City Hall open for ‘urgent’ business only

By: 
EMILY LITTLE

Mayor Jack Baker and City Manager Dan Swallow gave a statement regarding COVID-19 and the city’s plan at Monday night’s city council meeting. The city has announced several precautions and steps they are taking to ensure the safety of its residents.

“It is important to remember that while you may believe that some of these precautions are an overreaction, they are designed to slow the spread of the virus and protect those at-risk populations,” said  Baker.

The city will be taking precautions to ensure that all buildings are cleaned and sanitized as well as limiting the number of people that enter the buildings. They are encouraging residents to pay their bills online as much as possible via the city website and only come to City Hall for urgent business. The main entrance to City Hall will be closed, and visitors will be asked to enter through the police department where they will determine if the need is urgent.

Swallow has also encouraged city employees and residents to practice social distancing, as recommended by the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). This means staying home when you are feeling ill and only leaving your residence when absolutely necessary. He has suggested that city business be conducted over the phone or online as much as possible to slow the spread of the virus. City employees have been asked to practice good hand hygiene and help clean high-frequency areas.  

In addition to these measures, the city has cancelled or postponed all events larger than ten people, per the recommendation of the CDC. The council is looking for alternative means of having their meetings open to the public without passing this limit.

“We are looking at ways for the public to listen in on council meetings,” said Swallow. “This could be a number to call for a conference call or using Facebook Live.”

At the end of the meeting, the council voted on the appointments of several individuals to various boards, including the Construction Board of Appeals and Retirement System Board of Trustees. All appointments were approved.

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