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Posted on: December 14, 2017

Johnson County Residential Property Valuation

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If you’re looking for a home in Johnson County, there’s about a two-month supply of homes for residents. The market trend for homes under $350,000 have the least amount of supply for potential home buyers.

Due to strong demand, resident...

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Posted on: November 23, 2017

Merry In Merriam Holiday Offers


Happy holidays! The Merriam Visitors Bureau and Merry the Elf have partnered with local merchants to bring you jolly savings this holiday season. Check out the special offers at the link below now through December 31, 2017 for great savings in Merriam!

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Posted on: December 6, 2017

You Can Now Sign Up for Merriam’s Police Citizens Academy

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Learn how to shoot a gun, know more about crime trends in the community, and take a jail tour during the 2018 Merriam Police Citizens Academy. The Merriam Police Department is now accepting applications online from residents wanting to get a behind-the sc...

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Posted on: December 4, 2017

Overland Park Fire Marshal Issues Burn Ban for Merriam Residents


The Overland Park Fire Marshal just issued an immediate burn ban for Merriam and Overland Park.

Due to the “danger of rapid fire spread” from today’s high winds and low humidity, all permits are temporarily suspended and recreation fires are prohibited unt...

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Posted on: December 4, 2017

You Can Now Register Your Pets Online

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Merriam residents can now register their pets online. It’s the first time the City has accepted licenses through its website; just in time for the Jan. 1 pet registration renewal deadline.

The online portal allows you to apply for a new pet license or rene...

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Posted on: November 29, 2017

Merriam to Dedicate Public Art on Friday

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Merriam residents can enjoy new art in a fun, reflective way. The City will dedicate Planting the Seedson Friday, Dec. 1 at 6:30 p.m. at Merriam Marketplace.

The stunning sculpture Planting the Seeds was made by Colorado artist Christopher Weed, who was in...

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Posted on: November 27, 2017

Traffic Alert: Shawnee Mission Parkway Lane Closures Start Tomorrow

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Starting Tuesday, Nov. 28, Shawnee Mission Parkway will be down to one lane in both directions from Mastin St. to Eby Ave.

Construction crews are installing signal radars to help with traffic flow and placing strip seals on the bridge. The project is expec...

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Posted on: November 20, 2017

Merriam Residents Can Apply for an Exterior Home Improvement Grant in January

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Merriam residents looking to beautify their homes may be eligible for an Exterior Home Improvement Grant through the City.

Merriam is investing $30,000 in the pilot program and will provide a 20 percent, or $2,500 max, reimbursement for exterior home impro...

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Posted on: November 15, 2017

New Sound System to Reduce Train Noise Pollution in Merriam

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Merriam residents living along two railroad crossings will soon notice a significant reduction in train noise pollution. BNSF Railway is expected to activate wayside horns on Dec. 6 to let drivers know when trains are coming at railroad crossings on Carte...

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Posted on: November 14, 2017

Local Artist’s Work Donated to IBFCC

New Art Piece at IBFCC

A second Jean Van Harlingen painting now hangs in the entryway of the Irene B. French Community Center (IBFCC).

John Barry recently donated the original art piece titled “Lacing Future Histories” to the IBFCC. The Palm Springs, California, native said he b...

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Posted on: November 8, 2017

Unofficial Election Results


A coin flip may determine who represents Merriam residents in Ward 2 after a tied vote on Nov. 7 between incumbent City Council member Brian Knaff and Patty Newkirk.

According to the Johnson County Elections Office, the county’s Board of Canvasse...

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Posted on: November 7, 2017

Wanted: Advertisers


The Merriam Visitors Bureau is gearing up to produce the 2018 Community & Visitors Guide and is inviting Merriam and neighboring businesses to place an advertisement in the magazine. The Merriam Visitors Bureau will accept advertisements from now thro...

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Posted on: November 1, 2017

Help Stuff the Holiday Barrels for Those in Need


Tis the season of giving – so make a difference this month and help stuff our holiday barrels. In partnership with the Johnson County Christmas Bureau (JCCB), the City of Merriam invites you to contribute wish list items to help your friends and...

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Posted on: October 19, 2017

Merriam Wins National Award for Finance Report


Merriam recently won a national award for its annual finance report’s transparency and easy-to-read format.

The City received the Government Finance Officers Association’s Award for Outstanding Achievement in Popular Annual Financial Re...

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Posted on: October 10, 2017

Large-Item and Curbside Leaf Pickup Available to Merriam Residents


The City of Merriam will conduct its annual fall cleanup campaign Oct. 16–20. The Public Works Department provides free, large-item disposal twice a year.

Residents disposing large items such as furniture, appliances, carpets/rugs, and miscellane...

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Posted on: October 5, 2017

New Online Burn Permit Application


It's that time of year when the air turns crisp and leaves begin to fall. As a Merriam resident, you're still permitted to burn those leaves provided you meet the following requirements:

  • Your burn must be no more than 3 feet in diameter and 2 feet high
  • Your...
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Posted on: September 29, 2017

Merriam Hosts Inaugural Pickleball Festival


The inaugural Third Shot’s a Charm Pickleball Festival is underway at World’s Gym in Merriam. About 140 participants from 22 states and four countries are taking the sport by storm in the three-day event this weekend.

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Posted on: September 25, 2017

New Sidewalks to Bridge Merriam Residents with City Amenities


Dozens of Merriam residents will soon walk a safer route to their favorite locations around town as the City begins constructing sidewalks in their neighborhood.

Crews today started constructing designated sidewalk segments along 69th St. and Anti...

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Posted on: September 20, 2017

You Can Help Overland Park Fire Department Save Lives


There’s a phone app that may save your life or show you where someone is to save their life. It’s called PulsePoint, and the Overland Park Fire Department recently launched its services and wants you to download the app.


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Posted on: September 15, 2017

Merriam Voters Approve New Community Center


Merriam voters have decided – the City should build a new community center.


According to the Johnson County Board of Elections, unofficial results show more than 2,490 mail-in ballots were cast with 67.5 percent of residents saying they...

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Posted on: September 14, 2017

New Playground Equipment Installed at Quail Creek Park


Get ready to play – there’s new playground equipment at Quail Creek Park.

Starting Saturday, Merriam residents can enjoy the new, brightly colored playground. The park features cable climbing activities; a slide; a Volta spinner, simila...

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Posted on: September 7, 2017

Merriam Police Pull Over 74 Drivers During Drunk Driving Campaign

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The Merriam Police Department made 74 stops during its two-week “You Drink. You Drive. You Lose.” campaign. The statewide program aimed to removed impaired drivers from Kansas roadways. Officers conducted overtime patrols to aggressively enforce Kansas im...

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Posted on: September 6, 2017

Get the Facts - Your Vote Counts


Check your mailboxes this week – the City sent you a postcard reminding you to vote! Here’s one last push to better explain the mail-in ballot initiative on the new community center.

Know Your Facts:

  • Not voting in this mail-in ballot ele...
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Posted on: September 5, 2017

Mail-in Ballot Facts


Here's what you need to know – frequently asked questions about the mail-in ballot.

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Posted on: August 30, 2017

6-Year-Old Wins Merriam Park Passport Program

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Ask any 6-year-old what he or she likes to do in the summer, and it’s probably going to their neighborhood park. Luckily, Merriam has a few gems and spotlighted one with its Park Passport Program.

Our City joined Fairway, Leawood, Mission, Prairi...

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Posted on: August 1, 2017

Video Highlights Community Center Blight


The City of Merriam today released a video covering the upcoming Community Center ballot initiative. The video highlights the issues with the current facilities, and features residents sharing their views on the future of recreation in Merriam.

Studies sho...

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Posted on: September 5, 2017

Read Our Blog


Dig a little deeper about the mail-in ballot initiative and read our blog.

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Posted on: June 28, 2017

Community Center Mail-In Vote


Merriam voters will determine the future of our community’s recreation. Voters will decide if the City should replace the current 100+ year-old community center and 30+ year-old aquatic center with a new Community Center.

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Posted on: August 29, 2017

Merriam Police Adds Four New Officers

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Four new Merriam police officers are ready to protect and serve our community.

The Meriam Police Department on Monday swore in Officers April Gebke, Grant Sparks, Bradley Thomas, and Beau Soucie at the Aug. 28 City Council meeting. They took their oaths of...

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Posted on: August 24, 2017

Merriam Police Wants Your Help Catching Criminals in the Act


If you have a security camera, Merriam Police needs your help. Officers are inviting you to join the Community Video Partnership Program to help catch criminals in the act.

The new program uses residents’ and businesses’ security camera...

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Posted on: March 31, 2017

Check your mailboxes for two new City publications: Also available online!


Check your mailbox for the Summer 2017 issue of Merriam Highlights and Recreation. This one features a bunch of info about the City's Rec. Facilities, including a special insert (right in the middle) focused exclusively on the issue of what to do with our...

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Posted on: March 27, 2017

Join Team Merriam: Check out new job openings!


City of Merriam employees seem to think this is a pretty great place to work. We’re currently hiring for positions in Merriam’s Public Works and Parks & Recreation Departments. Read more about open positions in the “Jobs&...

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Posted on: March 3, 2017

Work begins on Shawnee Mission Parkway bridge over railroad tracks in March

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Work will begin on Shawnee Mission Parkway over BNSF railroad tracks to the west of Merriam city limits in early March. The scope of this project is to replace the east and west bridge approaches, remove the median on the bridge, patch de-laminated areas ...

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Posted on: February 28, 2017

Brian Knaff selected as Ward 2 council member

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Brian Knaff became the newest Ward Two council member after a public interview with Merriam City Council Monday night. He’ll finish out the final year of retired Council Member Jim Wymer's term (up for election on November 7, 2017). In ...

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Posted on: February 14, 2017

2016 Year-in-Review video now online


Something is always going on in Merriam, but 2016 was especially eventful. Major infrastructure Improvements were made; public art was installed as part of a new placemaking initiative; and Parks & Rec programs continued to bring the community togethe...

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Posted on: January 9, 2017

Final Parks Facilities Master Plan released after Council presentation

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Following months of gathering public input, Merriam City Council formally acknowledged the completion of a Parks and Recreation Facilities Master Plan, at tonight's meeting.

A team of consultants partnered with a steering committee of residents to...

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Posted on: November 21, 2016

Merriam Police officers honored with awards of valor

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Two Merriam Police officers received the Silver Award for Valor at the Metro Chief and Sheriffs Association on Fri., Nov., 18. Corporal Weiler and Sergeant Brokaw were honored with the award for going above and beyond the call of duty. Congratulations!

Posted on: October 28, 2016

Frequently Asked Questions: Parks Facilities Master Plan

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There's a lot of buzz around town about the Parks & Rec Facilities Master Plan currently in development. As the steering committee, city staff and consultants put finishing touches on recommendations, check out this FAQ for information about the process.

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Posted on: October 26, 2016

Police officers participate in low-light training exercise


Police Officers are constantly training, learning new skills and practicing fundamentals. Recently, Merriam Police Officers participated in a low-light training exercise to become better prepared for situations when light or visibility isn't optimal. Most...Read on...

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Posted on: September 21, 2016

Parks & Rec Facilities Master Plan news

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In an effort to keep the community up-to-date on the development of a Parks Facilities Master Plan, there's now a blog dedicated to the issue. This week, we provide background on Merriam's aging facilities and the process of crafting a master plan that ai...Read on...

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