March 15, 2020

Information from the City of Hartselle regarding the current state of affairs and the COVID-19 virus

With the current climate we now find ourselves in the City of Hartselle is continuing to make our most important goal protecting our citizens and our employees. With the information coming to us changing, even hourly, it is necessary for the City to take certain precautionary measures.

With the President of the United States, and the Governor of Alabama both declaring a state of emergency trying to slow the spread of the COVID-19, also known as the Coronavirus; the City of Hartselle will make changes in some services and facilities. The changes below are to protect our citizens of Hartselle and our city employees as well as others who work or are connected within the city operations:

Beginning Monday, March 16:

  • The Sparkman Civic Center will be closed to the public at a minimum until Monday, April 6. The Civic Center will be staffed and can answer any questions or help with any information you might need. Please call 256 773 2581 or follow on social media for information you might need.
  • All youth league sports, including baseball, softball and soccer will be postponed until at least April 6.
  • All organized park and recreation activities will cease.
  • Practices will not be allowed on the Park & Rec athletic fields until after April 6.
  • All organizations that meet at the Civic Center will need to make other arrangements as well until April 6.
  • Those who lease space to teach classes at the Civic Center will need to find other space until at least April 6.
  • The William Bradford Huie Library will be closed to the public until April 6 or later if the need arises. The library will be staffed to answer any question you might have. Please call 256 773 9880 if needed.
  • Any civic or social gatherings that meet at city facilities will need to find other meeting space or follow requests to postpone gatherings for the next couple of weeks.
  • Hartselle Municipal Court has canceled upcoming court dates. Court dates currently set for 3/26/20 and 4/30/20 are rescheduled to May 28, 2020 at 7 am. The court date set for 4/9/20 has been rescheduled to May 7, 2020 at 7 am. Notices have been mailed to all persons on these dockets. If you have any questions, please contact your attorney or the Court office at 256-773-2703.

Hartselle Fire and Rescue and Hartselle Police Department will continue as normal offering emergency services.

City Hall will be open normal business hours. Public Works will continue normal hours as well. Garbage, recycling, brush pickup and yard waste pickup will continue as normal.

Our city staff in all departments will be able to answer any questions you might have and lend help in any way possible. Please call City Hall at 256 773 2535 if you need additional information or require assistance.

The City of Hartselle will continue our best efforts to serve the citizens and our businesses in the manner to which each is accustomed. City administration will also keep the concerns of COVID-19 as a top priority and respond in a manner necessary to protect everyone.

We do ask if you feel you have been exposed to the COVID-19 please contact your personal health provider.

For the protection of our employees please do not enter either fire stations if you have been exposed or having any flu like symptoms. You can call the fire department for any information at 256-773-2545. Also, remember 911 is for emergencies only.

During these uncertain and changing times we urge all residents of Hartselle, all businesses and employees of the City to take necessary precautions to protect yourself and your families. Please follow directions and instructions from the federal, state and local leadership, as well as professionals in disease control. Those include frequent hand washing, staying at least 6 feet from others when you are out and avoiding large groups of people.

Also, please be cautious of information from unfamiliar sources and do your best to follow those in the know.

Also, please look out for those who may need help. Check on your elderly neighbors, maybe shop for them or run necessary errands. if you are not working, perhaps offer to babysit for friends, family and neighbors who will need childcare due to school closings.

We will survive this, with God’s help, and remember, we are Hartselle strong.

Mayor Randy Garrison