Pittsburg closes public facilities, cancels events.

Pittsburg City Manager Daron Hall spoke to us about the city’s response to the Coronavirus on March 18th.

 

Contact: Public Information Manager Sarah Runyon at (620) 687-0073 or sarah.runyon@pittks.org.  

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: March 16, 2020

Pittsburg City Manager releases statement on city’s response to coronavirus 

PITTSBURG, KS – On Monday, March 16, 2020, Pittsburg City Manager Daron Hall released the following statement on the city’s response to the COVID-19 coronavirus:

The City of Pittsburg is taking proactive measures to help prevent the spread of the COVID-19 coronavirus and protect our community from exposure. Our partners at the Kansas Department of Health and Environment (KDHE), the Kansas State Department of Education (KSDE), the Crawford County Health Department (CCHD) and the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) are providing us with clear direction for managing key aspects of our lives. I urge each citizen to take this situation seriously, while remaining calm and acting in a decent, respectful, and compassionate manner towards one another.  

We are taking steps to continue to provide critical city services and support to our local residents, their families and Pittsburg’s business community. Those in our service and hospitality industries rely on tips and wages to support themselves and their families. If you and your family are healthy, it’s a great time to order delivery and pick up services from our local restaurants, and order online from our local retail stores. 

In the meantime, please know that the City of Pittsburg will remain open, while emphasizing the safety of our employees. Our number one responsibility is the safety and wellbeing of our citizens and staff. We continue to operate 24 hours a day, seven days a week, providing emergency and utility services around the clock for you.   

For updates and information please visit our web site at pittks.org, go to our social media pages, or look for updates on Craw-Kan Channel 406 and Cox Channel 6.  

In your service, 

Daron Hall
Pittsburg City Manager

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The mission of the City of Pittsburg is to provide exceptional services, facilities and activities with integrity, professionalism, excellent customer service and a commitment to economic vitality.

 

Media Advisory 620-724-6115
Office of the Crawford County Clerk Don Pyle, County Clerk
This media advisory is sent out to media outlets to help communicate to citizens of
Crawford County the services that will not be available temporarily due to the
Coronavirus outbreak. Please help us to inform the public of these changes.
Crawford County Closes To The Public
The Crawford County Courthouse in Girard and the Motor Vehicle Office at the Judicial
Center in Pittsburg will be closed to the public until Monday, March 30, 2020.
Beginning on Monday, March 30, the public will be screened at the entrance to the
Courthouse in Girard and to the Judicial Center in Pittsburg. The public is encouraged to
do business with county offices by mail, online or by telephone until further notice. For
more information please call 620-724-6115 or visit the county website at
www.crawfordcountykansas.org .
The Crawford County Health Department remains open for services and you should
call ahead to 620-231-5411 for an appointment.

 

Crawford County Closes To The Public

The Crawford County Courthouse in Girard and the Motor Vehicle Office at the Judicial
Center in Pittsburg will be closed to the public until Monday, March 30, 2020.
Beginning on Monday, March 30, the public will be screened at the entrance to the
Courthouse in Girard and to the Judicial Center in Pittsburg. The public is encouraged to
do business with county offices by mail, online or by telephone until further notice. For
more information please call 620-724-6115 or visit the county website at
www.crawfordcountykansas.org .
The Crawford County Health Department remains open for services and you should
call ahead to 620-231-5411 for an appointment.

City of Pittsburg urges residents: don’t flush these materials down the toilet

 

PITTSBURG, KS – Local utility officials are urging residents not to flush materials other than toilet paper down the toilet.

Fears over the coronavirus (COVID-19) have caused many shoppers to begin panic-buying, making household essentials like toilet paper scarce. During this shortage, people may be tempted to flush other materials such as paper towels, tissues, napkins or baby wipes down the commode.

Unlike toilet paper, these materials cannot disintegrate properly, which can clog sewer pipes, cause sewer line breaks, and put a strain on our local wastewater treatment facility. Even “flushable” wipes can lead to sewer backups.

Never flush these items down the drain – put them in the trash instead:

  • Baby/facial/cleaning wipes
  • Tampons
  • Sanitary napkins
  • Medication
  • Hair
  • Dental floss
  • Cotton swabs/balls
  • Bandages
  • Rags & Towels
  • Rubber Items (like latex gloves)
  • Plastic Items
  • Paper towels
  • Tissues

Contact: Public Information Manager Sarah Runyon at (620) 687-0073 or sarah.runyon@pittks.org.  

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: March 16, 2020

City of Pittsburg closes some public facilities, cancels events in response to coronavirus

PITTSBURG, KS – In an abundance of public caution, the City of Pittsburg is taking several proactive steps to combat the spread of the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19), including closing some public facilities and cancelling or postponing public events. City officials plan to reevaluate the situation daily and make adjustments as needed. 

Public meetings will be postponed for 30 days, with the exception of the March 23 Planning Commission/Board of Zoning Appeals meeting, and the March 24 City Commission meeting. 

City commissioners may participate remotely by conference call. We encourage citizens to watch commission meetings using one of the following public access channels:

  • Live broadcast: Every second and fourth Tuesday at 5:30 pm on Cox Channel 6, Craw-Kan Channel 406, and YouTube. To find the City’s YouTube channel, visit pittks.org/YouTube
  • Rebroadcast: City commission meetings are re-broadcast in the days following the meeting on Cox Channel 6 and Craw-Kan Channel 406 at 6:00 am, 12:00 pm, 6:00 pm, and 9:00 pm. Meeting videos are also posted to the city’s website at pittks.org/city-government, and on YouTube.

City Hall operations will remain open at this time. However, we are urging utility customers, building contractors and residents to refrain from visiting city offices in-person unless absolutely necessary. The City of Pittsburg provides many services over the phone and online, and we encourage people to use these convenient resources to protect themselves, their families and others.

Street maintenance operations: All scheduled street projects will continue as weather allows. 

Utility shutoffs: Water utility shutoffs will be suspended for one month/payment cycle. Customers must still pay for the water services used during this period but they will not lose water service.  

Starting new water utility services: The City is waiving the requirement that customers come to City Hall in person to create a new account or start new water service. Call (620) 231-4100 to speak to a Customer Service Representative. 

Business licenses can be obtained online at pittks.org. For assistance, call Customer Service at (620) 231-4100. 

Building permits can be obtained online at pittks.org. For assistance, call the Public Works Department at (620) 231-4170. 

Paying your water utility bill: 

  • Visit pittks.org, click on “Pay A Bill” and log in to your online account.
  • Call (620) 231-4100 and press 1 to make a payment over the phone with the City’s 24/7 automated system.
  • Those who prefer paying with a check can use the drop box on the south side of City Hall at 201 W. 4th St., or mail their payment to P.O. Box 688, Pittsburg, KS 66762.
  • To talk with a customer service specialist, call (620) 231-4100 between the hours of 8:00 am and 5:00 pm, Monday through Friday.

Pittsburg Police Department Services:

  • Municipal Court is closed effective immediately and until April 15. Those who have a first appearance scheduled between March 18 – April 15 will be notified by mail of their new court date. 
  • To pay your fine, use the drop box on the outside of the law enforcement center building and a receipt will be mailed to you. 
  • Finger printing services relating to employment applications will cease until further notice.

 

City facility closures:

  • Golf course – will remain open 
  • City Hall – will remain open
  • Municipal Court – closed to the public
  • Lincoln Center – closed to the public 
  • Pittsburg Public Library – closed to the public 
  • Memorial Auditorium – closed to the public
  • City ballfields – closed to the public

 

Cancelled/postponed events (through March 30):

  • All Parks & Recreation games, programs, events, classes and camps 
  • Imagine Pittsburg 2030 Community Conversation (March 19)
  • Senior Citizens Club dates
  • The Pittsburg Police Department Citizens’ Academy – postponed four weeks 
  • All training conferences or other events scheduled at Fire Station No. 1 
  • Upcoming Kansas Works and Business Education Alliance events 
  • All Memorial Auditorium events 

 

Additional dates postponed/cancelled: 

  • City of Pittsburg Employee Safety Fair (April 9) 
  • Earth Day Celebration (April 18) 
  • Just Another Mudder (April 18) 
  • Farmers’ Market Opening Day (April 18) 
  • The State of the City Luncheon (April 23) 

 

For up-to-date information about COVID-19, go to the following websites: 

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention:  https://www.cdc.gov
Kansas Department of Health and Environment: http://www.kdheks.gov.  

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The mission of the City of Pittsburg is to provide exceptional services, facilities and activities with integrity, professionalism, excellent customer service and a commitment to economic vitality.