City of Dell Rapids Covid-19 Response Plan

COVID-19 Response - Dell Rapids Community Plan

The City encourages the public to follow these mitigation activities:

  • The City encourages the public to limit social interactions, use proper handwashing and excellent hygiene to limit spread of disease
  • The City encourages local businesses, organizations, and faith-based communities to take precautions to limit spread of disease, and follow CDC and State guidance on continuing business operations
  • The City encourages community groups and organizations to postpone events and large gatherings until further notice. The City encourages these groups to follow the CDC  and State guidelines as they are announced to the public.
  • The City encourages residents to take common sense precautions to limit social interaction, such as limiting non-essential trips to counties with known confirmed cases of Coronavirus, including Sioux Falls.
  • The City encourages the public to sign up for City of Dell Rapids Text Alerts. Text “Dells” to (605) 206-2927.  Updated information on closings and other City and community related matters will be distributed through text messaging, the City Website and City Facebook page. 
  • The City encourages anyone needing assistance in their homes related to self-quarantining to contact the 211 Helpline Center whose mission is connecting individuals to resources and support.  211 will direct you to the appropriate community organizations for assistance.  A website is currently being developed for the purpose of taking requests for assistance, gathering volunteers and accepting donations. The City will release this information when it is established. 

 

Continuity of Operations:  The City’s main focus is to continue to provide essential services to our residents.  The essential services of sanitary sewer, drinking water and transportation services will be the top priority for the City of Dell Rapids. The City will coordinate Law Enforcement services with Minnehaha County Sherriff’s Department, Emergency Services with Minnehaha County Emergency Management, Ambulance Services with the Dell Rapids Ambulance Department and Fire/EMS Services with the Dell Rapids Volunteer Fire Department.   While reported cases in South Dakota remain limited, the City is adopting the following plans:

 

Until a case of Coronavirus is confirmed in Dell Rapids:

Finance/Administration. 

  • Encourage the public to pay utility bills or other fees on the City’s website www.cityofdellrapids.com or over the phone.  Individuals needing assistance in doing so should contact City Hall at 605.428.3595.  An announcement has been posted on the door of City Hall and placed on social media and the website. 
  • Encourage customers to utilize the Drop Box in front of City Hall.
  • Front Desk personnel will use precautions for all public interactions, such as taking payments for utilities or other services. 
  • Work stations, restrooms, counters, and door handles will be wiped down with a disinfecting wipe or solution throughout the day and each evening.

Public Works

  • Limit close contact with members of the public during your work day. 
  • Vehicle handles, steering wheels, building doors, work stations, will be wiped down with a disinfecting wipe or solution throughout the day and each evening.
  • The Rubble Site will open as planned in late March to mid-April.

Library

  • The Dell Rapids Carnegie Library is closed to the public until further notice.
  • The Library staff is planning on-line based resources for story time and other events. Please follow the Library Facebook and webpage for updates on these activities.

Parks and Recreation

  • The opening of the Swimming Pool will be analyzed as this situation develops.
  • The Campground requires upgrades and maintenance following the Fall flood. The opening of the Campground will be monitored and an opening date announced.
  • Preparations of the park for ball games and community events will continue as planned.

 

Building Permits/Inspections

  • Inspections will continue as planned. Personnel will utilize gloves and respect social spacing in conducting all inspections.

 

Public Meetings and Events

  • Swimming Lessons Summer Sign-Up – A date for the Swimming Lessons sign up has not been set but will be established towards the end of May.
  • City Council and Planning Commission Meetings.  City Council and Planning Commission meetings will continue as scheduled.  However, residents are encouraged to attend these meetings virtually through the live streaming services provided by Big Sioux Media.  Residents wishing to speak during public comment are encouraged to submit statements or comments in advance to be read on their behalf and/or distributed to the City Council. 
  • Library Story Time and other Events – Please check the Library website as Facebook Live streaming events will be scheduled for public access.
  • Non-essential employee travel will be suspended.

 

 

 

When a case of Coronavirus is confirmed in Dell Rapids:

When a case is confirmed in Dell Rapids, the City will respond based on the availability of essential and non-essential personnel.  This determination is not a decision as to the worth of a position, but rather the necessity of that position’s services during times of emergency.  The following table provides a determination of which personnel fall into which category:

 

Determination of Essential/Non-Essential Staff

Essential

Non-Essential

City Administrator

Utility Billing Clerk

Finance Officer

Building Inspector/Code Enforcement

Public Works Director

Public Works Equipment Operator

WWTF Operators          

Library Director and Full Time Librarians

   
   

 

Protection of the City Personnel is a main focus of City Administration.  All personnel who are not sick or showing symptoms will continue to work, either at their duty station or remotely. DO NOT Come to work if you have any symptoms. Self-quarantine is mandatory for any City employee with symptoms. 

 

General Guidelines for all employees:

  1. If an employee is well and healthy they should report to work.
  2. If an employee is well and healthy and they want to stay home to home with their family who is well and healthy they need to use vacation or comp time.
  3. If an employee is sick they need to stay home and contact their medical provider. Employees will need to get written clearance from their medical provider that they are healthy and can return to work inf any of their symptoms are associated with the COVID-19 virus (cough, fever, etc.)
  4. Effective immediately, until further notice, the use of sick leave is not required during these conditions. In the case an employee has an illness related or unrelated to the COVID-19 illness they will not be charged sick leave.   Full-Time employees will be paid regardless of cases related to Corona Virus in an effort to minimize our Staff’s exposure. 

Non-essential Personnel who are sick will be required to stay at home upon the onset of symptoms similar to those of Coronavirus.  The  Employees will return to work once they are symptom-free for at least 24 hours with a doctors note.


Essential Personnel who show symptoms will be not be allowed to work in a City Facility. They will be instructed to be self-quarantine. If the essential employee has the physical ability to work remotely, they will be encouraged to continue to work from home as needed. 

 

Finance/Administration. 

  • City Hall will be closed to the general public
  • Non-essential personnel may be required to stay home
  • Staff will work remotely to the extent possible
  • Work stations, restrooms, counters, and door handles will be wiped down with a disinfecting wipe or solution throughout the day and each evening.
  • The City will require the public to pay utility bills or other fees online or over the phone, and to complete any city-related business remotely whenever possible. 

Public Works

  • Limit close contact with members of the public during your work day. 
  • Vehicle handles, steering wheels, building doors, work stations, will be wiped down with a disinfecting wipe or solution throughout the day and each evening

 

Ambulance

  • The City is coordinating essential Ambulance service with the Dell Rapids Ambulance service.
  • The Dell Rapids Ambulance will implement the following protocols; Masks, gowns, goggles, and gloves will be worn on all medical calls until further notice.
  •  Ambulances will be wiped down with a disinfecting wipe or solution after each call
  •  Ambulances transporting suspected cases of Coronavirus will remove the vehicle from service for a minimum of two hours. 

Police

  • The City is coordinating essential policing services with the Minnehaha County Sherriff’s Department.

Fire

  • The City is coordinating essential fire and rescue services with the Dell Rapids Volunteer Fire Department.
  • The Fire Department will respond only to medical calls that involve trauma or need immediate life-saving measures.  In such instances, responding officers will use gloves and masks

 

Library

  • The Dell Rapids Carnegie Library is closed to the public until further notice

Parks and Recreation

  • Recreation programs will be postponed for the immediate future
  • Swimming Pool opening will be discussed in weeks prior to scheduled opening
  • The Campground requires upgrades and maintenance following the Fall flood. The opening of the Campground will be monitored and an opening date announced

 

Building Services

o   The City may consider suspending on-site inspections. This will be analyzed as the situation develops.

  • Permit reviews, ordinance revisions, and other standard work will continue remotely.

 

Public Meetings and Events Limitations

  • Summer Swimming Lessons Sign-Up – The City will handle this through the online portal. A date for the even will be posted on the City website.
  • City Council and Planning Commission Meetings.  City Council and Planning Commission meetings will continue as scheduled.  However, residents are encouraged to attend these meetings virtually through Big Sioux Media.  Residents wishing to speak during public comment will be permitted to submit statements or comments in advance to be read on their behalf and/or distributed to the City Council.  Department Heads will not be required to attend these meetings.
  • Library Story Time – Story time is cancelled.
  • Non-essential employee travel will be suspended.

 

CITY SERVICE CONTACT PHONE NUMBERS:

CITY HALL (605) 428-3595

CITY ADMINISTRATOR CELL PHONE (605) 670-4723    

PUBLIC WORKS DIRECTOR  (605) 428-3160

BUILDING INSPECTOR (605) 321-9011