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Yes. By City ordinance, all dogs must be physically restrained at all times, including if the animal is on its own property. Acceptable restraint methods include:
A list of Kansas City-area animal control agencies can be found http://www.hsgkc.org/resources_animalcontrol.html.
If you live in an area that does not have its own animal control, you may be able to find assistance through the Humane Society of Missouri» http://www.hsmo.org
Many wild animals, especially rabbits and deer, leave their young for extended periods of time, so we should not interfere with them.
If you truly believe a wild animal is in need of assistance call the Missouri Department of Conservation (see link below) or the Lakeside Nature Center at 816-513-8960 for advice or visit their webpage at lakesidenaturecenter.org. Local Missouri Department of Conservation Contact»
If you are having problems with a wildlife infestation, such as bats in your attic or a family of raccoons living under your porch, you will be directed to contact a professional pest removal company to handle the problem.
An approved backflow prevention assembly shall be installed where actual or potential hazards to the public potable water system exist. The type and degree of protection required shall be commensurate with the degree of hazard. (More information on the types of hazards and backflow prevention assemblies is available in the City of Liberty Code Ch. 29 Water and Sewers; Article 3: Water, Division 2 – Cross Connection Control). City Code»
For new facilities, the assembly must be tested when installed.
Letters are sent annually reminding citizens/businesses of their test date. It is then up to the backflow device owner to contact a licensed and certified backflow assembly tester. If the tester finds the assembly is not working, you must arrange to have it repaired and tested again. It is your responsibility to pay for the test and repairs. The tester is required to provide a copy of the test report to you and the water supplier. To obtain a list of certified testers in your area, call the Missouri Department of Natural Resources or visit their Backflow Prevention webpage (http://dnr.mo.gov/env/wpp/backflow/).
According to City ordinance (in accordance with state regulations), if an owner does not perform the testing annually, it is the Water Utilities right to terminate water service in order to protect the public water system. The backflow assembly test report can be mailed to the Utiltities Department, Attn: Backflow Prevntion, 101 E. Kansas, Liberty, MO 64068, or faxed to 816.439.4513
For more information, contact the Building Division at City Hall, 101 E Kansas, third floor or by phone at 816.439.4534.
Exception: Final Occupancy and Framing inspections will be next day inspections.
A $50 fee must be paid prior to the approval of a temporary occupancy. All exterior items are required to be completed within the 30-day period. Extension of the temporary occupancy permit may be granted for exterior items affected by weather conditions.
In addition to the permit, one must acquire the consent of neighboring property owners in order to construct a front yard fence. Additionally, the fence must be constructed so that it does not impede into the established site triangle if it is on a corner lot. Fences may be erected up to side and rear property lines without a permit as long as city construction, height, and material standards are respected.
This is a state and City code requirement and failure to comply will result in the disconnection of the water service to protect the potable water system from cross contamination.
This code identifies the responsibilities of owners and occupants regarding rental properties. It also establishes basic standards that these properties should meet as well as providing a procedure for inspections and appeals.
Please view our Residential Rental Occupancy Code section to view the rental criteria.
Residential Rental Occupancy Code
To arrange a collection of unwanted trash and bulky objects contact a private hauler or Liberty’s trash service provider, Allied Waste at 816.254.1470. The city offers two yearly curb side collection events for excess trash bulky items in April and in October (both events are advertised prior to collection.) Also during these two periods a limb and log disposal site is open for residents to haul yard waste. Another option for residents is to subscribe to weekly curbside yard waste collection, also provided through Allied Waste. Some auto stores take used tires for a small fee. Other trash and recycling information can be obtained on the city’s website.
Keep in mind, some subdivisions may have homeowner’s association regulations that do not allow the addition of a parking space.
At no time should the area parallel to the street be paved or used as a parking space. Vehicles parked on the street should have tires fully on the street pavement and not over the curb or on the grass.
Contact a Planner at 439.4543 if you have questions about adding an additional parking space.
Weeds and grass are not to exceed six inches in residential and developed areas. Citizens are responsible for maintaining and mowing the property to the curb, street, or alley where they reside. In certain cases where grass or weeds are not regularly cut, the city may mow the property and bill the cost of the mowing to the property owner. City Code only requires the city to send a one time notification in a calendar year on a property in violation of the weed ordinance. A second violation on the same property with the same property owner is considered a repeat offense. Repeat offenses can be abated by the city and billed without further notice being sent. Any owner interested in a hearing before the director should make that request known within five days after receiving the “Notice to Comply” by making a written request to the director of development. Certainly unforeseeable circumstances can prevent the best of intentions. A phone call to request a short extension upon receiving this letter will be considered. Once the violation is reported or observed, since all the particulars are unknown to us, we have to address the issue at once as vegetation can get out of control rather quickly. Even when violations are sent during rainy periods, the weather usually breaks sometime during the ten days allowing the property owner to mow or trim weeds. On rental properties, the agreement made for mowing the lot is unknown to us so the property owner is responsible. If you no longer own the property in question or believe this report is in error, please advise us at once so we can correct our records. Or if you wish to discuss this matter further please give us a call 816-439-4530.
Any questions regarding the Design Criteria and Technical Specifications or about public works projects or this process should be directed to the Engineering Division at 816-439-4500. Design Criteria & Technical Specs»
If there is a streetlight that is out, please contact KCP&L at 1-888-LIGHT-KC (544.4852). Please be prepared to provide a house number that is adjacent to the street light or a location description of the problematic light. The pole number posted on the light may also assist in the location of the light.
You can also contact the City of Liberty Streets and Storm Sewer Maintenance Division at 816-439-4514 with a location of the light. That information will be forwarded on to KCP&L who will make the repair.
You can register for many Parks & Rec programs online! You can also register in person at the Liberty Community Center, 1600 S. Withers Road, or by calling 816-439-4360.
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*When these holidays fall on a weekday, trash and recycling collection will run one day late for the remainder of the week:
Local historic districts have been designated by the City because they contain buildings with unique architectural and historic significance. Properties within the historic districts are subject to special historic preservation zoning, which means that any exterior alterations made to the property must first be approved by the Historic District Review Commission. This is done to ensure that the historic quality of the buildings and neighborhoods is maintained.
Any homeowner must obtain the proper building permits from the City for structural work on their homes, in order to ensure that building codes are satisfied. Exterior work on homes within the historic districts must also be reviewed by the Historic District Review Commission (HDRC) to ensure that the historic character of the home is not compromised. Once the proposed changes have been approved by the HDRC, a Certificate of Appropriateness (COA) will be issued.
COA Application »
There are a couple of different plaques that you may see throughout the historic districts. One is the shape of Clay County. The county selected certain homes as important landmarks and identified these with a plaque. Another may be a plaque that says the building is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. This is an honorary designation that does not place any restrictions on the property.
There may also be a Century House plaque, which identifies the year the house was built. The City of Liberty's Century House Project was created to celebrate the rich history of architecture in Liberty. Owners of Liberty houses and commercial buildings 100 years or older are invited to participate in the program.These plaques are available for purchase for any building that is 100 years old or older. Learn more and apply»
A Certificate of Appropriateness (COA) is necessary for obtaining a building permit for exterior work on a structure within the City's historic districts. An application is available online or from the Community Development office on the third floor of City Hall.
You will be asked to briefly describe the work proposed and list the materials to be used. You and your contractor may already have this information at hand as part of the building permit process. The Historic District Review Commission meets twice a month to review applications. Meetings are open to the public, and the applicant is encouraged to attend.
The Community Development Office is available to provide information about historic homes, answer renovation questions, and assist with the application process. The Design Subcommittee of the Historic District Review Commission convenes as needed to consult with property owners about bigger projects. Comprised of HDRC members, this group is able to answer questions, make suggestions and assist with details in the planning phase of a project. Frequently, they will visit the worksite itself in order to better understand the project. Their services are offered free of charge.
There are certain tax rebates and loan programs available to homeowners who are restoring an historic home. In order to be eligible, work must conform to city historic guidelines and the National Register guidelines for historic preservation. Contact the Preservation Planner at 816-439.4537 or via email for more information about these programs.
No. You may alter the interior of your property without approval of the Historic District Review Commission (HDRC), but remember that interior alterations would be subject to any necessary building permits.
The Historic District Review Commission follows two documents when considering applications for a certificate of appropriateness: the Historic Preservation section of the Unified Development Ordinance (city codes), and the Historic District Design Guidelines, which are recommendations for the treatment of historic properties. Information about these documents can be obtained through the links above or from the Community Development Manager on the third floor of City Hall.
Unlike neighborhood associations, the city may not force homeowners to do more than comply with basic safety and building codes. In general, the community has not welcomed interference with the rights of private property owners. Derelict properties do drag down the value of the homes around them, however, and community attention and assistance to the needs of neighbors will always be welcomed.
Well, you may, as long as no city codes are violated. Liberty has chosen to make preservation of its historic neighborhoods a priority, however, since it is these neighborhoods that give Liberty its distinctive character and attractiveness. Your community and property values are only enhanced by proper care of your home.
There is no charge for applying for, or receiving a Certificate of Appropriateness. There are fees associated with obtaining a building permit, however, if one is required for your project.
Building Permit info»
Recent years have shown that vinyl does a poor job of protecting the home underneath. Moisture is sealed in, so the structure cannot “breathe”. This provides a haven for termites and bacteria which eventually destroy the structure underneath. Cost is often a consideration for choice of siding or window materials, however there are other better options. The Community Development Manager can provide you with information about other man-made materials which offer better durability at reasonable cost. In addition, state income tax credit programs are available to help with renovation costs only if appropriate materials are used. Use of vinyl will disqualify a home from these programs.
Our Historic Design Guidelines are also a great source of information. The guidelines were written to assist property owners when planning an improvement project, to ensure that the proposed work will help preserve the historic character of the property and the neighborhood. Remember that any exterior changes to property located within the historic districts are subject to review before the project begins.
Food sorting will take place at Heritage Hall Dec. 10 and 11 from 6:00-8:00 p.m. Volunteers must sign up online in advance. Space is limited to 75 volunteers per day.
Yes! Due to the large volume of volunteers, we are asking interested parties to sign up online in advance. Space is limited to 75 volunteers per day.
Yes, we ask that volunteers commit to the full two hours on the sorting day they select.
Yes! We welcome children ages 6 and up. Adult supervision is required.
Yes, please let us know about your needs in the comments section when you sign up online or call 816-439-4424.
That would be great! All food must be donated by Wednesday evening. Please remember to check the expiration dates on any donations.
Due to the limited space and number of people in the Hall, we request no food or drink.
We suggest comfortable, warm clothing. Open toed shoes are not allowed. While the Hall is heated, it is not as warm as a typical office or home. We suggest dressing in layers.
Our sorting space can accommodate up to 75 volunteers each day. First come, first served. Sign up in advance online »
Most definitely! We only request that you sign up online in advance.
No, sorry, we do not.
We will be accepting applications Oct. 7 - Nov. 8. You can apply online or by calling 816-439-4424. Phones are answered Monday-Friday between 8:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. Online applications are the preferred method. It's quick and easy to complete the form online!
Applications will not be accepted after Nov. 8 at 5 p.m. Applications must be submitted over the phone or online; no walk-ins or email.
All applicants must live within the Liberty (Missouri) School District boundaries. Children must have permanent residency within the school district, must live with the adult applicant and school-aged children must be enrolled in a Liberty School District school. Children 18 and older, living with applicant will be considered an adult. Please, only submit one application per household. Applications from families who home-school and live within the LPS District will also be accepted. Enrollment and/or address will be confirmed.
If you meet the program's residency requirements listed under "What are the guidelines?", your application will be accepted. If there are any questions about your application, we will contact you.
All accepted applicants will receive 2–3 boxes of canned goods plus perishable food items which may include turkey, eggs, milk, butter and potatoes.
Based on funds raised, Liberty Community Christmas Tree provides vouchers to our volunteer shoppers to buy a gift for each child. Gifts are usually items needed such as clothes, gloves, hats, coats, etc. The volunteer shoppers will contact your family to ask for sizes, wanted items, etc. for each child.
A generous family/individual will adopt your family. They will contact you for gift suggestions. Please have suggestions available for each child in the $25 price range. On Saturday, Dec. 14 the gifts and food will be delivered to you between 8 and 11 a.m. Please have a member of the household age 18 or older available to receive the food and gifts.
It is recommended that you adopt no more than two families. Keep in mind you will need to have space in your car for 3-4 boxes of food, plus the children's gifts, per family on delivery day. An empty car trunk can typically only hold 4 boxes
No. A voucher will be provided for you to purchase a gift for each child. Shoppers may spend their own money, above and beyond what is on the voucher, but it is certainly not required.
The amount of food donated determines the number of boxes per family. Generally speaking, each family receives four boxes of food. Please keep in mind, the average empty car trunk can only hold four boxes. If adopting two families, you more than likely will have to make two trips.
When families apply for assistance, every effort is made to get all contact information. For many, their circumstances can change without notice. If you are not able to reach them by phone, please make an effort to go by their house and try to make contact. If after several tries you are unable to contact the family, please notify the LCCT office at 816-439-4424.
Yes, because we are providing perishable items, we can not leave the food and gifts on their porch! When families apply for assistance, they are instructed to be home on delivery day. When you call to ask for their wish list, it is helpful to remind them of the delivery day and what time you will be coming to their home.
Vouchers are determined by how much money is raised and how many children apply, so the voucher amount may change from year to year.
100% of the funds raised goes to the LCCT program for purchases like perishable food items, gift vouchers and paper products for the families. You can make a donation online or by mailing a check payable to Liberty Community Christmas Tree to 1600 S Withers Rd., Liberty, MO 64068.
The vouchers provided are intended to be used for the children. If you would like to purchase items for the parents with your own money, that is at your discretion.
Did you know that the average family in Liberty pays $37.50 a year in property taxes to support parks? That means each and every family member has access to the parks, playgrounds, trails, tennis courts, disc golf course, dog park, play fields, spraygrounds, and more, for less than $3.15 per month. Tax dollars actually fund only about 18% of the funding needed to operate the Parks and Recreation Department facilities, programs, and services each year
Liberty Parks & Rec staff works hard to be responsible with tax dollars afforded to the department. The department generates between 66-70 percent of its operating costs through fees and charges annually, which is more than double the national average. Studies show the average Parks and Recreation agency recovers its operating costs only 29-34 percent through fees and charges for programs and services.
The simple answer is because the Parks & Recreation Department is not a for-profit agency. As an arm of local government, it is expected that we do not turn away families or children in need and that we utilize our facilities in partnership with other public agencies to best serve taxpayers. Ensuring school students have space for theater activities or the Silver Center has space to convene, or high school swim teams’ needs are met are just a few of the expectations placed on our parks and recreation facilities.
Liberty Parks & Rec does not turn away any child because of the family’s inability to pay. With the Foundation’s help we are able to offer program and youth sport scholarships to families who qualify for free and reduced lunch programs at the schools. The department also subsidizes about $20,000 per year in Liberty Community Center memberships for families in need, for which there is no reimbursement.
Sure, and we do. The department regularly applies for and receives grants for specific programs and services exceeding $200,000 per year. Most grants, however, are extremely competitive and are for specific projects, not general operating costs. Others are grants intended to be passed on to residents to subsidize fees and charges paid for membership services.
Yes, the citizens of Liberty overwhelmingly supported the passage of a Use Tax on April 3. For the Parks & Rec Department, a portion of Use Tax revenues will help fund specific capital improvements at City Park, neighborhood parks and the Liberty Community Center. Donations to the Annual Campaign helps maintain the department's annual operations that otherwise would not be covered by user fees and taxes.
All donations received by the Liberty Foundation are dedicated to supporting the programs services, and facilities of the Liberty Parks and Recreation Department.
The Liberty Parks and Recreation Foundation has been recognized widely for its youth sports and program scholarship fund. This program assists families in need with registration fee subsidies to enable children to participate in youth activities alongside their peers. In addition to supporting the foundation’s scholarship program, projects funded in 2017 include:
Your tax deductible contribution will support the programs and services for Liberty kids, families, and community.
All donors will receive information at the end of the campaign year, recapping funds raised and outlining how funds were used.
Therefore, like chlorine, monochloramine must be removed from water used for keeping live fish, amphibians and other aquatic animals. This includes Koi, fish, lobster, shrimp, frogs, turtles, snails, clams and live coral. To protect fish and amphibians, use treatment products to remove monochloramine from tap water. These products are readily available at most pet supply stores and aquarium dealers. Leaving water to sit for several days is not an effective method for removing monochloramine.
Inadequate chlorine addition or improper pH levels can contribute to trichloramine formation. Maintaining a pH level of 7.2 to 7.8 in pools is necessary to control trichloramine.
In our region, nearly all of the major water systems use monochloramine including Kansas City, Missouri, Independence, Platte County (Parkville), Saint Joseph and Harrisonville in Missouri as well as WaterOne of Johnson County, the Kansas City Board of Public Utilities, Olathe and Lawrence in Kansas.
No. You must appear in court on the court date and time that was given to you on your citation. With the correct insurance card, your ticket will be dismissed by the City Prosecutor, upon proof shown.
If your violation is a payable offense you can pay on-line. A $2.50 convenience charge will be added to your transaction. Online Court Payments»
The following is considered inappropriate:-- Midriff shorts-- Cutoffs-- Halter or tank tops -- Undershirts-- Swimsuits-- Hats-- Helmets-- Obscene printing of material on clothing
To be considered an “eligible” employee to earn the added incentive quarterly for the completion of these programs you must either work for the City of Liberty in a Full-Time or Part-Time capacity.
Contracted and temporary staff are still able to participate in offered programs; however, they are not eligible to earn the time off incentive.
A new list of eligible activities will be sent to all City of Liberty staff and posted to the Employee Wellness section on the City of Liberty Employee Wellness webpage (www.libertymissouri.gov/EmployeeWellness) no later than the 10th of the first month of each quarter (July, October, January, April), and will be updated as new activities are added.
Here are a few activities that are not eligible for incentives:1) Wellness activities you do “outside” of the specified quarterly offerings (such as going to your own gym outside of the Liberty Community Center, attending a healthy cooking class at the grocery store, etc.). 2) Events/activities offered by the City of Liberty not listed on the official list of incentive eligible programming published on the Employee Wellness webpage (like the health presentations from Mosaic Life Care).
Eligible Programs completed Quarterly Earn:1 - .25 day off3 - .5 day off6 – Full day off
Visits to the Liberty Community Center Fitness Center12 - .25 day off24 - .5 day off36 – Full day off
Employees can also earn a discount on personal training sessions by completing: X10 Personal Training SessionsX12 Group Fitness Classes
You can register for many Parks & Rec programs online! See link below. You can also register in person at the Liberty Community Center, 1600 S. Withers Road, or by calling 816-439-4360.
You'll need to submit a permit application before you bring hens onto your property. Backyard Hen Guide & Application»
The use of firearms is prohibited except by law enforcement and animal control officers.
You must also have written permission of the landowner.
No hunting shall be permitted within 250 ft of any roadway, residential structure or place where domestic animals are kept.
Ref: Liberty City Ordinance 22-23 City Code
ATVs are described as a vehicle manufactured for off-roadway use which is fifty (50) inches or less in width and an unladen dry weight of 600 lbs or less.
Scooters of less than 50 cc may be operated on the city streets by person with a valid Missouri driver’s license. No vehicle license is required and the operator is not required to wear a helmet.
The shooting of aerial fireworks are permitted between 4:00 pm and 10:00 pm on July 3, and July 4 on three acre tracts of land or more.
Penalties for first offense $50.00 fine.Second offense and third offense $75 to $100.00Fourth offense and each additional offense after that are punishable under section 22-70 of the city code.
Ref: Liberty City Ordinance 22-20 City Code
US 69 Hwy from M-33/I-35 to M-33 /B Hwy
I-35 from south city limits to the north city limits
The driving of commercial trucks within the designated prohibited area shall be permitted if said trucks are making deliveries or providing services on the designated truck routes.
Ref: Liberty City Ordinance 20-25 City Code
Ref: Liberty City Ordinance 22-22 City Code
-- Keeping in mind that ceramic plumbing fixtures such as toilets are fragile, quickly close all drain openings with stoppers or plugs. Tub, sink and floor drains may need additional weight to keep them sealed. A string mop can be used to help plug toilet openings.
-- Don't run any water down your drains until the blockage has been cleared.
-- A quick check with nearby neighbors will help determine if the backup appears to be in your wastewater service line or widespread in your neighborhood. If the backup is widespread, call the Utilities Maintenance division immediately at 816-439-4763.
-- Call a plumber if the problem is contained to your wastewater service line.
City personnel will check for blockages in the main line. If a blockage is found, it will be immediately cleared.
If the main line is not blocked, you will be advised to call a plumbing or sewer contractor to check your service line. Maintenance and repair of the service line is the owner's responsibility from the house to, and including, the connection to the city's main sewer. The main sewer is owned and maintained by the City of Liberty.
To minimize damage and negative health effects, you should arrange for cleanup of the property as soon as possible. There are qualified businesses that specialize in this type of cleanup if you'd prefer to not handle the cleanup yourself.
-- Never flush disposable diapers, sanitary napkins, flushable wipes (they're really not flushable) or paper towels down the toilet. They could stop up your drains and may damage your plumbing system.
-- If the lateral line in your older home has a jointed pipe system, consider whether the roots of large shrubs or trees near the line could invade and break pipes. It is a good idea to know the location of your lateral line(s). You can call the Utilities Maintenance division for assistance in locating where your service line connects to the city's sewer main. Your plumber may be able to help you further determine the location of your service line between your house and the city's sewer main.
-- If the lowest level of your home is below ground level, such as a basement floor drain, it may one day be affected by a backup. One way to prevent sewage backup through such below ground areas is to install a "back-flow valve" on the lowest drain(s). You can also use a plumber's test plug to close these drains when not in use.
-- For further information about preventive measures, contact the City of Liberty, a licensed plumber or plumbing supply dealer.
-- Sewer lines are specially designed to prevent accumulation and stoppages.
-- In addition, we have maintenance crews that are devoted to inspecting and cleaning wastewater lines throughout the city on a regular schedule.
-- Degreasing chemicals are sometimes injected into lines in areas that are prone to stoppages, such as those near restaurants, apartments or high-density housing developments.
-- Even with our maintenance schedule, however, backups are often beyond the city's control. Most that do occur are confined to the sewage pipeline, rather than backing up into a home.
As with the majority of municipalities in the country, the city cannot assume full financial responsibility for damages resulting from sewage backups, since most stoppages are related to conditions that are beyond the city’s control. That is why it is important that property owners confirm that they are adequately insured - particularly if areas of their home lie below ground level. Call your insurance agent today to have this coverage added to your policy.
- PV systems are best installed on a southern exposed roof. However, some east or west exposures may also be acceptable.
- PV systems are ideally mounted parallel with the roof. A 30 degree roof pitch is ideal for the Kansas City region. It’s best to ensure there is no shading of the area between the hours of 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. Shading can include trees, chimneys, TV antennas, satellite dishes, dormers and gables.
- A PV system can be installed on any well-structured roof. If your roof is older and needs to be replaced in the near future, you may want to replace it at the same time your PV system is installed.
- The amount of roof space needed for a PV system is based on the output and type of system. Your roof size and orientation will determine how much PV you can install on your roof.
Your PV installer must also possess a current license with the City. You can verify a current license by calling the City Clerk’s division at 816.439.4417.
Before you purchase a PV System:
- Shop around to compare prices before choosing a PV contractor. Compare system features, warranties and expected annual electrical output.
- Get two or three estimates from different contractors to compare pricing and PV systems.
- Ask each PV contractor for customer references.
- Be sure your PV contractor provides you with a written contract that includes equipment pricing, installation costs, model numbers and warranty information. Make sure you know when to expect delivery and installation of your PV system.
- Understand your PV warranty and that you know who is responsible for honoring the warranty (the installer, dealer, builder or manufacturer).
- Verify that the PV system you receive matches the equipment listed on your contract.
- The PV contractor will assist you in obtaining all building permits and inspections. Your PV system must be inspected and approved by a City building inspector and the public utility before it can become operational.
- If you live in a historic district, you must obtain a Certificate of Appropriateness from the Historic District Review Commission prior to obtaining building permits. Please contact a Preservation Planner at 816.439.4537.
- If you live in a homeowners’ association, obtain all required approvals from the Architectural Review Committee as applicable.
- Ask your PV contractor to review maintenance and operation of your new system. Be sure the contractor reviews your PV manual with you prior to completion of the installation.
- KCP&L Missouri Solar Electric Rebate Application: www.kcpl.com/~/media/Files/Save%20Energy%20and%20Money/solarrebateapp.pdf
- Net metering frequently asked questions: http://www.kcplsave.com. Select “MO” and type “net metering” into the search function.
Clay County and many other areas across Kansas City have issued emergency Stay Home Orders to protect the health and safety of our residents with the goal of limiting the spread of Coronavirus in our community. It was issued based on the guidance of public health experts, as well as consultations with area medical leaders about the consequences of continued community spread of Coronavirus in the Kansas City metropolitan region on health care availability and access.
The short answer - for the health and well being of our neighbors, health care providers and first responders, and to give our health care system a fighting chance to deal not only with COVID-19 cases but the other medical cases that need care and attention.
The longer answer - We have seen how rapidly this virus can spread through communities and the impact it could have on our most vulnerable populations and our metro-wide health system. As this situation has evolved over the last few weeks, we have taken measured steps to slow the spread of this virus in our community.
We need and appreciate the continued commitment of our residents, businesses and community partners to help in our community’s efforts to reduce the spread of COVID-19.
The Stay at Home order is a necessary step to slow a worsening situation. With the continued spread of the virus aroufnd the world, and in our own state and county, we must make every effort to maximize social distancing and restrict people gathering. This is the best way to fight the virus, save lives and flatten the curve so as not to overwhelm our health systems and health care providers.
The orders set forth by Clay County Public Health Center (CCPHC) apply to all people and businesses within CCPHC’s jurisdiction. This jurisdiction includes everything within the borders of Clay County, including the City of Liberty and excluding the city of Kansas City, Missouri. However, the city of Kansas City has implemented similar orders, in addition to other areas in the Kansas City region.
The order goes into effect at 12:01 a.m. on Tuesday, March 24, 2020 and is currently set to last through 11:59 p.m. on Tuesday, April 24, 2020.
The main goals of the Stay At Home order are:
By following these orders over the next few weeks, whether as an employer, employee or just as a friend or neighbor, you will have an impact on everyone else in our community. Doing your part now will save lives later.
Major categories of essential businesses defined in the order include:
A full list of categories of essential businesses is provided in the order.
We strongly encourage all essential businesses to allow employees to work from home and to maintain social distancing to the extent feasible in continuing to carry out their operations.
This list may be update based on the advice of health officials as circumstances change.
Non-essential businesses can continue operations that can be conducted from employees’ homes or places of rest. They can also continue minimum necessary activities to maintain the value of the business’s inventory and facilities and to ensure security, process payroll and employee benefits, or for related functions, as well as minimum necessary activities to facilitate employees of the business being able to continue to work remotely from their residences or places of rest, provided social distancing is maintained. Any operations that do not meet these requirements must be ceased.
Read the full order»
Currently, guidance is available on a general (industry) basis within the Clay County Public Health Center’s Stay at Home order and not a case by case (specific business) basis. Business owners should review the order in its entirety if they believe there is ambiguity about whether they qualify as essential or not.
Yes, public works, infrastructure (including commercial buildings), and housing construction are classified as essential. We strongly encourage construction businesses to carry out their work in compliance with Social Distancing requirements and guidelines to the extent feasible.
Any manufacturing operation that supplies goods necessary for the operation of other essential businesses (for example medical equipment, transport equipment, telecommunications equipment, supplies necessary to maintain or build infrastructure, sanitation and cleaning supplies, food or beverages, etc.) is classified as essential.
Yes, transit operators (Including railroads, airline and airport workers, and public transit organizations) are classified as essential. Additionally, maintenance providers (such as mechanics or bike repair shops) are also classified as essential, as are suppliers of parts needed to maintain the operations of transit providers. Truckers are also classified as essential.
Yes. We recognize that individuals employed in essential businesses who are traveling (for example medical workers or infrastructure maintenance workers) and/or individuals who find their homes temporarily uninhabitable may need to secure shelter.
Yes, home repair services including plumbers, electricians, exterminators, lawn and landscape care, and other service providers who provide services that are necessary to maintaining the safety, sanitation, and essential operation of residences and essential businesses are classified as essential.
Yes, businesses and organizations that facilitate and support internet access and communications, including the ability to work and learn from home, are considered essential
Yes, businesses that distribute food or drink are classified as essential. We encourage the maintenance of social distancing to the extent feasible in all cases.
Yes. The city recognizes that many workers in essential industries need access to child care to continue to work. The order includes the following guidance for child care providers and the city recommends that all providers follow this guidance to the extent feasible:
Childcare should be carried out in stable groups, preferably with 10 or fewer (“stable” means that the same 10 or fewer children are in the same group each day);
Children should not change from one group to another;
If more than one group of children is cared for at one facility, each group should be in a separate room. Groups should not mix with each other; and
Childcare providers should remain solely with one group of children.
Yes, realtors, leasing agents, building/housing inspection services, movers, and other services necessary to help people find or maintain housing are classified as essential. We strongly encourage all of these services to practice social distancing to the extent feasible and to limit unnecessary activities that can be deferred to a later date.
No, businesses that provide personal services are not classified as essential.
Gyms and workout facilities are not classified as essential. However, individuals are encouraged to use parks and trails to exercise outdoors while they practice Social Distancing, though certain high-traffic areas such as playgrounds and courts may be closed.
The city cannot compel any individual to go to work, nor can it make determinations for essential businesses about which employees are essential and non-essential for carrying out its work. Essential businesses can continue standard operations provided social distancing is maintained to the extent feasible. Essential businesses are strongly encouraged to allow employees whose duties can be carried out from home to do so.
The city cannot compel any business to remain open.
First, review the emergency orders and Stay at Home FAQs first to learn what is and is not considered an essential business.
To report a Clay County business or organization that you believe is in violation of the emergency orders, please submit a complaint online. If the business’ address is Kansas City, you must contact the Kansas City Health Department.
Clay County and many other areas across Kansas City have issued a Stay Home Order requiring people to stay at home except for essential needs, beginning March 24 and going through at least April 24. The purpose of this order is to make it clear to everyone in Clay County that staying home and preventing the spread of germs is the best way to make sure fewer people get sick. Also, staying at home slows down how quickly the disease spreads and keeps our health care systems and workers from being overwhelmed with patients all at once. When our health care workers are given more time, they are able to do better and save more lives.
We need and appreciate the continued commitment of our residents, businesses and community partners to help in our community’s efforts to reduce the spread of COVID-19 by implementing the rules of this order..
The Stay at Home order is a necessary step to slow a worsening situation. With the continued spread of the virus around the world, and in our own state and county, we must make every effort to maximize social distancing and restrict people gathering. This is the best way to fight the virus, save lives and flatten the curve so as not to overwhelm our health systems and health care providers.
The orders set forth by Clay County Public Health Center (CCPHC) apply to all people and businesses within CCPHC’s jurisdiction. This jurisdiction includes everything within the borders of Clay County, including the City of Liberty and excluding the city of Kansas City, Missouri. However, the city of Kansas City has implemented similar orders, in addition to other areas in the Kansas City region.
Residents can leave their residences to engage in essential activities,
Citizens should remain at home if they are not engaged in any of these essential activities to help stem the community spread of Coronavirus.
The amended emergency order will take effect at 12:01 AM on Tuesday, March 24, 2020 and will remain in effect through 11:59 PM on April 23, 2020. The order will be evaluated on an ongoing basis and may be modified as circumstances change based on guidance from public health officials and other experts.
Many Liberty area businesses took the necessary steps to safeguard their employees, customers and community even before the Stay At Home Order was issued. With the more cases being confirmed in the metro area and Clay County, we hope that all businesses will choose to do the right thing within the spirit of the orders issued by the Clay County Public Health Center. We hope that there will be no call to enforce these orders as our resources are much better served conducting normal activities.
Potential Loss of Business License: Businesses that are in willful non-compliance with the spirit of these orders risk having their business license revoked and/or face criminal charges under city code 18-17.1. In addition, businesses could incur additional penalties including up to 90 days in jail and up to a $500 fine for each violation. Businesses may risk other regulatory sanctions depending on the nature of the business.
To be clear, this is NOT something the the City of Liberty wants to dedicate resources to at this time and are calling on all businesses to do the right thing.
You are still able to get your health needs addressed. Contact your health care provider to see if they are providing regular services. Some services, especially elective procedures or regular appointments, may be postponed or canceled.
If you are feeling sick, please first call your doctor, a nurse hotline or an urgent care center. Do not go to the emergency room of a hospital unless you are having an actual emergency. In the case of COVID-19, if you believe you may have the disease, please call your medical provider first and only go to the hospital if you are have difficulty breathing.
Yes. Drug stores and other medical supply stores can operate. If possible, you should have the drug store deliver your prescription medicine to your home.
Yes, all those places are allowed to be open during this time. However, some place may have limited hours and services or be taking other precautions to prevent the spread of germs.
Yes. The mail and other delivery services to your home can continue to function, as well as food delivery services.
Yes, you can place orders from online stores. Businesses that deliver goods or services directly to residences are allowed to continue to operate.
Yes, but only for essential travel. At this time, public transit will continue to operate on a limited basis. When using public transport, you should stay six feet away from others and disinfect your hands before and after your ride.
Yes, but only for essential travel. If you do use this type of transportation, do your best to take social distancing precautions: cover your mouth and nose if you cough or sneeze, use hand sanitizer and wash your hands before and after rides, etc.
No. For your safety and their safety, we need to help each other fight the spread of COVID-19 by staying at home. The only exceptions are for those who are required to take care of elderly relatives, young children, those that have medical needs or pets. Always take extreme precautions when moving from place to place and interacting with others.
You are still able to keep with your normal arrangements. However, if the child is sick or has been exposed to sickness, consider allowing the child to stay in one place to keep the virus from spreading to other places.
Liberty parks and trails are still open. Individuals are still encouraged to practice social distancing. The use of playgrounds is discourage as these are not sanitized regularly.
Republic Services is continuing trash & recycling service at this time. However, due to concerns with COVID-19 and for the safety of their drivers, Republic Services crews will only pick up trash that is contained in the carts. Extra bags or cardboard outside the cart will not be picked up.
Compost Connection will only pick up yard waste contained in yard waste carts. They will not pick up bagged items at this time.
Bulky item pickups have been suspended until further notice.
Utility customers have two ways they can continue to pay their City utility bills:
The City is suspending water disconnects for non-payments until further notice. We encourage all customers to make regular payments as they are able.
Call your healthcare professional first if you develop symptoms (cough, fever or other respiratory problems) and have been in close contact with a person known to have COVID-19 or if you have recently traveled from an area with widespread or ongoing spread of COVID-19. Tell them your risk factors and symptoms so they can provide you with further instructions.
If you have mild symptoms, do not go to the emergency room. Emergency rooms need to be able to serve those with the most critical needs. If you have difficulty breathing, it doesn’t mean you have novel coronavirus, but you should call 911. If you’re over 60 or have underlying conditions, come up with a plan with your doctor to identify your health risks for coronavirus. Contact your doctor right away if you do have symptoms.
Questions about COVID-19? Call the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services (DHSS) hotline at 877-435-8411. The hotline is being operated by medical professionals and is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
Gatherings of this sort are dangerous and social gatherings of more than 10 people are currently prohibited statewide per Order issued by the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services. In-person social gatherings are one of the primary transmission points for the Coronavirus, hosting in-person events of this type will facilitate the spread of the disease throughout the community. There have been many examples in other cities and countries where the disease spread rapidly through weddings, funerals, and other social events. Furthermore, social events are not one of the essential activities permitted under the emergency order, so attendees could be held in violation of the order.
All social gatherings of 10 or more people are currently prohibited statewide per Order from the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services under direction from Governor Parson. Many faith leaders have been holding services online. The Health Department is working on guidance that may allow individuals to apply for permission to hold weddings, funerals, and other special events provided strict and specific social distancing requirements are followed. This page will be updated when that guidance is available.
If you are experiencing water drainage problems due to a stopped up public storm drain, please contact the City of Liberty Street and Storm Sewer Maintenance Division at 816-439-4514.
Undeveloped lots in residential subdivisions, large land disturbance areas (grading, earthmoving, etc.), and City public works projects are required to utilize and maintain adequate erosion and sedimentation control (ESC) measures per the conditions of the City Land Disturbance Permit or City construction contract. To report erosion and drainage concerns on undeveloped or Public Works construction sites, you may contact the Engineering Division at 816-439-4500.
"Let Us Know": Click on the “Let Us Know” button on the left and you’ll be taken to the “Citizen Request Tracker.” If you haven't already, register as a user and then enter the pertinent info regarding the pothole. After you submit a request, an email will be routed to the appropriate department or staff member for response or resolution. You can log in to view the status of their requests and staff will email you when the pothole has been filled.
Use your iPhone: Once you’re a registered user of the Citizen Request Tracker (CRT), you can even submit issues via your iPhone. The CRT iPhone App keeps a history of all your requests, keeps a profile of your information and submits requests right from your iPhone. With the CRT iPhone App -- GPS will pinpoint your location -- You can take pictures with your phone and submit them with your request -- You can see a history of your requests -- Your profile information is stored on your app
Give us a call: If there is a pot hole or a street problem, please call the City of Liberty Streets and Storm Sewer Maintenance Division at 816.439.4514 with a location and description of the problem. If you are calling after hours you can leave a message at 816.439.4522.
The City of Liberty contracts with evergy for the installation and maintenance of its street lights. All street lights that are malfunctioning should be reported to evergy for repair. To contact evergy, please call 816-513-9595 and report the address, location or pole number of the inoperable street light. You may also submit your report online.
If there is a damaged or missing street sign, please contact the City of Liberty Street and Storm Sewer Maintenance Division at 816-439-4514. If the sign is a stop or yield sign and it is after work hours, please contact the Liberty Police Department at 816-439-4701.
If there is debris in the streets that needs to be removed, please contact the City of Liberty Streets and Storm Sewer Maintenance Division at 816-439-4514.
Permanent FacilitiesKansas City Facility4700 Deramus Open Thursday, Friday and Saturday. Appointments are required Call 816.513.8400 to schedule a time an appointment
Lee's Summit Facility2101 S.E. Hamblen Road Open April through November from 7 a.m. to 12 p.m. on the first Saturday of each month. Appointments are required Call 816.969.1805.
The following is a list of sample items that can be disposed of safely at the permanent facilities:Lawn and garden chemicals Paints and paint related products Automotive fluids All types of batteries Pesticides Household Cleaners All types of fuels and solvents Fluorescent tubes
Please keep waste materials in their original containers and do not mix them.
For more information on HHW collection facilities or mobile events, visit RecycleSpot.org.
This new program also is intended to help the environment by reducing what is sent to landfills, and thereby making recycling easier. The sturdy, lidded carts also will help keep our community clean by making it more difficult for critters to overturn your trash cans. And as an added benefit, Allied Waste will rebate the City 50% of the value of all recycling collected
The City recognizes that there are situations in certain segments of the community concerning aspects of the program. Staff has worked with Allied Waste to develop alternatives for those with special circumstances.
The City's recycling program is paid for with the sanitation service charge on residents' water bills. Payment for recycling is required whether or not residents participate in curbside recycling collection. The fees for trash and recycling help fund some of the other sanitation services in the City's program.
The cost of this solid waste service (trash & recycling) is just $16.99 per month (as of Jan. 1, 2019)
Residents are reminded that curbside collection of recycled materials will only be made from yellow lidded carts provided by Allied Waste Services.
Residents may continue to use the City drop-off recycling center located at 400 Suddarth in lieu of using curbside collection.
To arrange for the return of the recycling cart, call the City's Public Works Department at 816.439.4517. When calling, please provide the address for the pickup.
If there is a water main break or a wastewater back up, please contact the City of Liberty Utilities Maintenance Division at 816.439.4763. If the problem has occurred after working hours, please contact the Liberty Police Department at 816.439.4701.
Report illegal connections. Gutters and other storm water management systems should never be routed to a sanitary sewer. If you become aware of such a connection, immediately sever the connection and/or report the connection to the City of Liberty Utilities Maintenance Division at 816.439.4763.
Install a back-flow preventer. A back-flow preventer is a one-way valve device designed to prevent sanitary sewer overflows. If you have a back-flow preventer installed on your sewer line, you must be aware that it is designed to close when the sewer is flowing beyond its capacity, as can occasionally occur during a heavy rainfall. If you use your internal drains while the backflow valve is closed, you can create a flooding situation in your own home. Do not use your laundry machine, dishwasher, shower, or bath; and minimize the use of sinks and toilets. You must also be aware of what your back-flow preventer’s maintenance requirements are, to ensure that it continues to function properly. As with any privately owned system, it is the property owner’s responsibility to ensure that these components are maintained and functioning properly.
If it is determined that there is no problem in the City sewer main, you may choose to have your lateral line checked by a plumber. The City will not choose, recommend, or contact a plumber for you.
You have a responsibility to mitigate your damages as soon as possible. For insurance purposes, it is advisable to document any damage and take photographs prior to beginning clean-up; but if unable, you should not wait to begin sanitizing your home.
Due to the nature of a sewer system, it is not always reasonable or in the community’s best interest for the City to reimburse property owners in the event they experience damage from a sewer back-up. Every incident must be reviewed on a case-by-case basis in order to determine if the City has any liability for the damage and responsibility to reimburse. Citizens are highly encouraged to maintain an insurance policy that covers instances of sanitary sewer overflow or back-up.
If you do decide to request reimbursement from the City for damages incurred, contact City Hall during normal working hours at 816.439.4441, and ask for Human Resources/Loss Control. All requests for reimbursement will be filed with the City’s third-party insurance carrier. The City considers all determinations made by the insurance carrier to be final.
Liberty utility bills are split into two billing cycles. Utility bills are mailed monthly and due each month.
Cycle 1 is distinguished by an account number beginning with a 1 (i.e. 199.9999). These bills are mailed on or about the 25th of each month and are due the 20th of the following month. For inquiries email us or call 816.439.4460.
Cycle 2 is distinguished by an account number beginning with a 2 (i.e. 299.9999). These bills are mailed on or about the 10th of each month and are due the 5th of the following month. For inquiries email us or call 816.439.4460.
Pay your bill immediately! You can make a payment at City Hall, 101 E Kansas St, or sign on to our website and make a payment.
Utility service will be disconnected if a delinquent bill is not paid by the due date shown on the delinquent notice. When utility service has been disconnected for bill non-payment, the full amount of the past due balance plus a reconnection fee of $25.00 must be paid before service will be reinstated.
Customers who make payment before 2 p.m. will have water service restored the same day. Customers who make payment after 2 p.m. will have water service restored on the next business day. Meter technicians will not reconnect service and leave water on if the customer’s meter indicates that water is flowing through the meter. Customers who experience a water disconnection are expected to shut off all faucets prior to water reconnection or have someone at their place of service at the time of reconnection.
Any customer who has been disconnected, but has not already paid a $150 deposit, will be required to pay a total deposit of $150 prior to reconnection. Customers who have a deposit on file that is not equal to $150 will be required to pay the difference to bring the deposit amount up to $150. This is in addition to the payment for the past due amount and $25 reconnect fee. Cash, money orders, credit or debit cards will be the only form of payment accepted after service has been disconnected.
Your monthly bill includes rates and fees related to water, sewer, and sanitation. The following rates are for a residential customer. The minimum residential monthly bill is $45.26.
The City offers a Water and Sewer Utility Bill Credit Program, which is an income-based water/sewer utility bill credit program for qualified senior citizens/disabled individuals. It provides a 15% reduction in the water and sewer rates to qualified residents.
There are a number of ways to pay your city utility bill.
Payment arrangements on delinquent accounts may be made one time per calendar year. Customers seeking a payment arrangement are required to sign a Promise to Pay Agreement in person. The agreement will extend the customer’s payment due date two weeks from the delinquent payment due date, at which time the past due and current charges must be paid. Payment arrangements cannot be made for a customer whose water has already been shut off for non-payment of their utility bill. Customers desiring to learn more about payment arrangements should call the utility office at 816.439.4460.
Customers failing to adhere to the conditions of their payment agreement will not be provided any future opportunities to enter into future payment agreements.
When utility service has been disconnected for bill non-payment, the full amount of the past due balance plus a reconnection fee of $25 must be paid before service will be reinstated.
Customers who make payment before 2 p.m. will have water service restored the same day. Customers who make payment after 2 p.m. will have water service restored on the next business day. Meter technicians will not reconnect service and leave water on if the customer’s meter indicates that water is flowing through the meter.
Customers who experience a water disconnection are expected to shut off all faucets prior to water reconnection or have someone at their place of service at the time of reconnection. Any customer who has been disconnected, but has not already paid a $150 deposit, will be required to pay a total deposit of $150 prior to reconnection. Customers who have a deposit on file that is not equal to $150 will be required to pay the difference to bring the deposit amount up to $150. This is in addition to the payment for the past due amount and $25 reconnect fee. Cash, money orders, credit or debit cards will be the only form of payment accepted after service has been disconnected.
1. Qualified senior citizens / disabled individuals are eligible for a 15% reduction in their water and wastewater rates on their utility bill.
2) Liberty residents 65 years of age and older can benefit from a 50% reduction in the trash portion of the City of Liberty solid waste charges. It is not income based. Learn more»