COVID-19 UPDATE

UPDATED March 24 

Trash / Recycling / Yard Waste Update -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. 

Bulky item pickups have been suspended until further notice. 

Compost Connection will only pick up yard waste contained in yard waste carts. They will not pick up bagged items at this time.

UPDATED March 23

Three confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Clay County announced. Read the news release here.

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City of Liberty Mayor, City Council and staff support Clay County’s amended Emergency Proclamation ordering a Stay at Home order beginning at 12:01 a.m. on March 24 through April 24.

Exemptions are listed in the order and questions should be directed to the Clay County Public Health Center. Full details can be found at https://www.clayhealth.com/279/COVID-19-2019-Novel-Coronavirus 

UPDATED March 20

From the Clay County Public Health Center  - There are currently zero confirmed cases of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) in Clay County Public Health Center’s jurisdiction (all of Clay County except the city of Kansas City). However, there are several confirmed cases in nearby areas and so all residents, regardless of age, are encouraged to practice social distancing to slow the spread of disease. The situation is changing daily so make sure to stay informed by following trustworthy officials on social media and online.

Have questions about COVID-19? Call the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services (DHSS) hotline at 1-877-435-8411. The hotline is being operated by medical professionals and is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. 

New Updates to Changes in City Service

Prescription  Drug Drop-off - Liberty PD is has suspended the collection of unwanted prescription medications in the drop box in the police lobby for the time being.

UPDATED March 19

At 12:30 p.m. on Thursday, March 19, 2020, City of Liberty Mayor Lyndell Brenton  issued a State of Emergency in response to COVID-19.

“We have seen in other states how rapidly this virus can spread through communities and the impact it can have on our most vulnerable populations,” said Mayor Brenton. “As this situation has evolved, we have taken measured steps to stem the spread in our community.”

“This proclamation is the next step and will help expedite our emergency response efforts and allow us to procure needed resources more easily and adapt as necessary in our ongoing efforts to protect public health and safety.”  

This declaration will remain in place until further action is taken by City Council.

UPDATED March 18

A State of Emergency was declared in Clay County by Presiding Commissioner Jerry Nolte on Tuesday, March 17.

More details on the Clay County Public Health Center website.

City Services. 

Please find below a summary of the changes in service as of March 17, 2020. We appreciate your patience as we all work through these trying times.

Reporting Concerns – Citizens can still report concerns or ask questions through the “Let Us Know” button on the City’s home page www.libertymissouri.gov. Please allow for delays in response to these service requests as City staff work through this situation with modified staffing in various departments.

Paying Utility Bills – Utility customers are encouraged to pay their bills online through https://water.libertymissouri.gov/ or by depositing their payment in an envelope, with the utility bill stub, in the Utility drop box on Missouri Street, across from the Police Station. The City is suspending water disconnects for non-payments until further notice. We encourage all customers to make regular payments as they are able. All regular late fees and fines will still be applied during this time.

Animal Control & Shelter – The Animal Shelter is closed to the public. Owner surrenders and adoptions will not take place at this time. External Animal Control efforts will be limited to emergency calls only. All animals currently at the shelter will be cared for daily. Residents can report lost and found pets through the ”Missing a Furry Friend” link on the City’s home page » www.libertymissouri.gov

Building Permits – The City of Liberty is not currently issuing Building Permits unless deemed by the Chief Building Official as a life safety or emergency issue. Staff will continue to receive and review plans as they are submitted. All required paperwork for new plans must be submitted electronically to at inspections@libertymo.gov. Staff will work to review applications and approve permits as soon as possible. 

Building Inspections – Requests for building inspections will be postponed unless deemed by the Chief Building Official as a life safety or emergency issue. The City will accept third party Inspections on existing issued building permits for non-emergency / non-life safety applications. The third party inspection reports shall be submitted via email the day of the inspection to inspections@libertymo.gov.

Pre-Application Meetings for New Construction – Pre-application meetings will be conducted via conference call. Attendees for any currently scheduled meetings will be contacted by the meeting’s organizer.

Liquor Dispensing Permits – Individuals seeking a liquor dispensing permit should download the application from www.libertymissouri.gov/LiquorLicenses. Completed applications along with payment and copy of your driver’s license, should be placed in an envelope and deposited in the Utility drop box on Missouri Street. The temporary permit will be mailed and emailed to the applicant at the address provided on the application. 

Business License Renewals – Information about Business License Renewal and the renewal form can be downloaded from www.libertymissouri.gov/OperatingABusiness. Completed forms and payment should be placed in an envelope and deposited in the Utility drop box on Missouri Street, across from the Police Department. 

Historic District Review Applications – HDRC applications must be submitted via email to jthill@libertymo.gov, however all non-essential applications will be on hold until further notice. 

Code Enforcement – Code enforcement complaints can be submitted via the City’s website “Let Us Know” button on the City’s home page www.libertymissouri.gov or by calling 816.439.4539. However, due to limited staffing, violation letters and court cases may be postponed.

Temporary Use Permits – The City of Liberty is revoking Temporary Use Permits for all events through March 31. Staff will work with event organizers who choose to postpone the event to a future date to honor the details of their original TUPs. The City is currently not issuing any new Temporary Use Permits. If you need a TUP for a future event, please submit all required paperwork via email to jthill@libertymo.gov and staff will work to review applications and approve permits as soon as possible. 

Municipal Court – Municipal Court has been temporarily postponed until further notice. Court clerks will continue to be available by phone 816.439.4430. Individuals can pay fines for some eligible violations and court fees online through a link on www.libertymissouri.gov/Court. Defendants also can use the Online Records Search on the court webpage to view current cases, active warrants and court dockets that are scheduled within 30 days.

Fire – The Fire Department will continue normal fire and EMS operations. The stations are closed to the public and have suspended all station tours. While we are very thankful for a community who supports our First Responders, we are not able to accept any food or drink donations to the Fire Stations at this time. 

Parks & Rec Facilities are Closed – 

  • The Liberty Community Center, including the Liberty Performing Arts Theatre, and the Capital Federal® Sports Complex of Liberty are closed until March 31. 
  • Per recommendations from the Mid-America Regional Council, the Liberty Silver Center is closed through May 15. 

Police – The Police Department lobby located at 101 E Kansas Street (Missouri Street entrance) will remain open. When you enter the vestibule, an intercom is available (to the right of the door) to contact Dispatch. LPD also offers online police reporting for various incidents: www.libertymissouri.gov/PoliceReport

If you have a non-emergency situation or question, please call 816.439.4301. If you are experiencing an emergency, call 911. 

Right-of-Way Permits – Applications for right-of-way permits can be downloaded from www.libertymissouri.gov/ROW. Completed applications can be placed in an envelope and deposited in the City of Liberty Utility drop box, located on Missouri Street across from the Police Department. Applications can also be submitted to inspection@libertymo.gov. Staff will review the permits and respond with any questions and the ROW permit fee. Payment of ROW fees:

  • By check made out to the City of Liberty placed in the envelope with your application and deposited in the drop box
  • Mailed to the City of Liberty, Attention Public Works, 101 E. Kansas Street, Liberty MO 64068. Please be patient as staff works through this process. For questions please contact the Public Works Department at 816.439.4503.
  • By credit card by calling 816.439.4534 or 816.439.4462. 

Youth & Adult Sports Programs – All youth soccer programs, including the Sporting Stripes through Sporting KC, youth volleyball, adult softball, adult basketball and adult volleyball leagues are canceled. Please see the sport specific webpages for refund/credit information: www.libertymissouri.gov/YouthSports.

At this time Liberty Parks & Rec is planning to move forward with registrations for baseball, softball and t-ball. 

City Council, Boards, & Commissions Meetings – Scheduled board and commission meetings without necessary action items will be postponed until further notice. 

UPDATED March 16, 2020

City of Liberty is monitoring information regarding COVID-19 from the Clay County Public Health Center (CCPHC), the Missouri Department of Health & Senior Services and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). 

As of March 15, there are no known cases of COVID-19 in Liberty. The President’s Coronavirus Guidelines, released on March 16, recommend avoiding social events with more than 10 persons for 15 days. 

Cancellations / Closures 

The City of Liberty is cancelling or closing the following events and programs at City-owned facilities through March 31 (unless noted otherwise):

  • Liberty City Hall
  • Liberty Community Center (including all facilities, programs and activities)
  • Liberty Animal Shelter (External Animal Control efforts will be limited to emergency calls only)
  • All Silver Center programs and lunches (through May 15)
  • All trips on the Liberty Access Bus
  • Events at the Liberty Performing Arts Theatre
  • All Liberty Parks & Rec (LPR) youth sports practices and games
  • All LPR adult sports games
  • Tournaments and LPR leagues at the Capitol Federal® Sports Complex of Liberty
  • Parks shelter rentals
  • Tours of and events at City facilities, including Fire and Police Stations, Water / Wastewater Treatment Plant, etc.
  • Municipal Court (March 19 & 20 court cases will be moved Aug. 13 & 14)
  • Scheduled board and commission meetings without necessary action items will be postponed until further notice.

The Liberty Police Department lobby entrance on Missouri Street will remain open.

During this time the City encourages residents and customers to take advantage of online City services including payment of City utility bills and court fines. Pay your utility bill online at https://water.libertymissouri.gov/ or through the drop box on Missouri Street. The City is suspending water disconnects for non-payments until further notice. We encourage all customers to make regular payments as they are able. All regular late fees and fines will still be applied during this time.

The City of Liberty will continue to provide the latest information, relating to cancellation and closure of City hosted events and programs, as it develops in order to keep our residents updated.