As a winter storm approaches the metro, here are some delays and closures you can expect this week:
The Unified Government of Wyandotte County and Kansas City, KS announced that due to the anticipated severe weather, the KCK Municipal Court will be closed Wednesday, Feb. 2 and Thursday, Feb. 3. Any scheduled hearings will be continued. Persons will receive notification in the mail of their new court date.
For any questions, contact the Municipal Court via email at email@example.com or by calling (913) 573-5200.
WyCo Residential Trash and Recycling Residential Trash and Recycling will be delayed by one day this week, beginning Wednesday, Feb. 2. The heavy band of snow late tomorrow could potentially delay collection efforts further. For more Information on this week’s Residential Trash and Recycling delays visit wycokck.org/Waste.
The city is postponing trash operations for the rest of the week. All trash, recycling and scheduled bulky items pick up appointments for Tuesday through Friday will be canceled as crews prepare to deal with the incoming snow and ice.
The city has strategically upgraded its snow operations plan to include:
increasing the amount of salting during storms
adding overnight shifts to residential routes
instituting a more aggressive approach to snow removal on residential streets
plowing multi-lane arterial streets with multiple trucks working in tandem to make sure the street is fully cleared on the first pass
assigning all available employees in solid waste and the water department to snow operations during every snow event
deploying additional snow removal vehicles throughout snow removal operations
improving communication and coordination during snow operations
identifying additional municipal fleet vehicles that can be deployed for snow removal
Suspending all trash and recycling services will allow drivers to focus on preparing for the snow and ice and then actually plowing snow to keep the roads clear. Over 200 employees from Public Works, Solid Waste, Parks & Recreation and KC Water will report Tuesday to begin aggressively pretreating roads, followed by salting and plowing as snow accumulates.
Specifically, this means:
No trash, recycling or bulky item pickup on Tuesday, Feb. 1, through Friday, Feb. 4.
These residents affected will be allowed to place four bags of trash out on their normal trash day next week. Curbside recycling is unlimited.
Solid Waste staff will be contacting residents with bulky item appointments via the email address provided at the time the appointment was scheduled. Those without emails will be contacted via a phone call.
Although city offices will be closed for in-person meetings on Wednesday and Thursday, staff will operate virtually and remotely. Most city business can also be conducted online at kcmo.gov. All Municipal Court hearings, including domestic violence cases, will be virtual on Wednesday and Thursday. Go to www.kcmo.gov/court and click Virtual Hearing for more information.
City Council meetings are set to continue virtually. Members of the public who wish to participate in a council meeting can find the agendas and virtual meeting links at the City Clerk’s website. To simply watch a meeting tune in to Channel 2 on your cable provider or the city’s YouTube channel.
All drivers are reminded to exercise caution, especially around snow plow operators, allow extra travel time, and park off-street where possible, or on the north and west sides of neighborhood streets. Parking cars on only one side of residential streets will help plows clear your streets faster and more completely.
The city will also enact its extreme weather plan to protect houseless residents when the daytime high is below 32 degrees, or the overnight low is less than 20 degrees. The forecast calls for such conditions starting early Wednesday through Friday.
DeLaSalle Education Center, KCMO – CLOSED 2/2
Metropolitan Community College All campuses – CLOSED 2/2
University of Kansas, Medical Ctr. Campus – Remote learning 2/2, 2/3. Hospital remains open.
Lee A. Tolbert Community Academy – CLOSED 2/2
Rockhurst High School – Virtual 2/2, 2/3