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Posted on: March 13, 2020

The City of Merriam Prepares to Help Limit the Spread of COVID-19


Irene B. French Community Center Closing Today at 5 p.m.

In a continued effort to limit the spread of COVID-19, the City of Merriam will close the Irene B. French Community Center at 5 p.m. today, March 13 with the plan to reopen Monday, April 6, 2020. All City events, meetings, and activities are also postponed or canceled during this timeframe. We’re canceling events because of social distancing recommendations from health experts surrounding the COVID-19 outbreak.

Cancellations and postponements include:

  • The Irene B. French Community Center, including all classes and events. Call the IBFCC at 913-322-5550 with any questions.
    • “Senior’s Spring Fling” Opening Reception at the Tim Murphy Art Gallery scheduled Thursday, April 2 is canceled.
    • Brunch with a Bunny scheduled Saturday, April 4 is canceled.
  • The City Council meeting scheduled Monday, March 23 is canceled.
  • All City committee meetings.
    • Parks and Recreation Advisory Board Meeting scheduled Tuesday, March 24 is canceled.
    • Planning Commission scheduled Wednesday, April 1 is canceled.
  • Merriam Municipal Court cases scheduled March 24-April 6.
    • Arraignment Dockets:
      March 24 will be continued on April 14, 2020, at 10 a.m.
      March 31 will be continued on April 21, 2020, at 10 a.m.
    • Plea Dockets:
      March 26 will be continued on April 16, 2020, at the same time they were scheduled on March 26.
      April 2 will be continued on April 23, 2020, at the same time they were scheduled on April 2.
    • All persons scheduled to appear will be contacted next week with information on new court appearance dates.

The City will still have its Spring Tree Limb Pickup scheduled March 23-27.

The City is following the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) recommendations for businesses. All police, fire, and EMS services will continue to operate. Merriam City Hall and Public Works will be open during regular hours at this time and we’ll update you if anything changes. Residents are encouraged to do as much City business on our website or by phone at 913-322-5500.

“We are concerned with the health of our residents and staff and believe these are the necessary steps to help stop the spread of COVID-19,” Merriam City Administrator Chris Engel said. “We encourage everyone to wash their hands often and stay home if they are sick.”

Engel said all City staff who have a fever, cough, or may have come into contact with someone with COVID-19 will follow CDC guidelines, including staying home, following reporting procedures, and not reporting to work until symptoms have subsided or they are cleared by a health professional.

The City continues to work closely with Johnson County and the Kansas Department of Health and Environment to monitor COVID-19 in our area.

Here are helpful links to provide you with accurate information about COVID-19:

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

CDC Common Questions

Kansas Department of Health and Environment

Johnson County Department of Health and Environment

If you have further questions, please call Merriam City Hall at 913-322-5500. The City will update the community as new information becomes available.

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