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Bid Letting April 6, 2020 11:00 A.M.
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Where the Rails Cross the River

FROM THE DESK OF THE MAYOR

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April 1, 2020

As the fight against the Coronavirus lingers on, my best advice is to remain isolated, remain cautious, and remain calm. We’ll get through this together….

With the Governor’s directive extending the “Stay at Home” Order until April 30, we have again extended the closing of City Hall to the public. City Hall will remain closed at least until the end of the day on April 30; we’ll re-evaluate then. City Hall staff continues to work in City Hall. Signs at the City Hall entrances have been updated letting the public know the building is closed and the City’s phone number is posted for people to contact City Hall in case of an urgent issue. Water bills can be paid through the mail slot in the front door.

We held a Special Council meeting Monday, March 30. The public could log into the meeting and the aldermen attended by teleconference. A meeting was needed to approve two essential issues. The City must approve our 2020-2021 budget be a State-mandated deadline, so that was on the agenda and approved. We also passed an ordinance giving me, as Mayor, certain essential powers. The ordinance also extended all current licenses (liquor, second hand stores, vendors, etc.) until July 31. And, no late fees will be charged on water bills due in April and no water shut offs will take place, for the time being, for delinquent payers.

Moffitt Park remains open for landscape waste drop off and open burning begins April 1. I think you know the rules for open burning…. One rule is that you can’t burn when the leaves are wet; this will be enforced more than usual due to respiratory issues that can be related to the virus. We urge you to use the drop off at Moffitt Park rather than open burning, if at all possible.

The Spring Voucher Program has been cancelled. We plan to have a Fall program.

The cemetery crew usually does a Spring cleaning about now and we let people know this is going to happen so they can remove any memorabilia from grave sites before the cleaning; we try to complete this by Memorial Day. We are going move forward with this and are advising people to practice social distancing while in the cemetery. The crew will start their clean up on April 20, so please remove anything prior to that date.

Our Public Work Department has an unusual but important request. Due to the current situation, it seems that people are flushing sanitary wipes and other slowly-dissolving item down the toilet. These are clogging up the sewer system at an alarming rate. Please discard them in the trash. Thanks!

Local businesses are hurting right now…. When you can, please support them. Carry out meals are available at many restaurants and some essential retailers and businesses remain open. Not only can you support them during this time but, when this time passes, they will need your support to regain their revenues lost.

On a positive note, the CEFCU ATM project is progressing on Fourth Street. The video billboard on the CEFCU site will be moving forward as the site is being prepared. Also, we plan on continuing the plant installation in the median in front of Geiger’s.

And, then we have the 2020 Census. By now, you should have received census information in your mailbox. You can respond online, by phone, or by mail. The virus may make this census more important than ever! Please be counted!


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