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COVID-19 Response

City of Algona
COVID-19 Response & Resources

To help keep residents informed, we will regularly update this web page with the latest city news and available resources in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

CITY FACILITIES & SERVICES
As of March 17, all City facilities are closed to the public until further notice.  This includes City Hall, Library, Welcome Center, Wastewater Plant, Street Shed, Park Shed, and Fire Station.   City staff are available to assist the public by phone, email, or appointment if necessary. As a precaution to help support the continuity of city services, city staff are rotating schedules working from home and self-isolating.

Permits & Inspections: The City is still issuing building and right-of-way permits and conducting inspections. Contact City Hall if you have questions or need to schedule an appointment. See the Building/Inspections page for additional information.

Library: Beginning April 6, the Algona Public Library will offer curbside pickup on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 11:00 am – 1:00 pm. In addition to books, we can hand out tax forms and printouts.  Patrons who have access to a computer should submit requests by 3:00 PM at least one day in advance of pick up on the Library's webpage under " At A Distance – Curbside Pick Up" or call the Library at 295-5476.

Parks & Recreation:

  • Playgrounds & Play Structures: All city playgrounds and play structures are closed to the public until May 1, per order of the Governor.
  • City Parks & Trails: Open spaces of parks and trails are open as usual.  Users should follow the Governor's order to not congregate in groups of more than 10 persons and should practice social distancing. Water service to drinking fountains and hydrants are turned off.  Park facilities are not being disinfected.
  • Park Shelters: The park shelter restrooms are closed.  New rental reservations have been suspended through the end of April.  Rentals already booked will go on as reserved.  Days beyond May 1 may still be reserved.
  • Dog Park: The Veteran's Park Dog Park is open. Parks & Rec staff will be sanitizing the gate at 7 AM, 1 PM, & 4 PM, Monday-Friday.
  • Skate Park: The Central Park Skate Park is closed until May 1, per order of the Governor.
  • Spring Events: Pitch, Hit, & Run and The Live Healthy Iowa Track Meet will not take place.
  • Youth Baseball/Softball: The sign up deadline was March 18.  No decisions have been made as to when the coaches meeting, practices, or games will occur.
  • Aquatic Center/Swim Team: We are re-evaluating the dates and times for Swim Team sign up & candy bar fundraiser, lifeguard training, and opening day plans.  We will release updates as we progress through April. 

FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE

  • Iowa Workforce Development - Unemployment Insurance
    • If you have been laid off, required to stay at home due to illness or to care for someone, you may be eligible for unemployment benefits. Learn more and apply online at link above or call 866-239-0843.
  • US Small Business Administration (SBA) –  Low Interest Disaster Loans
    •  The SBA provides low interest loans up to $2 million to business owners and homeowners to help sustain and recover from disasters.
  • Small Business Development Centers (SBDC) - Business Assistance and Loans
    • SBDC offers one-on-one counseling that can be done through zoom (skype or hangout) meetings or phone conference calls. SBDC can also assist the loan application process or other business issues that this crisis is causing including distribution, sales, buying, marketing, HR Issues and more.
  • Iowa Economic Development Authority - Small Business Relief Grants
    • Provides grants of $5,000-$25,000 for small businesses impacted by the pandemic.  Businesses must have employed 2-25 persons as of March 17.  Applications due March 31 at noon.
  • Iowa Economic Development Authority - Business Tax Deferral Applications
    • Allows businesses of all sizes to apply to defer Sales, Use, & Withholding tax payments to the State.  Applications due March 31 at noon.
  • Iowa Economic Development Authority - Small Business Sole Operator Fund
    • A fund has been created to support Targeted Small Businesses (TSB) with zero employees that have been economically impacted. The program offers eligible small businesses grants ranging from $5,000-$10,000 to businesses that are sole proprietors or single-member LLCs that are also TSB certified, or have an application submitted to IEDA by April 10, 2020 to become TSB certified.
  • Iowa Economic Development Authority - Iowa Business Recovery Resources
    • Links to various resources that may be available to help businesses respond
  • City of Algona - Retail Revolving Loan Fund
    • City program offering low interest loans up to $15,000

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