Feb 16

Mayor’s Update 2/16/21 (Today’s ARB Cancelled)

Posted on February 16, 2021 at 9:05 AM by David Dickey

Fellow Residents:

A quick note about the current weather conditions.

As many of you have heard, the operator of the electricity grid that covers Kansas and Missouri issued an alert yesterday to reduce power usage.  In conjunction, the grid operator and Evergy, our power provider, began rolling 30-60 minute blackouts to conserve energy.  Those blackouts are likely to continue for the next 48 hours.  As I write this (8:50am) City Hall has no power.

Because of that, we are cancelling today’s (2/16/21) ARB meeting.  A crucial part of our virtual meetings is for all interested parties to have the opportunity to join, and it would be unfair for an interested resident to not have their voice heard because of lack of power.  To all of you who were on today’s agenda, please accept our apologies, but this is certainly a unique circumstance!

Also weather related, most of the chemicals used to melt ice and snow are ineffective at temperatures below about 10-15 degrees (above zero!).  Please take care on our roads given that there will be limited melting and a light snow pack on most.

On a somewhat brighter note, Johnson County’s Covid case and hospitalization rates are the lowest since June.  While the pandemic is still with us, vaccine rollouts continue, and there is proverbial light at the end of the tunnel!

As always, if you have questions or comments, feel free to call City Hall at 913-362-9620 or email info@missionhillsks.gov.  You are always welcome to email me directly at mayor@missionhillsks.gov. 
 
Please stay healthy and safe.  

Jan 16

Mayor's New Years Update 2021

Posted on January 16, 2021 at 12:22 PM by David Dickey

Fellow Residents:

I hope this finds you all well into the second week of the new year.  Most of us are glad to put 2020 behind us, and there really is light on the horizon.  Many of you have friends in healthcare who have received their vaccine, and while there have been some delays, the number vaccinated grows every day.  Importantly, thank you for being communicative, flexible and patient.

Four updates for you as we begin 2021:

1) With the new year come several changes in the City.  As you may have already heard, after conducting a national search, we found our new City Administrator in our own back yard.  Jennifer Lee, our long-time Assistant City Administrator, officially started her new role on January 1st.  We are now actively interviewing for a new Assistant.  Finally, thank you to our search committee!

Additionally, we have a new police chief.  Major Byron Roberson was officially appointed to the role this week.  He has been with the force for more than 20 years and will be a fantastic leader.  His predecessor, Tim Schwarzkopf, retired after 5 years as Chief and we thank Tim for his long-time service and leadership.

2) Next week one of the recommendations of the Tomahawk Safety, Beauty and Connectivity Committee goes into effect.  The speed limit on Tomahawk Road, from Mission Road to State Line, will be reduced to 25mph.  This will make 25mph the speed limit on every street interior to the City.  The police will spend time in January helping to educate drivers on this change, which should make walking, biking and even driving on Tomahawk safer.  

3) The pandemic is still with us, so please remain vigilant.  Please continue to limit gathering sizes, maintain social distance and wear masks when in proximity to others.  Please also be thoughtful and give people appropriate social distance in outdoor spaces – whether running on Belinder, walking on Tomahawk, or enjoying our playground and parks.

4) Finally, we finished 2020 with lower crime than 2019 and still the lowest in the metro.  But any one crime is too many, so we continue to need your help.  There has been a recent uptick in auto thefts and burglaries in surrounding communities.  The vast majority are of cars unlocked with the keys in them.  This was true of 90% of the auto crimes in our City in 2020.  Please lock your cars, don’t leave keys in them, and keep valuables out of sight.

As always, if you have questions or comments, feel free to call City Hall at 913-362-9620 or email info@missionhillsks.gov.  You are always welcome to email me directly at mayor@missionhillsks.gov.  Thank you again – Go Chiefs!

P.S. In the last two snow events, someone has driven ATVs in Hiawassee Park.  In addition to being illegal and dangerous, this time there is damage to the park.  If you saw anything yesterday (1/15), know anything about this or perhaps have a Ring or other camera that looks onto the park, please don’t hesitate to call the police non-emergency line at 913-642-5151.

Nov 25

Mayor's Update - Happy Thanksgiving!

Posted on November 25, 2020 at 9:19 PM by David Dickey

Fellow Residents:

 

“What if today, we were just grateful for everything.” – Charlie Brown

 

I love Thanksgiving.   I always have.  The commercialization of Christmas has tried to wash over it for years and has failed.  Halloween is now the second most commercial holiday in America, and yet Thanksgiving resists.  

 

No presents.  No songs.  Nothing but time with family and friends, which, in this most unique year, is harder to accomplish.

 

But if you step back and think about the foundation of Thanksgiving – gratefulness and thanks – you realize why it resists the commercial temptation.

 

In the most recent newsletter I noted that it was trite but true – this has been a year unlike any other.   So, on this Thanksgiving eve, I wanted to pass along four important messages:

 

1. Have a fabulous, safe, healthy Thanksgiving.  Your gathering may be smaller.  We are all adjusting our traditions.  But if you follow Charlie Brown, there is so very much to be thankful for.

 

2. I am so pleased to let you know that after a robust search for the past several months, the search committee (composed of the five council members, our five Board chairs, former mayors Fromm & Boeshaar and me) have selected a new City Administrator.  After a nationwide search, Jennifer Lee, our current Assistant City Administrator, will assume the lead role on January 1st.

 

3. The pandemic is still with us.  As I noted in the newsletter, we extended our City State of Emergency to align with the County.  Please be smart over Thanksgiving and the December holidays.  

 

  • Please, please, please social distance.  

 

  • If you are sick, stay home!  If you think your sickness might be Covid, please get tested before you step out.  

 

  • Please follow the county guidelines on masks.

 

  • I would also ask everyone to give people appropriate social distance in outdoor spaces – whether running on Tomahawk, walking on Belinder, or enjoying our playground.

 

  • Be mindful of your gatherings.

 

4. Finally, our City Tree Lighting is this Sunday, November 29th at 5:30pm.  My thanks and kudos to the Community Engagement Committee for developing a safe, County-approved plan to allow us to hold this event.  I hope to see many of you there (socially distant, of course! J).

 

As always, if you have questions or comments, feel free to call City Hall at 913-362-9620 or email info@missionhillsks.gov.  You are always welcome to email me directly at mayor@missionhillsks.gov.

 

Thank you and happy Thanksgiving!