RICHMOND – Due to rising COVID-19 cases in Madison County and across Kentucky, the city of Richmond has chosen to close City Hall to walk-in traffic until further notice, beginning Thursday, September 9, 2021, according to a press release sent out that day.
City Manager Rob Minerich told The Register the safety of citizens and city employees is paramount.
"As Madison County continues to have record numbers with the latest delta variant surge we have decided to limit meetings inside building to reduce exposure," he said. "Our first priority is the safety of our employees and citizens."
Anyone needing to conduct business at City Hall can schedule an appointment at 859- 623-1000 for general business, or 859-625-6404 for business related to the Codes Enforcement and Planning & Zoning Departments.
For anyone wishing to make a payment, a secure drop box is located in front of City Hall, to the left of the entrance, on the Third Street side of the building. This drop box is emptied every morning, Monday-Friday.
Additionally, until further notice, all Board meetings will be held virtually, via Zoom, starting with the Tuesday, September 14th Board of Commissioners Meeting, scheduled for 6:00 p.m. These meetings will be live streamed to the City’s Facebook Page (City of Richmond, KY – Community Information) for public viewing.
The released states the city will continue to monitor the situation and will update the public with any new information as it becomes available.
Despite these closures, as of Tuesday, the first annual Millstone Festival to be held in October is set to take place. The outdoor event was canceled last year — set to be the first annual event — due to COVID-19 concerns.
However, this could be subject to change following a festival committee meeting scheduled to take place on Friday, Sept. 10.
For more information, visit the city's Facebook page or website.