Halstead closes city offices to public

HALSTEAD—As of Thursday, Halstead has closed city offices and facilities to the public to limit the spread of COVID-19 and protect public health.

“During this time, city staff will be working and available to assist residents via phone or email and will strive to limit the disruption of services and minimize any inconveniences as much as possible,” the city said in a released statement.

To conduct business with the city that requires a face-to-face contact, call city hall at 835-2286 to schedule an appointment.

In addition to city hall, the police department, fire/EMS station and public works building are also closed to the public. First responders will still respond to emergency calls.

City parks remain open but playground equipment and picnic tables have been cordoned off. Scout Cabin and park restrooms will not be available for use. The city encourages residents to observe social distancing guidelines when using parks and not to use them if sick.

Wedgewood Golf Course remains open to the public but will be limit people in the Clubhouse. Tee times should be scheduled by calling 316-835-2991 to ensure social distancing.

City council meetings for April will be conducted via Zoom and streamed live on Facebook and broadcast on the city’s channel 7. To share during public forum, send comments to cityclerk@halsteadks.com and they will be presented during the meeting.

Other advisory boards like the planning and zoning, the rec commission and the tree board will not meet until city facilities are reopened.

Municipal court will be postponed until May 6, and persons who had appearances scheduled for any court date in April will be receiving an update by email.

“The city’s top priority is the health and safety of both our residents and our staff who serve you,” the city said in its release. “Your patience and understanding are appreciated as we all work through these unprecedented times.”