Dear Republic Family,
As the number of coronavirus cases grows, so does the impact on communities such as our own. I’d like to thank you for remaining strong during these challenging days. We are in this together. We will get through this together. I would like to thank those businesses that are allowing for seniors to shop early. I would also like to thank those businesses that are limiting overbuying by some individuals that make it hard for others to get needed everyday supplies. I hear the struggles of those on a fixed income or limited on transportation that can’t just go to the store and load up on supplies every day. And often when they are able to get to the store they find the shelves empty of the very things they need. I have spoken to grocery retailers in Republic and offered them encouragement during this time as well. I continue to spread the message for us, as citizens, to keep checking on our friends, families and neighbors to assist where we can.
Just like businesses and venues across our area, government services of the City of Republic are operating under protective guidelines set for by the CDC, State, and Federal Government as well as the Springfield-Greene County Health Department. We’ve had to get creative to find ways to maintain vital city operations, while at the same time keeping our employees and city officials healthy. Some non-essential facilities, such as the parks and recreation community center, and proceedings of the municipal court, have closed as a precaution. Our police and fire departments continue to operate at full capacity while using new operating procedures to protect our public safety workers and the residents they serve.
In an effort to discourage the congregation of groups of people, we’re making additional changes to our public facilities. Effective Monday, March 23, we will be closing the lobbies of the community center, city hall, and community development.
Our City Government continues to function as normal. All council members are being kept informed as things progress and develop. One of the biggest questions we faced was how to conduct our regular city council meetings, the next one of which is Tuesday, March 24th at 6:00 p.m. The Greene County Commission’s mandate to limit groups to 10 people precluded the possibility of councilmembers and the public gathering at city hall as usual. Instead, our staff came up with a way that will allow council members to join through a virtual video meeting online. The public will also be able to log in to this teleconferencing event. More details will be posted ahead of the meeting.
Another thing that’s assisting citizens is our online bill pay feature for utility payments. You may also use the outside payment drop box at City Hall at 213 N. Main Ave. As a reminder, due to the financial hardships many families are finding themselves in, we will not be implementing shutoffs for late payments at this time. The latest water bill has just been mailed. We encourage you to use the online portal to submit your payments at https://www.MunicipalOnlinePayments.com/RepublicMo.
Also, with the closure of the municipal court, you may submit fines and fees online at http://republiccitationpay.com, or use the outside drop box at that facility located at 540 Civic Blvd.
We thank you for your understanding regarding these temporary changes to city services. Additionally, we thank you for your trust as we continue to deliver information regarding coronavirus prevention measures in our community. We’ll continue to update you on any new details and decisions that could impact you. Remember, accurate information about the situation and our community comes straight from the source- the City of Republic website at https://www.RepublicMo.com, and the official City of Republic Facebook page. Information regarding the status of the coronavirus and prevention tips can be found on the Springfield-Greene County Health Department website at https://www.springfieldmo.gov/5068/Coronavirus, and on the CDC’s website at https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/.
To highlight how this situation is changing- not just by the hour, but by the minute- as we release this message, the governor has communicated he is preparing to issue the mandate that, statewide, group gatherings must be 10 people or fewer in order to accomplish social distancing.
Thank you for doing your part to help us remain a calm, collected, and healthy community during this time.
All the best, Mayor Jeff