AREA EMERGENCY UPDATE

CITY OF BELTON

Belton Mayor Jeff Davis announced Monday that he was authorizing the closure of all city building lobbies and golf course to the public to limit city staff and resident exposure to COVID-19, effective immediately.

For utility payments, residents can still pay their bill on-line or put them in the drop box in front of City Hall. In other matters, the city is still open for business and can be reached at the non-emergency numbers below. The closures include:


Public Access/Lobby Closures: City Hall, 506 Main Street, email: utilities@belton.org, 816-331-4331; City Hall Annex, 520 Main Street; email: permits@belton.org, 816-892-1260; Belton Municipal Courts, 7001 E. 163rd Street, email: beltoncourts@beltonmocourt.org; 816-331-2798. Police Department, 7001 E. 163rd Street, Non-emergency dispatch phone: 816-331-5522; Fire Department, Fire Station No. 1, 223 Main Street, email: fdinfo@beltonfire.org, 816-331-7969; Fire Department, Fire Station No. 2, 16300 N. Mullen Road, email: fdinfo@beltonfire.org, 816-331-7969; Eagles’ Landing Golf Course and Clubhouse, 4200 Bong Ave., email: jkennedy@belton.org, 816-318-0004.


“The City of Belton is taking the COVID-19 threat to the health and wellbeing of our residents seriously,” said Davis. “The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recently updated their advice on social distancing, from maintaining a 6-foot distance to maintaining a range of 6- to 10-foot distance. The closure of these city public access spaces is one of our measures to follow this recommended best practice.”


Cancellations: Belton-Cass Transportation Development District meeting scheduled for Tuesday, March 17, is canceled.

The list of actions taken by the city to limit COVID-19 exposure is updated as the situation evolves. Those updates can be found at http://bit.ly/beltoncovid19.


CITY OF RAYMORE:

In an effort to follow the latest recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) surrounding the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic and to protect the health and safety of our residents and staff, the following changes are effective as of March 16.


Canceled events: The Community Litter Cleanup scheduled for March 21 and Friday Food Fest scheduled for March 27 have been canceled.


Closed facilities and canceled programming: The Raymore Activity Center is closed to the public until at least March 31. Raymore Parks & Recreation sports and recreational programs and activities will be suspended at least through March 31. We will offer account credits or refunds to customers.


Municipal Court: The following municipal court dockets have been postponed per Judge Ross Nigro: March 26 at 5:30 p.m. postponed to 5:30 p.m., May 7; April 2 and April 16 at 5:30 p.m. postponed to 5:30 p.m., May 28. To inquire about your case, visit www.municipalrecordsearch.com/raymoremo/cases or contact the Court Clerk’s office at 816-331-1712.


CASS COUNTY CIRCUIT COURT:

Order issued by the Missouri Supreme Court on Monday: The courts of the State of Missouri shall remain open. Nevertheless, pursuant to this Court’s constitutional authority to supervise the administration of the state judicial system, see Mo. Const. art. V, §§ 4.1, 8, the Supreme Court of Missouri hereby suspends all in-person proceedings in all appellate and circuit courts – including all associate, family, juvenile, municipal, and probate divisions. The suspension will last from Tuesday, March 17, through Friday, April 3, and may be extended by order of this Court as circumstances may warrant.


The suspension of in-person proceedings is subject to the following exceptions: Proceedings necessary to protect the constitutional rights of criminal defendants and juveniles;

Proceedings in which civil or criminal jury trials are already in progress as of March 16; Proceedings pursuant to chapter 455 pertaining to orders of protection; Proceedings related to emergency child custody orders; Proceedings related to petitions for temporary restraining orders or other forms of temporary injunctive relief; Proceedings related to emergency mental health orders; Proceedings pursuant to Chapter 475 for emergency guardianship or conservatorship; Proceedings directly related to the COVID-19 public health emergency; Oral arguments regarding time-sensitive matters; and Other exceptions approved by the Chief Justice of this Court.


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Due to current events and in the interest of social distancing, the Cass County Youth Court Family & Community Night Mock Trial scheduled for March 31 at 6 p.m. at the Justice Center in Harrisonville has been canceled.


ELECTIONS:

Missouri Secretary of State Jay Ashcroft on Monday issued the following statement regarding upcoming elections in the state of Missouri.


“I know these are difficult times for all of us. There is a great deal of uncertainty and understandable concern. Among those concerns are the upcoming elections that provide us all an opportunity to have a say in our government leadership.


“I want to reassure Missouri voters that their upcoming municipal elections will be run securely and safely, and that I have an open, ongoing dialogue with your local election authorities. We have been actively planning and discussing different scenarios that may occur over the next several weeks.


“This is not just business as usual. We all understand the ramifications of the potential spread of COVID-19, particularly to Missourians who are over age 60 and those with conditions that make them more susceptible to severe symptoms. Your local election authorities are working very hard to ensure your right to vote is not limited, and that in-person voting is safe and secure.”


Cass County Clerk Jeff Fletcher said Monday that the April 7 Municipal and School Election is still on as of now.


If you have questions, please contact the Cass County Clerk’s Office at 816-380-8102 or the Office of the Secretary of State toll-free at 800-669-8683.


COMMUNITY EVENTS:

Due to the latest news, the Peculiar Chamber of Commerce is regretfully canceling the Easter Egg Hunt Saturday, April 4.


DRIVER’S LICENSE TESTING:

Col Eric T. Olson, Superintendent of the Missouri State Highway Patrol, requests that members of the public refrain from taking a written or skills-based driver examination if:


-- you, a member of your household, a family member, or other personal acquaintance, have been diagnosed with COVID-19;


-- you have had contact with any person diagnosed with, or suspected of having, COVID-19;


--a medical professional, hospital staff member or other health agency representative has asked you to self-quarantine; or


-- you have an undiagnosed fever, cough, shortness of breath, or other symptom associated with COVID-19 or another upper respiratory infection.


If you are unsure about whether you meet any of these criteria, please postpone seeking a driver examination and return at a later date.


This request is based on the recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention that are designed to prevent the spread of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19).


The Missouri State Highway Patrol appreciates the public’s cooperation.

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