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Cleanup Day postponed until late summer

The City-Wide Cleanup Day will be likely be held a little later in the year due to the COVID-19 pandemic and the challenge of rescheduling and finding an alternate location.

Usually held in early June at the Webster City Middle School parking lot, the City Council of Webster City decided Monday night to push the event to a later date.

The council discussed moving the event to August or September, but with school likely starting in August, the event might have to be moved to a different drop off spot.

“I’d prefer to push it back,” said Councilman Brian Miller. “We can always find a different spot if we have to.”

“I think September sounds good to me,” said Councilman Matt McKinney.

Mayor John Hawkins suggested the event could be moved to the area behind the Elks building, but street department officials suggested that could interfere with the truck route.

Another idea suggested was to use Nokomis Park parking lot and baseball diamonds.

The council decided to continue discussions on a date and location.

The transition plan to get the city offices back open was also discussed.

The plan outlines that the street, line and public grounds departments will return to work in teams on a staggered schedule. The water and wastewater plant crews will remain at the assigned plant to limit exposure as must as possible. Break times will not be taken together, and disinfecting processes will be in full force, according to the plan.

Police department dispatch will remain on the 7-days on, 7-days off schedule and will re-evaluate the schedule prior to June 1. The recreation department will continue a rotation and will also re-evaluate prior to June 1.

The administrative offices will continue a rotation basis, with individuals working from home on their “out of office rotation,” and will re-evaluate before June 1.

All the departments and buildings will remain closed to the public. According to city officials, that will be the last phase of reopening and will be based on the circumstances at the time.

The council also heard a proclamation declaring Monday, May 25 as Memorial Day in Webster City. American Legion Commander Rich Stroner told the council that the traditional Memorial Day services will not be held in person. A ceremony will be broadcast at 11 a.m. on KQWC radio, followed by a parade of vehicles with flags around the community.

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