AUDIO: City Of Lawrenceburg Places Restrictions On City Buildings

Monday, March 16th, 2020 12:47pm

By City of Lawrenceburg, news release

City of Lawrenceburg public facilities will have suspended non-emergency public access and visitation until May 11.

(Lawrenceburg, Ind.) - The City of Lawrenceburg, following federal, state and county level public health agencies requirements for precautionary measures to help prevent and limit the spread of Coronavirus (COVID-19) has implemented the following City-wide Access Plan.  Working closely with the Dearborn County Health Department, Dearborn County Emergency Management Agency, High Point Health, local education institutions and local emergency response personnel, the City of Lawrenceburg is committed to protect public health and safety, as well as, coordinate mitigation efforts with all agencies.  As of Monday, March 16th until May 11th, 2020 all City of Lawrenceburg public facilities will have suspended non-emergency public access and visitation as a precaution for the health and safety of all city employees, public safety & first responders and the general public in order to continue as a service-oriented organization with critical operations and public safety needs. The Annual City Picnic April 25th at the Lawrenceburg Civic Park is cancelled. 

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At this time there are no confirmed Coronavirus cases in Dearborn County, however, 24 cases have been confirmed statewide. The City of Lawrenceburg will continue to work closely with the Dearborn County Health Department, Dearborn County Emergency Management Agency, as well as state and federal agencies to monitor the most up to date COVID-19 information available, protect public health and safety, as well as, coordinate our preventative and mitigation efforts. All emergency responders are ready to respond as needed. City services to continue as well.

City of Lawrenceburg City-wide Access Plan to Limit the Spread of COVID-19

• Follow all emergency operations, public health precautionary measures and communication plans in place to minimize opportunities for increased COVID-19 exposure while ensuring continued delivery of vital services on behalf of the City of Lawrenceburg.

• Use common sense and urge residents to stay calm.

• City will stay informed with CDC, ISDH and IN.gov notifications for up-to-date accurate information.

• City of Lawrenceburg will rely on updated information and assistance from the Dearborn County Health Department, Dearborn County Emergency Management Agency, state and federal agencies to move forward.

• Communicate with public and staff if events, office hours or meetings are changed, postponed, or cancelled and follow all Public Access requirements.

• Under IC § 5-14-1.5-2 (c) normal day to day business of the city’s operations do not qualify as public meetings. Therefore, the City can restrict public access in response to the state and federal public health emergency. March 16th until May 11th , 2020 all City of Lawrenceburg public facilities will have suspended non-emergency visitation and public access as a precaution for the health and safety of all city employees, public safety & first responders and the general public.

• Limited Public Meetings with live stream broadcasted on YouTube are available for City of Lawrenceburg public meetings. Access to Lawrenceburg City Hall will be restricted immediately to the 320 Walnut Street entry door. Individuals are encouraged to utilize live stream option for access to public meetings.

• Lawrenceburg Municipal Utilities will implement drive-thru for all utility billing accessed immediately behind 320 Walnut St. Lawrenceburg IN 47025. On-line easy bill payment options are available with the service fee waived for credit card payments. LMU may be contacted at 812-532-3500 for utility billing information or visit www.thinklawrenceburg.in.com

• City of Lawrenceburg Clerk Treasurer Department may be contacted at 812-537-7136 for billing, rental agreements, public records and/or invoicing questions. Email mfette@lawrenceburg.in.com or visit www.thinklawrenceburg.in.com

• Lawrenceburg City Court to close yet continues to facilitate remote access coordination regarding existing cases, scheduling and can accept E payments for all court associated fees at www.public.courts.IN.gov For more info visit www.thinklawrenceburg.com or call 812-532- 3545.

• Public Safety Departments such as Lawrenceburg Police Department (LPD), Lawrenceburg Fire Department (LFD) and Lawrenceburg Emergency Rescue Unit (LERU) will have restricted public access and suspended public visitation for all locations. For emergencies call 911. NonEmergency Dispatch contacts are o LPD 812-537-2284 o LFD & LERU 812 537-2065

• All city events over 50 people in attendance will be cancelled for the next 8 weeks.

• Collaborate with Lawrenceburg Main Street and the Clerk Treasurers office regarding upcoming special events and/or city facility rental agreements schedule impacts.

• All employees are required to sign up for Reach Alert. City residents may go to www.reachalert.com to sign up as well for real time city-wide notifications.

• The City will continue to provide Safety Training for all personnel to support and protect the health and safety of all departments including City Administration, Police, Fire, LERU, LMU for water, electric, sewer, City fiber, Civil City, sanitation services, City Court, Parks & Recreation, HR, Clerk Treasurer Dept., Code Enforcement, Building Dept ., and the Planning & Zoning Dept.

• Emphasize everyday preventive actions through intensified communications with employees and visitors to our organization via City of Lawrenceburg website & social media outlets.

• Employees encouraged to stay home when sick.

• Limit close contact with others as much as possible (about 6 feet), utilizing social distance during work shifts.

• Provide COVID-19 prevention supplies to employees. This can include hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol, tissues, trash baskets, cleaners and disinfectants.

• Promote the daily practice of everyday preventive actions to limit the spread of COVID-19.

• Encourage all to cover coughs and sneezes with a tissue or use the inside of your elbow.

• Encourage frequent, proper handwashing with soap and water for at least 20 seconds or with hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol.

• Perform routine environmental cleaning on all city facilities and equipment. Routinely clean and disinfect all frequently touched surfaces (e.g., public safety equipment, doorknobs, countertops, workstations) with usual cleaning and disinfection products. Follow all instructions on the product label.

• All work travel suspended indefinitely until further notice.

• Ensure quality of excellent municipal customer service remains consistent. Thank you for your understanding and cooperation as we work to develop policies and procedures to minimize the spread of COVID-19 regionally while still allowing the City of Lawrenceburg to continue to provide critical resources for our constituents. Help support our local neighbors and businesses by working together during these unprecedented times to keep individuals safe and healthy. Check on neighbors to see what they need and offer your assistance if able. Shop local and know your commitment to our community is valued.

To see the latest information from the Centers for Disease Control on the Coronavirus updates go to www.cdc.gov/covid-19 or additional resources at www.in.gov/isdh The Indiana State Department of Health (ISDH) Call center for members of the public who have concerns about COVID-19 may call 317- 233-7125 between 8 am to 8 pm or after hours at 317-233-1325.

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