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City of Lawrenceville is '100 percent operational'

from Staff Reports

LAWRENCEVILLE - Lawrenceville City Hall is locked down as the coronavirus runs its course, but city business is otherwise running as usual.

Mayor Don Wagner has reported that a couple of city workers recently stayed home for a few days, but were found to be OK to return to their jobs.

"We're 100 percent operational," Wagner said. "But we're not going to start any new projects unless we absolutely have to."

City business can still be conducted, although not necessarily as usual, as City Hall is now closed down until at least April 30. Those who are paying their utility bills are asked to use a drop box in the front of the building. Otherwise, citizens are asked to knock on the front door and wait for a city employee to answer.

The city's street department, as well as the water department and others, are full-speed ahead.

"We're just watching our guys, and asking them to keep six feet away from each other as they work," Wagner said. "We want them to stay away from each other as much as they can. They might seem a little aloof at times, and that might be the reason why."

Wagner noted that the city's annual Easter Egg hunt, scheduled for April 4, has been called off.

"It's unfortunate, but we're just not going to have it," he said.

Materials already purchased for the event, he said, would be put into storage until next year.

Lawrenceville City Park, for the most part, has also been shut down at the request of state authorities and the Lawrence County Health Department. Aside from the walking path through the park, facilities are not to be used. Playground equipment is off limits, Wagner said, as are the basketball courts, tennis courts and pickleball courts. Restrooms have been locked, and shelter houses are unavailable for use.

Wagner asks for the cooperation of the public during a difficult time.

"I hope everybody's doing what the governor has asked us to do," he said. "We all have to do what we can until this thing's over."

Wagner noted that the April 9 meeting of the Lawrenceville City Council will take place, although it will be closed to the public, with the exception of media members.

"I'm telling all the council members that they don't have to be there," Wagner said. "If we don't have a quorum, then we don't have a quorum. We have some older people on our council, and in fact, I'm one of them."

Wagner said the decision in regard to the meeting was based on legal advice. He says citizens may call his office at 943-2116 if they have concerns. Minutes of the meeting will be available, both at city hall and online.


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