City Updage

Carthage City Manager Steve Williams gives a video update on city hall operations on Monday.

Although public access has been limited in city facilities because of COVID-19, Carthage City Manager Steve Williams said Monday that officials are and would continue to do their day-to-day business serving residents.

“We’re still here to serve our citizens,” Williams said in a video message posted to the city’s Facebook page.

The City of Carthage closed public access to its facilities, including the City Hall lobby and the police and fire departments, last week to try to help prevent the spread of the COVID-19 coronavirus and keep their employees safe.

Residents who need to visit City Hall are asked to either conduct business on the phone or email or make an appointment to come in person. Water payments can be made through the drive-thru, a night deposit box or on the city’s website.

All events at the Carthage Civic Center, the Texas Country Music Hall of Fame and the Davis Park Community Center have been cancelled until further notice. All league play and practices for baseball, softball and soccer at the Ballpark have also been cancelled.

But Williams noted Monday that the city’s parks are still open, including the walking trail at the Ballpark and Davis Park. Williams said visitors are being asked to follow CDC guidelines on social distancing and washing hands.

The city’s trash service and transfer station are also operating as normal. Williams said trash bags were still available at City Hall; residents should pay for them in the drive-thru and then pick them up outside the door.

Williams said the city was following guidelines issued by President Donald Trump and Governor Greg Abbott.

He also asked residents to continue to support their local businesses.

“Stay home as much as you can, but if you need to go out, stop by our local businesses and support them when you can,” he said.

Reporter

Carthage native Meredith Shamburger has worked for the Panola Watchman since 2018. Before that, she worked at sister papers in Longview and Marshall; the Dallas Morning News; and The Daily Voice, a hyperlocal news company in Westchester County, New York.