Hillsboro City Hall public doors closed but public still served

According to City Administrator Larry Paine, the public doors to City Hall closed as of 2 p.m. on Friday.

“We are doing this out of precaution for our employees that serve the community. We can’t do this if we are sick. There are a lot of people depending on the work we do. Our action is taken with the view that “flattening the curve” is a real and valid objective. The more we are able to curtail the spread of the coronavirus the sooner we will be able to get back to living as we have in the past,” said Paine.

He went on to explain that for now, there is little need for the public to go to city hall.

“We are between utility billing cycles. We will be asking the public to pay their bills by dropping their payments in the drop box at city hall’s front door. The public can call our office and we can process payment by credit card,” said Paine. “If people have to talk with us, we are encouraging them to call the office first to see if we can resolve issues that way.”

Paine said he cannot say how long they will be closed.

“When we see normalcy happening with the control of the virus. We will take our lead from the CDC, KDHE and the county health officer. We want everyone to remember the things that will control the virus. Be safe, be sane, use good common sense and we will get through this,” said Paine.