Lee County cities close buildings to public

The following are press releases from the cities of Fort Madison, Montrose, Donnellson, and West Point regarding operations dealing with COVID-19 and coronavirus. They are printed in their entirety.

LEE COUNTY – In accordance with directives and recommendations from Governor Reynolds, the Iowa Department of Public Health, and the Center for Disease Control the City of Montrose effective Wednesday, March 18, will close the Montrose Library, the Ivor Fowler Community Center, and the Montrose Gym until April 13, 2020, at which time the situation will be revaluated or the Governor lifts the Emergency Proclamation. During this time all related library and recreation activities and programs will be cancelled or postponed.
Any current reservations for the Community Center will be refunded, unless renters want to reschedule. Park restrooms will remain closed for the duration of the COVID-19 closures and Park staff will not be able to clean/sanitize park equipment so individuals should take appropriate hand washing/sanitizing measures after any use.
City Hall will remain open from 8:30 a.m. to noon and 1:00 p.m. to 4:30 p.m., but the door will be locked. The City will unlock the door in case of emergency, such as a loved one passing and a cemetery lot or grave needs to be purchased. Utility payments can be made by mail, through your bank, or put in the drop box at the south end of the building. All other City services will continue as usual as much as possible.
The City has tentatively scheduled the City’s FY2021 Budget Public Hearing for April 16, with the Regular Meeting also held on April 16, 2020. There will be no meeting held on April 2, 2020.
Golf Cart/ATV/UTV Permits will be issued beginning May 1, 2020.
These measures are to ensure City employees can continue to provide emergency and essential municipal services, and to protect Montrose citizens from the COVID-19 Virus as much as practicable. The City strongly encourages all residents to follow the guidelines provided by the Iowa Department of Public Health (IDPH) and Center for Disease Control. See IDPH website for more information https://idph.iowa.gov/Emerging-Health-Issues/Novel-Coronavirus.

CITY OF FORT MADISON
Effective March 19, 2020, Fort Madison City Hall will be closed to public access. City employees will be working and services will continue. These closures will be in effect until further notice.
City office hours are 8:00 A.M. to 4:30 P.M. and the phone number is 319-372-7700. All City utility questions can be answered through this number.  Options for paying your City utilities include:  a drop box in the alley on the North side of City Hall, online at fortmadison-ia.com, U. S. Mail or by calling 319-372-1602 to make a credit or debit card payment.  The drop box is checked regularly throughout the day.  Please leave instructions if you wish a receipt mailed or emailed to you.
If you believe you have an issue that requires access to City Hall, please contact the appropriate department through telephone or email first.  If you have any further questions please contact the city office or department that you are needing.

CITY OF DONNELLSON
The City of Donnellson has made the decision to close the city office building due to the COVID-19 virus, this includes City Hall, Public Works and the Police Department. Staff will continue to work and be available by phone or email. Utility payments can be placed in the drop box outside city hall. To contact City Hall & Public Works call 319-835-5714. If you need a police officer, contact Lee Comm at 319-372-1310. You can also reach the City Clerk by email @ rschau@donnellsoniowa.org.

CITY OF WEST POINT
The City of West Point has taken action to restrict public traffic by locking the front door of City Hall until further notice.  Utility payments will be taken through our drop box system or through the Postal Service. Reminder notices will be sent, however, late payment fees will be forgiven until May 1, 2020.  Business can be conducted by appointment, if required, by calling (319) 837-6313. Our staff will maintain their usual hours performing all of the daily tasks of city and utility business. 

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