City of Portageville adjusts city events

Monday, March 16, 2020

PORTAGEVILLE, Mo. — The Portageville Board of Aldermen released a statement Monday, responding to the continuing developments in the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.

According to the statement, the Portageville Municipal Court will continue all cases on its April docket until its May 7 court date.

Also, all unnecessary meetings of city boards (Planning and Zoning, Park Board, etc.) will be suspended until May 11. The Portageville Board of Aldermen will meet on the first Monday of the month; however, with essential personnel only in attendance. While the meeting will not be “closed” to the public, the Board is asking that citizens refrain from attending unless necessary. The Portageville Board of Aldermen will attempt to live stream the meeting on their Facebook page.

The statement said that all Portageville summer baseball and softball leagues will be delayed as well. Teams will not hold organized practices until April 6 and opening games will be delayed until May 11. In addition, no scrimmage games will be allowed, in accordance with the Center for Disease Control recommendations.

All other city services, such as City Hall, Street/Water/Sewer/Trash, etc., will operate as normal. According to the statement, city officials will monitor the ongoing pandemic situation and adjust operations to ensure continued service to customers while being mindful that their primary goal is the safety and well-being of citizens and employees.

“It should be noted that these measures are being taken out of an abundance of caution,” the release said. “The City of Portageville is not aware of any confirmed cases of COVID-19 in our community or within the surrounding areas. These measures are being taken after consultation with Federal, state and county officials as well as medical professionals. These measures allow us to be proactive to the changing situation rather than reactive.”

The release encourages all Portageville citizens to follow the guidelines of the CDC control recommendations, including avoiding large crowds, frequently washing hands, avoiding touching your face, eyes, nose and mouth and practicing “social distancing.”

Anyone who develops a fever over 100 degrees with a persistent cough, difficulty breathing or other flu like symptoms should contact their local medical provider or the New Madrid County Health Department immediately while avoiding contact with others.

“One of the greatest qualities about the City of Portageville and its people has always been how we come together as a community during tough times,” the release said. “This community, whether faced with flood, severe weather, ice storms or personal tragedies, has always rallied behind those affected and persevered. We will so again with this challenge. As always, look out for your loved ones and neighbors. Check on our most vulnerable citizens. Follow the guidance from experts and government officials.

“Be prepared but do not be scared. This is but one more challenge that this amazing City will face and ultimately conquer.”

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