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Posted on: March 18, 2020

Purcell City Management Action on Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19)

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City of Purcell staff held a management meeting on Monday, March 16, 2020 to discuss plans related to the COVID-19 coronavirus impact on Purcell public services. Attendees were City Manager Dale Bunn, City Treasurer Victor Lohn, Police Chief Bobby Elmore, Police Captain James Bolling, Fire Chief Greg Cypert, Emergency Manager Kevin Rhoads, Purcell Municipal Hospital CEO Kem Scully, Hospital Infection Prevention Nurse Brittany Scully, Wadley Emergency Services Owner Jackie Wadley, 911 Communications Supervisor Megan ,Lexington City Manager and Police Chief Deanna Allen, Purcell City Clerk Dorothy Kennedy, Water Department Superintendent Michael Minor, Street Department Superintendent Tommy Mize, Electric Department representative Dillon Gardner, Hillside Cemetery Sexton Jason McGrew, Parks & Recreation Supervisor John Blue, Human Resources Manager Renea Harris, Codes Enforcement Manager Jimmy New, Brent Bruehl Golf Course Director John McCurdy, Utility Billing Manager Brent Wilson.

The City Manager presented the Purcell City Staff Advisement on COVID-19 and its effects on City and Public Works services. Much of the time was spent in discussion and planning how to best serve the people most vulnerable to the virus. The document will be shared with the public and updated as more information is known internationally and locally.

The decision was made to close the Multi-Purpose Center. All indoor activities operating for the public there were cancelled. A posting was made on the Parks & Recreation Facebook page. No limits on outdoor activity in the Purcell Parks. Playground equipment will not be sterilized by City employees. Call 405-527-7227 if you have questions.

The Municipal Court is considering changes to its schedule. Call 405-527-4616 with questions.

Small adjustments were made to first responder procedures in order to reduce risk to staff and still provide essential protection to citizens.

Staff will increase the cleaning of high contact surfaces at public buildings.

Employees were reminded that they cannot protect the public if they are not healthy. As always, if an employee is sick with a fever, sore throat or other indicator of a contagious illness they are not to come to work and they should seek medical advice from a physician.

Meeting attendees were cautioned about gathering in public places and to keep a six foot personal separation. The group members were encouraged to order out from Purcell restaurants and patronage local retailers when possible rather than purchase online.

The plans were shared with Mayor Ted Cox, Vice Mayor Danny Jacobs, Councilman Graham Fishburn, Councilwoman Theda Engert and Councilman Jay Tate.

Although not yet implemented, management may later announce that City of Purcell Public Works Authority utility payments (electric, water, sewer, trash) cannot be made inside City HallUntil that limitation is decided, customers are reminded that they do not need to go inside City Hall. Utility payments can be

  • placed in the drop box outside City Hall (check or money order only, no cash),
  • mailed (check or money order only, no cash),
  • use bank’s bill pay program,
  • by automatic debit (call to get instructions), and
  • online by credit or debit card through the https://purcellok.gov How Do I . . . Pay / Utility Bill Payment website link to The Payment Group. Fees may apply.

Those are the only payment methods recommended. Call 405-527-6561 with questions.

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