PRESS NOTICE FROM OFFICE OF THE MAYOR
May 12, 2020 Common Council Meeting Notice
The City of Beckley’s Common Council Meeting for May 12, 2020 will be accessible via Livestream on the City of Beckley’s Facebook page or on the website www.beckley.org – starting promptly at 6:30 pm.
Due to the public health impact of the corona outbreak pandemic and out of concern for the health and well-being of city employees, members of the common council, and members of the public, the regular meetings of the Council will be held by this format until further notice.
To the citizens of Beckley, WV
I would like to express my sincere gratitude for your willingness to adhere to the measures implemented by Governor Justice in an effort to keep our community safe from COVID-19 (Coronavirus). This is a difficult time for all of us as we adjust to this “new norm” of going about our daily lives and the gradually reopening of our communities. Through cooperative partnerships with Raleigh County officials and the Governor’s Office, we will prevail through this challenging time.
The City of Beckley choices have been carefully evaluated to ensure that the impact of the coronavirus on our community is minimized. I have been meeting with County health officials, law enforcement, emergency management, and mayors from all over the State regularly to discuss proactive measures and policies for the pandemic that we are all facing and to collaborate on our path forward. Our number one priority is the safety and health of our citizens and employees.
The COVID-19 positive numbers in Raleigh County appear to be low given the size of our community and the number of health care providers and senior living facilities within our borders. I believe this is directly attributable to the great job our healthcare providers and first responders are doing on our behalf, and I ask you to keep them in your thoughts and prayers.
While our police, fire, public works, utilities, and other essential workers cannot stay at home, you can. They come to work for you, so please stay home for them. Be mindful of others, stay 6-feet away, wear masks, and do not gather in groups of 25 or more. To be successful, we all need to be personally responsible. Be safe, be kind, stay connected to your family and friends through digital means, and, most importantly, help one another. We will get through this together.
– Mayor Robert Rappold
City of Beckley Departments
City Hall – Even though the doors of City Hall have been closed in order to comply with the Governor’s orders and to keep our employees safe, we are working behind the scenes to operate the City. Our employees are working from home and on staggered schedules to ensure that the City is still up and running properly. We are still processing payments to vendors, paychecks, and receipts of money during this time.
We are still answering our phones and you are more than welcome to call us with any questions or concerns. The City Hall phone number is (304)256-1768, the Mayor is (304)256-1750 and the B&O tax office number is (304)256-1758.
We have extended our B&O tax deadline to May 15 in order to reduce the burden on our taxpayers. If you feel that you cannot meet this deadline, please call the B&O tax office and discuss your options. We want to be helpful and supportive to our businesses.
The Code Enforcement Department remains open, Monday-Friday; 8:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Beckley Police Dept – 304-256-1720
Beckley Fire Dept – 304-256-1780
Public Works – We have been on the job working to keep our City of Champions as repaired, cleaned and trimmed up as best as we can with the limited resources we have at this very hard time in our city. We are working each day with staggered shifts and starting times to keep distance and practicing good cleanliness personally and with equipment. Praying for all to be safe and all to be back to work soon! Public Works Department # 304-256-1740
Parks and Recreation – Enjoy walking along the New River Park trail or golfing at Historic Black Knight (following the Governor’s social distancing guidelines). If interested in golfing, please call 304-253-7321 for a tee time. We look forward to opening our parks, the Exhibition Mine and Youth Museum once it is deemed safe. Our Black Knight and Parks staff have been busy during the pandemic packing weekly meal boxes for Raleigh County Schools’ students.
Beckley Exhibition Mine # 304-256-1747; Youth Museum # 304-252-3730
Beckley Events looks forward to offering summer events. While several of our spring events had to be postponed or cancelled due to the COVID-19 concerns/guidelines, we have been sharing virtual tours of local monuments, markers and mural/public art sites on our Facebook page. We are working with local car clubs to offer neighborhood cruises on Saturdays during May – You can watch classic and unique vehicles drive around your neighborhood from your porch or yard. The neighborhood schedule will be posted on Beckley Events’ Facebook page. We hope to offer Fridays in the Park (June – August) and the Great Race is still being planned, with a visit to Beckley on June 26. Please stay safe and continue social distancing!
Beckley Sanitary Board has been staggering employee hours and shifts. Customers who wish to leave payments at our building, please use our drop-box on the side of the building.
Phone # 304-256-1760
Other Helpful Resources during this time:
City of Beckley website: www.beckley.org
Beckley-Raleigh County Chamber of Commerce – www.brccc.com
New River Gorge Regional Development Authority – nrgrda.org
Beckley-Raleigh County Health Dept.
WV Dept. of Health & Human Resources
United Way of Southern WV
Raleigh County Emergency Services
Local hospitals and health care workers
Also – please complete the Census – it is important to our community to be able to receive federal funding – Be counted!
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