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City of Lebanon closes offices

Senior Center closure

A sign on the door announces the closure of the Lebanon Senior Center.

The City of Lebanon has closed City Hall, the Senior Center, the library and the Municipal Court in response to the spread of the coronavirus to the community.

The City of Lebanon has also canceled all public meetings until further notice.

Acting City Manager Ron Whitlatch said the City is working with essential staff only at this time with the goal of maintaining basic services.

"You do what you think is best with the information you have at hand," Whitlatch said of the closures. "We started looking at other cities' policies on contagion. We've got a lot of stuff on emergency management, but we really didn't have one on contagions. What we ended up doing is looking at several other cities ... and following what theirs were, which is based off of FEMA."

Whitlatch said the fact that coronavirus cases have been confirmed in the community weighed heavily on the management team.

"It was a hard decision to make because this is going to put us way behind, but we need to do our part to make sure we can continue to serve the public. Even if it's just essential (services)," Whitlatch said.

The LINX Loop bus service has been suspended. The LINX Dial-A-Bus service is continuing to operate. Priority will be provided for essential travel needs. Bus operations will be Monday through Friday, from 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Please call 541-258-4920 for ride arrangements. 

The Lebanon Police Department will continue all essential services, but has suspended its public fingerprinting program at this time. The department requests that visits to the lobby be limited to emergency situations.

The City of Lebanon will continue to accept utility payments online or through automated phone payments. Payments mailed or dropped off in the white mailbox in front of City Hall will be accepted, but not processed until normal City Hall operations resume. In addition, the City will be suspending late fees and will not be conducting Lock-Off procedures this month. 

To start or stop utility service, and for emergency sewer or water disruptions, utility customers should contact the after-hours service line at 541-451-0101. The usual after-hours fee will be waived.

The Cascade West Council of Governments will continue to operate the Meals-on-Wheels (MOW) program, but the congregate meal site will not be open. For more information on that program, please call 541-924-8455.

Whitlatch said there is no way to know how long these closures will remain in effect.

"We'll stay in communication, the management team along with (City) Council and the mayor. We'll send an update to them every day and sometimes twice a day," Whitlatch said. "We'll continue to look at the situation and we'll modify from there, whether it gets worse or it gets better."

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