Leavenworth City Hall reopens next week

John Richmeier
Courtesy: Leavenworth County Health Department

Leavenworth City Hall will reopen to the general public Monday, according to the city manager.

City Manager Paul Kramer discussed the reopening Wednesday during a virtual town hall meeting hosted by Mayor Mike Griswold.

“So if you need to come to City Hall, you will be able to starting Monday,” Kramer said.

However, Kramer encourages people to use online services offered by the city or even conduct business over the phone as much as possible to limit the number of people who enter City Hall.

He said a dropbox located in front of City Hall will remain in place. He said people will be able to leave job applications and other documents in the dropbox.

City Hall has been closed since March 16 because of concerns about the spread of the coronavirus.

Members of the public who enter City Hall beginning Monday will not be required to wear masks.

“We have taken the last month or so to have shields put up,” Kramer said.

He said the plastic shields are similar to ones used in local supermarkets.

Kramer said there will be restrictions to the general public inside City Hall in terms of access to some areas of the building.

Kramers said restrooms in Leavenworth city parks also will reopen Monday.

He said people have questioned why the restrooms were closed even though the parks have been open.

“We have standards for those (restrooms) as far as cleaning, sanitizing and working through the reopening process,” he said.

He said restrooms at parks are cleaned, but they will be cleaned only once a day.

Water fountains at Waggin’ Tails Dog Park also will be turned back on Monday.

Kramer also has announced that portions of the Riverfront Community Center will reopen June 15.

He said the track inside the building will be open for walking. The weight room also will be available.

“We will not be opening the gym until June 15,” Kramer said.

He said the indoor pool at the Riverfront Community Center will open on a limited basis June 15.

The pool will not be available for open swimming. It will be open on a limited basis for lap swimming.

Kramer said the city also will be offering swimming lessons for children in small groups.

The Leavenworth County Health Department reported Wednesday that confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the county now total 1,098.

This number includes 835 cases involving Lansing Correctional Facility inmates and 67 cases involving inmates and staff at the Grossman Center halfway house in Leavenworth.

Of the remaining 196 community cases, only 18 are considered active, according to an update from the Health Department.

According to Stephanie Sloop, a spokeswoman for the county’s COVID-19 response team, no additional community cases of COVID-19 were reported Wednesday in Leavenworth County. In fact, two community cases were reassigned to other counties because they involved people who do not permanently reside in Leavenworth County.

Thirty-one people from Leavenworth County have been hospitalized as a result of COVID-19 since the start of the pandemic. But the Health Department reported Wednesday that no one from the county is currently in the hospital because of COVID-19.

Seven people from Leavenworth County have died as a result of COVID-19 including four inmates from LCF.

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