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St. John's Response to the Coronavirus

March 17, 2020

Dear Town of St. John residents and business owners,

During the COVID-19 outbreak, the health and safety of all residents, business owners, and Town staff is our top priority. In an effort to do our part to help minimize the spread of the virus and adhere to Governor Eric Holcomb’s directives regarding social distancing and safety measures, the Town of St. John will be taking the following steps beginning Tuesday, March 17 and until further notice:

Town Hall and Public Access

Public access to Town of St. John facilities and offices will be limited to the service window in the lobby of the Town of St. John Public Safety Building (located adjacent to the Town Hall) at 11033 W. 93rd Avenue from 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Town Hall, Public Works, and Parks Department offices will not be open to the public. Limited town meetings may take place in the Town Hall Meeting Room as noticed. Please note that all other meetings that are not official Town business (i.e. Lion’s Club, Women’s Club and homeowner association meetings) are hereby cancelled until further notice.

Clerk-Treasurer and Utility Billing

Residents and business owners are strongly encouraged to make payments online at https://www.stjohnin.com via telephone at (219) 365-4800, option 4, or via either the drop box located behind the Town Hall. The Clerk-treasurer’s Office will be providing limited services in the lobby of the Public Safety Building, located adjacent to Town Hall at 11033 W. 93rd Avenue, from 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Saturday hours are currently suspended.

Building and Planning Department Permits and Applications

All Building and Planning Department applications are available on the Town’s website at https://www.stjohnin.com/BP/. After you’ve been notified your permit is ready, it may be picked up in the lobby of the Public Safety Building located adjacent to Town Hall at 11033 W. 93rd Avenue from 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Other Programs

All Park and Recreation programs and athletic activities are suspended until further notice. The Town Easter Egg Hunt is cancelled and may be rescheduled at a later date.

The Town is also suspending the electronics recycling program until further notice.

The Town Animal Control facility will be closed to the public until further notice.

Meetings and Cancellations

The Town will post notice of all meeting cancellations on the Town Hall Meeting Room doors and on the Town website at https://www.stjohnin.com/News.php. We are seeking direction from the State Public Access Counselor for recommendations for meetings that are necessary for the Town. For meetings that still take place, we encourage you to view the meetings on our live stream at https://www.youtube.com/townofstjohnindiana. We will be taking steps to adhere to the Governor’s and CDC’s guidelines during all meetings. Public comments can be emailed to the Clerk-Treasurer’s office to be included in the record.

We encourage you to check on your neighbors that may be elderly, have compromised immune systems, or current illness to see if they need assistance with supplies or groceries.

Additional Links and Information

https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-nCoV/index.html

https://www.in.gov/coronavirus/

https://www.lakecountyin.org/portal/group/health/page/viewcms?name=/lcportal-cms/health/coronavirus/Corona-Virus-Information-Sheet.pdf

https://www.stjohntownshiptrustee.com/ (219) 865-2705 for St. John Township Trustee Assistance

https://www.hanovertownshiptrustee.com/ (219) 374-7443 for Hanover Township Trustee Assistance

Sincerely,

Craig A. Phillips
Town Manager



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