By Randy Fogg
MOUNDRIDGE–The city of Moundridge recently announced it has closed the city office, located at 225 S. Christian Avenue, to walk-in service. The Moundridge Police Department has also made some change in how it will be doing business for the next few weeks.
In addition, city workers have taken steps to deny access to the playground equipment located in Moundridge parks.
Finally, the city has made its transportation bus available to deliver grocery orders from the Moundridge Food Market that are called in.
Moundridge residents are asked to place their utility payment in the drop box, which is located near the city office’s front door. Residents have access to the drop box at any time of the day.
When putting payment in the drop box, residents should include their utility statement or write their name and address on the envelope.
Residents can also make their utility payments online. Once at the city’s website–moundridge.com-residents must go to the service tab at the top of the page and then click onto “online bill pay.”
For those wanting to pay with cash and needing change, they will need to call ahead so city staff can be ready and have change available.
Individuals needing to set up a utility account and other business that should be done face-to-face need to have an appointment by calling 620-345-8246.
Police Chief Jay Kessler said it was important for them to keep their people healthy “so that they can continue to serve in the most effective ways possible.
For people who have something that can be handled through the phone, they should call 620-345-2777.
Anyone who needs urgent assistance should call 911 and an officer will respond.
Kessler noted officers would attempt to help residents or find the appropriate person to assist you.
“We know that these are trying times, but if we can all do the things that are asked of us–no groups of more than 10 people, social distancing, stay home if you are sick–we will end this sooner rather than later,” Kessler said.
Because COVID-19 continues to spread across the state, city staff has decided to close access to the playground equipment at all city parks.
“We are not able to clean these surfaces for your protection,” Moundridge Economic Development Director Murray McGee said.
However, city parks are still open for residents to use. People can still walk the trails, ride a bicycle, play disc golf or fish at Pack Park.
City staff has arranged to use the city’s transportation van to deliver grocery orders that are called in to the Moundridge Food Market.
“During these confusing times, it has been agreed that there will be no delivery charge for this service,” McGee said.
McGee noted the city has gotten a favorable response from the public for this service.
Residents will need to call the grocery story to place their order if they want to take advantage of this service, McGee said. When the order is completed, market employees will be calling the city bus driver to make the delivery.
The public transportation van is available from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Mondays-Fridays, “so make sure you call early to ensure same day delivery,” McGee