Posted on: September 22, 2020
Get ready for some night walking! The walking track at the Merriam Community Center will close for one week starting Thursday, Sept. 24. The closure will run through Oct. 1 between the hours of 6 a.m. and 2:30 p.m.
Construction crews are adding e...
Posted on: September 14, 2020
Love parks? Passionate about our community? Get involved!
We need a Ward 1 resident to serve on Merriam’s Parks and Recreation Advisory Board. You’ll get to guide City staff on existing parks and recreation programs and recommend new po...Read on...
Posted on: August 27, 2020
City Councilmembers voted to adopt Merriam’s 2021 budget at the Aug. 24 City Council meeting.
The new budget goes into effect Jan. 1, 2021, and will fund capital improvement projects and equipment as well as core city services from the police, fi...Read on...
Posted on: August 25, 2020
An amazing find! Construction workers discovered a small time capsule in the 1911 cornerstone of the Irene B. French Community Center.
Denton Excavating crews were removing the cornerstone for preservation when they made the discovery.
No gold inside the ca...Read on...
Posted on: August 19, 2020
Three of our larger special events are now canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic: Merriam Drive Live and the Merriam Drive Live 5K Run/Walk scheduled Oct. 3 at Merriam Marketplace and the Fall Recycling Event scheduled Oct. 17 at the former Kmart parking ...Read on...
Posted on: August 18, 2020
Merriam police officers will look for drunk drivers during its You Drink. You Drive. You Lose. campaign that runs from Thursday, Aug. 20 through Labor Day.
Officers will look for visual cues usually related to drunk driving such as weaving, speed changes, ...Read on...
Posted on: August 17, 2020
After evaluating when members use the facility, there are now new hours of operation at the Merriam Community Center.
Beginning today, MCC building hours are:
- Monday: 5 a.m-9 p.m.
- Tuesday-Friday: 5 a.m.-7 p.m.
- Saturday: 8 a.m.-5 p.m.
- Sunday: 11 a.m.-4 p.m.
The ...Read on...
Posted on: August 12, 2020
Check your mailboxes! The Fall 2020 issue of our Highlights and Recreation magazine is now available. The award-winning magazine is published three times per year and mailed to all Merriam residents and businesses.
Find information about City new...Read on...
Posted on: August 11, 2020
Exciting news! We’re extending Merriam Community Center Charter Memberships through Oct. 5 – this is when yearlong memberships officially begin.
Your membership will go through Oct. 4, 2021. If the MCC closes due to COVID-19, membership...Read on...
Posted on: August 6, 2020
Tom and Debbie Long are the City of Merriam’s Park and Recreation 2019 Volunteer of the Year recipients.
One can usually find Tom, who has a degree in photojournalism, and Debbie clicking away on their cameras at various Parks and Recreation even...Read on...
Posted on: August 5, 2020
Merriam City Councilmembers recently voted to demolish the Irene B. French Community Center. The project is scheduled to begin later this month.
The contractor – a Merriam business – will preserve some of the building materials for futu...Read on...
Posted on: June 25, 2020
Our tree-lined streets offer an extra measure of delight all across our neighborhoods. Now you can add beauty to your home by buying from our City’s tree sale.
Choose from a variety of trees, including maples, oaks, elms, flowering crabapples, an...Read on...
Posted on: July 30, 2020
City Councilmembers and the Planning Commission will hold a joint meeting on Wednesday, Aug. 5 to go over the Merriam Comprehensive Plan 2040.
The Planning Commission will hold its regularly scheduled meeting on Aug. 5 at 6 p.m. via Zoom. Any public commen...Read on...
Posted on: July 30, 2020
Starting Aug. 3, Johnson Drive will be closed to through traffic at the BNSF railroad tracks for one week.During this closure, BNSF Railway will level its tracks. The City of Merriam will replace crossing approaches to the train tracks and traffic signal ...Read on...
Posted on: July 29, 2020
We’re in the process of building a new City of Merriam website and need your help with its design.
We want our new website to offer easier access to information and be more mobile friendly. Let us know what you like about our current site and wha...Read on...
Posted on: July 27, 2020
The Tim Murphy Art Gallery is back open! Come see the best of the best at our "Wall of Fame" exhibit.Located inside the new Merriam Community Center, the art gallery is free for the public to view during regular community center hours. Head to t...Read on...
Posted on: July 17, 2020
Merriam City Councilmembers will continue discussing the 2021 budget and talk about the 2021-2026 Capital Improvement Program during a virtual work session on Monday, July 20 at 6:30 p.m. You can watch the work session via Zoom:
Posted on: July 16, 2020
Our Merriam Community Center’s soft opening is next week! Check out our facility with limited hours as we prepare to be fully operational on July 25.
You’ll need to buy a membership to test out some of the community center’s n...Read on...
Posted on: July 15, 2020
The City of Merriam made the hard decision to cancel both our popular Turkey Creek Car & Motorcycle Show and Cruise Night due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
We are unable to guarantee physical distancing during these events, and the health and safety of our...Read on...
Posted on: July 7, 2020
Now’s a great time to get a behind-the-scenes look at our police department!
Sign up for the 2020 Merriam Citizens Police Academy and learn how our men and women in blue train to become our City’s finest.
The 10-week program starts Sept....Read on...
Posted on: July 9, 2020
Get an inside look at the new Merriam Community Center and see all the amenities at one of our drop-in tours next week.
Parks and Recreation staff will offer tours every 10 minutes. Staff will meet you in the courtyard at the beginning of each tour. Masks ...Read on...
Posted on: July 6, 2020
Starting this week, Johnson Drive between Kessler St. to east city limits will get a new look.Construction crews will completely repave the road, put in new curbs and sidewalks, and place ADA ramps as needed. They will also replace all median bricks with ...Read on...
Posted on: July 1, 2020
A friendly reminder that you aren’t allowed to shoot off any fireworks in Merriam. This includes sparklers, snakes, firecrackers, torpedoes, and roman candles.
We ask that you please respect your neighbors and have a safe Fourth of July
Watch this...Read on...
Posted on: June 30, 2020
Due to the increasing number of coronavirus cases in Johnson County, the City of Merriam has decided to cancel our next Party in YOUR Park event.
The family-friendly program was scheduled to take place at Campbell Park on July 17.
Stay updated on all COVID-...Read on...
Posted on: June 23, 2020
The Merriam Municipal Court is now open for in-person court cases. The Municipal Court is the judicial branch of the City that handles all traffic and city ordinance violations.
Things to keep in mind if you have an upcoming court case: Read on...
Posted on: June 19, 2020
The golf course is just one par-3 hole, but Merriam resident Stoney Bogan said it’s more than just the length of a game.
Bogan built the hole – with bicycles serving as the tee box markers - to raise money for local charities.
Posted on: June 18, 2020
Supply chain delays – due to the COVID-19 pandemic – continue to push back the Merriam Community Center opening.
The community center will now have a soft opening the week of July 20 with limited hours. We’ll be fully operatio...Read on...
Posted on: June 16, 2020
The City of Merriam rescheduled its free, citywide tree limb pickup during the week of July 20-24.
Place your branches curbside by 7 a.m. on Monday, July 20. Public Works crews will collect piles throughout the week.
Crews will collect large tree ...Read on...
Posted on: June 10, 2020
The City of Merriam is updating its Comprehensive Plan for the community – and a virtual public workshop will provide residents and business owners the opportunity to help shape the City’s vision for the future.
Learn about the planning...Read on...
Posted on: June 9, 2020
The City of Merriam is offering discounted rates for those who sign up to become a Merriam Community Center member by Labor Day.
Due to COVID-19 delays, the indoor pool won’t be complete when the building opens. We’re sad about these de...Read on...
Posted on: June 6, 2020
City Facilities and Playgrounds Open to the Public Monday
The City of Merriam will enter Phase 3 of the state’s Ad Astra reopening plan on Monday, June 8. All City facilities, playgrounds, and sports courts will reopen to the public.
The Irene B. ...Read on...
Posted on: June 1, 2020
Merriam police officers wrote more than 60 tickets for seatbelt violations during the two-week Click It or Ticket campaign, which ended yesterday.
Funded by a Kansas Department of Transportation grant, two Merriam officers worked the Click It or Ticket cam...Read on...
Posted on: May 29, 2020
The Comprehensive Plan Advisory Committee (CPAC) members received results from a recent resident survey and an update on public engagement. The group met virtually May 27 via Zoom.
The City hired Confluence to help facilitate the vision of what Merriam loo...Read on...
Posted on: May 28, 2020
As an organization, the City of Merriam will continue to follow guidelines from Gov. Laura Kelly’s Ad Astra: Plan to Reopen Kansas and will remain in Phase 2. This means City facilities (Merriam City Hall, the Irene B. French Community Center, a...Read on...
Posted on: May 14, 2020
Merriam councilmembers will discuss the Future of 5701 Merriam Drive during a virtual work session on Monday, May 18 at 7 p.m.
You may watch or listen to the meeting through Zoom:Read on...
Posted on: May 14, 2020
Starting Monday, May 18, Merriam police officers will write you a ticket if they stop you and see that you’re not wearing a seatbelt.
To reduce the number of preventable deaths, officers will enforce both the Kansas Safety Belt Use Act and the Ka...Read on...
Posted on: May 13, 2020
The City of Merriam has extended its application deadline for its Franchise Fee Rebate Program until July 1. This is for a franchise fee rebate from your 2019 utility bills if you meet certain 2019 income requirements.
Utility companies collect franchise f...Read on...
Posted on: April 30, 2020
The Johnson County Board of County Commissioners today extended the county’s stay-at-home order through May 10.
The commissioners heard from Johnson County’s Public Health Officer Dr. Joseph LeMaster as well as members from the COVID-19...Read on...
Posted on: April 29, 2020
Merriam’s Dolphins won’t have a season this year. The Johnson County Swim and Dive League canceled the 2020 season today.
The Swim and Dive League posted this message: “Based on current and projected social distancing...Read on...
Posted on: May 8, 2020
Starting Monday, W. Frontage Road off 75th St. will be closed to through traffic.
Construction crews are putting in a new storm sewer pipe in front of the Hampton Inn & Suites in Merriam. The work should take three days to complete, weather permitting....Read on...
Posted on: April 28, 2020
The Merriam Community Center’s opening day is delayed due to COVID-19. The community center was scheduled to open June 1 to charter members and June 8 to the general public.
COVID-19 has created supply chain delays. Manufacture shutdowns have pre...Read on...
Posted on: April 16, 2020
The Police Department shared its 2019 Annual Report to Merriam City Councilmembers on Monday.
The police department prides itself on community connections. Learn what programs our officers are involved in to build strong relationships with Merriam resident...Read on...
Posted on: April 15, 2020
Kansas Gov. Laura Kelly today extended the state’s stay-at-home order through May 3. It was set to expire on Sunday.
The governor said the extra two weeks will further continue to slow the spread of COVID-19. Predicted peak dates continue to chan...Read on...
Posted on: April 7, 2020
Due to COVID-19, the City of Merriam pushed back the Merriam Farmers’ Market opening day to May 23. It was scheduled to start on May 2.
The farmers’ market runs from 7 a.m.-1 p.m. at Merriam Marketplace (5740 Merriam Drive).
When the mar...Read on...
Posted on: April 7, 2020
Merriam councilmembers will attend the April 13 City Council meeting remotely due to recommendations set by the CDC in response to COVID-19.
You may watch the meeting through Zoom. Once you download the Zoom app, you can join the meeting at https://zoom.us...Read on...
Posted on: April 6, 2020
If you're one of the millions of workers finding yourself in a tizzy to create a make-shift office from your dining room table with files in a tote bag and a messy kitchen nearby, you're not alone. Check out these tips for working at home during COVID-19.
Posted on: April 6, 2020
With a heavy heart, the Merriam Parks and Recreation Department has officially canceled the 35th Annual Turkey Creek Festival.
The health and safety of our community, team members, and patrons continue to be our top priority.
The Turkey Creek Festival 5K is...Read on...
Posted on: April 1, 2020
Check your mailboxes! The Summer 2020 issue of our Highlights and Recreation magazine is now available. The award-winning magazine is published three times per year and mailed to all Merriam residents and businesses.
View the magazine online.
Find informati...Read on...
Posted on: April 1, 2020
Today is Census Day! We’re challenging you to fill out your 2020 Census TODAY to help shape your future.
You should have received your 2020 Census in the mail. You can fill it out by phone, email, or mail-in form.
** Your 2020 Census may show a Sh...Read on...
Posted on: March 31, 2020
A new, community-backed $5 million small business relief loan fund will provide immediate help to local businesses in need during the COVID-19 pandemic.
The KC COVID-19 Small Business Relief Loan Fund offers loans up to $100,000 to local businesses with fe...Read on...
Posted on: March 25, 2020
The U.S. Census Bureau sent you an invitation to fill out the 2020 Census online or by phone. You can also wait and fill out the paper form, which will arrive by mid-April.** Your 2020 Census may show a Shawnee/Mission/Shawnee Mission mailing address. You...Read on...
Posted on: March 26, 2020
The Merriam Visitors Bureau has created a local love challenge. Similar to bingo, it’s a fun idea to try at home with your family while you stay at home. See if you can cross off all 12 spots, and then, create a few of your own.
View the Local Lo...Read on...
Posted on: March 25, 2020
While our parks are not closed to the public, we recommend you follow CDC guidelines and avoid our playgrounds and park equipment. We encourage you to enjoy our Turkey Creek Streamway Trail and other public trails across the region.
When you are ...Read on...
Posted on: March 23, 2020
Irene B. French Community Center Remains Closed Through April 23
The Irene B. French Community Center and the Tim Murphy Art Gallery will remain closed through April 23 to comply with the 30-day stay at home order. Community Center memberships will be exte...Read on...
Posted on: March 19, 2020
All Merriam Municipal Court walk-in dockets and hearings for defendants not in custody are suspended through Monday, May 11.
All persons scheduled to appear will have new court dates mailed to defendants’ addresses on file. Email email@example.com...Read on...
Posted on: March 18, 2020
The City of Merriam is pushing back its free, citywide tree limb pickup until sometime in July. We’ll post on our city website merriam.org and our social media channels (Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram) when the City sets a new date.
Please chec...Read on...
Posted on: March 16, 2020
The lane-widening project on I-35 from 67th to 75th streets STARTS FRIDAY evening! KDOT will close the southbound I-35 on- and off-ramps at 75th St. through July. Traffic should detour to Shawnee Mission Parkway. The northbound I-35 on-ramp at 75th St. wi...Read on...
Posted on: March 17, 2020
In an effort to limit the community spread of COVID-19, the City of Merriam is closing all city offices to the public effective today, March 17 at noon through Sunday, April 5. All essential services will remain operational, and our employees are ready to...Read on...
Posted on: March 13, 2020
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...Read on...
Posted on: March 10, 2020
Opens June 1 to Charter Members and Swim Team
The Merriam Community Center (MCC) officially opens June 8. Our new 66,000-square-foot community center features an indoor pool with slides, lazy river, lap lanes, and a warm water therapy pool; outdo...Read on...
Posted on: March 11, 2020
Merriam Police Chief Darren McLaughlin promoted Sgt. Brokaw to captain at the March 9 City Council meeting. Brokaw started his career with the Merriam Police Department in 2001. He worked this way up the ranks to detective and sergeant of the investigatio...Read on...
Posted on: March 9, 2020
The Merriam Police Department is excited to announce its new partnership with Melissa’s Menagerie’s Second Chances. Melissa’s Menagerie’s Second Chances will work with the public and the police department to provide...Read on...
Posted on: March 6, 2020
Learn about upcoming street improvement projects on Johnson Drive and Mastin St. at a public meeting at Merriam City Hall on Wednesday, March 11 from 5:30-7 p.m.
This will be an open house-style meeting with City staff, design engineers, and the contractor...Read on...
Posted on: February 25, 2020
The 2020 Merriam Community & Visitors Guide is hot off the press! Start planning your next Merriam adventure with this handy resource packed full of visitor amenities, Merriam locals’ favorites, special features, a lesson in history, and so ...View online...
Posted on: January 30, 2020
The City of Merriam will start accepting applications for its Franchise Fee Rebate Program on Monday, Feb. 3.
Utility companies collect franchise fees from its customers throughout the year, and this program provides Merriam families – ...Read on...
Posted on: February 18, 2020
Come work at our new community center! Opening this summer, the City of Merriam will host a job fair next week looking for qualified applicants for a wide variety of positions.
Check out job openings for part-time and summer positions at our new community ...Read on...
Posted on: January 29, 2020
Merriam registered voters said ‘yes’ to renewing a 1/4-cent special sales tax by 80%. The tax pays for the City’s street and stormwater projects.
More than 2,000 residents cast their ballots with a 28% voter turnout....Read on...
Posted on: February 4, 2020
You’re invited to attend a public meeting, Wednesday, Feb. 5 at Merriam City Hall from 5:30-6:30 p.m. to discuss new sidewalks in the areas of Perry Ave. from 55th St. to 56th Terrace, 56th Terrace from Perry Ave. to Perry Lane, and 56th Terrace...Read on...
Posted on: January 24, 2020
Overland Park firefighters this morning dedicated a new fire truck in Merriam.
The dedication ceremony included firefighters washing the truck’s wheels and then manually pushing Truck 46 into the fire station bay. This is tradition when...Read on...
Posted on: January 16, 2020
The Merriam Parks and Recreation Department has released a list of the 2020 exhibitions at the Tim Murphy Art Gallery.
Be sure to check out the Heartland Artist Exhibition in March. The juried show brings in artists from all across the United States.
Posted on: January 6, 2020
Public Meeting on Thursday, Jan. 9
Check your mailboxes! Merriam registered voters this month will consider renewing a 1/4-cent special sales tax through a mail-in ballot. Ballots will be mailed on Jan. 8.
You should have also received a four-page newslette...Read on...
Posted on: January 21, 2020
You’re invited to attend a public meeting to talk about street improvements on Johnson Drive from the BNSF train tracks to east city limits.
Get a project overview and give your input about the project at the meeting at Merriam City Hall on Wedne...Read on...
Posted on: January 14, 2020
There are two new faces on the Merriam City Council. Whitney Yadrich and Bruce Kaldahl took the oath of office at last night’s council meeting, joining incumbent councilmembers Jason Silvers of Ward 1 and Bob Pape of Ward 4. Yadrich now serves W...Read on...
Posted on: October 29, 2019
In January, Merriam voters will be asked to consider renewing a ¼-cent special sales tax to exclusively fund street and stormwater projects in Merriam. The City Council on Oct. 28 approved a resolution to let Merriam voters decide whether to re...Read on...
Posted on: January 3, 2020
Free Christmas tree disposal starts Monday for Merriam residents. Public Works crews will collect your real Christmas trees curbside the week of Jan. 6-10, starting at 75th St. and working their way north. Find your scheduled pickup day on the map at Merr...Read on...
Posted on: December 11, 2019
Don’t fret if you missed yesterday’s public meeting about how the ¼-cent special sales tax renewal vote affects you. We put together this 7-minute video to talk about the basics of this street and stormwater tax.
Merriam registered voters will consider ren...Read on...
Posted on: December 12, 2019
The City of Merriam is again investing $50,000 in grants to help fund homeowners’ repairs and renovations for exterior home improvements. In 2020, residents only need to invest in $2,500 to receive a 20% reimbursement from the City. Eligible improvements ...Read on...
Posted on: November 25, 2019
The Winter/Spring 2019 Highlights & Recreation magazine is now available and should hit your mailboxes soon!
Read information about City news and services, upcoming community events, and Parks and Recreation activities and classes. The award-winning ma...Read on...
Posted on: November 21, 2019
Merriam police officers are working overtime Thanksgiving week to make sure impaired drivers stay off City roadways. The reason: to make sure you arrive safely home for the holidays.
The weeklong traffic enforcement campaign “Thanksgiving Safe Arrival” sta...Read on...
Posted on: November 12, 2019
Two Merriam master police officers (MPO) were promoted to corporals. Cpls. Wes Waller and Aaron Simmons received their new badges at the Nov. 11 City Council meeting.
Cpl. Simmons said he’s excited to continue serving Merriam residents. He first ...Read on...
Posted on: October 29, 2019
The Merriam Visitors Bureau brought home another marketing award for the Merriam Visitors Guide from the annual tourism conference last week in Mulvane, Kansas. The three-day conference provides an opportunity for tourism professionals across the state to...Read on...
Posted on: October 28, 2019
The City of Merriam’s new finance director, Donna Oliver, started today.
Oliver will be responsible for managing the City’s budget and financial reporting. Her department also oversees investments, accounts payable, and accounts receivable.
“I’m so excited ...Read on...
Posted on: October 24, 2019
It’s no trick – Merriam police officers will give you a ticket if you or your children aren’t properly buckled during Halloween week.
Between Monday, Oct. 28 and Friday, Nov. 1, officers will patrol local elementary schools as part of “Ticket or Treat.” Th...Read on...
Posted on: October 25, 2019
The City of Meriam has arranged for Benjamin Lawn & Landscape to offer a group rate for residential curbside leaf removal in our neighborhoods. This is a voluntary program with two pickup options – Oct. 29 and Nov. 26.
You can reserve your spa...Read on...
Posted on: October 16, 2019
The City of Merriam received a state award in honor of several community grant programs offered to its residents.
The League of Kansas Municipalities on Oct. 14 honored the City with its Inspire – Create – Innovate Community Awards for economic development...Read on...
Posted on: October 15, 2019
The Merriam Police Department adds two new officers to its force. Officers Holly Keith and Brandon Bates were officially sworn in at the Oct. 14 City Council meeting.
Officer Keith graduated from Shawnee Mission South High School. She said she knew she was...Read on...
Posted on: October 9, 2019
The City of Merriam is offering free, large-item pickup for residents to dispose of items such as furniture, appliances, rugs, and electronics. Please place items by your curb before 7 a.m. on your scheduled pickup day during the week of Oct. 21.Find more...Read on...
Posted on: September 24, 2019
The City of Merriam promoted Public Works Superintendent Jim MacDonald to public works director at the Sept. 23 City Council meeting. He has served as the interim director since April.
MacDonald started his career in Merriam in 1992 when the City hired him...Read on...
Posted on: September 23, 2019
Chief McLaughlin in Remission from Lymphoma
Courage. Sacrifice. Compassion. Those three words – the mantra of the Merriam Police Department – never meant so much to Chief Darren McLaughlin as they do now.
The 30-year veteran was one of t...Read on...
Posted on: October 2, 2019
Come listen to some of the best bands in the Kansas City metro area during the second annual Merriam Drive Live on Saturday, Oct. 5. Merriam Marketplace will transform into a huge lawn party with live music on two stages. There will be food trucks, adult ...Read on...
Posted on: September 26, 2019
Help define the City's future as we update our Comprehensive Plan - creating a vision for Merriam through the year 2040 and beyond. The Comprehensive Plan addresses our City’s land use, housing, commercial and industrial development, sustainability and th...Read on...
Posted on: September 23, 2019
City of Merriam Finance Director Cindy Ehart retires today after 15 years of service with the City.
Ehart started working as a part-time accountant for Merriam in 2004 and became the City’s finance director in 2007. She’s responsible for managing the City’...Read on...
Posted on: September 19, 2019
Several Merriam residents will see new sidewalks in their neighborhoods and along the eastbound ramp at Shawnee Mission Parkway and Carter Ave. The enhancements are part of the City’s commitment to improving walkability to neighborhood parks, schools, and...Read on...
Posted on: September 18, 2019
The City of Merriam today noted a construction milestone as it held a Topping Out Ceremony for the Merriam Community Center.
During the ceremony, construction crews placed the last steel beam – completing the community center's frame. The beam was signed b...Read on...
Posted on: September 12, 2019
Showcasing more than 275 classic vehicles!
Get revved up for the Turkey Creek Car & Motorcycle Show and join us at Merriam Marketplace (5740 Merriam Drive) this Saturday, Sept. 14 from 10 a.m.-4:30 p.m.
Held rain or shine, this car show is one of the mo...Read on...
Posted on: September 10, 2019
A 61-year-old Merriam woman’s heart stopped beating on a warm, afternoon last month. When Merriam police arrived at her home, Master Police Officer Matthew Hirsch sprang into action and performed CPR for several minutes.
The woman survived thanks...Read on...
Posted on: September 9, 2019
The City of Merriam received an Award of Excellence from the City-County Communications & Marketing Association (3CMA) for its Highlights and Recreation magazine.
3CMA announced the 2019 Savvy Award winners at its national conference in Denver, Colorad...Read on...
Posted on: August 16, 2019
Thanks to you, the Merriam Farmers' Market received the 2019 Nextdoor Neighborhood Favorite Farmers Market! About 5,000 Nextdoor members voted on 20 different categories, including Farmers Markets. We also received this award from Nextdoor in 201...Read on...
Posted on: August 14, 2019
Merriam police want you to think about your loved ones before you decide to drink and drive. That’s why officers are stepping up drunk driving patrol to target impaired drivers during the annual “You Drink. You Drive. You Lose.” campaign that starts tomor...Read on...
Posted on: August 13, 2019
City Staff directed to get a structural assessment of the 1911 portion of the building
The 5701 Merriam Drive Steering Committee shared its final report to Merriam City Council at the Aug. 12 council meeting.
Committee members met several times since Octobe...Read on...
Posted on: August 1, 2019
We have a full night of fun for you on Tuesday, Aug. 6!
We’ll start at 6 p.m. with a dedication ceremony for our new public art piece and playground equipment at Waterfall Park. “Hmmm…” is a playful exploration of place-making and identity. Colorado artist...Read on...
Posted on: July 29, 2019
The Fall 2019 issue of our Highlights and Recreation magazine is now available and should hit your mailboxes soon!
Read information about City news and services, upcoming community events, and Parks and Recreation activities and classes. The award-winning ...Read on...
Posted on: July 24, 2019
Discover why there are orange cones in your neighborhood with our new current projects map. Public Works will update the interactive map every two weeks to show city-wide projects such as new sidewalks, streetlights, and roadways, among many other develop...Read on...
Posted on: July 23, 2019
Get involved in the City of Merriam and serve as a representative on the City’s Parks and Recreation Advisory Board. The Ward 1 candidate needs a passion for parks and our community.
Board members guide City staff on existing parks and recreation programs ...Read on...
Posted on: June 12, 2019
The City of Merriam’s 2018 Popular Annual Financial Report (PAFR) is now available to read. The short report informs you about our City’s financial activity in a simple, easy-to-read format. It provides a brief analysis of where City r...Read on...
Posted on: June 11, 2019
Merriam’s newest councilmember, Jason Silvers, was ceremonially sworn in at the June 10 City Council meeting. The City Council in April appointed Silvers to fill the vacant Ward 1 seat previously filled by Robert Weems.
Silvers and his ...Read on...
Posted on: June 4, 2019
Merriam is home to a fascinating history. The best way to explore our local history is with the help of a personal tour guide. The Otocast App is the perfect travel companion to do just that! Whether you’ve lived here all your life and want to learn more ...Read on...
Posted on: May 17, 2019
Buckle up and save a life! That’s what Merriam police officers want you to do during the annual statewide Click It or Ticket campaign.
Starting May 20, officers will look for drivers and passengers not properly buckled. They want to help reduce the number ...Read on...
Posted on: May 16, 2019
Host a neighborhood block party and get reimbursed up to $200! You can use the Neighborhood Block Party Grant to help cover party-related expenses such as food, paper goods, party favors, and to hire entertainment/performers.You’ll first need to fill out ...Read on...
Posted on: May 13, 2019
Residents passionate about our community are encouraged to file for the Merriam City Council. The filing deadline is June 3 to run in the November election. If there are more than three candidates filing for the same ward, there will be a primary election...Read on...
Posted on: May 10, 2019
The City of Merriam is looking for a Ward 1 representative with a passion for parks and our community to serve as a representative on the City’s Parks and Recreation Advisory Board.
Board members provide guidance to City staff on existing parks and recreat...Read on...
Posted on: May 9, 2019
It may be wet outside, but it’s planting season for those wanting to participate in the Neighborhood Island Grant. Residents have until June 15 to install plants or other landscaping needs if they want to be reimbursed by the City of Merriam.
The Neighborh...Read on...
Posted on: May 8, 2019
In celebration of National Tourism Week, Merriam’s Mayor Ken Sissom greeted guests and helped serve on the front lines at Merriam’s Hampton Inn & Suites on Wednesday, May 8. Now in its 36th year, National Tourism Week is the annual...Read more...
Posted on: April 30, 2019
On Monday night, Merriam residents met to provide input on the future of 5701 Merriam Drive. The public meeting, hosted at the Irene B. French Community Center, was an opportunity for the project’s steering committee to provide an upda...Read on...
Posted on: April 24, 2019
The Merriam Police Department recently joined the Neighbors by Ring app to provide crime and safety alert to residents.
Ring is known for making video doorbells that connect with your phone. Its app allows users to view and share videos of suspicious activ...Read on...
Posted on: April 23, 2019
Merriam Police Officer Beau Soucie accepted a Life Saving Award at the April 22 City Council meeting.
On March 15, Officer Soucie took a medical call at the Shawnee Mission School District’s operations and maintenance facility. Officer Soucie started CPR o...Read on...
Posted on: March 29, 2019
We need your input about what is happening next at 5701 Merriam Drive – the site of the Irene B. French Community Center (IBFCC). In 2020, the Parks and Recreation Department will leave the existing site and move operations to the new community center at ...Read on...
Posted on: April 19, 2019
We are updating our Comprehensive Plan to create a new plan to guide the City's future and need your help! The Comprehensive Plan covers community topics such as demographics and economic trends, housing, future land use planning and redevelopment, parks ...Read on...
Posted on: April 18, 2019
Wanting to stop the growing trend of impaired drivers on our streets, the Merriam Police Department will increase enforcement this weekend.
April 20 is known as “Weed Day” among law enforcement agencies. According to the Journal of Amer...Read on...
Posted on: April 3, 2019
The City of Merriam recently received an award for construction work done last year on Johnson Drive.
The American Council of Engineering Companies of Kansas (ACEC-KS) awarded the City with Engineering Excellence for the Johnson Drive Improvement Project. ...Read on...
Posted on: March 28, 2019
Check your mailboxes! The Summer 2019 issue of our Highlights and Recreation magazine is now available.
You can also view the magazine online.
Find information about City news and services, upcoming community events, and Parks and Recreation Department acti...Read on...
Posted on: March 26, 2019
Capt. Todd Allen took over as Merriam’s acting chief of police today.
Acting Chief Allen began his career with the Meriam Police Department in 1996 after graduating from the Johnson County Regional Police Academy. He rose the ranks over the past 23 years, ...Read on...
Posted on: March 19, 2019
Spring is calling, which means it's time to start thinking about cleaning up our properties. Merriam offers free curbside tree limb pickup on March 25-29 and large-item pickup on April 15-19.
Tree Limb Pickup // March 25-29
Place your branches and limbs cur...Read on...
Posted on: February 26, 2019
During its meeting on Monday, the City Council formally accepted Ward One Councilmember Robert Weem’s resignation.
Weems notified the Council of his intent to resign during the February 11 Council meeting, citing a move out of the city limits as ...Read on...
Posted on: March 13, 2019
The 2019 Heartland Artist Exhibition saw an amazing collection of talent. The national show brought in more than 90 artists representing eight states who submitted work for the exhibition.
Hugh Greer, from Wichita, won the Susan Hayden Award of Distinction...Read on...
Posted on: March 12, 2019
The Merriam Police Department named Master Police Officer Kristin Jasinski as its 2018 Officer of the Year.
Nominated by her peers, MPO Jasinski said it’s an honor to be recognized with this award.
“I’m blessed to work with an extraordinary group of people ...Read on...
Posted on: March 7, 2019
Merriam Police Department Records Clerk Karen Gibson will retire later this month after nearly 30 years with the department. Gibson is responsible for providing a variety of administrative work for the police department.
Gibson started her career with the ...Read on...
Posted on: March 1, 2019
Three petitions were recently submitted to the City concerning the design of the new aquatics center, the sale of land in Vavra Park, and how money is spent from the I-35 TIF District Fund. Per state statute, the City sent the petitions to the Johnson Cou...Read on...
Posted on: February 25, 2019
After 32 years of service with the Merriam Police Department, Chief of Police Michael Daniels announced he will retire on April 1.
Chief Daniels began his tenure as a patrol officer in 1987 before rising up the ranks to chief of police in 2014. Chief Danie...Read on...
Posted on: February 19, 2019
The City of Merriam is now accepting applications for its Franchise Fee Rebate Program. Utility companies routinely collect franchise fees from its customers throughout the year. This program provides Merriam families whose income fall within the limits e...Read on...
Posted on: January 24, 2019
The City’s recently approved non-discrimination ordinance officially took effect on January 22. The ordinance prohibits discrimination in the City of Merriam in employment, housing, and public accommodations on the basis of an individual&rsq...Read on...
Posted on: January 23, 2019
Newly promoted Overland Park Fire Captain Chris Palmer is coming to Merriam. Captain Palmer will fill a vacancy created by the recent retirement of Captain Doug Crockett, who served the people of Merriam for 32 years.
Captain Palmer is a 19-year veteran of...Read on...
Posted on: January 17, 2019
During the January 14 City Council meeting, Officer April Gebke was honored with a lifesaving award. In early December, Officer Gebke responded to a one vehicle accident where the driver had suffered a major cardiac event. She quickly removed the driver f...Read on...
Posted on: January 16, 2019
The City of Merriam welcomes two new officers to our Police Department: Officer Nick Moeller and Officer Kaleb Bryant.
Office Moeller is originally from Davenport, Iowa and has a bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice and Sociology from Simpson Co...Read on...
Posted on: January 14, 2019
Merriam residents can drop-off their storm debris at the Public Works Facility (6901 Knox) from Wednesday, January 16 until Wednesday, January 23. Drop-off hours will be 7:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. including Saturday, Sunday and the MLK Holiday on Mon...Read on...
Posted on: January 10, 2019
Building is booming in Merriam, and now you can track it in real time. This week, the Community Development Department launched a new map on the City’s website that identifies the open building permits throughout the community.
The map, which wil...Read on...
Posted on: January 4, 2019
The City of Merriam is seeking a facilitator to assist the committee tasked with determining the future of the existing Irene B. French Community Center and the property it’s located on – 5701 Merriam Drive. Once selected, the facilita...Read on...
Posted on: December 27, 2018
The City of Merriam recently received a prestigious national award for its annual financial report. The Government Finance Officers Association (GFOA) awarded the City the Certification of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting for its...Read on...
Posted on: December 19, 2018
On Friday, Dec. 14, 2018 police officers from Merriam participated in Operation Rudolph for the third year. This event brightens the holidays with a unique experience for select students in the Shawnee Mission School district.
Principals from each Merriam ...Read on...
Posted on: December 13, 2018
A portion of Carter Ave. will be closed beginning Saturday, Dec. 15 at 7 a.m. to replace 100 feet of storm sewer pipe under the roadway. The immediate need was discovered while crews worked on replacing curb in the area. The closure only affects the porti...Read on...
Posted on: December 13, 2018
The City Council honored Carol Whitlock, resident and outgoing chair of the Merriam Planning Commission, for her service during the meeting on Monday night. After serving on the Planning Commission for more than 30 years, Whitlock is retiring her post.
Posted on: December 11, 2018
Captain Doug Crockett’s fire service career began on February 5, 1985, when he joined the Merriam Fire Department. He served the department for 28 years, rising through the ranks to the position to Deputy Chief. After the Merriam/Overland Park F...Read on...
Posted on: December 4, 2018
Merriam City Council will consider a draft non-discrimination ordinance at its Dec. 10 meeting at City Hall.
The ordinance would prohibit discrimination in the City of Merriam in employment, housing, and public accommodations on the basis of an individual'...Read on...
Posted on: December 3, 2018
Students from 22 high schools across the region are competing in the 22nd Annual High School Visual Arts Competition on Thursday, Dec. 6 at the Tim Murphy Art Gallery. The opening night reception begins at 7 p.m. with a special musical performance by Summ...Read on...
Posted on: November 28, 2018
Check your mailboxes! The Winter 2018/Spring 2019 issue of our Highlights and Recreation magazine is now available.
You can also view the magazine online.
Find information about City news and services, upcoming events, and Parks and Recreation Department ac...Read on...
Posted on: November 27, 2018
Merriam residents made several enhancements to their homes this year thanks to the City-funded Exterior Home Improvement Grant Program.
City Council designated $30,000 in 2018 for residents to make improvements to their homes. The projects varied from new ...Read on...
Posted on: November 20, 2018
The BNSF Railway Company will completely shut down 67th St. at the railroad tracks to make necessary repairs at the railroad crossing. The weeklong closure starts Monday, Dec. 3 and runs through Friday, Dec. 7.
Drivers should detour using Shawnee...Read on...
Posted on: November 19, 2018
With a culture of flexible workplace practices, the City of Merriam received the 2018 When Work Works Award for best practices of effective organizations by the Society of Human Resources Management (SHRM).
The award recognizes organizations across the cou...Read on...
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 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 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: 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: 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: 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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