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Now that Gov. Laura Kelly's stay-at-home order is in effect through April 19, Dodge City officials have taken additional steps for operations in certain areas.


The order from the governor stated that Kansans must remain at home unless going to work to perform an essential function; obtaining food, medicine or other household necessities; seeking medical care; caring for children, pets, family members or others or exercising outside or performing some other essential activity as described.


According to city manager Cherise Tieben, public safety, sanitation, and water/wastewater treatment operations will not be changed.


“While we are an essential service and will continue to serve our residents, we are opting to do as much as we can through telework,” said Tieben. “We want to comply with the spirit and intent of the governor’s stay-at-home order as much as possible and do our part in decreasing the spread of the virus.”


There have been changes for some of the city departments to allow employees to work from home and limit person-to-person interaction.


Online and email services remain the same.


"Rest assured that no essential city operations will halt during this time, and city staff continues to be available to serve our residents," Tieben said.


The new phone lines will be monitored during regular business hours. City staff will be available by email as well.


The temporary phone numbers for city departments for English and Spanish are as follows:


City Hall (English) — 620-253-3465


City Hall (Spanish) — 620-253-8031


Utility Billing (English) — 620-253-7533


Utility Billing (Spanish) — 620-253-6879


Municipal Court (English) — 620-253-0854


Municipal Court (Spanish) — 620-253-3457


Probation — 620-253-3467


Parks — 620-253-3458


Convention and Visitors Bureau — 620-253-3424


Engineering — 620-253-3456


Development Services — 620-253-4951


Public Works - Sanitation and Streets (English or Spanish) — 620-225-8170.


Visit www.dodgecity.org to find the temporary numbers for departments and staff emails as well.


To read Gov. Kelly's Executive Order #20-16, visit https://governor.kansas.gov/newsroom/.


Additional information regarding COVID-19 in Kansas can be found at https://govstatus.egov.com/coronavirus.


For questions on what is considered essential, the state has established an email where you can send inquiries at KEFF@ks.gov.


To contact the writer email vmarshall@dodgeglobe.com