Virus threat affects operations in city

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Virus threat affects operations in city

Thu, 03/19/2020 - 17:13
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EXCELSIOR SPRINGS – City Manager Molly McGovern informed City Council members this week about how the threat posed by the novel coronavirus, COVID-19, affects city operations.

Parks and Rec postponed all adult and children sports activities and practices, park shelter rentals, senior center daily meal activities and fitness classes. They will re-evaluate the situation March 29, McGovern stated.

Excelsior Springs Community Center has closed indefinitely. Staff will report for deep cleaning of the center. Memberships will be placed on hold. The facility will reopen when considered safe, she said.

City workers will report to work and can be accessible by phone or email. Visitors will be limited to the Hall of Waters lobby to make payments. Offices otherwise will not be accessible to the public, McGovern said. Building inspections and code enforcement will continue.

Public transportation has ceased regular routes, but will assist with medical calls.

“We will monitor this closely. Our concern is the exposure of our employees to the public, but also weighing the need for the public to have transportation access to medical needs,” McGovern said. “This is touch-and-go right now.”

The city asks residents to use online services, including water bill payments. Water will not be shut off and disconnects will be postponed for late pay.

The March 24 court day has been canceled. All cases have been continued until May 5.

The fire station is canceling the awards ceremony scheduled for April 3, McGovern said.

The city is working on a system to allow remote, public viewing of city meetings. No council meetings have been canceled, but that could happen, she said.