a possible COVID19 / coronavirus exposure.
City employees will be available to answer phone calls, but all meetings, including the City Council Meeting scheduled for Monday, March 16, are canceled. Emergency services are not impacted by this move.
The city urges everyone to follow the CDC’s general guidelines as this situation progresses:

        •   Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
        •   Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
        •   Stay home when you are sick.
        •   Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
        •   Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaningspray or wipe.
        •   Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to thebathroom; before eating; and after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.

 If soap and water are not readily available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol. Always wash hands with soap and water if hands are visibly dirty.

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Cancelled - Eggstravaganza - Sunday, April 5, 2020

Sunday, April 5
Leawood City Park – 10601 Lee Boulevard
Bring your Basket and join the fun at Leawood City Park for the Parks and Recreation Department’s 24th Annual Egg Hunt

Schedule of Events
Lunch & Activities – 11:00am-12:30pm
Egg Hunt – 12:30pm Sharp!
The hunt will be divided into 3 age categories
Ages Infant – 3 years
Ages 4-6 years
Ages 7-9 years

For the enjoyment of all participants, we ask parents to refrain from entering the fields during the hunt
The event is FREE for all participants with plenty of eggs for everyone!  Activities for children include face painting, a balloon artist, stickers and free pictures with the Bunny.
Boy Scout Troop 10 will be serving a breakfast / lunch menu 11:00am-12:30pm at the Lion’s Shelter in City Park – CASH ONLY

For more information, please call: 913.663.9158
For inclement weather, call the inclement weather line: 913.982.2433

Cancelled - Leawood Stage Company presents ``The Civil War``

An important update from the board:

In light of the need for social distancing to help prevent the spread of COVID-19, the Leawood Stage Company is sad to announce that we find it necessary to cancel “The Civil War” in order to keep our patrons safe from possible exposure. Every day the numbers of cases in Johnson County rise and we need to do everything possible to stop the spread. At this time we do not feel that we will be able to reschedule the production for a later spring date.

We hope to produce this moving and beautiful show at a much later date. We thank the cast and crew for all of their hard work to date. Their voices at rehearsals have been amazing, so it is very difficult for us to make this announcement. Please congratulate them on their hard work and encourage them in this time.

All tickets purchased to date will be fully refunded.

We hope that by our summer show, “The Drowsy Chaperone” in July, the world will be healthy again. Please check back with us soon for future announcements.

Thank you for your understanding and continued support,

The Leawood Stage Company and the City of Leawood

United States Census 2020!

Just click to view Census Guide.  Click here for a short video about this Census.

 

Leawood Ranked Second Safest City in Kansas - Alarms.org

The city of Leawood was recently ranked as the second safest city in Kansas. Alarms.org looked at 2018 statistics as part of the FBI’s Uniform Crime Report statistics and noted the city’s low crime rates, including the lowest rate of violent crime in the state and a property crime rate below the state and national levels. For a full accounting of the ratings, please visit https://www.alarms.org/safest-cities-in-kansas/.

Road Construction: Mission Road (119th Street to 127th Street) - UPDATED 03/09/2020

Mission Road construction will begin March 16th, at which time the roadway between 123rd and 127th will be reduced to ONE WAY traffic, heading NORTH.  This configuration will continue until the conclusion of the project, scheduled for June 4th (weather permitting).  Please note that for approximately 2 weeks in May the section of roadway between 119th and 123rd will also be reduced to ONE WAY traffic heading NORTH for the milling and overlaying of the roadway.

The traffic signal at 123rd and Mission is once again functional, and the storm work is almost complete.

The remaining construction from 127th Street to 123rd Street (curbs, sidewalks, driveway approaches, and new street lights) will take approximately 2 months to complete, at which time the entire roadway will be milled and overlayed, the road will be striped to include bike lanes and center turn lanes, and the restoration will be completed.

Road Construction: Revised - Kenneth Road Closure (Feb. 21, 2020)

Monday, March 2, 2020: Weather permitting Miles Excavating, Inc. WILL CLOSE Kenneth Road for construction phase improvements.

The contractor has revised their plan and will KEEP 143rd OPEN for this phase of work. Kenneth Road WILL BE CLOSED between 143 and 145th

The roadway improvements for this phase are scheduled to be completed by MAY 4, 2020.

Kenneth Road: Kenneth Road will be closed between 143rd Street and 145th Street.

Camden Woods: residents will have to exit at Aberdeen Road to 143rd Street. 144th Street will be closed for the duration of this project Phase.

Leabrooke residents will have to exit at 145th Street to Kenneth Road south or through Steeplechase.

DETOUR ROUTES: On the north side of the project the detour routes are set on 135th Street to Mission Road. On the south side of the project the detour routes re set on 151st Street to Mission Road.

News Release

WaterOne - Winter Edition

WaterOne – Winter Edition

In this issue, read about:

  • WaterOne Wins National Sustainability Award
  • Service Project Brings Water to Historic Kansas Cemetery
  • Bowl Raised on Johnson Drive Water Tower
  • And More!

Read it now

JoCo Monthly - Johnson County monthly e-newsletter

JOCO Monthly

JoCo Quarterly, the county’s external e-newsletter is now moving to a monthly format. This change reflects feedback recently received from residents. The first edition of JoCo Monthly was distributed Wednesday, July 31. Look for future editions at the end of each month.

Subscribe to JoCo Monthly

Free Gun Locks Available at Police Department

The Leawood Police Department has free cable gun locks available for residents at
the Justice Center, 4201 Town Center Drive. The locks (limit one per household)
are available Monday to Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

If you own a firearm, please be a responsible gun owner and make sure it is
stored securely.

Johnson County Waste System Back-up Prevention Program

To all Leawood residents,

The frequent and sizable recent rain events are causing water related problems for some of our Johnson County Wastewater customers (JCW).

Thus – I wanted to briefly let you know about the Johnson County Waste System Back-up Prevention Program (BUPP) which has available funds.  The program began in 1998 due to large rain events and the Commission has continued to fund the program.

Northeast Johnson County includes some of the oldest areas (greater than 50 years old)  and is primarily made up of clay pipes.  As these pipes age, cracks can develop allowing rain and groundwater to enter the pipes.  Water in basements can be caused by many things other than sanitary sewers including rainwater coming in and around home foundations, blocked foundation drains, or improperly sloped ground around the house.

Johnson County Wastewater wants to help Johnson County residents better protect their homes during these rains. This program is voluntary and provides funding to eligible home owners, so they may install a backup prevention device or make plumbing modifications on their property.

JCW staff will investigate all calls to determine if the water in the basement was due to a sanitary sewer back up or water from some other source.

If you hear from constituents regarding sewer backup issues,  please feel to direct them to JCW’s website https://jocogov.org/dept/wastewater/engineering/backup-prevention

 

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Attention: New Leawood Governing Body Meeting Time

Beginning on May 1, 2019, most Leawood Governing Body meetings will start at 7:00 p.m.  If there is a work session scheduled prior to the regular meeting, the regular meeting will commence at 7:30 p.m. An easy way to verify the starting time is to click here.

Leawood False Alarm Reduction Program

Effective Friday July 26, 2019, the Leawood False Alarm Reduction Program will be managed by Cry Wolf Services.  It is very important for all of our residents and businesses to understand that the level of Police services provided in response to an alarm will not be affected.  All fees associated the False Alarm Reduction Program are controlled by the City.  The Police Department continuously works to provide the best possible level of services  to the community and we believe this transition is in line with that goal.  We have a long standing working relationship with Cry Wolf Services and we are confident in their ability to manage this program with the same level of customer service as you have grown accustomed to.

Contact information for the Leawood False Alarm Reduction Program is:

Cry Wolf customer service: (833)279-5535

Email: leawoodks@alarm-billing.com

Website: www.crywolfservices.com/leawoodks

Mail:      Leawood False Alarm Reduction Program
PO Box 310808
Des Moines, IA 50331-0808

Best Kept Secret Around - The DMV in Overland Park

OP Driver’s License Bureau
Kansas Department of Revenue
7600-D W. 119th Street
Overland Park, KS 66210
913-942-3059