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Posted on: May 29, 2020

City of Warrensburg State of Emergency Adjustments

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

State of Emergency Adjustments for City of Warrensburg by City Manager

Warrensburg, MO (May 29, 2020) – The City of Warrensburg has been under a State of Emergency in response to the COVID-19 (Corona Virus) Pandemic since March 17, 2020.  The City Council ratified and extended the Emergency Order during their March 23, 2020 Council meeting.

City Manager Harold Stewart states, “Thanks to the collective efforts of leaders throughout the community, medical personnel, and most importantly citizens, the number of positive COVID-19 cases have decreased significantly.  In response to the current low number of cases the City is beginning the process of phasing out many of the restrictions and limitations that were imposed as part of March’s State of Emergency Order.”

The previous Declaration put into action the following rules:

  • That all time limits imposed by City Code or applicable law, either actions required to be taken by the City or filed with the City, are tolled pending the lifting of the emergency and resumption of normal operations.  This does not apply to State law deadlines.
  • Applications for zoning, plats, and variances will not be accepted by the City until the emergency is lifted.
  • Fingerprinting services provided by the Police Department are suspended until the emergency is lifted.
  • Interactions between the general public and City Staff will be limited to phone or email contact where possible for the protection of both the public and the staff.
  • Purchases of emergency supplies and materials will be done in accordance with emergency purchase procedures.

The following adjustments to the Order are to take place beginning June 1, 2020.

  • All time limits imposed by City Code or applicable law, either actions required to be taken by the City or filed with the City, are reinstated.
  • Applications for zoning, plats, and variances will again be accepted by the City.
  • Meetings by City Council appointed Boards, Commissions and Task Forces are to resume.  Meetings should be conducted via video conference or teleconference.  Meetings conducted in person must receive prior approval by the City Manager.  If a meeting is approved to be conducted in person, social distancing is to be observed and the public is to participate via teleconference or video conference to assist with adherence to social distancing needs.

In addition, these following adjustments will begin June 15, 2020:

  • The lobbies of Sewer Billing, the Police Department, and the Community Development Permit Clerk will be reopened to provide service to the public.  Sanitization stations will be available for use to the public when entering and leaving any such facility.  Wearing of masks by the public when entering a City facility is strongly encouraged.  Adherence to social distancing markings in the facilities is also required.
  • Fingerprinting services provided by the Police Department will resume, but under limited hours and with new procedures allowing for social distancing and the safety of citizens and City staff.
  • Limited hours will be available at the Warrensburg Old Drum & Friends Animal Shelter for adoptions.  Owner surrenders of pets will be considered, subject to Shelter capacity, but must be discussed with and approved by the Shelter Manager prior to bringing the animal to the facility. All public access will be by appointment only and citizens are to remain in their vehicles while awaiting the beginning of their appointment.  Further information regarding procedures and protocols will be available from the Shelter by request and posted on the City/Shelter website.

City Staff continues to work and be available to assist the community, however, where possible interaction is encouraged to be limited to via phone or email.  Contact information for departments and staff are available on the City’s website www.warrensburg-mo.com.

Per CDC guidelines the public is still strongly encouraged to limit public interaction and travel to essential purposes, to wear masks and social distance when out in public, and to wash/sanitize their hands frequently. 

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