Sandy, Hoodland libraries to close to encourage 'social distancing'
To encourage social distancing, the city of Sandy has canceled all "non-essential" meetings, such as the city council meeting scheduled on Monday, March 16, planning commission meetings and other advisory board meetings. The city has also canceled all programming and events at the Sandy Public Library and Hoodland Library and scheduled to close the libraries as of Monday, March 16, to remain closed through Tuesday, March 31.
City Hall remains open during its usual hours, though City Manager Jordan Wheeler said the staff is working on a plan should they need to close the offices to the public.
"We know other cities are moving that way (and closing)," Wheeler noted. "We're putting plans in place to be able to accommodate people if we do have to close."
The city staff has been making frequent updates to the city website to keep residents abreast of the latest COVID-19-related developments. That information can be found at: ci.sandy.or.us/COVID-19Information
"We're doing our best to keep that (web page) and our Facebook page updated," Wheeler said. "I think the big unknown is how long this might be around."
The city council meeting, which was planned for Monday, March 16, included two public hearings on the Bailey Meadows subdivision appeal and a zone change on McCormick Drive. Those hearings will be rescheduled on a later date yet to be determined.
"We're also looking at options to do teleconference meetings and still allow the public to participate," Wheeler explained.
At this time, all other city services continued to be offered, including transit.
"We have increased cleaning and disinfection protocols," said Transit Director Andi Howell. "The drivers are disinfecting the buses at the end of each run, and the buses are thoroughly disinfected once they come back to the yard. The drivers have all been retrained on preventing exposure to contagious diseases. We encourage 'social distancing' while on transit, if possible."
All routes and runs remain the same as usual as well.
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