Prairie Village postpones large item pickup; Community Blood Center cancels blood drives, moves to appointment-only schedule

Prairie Village residents may get a new bulk item pick-up schedule after the Jan. 19 city council meeting. File photo.

Prairie Village postpones large item pickup

The city of Prairie Village has postponed its large item pickup dates — originally set for March 28 and April 4. The tentative dates for collection are now June 6 for residents on and north of 75th Street, and those east of Belinder Avenue, and June 13 for all other residents south of 75th Street.

You can find more information here.

Community Blood Center expands capacity at donor centers, cancels all blood drives

In light of the stay-at-home order in the Kansas City metro area, Community Blood Center is canceling all blood drives through the end of April and extending open hours at its donor centers. Additionally, center staff is urging healthy donors to make appointments to help maintain the region’s blood supply. “The outpouring of support from the community has been abundant and much-needed,” according to the center, which will be moving to an appointment-only schedule effective immediately. Walk-ins will not be accepted at this time.

Beginning Monday, March 23, all seven of Community Blood Center’s donor location will be open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Thursday, and 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday through Sunday. Donors can schedule appointments by calling 1-877-468-6844 or visiting

Merriam’s Irene B. French Community Center to remain closed through April 23

The city of Merriam on Monday announced that the Irene B. French Community Center, 5701 Merriam Drive, and the Tim Murphy Art Gallery will remain closed through April 23. This is in an effort to comply with the 30-day stay-at-home order issued by the CORE 4, including Johnson County. For each day the community center is closed, memberships will be extended by one day. 

In addition, all Parks and Recreation events and activities have been canceled through April 23 and all park shelter rentals are canceled through May 11. The Parks and Recreation department will contact people with a shelter rental and they will issue a refund. For a refund on park activities and events, call the department at (913) 322-5550. More information about cancellations or postponements in Merriam can be found here.

Roeland Park declares State of Emergency in cooperation with stay-at-home order

Roeland Park Mayor Mike Kelly on Monday declared a State of Emergency in cooperation with the CORE 4’s 30-day stay-at-home order. The declaration comes just after a special city council meeting in which the city council approved an ordinance allowing the mayor to make such declarations.

“Roeland Park is in full cooperation with the recommendations made by the public health community across metropolitan Kansas City with the proactive implementation of social distancing through the stay-at-home order,” Kelly said in the announcement. “We’re asking residents to stay at home, as much as possible, in order to help flatten the curve of COVID-19.”

Below are some of the actions residents can expect to be implemented:

  • All establishments must follow the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, federal, state and local public health officials guidance regarding social distancing and infection control.

  • Large public gatherings of people — constituted as more than 10 people in or expected to attend — are prohibited until further notice. This includes indoor and outdoor events.

  • Municipal buildings closed to the general public until further notice.

  • All city events, meetings and workshops are canceled until April 23. City council meetings will be held remotely.

A full list of implementations, and what residents are able to still do, can be found here.

Fairway to operate essential services only during stay-at-home order

The city of Fairway on Monday announced it would be shifting to operate essential services only as a result of the 30-day stay-at-home order issued by regional leaders on Sunday. The following modifications will last through April 23, the anticipated end-date of the order:

  • All city staff to work from home, as much as possible. Although they will have access to email and voicemails, residents should expect delays, according to the announcement.

  • Public Works hours and staff reporting to work will be reduced, accommodating for essential services only.

  • The city will not be issuing any new building permits. If a resident replaces an appliance such as a heater, furnace, air conditioner, etc., it should be done so by a Johnson County-licensed contractor. Once the order is lifted, the resident or the contractor should reach out to the city to set up an inspection.

  • Late fees for dog tags will be suspended until May 31, but residents are encouraged to mail a current copy of the dog’s rabies vaccination and a check. The city will mail back a license tag back to the resident.