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City Hall and all other City facilities are closed to the public as a precaution against the spread of COVID-19. The closures will be effective after 5 p.m. Thursday, March 19, and will continue through May 15, 2020. City staff will continue to report to their offices and serve the public. Residents are encouraged to conduct City business online or by contacting individual City departments directly. Residents who are unsure how to conduct their City business may contact the City’s customer service hotline from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday at 515.239.5670.

Updates Regarding City Services

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April 3, 2020

The City of Ames Parks and Recreation Department, working in collaboration with the Ames Community School District, will begin closing playgrounds at local parks and schools beginning today due to concerns about the COVID-19 pandemic. Signs are being installed at the locations, but there will be no tape or fencing surrounding the playground.

Closing playgrounds reinforces the City of Ames and Ames Community School District’s commitment to protecting the health and safety of our citizens. Residents are asked to do their part to keep family, friends, neighbors, and our community safe.

City of Ames parks and trails remain open to the public for recreation options. All park restrooms remain closed, and water fountains are turned off. The Ames Dog Park is closed. The Georgie Tsushima Memorial Skate Park, along with any tennis, pickleball, and basketball courts in each park, will remain open at this time. 

 

March 31, 2020

As a precautionary measure to promote social distancing, the Ames Area Metropolitan Planning Organization (AAMPO) is hosting a virtual public meeting for the Metropolitan Transportation Plan (MTP), known as Forward 2045. This virtual meeting is an opportunity for the public to learn about the vision and goals for Forward 2045, as well as review, comment, and provide ideas (big or small) on potential alternatives and strategies within the Ames transportation system.

The virtual meeting is available through April 14, 2020 at: amesgisweb.city.ames.ia.us/forward45

This is the second input opportunity the AAMPO has hosted for during the Forward 2045 development process. AAMPO hosted a Visioning Open House in November where attendees were asked to identify priorities for the transportation system and pinpoint issues when using Ames’ roads, bicycle, pedestrian, and transit facilities.

 

March 30, 2020

Ames Parks and Recreation Department announced it is postponing the opening of Homewood Golf Course. The new opening day is anticipated to be 9 a.m. on Wednesday, April 15. The decision to delay the opening was made after considering recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Iowa Department of Public Health (IDPH), World Health Organization (WHO), and Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds regarding best practices in containing the COVID-19 virus.
 
The City of Ames has based its facility opening and closing decisions on protecting the health and safety of its customers and City staff.The Department continues to monitor local, state, and federal guidelines for public facilities. Part of opening the course on Wednesday, April 15, would include additional rules and expectations of safe, social distancing to protect golfers and staff. These new policies will be posted on the Department’s homepage and at the golf course.

 

March 23, 2020

Due to the growing number of cases of COVID-19 in Iowa, the regular meeting of the Ames City Council on Tuesday, March 24, will be conducted electronically. The Mayor and Councilmembers will access the meeting electronically. City Hall will remain closed to the public and only staff will be allowed in Council Chambers.

During the meeting, the public can contact the Ames City Council:

As always, residents may view public meetings on Cable Channel 12 (for Mediacom subscribers), videostream meetings from the City’s website (www.CityofAmes.org/Channel12), or watch live on the City’s YouTube station (www.youtube.com/AmesChannel12).

In the near future, scheduled board and commission meetings will follow a similar format of being held telephonically or via other electronic means. Please check the City website for ongoing updates and information.

The City of Ames is committed to continuing to provide essential City services (including utilities, public works, public safety) to its residents. In order to do so, City staff exposure to the virus in City workplaces is being minimized. Although Ames City Hall as well as all other City buildings were closed to the public effective March 20, City staff will continue to work in the City facilities. Residents are encouraged to conduct City business online or by contacting individual City departments directly. 

 

March 19, 2020

City Hall and all other City facilities are closed to the public as a precaution against the spread of COVID-19. The closures will be effective after 5 p.m. Thursday, March 19, and will continue through May 15, 2020.

City staff will continue to report to their offices and serve the public. Residents are encouraged to conduct City business online or by contacting individual City departments directly. Residents who are unsure how to conduct their City business may contact the City’s customer service hotline from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday at 515.239.5670.

The Police Department’s 24-hour lobby near the northeast corner of the building will remain open to the public. The Resource Recovery Plant will remain open to commercial haulers, but will not be accepting car line customers or household hazardous waste appointments.

City Hall will open to the public for upcoming regularly scheduled City Council meetings and boards and commissions. However, arrangements will be made to maintain social distancing for participants at these meetings. Residents who wish to view public meetings may also watch meetings on Cable TV Channel 12 or videostream the meeting on the City’s website.

March 16, 2020

The following facilities will be closed by the end of the day March 16, through May 15: Ames Public Library, City Auditorium, Community Center, Municipal Pool, Ames/ISU Ice Arena, and the Dog Park. City parks remain open to the public. Additionally, Ames Parks and Recreation classes and City facility use for outside group meetings are suspended for this period of time. The Ames Animal Shelter will be open for adoptions by appointment only; please browse the Animal Shelter website and call or email to schedule an appointment. Events held on City property (City streets and sidewalks) between today and May 15 have been suspended.

These services will be evaluated prior to May 15 to determine if they may resume or if the suspension should be extended. Residents are encouraged to use the City website or to call City offices to conduct their business, in lieu of visiting City offices in person.

March 13, 2020

The City is postponing its annual Employee Awards Luncheon and Boards and Commissions Appreciation Luncheon. These events will be rescheduled to a later date.

March 11, 2020

Non-essential City staff activities at area long-term care facilities have been suspended. These include assisted living facilities, skilled nursing facilities, and facilities that offer these facilities. City employees may only visit these facilities on City business in emergency situations or with close coordination with facility staff to reduce chances for potential exposure. These precautions are to reduce the chance for potential impact to at-risk residents or to City employees.