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IMPORTANT COVID-19 Information

Yesterday 3/17/2020, Governor Kelley signed executive order number 20-04 temporarily prohibiting the mass gathering of 50 or more people in an enclosed space. As the number of Coronavirus positive patients in Kansas increases to 16, I want to inform everyone that regardless how you feel or think that this is serious. As more and more information continues to pour in from countries in Europe and we superimpose their data over our demographic data, we have come to the realization that we will overwhelm our healthcare system within a short period of time considering we only have 25 hospital beds not to mention ventilators. Triage decisions will have to be made, needlessly. This is serious and unless we do something now to slow the spread of the virus it will only get worse. There is no need to panic but we MUST undertake prudent measures. We need to take measures to avoid and discourage mass gatherings and to increase our social distancing to other people. The schools have closed, and many have been sent home from work. The city will be under a quarantine, for lack of a better term, that could last from two to eight weeks. The purpose of these measures is to slow the spread of the virus over time so that disease will not overwhelm our healthcare system. With that in mind we have decided the following:

  1. We have established a City Operations Center at the City Office. We encourage everyone that has a need during these times to call the office. The operations center will serve as a central point of information and pass any needs to individuals and organizations that can satisfy the request. Also, the center will monitor information that is received from state and county officials. After hours calls will be accepted. Phone: 785-363-7736
  2. The Community Center is closed until further notice.
  3. Bank will remain open.
  4. No water disconnects until further notice.
  5. Gas station will continue to operate.
  6. Library is closed until March 30.
  7. Essential city services will be maintained.
  8. Municipal Court is postponed until May.
  9. No one on one probation meetings until May.
  10. Dog and Cat licensing extended until April 30.
  11. Firemen will not be going on EMS calls.
  12. Limited access to city office-please pay water bills online or through the drop box.
  13. Bull Auction will proceed: granted exemption by the Governor for food processing chain

Even though we have conducted an analysis there are areas of concerns that we have:

  1. Children-children should stay home away from gatherings, crowds, or other social settings.
  2. Saturation of Internet bandwidth-we are on DSL which limits our bandwidth, so we need to expect slowdowns and droppage.
  3. Daycare-if daycare providers become sick…what is our plan?
  4. Seniors-many issues to include taking care of them without needlessly exposing them
  5. Small Businesses-the impact of this quarantine could cause financial ruin.
  6. Communication-how do we communicate with everyone?
  7. Continuance-how long can we withstand quarantine? In 1918 Blue Rapids was quarantined for one month for the Spanish Flu.

We are asking for everyone’s cooperation during these times. The longer we stay hunkered down the shorter our tempers will become. We need to be positive and proactive and more importantly be good neighbors. We have been through worse and we will get through this.

Blue Rapids City Council

Blue Rapids City Council will hold their next monthly meeting March 11th, 2020 at 7:00 p.m. for our council meeting at the Community Center.  The public is encouraged to attend.

Deadline to request additions to the agenda will be accepted no later than 8 a.m. the Wednesday before a council meeting.

Blue Rapids Planning Commission

Blue Rapids Planning Commission will hold their next meeting February 26th, 2020 at 7:00 p.m. at the Community Center. The public is invited to attend.

Fair Housing

Questions or Concerns about Housing Discrimination?  The Housing Discrimination HOTLINE Number is toll-free at 1-800-669-9777.

On-Line Payments

You can now pay your utility bill and court payment online with a credit card, debit card or electronic check. A service fee will apply.

Pay Online Now!

Vegetation Dump Site

A vegetation dump site is available for Blue Rapids residents only.  Key is available at city office.  Fee:  $1 per load with a $5 key deposit. It is important to remember the state ONLY allows limbs, leaves, and garden vegetation at this sight, and the city can be fined if other items are left.  All other materials must be taken to the county landfill.  The landfill is open free of charge to residents the first full weekend of every month.

Siren Notification

The fire call siren is a steady signal.  A tornado siren is a three minute up and down signal indicating a tornado has been sighted or is likely to form.  No all clear signal is given.

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