3/17/2020 City Buildings Updates & Community Email

Below is the Community Email that was sent out on 3/17/2020 at 5:30PM. Community Emails are randomly sent out to whomever signs up, at least on a monthly basis, and provides information about the City of Fayette including events and announcements. To sign-up, please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Here is additional information for Employees and Employers affected by COVID-19 related layoffs: https://www.iowaworkforcedevelopment.gov/


Hello,

     As I’m sure everyone is aware, things are changing quickly as we continue to be impacted by the coronavirus or more specifically COVID-19.  It is hard for me to fully understand some of the actions that are being taken, however, I do understand that the goal is to protect ourselves, our community, but most importantly, the elderly and those with health concerns.  If everyone does their part and follows the recommendations and directives, hopefully there will be less of an impact on us.  We have to remember that these recommendations and directives are not to scare us or make life more difficult for us, they are to protect us and the ones we love. 

     I encourage everyone to take this time and challenge yourself with one or more of the following:

  • Learn or try something new that you always wanted to do (painting/drawing/art, learn an instrument/sing/music, how to throw a football/pickleball/sport, cooking, etc.)
  • Reach out to a friend or family member that you haven’t spoken to for a long time and catch up
  • Work on a house project you’ve been putting off (painting a room, re-arranging a room, remodeling, de-cluttering your house, etc.)
  • Dig out and play some old board games, card games, dominoes, etc.
  • Start some in-home exercises, get out and walk/bike our beautiful trails and check out all the outdoor activities our community offers.
  • Check out the wonderful resources the Fayette Community Library offers and check-out some books/DVDs (yes, you can do this online) fayettelibrary.lib.ia.us
  • Stay positive and help those who are less fortunate than you (however, be careful of scams)

     As I mentioned in my last email, I will only highlight some local announcements.

Announcements:  

  • News from City Hall: 
    • CITY BUILDINGS: Fayette City Hall, the Fayette Police Department and the Fayette Community Library will be doing our part in helping to minimize the spread of COVID-19 by limiting face to face contact. The public will not be able to come inside and communicate face to face at these public facilities starting tomorrow (Wednesday, March 18th, 2020) at least through Wednesday, April 1st, 2020. At that time, we will re-evaluate the situation and extend the date if need be. We are going to do our BEST to make this process as easy as possible for you. We not only want to protect ourselves, but we want to protect YOU, too.

These facilities will not be closed. We encourage people to call or email to communicate with city employees and officials. City employees will still be working during their normal hours and assisting everyone through the telephone, email and mail.

Fayette Police Department: For non-emergency calls, please call 563-425-3500. Dial 911 for emergencies. Police officers will still be assisting the public and responding to calls, however, they will be utilizing “social distancing” (leaving at least six feet distance between them and other people) or utilizing personal protective equipment.

Fayette Community Library: They have many online resources on their website, fayettelibrary.lib.ia.us. You may also call them at 563-425-3344 to inquire about “curb-side” pick-up materials. Yes, you will still be able to check-out books and movies at this time. The library personnel will have a special “disinfection” process they will follow for all the materials that are returned to our library.

Fayette City Hall: You may email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call 563-425-4316 during our office hours and we will help you. We encourage you to utilize all the resources on our website fayetteiowa.com (including permits, applications and online payments). If there are any questions or concerns, please contact us and we will do our best to help you or point you in the right direction.

Utility payments – We encourage everyone to please pay your utility bills online, sign up for FREE automatic ACH/Bank withdrawals, or drop off a check or money order in our Drop Box located right next to our front door. If you must pay by cash, we recommend the following process:

1) Please call City Hall at 563-425-4316 and indicate:

     a. Your name

     b. Your service address

     c. How much cash you will be dropping off in our Drop Box at City Hall

     d. The date and time you will be dropping it off in the Drop Box at City Hall

2) Please put your cash in an envelope (we will not be able to provide you change, so please put the exact amount you want applied to your account in the envelope), seal the envelope, write your name and service address on the envelope and drop it in our Drop Box.

3) Two city employees will be taking all the payments in the Drop Box out together and counting the cash payments. A receipt will be written and mailed to the address we have on file at City Hall.

    • STATE OF PUBLIC HEALTH DISASTER EMERGENCY & PROCLAMATION: Iowa Governor Kim Reynolds issued a State of Public Health Disaster Emergency today which indicates all restaurants and bars are closed to the general public except for carry-outs, drive-throughs or deliveries. It also indicates all gatherings and events (such as parades, festivals, fundraisers, or community, social, religious, recreational, leisure and sporting gatherings/events)  of more than 10 people are prohibited. Click here to read more. Fayette Mayor Andrew Wenthe has signed a proclamation today determining a state of emergency or public danger exists.  Click here to read the Proclamation. Please do your part in helping us educate those around us of these directives if you see or hear of anything.
    • THANK YOU FROM THE FAYETTE FIRE DEPT.: Thank you to everyone who was able to come to the Spaghetti Supper last weekend and for your donations. You may still mail a donation to the Fire Department at their mailing address, or to Fayette City Hall at PO Box 28, Fayette, IA 52142. Please mark your payment “Fayette Fire Department”.
  • Other Local Announcements – There are too many things to list them all, so please contact local businesses to find out specific information. This is just a few:
    • UIU Rec Center - Closed for at least two weeks
    • UIU Carnival – Cancelled
    • UIU Fayette Appreciation Day – Cancelled
    • UPPER IOWA UNIVERSITY: The face to face classes will be going online for the Session 4. For updated UIU information, visit uiu.edu/coronavirus/index.html.
    • RAINBOWLAND DAYCARE: Closed until further notice.
  • Small Businesses: Please continue to support our local businesses, even through this difficult time. Contact them and find out what they have to offer.  Attached is a handout for Small Business Assistance.
  • Reminders:
    • SEEKING TREE BOARD MEMBER:  Volunteer and make a difference in Fayette by serving on the City Tree Board.  The City Council is seeking a volunteer to serve on the City Tree Board.  The Tree Board currently meets about once a quarter and helps plan for the care, preservation, pruning, planting, replanting, removal or disposition of trees and shrubs in parks, along streets and in other public areas. The Tree Board is made up of five volunteers, with the majority of the members being citizens and residents of the City of Fayette.  Some members may live outside the city. If you or someone you know may be interested, please contact me.
    • HIRING FULL TIME POLICE OFFICER: Visit fayetteiowa.com/government/employment.html for more information. Interested applicants should e-mail a resume, cover letter and three references to Police Chief Ben Davis at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. subject "Police Officer Position" or via U.S. Mail to P.O. Box 28, Fayette, IA 52142. We will be accepting applications until April 8, 2020 at 4PM, or until the position is filled. The City of Fayette is an equal opportunity employer.
    • FAYETTE REC BOARD: We do have to focus on some positive things and future Fayette events.
      • The Fayette Recreation Board would like your help and ideas to identify types of events and activities you want to see in the City of Fayette. You may contact the Fayette Rec Board on their Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/Fayette-Rec-Board-2203229983336500/ or contact the City of Fayette by Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/CityofFayetteIowa/ email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or phone: 563-425-4316.
      • There has been some interest in forming a co-ed T-Ball Team in Fayette for kids who have not yet completed kindergarten. Children from Fayette and surrounding communities are welcome to participate. If you or someone you know may have a child interested, please contact the City of Fayette or the Fayette Recreation Board and let us know. We also ask that you please help us spread the word. If you would also be interested in volunteering to assist with the team, let us know.

Up-Coming Fayette Events

(I am not going to list events at this time because too many are cancelling with short notice. Please call ahead to make sure any event you are planning on attending has not been cancelled.)

     Fayette is a strong community and we will get through this together and come out stronger in the end. Please contact Fayette City Hall with any questions or concerns and we will do our best to help you or provide you with any resources.

Stay healthy and safe,

Kris McGrane

City Administrator/Clerk

There is no place like home. And there is no place like Fayette.

11 S. Main Street

563.425.4316

info@fayetteiowa.com

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