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Mar 29

Mission Hills COVID-19 Update #10 3/29/20

Posted on March 29, 2020 at 9:28 PM by David Dickey

Fellow Residents:

I hope you all enjoyed a beautiful Spring weekend in Mission Hills. Walking several times this weekend with bulbs blooming, strollers along almost every street and children on bicycles everywhere was cathartic!

Three updates as the weekend ends and we near April 1st. Tonight’s updates further emphasize why we need as many residents as possible signed up for E-News alerts at the City’s website –!

  • Governor Kelly signed a state-wide Stay-at-Home Order Saturday, March 28th. It lasts three weeks until April 19thand supersedes all local orders (although it is materially identical to all local orders issued thus far):
  • The Johnson County Commission will be holding a special meeting on Monday, March 30th at 3pm to discuss testing protocols and the impact of the Governor’s state-wide order. Details can be found here:
  • I penned a City-wide postal letter Friday. It should arrive in your mailbox Monday or Tuesday, March 30th or 31st. But as I noted above, it will already be out-of-date on several topics. I would appreciate your help.
    • Please think of three residents you know who might not be signed up for E-News updates and forward them this email. Encourage them to sign up at the link below for E-News updates – events are moving too fast for our other forms of communication! Thank you.

As always, if you have any questions, please do not hesitate to call City Hall at 913-362-9620 or, or me directly at

Thank you. Be safe and healthy.

Mar 26

Mission Hills COVID-19 Update #9 3/26/20

Posted on March 26, 2020 at 9:15 PM by David Dickey

Fellow Residents:

I hope tonight’s update finds everyone well heading into a Friday and the weekend. Little did we know 6 weeks ago when I penned my newsletter article that we would be here. For those of you who read that article, I mentioned the anticipation I have at this time of year in our City as bulbs begin to peek out from the soil and buds emerge from trees. Wonderfully, this week has been full of green emerging around the City!

Three updates to note:

  • With so many of us working from home, in addition to children and many young adults home from school and college, we have as many walkers and runners in our City as I can remember. Please, please, please help us all be safe by:
    • Walking and running on the LEFT side of the street facing traffic.
    • Wearing reflective clothing or carrying a light if you are out before sunrise or after sunset.
    • Using the sidewalks where we have them.
    • Practicing social distancing if you are walking with people not in your household.
    • And for drivers, give all walkers, runners and bikers a wide berth.
  • In my last two posts I mentioned the Governor’s executive order regarding gatherings greater than 10 people, and the County’s guidelines about outdoor recreation. Please abide by these guidelines. They really are for the health and safety of our community, you and your family. The people of State of California had so much disregard for their guidelines about gatherings and outdoor recreation that the State shut down most public parks and hiking trails. Let’s not use that as our example!
  • This week the County clarified the criteria that must be followed for a golf course to remain open. We have three in our City, and many residents are members of these, or several others nearby. More than 25% of the City’s land is golf courses, compared to about 3% for parks and parklets.

I am pleased the County made this clarification and would ask that members of any club, whether in the City or not, abide by the guidance so the County does not have to reconsider their decision. The full guidance is below: Golf Requirements.pdf

Finally, I also want to again thank the staff and our public safety teams. They continue to work diligently to ensure Mission Hills has the services we need – thank you to all.

As always, if you have any questions, please do not hesitate to call City Hall at 913-362-9620, or email me directly at

Have a wonderful, safe weekend.

Mar 24

Mission Hills COVID-19 Update #8 3/24/20

Posted on March 24, 2020 at 9:16 PM by David Dickey

Fellow Residents:

Day one of our Stay-at-Home is over.

I walked our City four times today – I have found routes that take 5, 10, 15 and 30 minutes depending on the interludes I have given everything transpiring, and the calls I can take while walking. Steve Jobs famously did many of his most important meetings while walking, so I feel I’m in good company!

Three important updates happened in the State and County in the last 48 hours which I want to share:

Tonight’s final thought is fairly simple. We live in a wonderful community blessed on many levels. We will emerge from this pandemic on the other side stronger, despite the hardship. That said, make no mistake that this is hard. But many in our larger community are struggling with all that is happening - much more than many of us.

If you are so inclined and able, try takeout from one of your favorite local restaurants this week and the weeks to come. Or even delivery if they so offer. You will likely make more of a difference than you will ever know.

As always, if you have questions, please do not hesitate to contact City Hall at 913-362-9620, or me directly at

Thank you. Be safe.