Keep in mind this is a very fluid situation with information changing frequently. We will post updates on our website and social media.
For the last week we have been in constant communication with local, state, and federal officials, regarding COVD-19.
With the current climate, we now find ourselves in the City of Scottsboro continuing to make our most important goal protecting our citizens and our employees. With the information coming to us changing, even hourly, it is necessary for the City to take certain precautionary measures.
Monday, March 16, 2020 Mayor Shelton called a special meeting with all department heads to further discuss our COVID-19 plan and how each department can work to efficiently meet the needs of our citizens. This group of individuals who lead the city departments on a daily basis is greatly appreciated. Our department heads have been preparing accordingly. Each department is taking extra precautions to ensure the safety and health of the public. The Mayor, City Council, department heads and every city employee are public servants and we all are committed to do our very best to insure the health, safety and welfare of our community.
With the President of the United States, and the Governor of Alabama both declaring a state of emergency trying to slow the spread of the COVID-19, also known as the Coronavirus; the City of Scottsboro will make changes in some services and facilities. The changes below are to protect the citizens of Scottsboro and our city employees as well as others who work or are connected within the city operations. The City will be taking the following actions effective immediately until further notice:
· City Council Meetings - Will continue as scheduled. The next scheduled meeting of the City Council is Monday, April 6, 2020.
· Parks and Recreation – The Rec*Com and Parks & Recreation Sports Complexes are closed to the public at this time. These facilities will be following the guidelines that Scottsboro City Schools implements; when the schools reopen, Scottsboro’s recreational facilities will reopen.
· Library – Closed to the public. All programming currently scheduled is cancelled. The Scottsboro Public Library will be monitoring and following Scottsboro City Schools’ guidelines as to when they will reopen.
· Court – Closed to the public. The court encourages probationers to pay their fees and cost by electronic means. If you cannot pay online, you may continue to pay at the window; the door allowing entrance to the payment window will remain open, all other doors to the courtroom will remain secured. For any questions about making payments during this time please contact the clerk of court by phone at 256-259-2767. All suspended dockets will be rescheduled. Notice of new court dates will be provided to the defendants and attorneys through last known addresses and email. Inmate court will be held as usual, but subject to the limitation of people allowed to attend as stated by the CDC and Alabama Department of Public Health.
· Airport – The airport is currently closed for an LED lighting upgrade.
· Public Works - Will continue normal operating hours and services which includes brush pickup and yard waste pickup
· Sanitation and Recycling- Will continue the normal scheduled route.
· Police and Fire– These departments will continue as normal offering their emergency services.
· City Hall – The building will be open to the public. We encourage any entering the facility to use safe practices to protect themselves as well as others from the virus.
· Building Inspections - The building will be open to the public and normal services will be available. We encourage anyone entering the building to use safe practices to protect themselves as well as others from the virus.
· Scottsboro City Schools- closed until Monday, April 6, 2020.
All City Employees are to report to work as normal.
We all have heard the basic steps to protect us from the virus.
• Wash your hands often
• Avoid touching your face
• Cover your mouth and nose when you cough or sneeze
• Stay home if you are sick
• Avoid handshakes, hugs, or touching other people.
The CDC recommends social distancing to stop the spread of the virus. Currently, the Alabama Department of Public Health and the CDC are recommending keeping a distance of six feet between individuals, particularly if you are in contact with someone who appears to be sick or if you are in contact with the elderly. This recommendation also means limiting public gatherings to 50 people or less.
We do have concerns for our seniors. We are encouraging that groups of seniors meet in groups of 10 or less. We all need to do everything that we can to help them stay clear of this virus. Let’s all look for ways to help our seniors by checking with them frequently and supporting them.
Also, please support our local businesses! None of us know the long-term effects of this situation, so please continue to support our local economy and business owners. Stay active.
We do not have all of the answers but will do our best to help insure the health and safety of everyone in our community. We will be updating the City’s website and Facebook with more information as we are informed. For more information and access to all of Alabama’s federal regulations on how to protect yourself from the virus please visit the Alabama Department of Public Health's website or the CDC's website.
Everyone’s patience is appreciated as we work through this difficult time together.