City Announces Plan for Reopening

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

MARTINSVILLE – Pursuant to Governor Eric Holcomb’s Executive Order 20-26 outlining the plan to reopen the state, Martinsville Mayor Kenny Costin has announced the city’s plan for reopening.

The mayor stated, “Obviously, all of the governor’s order applies to Martinsville; however, the order states that each city may determine its own plan for reopening local government.  Today, I am announcing our plan for Martinsville.”

Building Access

 Access to city hall will remain closed to the public until Monday, May 18.   After that date, it is recommended that only those persons with specific business to transact (such as paying fines, requesting reports, securing permits, etc.) or with pre-arranged appointments should enter city hall, using the Jefferson Street entrance.

The Clerk-Treasurer’s office will also open to the public on Monday, May 18; however, it will be necessary to ring the doorbell for entry.

The Building Inspector/Code Enforcement office will reopen to the public on Monday, May 18.  Office hours will be Monday-Friday, 8:00 AM – 12:00 PM and 1:00 PM – 4:00 PM.

The Sycamore Street door to the Water Utility Office will remain closed until further notice.  Those wishing to pay their utility bills may do so using the drive-up window or drop box on the north side of the building.  Online payments may be made through the city’s web site (Martinsville.in.gov).

The Fire Headquarters will also remain closed to public access and tours until further notice.  Should assistance be needed, there are intercoms at the doors and fire personnel will come to the door to provide aid.  Emergency fire service continues as always.

Public Meetings

Board of Works and Common Council.  On Monday, May 11, the Board of Works and Safety and the Common Council will meet virtually.  The public is invited to attend by going to the City of Martinsville Facebook page.  The meetings will begin at 6:30 PM and 7:00 PM, respectfully.

Due to the Memorial Day holiday, the Board of Works and Safety and the Common Council will meet on Tuesday, May 26th.  In accordance with Executive Order 20-26, the meeting will be open to the public for in-person attendance; however, it will be limited to 100 persons in attendance.  The meetings will begin at 6:30 PM and 7:00 PM, respectively.

Redevelopment Commission.  The regularly scheduled meeting of the Redevelopment Commission will take place on Wednesday, May 13 at 7:30 AM in the council chambers.  Attendance will be limited to the commission members, pertinent staff and public, up to a total attendance of 25.

Unsafe Building and Housing Authority.  The Unsafe Building and Housing Authority will meet on Wednesday, May 20th at 7:00 PM in the council chambers.  Again, attendance will be limited to the authority members, pertinent staff and public, up to a total attendance of 25.

Board of Zoning Appeals and Planning Commission.  As previous stated, due to the Memorial Day holiday, city meetings are being pushed back one day.  The Board of Zoning Appeals and Planning Commission will therefore meet on Wednesday, May 27th at 6:00 PM and 7:00 PM, respectively, in the council chamber.  The meeting will be open to the public for in-person attendance; however, it will be limited to 100 persons in attendance, pursuant to Executive Order 20-26.

City Court

City Court offices will open on Monday, May 18th to receive payment of fines and to answer questions regarding cases before the court.  Court hearings will resume on Wednesday, May 20th.

In announcing these openings, Mayor Costin stated that even though the buildings have been closed, the work of the city has continued through this pandemic.  He also stated that should there be changes in the progress of mitigating the coronavirus and/or should new executive orders be issued by governor, there could be modifications to planned openings of city buildings.

The mayor encourages all residents to continue to follow the directives outlined by the governor so that we may be fully reopened by July the 4th.  “Together, we can make this happen,” said the mayor.