City hall, courthouse to reopen Monday

Friday, May 29, 2020

LE MARS — The doors at city hall in Le Mars will once again reopen to the general public on Monday, June 1.

In addition, city council meetings will once again be made open to the public effective June 2.

The council chambers will be open to 50 percent capacity and will put in place the six-foot apart recommendation of the CDC.

City Administrator Jason Vacura said social distancing practices will also be put into place at the front office for those who decide to conduct their business in-person.

Vacura said the public is reminded they still have the option to handle their business matters either over the phone, online or via the U.S. Postal Service.

It was on March 18 when the city’s facilities were closed to the public due to the coronavirus pandemic.

The Plymouth County Courthouse will also reopen its doors to resume in-person service on Monday, June 1. Hours of operation will be from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

The public is still being encouraged to continue use county and court services online, or by phone, e-mail, or video conference and to continue to use the USPS mail as much as possible. The secure drop box will still be available in the north lower level for use on weekdays from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Plymouth County Auditor Stacey Feldman said it is still being recommended if at all possible, for the public to conduct their business with these alternative options and to use in person options at the courthouse if unable to otherwise, for the safety of the public and courthouse employees during the COVID-19 pandemic.

The State of Iowa Clerk of Court office on the third floor of the courthouse will also be open to the public from 8 a.m.to 4:30 p.m., beginning June 1.

At this time, the driver’s license department will operate by appointment only in the Courthouse Annex building on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays by calling 712-546-1663.

The County Zoning and Sanitarian offices located in the Courthouse Annex are only open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Wednesdays, and the Juvenile Court Services Office in the Courthouse Annex building is open from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday.

“We are asking the public to use common sense and not to enter the courthouse if they are sick with COVID-19 or have knowledge of being exposed to the coronavirus and need to quarantine,” Feldman said. “We also ask that you use the CDC and Public Health Department recommended sanitary guidance of protecting yourself while doing business in public places.

“Wearing of masks by the public is strongly recommended, upon entering the Plymouth County Courthouse. Social distancing standards of remaining six feet apart from other members of the public while waiting for services will be required. There will be social distance floor markings and signs to direct members of the public when seeking services at each of the respective departments.”

For those who choose to visit the courthouse, hand sanitizer will be available to the public upon entering.

Feldman also noted, temperatures will not be taken before entering the courthouse.

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