COVID-19 Updates

Stay Updated on News About the Coronavirus in Merriam and Johnson County

We will frequently update this page on news specific to the City of Merriam and the services we provide, including information about cancellations and closures.

You also can find some Johnson County and Shawnee Mission School District news that is helpful to you, our residents. We have included a list of reputable national, state, and county resources about COVID-19.

What to Do If You Think You Have COVID-19

The Kansas Department of Health and Environment said you should contact your primary doctor by phone and talk to them about your symptoms. 

If you do not have a primary doctor or have additional questions, please call the Johnson County Hotline at 913-715-2819. Nurses will answer your questions about the coronavirus from 8 a.m.-5 p.m., Monday-Friday.

You can also call the Johnson County Department of Health and Environment at 913-477-8343 during regular business hours or the Kansas Department of Health and Environment at 877-427-7317 after business hours.

Call 913-715-5000 for questions about the 30-day executive order.


April 6, 2020

CDC Now Recommends You Wear Cloth Masks in Public

Because a good portion of people who have COVID-19 don’t have symptoms or develop them a couple of days after getting the virus, the Centers for Disease Control said people should wear cloth masks when out in public.

The CDC said it helps avoid spreading the virus from people interacting in close contact such as at a grocery store or waiting for food at a carry-out restaurant.

Cloth masks are not 100% effective for blocking COVID-19. Remember to wash your mask as soon as you get home and avoid touching your mask without washing your hands.

Find more CDC information about cloth masks.

Learn how to create a non-sew mask.


Turkey Creek Festival Scheduled May 16 Canceled

With a heavy heart, the Merriam Parks and Recreation Department has officially canceled the 35th Annual Turkey Creek Festival.

The health and safety of our community, team members, and patrons continue to be our top priority.

The Turkey Creek Festival 5K is postponed and will now become the Merriam Drive Live 5K on Oct. 3. Stay tuned for more information on MDL soon.


April 3, 2020

COVID-19 By the Numbers

As of today, there are 620 positive cases of coronavirus across the state of Kansas. The age range is less than 1 year old to 95 years old and the median age is 55. In Kansas, 17 people have died from the disease.

Johnson County has 172 positive cases of COVID-19 and seven deaths.


April 2, 2020

State of Kansas Creates Job Hiring Website

With thousands of Kansans out of a job due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Kansas Department of Commerce created a job hiring website.

The website lists businesses across the state in need of workers for immediate hire. It’s free for both job seekers and employers.

Essential businesses with urgent hiring needs can fill out this form to be placed on the website.


Gov. Laura Kelly Hosts Live Daily Press Briefings on Facebook 

Stay up-to-date about how the coronavirus affects the State of Kansas. You can watch live press briefings with Gov. Laura Kelly on Facebook every day at 2 p.m.

Can’t make it at 2 p.m.? The governor will share the feeds on her Facebook page shortly after the press briefing ends.

View today’s press briefing.


April 1, 2020

Johnson County to Spend $400,000 on COVID-19 Testing

To better understand how COVID-19 spreads, the Johnson County Department of Health and Environment (JCDHE) will randomly test residents.

JCDHE will test people experiencing symptoms as well as people who don’t have any to get a complete picture of the effect of COVID-19 on the community. The county will send questions to a random sample pool within the community with a short survey and an invitation to get tested. This process will ensure a broad demographic.

Only one person from a family or household will be tested. Johnson County is still working on who will get tested and where the drive-through testing clinics will take place.

The Johnson County Board of County Commissioners met Monday to approve spending $400,000 to pay for the COVID-19 tests.

View Frequently Asked Questions about COVID-19 testing.


UPDATED: City of Merriam Cancellations and Postponements

April 2: Senior’s Spring Fling Opening Reception – Canceled

April 4: Brunch with the Bunny – Canceled

April 7: Medicare Savings and Low Income Subsidy Program – Canceled

April 18: Flowering Hanging Basket Workshop – Canceled

April 18: What’s Cluckin’ in the Hen House – Canceled

April 20-24: Large-Item Pickup – Canceled

April 25: National Prescription Drug Take Back Day – Canceled

May 2: Spring Fling Recycling – Canceled

May 2: Merriam Farmers’ Market Opening Day - Postponed until May 23

May 5: Finding Your Roots – Genealogy Basics – Canceled

Now in July: Tree Limb Pickup – Postponed 


Spring Recycling Event Scheduled May 2 Canceled

Based on the direction provided to all trash haulers by the Johnson County Department of Health and Environment, the City of Merriam is canceling Spring Fling Recycling scheduled for May 2. 

The City plans to partner with the City of Shawnee in October to bring you the same recycling services. You also can contact these recycling and disposal services in Johnson County. 


April 1 is Census Day


Today is Census Day! We’re challenging you to fill out your 2020 Census TODAY to help shape your future.

You should have received your 2020 Census in the mail. You can fill it out by phone, email, or mail-in form.

** Your 2020 Census may show a Shawnee/Mission/Shawnee Mission mailing address. You will be counted as a resident of the City of Merriam as long as your street address and zip code are correct. **


Your Response Matters

The U.S. Census Bureau collects information from all persons in the nation using the 10-question form. You’ll have to count everyone who lives in your home, including kids and extended family.

Participation is mandatory, but your answers will be confidential. Information collected determines how much money Kansas gets from the federal government. Kansas distributes this money to county and local programs that likely affect you.

Due to COVID-19, the U.S. Census Bureau employees will delay going out in the field to track down people who haven’t filled out the form by the end of the month – so please do your part today!

Find more info at https://2020census.gov. Everyone counts for the 2020 Census!


March 31, 2020

Spring Large-Item Pickup Canceled

Based on the direction provided to all trash haulers by the Johnson County Department of Health and Environment, the City of Merriam is canceling its large-item pickup scheduled for April 20-24.

Our residents’ and employees’ health and safety are our greatest concern during this time. We apologize for the inconvenience and thank you for your patience and understanding.

You can save your large items – the City will again provide this service Oct. 19-23, or you can contact these recycling and disposal services in Johnson County. If you have further questions, please call Merriam City Hall at 913-322-5500.


Regional Efforts to Support Small Businesses; New Small Business Relief Loan Fund Announced Today

A new, community-backed $5 million small business relief loan fund will provide immediate help to local businesses in need during the COVID-19 pandemic.

The KC COVID-19 Small Business Relief Loan Fund offers loans up to $100,000 to local businesses with fewer than 20 full-time equivalent employees and less than $2.5 million in revenue. It gives priority to businesses in retail, food service, arts and entertainment, hospitality, fitness, personal service, transportation, and healthcare not directly involved in the COVID-19 response.

The relief loan fund is supported by the Greater Kansas City Chamber of Commerce, the Kansas City Area Development Council, the Civic Council of Greater Kansas City, and the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation and is administered by AltCap.

This fund is specifically designed to support small businesses that might not qualify for SBA Disaster Loans or other similar sources of funding. It’s for small businesses located in Johnson, Wyandotte, and Leavenworth counties in Kansas and Jackson, Clay, Platte, and Cass counties in Missouri.

Small businesses can apply for the loan fund at alt-cap.org/covid-relief-fund or contact AltCap at 816-216-1851 or info@alt-cap.org. Applications are available for three-year, short-term loans up to $100,000 with no interest and deferred payments for the first 6-12 months.

Additional resources for small business owners: 


Johnson County District Court Holds Remote Hearings; Jury Trials Scheduled through May 10 to Be Continued 

Beginning today, all Judicial District Court hearings in the county will move to remote access. 

Only a judge and an administrative assistant will be in a courtroom for hearings or proceedings. Visit courts.jocogov.org for up-to-date information on individual dockets.

Jury Trials

All jury trials scheduled through May 10 are continued until further notice. Contact dca-jury@jocogov.org or call 913-715-3365 with any questions.

If You Receive a Traffic Ticket in Johnson County (not in Merriam)

The Johnson County District Attorney’s Office is closed to the public. All traffic court cases scheduled through May 8 have been rescheduled. Visit jococourts.org to find your new court date or contact the Clerk of the District Court at 913-715-3470.


March 30, 2020

Gov. Laura Kelly Issues Stay-At-Home Order for the State of Kansas

The entire state of Kansas is now under a stay-at-home order. Gov. Laura Kelly issued the order this weekend to limit the spread of COVID-19. 

The order is issued through Sunday, April 19 – however, the governor could extend the order.

Kansans are directed to stay home unless they are:

  • Getting food, medicine, or other household items
  • Going to and from work 
  • Seeking medical care
  • Caring for children, family members, a vulnerable person, or pets at another location
  • Engaging in an outdoor activity – provided they maintain the six-feet distance and 10-person limit on a gathering. 

Kansas is now the 22nd state to issue a stay-at-home order.

How does this work with the Johnson County stay-at-home order?

The state issued stay-at-home order replaces Johnson County’s stay-at-home-order that went into effect March 24. If the state order expires on April 19, then Johnson County’s order would go back into effect through April 23.


KDHE Adds More States to Travel Self-Quarantine List

The Kansas Department of Health and Environment (KDHE) just added two more states for required travel-related self-quarantine: Colorado and Louisiana. 

Kansans will now have to self-quarantine for 14 days when they return home from traveling in one of these eight states:

  • California
  • Colorado
  • Florida
  • Illinois
  • Louisiana
  • New Jersey
  • New York
  • Washington

Kansans also have to self-quarantine if they’ve traveled internationally or on a cruise ship on or after March 15. Find more information at www.kdheks.gov/coronavirus.

The KDHE gives live updates on its Facebook page on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays at 1:30 p.m. You can also watch the feed later on Facebook or Vimeo.


COVID-19 By the Numbers

As of today, there are 368 positive cases of coronavirus across the state of Kansas. Eight people have died of the disease. The age range is 4 years old to 95 years old and the median age is 55.

Johnson County has 116 positive cases and two deaths.


March 27, 2020

Kansas Provides Details on How it’s Prioritizing COVID-19 Testing

The Kansas Department of Health and Environment released details on how it’s selecting who gets tested for coronavirus across the state.

Due to supply shortages, criteria to get tested include:

  • Healthcare workers and first responders who have COVID-19 symptoms.
  • Potential clusters of unknown respiratory illness, with priority given to long-term care and healthcare facilities.
  • Hospitalized patients with no other diagnosis.
  • People over the age of 60 who have COVID-19 symptoms, with priority for those who live in nursing homes and long-term care facilities.
  • People with an underlying health condition that would be treated differently if they had COVID-19.

Read more about the testing guidelines.


Merriam Municipal Court Updated Case Schedule

All Merriam Municipal Court walk-in dockets and hearings for defendants not in custody are suspended through Monday, May 11.

  • If your court date is March 31, your new court date is now May 19 at 10 a.m.
  • If your court date is April 2, your new court date is now May 21 at the same time you were scheduled on April 2.

All persons scheduled to appear will have new court dates mailed to defendants’ addresses on file. Email court@merriam.org or call 913-322-5540 to update your address. You also can find your new court date at merriam.org/court.

If you have further questions, please call Merriam Municipal Court at 913-322-5540 or visit merriam.org/court.


March 26, 2020

Essential Business List

Johnson County released a list of businesses that it considers essential during the 30-day stay at home order. View the complete list and executive order here.

If you have any questions about this list, please call Johnson County at 913-715-5000.


Greater Kansas City Community Foundation Collecting Donations for COVID-19 Relief Fund

There’s a Kansas City Regional COVID-19 Response and Recovery Fund to help non-profit organizations affected by the coronavirus outbreak.

United Way of Greater Kansas City, Local Initiatives Support Corporation Greater Kansas City, and the Mid-America Regional Council are partnering with the Foundation to put together grants to assist services and operations with a focus on housing support, food insecurity, access to health care, and more.

Find more information, including how you can donate, here.


March 25, 2020

New Johnson County Hotline and Call Center Hours

Johnson County invites you to call 913-715-5000 for questions about the 30-day executive order and 913-715-2819 for virus-related questions.

Representatives will answer your questions from 8 a.m.-5 p.m., Monday through Friday. You can also read answers to some common questions here.

Call the Kansas Department of Health and Environment at 877-427-7317 for questions after business hours.


Motor Vehicle and Other Johnson County Offices Are Closed to the Public Starting Today

Due to continued efforts to mitigate the spread of COVID-19 in our community, several Johnson County Government services and buildings, including the Johnson County Motor Vehicle Offices will be closed to the public starting March 25 for 30 days.


Play it Safe – Avoid Our Playgrounds

While our parks are not closed to the public, we recommend you follow CDC guidelines and avoid our playgrounds and park equipment. We encourage you to enjoy our Turkey Creek Steamway Trail and other public trails across the region. 

When you are out on the trails, observe the CDC’s recommendations of social distancing - 6-feet from other people at all times.

cdc park guidelines on a trail


Federal and State Tax Filing Deadline Extended to July 15

The filing deadline for tax returns is now July 15, 2020. The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) extended the federal deadline from April 15 to provide relief to individuals and businesses affected by COVID-19.

The IRS said the relief is automatic – taxpayers don’t need to file an extra form or call the IRS to qualify.

Governor Laura Kelly recently signed an executive order to extend the state tax filing deadline to July 15. She said the state is also waiving any interest and penalties for returns and payments made on or before July 15, 2020.


March 24, 2020

COVID-19 Rumor Control

FEMA created a COVID-19 rumor control page to address inaccurate information posted on social media. 

View the rumor control page. 

View the Spanish response page.


Your Help Needed to Make Health Care Masks

Are you handy with a needle and thread? Personal protective equipment is in short supply, so Johnson County is asking for donated cloth masks for health professionals to help fight the coronavirus pandemic.

Johnson County will start accepting donated cloth masks at the Johnson County Administration Building (111 S. Cherry St.; Olathe, KS) in Room 201 during business hours, 8 a.m.-4 p.m., Monday through Friday.

Some businesses are offering free fabric to make protective masks. Call 913-715-1041 for more information.


New Municipal Court Dates from This Week

In a continued effort to limit the spread of COVID-19, Merriam Municipal Court cases are suspended until May 11. All persons scheduled to appear will be contacted by mail with information on new court appearance dates. 

  • If you had a March 24 court date, your new date is now May 12 at 10 a.m.
  • If you had a March 26 court date, your new date is now May 14 at the same time listed.

If you have further questions, please call Merriam Municipal Court at 913-322-5540 or visit merriam.org/court for other municipal court information.


Stay-At-Home Order Goes Into Effect Today

The Johnson County Emergency Public Health Order is now in effect and remains until 12:01 a.m. on Thursday, April 23. The order mandates residents stay at home, with the exception of essential activities, which are described in the order.

Read the Johnson County order.

Consideration after 30 days will be given of whether to prolong these orders beyond that date, based on public health and critical care information available at that time.

Examples of essential businesses and services that will remain open during this time:

  • Government services
  • Infrastructure projects
  • Child care
  • Health care
  • Grocery stores
  • Pharmacies
  • Delivery/carry-out/drive-through services from restaurants

March 23, 2020

Irene B. French Community Center Remains Closed Through April 23

The Irene B. French Community Center and the Tim Murphy Art Gallery will remain closed through April 23 to comply with the 30-day stay at home order. Community Center memberships will be extended one day for each day it’s closed. 

All Parks and Recreation activities and programs are canceled through April 23. Please call the Parks and Recreation Department at 913-322-5550 to receive a refund or credit for park activities and programs. The City also is canceling all park shelter rentals through May 11. Parks and Recreation will contact you to receive a full refund.


City of Merriam Cancellations and Postponements

March 23: Merriam City Council Meeting – Canceled

March 23-27: Spring Tree Limb Pickup – Postponed until July

March 24: Parks and Recreation Advisory Board Meeting – Canceled

April 1: Mom and Baby Essential Oils – Canceled

April 2: Senior’s Spring Fling Opening Reception – Canceled

April 4: Brunch with the Bunny – Canceled

April 7: Medicare Savings and Low Income Subsidy Program – Canceled

April 15: Merriam 2040 Public Meeting – Canceled

April 18: Hanging Flower Basket Workshop – Postponed until April 25

April 18: What’s Cluckin’ in the Hen House – Canceled

April 20-24: Large-Item Pickup – TBD

April 25: National Prescription Drug Take Back Day – Canceled

May 2: Spring Fling Recycling – Canceled


A Message from Evergy

To help all of our customers going through a difficult time, we’re implementing the following:

· Extended payment options with customer service available to help walk through payment plans (even for those on plans currently).

· No late payment fees until May 1 (for residential or small business customers).

· No power disconnections related to nonpayments (for residential or small business customers).

· Reduced payments for reconnecting service with no security deposit. If you’ve been disconnected for nonpayment, you’ll only need to pay 1/12 of your balance.

· A plan in place to keep the lights on in our communities.

We’re a part of this community, too, and we’ll continue to offer support. Feel free to check back here at any time for updates. If you’re still unsure or have questions, you’re more than welcome to look through our Help Center, or from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. on weekdays, reach out to our customer service.

Please keep in mind our customer care center will likely experience high call volumes while we work to keep the number of people gathered there to a minimum. The health and safety of our employees, customers, and communities will guide future decisions as we continue to work through this together. We appreciate your patience and understanding.


COVID-19 Symptoms 

The Kansas Department of Health and Environment released this chart to show the different symptoms among coronavirus, cold, flu, and allergies. 

If you think you have coronavirus, the department recommends you contact your primary doctor by phone and talk to them about your symptoms. You can also call the Johnson County hotline at 913-715-2819 or 913-715-5000.

Cold vs. Flu vs.Allergies vs.Coronavirus symptoms


Burn Permits

Due to COVID-19, the Overland Park Fire Department will not issue new burn permits at this time and fire inspectors will not visit any new burn sites. All permits approved before March 23 will be processed as usual.


March 22, 2020

Johnson County Issues Emergency Order

Johnson County today issued an emergency order to mitigate the spread of COVID-19. With this order, the county has listed essential businesses and activities.

View the Emergency Order of Local Health Officer.

How long do we have to stay at home?

This goes into effect on Tuesday, March 24. The order is in place until April 23, 2020.

What can I do? What’s open?

Essential services that may remain open include:

  • Gas stations
  • Pharmacies
  • Food: grocery stores, farmers’ markets, food banks, convenience stores, take-out and delivery restaurants
  • Banks
  • Laundromats/laundry services

Essential state and local government functions will also remain open, including law enforcement and offices that provide government programs and services.

What’s closed?

  • Dine-in restaurants
  • Bars and nightclubs
  • Entertainment venues
  • Gyms and fitness studios
  • Public events and gatherings
  • Convention centers

Where does this apply?

This is in effect throughout the CORE 4 partners of Johnson County, Kansas; Kansas City, Missouri; Jackson County, Missouri; and Wyandotte County/Kansas City, Kansas.

Get your questions answered at johnsoncounty.gov/coronavirus. You also can call Johnson County’s call center at 913-715-5000 or ask questions via email at https://www.jocogov.org/contact-us.

Stay updated on the City of Merriam’s postponements and closures on this webpage.


March 21, 2020

A Message from Johnson County

Today, the CORE 4 partners of Jackson County, Missouri; Johnson County, Kansas; Kansas City, Missouri, and the Unified Government of Wyandotte County/Kansas City, Kansas, based on the urgency of the COVID-19 public health emergency and the imminent rapid progression of the pandemic in our area, announce that beginning Tuesday, March 24, residents will be directed to stay at home except for essential needs. All jurisdictions will issue orders that will stay in effect for 30 days from the effective date of March 24, with consideration after 30 days of whether to prolong these orders beyond that date, based on public health and critical care metrics available at that time.

Examples of essential businesses and services that will remain open during this time period include critical government services, infrastructure projects, childcare, healthcare, grocery stores, pharmacies, and delivery/carry-out/drive-through services from restaurants. Additional details are forthcoming.

The chief elected officer and medical directors for each jurisdiction will hold a joint news conference tomorrow, March 22 at 1:00 p.m. at Union Station, where more details will be made available.

March 20, 2020

Apply for a Business Relief Fund

There’s now a Hospitality Industry Relief Emergency Fund (HIRE Fund) created to help provide bridge loans to eligible businesses hit by restrictions related to COVID-19.

Gov. Laura Kelly and the Kansas Department of Commerce made the announcement today in an effort to help people in the restaurants, bars, hotels, event centers industry.

You can apply here.


Keep Americans Connected Pledge

Communication companies are pledging for the next 60 days to not terminate internet service for residential or small business customers and to waive any late fees due to the economic effects of the coronavirus.

The Federal Communications Commission said the “Keep Americans Connected Pledge” will allow public Wi-Fi access in hotspots to “any American who needs them.”

With this pledge, AT&T announced it will temporarily lift data caps and Comcast said it will increase the speed limit on its Internet Essentials program for low-income households and will waive the program’s connection fees for two months for new subscribers.


March 19, 2020

Merriam Municipal Court Suspended Through May 11

Court gavel

All Merriam Municipal Court walk-in dockets and hearings for defendants not in custody are suspended through Monday, May 11.

All persons scheduled to appear will have new court dates mailed to defendants’ addresses on file. Email court@merriam.org or call 913-322-5540 to update your address. You also can find your new court date at merriam.org/court.

Cases are postponed due to social distancing recommendations from health experts surrounding the COVID-19 outbreak.

If you have further questions, please call Merriam Municipal Court at 913-322-5540 or visit merriam.org/court for other municipal court information.


Find Referral Resources Through 2-1-1

Call 2-1-1 for your one-stop resource for community relief. Through 211, you’re connected to more than 8,000 programs run by nonprofit organizations and government agencies throughout the 23-county United Way 211 service area. 

Find programs for food needs, financial help, utility assistance, tax services, and more.


March 18, 2020

Johnson County Hotline

You can now call Johnson County on its COVID-19 hotline number 913-715-2819. Nurses will answer your questions about the coronavirus from 7 a.m.-7 p.m., Monday-Friday.

You can also call the Johnson County Department of Health and Environment at 913-477-8343 during regular business hours or the Kansas Department of Health and Environment at 877-427-7317 after business hours.

Find more information at jocogov.org/coronavirus.


Free Breakfast and Lunch for All Children in the Shawnee Mission School District

Beginning March 24, the Shawnee Mission School District will offer free breakfast and lunch from 10:30-11:30 a.m. to all children ages 1-18 at four schools.

School locations:

  • Comanche Elementary, 8200 Grant St., Overland Park
  • Rosehill Elementary, 9801 Rosehill, Lenexa
  • Shawanoe Elementary, 11230 W. 75th St., Shawnee
  • Hocker Grove Middle School, 10400 Johnson Drive, Shawnee

Students must be present to receive breakfast and lunch. Contact the Food Services Department with any questions at 913-933-9710.


Citywide Tree Limb Pickup Postponed Until July

Tree limbs at a sidewalk curb

The City of Merriam is pushing back its free, citywide tree limb pickup until sometime in July. We’ll post on our city website merriam.org and our social media channels (Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram) when the City sets a new date.

Please check with your specific trash hauler to see what residential yard waste services they provide.

The health and safety of our residents and employees continue to be a priority for us during this time. We are sorry for this inconvenience and thank you for your patience.


March 17, 2020

Evergy Extends Payment Options, Waives Late Fees in Response to Coronavirus

Evergy announced Friday its temporary suspension of nonpayment service disconnections for residential and small business customers. Today, the company took several additional steps to help its customers. Late fees will be waived, and residential and small business customers who had been disconnected prior to Friday’s announcement may re-establish service by paying one-twelfth of their account balance. These changes will be in place through at least May 1.

While service won’t be disconnected in the coming weeks, Evergy encourages customers to continue to make payments toward their energy use to avoid higher balances later. Evergy customer service representatives can assist customers with payment arrangements and budget billing options. In addition, by calling 2-1-1, customers may learn about community resources for financial assistance. Customers will continue to receive reminders, including collection notices, calls, and texts even though they will not be disconnected. These notifications are important to remind customers of past-due balances, and, if eligible, customers need the notifications to receive energy assistance funds from community organizations.


Merriam City Offices Closing to the Public Today at Noon

In an effort to limit the community spread of COVID-19, the City of Merriam is closing all city offices to the public effective today, March 17 at noon through Sunday, April 5. All essential services will remain operational, and our employees are ready to assist you by phone or email.

General Information
Please call our main line at 913-322-5500 for city business, including pet and business licenses, garage sale permits, grant information, or general questions.

Police Department
The Police Department lobby will remain open to the public for emergencies. You can reach the Merriam Police Department at 913-322-5560 during office hours or dispatch at 913-782-0720 after hours for non-emergency questions.

Community Development Department
Call our Community Development Department at 913-322-5520 if you have questions about building or flood plain development permits, occupational licenses, development proposals, or other questions. Employees will determine if you need to come in for a meeting by appointment.

If you have a codes complaint, you can call 913-322-5520, email comdev@merriam.org, or go on our website at merriam.org and click “Request Tracker.”

Public Works
Citywide tree limb collection is postponed until July. Stay tuned for more information. Call 913-322-5570 or visit merriam.org and click “Request Tracker” with any issues or complaints.

Parks and Recreation
All Merriam Parks and Recreation classes and programs are canceled during this time. The Irene B. French Community Center and the Tim Murphy Art Gallery are also closed. Please read more information here.

Municipal Court
You can pay a fine or search for Municipal Court cases by going to merriam.org/court. We also have a dropbox in between our front doors at Merriam City Hall if you need to drop off a check or a copy of your proof of insurance. For all other questions, please call 913-322-5540.

Cases scheduled March 24 through April 5 are postponed as follows:
Arraignment Dockets
March 24 will be continued on April 14, 2020, at 10 a.m.
March 31 will be continued on April 21, 2020, at 10 a.m.

Plea Dockets
March 26 will be continued on April 16, 2020, at the same time they were scheduled on March 26.
April 2 will be continued on April 23, 2020, at the same time they were scheduled on April 2.

All persons scheduled to appear will be contacted later this week with information about new court appearance dates.

Visitors Bureau
The Visitors Bureau office is closed. Visitors are encouraged to use exploremerriam.com or call 913-403-8999. 


March 13, 2020

The City of Merriam Prepares to Help Limit the Spread of COVID-19

Irene B. French Community Center Closing Today at 5 p.m.

In a continued effort to limit the spread of COVID-19, the City of Merriam will close the Irene B. French Community Center at 5 p.m. today, March 13 with the plan to reopen Monday, April 6, 2020. All City events, meetings, and activities are also postponed or canceled during this timeframe. We’re canceling events because of social distancing recommendations from health experts surrounding the COVID-19 outbreak.

Cancellations and postponements include:

  • The Irene B. French Community Center, including all classes and events. Call the IBFCC at 913-322-5550 with any questions.
    • “Senior’s Spring Fling” Opening Reception at the Tim Murphy Art Gallery scheduled Thursday, April 2 is canceled.
    • Brunch with a Bunny scheduled Saturday, April 4 is canceled.
  • The City Council meeting scheduled Monday, March 23 is canceled.
  • All City committee meetings.
    • Parks and Recreation Advisory Board Meeting scheduled Tuesday, March 24 is canceled.
    • Planning Commission scheduled Wednesday, April 1 is canceled.
  • Merriam Municipal Court cases scheduled March 24-April 6.
    • Arraignment Dockets:
      March 24 will be continued on April 14, 2020, at 10 a.m.
      March 31 will be continued on April 21, 2020, at 10 a.m.
    • Plea Dockets:
      March 26 will be continued on April 16, 2020, at the same time they were scheduled on March 26.
      April 2 will be continued on April 23, 2020, at the same time they were scheduled on April 2.
    • All persons scheduled to appear will be contacted next week with information on new court appearance dates.

The City will still have its Spring Tree Limb Pickup scheduled March 23-27.

The City is following the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) recommendations for businesses. All police, fire, and EMS services will continue to operate. Merriam City Hall and Public Works will be open during regular hours at this time and we’ll update you if anything changes. Residents are encouraged to do as much City business on our website merriam.org or by phone at 913-322-5500.

“We are concerned with the health of our residents and staff and believe these are the necessary steps to help stop the spread of COVID-19,” Merriam City Administrator Chris Engel said. “We encourage everyone to wash their hands often and stay home if they are sick.”

Engel said all City staff who have a fever, cough, or may have come into contact with someone with COVID-19 will follow CDC guidelines, including staying home, following reporting procedures, and not reporting to work until symptoms have subsided or they are cleared by a health professional.

The City continues to work closely with Johnson County and the Kansas Department of Health and Environment to monitor COVID-19 in our area.

Here are helpful links to provide you with accurate information about COVID-19:

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

CDC Common Questions

Kansas Department of Health and Environment

Johnson County Department of Health and Environment

If you have further questions, please call Merriam City Hall at 913-322-5500. The City will update the community as new information becomes available.

Trusted Web Resources

Here are helpful links to provide you with accurate information about COVID-19:

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Coronavirus Information  |  Comparta la Información Sobre el COVID-19

CDC COVID-19 Symptoms  |  Síntomas

CDC Common Questions  |  Respuestas a las Preguntas Más Frecuentes

Kansas Department of Health and Environment

Symptom Comparison Chart: COVID v. Flu v. Cold v. Alergies

Johnson County Department of Health and Environment

Johnson County COVID-19 Updates

CDC’s COVID-19 Situation Summary
Provides the latest updates on source, spread, response, and recommendations

EPA Information on Disinfectants

World Health Organization

CDC Guidance on Preventing COVID-19 Spread in Communities

City Contact Information

City Hall
913-322-5500

Police
Emergency: 911

913-322-5560

After-hours dispatch:
913-782-0720

Community Development
913-322-5520

Municipal Court
913-322-5540

Parks & Recreation
913-322-5550

Public Works
913-322-5570


Johnson County COVID-19 Hotline

913-715-2819
8 a.m. – 5 p.m.