Guest Column: Mayor Michael Todd - Grain Valley Has Always Stepped Up In Times Of Need For Each Other
by Michael Todd, Mayor of Grain Valley
I don’t know about you, but I enjoy reading Marcia Napier’s articles each week from the Historical Society teaching us about the history of Grain Valley. Recently she shared with us excerpts from the local paper during World War II. It described scrap drives, the rationing of resources and food, and encouraging people to buy War Bonds. I loved how the city of Grain Valley came together in the 1940s to help in any way they could.
The more I thought about it - the City of Grain Valley has always stepped up in times of need to come together. With the uncertain times we find ourselves in now, due to the COVID-19 outbreak, I see the same great spirit in the citizens of Grain Valley. I love seeing neighbors helping neighbors. People offering up toilet paper to those who are down to their last roll. People sharing eggs, flour, disinfecting wipes, and hand sanitizer.
The people of Grain Valley are truly amazing. I am humbled by the generosity that I’ve witnessed already and am certain that this community will continue to help others in countless ways over the next few weeks.
I encourage you to contact a neighbor, family member or friend who may not have someone checking on them regularly. If you or someone you know is in need of assistance and you’re not sure where to find the resources they need, dial 2-1-1. This is a line, provided by the United Way, that provides access to thousands of resources from basic needs to educational information and health care.
The city staff and our elected officials have been working to do everything possible to plan for these unforeseen circumstances. At last week’s first ever Board of Aldermen meeting conducted via teleconferencing we discussed how best to move forward, including an official proclamation, declaring our City exists under a State of Emergency.
The meeting went well and can be viewed on the City’s website and our Facebook page. The proclamation was a formality at this point, as we had already made changes to comply with recommendations set forth by the CDC, Jackson County and Governor Parson. We have worked with and communicated with several agencies in order to get up-to-date health and safety information that we have shared with the community.
I would like to applaud the rapid and effective response of the Grain Valley School District. The Food Services Department is preparing meals for students who need them. The prepared lunches and breakfasts for the next day are available each weekday and can be picked up at the High School at 11:00 am. Families who are unable to travel to the school to pick up the meals can also make arrangements for delivery by contacting the school district at 816-847-5006.
Faculty has made accommodations for their students to continue their education remotely, including many teachers videoing themselves reading books aloud for younger kids. Some are engaging the older students with fun challenges via social media. School district counselors are still available via email and by phone if you have concerns about your children and how these unprecedented events and restrictions are affecting them emotionally. Their contact information can be found on the school district’s website: www.grainvalleyschools.org.
You are all aware by now that all residents in Jackson County are under a Stay at Home order until 11:59pm on April 23rd. The order requires residents to stay at home unless they are engaged in essential activities, including working in an essential business, obtaining supplies or necessary services, seeking medical care, caring for a family member or loved one, and exercising and maintaining personal health.
There have been rumors circulating that police officers will be arresting people who violate the order. This is not true; however, I strongly encourage to STAY HOME to do your part to help stop the spread of this highly contagious virus. If you have any questions about COVID-19 call the Jackson County Health Department at 877-435-8411.
We will get through this together, Grain Valley. I encourage you to stay up-to-date by following the City of Grain Valley on Facebook and Twitter and our COVID-19 page on the City’s website: www.cityofgrainvalley.org. Stay safe and call or email me if you have concerns that you would like to discuss: 816-719-9436 or email@example.com.