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Public access to library, city hall, police department will be limited during COVID-19 closures

PMG FILE PHOTO - Public access to Mount Angel City Hall and other municipal services will be limited during the COVID-19 outbreak.The city of Mount Angel announced several changes to programs and community events following guidance from Oregon Gov. Kate Brown in response to slowing the spread of COVID-19, the disease caused by the novel coronavirus.

Until further notice, the city will be suspending advisory board and commission meetings, community events and activities (including the April 6 City Council meeting), police ride-a-longs, and library programs like story times.

The city will continue to provide emergency response, public safety, and other essential services, including water service to all customers.

Mount Angel Public Library

In response to the COVID-19 virus pandemic, out of an abundance of caution and the desire to keep patrons safe and healthy, the Mount Angel Library is closed to the public. All scheduled library programs are canceled until further notice. All overdue fines will be suspended.

Mount Angel Police Department

In an effort to minimize possible exposure and to protect essential emergency services, the Mount Angel Police Department will be implementing a temporary modification in call response and services.

The office will be closed to the public and the administrative assistant will conduct business via phone. When customers come to the office, they will be directed to call the police department directly if able, or to pick up the vestibule phone and have dispatch transfer the call to the administrative assistant.

The Mount Angel Police Department will continue to respond to emergency (911) calls, however, when possible, non-priority calls will be taken by phone.

Mount Angel Public Works

Public works department staff will continue to maintain and operate all city services, while following the guidelines of health authorities.

Mount Angel City Hall

The city is encouraging those who can accomplish city business without coming to city offices to do so. City Hall's lobby will be closed to the public until further notice, but staff will be present and can provide assistance through an intercom system.

Utility payments can be made as follows:

n Checks and cash. Place in envelope with your address and/or account number indicated and deposit in mail slot in door OR the drop box located at the bottom of the stairs. If paying with cash, please note that we are unable to make change.

n Credit and debit cards. Staff are currently able to take credit and or debit card payments or you may use Express Bill Pay at xpressbillpay.com. While this website is currently experiencing technical difficulties, we are told that it is functioning normally if accessed prior to 7 a.m. or after 4 p.m. You can also make a phone payment by calling Express Bill Pay at 800-766-2350.

Planning, zoning and building permit questions should be directed to Colby Kemp at 503-845-9291.

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The City of Mt. Angel has been coordinating with the Oregon Health Authority and Marion County Public Health for preparations for and response to COVID 19.

The city will rely on their guidance and direction, referring the public to these authoritative sources and providing links to them, the Centers for Disease Control and other health authorities on the Mt. Angel home page: ci.mt-angel.or.us

For more information and questions about COVID-19, please refer to the following resources:

OHA Emerging Respiratory Disease page: healthoregon.org/coronavirus

Washington Department of Health: doh.wa.gov/Emergencies/Coronavirus

CDC COVID-19 page: cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html

CDC travel notice: wwwnc.cdc.gov/travel/notices

WHO page: who.int/westernpacific/emergencies/novel-coronavirus

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Health concerns/questions, call: 211


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