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  1. Thanksgiving Safe Arrival

    Merriam Police to Increase Enforcement During Thanksgiving Week

    Starting Monday, Nov. 19, Merriam police officers will work overtime to make sure you arrive safely home for the holidays. Read on...
  2. Jasinski Receives Award

    Merriam Police Officer Receives Second Life Saving Award

    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. Read on...
  3. Holiday Barrel

    Help Stuff Our Holiday Barrels to Support Local Families

    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. Read on...
  4. Boy with Seatbelt

    Merriam Police to Enforce Seatbelt Use Near Schools During Halloween Week

    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. Read on...
  5. IBFCC

    City Seeks Volunteers to Serve on the 5701 Merriam Drive Steering Committee

    The City of Merriam wants your input to identify the best use for the current site of the Irene B. French Community Center. Read on...
  6. Large-Item Pickup Dumptruck

    Citywide Fall Cleanup Dates Announced

    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. Read on...
  7. MDL Logo

    Music Festival Coming to Downtown Merriam on October 6

    Love live music? Then head to downtown Merriam on Saturday, Oct. 6 as it transforms into a street and lawn party for the inaugural Merriam Drive Live. Read on...
  8. New-CC-Rendering

    City Council Approves Overall Design of Merriam Community Center

    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. Read on...
  9. Lifesaving card

    Merriam Resident Said an Emergency Card Saved Her Life and Wants You to Have One

    Joyce Fishman has made it her mission to talk about a neon index card that she said saved her life. Read on...
  10. Community Center Concept

    Merriam Community Center Project Update

    The Merriam Community Center Groundbreaking Ceremony is scheduled for Aug. 30 at Vavra Park. Learn more about the overall project, including the community center and aquatic designs, budget, and information about the proposed library onsite. Read on...
  11. Police Bike Training

    Merriam Police Ride Bikes to Enhance Community Policing

    The Merriam Police Department recently started a bicycle patrol unit. Read on...
  12. Police Car

    Merriam Police to Step Up Drunk Driving Patrol During Statewide Campaign

    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. Read on...
  13. HAWK Light

    More Pedestrian HAWK Lights Coming to Merriam

    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. Read on...
  14. Lady Justice

    Merriam Municipal Court Will Hold Two Amnesty Days

    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. Read on...
  15. Open-House

    Public Open House for New Community Center on Monday

    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. Read on...
  16. Johnson Drive

    Two-Week Full Closure on Johnson Drive at Turkey Creek Bridge to Begin July 20

    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. Read on...
  17. Merriam police officers with Thin Blue Line flag

    Thin Blue Line American Flags on Display at Flags 4 Freedom

    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. Read on...
  18. Park Passport

    Explore Local Parks in July with the Park Passport Program

    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. Read on...
  19. Johnson Drive

    Four-Month Construction Project on Johnson Drive to Begin June 18

    The City of Merriam will start the Johnson Drive Improvements project on June 18. Johnson Drive will be completely repaved and crews will replace curbs, sidewalks, and driveway approaches from Kessler Lane to west City limits. Read on...
  20. Community Center Rendering

    Public Open House for New Community Center Concept June 21

    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). Read on...
  21. Click it or ticket

    Merriam Police Issues 124 Seatbelt Tickets During Click It or Ticket Campaign

    Merriam saw an increased police presence on City roads 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 campaign. Read on...
  22. Neighborhood Party

    The City of Merriam Wants You to Get to Know Your Neighbors

    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. Read on...
  23. Click-it-or-ticket

    Click It or Ticket Campaign Begins Monday

    Make sure you buckle your seatbelt – the Merriam Police Department starting May 21 will participate in the two-week Click It or Ticket campaign. Read on...
  24. Hmmm

    Merriam City Council Approves New Public Art Project

    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. Read on...
  25. Laura Naegele

    Merriam Police Detective Promoted to Corporal

    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. Read on...
  26. Rain barrel

    City of Merriam Will Match Residents’ Stormwater Improvement Efforts

    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. Read on...
  27. Vavra Park

    Public Open House on New Community Center Design Postponed

    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 is postponed. Read on...
  28. Banner of Merriam

    City of Merriam Scores High in Resident Satisfaction

    The 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 survey conducted by the ETC Institute, one of the nation’s leading firms in government research. Read on...
  29. start believing pledge

    Merriam Police Makes Pledge for Sexual Assault Awareness Month

    Merriam Police officers are making their own personal commitment during Sexual Assault Awareness Month this April with the “Start by Believing” campaign. Read on...
  30. Engine 46

    Fire Department Releases Annual Report

    The Overland Park Fire Department, which provides fire protection services for Merriam residents, released its 2017 Annual Report. Read on...
  31. Chris Mann

    Merriam Hires New Prosecutor

    Merriam City Council yesterday approved hiring Christopher Mann as the City’s new part-time prosecuting attorney. Read on...
  32. Campbell Park Trees

    Merriam Recognized as a 2017 Tree City USA

    Merriam today was named a 2017 Tree City USA by the Arbor Day Foundation in honor of its commitment to urban forestry. Read on...
  33. Merriam Neighborhood Island

    City Partners with Neighborhoods on Beautification Efforts

    The City wants to partner with residents to spruce up Merriam neighborhoods with the Neighborhood Island Grant. Read on...
  34. large-item-pickup-1

    Spring Fling Recycling and Large-Item Pickup Dates

    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. Read on...
  35. DDACTS

    Police: DDACTS Enforcement on Right Track After One Year

    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. Read on...
  36. Heros-Pull

    Merriam Police Host Two Events to Raise Money for Special Olympics Kansas

    The Merriam Police Department this week raised thousands of dollars for Special Olympics Kansas. Read on...
  37. Curbside-Tree-Limb-Pickup

    Citywide Spring Tree Limb Pickup Begins March 19

    Back by popular demand, the City of Merriam is offering curbside tree limb pickup March 19-23 for residents to dispose of their branch and brush debris. Read on...
  38. Heartland 2018 winner

    22nd Annual Heartland Artist Exhibition Winners Announced

    The Tim Murphy Art Gallery in Merriam today released the complete list of winners from the 22nd Annual Heartland Artist Exhibition. Read on...
  39. Officer of the Year

    Merriam Police Name Officer of the Year, Two Other Officers Promoted at Annual Meeting

    Officer Matthew Hirsch received the 2017 Officer of the Year Award at the Merriam Police Department's annual meeting on Feb. 28. Read on...
  40. Merriam Police Annual Report

    Police Department Releases Annual Report

    The Merriam Police Department issued its 2017 Annual Report at the Feb. 26 City Council meeting. Read on...
  41. Heartland 2018

    22nd Annual Heartland Artist Exhibition Begins Saturday at the Tim Murphy Art Gallery

    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. Read on...
  42. Police Remodel

    Merriam Police to Host Open House for Newly Remodeled Building

    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.). Read on...
  43. Municipal Court

    Merriam Seeks Qualified Part-Time Prosecutor

    The City of Merriam needs a qualified part-time prosecutor to join its team. Read on...
  44. ACEC Kansas Presents Award to Merriam

    Merriam Receives Engineering Excellence Award

    The City of Merriam received the Engineering Excellence Award for Innovation and Outstanding Engineering from the American Council of Engineering Companies of Kansas (ACEC Kansas). Read on...
  45. white picket fence

    Public Hearing Scheduled During Feb. 7 Planning Commission Meeting

    The City's Planning Commission is hosting a public hearing on Wednesday, Feb. 7 at 7 p.m. to receive feedback on proposed ordinance amendments to fencing, group home, and home occupation within Merriam. Read on...
  46. Accepting Parks Award

    Downtown Merriam Partnership Wins State Award

    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. Read on...
  47. PO Hannabass

    Merriam Police Officer Receives Life Saving Award

    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. Read on...
  48. Photo of gavel

    Merriam Municipal Court Cases Now Available Online

    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. Read on...
  49. Picture of franchise fee

    City of Merriam Offers Franchise Fee Rebate to Qualified Residents

    Merriam families with low-to-moderate income may be eligible to apply for a rebate from the City. Read on...
  50. AAA S&P rating

    Merriam Receives Coveted “AAA” Rating from Standard and Poor's Global

    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. Read on...
  51. Merriam Snow Truck

    Be Prepared – Snow and Ice is in the Forecast

    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. Read on...
  52. Survey in mailbox

    Your Response to Mailed Citizen Survey Will Improve City’s Future

    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. Read on...
  53. David-Neal

    New Councilmember Sworn into Office

    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. Read on...
  54. Tim Murphy Art Gallery

    2018 Tim Murphy Art Gallery Schedule Announced

    Local artist Barbara O’Leary headlines tonight’s opening art reception at the Tim Murphy Art Gallery. It's the first exhibit of the year. O’Leary’s “When Words Aren’t Enough” offers a unique look at landscapes, nature, and the wilderness Read on...
  55. people swimming in pool

    Merriam Now Hiring for 2018 Pool Season at the MAC

    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 2018 pool season. Read on...
  56. Wayside Horns

    Merriam Excited to See Third Wayside Horn Activated

    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. Read on...
  57. Merriam Police Participate in Operation Rudolph

    Merriam Police Participates in Operation Rudolph

    The Merriam Police Department participated in Operation Rudolph on Dec. 15. Read on...
  58. Picture of Merriam House

    Johnson County Residential Property Valuation

    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. Read on...
  59. Citizens Academy classroom

    You Can Now Sign Up for Merriam’s Police Citizens Academy

    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. Read on...
  60. 1440729_68204496

    Overland Park Fire Marshal Issues Burn Ban for Merriam Residents

    The Overland Park Fire Marshal just issued an immediate burn ban for Merriam and Overland Park. Read on...
  61. Picture of Cat and Dog

    You Can Now Register Your Pets Online

    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. Read on...
  62. Planting the Seeds

    Merriam to Dedicate Public Art on Friday

    Merriam residents can enjoy new art in a fun, reflective way. The City will dedicate Planting the Seeds on Friday, Dec. 1 at 6:30 p.m. at Merriam Marketplace. Read on...
  63. SM lane closure

    Traffic Alert: Shawnee Mission Parkway Lane Closures Start Tomorrow

    Starting Tuesday, Nov. 28, Shawnee Mission Parkway will be down to one lane in both directions from Mastin St. to Eby Ave. Read on...
  64. Picture of Merriam homes

    Merriam Residents Can Apply for an Exterior Home Improvement Grant in January

    Merriam residents looking to beautify their homes may be eligible for an Exterior Home Improvement Grant through the City. Read on...
  65. Wayside Horn

    New Sound System to Reduce Train Noise Pollution in Merriam

    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. Read on...
  66. New Art Piece at IBFCC

    Local Artist’s Work Donated to IBFCC

    A second Jean Van Harlingen painting now hangs in the entryway of the Irene B. French Community Center (IBFCC). Read on...
  67. election-results

    Unofficial Election Results

    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. Read on...
  68. rate-sheet

    Wanted: Advertisers

    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 ads from now through Dec. 15. Read on...
  69. PAFR

    Merriam Wins National Award for Finance Report

    Merriam recently won a national award for its annual finance report’s transparency and easy-to-read format. Read on...
  70. large-item-pickup-1

    Large-Item and Curbside Leaf Pickup Available to Merriam Residents

    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. Read on...
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    New Online Burn Permit Application

    It's that time of year when the air turns crisp and leaves begin to fall. Read on...
  72. Pickleball-Festival---46

    Merriam Hosts Inaugural Pickleball Festival

    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. Read on...
  73. sidewalk

    New Sidewalks to Bridge Merriam Residents with City Amenities

    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. Read on...
  74. PulsePoint

    You Can Help Overland Park Fire Department Save Lives

    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. Read on...
  75. Building-Community-yes-results

    Merriam Voters Approve New Community Center

    Merriam voters have decided – the City should build a new community center. Read on...
  76. Quail-Creek

    New Playground Equipment Installed at Quail Creek Park

    Get ready to play – there’s new playground equipment at Quail Creek Park. Read on...
  77. Police Car

    Merriam Police Pull Over 74 Drivers During Drunk Driving Campaign

    The Merriam Police Department made 74 stops during its two-week “You Drink. You Drive. You Lose.” campaign. The statewide program aimed to removed impaired drivers from Kansas roadways. Officers conducted overtime patrols to aggressively enforce Kansas... Read on...
  78. ballot-reminder-postcard

    Get the Facts - Your Vote Counts

    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. Read on...
  79. Building-Community-FACTS

    Mail-in Ballot Facts

    Here's what you need to know – frequently asked questions about the mail-in ballot. Get the facts...
  80. Park Passport Winner

    6-Year-Old Wins Merriam Park Passport Program

    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. Read on...
  81. Building-Community-blog

    Read Our Blog

    Dig a little deeper about the mail-in ballot initiative and read our blog. Read the blog...
  82. Building-Community-newsroom

    Community Center Mail-In Vote

    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. Learn more...
  83. New police officers

    Merriam Police Adds Four New Officers

    Four new Merriam police officers are ready to protect and serve our community. Read on...
  84. Join-Team-Merriam

    Join Team Merriam: Check out new job openings!

    Merriam employees seem to think this is a great place to work. We’re now hiring for positions in Merriam’s Public Works and Parks & Rec. Departments. Read more about positions in the “Jobs” section of the City’s website and apply to join Team Merriam! Read on...
  85. Shawnee Mission Parkway - construction map - web news

    Work begins on Shawnee Mission Parkway bridge over railroad tracks in March

    On March 20, work began on Shawnee Mission Parkway over BNSF railroad tracks to the west of Merriam city limits in March. The scope of this project is to replace the east and west bridge approaches, remove the bridge median, patch areas of bridge deck ... Read on...
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    Brian Knaff selected as Ward 2 council member

    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 (position up for election on November 7, 2017). Read on...
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    2016 Year-in-Review video now online

    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 together. Read on...
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    Final Parks Facilities Master Plan released after Council presentation

    Jan. 9, 2017 — Following months of gathering public input, Merriam City Council formally acknowledged the completion of the Parks and Recreation Facilities Master Plan, at tonight's meeting. The full report and executive summary are now available online. Read on...
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    Merriam Police officers honored with awards of valor

    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!
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    Frequently Asked Questions: Parks Facilities Master Plan

    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
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    Police officers participate in low-light training exercise

    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. Read on...
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    Parks & Rec Facilities Master Plan news

    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. Read on...
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