The Town of Spring City recently released new protocols in light of Tennessee Gov. Bill Lee’s recent decision to slowly start reopening the economy.

Spring City officials made the announce via social media on Friday, and Spring City Manager Stephania Motes said the measures will be in effect until May 15, at which time city officials will reassess the situation.

“We just want to see how things go for two weeks, “ Motes said. “We want to make sure everyone stays safe. This two week period will allow us to see how things are going and we’ll look at our options once the two week period has expired.

New city guidelines include:

Spring City Municipal Building

City hall will remain closed to the public. All city operations will stay fully in place so that if you need assistance with anything, help will be available. Most common forms are located at the front door to city hall as well as online at www.townofspringcitytn.com. However, if you have questions or need assistance of any kind, call (423) 365-6441.

Audrey Pack Memorial Library

Audrey Pack Memorial Library will remain closed to the public but will offer curbside assistance.

City parks

All city parks will remain open at this time. However, playground areas, pavilions, the dog park, tennis courts, etc. will remain closed. The city will not be taking new park pavilion reservations during this time.

If you have already reserved a pavilion for a future date, and the city is still following these guidelines, city officials said they would be happy to refund your money. Singing at the Depot and the Spring City Friday Night Fever Cruise-In is also cancelled for the month of May and may be cancelled for the following months if the city is still under the social distancing mandate.

Utilities

If you need to make a utility, property tax, or court payment, the city encourages you to use the fowllowing options that are available to you. However, if you need additional assistance on this or any issue, contact city hall at (423) 365-6441.

• Option 1: The city has a designated secured drop box with envelopes available located just to the right of the front entrance of city hall that you may drop your payments in. The box is checked daily and payments will be recorded promptly, either on the same day if dropped during regular business hours or the next day if dropped off after normal business hours.

• Option 2: You can pay online at www.townofspringcitytn.com. You will see “make a payment” in the top right hand corner of the page. Click on it and it will take you to the page where you can make your payment. Just look for “pay online” under the option that you are paying. There are also instructions further down on that same page.

• Option 3: Did you know that you can set up your utility bills to be automatically paid from your checking account? There is an additional 15-cent monthly transaction fee added to the amount of your bill by the processing company. If you would like to set your account up, contact city hall.

• Option 4: Pay by phone at (423) 365-6441.

On April 17, Rhea County had its first confirmed COVID-19 case and grew to three confirmed cases on April 21. Until Tuesday, April 28, Rhea County’s numbers remained the same. However, since the reopening effort that began Tuesday, Rhea’s confirmed cases have increased by nearly one each day to have a total of five confirmed cases as of press time Tuesday.

“We support our local businesses in their efforts to safely re-open; however, given the fact that Rhea County’s confirmed cases remained stable, it is too soon to say if we have reached our peak in cases,” city officials said.

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