Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19)

Coronavirus

March 30 update

The State of Kansas issued a statewide Stay Home order. This remains in effect until April 19, 2020, or until the statewide State of Disaster Emergency proclaimed on March 12, relating to COVID-19 expires, whichever is earlier. The order may be extended as circumstances dictate.

Under Executive Order 20-16, Kansans are directed to stay home unless performing one of the following essential activities:

  • Obtaining food, medicine and other household necessities;
  • Going to and from work at a business or organization performing an essential function as identified in the Kansas Essential Function Framework;
  • Seeking medical care;
  • Caring for children, family members or pets, or caring for a vulnerable person in another location;
  • Engaging in an outdoor activity, provided individuals maintain a distance of six feet from one another and abide by the 10-person limitation on gathering size.

No prior approval is required for individuals or entities to perform essential functions listed in the KEFF. Individuals or entities who are uncertain whether they perform functions exempted from the prohibitions of this order may fill out the online form (link below) or email KEFF@ks.gov to determine whether their functions are deemed essential.

Click here to submit an “Essential Functions” inquiry. Please only submit one inquiry per business. Please do not call to check on the status of your request as we are experiencing high call demand. You will be contacted via email once your request has been reviewed.

The state’s frequently asked questions provide more clarity about the state order. Questions on the state’s stay at home order can be emailed to KEFF@ks.gov.

If you are seeking enforcement, please contact your municipal police department. DO NOT CALL 911. Use these administrative numbers.

A letter from Mayor Steven Ellis

Fellow Residents,

We continue to evaluate the rapidly changing landscape of COVID-19 and implement strategies to minimize the risk of spreading the disease. In order to implement some of these changes it was necessary to declare a State of Emergency within the City even though Johnson and Miami Counties have also declared emergencies. I have signed that declaration today and write to you now to outline our current efforts to protect residents, city staff, and visitors to our community. The action taken today is supplemental to the recent actions taken by Johnson and Miami Counties, meaning that the orders contained in those declarations remain in full force and effect.

The following actions are being undertaken:

City Facilities Closed to the Public

Effective at 5 p.m. today, March 19, 2020, all city facilities are closed to the public. City staff will still be working and be available by telephone. Please contact City Hall staff at (913) 592-3664, Public Works Staff at (913) 592-3317 or for after-hours utility emergencies at (913) 247-3521, and the Police Department’s non-emergency number at (913) 782-0720 (all emergency calls should be made by dialing 911). 

City parks remain open! However, playground equipment is fenced off and closed to the public. We encourage you to utilize our six parks in other creative ways such as kite flying, dog walking or running! 

Aquatic Center

While it is too early to know what impact the current situation will have on Aquatic Center operations, we understand that families may be reluctant to purchase annual passes. We are extending the discount period for annual passes to May 31, 2020, by which point we should have a clearer understanding of what the season may look like. We continue to schedule telephone interviews with applicants interested in working at the Aquatic Center in an effort to have adequate staffing levels for opening day. We will keep you updated on Aquatic Center operations, including passes and swim lessons, as we learn more.

Local Business Impacts

With the closure of bars and restaurants by order of Johnson and Miami Counties, we remind you that many of our local providers are open for carryout. We encourage you to solicit these businesses as you are able in an effort to support these businesses and their employees. Other businesses may be affected as well – please shop local whenever possible.

School Breakfast and Lunch

We are working with USD 230 as well as State and Federal officials to be able to serve as a “grab-and-go” meal station at City facilities in addition to School District locations.   

Watch for emails from the school district regarding meal availability and know that your Schools and City are working together to make sure meals are available for our community’s youth.

City Council Meetings

Presently, the Governing Body will continue to meet as scheduled Thursday, March 26, 2020 at 7 p.m. Items that are not urgent have been moved to future agendas to ensure adequate time to address ongoing business needs while also minimizing the amount of time in the meeting.

We are working on how best to ensure public access while minimizing the risk of potential exposure. More information will follow.

Utilities

We are waiving late fees and utility shut-offs for at least the next 30 days for those families experiencing financial issues. Your word that you need help is enough to receive this benefit – if we do not receive your payment, we will assume that you need help and are happy to work with you.

Municipal Court

As a necessary measure to protect the health and safety of court users and staff, the Spring Hill Municipal Court dates of April 7 and April 21 have been rescheduled as follows:

  • Tuesday, April 7 has been rescheduled for Tuesday, May 5 at 8:30 a.m.
  • Tuesday, April 21 has been rescheduled for Tuesday, May 19 at 8:30 a.m.

Payments for matters that do not require a court appearance can be made:

  • by phone at (913) 592-3664
  • at a dropbox that is available outside of City Hall (in the west parking lot off Jefferson Street)
  • by mail to Spring Hill Municipal Court, P.O. Box 424, Spring Hill, KS 66083

Please contact the Court Clerk if the address on your ticket is not your current address or if you would like to provide us with your phone number. Please be advised, although our office remains closed to the public, staff is available by phone, (913) 592-3624, or email, courtclerk@springhillks.gov Monday through Friday from 8 a.m.-5 p.m.

Other Resources

The Spring Hill Chamber of Commerce has put together an online resource guide for residents and businesses. It includes a variety of resources including a page to connect parents to child-care providers, the latest information on COVID-19, resources for workers telecommuting for the first time, and so much more. 

Updates

We will continue to provide as much information, as well as resources, on our social media platforms and the City’s website.

We keep hearing about how these are extraordinary times and I could not agree more.  It is in extraordinary times that the ordinary becomes essential … so please, let’s continue to check on our elderly friends and neighbors, those in our community who may have mobility issues, or those for whom food insecurity is daily reality. There are families throughout Spring Hill that have begun working to provide necessities to those in need so be encouraged to reach out if you are in need, be encouraged to help out if you are not.

Stay tuned to the City’s social media outlets and website for additional information. Sign up for text alerts through our website. If you know of families without access to these resources, please share the information with them as you can.

We are joining the Spring Hill Chamber of Commerce and USD 230 in the #TogetherSpringHill campaign. YOU are the reason that Spring Hill is the community of choice for so many new residents.

I wish each and every one of you good health – we will weather the issues ahead of us like we always have … together. 

Warm regards,

Steven M. Ellis

Questions?

The COVID-19 hotline is for virus-related questions ONLY. All questions regarding emergency public orders, including stay-at-home mandates and business closures, should be directed to customer service, at (913) 715-5000.

  • Johnson County Community COVID-19 hotline
  • Kansas Department of Health and Environment hotline
    • 1 (866) 534-3463
    • 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Friday
    • 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday
    • 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday
  • The State of Kansas has established guidelines for determining which businesses provide functions considered “essential." This determination is based upon the Kansas Essential Functions Framework (KEFF).  
    • Click here to submit an “Essential Functions” inquiry. Please only submit one inquiry per business. Please do not call to check on the status of your request as we are experiencing high call demand. You will be contacted via email once your request has been reviewed.
    • Email KEFF@ks.gov to determine whether your business’ functions are deemed essential.