Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19)
Johnson County won’t impose additional limits, strongly recommends adherence to Ad Astra Plan
On May 26, Kansas Governor Laura Kelly vetoed House Bill 2054 passed by the Kansas legislature that would have weakened the executive branch’s emergency power during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. The state had been in Phase 2 of the Governor’s plan to reopen, but Kelly said going forward, she’ll offer her Ad Astra plan only as guidance to county health officials, who can impose health, business and mass gathering limits.
Johnson County Government will not impose additional limits, based on current conditions. Johnson County Local Health Officer Dr. Joseph LeMaster and Johnson County Department of Health and Environment director Dr. Sanmi Areola both strongly recommend that Johnson County residents and businesses continue to adhere to the phases and guidance in the state’s Ad Astra plan. Read the full Johnson County release.
A Declaration of a State of Local Disaster Emergency for Miami County, Kansas
Today, the Miami County Commissioners followed the state’s lead and shifted toward an approach of recommendations versus requirements. Miami County encourages everyone to follow the guidance of CDC, federal, state and local health officials and private medical providers. This declaration is supplemental to and does not limit or modify any orders, directives, management or control of the Coronavirus pandemic or other public health matters issued by the Miami County Public Health Officer. Read the full Miami County release.
City of Spring Hill reopening plan to continue following State plan
As an organization, the City of Spring Hill will continue to follow the state’s Ad Astra: A Plan to Reopen Kansas. We remain in Phase 2 and will begin Phase 3 no sooner than June 8. This impacts City-owned facilities and City events ONLY. Read our full reopening plan for City events and facilities.
In accordance with the State of Kansas "Ad Astra: A Plan to Reopen Kansas," most City of Spring Hill facilities will reopen to the public June 8. Below is a list of notable dates for the City reopening plan:
City facilities remain closed with the exception of Municipal Court business only from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Tuesday, June 2. Face masks are strongly encouraged if you have a court appearance.
No earlier than June 8
All City facilities reopen to the public with the exception being June 16: City Hall only open 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. for Municipal Court business
- Building and room reservations accepted for groups less than 45
- Council and Board meetings resume in Council Chambers with occupancy limited to 45
- In person meetings resume
- Meeting rooms and Community Center open to public for groups less than 45
No earlier than June 22
- Building and room reservations accepted within restrictions of posted occupant loads
- Civic Center gymnasium reopens
- Municipal Court resumes per Court established criteria
Read the full City of Spring Hill reopening plan.
Until June 8, our facilities remain closed to the public so that we can ensure compliance with the physical distancing and group size requirements imposed by the State. Still need to conduct City business? We remain available online, by phone or email. Need to conduct City business? Here’s how.
In Spring Hill, this means all City playgrounds will open. If you plan to use our playgrounds, please keep your distance of at least six feet; wash your hands after use and please do not visit our playgrounds if you are sick or have been sick within the last 14 days. At this time, City facilities remain closed to the public.
Key changes to Phase 2:
- Mass gatherings of more than 15 individuals will be prohibited;
- All businesses and activities slated to open during Phase 2 will be allowed, with the exception of bars, night clubs and swimming pools. These will be moved to Phase 3;
- Businesses and activities that will be allowed to open in Phase 2 include:
- Recreational organized sports facilities, tournaments and practices will be allowed to begin on Friday, May 22, and must adhere to social distancing requirements and follow Parks and Recs guidelines, which can be found on covid.ks.gov;
- Community Centers will be allowed to open, except for indoor and outdoor swimming pools;
- Indoor leisure spaces such as arcades, trampoline parks, theaters, museums and bowling allies will be allowed to open on May 22;
- State-owned-and-operated casinos will be allowed to open once their re-opening plan has been approved by the Kansas Department of Health and Environment;
- In-person group exercise classes will be allowed to begin with groups of no more than 15 at a time. Locker rooms remain closed except for restroom facilities;
- Everything opened in Phase 1 and Phase 1.5 remains open pursuant to the restrictions outlined in Executive Order 20-34.
- Phase 2 will last until Sunday, June 7, assuming the current trends continue. Phase 3 is expected to begin on Monday, June 8, with mass gatherings of more than 45 individuals prohibited.
Under Phase 2, the following, unless they are repurposed for use in an essential function under the Kansas Essential Function Framework, shall remain closed to the public:
- Bars and night clubs, excluding curbside and carryout services;
- Outdoor and indoor large entertainment venues with capacity of 2,000 or more;
- Fairs, festivals, carnivals, parades;
- Swimming pools (other than backyard pools);
- Summer camps (with the exception of licensed childcare facilities).
A letter from Mayor Steven Ellis (March 19)
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!
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. 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.
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.
As a necessary measure to protect the health and safety of court users and staff, the Spring Hill Municipal Court dates of May 5 and May 19 have been rescheduled as follows:
- May 5 Docket
Last names beginning with A-H moved to June 2, 9:30 a.m.
Last names beginning with J-L moved to June 16, 8:30 a.m.
Last names beginning with M-W moved to June 16, 9:30 a.m.
- May 19 Docket
Last names beginning with A-C moved to July 21, 8:30 a.m.
Last names beginning with D-Z moved to July 21, 9:30 a.m.
These dates and times apply to defendants who have not hired attorneys. If you have retained counsel, contact your attorney for your new court date and time.
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, email@example.com Monday through Friday from 8 a.m.-5 p.m.
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.
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.
Steven M. Ellis
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
- (913) 715-CV19 (2819)
- 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday
- School nurses are staffing this hotline
- Questions related to COVID-19
- Kansas Department of Health and Environment hotline
Johnson County has created a dashboard that allows the public to see the areas of the county (including the entirety of Spring Hill) that have been impacted by COVID-19. The data is broken down by demographics, including hot spots within the county.