Galesburg issues emergency declaration; limits public access

GALESBURG, Ill. (NEWS3) — The increasing threat of the coronavirus prompted the City of Galesburg to issue an emergency declaration.

The move was approved by the Galesburg City Council Thursday during a special meeting. The declaration allows the city to receive federal and state funds for relief. There are no positive COVID-19 cases in Knox County.

This announcement is one of several developments coming from the city as concerns about COVID-19 continues to grow.

  • Galesburg City Hall is closed until March 31. City employees will continue to be available via phone or email. The lobby of the Galesburg Public Safety Building will remain open for emergency purposes, but public access is limited to situations which cannot be addressed via phone or email. The Public Safety Building lobby will be closed from 5 p.m. to 8 a.m. daily.
  • Non-emergency calls will be handled by phone call. Anyone who needs assistance can call Galesburg Police at 309-343-9151 or 911 for emergencies.
  • Galesburg Parks and Recreation Department closed all indoor recreation facilities and canceled all programs and special events through May 15. Lake Storey Pavilion, Lakeside Recreation Center and Hawthorne Gym and Pool are also closed. The Bunker Links Golf Course remains open for pass-holders to walk.
  •  Spring clean-up day, scheduled for April 6 through April 10 is canceled.  Normal refuse services will continue as scheduled. All Waste Management sites, including the Galesburg recycling drop-off site are closed to public access.
  • Officials canceled the Complete Count Committee and Golf Advisory Commission meetings.
  • Galesburg’s annual Easter egg huntwhich was scheduled for April 5, is canceled. Officials said it may be rescheduled at a later date.

Information about paying utility bills can be found on the City of Galesburg’s website by clicking here.