Government Shutdown and Communications

By Sue Moore

The Vicksburg Village Hall is closed to the public until further notice due to COVID-19.

All essential services of the Police Department and Department of Public Works remain available.

Utility payments may be made via the lockbox in the door at Village Hall, by mail or online via the Utility Payments link on the website http://www.vicksburgmi.org. Phone numbers: emergency: 911; Vicksburg Police Department: 269-649-1144; Vicksburg Village Hall: 269-649-1919;

The Village Council will hold its scheduled meeting on April 20, The April 6 meeting had been cancelled due to spring break. However, the village will be cancelling all other governmental meetings throughout the months of March and April.

The village manager will be scheduling one-on-one contacts via telephone with members of the Village Council and Planning Commission throughout the week.

From Cheri Lutz, village of Schoolcraft manager

“We have instituted safety precautions for our staff in accordance with CDC recommendations. Last Tuesday (March 17), we closed our doors to the public, and I am getting updated information out to the general public as quickly as it comes in via social media and our website. We are able to work remotely from home and will begin doing that March 24. The Police Department will be open but they are requesting that people call with questions, complaints, etc. I think that we are as prepared as we can be under the circumstances and will modify our operations as needed.”

Vicksburg Post Office, Travis Graham via SaBrina Todd in the Lansing office.

The Postal Service is an essential service for purposes of its compliance with state or municipality shelter-in-place orders or other social distancing restrictions. The Postal Service delivers medications, social security checks, and is the leading delivery service for on-line purchases.

To reduce health risks, we also are temporarily modifying customer signature capture procedures. While maintaining a safe, appropriate distance, employees will request the customer’s first initial and last name so that the employee can enter the information on the electronic screen or hard copy items such as return receipts, PS Forms 3811 and 3829. For increased safety, employees will politely ask the customer to step back a safe distance or close the screen door/door so that they may leave the item in the mail receptacle or appropriate location by the customer door.

From Brady Township Supervisor, Tracy Locey

Brady Township has postponed its regular meeting from 4/8/2020 to 4/22/2020. The office is closed to the public, however the Supervisor, Clerk and Treasurer are going to the office to complete statutory duties with only one person in the office at a time. They are available by email which they are monitoring daily or by voice message.

From Schoolcraft Township Supervisor, Don Ulsh

“We are not allowing the public in the township hall, however we have manned all our offices for our usual hours, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. We are considering going to 9 a.m.-1 p.m. because we really don’t have any folks coming by after that time. Our contact numbers will be available if someone really needs to talk to one of us. We will be having a special meeting on March 31 at 10 a.m. to approve our 2020-2021 budget. In addition, we will be having our regular meeting on April 14.”. We will have the door unlocked and anyone that wishes to attend can. However, we will be insisting on everyone, including the board, be seated 6 feet apart. There will be a notice on our door and on our website.

From John Speeter, Pavilion Township Supervisor

“Pavilion Township has closed our office to the public in compliance with the Governor’s EO 2020-2021. Our elected officials are working in shifts to offer services to Pavilion residents. E-mails and phone messages are being returned promptly. Going forward, our Board meetings will be held using telecommunication technology. Residents are asked to monitor our website for notices and cancellations. (www.paviliontownship.com)”

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