The Governor is holding a press release today, April 30th, at 6:30pm regarding what opening up Kansas will look like.
This will be available live via television, radio, and on Facebook. As we wait to hear what her plan for the next few weeks looks like, and then whether Douglas County's Unified Command will choose to release additional local guidelines, here's a look at what Baldwin City is currently doing.
We know everyone wants to know when things will open back up. We're collectively tired of life being so strange. Will we be able to walk into the Police Department or City Hall on Monday? When will the library reopen? What about playgrounds?
Our best answer really is we're not sure yet.
City Administration is working on ways to reopen our lobby areas safely, the Police Department is working on methods to safely restore services like VIN inspections, and Public Works...
Well, Public Works is ready for the long haul. Public Works Director Rob Culley sat down with his team in March and hashed out a plan that can work for an indefinite time period. City utilities and every day maintenance has to continue, no doubt about that. Employees need to feel safe and actually BE safe while doing their jobs also.
Here are a few of the changes they implemented and will continue as needed:
- 10 hour days, 4 days a week
- No congregating - lunches are quiet affairs in personal vehicles or outdoors
- One person per vehicle (no riding together)
- A checklist of questions filled out each morning for each employee, including logging temperature
- Constantly wiping down high touch areas
- Making their own disinfectant wipes to ensure supply
- Extra gloves, masks, hand sanitizer, and cleaning supplies distributed to personnel
- Social distancing and face coverings or masks in use whenever possible