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WDM City Hall and other City buildings to close to the public on March 19

Post Date:03/18/2020 10:54 AM
West Des Moines Mayor Steve Gaer signed a proclamation on Wednesday, March 18, that authorizes City Manager Tom Hadden to take all actions necessary to provide for the public health, safety and welfare of employees and the citizens of West Des Moines.

As a result of this action, Hadden announced that City Hall will be closed to the public on Thursday, March 19, at 8 a.m. The closure is tentatively scheduled to end in mid to late April. Although some City staff will be working from home, Hadden said an appropriate number of employees will be working in the building during shifts to answer phones and conduct business online with residents.

“All our employees will be following CDC social distancing guidelines and recommendations because we want to make sure we’re doing everything at work and at home to slow down and prevent the spread of this virus,” he said.

In addition to closing public access to City Hall, the Public Services building at 560 South 16th Street, the Raccoon River Park Nature Lodge and the Valley Junction Activity Center will be closed to the public. Although the front lobby of the Police Station will remain open to the public during regular business hours, residents are encouraged to use online services when appropriate.

Hadden said public safety employees (Police, Fire and Emergency Medical Services) are following their emergency plans and stand ready to provide necessary services to residents. He added that the City has been heavily engaged with state and county public health officials to ensure planning efforts are well coordinated.

Citizens are encouraged to conduct business with the City by phone or by visiting the City’s website at to access services online.

The Mayor’s proclamation will terminate on Tuesday, March 31, 2020, at 5 p.m. unless it is extended as part of the City’s ongoing response to protect public health and safety. The proclamation may be modified or superseded at any time as circumstances warrant. Update: This proclamation has been extended until April 16.

This action by West Des Moines officials follows Governor Kim Reynold’s decision on March 17 to declare a State of Public Health Disaster Emergency, which activated the public health response and recovery aspects of the State Disaster Emergency Plan.

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