City halls close to public while townships work to limit contact

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ARENAC COUNTY— City halls, including Au Gres, Standish, and Omer, have closed to the public due to the current Covid-19 concerns and townships are working towards limiting contact.

The City of Au Gres hall is currently operating through drive-thru only, or the public can call to make an appointment, according to clerk LaVonne Pritchard. 

“We are still here answering phones and working the drive-thru to help people,” said Pritchard. “People have been understanding.” 

The next city meeting is not until April, so they are unsure if it will happen in person or be held remotely yet. 

The City of Standish hall limited public access to the City of Standish municipal offices, Department of Public Works and the Water and Sewer departments until further notice. Payments may be mailed, submitted online, or dropped off in the drop box located on the left side of the City of Standish offices main entrance door. Appointments can be made for in-person meetings. 

The City of Omer has closed its doors as of March 23 to the public for three weeks and no council meetings will be held in that time. There will be someone to answer phone calls at the hall. 

Townships are also facing the effects of Covid-19 and are still trying to figure out how to move forward in the upcoming month. 

According to clerk, Shara Klenk, Standish Township Hall is now closed and not available to rent. The April 6 planning meeting has been cancelled. As of right now, the board meeting planned for the second Monday of April will still be held, but may be held electronically. “We got our budget done last month,” said Klenk. “If we need to, we would cancel our meeting next month. We don’t have anything pressing to discuss.”

Clayton Township clerk, Robyn Fogarasi said they will still hold their budget meeting and are looking into a way to broadcast meetings electronically. 

The state is changing by the minute, so many townships are waiting until their meeting dates get a little closer to see if they need to hold them electronically and figure out how to move forward.


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