City of Russellville COVID-19 Crisis
Here at the City of Russellville, we have been working daily to respond to the COVID-19 crisis that has struck our community, our country, and the world. Our number one priority is the safety and well being of our citizens, which has required certain precautions to be taken in order to do our part to slow and hopefully stop the spread of this virus and protect our most at-risk neighbors. I would like to briefly highlight some of the steps we have taken over the past several weeks.
On March 16th, I met with other local government officials to discuss a strategic approach to governmental operations in light of the pandemic reaching our home community. On that same date, the City of Russellville in conjunction with Logan County, issued a joint press release to the public detailing the closure of local governmental buildings to in-person traffic, but also sharing how services are still available to citizens. The Russellville Police Department also issued a statement on that date sharing the implementation of temporary policies to limit in-person contact with our police force, in order to better ensure their health and safety to respond to emergency and life-threatening situations.
On March 17th, the difficult decision was made to close the Carpenter Center until further notice. This came shortly before Governor Beshear mandated the closures of all gym facilities in the state. On March 24th, all City of Russellville Parks were closed to the public, as it is nearly impossible for the City to be able to ensure the sanitation of park equipment, and also as an encouragement for our citizens to follow the Governor's advice to be "healthy at home".
Several Executive Orders have been issued throughout this crisis. First, a joint executive order was issued between the City of Russellville and Logan County in which Judge Executive Logan Chick, and myself declared a local state of emergency due to the COVID-19 pandemic. This was consistent with federal and state declarations, and allows our local governments all the tools available to ensure the health, safety, and welfare of our citizens. I issued an Executive Order that guarantees paid sick leave to full-time city employees regardless of length of service. Also, an Executive Order was entered that extended the deadline for net profit tax returns and payments to be made, which hopefully will assist small businesses that are being adversely affected by this situation.
There is a great deal of information being circulated from various sources about this crisis, and many local, state, and federal leaders are working tirelessly to keep us informed. While our municipality does not have the responsibility for reporting numbers or statistics regarding current cases, please rest assured that we at the City of Russellville are diligently and continuously monitoring the situation. We are fully prepared to take any measures necessary in the coming days to protect the City as best we can.
To all of our citizens working in the healthcare industry, law enforcement, and emergency responders in all capacities - Thank you on behalf of the City of Russellville. You are on the front lines of this fight, we appreciate your service, and it is not overlooked. I would also want to thank; the postal service, delivery services, general supply stores and grocery store personnel, for keeping the supply and demand chain running efficiently.
I would again ask that we all shine a green light or display a green ribbon in honor of those that have been lost to this virus, and also as a symbol of our solidarity and compassion. While we should all be following the advice of medical professionals by practicing social distancing and limiting our in-person interactions to the greatest extent possible, we are still a community and we can still find ways to encourage one another. Let's continue to find ways that we can support our local businesses and economy even during these unprecedented times. Let's continue to look for safe ways to reach out to those in our City that are most at risk and unable to visit with loved ones. Let's continue to be family and neighbors in new and different ways, while we wait for this crisis to pass. While this is a time of great uncertainty and fear, I want to take this opportunity to encourage the citizens of Russellville and Logan County to remain united in hope that we will overcome this challenge.
Romans 8:31 "If God be for us, who can be against us"