CLOSED

By Josephine May

The City of Hiawatha has closed all public parks — including the shelters and playground equipment at the City Lake. However, the city reminded everyone this does not mean the lake itself is closed. Residents can drive or walk through, just please do not gather on the playground equipment or use picnic tables, as the city does not have any way to disinfect these items on a regular basis.

This week, the City of Hiawatha released the following guidance about water bills, along with reminders that city property is closed to the public — including parks and playgrounds. In addition, city officials reminded there is not a way to sanitize playground equipment and that the virus can live on plastic and metal 2-3 days after contamination.

Water, Sewer & Storm Sewer Bills — Per Governor Kelly’s Executive Order 20-05, disconnecting water service for non-payment is prohibited and, as of now, will remain in effect until either the order is rescinded, the Emergency Declaration expires or, May 1, 2020, whichever comes first. Therefore, the City will not be disconnecting water service on March 23, 2020 for non-payment. As of this press release, late fees will still be assessed.

Parks & Playgrounds — Effective immediately, all City of Hiawatha owned parks, playgrounds — including the playground and shelter houses at the City Lake — are closed to the public. THIS DOES NOT MEAN THE LAKE IS CLOSED — IT IS STILL OPEN, JUST NOT THE PLAY EQUIPMENT AND SHELTER HOUSES. While the city has stated it is not aware of a positive case of COVID-19 in the city as of the time of this press release, this is being done in an effort minimize the effects of COVID-19 in our community.

“We appreciate your understanding and support and have no doubt that by working together, we can get through this challenging time. We will continue to evaluate as the situation with COVID-19 further evolves nationally, regionally and locally.”

Public access to all city owned facilities remains restricted.

Governor’s Executive Orders

Per Executive Order 20-14 issued by Governor Kelly, Effective at 12:01 P.M. on Wednesday, March 25, 2020, Mass Gatherings consisting of more than 10 people are prohibited. The entire document can be read at https://governor.kansas.gov/wp-content/uploads/2020/03/EO-20-14-Executed.pdf

“As we’ve said before, it is important for all of us to make informed decisions to minimize the impact of COVID-19 on our community. Please consult the CDC and KDHE’s websites for up-to-date information. These decisions are not being taken lightly. Thank you for your understanding and support. We will continue to evaluate as the situation with COVID-19 further evolves nationally, regionally and locally. Below are links to resources for information related to COVID-19 and steps from the CDC and KDHE to help prevent illness.”

If you have an emergency call 911 for assistance.

The following is a list of phone numbers for City departments:

If you have an emergency call 911 for assistance. City Hall, Code Enforcement, Fire (non-emergency) (785) 742-7417 Police (non-emergency) (785) 742-2156 Parks & Recreation (785) 742-7176 Streets, Water & Lights (785) 742-7850 Sewer (785) 742-3196

“As we’ve said before, it is important for all of us to make informed decisions to minimize the impact of COVID-19 on our community. Please consult the CDC and KDHE’s websites for up-to-date information. We truly do appreciate your understanding and support. We will continue to evaluate as the situation with COVID-19 further evolves nationally, regionally and locally. Below are links to resources for information related to COVID-19 and steps from the CDC and KDHE to help prevent illness.”

Resources

Reliable, updated information on COVID-19 can be found on these websites:

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