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Letter from Mayor Damien Boley: April 24, 2020
Posted on Friday April 24, 2020
April 24, 2020 Letter from Mayor Damien Boley

April 24, 2020 

Message from the Mayor of Smithville Regarding COVID-19

Earlier this week the Clay County Public Health Center announced that conclusion of the Stay At Home order currently in place has been moved from May 15 to 11:59 p.m., Sunday, May 3, 2020.  This is a result of residents throughout the county abiding by public health requests to only leave your home to seek medical care, to report to work for an essential job, to shop for food or medication or to spend time outdoors (maintain a safe distance of 6 feet or more from others). These efforts assisted in “flattening the curve.”

Thank you, Smithville for your cooperation during this time. As I’ve noted before, our work isn’t done.  As we transition to the next phase of our recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic, much work remains to ensure that the appropriate steps are taken to emerge from the crisis and resume normal life---while preventing steps backward in the fight against COVID-19.

Many entities throughout the nation, state and region are working to develop plans for the next phases of our recovery. We anticipate the Clay County Public Health Center to release guidelines for a phased “recovery process” in the coming days. In order to continue to reduce the spread of disease, steps outlined may incorporate many measures current in place to limit physical interactions.  To be sure, life will not look like the “normal” to which we all are accustomed. 

Once these recommendations are released, The City of Smithville Board of Aldermen and staff will incorporate them into our business and personal practices. I encourage you to review and follow recommendations in order to continue progress forward. Should you have questions regarding the recommendations, do not hesitate to contact City Hall with questions at or (816) 532-3897.  We may not have answers immediately, but can work with you to find them together.

As we continue on this journey together, remember the following on-going public health recommendations:

  • Individuals at high risk should continue to stay at home and not interact with others except for vital activities.
  • Clean your hands often.
  • Cover your nose and mouth with a cloth face cover when around others.
  • Cover coughs and sneezes.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces daily.

Remember we are all in this together.

Thank you,

Mayor Damien Boley