City hall, recreation activities remain closed

The Level Plains City Council meetings are being held at the city’s community center in accordance with the COVID-19 social distancing mandates. Clockwise, from front left, are Councilmen Gregory Eldridge, Phillip Cole and Ronnie Thompson, City Clerk Heather Furniss, Mayor Bruce Grantham and council members Leeanne Mohler and James Bullinger.

A decision to keep the city government building and recreational facilities closed was made at the Level Plains City Hall meeting July 21.

Meeting at the community center in accordance with the COVID-19 social distancing mandates, the council opted to keep the current closures and revisit the issue or reopening when the number of pandemic victims in the area lessen.

The city of Level Plains moved all council meetings from city hall to the Level Plains Community Center located at 47 Z Street near the intersection with Dale County Road 1 after Gov. Kay Ivey’s March 27 order as the state expanded its efforts to stem the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic.

The move was made to accommodate social distancing and to help protect the public and city officials.

To make water bill payments, bill stubs and checks can be put in an envelope and placed in the Red Drop Box on the pole outside the city hall door.

Those preferring to pay water bills by debit or credit card may call (334) 347-0422.

For police assistance, dispatch can be reached at (334) 598-3233.

Also per Ivey’s order, “activities on commercial or public playgrounds will cease.” This closure includes the playgrounds, tennis courts, ball fields, basketball court and the walking path. City police will enforce the closure and violators are subject to citations and fines.

Level Plains Police Chief Keith Gray told the council that the statewide mask mandate issued by the governor July 15 requiring that masks being worn in public spaces is being enforced in the city and encouraged all citizens to comply with the required covering of nose and mouth.

Gray also introduced William Bradley and Cody Small as the city’s newest police officers and told the council that James Carcache has been rehired as a part time police officer.

The Level Plains City Council meetings are held on the first and third Tuesdays of each month at 6 p.m. The next meeting is Aug. 4. The meeting is open to the public.

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