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Citizens of Grovetown,Last night, the City Council and I decided to close all City buildings and facilities through Sunday, March 29th, to limit the spread of the novel coronavirus, also known as COVID-19. This decision has impacts to City services as described below.• First, there will be no change to our first responder operations. Dispatch, which can be contacted directly at 706-863-1212, will remain active 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, and we will continue to respond to calls for service• Water and Sewer Service will remain uninterrupted, but we will make some temporary changes to billing and feeso we will not perform service cut-offs for nonpayment in the months of March and April 2020; we also will not assess late fees for payments received after the 20th of the montho we will, however, change how we receive payments. There will be NO WALK IN PAYMENTS AT CITY HALL. We will take utility bill payments by Telephone – 706-863-4576, Option 1 – Online (fees waived), by US Mail, and via Drive-Thru at city hall• Trash Service with Advanced Disposal will continue as scheduled• Bulk Trash and Yard Waste curbside service is suspended while the City government is closed.• Liberty Park Community Center and ALL City Parks will be Closed• Planning and Community Development will be at minimal manning; no non-emergency permits or licenses will be issued, no new building inspections will be scheduled. Inspections and Certificates of Occupation will be conducted on a case by case basisLastly, since all City offices will be closed but citizens will have questions, beginning at 9:00 a.m. Thursday, March 19th, the City will establish an emergency operations center (EOC) at city hall. Citizens may call the EOC at 706-863-4576, Option 1 to get information about any services and get answers to their questions.We are in a fluid, fast-changing environment and will continue to monitor the status and spread of the coronavirus and make decisions in the best interests of our citizens based on information and guidance of our federal and state governments and health services authorities. Changes to the information here will be published on our City website and City Facebook site, https://www.facebook.com/cityofgrovetowngeorgia/ Respectfully,Mayor Gary E. Jones