City tries to shift its business online during pandemic

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Evanston city officials late this afternoon urged residents to complete their city business online, whenever possible, and announced that non-essential city meetings are being postponed until further notice.

Police, fire, 911 dispatch and the 311 service center will continue to operate as normal, as will public works services, including street cleaning and refuse collection.

But the city collector’s office will be closed for in-person transactions and residents are being encourage to make payments online.

Building permits can be submitted by email to [email protected] Paper submissions can be dropped off in bins outside the permit desk on the third floor.

The general and emergency assistance office will be open Monday through Thursday from 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. At other times applications can be processed by calling 847-448-8112. 

Early voting will continue at the Civic Center through Monday, March 16. Hours on Saturday and Sunday will be 9 a.m. to 7 p.m..

The Property Tax Assessment Review Office has canceled all scheduled one-on-one meetings, but can assist residents over the phone at 847-448-4311 or online.

All Parks, Recreation and Community Services programs, including preschool programs have been canceled through Sunday, April 12. All community centers will be closed until further notice beginning Monday, but will remain open for food distribution programs. 

The Levy Center and Fleetwood-Jourdain Community Center’s Congregate Meal Program will continue to provide meals to seniors in to-go containers for pickup only. 

Free cold breakfasts and lunches will be served to youth ages 1 to 18 years old at locations throughout the city on weekdays, from Monday, March 16, through Friday, April 3. Both breakfasts and lunches will be distributed from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Fleetwood-Jourdain Community Center, Robert Crown Community Center, Kamen Park East Fieldhouse, and Mason Park.

All Evanston Public Library locations will close at 6 p.m. tonight and remain closed through at least April 12. Material checked out will have a new due date of April 13. Staff will work from home and questions may be sent to the library online.

Updates on city meetings will be posted on the city website.

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