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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE FROM CITY OF GENESEO MAYOR KATHY CARROLL-DUDA

Subject: City of Geneseo Taking Proactive Measures Regarding COVID-19

Late this afternoon, I met with leaders in our community including: The Chamber of Commerce, Hammond Henry Hospital, Park District, School District, Fire & Ambulance, City & Police, and Ministerial Association. I am confident that all of these organizations are taking appropriate action and steps to aid in the effort of keeping our community safe. The wellbeing of our employees and the residents that we serve remains our highest priority. The City has been working diligently to establish plans that limit opportunities for exposure to the novel coronavirus COVID-19. While such alternative operations may prove impersonal and less convenient than we’ve all grown accustomed to, they are intended to improve the wellbeing and safety for everyone in Geneseo.

In establishing the timing of our implementation of such alternative operations, strong consideration was given to avoid contributing to mass hysteria or unreasonable panic balanced with the reality that the virus could inevitably make its way into our community and become a significant threat to public health and welfare.

Balancing those competing ideals, effective today the following measures have been put into place:

1. All Municipal Facilities are closed to the public.
a. Utility Payments can be made via the Drop Box located in the City Hall Parking Lot (cash overpayments will be credited to the account holder’s account).
b. Mail your payment to:
Geneseo Utilities
115 S Oakwood Ave.
Geneseo, IL 61254
c. Pay online at www.cityofgeneseo.com or via credit card over the phone: 1-309-944-6419
d. During this period, City Hall shall no longer serve as a drop off point for citizen packages (UPS & Fed-Ex)

2. Face to face interactions between City employees and the public will be limited through the use of telephones, email, and other technology as appropriate.

3. Walk-in traffic to the Police Department will be restricted, but all citizens will be able to communicate with the on-duty dispatcher through the intercom system in the main vestibule area.

4. Certain practices, such as inspections, are temporarily on hold.

5. City employees who are sick have been directed to stay home. Alternative work arrangements for City employees are being implemented where possible to limit interactions for the safety of all.

6. All non-essential public meetings are cancelled or delayed. The City will continue to monitor the advice and recommendations of the State of Illinois and the Illinois Municipal League regarding potential impactful changes or relief from requirements of the Open Meetings Act that would allow for such meetings to be conducted electronically or via conference call.

7. Other changes have been made with regard to internal operations to further enhance the safety of our employees in the performance of their duties.

This situation is still very fluid at this point, and we will remain flexible and make changes when necessary to best serve our citizens.

Sincerely,
Kathy Carroll-Duda
Mayor of Geneseo