HARTINGTON — The City of Hartington is taking extra precautions to avoid the spread of the COVID-19 coronavirus.
In the interest of public safety, the City Auditorium will remain closed until further notice. The Hartington City Office will also close its lobby, but staff still be on hand to conduct city business and assist people through email and phone calls.
"It is important during this time that we remain calm and proactive in protecting our community, family and friends," said Mayor Mark Becker. "I appreciate everyone's patience and cooperation."
Hartington Public Library Director Tami Anderson has announced that until further notice, the facility will not be open to the general public
Anderson said the building is closed, but staff is still available by phone and email to assist patrons.
Anyone wishing to still check out books can do so by looking through the Hartington Public Library's online catalog. Curb-side pickup will then be available in the back parking lot.
Anderson said the public wifi can also be accessed from the back parking lot. The book return box near the back door can also be used. All library materials will be disinfected upon return.
Anderson said digital services are also available through the Nebraska Overdrive program. Patrons can call or email for their library card number. Once a patron has their library card number, they can set up the Nebraska Overdrive or Libby app on their digital devices.
Mayor Becker said the city will continue to provide essential services such as water, wastewater, fire protection and EMS services.
Becker also noted the City Council will also continue to have meetings, and these will continue to be open to the public, but due to CDC recommendations, adustments may have to be made.