The Ravenswood City Council meeting was held via Facebook Live on Tuesday evening. With the threat of COVID-19, per the guidance of the Ethics Commission as noted by Mayor Josh Miller, the meeting was not open to the public physically; however, members of the public were able to watch live on Facebook and submit comments.

During the relatively short meeting, Council approved the following items:

• Minutes of previous meeting

• Hiring of city maintenance employee Corey Wratchford

• Budget amendment to include $3.157 million in projected revenue. The budget will be sent to the auditor for review. A copy of the budget may be requested through City Hall.

Miller read a statement from the Ravenswood City Police Department regarding the coronavirus.

He noted that the Ravenswood Police Department has taken every precaution to protect their law enforcement officers and the people they serve.

“We’re going to do everything we can as a council and myself as mayor, to keep the public safe,” Miller said. “I recommend following the CDC and Health Department’s guidelines...we’ll get through this together.”

The next Ravenswood City Council meeting was scheduled for 7 p.m. on Tuesday, April 7.

Following the City Council meeting, Miller addressed the public via a separate Facebook Live, on the financial impact of COVID-19 on the residents of Ravenswood.

“The City of Ravenswood will not be terminating city services for residential and commercial customers for non-payment at this time until further notice,” Miller said. “We’re following the lead based on recommendations by the Public Service Commission (PSC) and also announcements made by several private service providers in various business sectors.”

In his address, Miller noted that the City Hall lobby, as well as city facilities and public restrooms will remain closed. However, city business operations will continue through the drive thru window at City Hall, by phone, and e-mail.

“We will continue to send out municipal bills as scheduled and will continue to accept payments through the drive thru and by phone,” Miller said.

According to Miller, garbage schedules will remain normal and first responders will be out throughout the city.

Miller requests everyone to do their part in keeping the community, friends, and families safe.