Posted on: November 15, 2018
Starting Monday, Nov. 19, Merriam police officers will work overtime to make sure you arrive safely home for the holidays. The weeklong traffic enforcement campaign “Thanksgiving Safe Arrival” is part of a statewide effort to remove impaired drivers off K...Read on...
Posted on: October 23, 2018
Just 10 months to the day after receiving a Life Saving Award for reviving a Merriam resident after he suffered a heart attack, Master Police Officer Kristin Jasinski accepted a second Life Saving Award at the Oct. 22 City Council meeting.
Earlier this mon...Read on...
Posted on: October 10, 2018
The City of Merriam needs your help collecting donated items for our holiday drive. We are partnering with the Johnson County Christmas Bureau (JCCB) to provide holiday wish-list items for thousands of low-income families in Johnson County.
How y...Read on...
Posted on: October 18, 2018
Buckle up and save a life! That’s the message Merriam police officers want to get out as they prepare for a weeklong seatbelt enforcement program.
Starting Oct. 29, Merriam police officers will patrol local elementary schools as part of...Read on...
Posted on: October 12, 2018
The City of Merriam wants your input to identify the best use for the current site of the Irene B. French Community Center. To start the public process, the City is accepting applications for volunteers to serve on the 5701 Merriam Drive Steering Committe...Read on...
Posted on: October 1, 2018
The City of Merriam is offering large-item pickup on Oct. 15-19 for Merriam residents to dispose of items such as furniture, appliances, and rugs. Please place items curbside before 7 a.m. on your scheduled pick...Read on...
Posted on: September 5, 2018
From pumpkin spice Povitica to a brisk walk along the Turkey Creek Streamway Trail, there's an abundance of autumnal activities in Merriam, Kansas! Check-out these seasonal offerings to see why you'll fall for fall in Merriam!
Fall for Fall...
Posted on: September 27, 2018
Love live music? Then head to downtown Merriam on Saturday, Oct. 6 as it transforms into a street and lawn party for Merriam Drive Live. There will be live music on two stages throughout the day, food trucks, a beer garden, touch-a-truck, yard games, kid&...Read on...
Posted on: September 25, 2018
Merriam City Council yesterday approved the overall design for the new community center with indoor and outdoor aquatics. A 200-stall parking structure will also be built onsite.
“We are excited to move forward with the design and construction of the Merri...Read on...
Posted on: September 13, 2018
Joyce Fishman has made it her mission to talk about a neon index card that she said saved her life.
Several years ago, the Merriam resident and her husband, Morris, were involved in a car accident. They were both unconscious by the time emergency responder...Read on...
Posted on: August 24, 2018
Merriam is building a new community center with indoor and outdoor aquatics at Vavra Park for $30 million. The groundbreaking ceremony at Vavra Park is scheduled for Aug. 30 at 8:30 a.m. under the park's shelter.
Learn more about the overall proj...Read on...
Posted on: August 20, 2018
The Merriam Police Department recently started a bicycle patrol unit. Four officers attended a weeklong police bike training class in Olathe and can now patrol the City on fully equipped police bikes.Merriam Police Chief Michael Daniels said there are sev...Read on...
Posted on: August 14, 2018
Merriam police officers will work overtime hours to target impaired drivers during the annual “You Drink. You Drive. You Lose.” campaign that runs Thursday, Aug. 16 through Labor Day.Sponsored by the Kansas Department of Transportation (KDOT), the campaig...Read on...
Posted on: August 8, 2018
By the end of the year, Merriam will add two more HAWK lights on City streets. HAWK lights are similar to a conventional crosswalk signal but are considered safer because they are more visible to drivers.Merriam will place the new HAWK lights at Goodman S...Read on...
Posted on: July 17, 2018
Defendants wanting to get their outstanding warrants taken care of without seeing time behind bars can participate in two amnesty days at Merriam Municipal Court next month.The Municipal Court will hold amnesty days on August 14 and 21 from 10 a.m. to noo...Read on...
Posted on: July 26, 2018
Come and check out the new community center’s interior layout design at a public open house Monday, July 30 from 6:30-8 p.m. at Merriam City Hall.Starting at 6:30 p.m., city staff will present the community center conceptual floor plan and give you a proj...Read on...
Posted on: July 5, 2018
Starting July 20, Johnson Drive will be completely closed for two weeks between Turkey Creek Bridge and the BNSF Railroad tracks. It’s part of the City of Merriam’s Johnson Drive Improvements Project.Construction crews will start at 7 p.m. to replace the ...Read on...
Posted on: July 2, 2018
Five Thin Blue Line American flags flank the entrance of Merriam Marketplace in honor of the five fallen Kansas City-area officers who died in the line of duty in Kansas since 2016.The flags honor Kansas City, Kansas Police Capt. Robert Melton and Det. Br...Read on...
Posted on: June 28, 2018
Explore parks across the metro area and win great prizes with the Park Passport Program! The program joins Fairway, Leawood, Merriam, Mission, Prairie Village, and Roeland Park as we celebrate National Parks and Recreation Month.From July 1 through August...Read on...
Posted on: June 14, 2018
The City of Merriam will start the Johnson Drive Improvements project on June 18. Johnson Drive will be completely repaved and construction crews will replace curbs, sidewalks, and driveway approaches from Kessler Lane to west City limits.&nb...Read on...
Posted on: June 12, 2018
Let us know what you think – the City of Merriam will host a public open house Thursday, June 21 from 6:30-8 p.m. at the Community Training Room (second floor of Merriam City Hall).At this drop-in open house, you can take a look at the new community cente...Read on...
Posted on: June 4, 2018
Merriam saw an increased police presence on City roads from May 21 through June 3 as officers specifically looked for seatbelt violations. They joined more than 160 law enforcement agencies across the state that participated in the Click It or Ticket camp...Read on...
Posted on: May 30, 2018
Grab some hot dogs and burgers – don’t forget your neighbors! The City of Merriam will now provide up to $200 to help pay for a neighborhood block party.You can use the Neighborhood Block Party Grant to help cover party-related expenses such as food, pape...Read on...
Posted on: May 17, 2018
Make sure you buckle your seatbelt – the Merriam Police Department starting May 21 will participate in the two-week Click It or Ticket campaign. Drivers can expect an increase of police presence on Merriam roads as officers will be on the lookout for seat...Read on...
Posted on: May 16, 2018
Merriam City Council on May 14 approved its latest public art project “Hmmm...” by Boulder, Colorado artist Joshua Wiener. It features a stone caterpillar observing an iron butterfly placed atop a stone cairn, or a stack of rocks. &...Read on...
Posted on: May 15, 2018
Merriam Police Detective Laura Naegele was promoted to Corporal. Cpl. Naegele’s mother pinned her new badge at the promotion ceremony during Monday’s City Council meeting.Cpl. Naegele has worked for the Merriam Police Department since ...Read on...
Posted on: May 9, 2018
Spring showers are in store for us this weekend, which makes it the perfect opportunity to begin thinking about ways to eliminate water pollution and erosion with the Merriam Stormwater Program. The City of Merriam is again partnering with resid...Read on...
Posted on: May 1, 2018
In an effort to fully explore opportunities to co-locate the Antioch library branch and the new community center at Vavra Park, the May 9 public open house at City Hall is postponed. The City of Merriam and Johnson County Library continue to wor...Read on...
Posted on: April 25, 2018
Survey results show City is top rated in nine areasThe City of Merriam received the highest marks in nine areas surveyed compared to other communities in the Kansas City metro region. That’s based on a recent community survey conducted by the ETC Institut...Read on...
Posted on: April 24, 2018
Merriam Police officers are making their own personal commitment during Sexual Assault Awareness Month this April with the “Start by Believing” campaign.Led by the Metropolitan Organization to County Sexual Assault (MOCSA), the campaign and pledge support...Read on...
Posted on: April 10, 2018
Merriam City Council yesterday approved hiring Christopher Mann as the City’s new part-time prosecuting attorney.Mann will handle all traffic and city ordinance violations in the Merriam Municipal Court and will represent the City on cases appealed to the...Read on...
Posted on: March 29, 2018
Merriam today was named a 2017 Tree City USA by the Arbor Day Foundation in honor of its commitment to urban forestry.
Sponsored by the Arbor Day Foundation in partnership with the U.S. Forest Service and the National Association of State Foresters, the aw...Read on...
Posted on: March 26, 2018
The City wants to partner with residents to spruce up Merriam neighborhoods with the Neighborhood Island Grant. This pilot program is a 100 percent reimbursement grant (up to $350) to residents who offer to maintain one of the 20 neighborhood islands loca...Read on...
Posted on: March 22, 2018
Just in time for spring cleaning – it’s Merriam’s curbside large-item pickup and our community-wide recycling event with the City of Shawnee.
SPRING FLING RECYCLING
Merriam and Shawnee are hosting Spring Fling Recycling on Saturday, April 7 from 8-11 a.m. i...Read on...
Posted on: March 20, 2018
Traffic in Merriam continues to rise, but traffic crashes are below projected expectations. The Merriam Police Department said a geomapping program it started a year ago may be the reason why.
In March 2017, police began using Data-Driven Approaches to Cri...Read on...
Posted on: March 15, 2018
The Merriam Police Department this week raised thousands of dollars for Special Olympics Kansas.
Merriam police officers hosted Popcorn Standoff at Cinemark Merriam on March 10 and the Law Enforcement Heroes Pull with the Shawnee Police Department on March...Read on...
Posted on: March 12, 2018
Back by popular demand, the City of Merriam is offering curbside tree limb pickup March 19-23 for you to dispose of your branch and brush debris.
Please place tree limbs curbside before 7 a.m. on March 19. Public Work crews will collect branches citywide t...Read on...
Posted on: March 6, 2018
The Tim Murphy Art Gallery in Merriam today released the complete list of winners from the 22nd Annual Heartland Artist Exhibition. The exhibition is Merriam’s largest art show of the year. The juried show featured 69 artists from 13 states acro...Read on...
Posted on: March 2, 2018
Officer Matthew Hirsch received the 2017 Officer of the Year Award at the Merriam Police Department’s annual meeting on Feb. 28. The police department gives out the award to an officer who best demonstrates a distinct pattern of teamwork, community servic...Read on...
Posted on: February 27, 2018
The Merriam Police Department issued its 2017 Annual Report at the Feb. 26 City Council meeting. Merriam Police Chief Michael Daniels told councilmembers the report highlights the department's building remodel, patrol statistics, and officers’ i...Read on...
Posted on: February 28, 2018
Merriam’s largest art show of the year starts this weekend. The 22nd Annual Heartland Artist Exhibition opens Saturday, March 3 at 5 p.m. at the Tim Murphy Art Gallery. The juried show is featuring 69 artists from 13 states across the country. The awards ...Read on...
Posted on: February 21, 2018
Merriam Police officers recently moved back home and are inviting you to check out their updated facility during an open house on Saturday, March 3 from 9-11 a.m. at the Merriam Police Department (9010 W. 62nd St.).
Merriam Police needed the upgrade to fix...Read on...
Posted on: February 15, 2018
The City of Merriam needs a qualified part-time prosecutor to join its team. The prosecutor represents the City for ordinance violations in the Merriam Municipal Court and in appeals from the Municipal Court to District Court.
This contract position serves...Read on...
Posted on: February 13, 2018
The City of Merriam recently received the Engineering Excellence Award for Innovation and Outstanding Engineering from the American Council of Engineering Companies of Kansas (ACEC Kansas).
The award recognizes complex and unique or innovative ap...Read on...
Posted on: January 29, 2018
The City’s Planning Commission is hosting a public hearing on Wednesday, Feb. 7 at 7 p.m. during its regularly scheduled monthly meeting at City Hall. The Planning Commission will receive feedback on proposed ordinance amendments to fencing, group home, a...Read on...
Posted on: January 25, 2018
The Downtown Merriam Partnership today won the Distinguished Public Service Organization Award at the 70th Annual Kansas Recreation and Park Association Conference and Trade Show in Wichita.
The award recognizes organizations for their contributions to the...Read on...
Posted on: January 23, 2018
In front of a large crowd of family and friends, Merriam Police Officer Kristin Hannabass received the Life Saving Award at the Jan. 22 Merriam City Council meeting. Standing next to her was the man she saved.
On Jan. 6, Officer Hannabass was first on scen...Read on...
Posted on: January 18, 2018
You can now look up any Merriam Municipal Court case online. The City today announced the Court’s public access data is available for all customers with cases from July 2012 and forward.
The Municipal Court is the judicial branch of the City, han...Read on...
Posted on: January 17, 2018
Merriam families with low-to-moderate income may be eligible to apply for a rebate from the City.
Starting on Feb. 1, the City of Merriam will accept applications for the Franchise Fee Rebate Program. The program offers residents, whose income fa...Read on...
Posted on: January 16, 2018
Standard and Poor's Global (S&P) today gave the City of Merriam the desired “AAA” credit rating. It’s S&P’s highest rating assigned and should translate to lower interest costs for the City when it issues $2...Read on...
Posted on: January 10, 2018
With a chance of snow showers tomorrow, it’s best to be prepared. The City of Merriam Public Works Department is ready to battle the snow and ice. Snow removal is one of many great services the City provides to our residents. Salting starts as s...Read on...
Posted on: January 10, 2018
Check your mailboxes! Within the next two weeks, hundreds of randomly selected Merriam residents will receive an important citizen survey in the mail. It’s designed to help City leaders determine resident’s needs and wants in regard to City services.
Not e...Read on...
Posted on: January 9, 2018
There’s a new face on Merriam’s City Council. David Neal took the oath of office on Jan. 8 at the first council meeting of the year.
Neal was elected in November and will represent Ward 4 during the next four years.
The City’s ...Read on...
Posted on: January 4, 2018
Opening Reception for First Exhibit of the Year Tonight
Local artist Barbara O’Leary headlines tonight’s opening art reception at the Tim Murphy Art Gallery. O’Leary’s “When Words Aren’t Enough” offers a unique look at landscapes, nature, and the wildernes...Read on...
Posted on: December 22, 2017
New Online Application Process
It may be winter, but it’s never too early to think about warm days ahead. Teens and adults looking for a summer job can now apply online for one of several positions at the Merriam Aquatic Center for the ...Read on...
Posted on: December 20, 2017
The City of Merriam today activated the third and final wayside horn at the railroad crossing on Johnson Drive. The other two sound systems are located on Carter and 67th streets.
Wayside horns sound like a train horn, but the sound is condensed to a more ...Read on...
Posted on: December 18, 2017
The Merriam Police Department participated in Operation Rudolph on Dec. 15. They, joined by officers from Overland Park and Lenexa, took about two dozen sixth-grade students from the Shawnee Mission School District to shop at Target for holiday gifts for ...Read on...
Posted on: December 14, 2017
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...Read on...
Posted on: December 6, 2017
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...Read on...
Posted on: December 4, 2017
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...Read on...
Posted on: December 4, 2017
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...Read on...
Posted on: November 29, 2017
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...Read on...
Posted on: November 27, 2017
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...Read on...
Posted on: November 20, 2017
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...Read on...
Posted on: November 15, 2017
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...Read on...
Posted on: November 14, 2017
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...Read on...
Posted on: November 8, 2017
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...Read on...
Posted on: November 7, 2017
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...Read on...
Posted on: October 19, 2017
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...Read on...
Posted on: October 10, 2017
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...Read on...
Posted on: October 5, 2017
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
Posted on: September 29, 2017
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.
The idea for the f...Read on...
Posted on: September 25, 2017
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...Read on...
Posted on: September 20, 2017
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.
Posted on: September 15, 2017
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...Read on...
Posted on: September 14, 2017
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...Read on...
Posted on: September 7, 2017
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 aggressive...Read on...
Posted on: September 6, 2017
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...
Posted on: September 5, 2017
Here's what you need to know – frequently asked questions about the mail-in ballot.
Get the facts...
Posted on: August 30, 2017
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...Read on...
Posted on: September 5, 2017
Dig a little deeper about the mail-in ballot initiative and read our blog.
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Posted on: June 28, 2017
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.
Posted on: August 29, 2017
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...Read on...
Posted on: March 27, 2017
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&...Read on...
Posted on: March 3, 2017
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 ...Read on...
Posted on: February 28, 2017
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 ...Read on...
Posted on: February 14, 2017
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...Read on...
Posted on: January 9, 2017
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...Read on...
Posted on: November 21, 2016
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
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.
Parks Facilities Master Plan FAQs
Posted on: October 26, 2016
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...
Posted on: September 21, 2016
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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