Jul 31

Mission Hills Mayor's Update #24 7/31/20

Posted on July 31, 2020 at 7:25 PM by David Dickey

Fellow Residents:

Can we already really be at the end of July!  Thank you for your continued feedback, flexibility and adaptability.  

Three updates for you on this final day of July:


1) As many of know, Mission Hills had a protest that began in Prairie Village and came through our City on Saturday, July 18th.  Law enforcement from Prairie Village, Leawood, Kansas City, Mission Hills and both counties monitored the situation and were prepared to intervene if necessary.

The protestors made their way from Weltner Park, to 71st and Mission, to Tomahawk, up to 69th, back to Belinder and ultimately returned to Weltner Park.  The protest came through Mission Hills mid-evening.

That same group is planning on protesting again this Saturday evening (8/1) at Weltner Park.  Their precise route is unclear, but it could again bring them to Mission Hills.  Once again, law enforcement will be ready on multiple fronts should the need arise.

Please know that resident safety and protection of property are our absolute priorities.  Peaceful protests are an important part of a democratic society.  Non-peaceful ones are most assuredly not.

Should this (or any) protest find its way to Mission Hills, please do not hesitate to call 911 should you observe any emergency situation, or you may call the non-emergency police dispatch line at 913-642-5151 should you see something concerning that does not rise to the level of an emergency.

2) I will continue to post when we have credible information regarding protests that may come through our City.  Based on resident feedback two weeks ago, we will also use NotifyJoCo going forward as well.

To sign up for NotifyJoCo, simply go to www.notifyjoco.org to sign up and set the alerts you wish to receive.

I would also ask that you encourage your friends and neighbors to sign up for these Mayor’s Updates (on the City’s website) as well as NotifyJoCo.  These two methods are the fastest and best we have for communicating about situations that are unpredictable and changing.

3) I am sure you all know the four simple things each of us can do to help stop the spread, but nearly five months in, we can all fall victim to complacency:
  1. If you are sick (no matter with what!), please stay home!
  2. Wash your hands frequently.
  3. Social distance.
  4. If you are in public spaces, indoors or out, and cannot maintain social distance, please wear a face covering or mask.

Please continue to enjoy our public spaces safely!  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 have a great and safe weekend!
Jul 16

Mission Hills Mayor's Update #23 7/16/20

Posted on July 16, 2020 at 9:45 PM by David Dickey

Fellow Residents:

We are in the “heat” of the summer and this weekend looks to be a hot one!  The pandemic continues to be with us and guidance changes almost daily.  Thank you for your continued feedback – please keep it coming!

Four updates for you tonight:


1) The Council met Monday and discussed the 2021 budget, public safety and several other agenda items.  I am pleased to affirm that our financial situation remains solid.  Mission Hills will see revenue impacts from the pandemic, but we have a good plan to maintain a flat mil levy and strong City services for 2021. 

2) Given the current state of the pandemic, we plan to continue virtual meetings of the Council and our Boards for the foreseeable future.  Please feel free to join any of our virtual meetings.  You can find the virtual/call information on the City’s website.

3) The Governor announced yesterday that she will sign an Executive Order delaying the opening of Kansas public schools until September 9th, and implement several other measures for re-opening, including the wearing of masks.  If you have children in school, please make sure you are on your school’s email list – as we all know, change happens frequently.

4) In the Council meeting, Chief Schwartzkopf and Chief Lopez reviewed the public safety reports.  Our overall crime and fire metrics continue to be good, but please keep your cars locked!

Also on the public safety front, there will likely be a multi-city, lawful protest on Saturday, July 18th.  This protest may come to Mission Hills.

All of the relevant local law enforcement agencies are aware of this protest and ready to ensure that the constitutional rights of the protestors, as well as those of residents, are upheld.

Should you have any concerns, please never hesitate to call the police non-emergency number at 913-642-5151, or of course call 911 if there is an emergency.

Please stay safe in the heat.  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.

Jun 29

Mission Hills Mayor's Update #22 - 6/29/20

Posted on June 29, 2020 at 10:01 PM by David Dickey

Fellow Residents:


I am amazed it has been almost a month since my last update.  Part of me had felt as if we had settled into a “new normal” with the virus still with us, but at bay.  That was a false sense of security.


Four updates for you tonight:


1)    Today Governor Kelly announced a state-wide mask order for indoor AND outdoor spaces.  While her final language has not been announced, there are two points I took from her press conference today that I hope you will all heed:


a.    The pandemic is far from over.  Kansas is neither Florida, nor Arizona, nor New York 60 days ago, but Johnson County is not immune.  Please be smart and safe.


b.    Beginning Friday, July 3rd, face coverings/masks will be REQUIRED in all public spaces where social distancing cannot be maintained.  


Does this mean you need to wear a mask on your morning walk through our City?  No.  


Does this mean you need to wear a mask in the Hen House in Prairie Village?  Yes. 


Please be smart about wearing a mask.  Your mask protects others from you.  We sometimes do not know about the health situations of those around us.


The most current information about face coverings/masks can be found here:


https://governor.kansas.gov/governor-laura-kelly-announces-masks-must-be-worn-statewide/


2)    Our public safety teams continue to function well, and I thank them for their service.  


3)    A week ago, the Governor announced the State would stay in Phase 3 of the “Ad Astra” re-opening plan.  This continuance will last until at least July 6th.  The full text of her release can be found here:


https://governor.kansas.gov/governor-laura-kelly-recommends-kansas-stay-in-phase-3-of-ad-astra-plan/#:~:text=PPE Procurement-,Governor Laura Kelly Recommends Kansas Stay,3 of “Ad Astra” Plan&text=“Though many Kansans and communities,spread,” Governor Kelly said.


4)    The City continues to operate in our emergency mode with meetings being virtual.  We will continue this until we can have a high level of confidence in our ability to put staff and residents in City Hall safety.  Thank you for your patience as we work through this.


Your continued feedback is appreciated!  Please stay safe as we move through the summer.  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. 


And I debated whether to open or close with this quote.  Bono is the lead singer of the Irish band U2.  This quote felt appropriate for our current situation, as well as the 4th of July holiday:


“Anyway, it's not a right/left issue. It's a right/wrong issue, and America has constantly been on the side of what's right. Because when it comes down to it, this is about keeping faith with the idea of America. Because America's an idea, isn't it? I mean, Ireland's a great country, but it's not an idea. Great Britain's a great country, it's not an idea. That's how we see you around the world, as one of the greatest ideas in human history, right up there with the Renaissance, right up there with crop rotations and the Beatles' White album.”


Be safe, healthy and well.  Thank you again.


P.S.  The full Bono quote can be found here:


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Tg3Xzh2cXD8