**PLEASE NOTE, THIS INFORMATION IS SUBJECT TO CHANGE AS THE SITUATION EVOLVES**
COURTHOUSE OPERATIONS UPDATE
After several weeks of limiting public access due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Cedar County Courthouse has reopened to the public and has returned to its regular access hours of 8:00am – 4:00pm, Monday through Friday.
Prior to traveling to the Courthouse to conduct business, members of the public need to be aware of several operational and policy changes for all individuals entering the building.
· If you have experienced coronavirus symptoms of fever, shortness of breath, cough, chills, muscle pain, headache, sore throat or new loss of taste or smell within the past 10 days, please postpone your visit to the Courthouse.
· If you are mildly ill, or caring for someone who is ill, please postpone your visit to the Courthouse.
· If you have had contact with someone who has tested positive for COVID-19, or travelled outside of the United States within the past 14 days, please postpone your visit to the Courthouse.
· All individuals entering the Courthouse will be subject to a temperature screening with a no contact thermometer. If your temperature reading is 100.0° or higher, access to the Courthouse will be denied.
· Facemasks are not required to enter the Courthouse, but the use of such masks is encouraged for the protection of others.
· Social distancing practices must be maintained while visiting the Courthouse.
· It is requested that only one person per transaction enter the Courthouse. Any additional individuals (including children) are requested to remain outside while Courthouse business is transacted.
· All persons entering the Courthouse will be asked to provide their name and the office with which they will be conducting business.
· If you visit the Courthouse, and subsequently (within 10 days) test positive for COVID-19, you are asked to call Cedar County Public Health at 563-886-2226.
· Some services may not be available due to Federal or State limitations. To verify that a specific service is available, it is advised to call the particular office that you wish to visit prior to traveling to the Courthouse.
Case Management 563-886-1726
Community Services 563-886-1726
Environmental Health 563-886-2248
Public Health 563-886-2226
Veteran’s Affairs 563-886-2170
Meetings of the Cedar County Board of Supervisors will again be available for public attendance starting with the meeting at 8:30am on June 9th. Social distancing measures will be observed.
Driver’s License services will be open 8:30am – 3:30pm, Monday through Thursday by appointment only. No drive tests will be available at this time. All other services at the Treasurer’s Offices are available by appointment only. Appointments can be made by calling the Treasurer’s office at 563-886-2557.
Please note that Courthouse capacity may be subject to a limited number of individuals to comply with all proclamation orders from Governor of Iowa. If this limitation is enacted, residents will be notified through postings on the Cedar County website (www.cedarcounty.org), the Cedar County COVID-19 newsletter (available at most post offices, gas stations and grocery stores within the County) and on the Cedar County COVID-19 Response website (www.cedarcountycovid19.org).
Cedar County Courthouse - HEARINGS/MEETINGS AT THE COURTHOUSE
The Cedar County Courthouse has reopened for meetings and public hearings at the courthouse. Social distancing requirements are in place. Please note that at this time, meetings are only able to be scheduled by Cedar County governmental entities; meetings typically held by other entitles are not available to be scheduled at this time. This is to ensure that a Cedar County Department is sponsoring the meetings and can ensure that all social distancing and other COVID-19 protective measures are met.
Cedar County Sheriff-
The Cedar County Sheriff is pleased to announce that the lobby of the Law Center has been reopened to the public for certain transactions that have been temporarily suspended due to the COVID-19 emergency. Cedar County residents can transact normal operations via the lobby window. It is recommended that residents visiting the Law Center wear a face mask. Individuals with sentenced mittimus can begin serving their sentences; if these sentences need to be rescheduled, individuals are encouraged to contact their attorney. Please note, inmate visiting is still restricted at this time. For questions, please call 563-886-2121.
CEDAR COUNTY ENGINEER
While the Cedar County Engineer’s Office is open to the public at the Courthouse, all secondary roads buildings and other district buildings remain closed to the public. Should you have questions about this policy, please contact the Engineer’s Office at 563-886-6102.
CEDAR COUNTY CONSERVATION
All campers (both self-contained and not) and tents are now welcome at all Cedar County campgrounds. All restrooms, shower facilities, and playgrounds are now open for use. Communal picnic tables and grills are open for use at your own risk. All visitors to Cedar County Conservation properties are asked to maintain proper social distancing.
Cedar County Conservation is now also taking reservations for park shelter rental. Those renting these facilities are encouraged to consider hosting smaller groups and implementing all social distancing recommendations. For more information, please call Cedar Valley Conservation at 563-886-6930.
Bennett - Library Open: Tuesday - Friday, 2pm-4pm. Limit of 5 patrons at a time. curbside still available (563)890-2238
Clarence- Clarence Public Library-Open, limit of 12 patrons inside. Curbside available (563) 452-3734
Durant - Library - Open for quick browsing and check out services, Limited computer usage of 1 hour. Items can be held or reserved by calling (563) 285-4794 ext 0.
Durant - Community Center - No Office hours at this time, can be reached by phone
Lowden - City Hall - Closed to public. Employees are reporting to work, use mail slot or call for assistance. Online payments available through www.cityoflowden.org
Lowden - Library - closed to the public, online services and curbside services available M, W, F between 9am-12 noon for books and videos. Please call the library @ 563-941-7629 to make arrangements
Stanwood - City Hall - Closed to public
Stanwood - Library - Open Regular house with the following guidelines: no children 12 and under; Limit of 5 patrons in library at a time; limited computer usage with 30 min. time limit; Masks are strongly recommended and limited supply of cloth face covering are available for patrons to use; Gloves are required to handle any library materials and will be provided to patrons upon entry.
Tipton - All City buildings will be staffed, but closed to public until further notice
Tipton - Parks and Rec -Open- Please visit James Kennedy Aquatic Center's facebook page for further information and details
Tipton - Library - No fines will be charged; Visit the library's Facebook page for more details
Tipton - City Council meetings will be held electronically; access information will be posted with agenda.
West Branch - Library - Closed; Curbside pickup is available, Patrons can put items on hold via online catalog, email, or via Facebook message. Allow staff one-hour notice prior to pickup.
STATE OF IOWA- Extended expiration dates on all drivers licenses and vehicle registrations expiring Jan. 17 2020 or later
STATE OF IOWA - permits to carry weapons and permits to acquire will not expire during the declaration; , does not allow one to use an otherwise expired permit to purchase a firearm without completion of a NICS (National Instant Criminal Background Check System) check at the time of the purchase or transfer.
STATE OF IOWA - State Public Health Emergency Declaration
· Temporarily suspends collection of property taxes and penalties and interest
· Temporarily suspends some evictions under the Iowa Uniform Residential Landlord and Tenant Act or
the Manufactured Home Communities or Mobile Home Parks Residential Landlord and Tenant Act in
· Extends expiration deadline for a permit to carry and a permit to acquire a firearm and additional measures
· Permits public meetings or hearings by electronic means to improve the functions of government while maintaining social distancing practices
· Suspends certain regulations to ease the transportation of agricultural supplies and commodities, food, medical supplies, cleaning products, and other household goods on all highways in Iowa
Bennett- mobile food pantry distributing pre-boxed food, drive through only.
Tipton - United Methodist Church: Sunday morning Services at 10 am on Facebook live until further notice
Tipton - First United Church of Christ - Services/Activities suspended until further notice; Online services Sunday at 10:00am
Tipton - St. Mary's Catholic Church - Sunday 10am in-person Sunday mass available with guidelines in place. Please visit their Facebook page for guidelines and more information.
Tipton - Trinity Lutheran- Online services available, no in-person services at this time.
Tipton - Hope Church of Tipton - Live-streamed services available at regular service times on Hope Church of Tipton Facebook page and tiptonhope.com
Mechanicsville - St. Mary's Catholic Church - Sunday 8am in-person service available
Mechanicsville- United Methodist Church- Closed until further notice, Online services available.
Lowden - Zion United Church of Christ, Please visit their Facebook page for in-person and online schedule and informations
Lowden- Trinity Lutheran Church, Please visit their Facebook page for further information.
Rochester - Rochester Methodist Church. Sermons will be streamed through Facebook live at 9am on Sunday.
Cedar County Wide: Community Action of Eastern Iowa - Agency is open, walk-in services closed. (563) 324-3236
Clarence - Clarence Senior Living - no visitors at this time
Clarence - Clarence Telephone - office closed to public. Service calls limited to trouble issues only. Available via phone at 563-452-3852. Payment can be made by mail, online, phone or use drop boxes.
Clarence - Onion Grove Mercantile - limited openings starting July 3rd,2020 Online shopping and porch pickup/delivery still available. Visit Onion Grove Mercantile on Facebook for further details
Clarence - Stay Golden Sunless Boutique- (563)209-8204 Open for limited in store shopping, appointment and online shopping also available at www.staygoldenboutique.shop .
Clarence- Clarence Telephone company- lobby open, only 1 patron allowed in office at a time. Drop box is still available and strongly recommended for payments
Lowden - American Trust and Savings Bank - drive through only, lobby closed
Mechanicsville - Mechanicsville Specialty Care - no visitors at this time
Tipton - Fidelity Bank - Lobby is closed, no drive up on Saturday. Drive-up available during the week. 563-886-6155.
Tipton - Ms. Molly's Antiques and Collectables - reopened, limited hours. Call 563-886-6288 for specifics.
Tipton - Prairie Hills - no visitors at this time
Tipton - Cedar Manor - no visitors at this time; to reach staff, call 563-886-2133; to visit with a resident, call 563-886-3269
Tipton - Dairy Queen - Lobby Closed, Drive Through Only until further notice
Tipton - Pizza Hut - Lobby, Buffet, Salad Bar Closed; Orders to go are available
Tipton - Tiffiny's Tipton Bakery -Open for carry out, Wednesday-Friday 5:30am-12:30pm Saturday 6am - 12pm
Tipton - Monty's Pizza and Grill - phone orders available, Tuesday through Sunday 11am - 9pm. Pick up at alley drive through.
Tipton- Hardees - Drive through and carry out only
Tipton - Citizen's Bank - drive through open, front lobby closed
Tipton- US Bank- Lobby closed, available by appointment, drive up hours-9:30-4pm , Monday-Friday, Saturday, 9-12pm
Tipton - Cedar Lanes/Tbecks - Carry out food only on Wednesday, Thursday, Fridays from 11am - 1pm, 5pm -8pm; League and Open bowling on hold until further notice. Carry out only 5pm - 8pm
Tipton - Tipton Vet Service - Available for curbside/drive up services until further notice Hours Monday- Friday 7:30am-4pm. Emergency services still available.
Tipton - Cedar County Farm Bureau - closed to public until further notice. Call 563-886-3107 with questions or to make an appointment.
Tipton - Knights of Columbus - All activities cancelled until further notice
Tipton - Tipton Pharmacy - Curbside pickup only, call 563-886-2158
Tipton - T&M Clothing - Open Monday - Friday 9am- 3pm, Saturday 9am- 1pm. Limit of 9 patrons inside store.
Tipton- LattaHarris - Office closed to the public but remains fully staffed.
Tipton - Kunde Outdoor Eqipment - open during our regular hours--8-5 Monday through Friday and 8-12 Saturday. Our front door is open, but we would prefer no personal contact if possible, so will provide curbside service. Mowers can be brought in and dropped off with a call to the store. 563-886-6165
Tipton - Albaugh PHC - Office Hours 8am- 4pm. Payments can be mailed or made over phone, technicians are working as normal. 563-886-6247
Tipton - State Farm- Lobby closed but remaining open 563-886-6120
Tipton - A-1 Bookkeeping & Tax service- Appointment only, no walk-ins at this time. 563-517-8502
Tipton - Nicole Rock's School of Dance- Closed until further notice.
Tipton - BMF Tax and Accounting: All appointments cancelled, allowing for drop off and pick up of tax returns. Drop box available, can mail signature pages and client can mail tax returns themselves.
Tipton - Fresh Paint - no classes until further notice
Tipton - Tipton Conservative - lobby is closed to public, staff available by phone
Tipton - Cedar County Co op - open, but entry is restricted. Call 563-886-6177 (Tipton) or 319-643-7101 (West Branch) for further information.
Tipton - Congregate Meal Sites in Cedar County are closed until further notice.
West Branch - Crestview Specialty Care- no visitors at this time
West Branch - Herbert Hoover Presidential Library and Museum - closed until further notice.
West Branch - Herbert Hoover National Historic Site is closed as of 5pm, 3/17/2020
West Branch - Liberty Communications offices closed to public; employees still working and taking calls.
West Branch - Marg's Little Red House Antiques and Uniques - Closed until further notice. Online Shopping available.
West Branch - Main Street Sweets - carry out available
West Branch - Reid's Beans - carry out available
West Branch - Brick Arch Winery - Limited store hours for purchases. Please call (319) 330-2541 for more information.
Mechanicsville Firefighter's Dance - postponed, date TBD
Olin Fire Department - Pancake Breakfast postponed, new date TBD
Region 6 LEPC HazMat Training - cancelled until further notice
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