We are aware of the ongoing and growing concerns about the coronavirus, COVID-19. Our number one priority is to keep our community and residents as safe and healthy as possible. During this time, we are working with county and state health agencies to monitor the situation and provide you with timely and accurate information.
Our partner, the Springfield-Greene County Health Department, has launched a special coronavirus webpage at https://www.SpringfieldMo.gov/5068/Coronavirus . Furthermore, the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services has launched a coronavirus question-and-answer phone hotline. That number, staffed 24 hours a day by medical professionals, is 877-435-8411. You may also find updates on the City of Republic Facebook page.
Currently, the lobbies of the municipal court, city hall, community development, and community center are closed until at least April 30th. If a decision is made to close or alter the operations of any of our public facilities in the best interest of public health, the information will be made available across our various informational platforms, including the city website (http://www.republicmo.com), social media, and postings at the respective facilities. In the meantime, we are increasing our efforts to reduce the impact of the situation on our community. For the safety of our citizens and staff, additional cleaning procedures have been implemented at all city facilities.
For utility payments, we encourage you to access your account online at
https://www.MunicipalOnlinePayments.com/RepublicMo. Here, you can view your bill or make payments. An instruction sheet is included with this letter.
If you usually make payments in person at City Hall, we would encourage you to use our outside dropbox. A receipt will be mailed to you. Our staff can also be reached at 417-732-3136 to assist with phone payments and email bill delivery. Signing up is easy. Just call, stop by, or email your request. If you become impacted by COVID-19 and need to make billing arrangements, we’re here to help. Please call 417-732-3136 or email UtilityBilling@republicmo.com.
To set up and activate a new account, click here: https://www.republicmo.com/FormCenter/Utility-Billing-15/New-Residential-Customer-Application-Agr-67
For court payments, you may use the dropbox located outside the municipal court facility at 540 Civic Blvd. You may also submit payments online (RepublicCitationPay.com) or over the phone at (417) 233-3017.
In the case of a utility emergency, please contact one of our special hotline numbers. Emergency situations would include water leaks, sewer leaks or backups, or major roadway issues such as signs down or debris/water blockage. For water emergencies, call 417-839-2944. For wastewater, call 417-827-7262, and for street emergencies, dial 417-839-0910.
Due to coronavirus concerns, proceedings of the Republic Municipal Court have been temporarily suspended through Friday, April 30. If you were set to appear in court on a date affected by the closure, watch your mail for a summons outlining your new court dates. These will be sent to the address you have on file. If your address has changed, it is your responsibility to inform the court so the summons can be mailed to you, and you can be notified of when you need to appear.
COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT, BUSINESS & BUILDING PERMITS
The Community Development Department Lobby is closed, but we are continuing to provide all review and inspection services at this time. Building Inspections are still being conducted (an essential service) for utility connection and occupancy or as required/deemed necessary. We are requiring that the job site must be clear of all contractors during the inspections. Our team members are utilizing extra health precautions during these inspections. The CDD Staff and the Technical Review Team have been able to facilitate reviews and preparing permits for issuance in the same amount of time as completed previously.
Republic Police and Republic Fire are already implementing precautionary measures to protect personnel and citizens during calls for service. A contingency plan, which includes reverting to emergency status, could be enacted should the coronavirus situation impact our community.
When contacting 911, regardless of your type of emergency, dispatchers will be asking a series of questions related to coronavirus. Please tell the 911 dispatcher if you believe you’re infected. They’ll ask if you have recently traveled outside of the U.S. or have been in contact with someone who has visited a “hot zone” region; what types of symptoms you are having; and if you have had a fever higher than 100.4, a cough, chills, or vomiting. Furthermore, if you think you’re infected and are traveling to an emergency room, try to call ahead and let the hospital know so they can prepare for your arrival.
PARKS AND RECREATION
As we continue to monitor the Coronavirus (COVID-19) matter and receive additional guidelines from local, state, and federal officials, we have posted an updated list of all cancellations, closures, and postponements to our website (republicparks.com) and at the link below. All Parks & Recreation playgrounds will be closed until further notice.
The Republic Community Center will remain closed to the public through Sunday, April 30. A Parks & Recreation staff member will be in the office Monday-Friday from 8:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m. for any inquiries via phone. In addition, we’ve set up an informational e-mail address as another point of contact (firstname.lastname@example.org). Registration for many of our upcoming programs and events is still available online at recdesk.republicparks.com. Finally, we are continuing to accept applications for the summer! Those looking for seasonal summer employment are encouraged to apply online at www.governmentjobs.com/careers/republicmo.
Updated List of Closures, Cancellations, and Postponements:
ANIMAL CONTROL & SHELTER
Our animal control team will still be staffing the shelter and taking care of the animals. However, we’re reverting to a limited-services status, which means we will only be responding to emergency calls. Some examples of emergency calls are dog/cat bites, injured/sick stray animals, and needing assistance from the police department, etc. If you have an emergency, please call 911. Non-emergency calls include barking dogs, cats at large, friendly stray dogs at large, setting traps, etc. For non-emergency calls, we will be responding to them over the phone the best we can
We’re also going to suspend our volunteer program at this time. Furthermore, we will only be doing pet adoptions by appointment only, if at all.
If you find a dog/cat, we ask that you hold on to it and post it on Leigh’s Lost and Found, our Republic Animal Control Facebook page, and the local Facebook pages to try and find the owner.
If you want to drop off donations, we ask you to drop them off at the gate and we can pick them up from there.
For updates, be sure to follow us on Facebook (@cityofrepublicmo) and visit www.RepublicMo.gov.