We've started to receive letters from Wabash Valley mayors in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. We will put any letters we receive in this post.
MAYOR DUKE BENNETT - TERRE HAUTE
Dear Citizens of Terre Haute,
We’re living in a time of uncertainty, and with uncertainty both collaboration and compassion become a part of our journey, together. Our community has experienced hardships before, but none quite like our current reality. Recognizing this current state, I want to assure you that preventive measures that pledge our community’s health is my priority. I have been following national, state and local announcements, including many offered just in the past two days. In addition, I’m proud to be a part of a local coalition working to combat COVID-19 and know everyone in the community is finding ways to help one another stay well.
From various meetings and communications received, I would like to offer information that might be helpful to you.
City Hall is open to the public but with limited access. I request that all routine business be done over the phone or online. We are not currently processing counter payments but we have a payment drop box at the rear entrance of City Hall. Please check our website at www.terrehaute.in.gov for updated information or call 311 with any questions regarding doing business with the City of Terre Haute.
Duke Energy, Vectren and Indiana American Water have pledged to suspend disconnections for those experiencing financial hardship at this time. The City of Terre Haute is also temporarily suspending water disconnections for persons with sewage bill hardships.
To learn essential information from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) regarding the virus (including preventative measures) you can visit www.cdc.gov.
You can also visit the Indiana State Department of Health’s website at www.in.gov/coronavirus to receive real time information on how Indiana is managing the concerns – including information on closures, social distancing and overall information on confirmed cases by county.
Local information on the coronavirus can be found on the Vigo County Health Department website found at www.vigocounty.in.gov and click on ***Coronavirus Current Information***.
I recognize a lot will probably change again from the time I send this letter. As things change, I can only promise to update you as information becomes pertinent to your safety and wellbeing. Although there are no confirmed cases to date in Vigo County, we are not taking this good fortune lightly. Our health systems, school systems and business sectors have all prepared and implemented processes to help combat the virus.
I’m confident we have good people doing good things and it will be a community effort to move beyond the days ahead. It is our civic duty as citizens of our community to follow the instructions provided by our healthcare experts and our government, and ensure we go above and beyond to keep us healthy by working together.
Thank you for your trust.
Mayor Duke A. Bennett
City of Terre Haute
MAYOR CLINT LAMB - SULLIVAN
First of all, thank you for your trust. I firmly believe that Sullivan is a community where people come together for the greater good, and I believe this time is no different. We are neighbors and friends above all else. With that same perspective, I met this morning with a group of people working collaboratively to do what is best for the citizens of Sullivan County during this time. Individuals of that group included members from the Sullivan County Health Department, Sullivan County Emergency Management, Sullivan County Ambulance Service, Sullivan County Community Hospital, Sullivan county Sheriff’s Department, Sullivan County Commissioners, Sullivan County Council and the Sullivan City Fire Department. The meeting was utilized as a sharing session on precautions taken to combat the COVID-19.
As we work together to navigate the best opportunities to keep people safe, secure and healthy, here are some suggestions discussed this morning that I wanted to share with you.
You can visit www.in.gov/coronavirus to receive real time information on how Indiana is managing the concerns – including information on closures, social distancing and overall information on confirmed cases by county.
In an effort to curb the spread of the Coronavirus (COVID-19), the City of Sullivan requests that utility customers utilize the drop box outside the front door at City Hall for paying their sanitary sewer, storm water, and trash utility bills.
Although City Hall will remain open, we strongly encourage social distancing as indicated by the national and state health professionals and offer citizens an opportunity to pay their bill online at www.cityofsullivan.org or by calling 812-268-6077.
Although this information is meant to help guide you in the coming weeks, I want to personally thank you for making Sullivan one of the best cities in the country. I am proud to represent you, the people of Sullivan. We will maneuver this road together and come out stronger because we care.
Clint D Lamb
City of Sullivan
MAYOR NIK GROOTHUIS - CASEY
From Nik Groothuis, Mayor City of Casey:
Subject: Letter to the Citizens of Casey regarding the Coronavirus or COVID-19
The health and safety of all residents in Casey is our highest priority in this pandemic. We are all concerned about the spread of COVID-19 and we want to minimize the likelihood that we get it or that it gets spread in our community. I want to assure you that our City staff is monitoring this fluid situation and taking action as the situation dictates. Please be advised that the City Hall lobby is locked, but we have ample capabilities to accept payments via the two drive through lanes on the South side of the building and the walk-up window on the east side of the building during regular office hours, as well as the drop box that is available 24 hours a day on the West side of the building.
At the City Council meeting on Monday, March 16th the City Council made the decision to not charge any late fees and do no disconnects through May 1. Hopefully this will help our citizens that are having difficulty with their bills during this time. You will still be responsible for paying your utility bill, but if you are having an issue with that, please give the collector’s office a call (217-932-2600) to see if something further can be worked out.
We need to work together to ensure everyone’s well-being during this virus outbreak. That being said, we suggest the following:
What to Do if You Think You’re Sick:
* STAY HOME: While you might consider going out when you have a light common cold, DON’T DO IT during this particular pandemic. PLEASE STAY HOME. THIS IS CRITICAL.
* CALL AHEAD: If you are experiencing symptoms of COVID-19 or may have had contact with a person with COVID, call your health care provider before seeking medical care so that appropriate precautions can be taken. Symptoms may include any or all of the following: fever of 100.4 or above, dry cough, difficulty breathing
How To Protect Yourself and Your Family:
Everyone has a role to play. So much of protecting yourself and your family comes down to common sense:
* Wash hands with soap and water for 20 seconds (as long as it takes to sing Happy Birthday twice).
* Avoid touching eyes, nose or mouth with unwashed hands.
* Avoid contact with people who are sick.
* Stay away from work or other people if you become sick with any respiratory symptoms, especially fever and cough.
* Follow the guidance from public health officials. There is good information on the Clark County Health Department website: Clarkhd.org Check this site often as things can change very quickly and they are attempting to keep the citizens of Clark County informed.
* Practice social distancing recommendations of at least 6 feet between you and someone else. Avoid shaking hands and hugging.
* Please do not hoard food or supplies; think of your neighbors when shopping for necessities. If we all use common sense there will be enough supplies for everyone.
* Adhere to the most recent State issued mandate of no more than 50 people at any private or public event.
Mayor John A. Wilkes - Linton
The City of Linton provides essential services and is committed to serving our citizens with the utmost skill and dedication. As we face an unprecedented challenge in the COVID-19 virus, we feel it is important to protect the health and safety of our citizens and city employees. Therefore, we have chosen to limit access at most of the City of Linton municipal facilities. If you need to conduct business with the City, please contact that specific department to establish an appointment or possibly conduct the business over the phone.
Linton City Hall and Municipal Utility office lobby will be closed until April 6, 2020. Customers are asked to make utility payments by using the City Hall drop box, drive-through window, credit card payments by phone at (844)-200-2462, online at www.cityoflinton.com or by mail. If you have utility questions or are needing to establish utility service, please call the utility office at (812) 847-4971 to make arrangements.
As we continue to monitor current developments with the COVID-19 virus, we will keep the community informed of any changes or decisions that are made.
If you have specific questions regarding COVID-19, please call the Indiana Department of Health’s hotline at (317) 233-7125 or visit www.in.gov/coronavirus.
John A. Wilkes, Mayor
City of Linton