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Posted on: March 17, 2020

COVID-19 Update: City of Inver Grove Heights declares State of Emergency

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City of Inver Grove Heights Declares State of Emergency in response to COVID-19

City Hall and Veterans Memorial Community Center closed to the public through April 17; Essential city services will still be provided

To our Inver Grove Heights community,

COVID-19 has changed the landscape for all Minnesotans, and we as a city have been carefully considering what is best for our community and our staff and their families at this time. 

In response to the latest decision by the Governor, which closed schools across the State, Mayor George Tourville has made a Declaration of a State of Emergency for the City of Inver Grove Heights. This enables the city to put into motion our Emergency Management Plan as we navigate this quickly evolving situation while continuing to protect and serve our residents.

Out of an abundance of caution and care for our staff and community, and in alignment with the recommendations of the Minnesota Department of Health (MDH), we will be closing City Hall offices to the public for 30 days through Friday, April 17.  Please note that this closure applies to City Hall, Police Department, Fire Department, Public Works Facility and the Veterans Memorial Community Center (VMCC), as well as Inver Wood Golf Course.

We want to assure our residents that this closure to the public will not affect essential city services, such as Police Department and Fire Department responses, and city water and sewer services. 

Essential City Services

This closure to the public will not affect essential city services, such as Police Department and Fire Department responses, and city water and sewer services. City Staff will be available via phone at 651-450-2500 or by email to help with service requests.

Public Safety

If you need police, fire or emergency medical services response--emergency or non-emergency--dial 911. For general public safety inquiries, contact the IGH Police Department at 651-450-2525.

Utilities

Residents who want to pay their utility bills should use the online portal: www.municipalonlinepayments.com/invergroveheightsmn

Residential Building Inspections

Building inspections that take place inside a residence have been suspended until further notice. Inspections on residential permits for exterior improvements such as roofs, siding and decks will continue through April 17 but are subject to change.

Commercial Inspections

Commercial inspections will continue for unoccupied structures and spaces (new buildings and tenant remodels) through April 17 but are subject to change.

Permitting Process

Permits that do not require a plan review (i.e. furnace, water heater, AC, water softener) can be secured and paid for through the Inver Grove Heights online portal: https://cv.invergroveheights.org/cityviewportal

Inspection staff are available by phone at 651-450-2550 for consultations during this time, or via e-mail at permits@invergroveheights.org

Parks & Recreation

The closure impacts all Parks & Recreation programming, which are canceled for the duration of the 30-day closure to the public. Participants will be contacted by Parks & Recreation staff within the next week regarding membership, rental and registrations for programs that are taking place during this period.

We will also keep the Inver Wood Golf Course CLOSED until further notice.

If the weather permits and the golf course and/or driving range can be safely made available for play, after the 30 day city closure period announced yesterday, we will evaluate this option and communicate this information.

COVID-19 Updates

We also want to assure you that, as news about COVID-19 and impacts to our city change, we will continue to provide you with accurate information as quickly as possible via this COVID-19 web page and our social media pages.

All city staff members share a deep commitment to Inver Grove Heights and the residents they serve. If you have any questions regarding city services, please contact us at 651-450-2500

If you have any questions regarding COVID-19, please contact the MDH COVID-19 Hotline, open 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. every day, at 651-201-3920.

We are all in this together. Remember, the best ways to keep you and your family safe:

  • Wash your hands frequently
  • Avoid touching your face
  • Stay home whenever possible, and especially if you’re sick

Take care.

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