On Tuesday, Sept. 22, Governor Doug Burgum announced Cass County is changing to the yellow, moderate risk level effective Friday, Sept. 25. In accordance with this change, the City of West Fargo is adjusting municipal services and building operations based on North Dakota Smart Restart guidelines to continue operating safely for both employees and the public.
The West Fargo Public Library will remain open to the public with safety protocols in place, including the availability of masks and sanitizers, below capacity seating, suspension of programs and meeting room use at the library and the availability of self-service hold pickup and item checkout. For more information about specific COVID-19 safety protocols or information about library events and programming held at sites outside of the library, visit www.westfargolibrary.org.
The West Fargo Police Department and City Hall (800 Fourth Ave. E.) will continue to be open to the public for walk-in services at designated reception areas, such as municipal court and utility bill payments. The public is encouraged to utilize the drop box in front of the north shared entrance of this building if possible. Individuals must make appointments to meet directly with staff or visit office areas. Public Works and Sanitation buildings will close to walk-ins and only be available to visit by appointment only. Visitors for scheduled appointments will need to sanitize, wear facemasks, check temperatures and practice social distancing.
The West Fargo Fire Department is closing their stations to the public. All employees within the fire department will be wearing PPE, sanitizing thoroughly, doing temperature checks and maintaining social distance guidelines.
Meetings will be limited to small groups with capacity restrictions, and attendees will be spaced to maintain 6 feet apart. All public meetings in the Commission Chambers will have a video conference participation option available, and some meetings may be exclusively online. To determine options for participation for a specific meeting, please check the events calendar on www.westfargond.gov. Details of these meetings are subject to change until the meeting begins, so attendees are encouraged to check the calendar as close to the meeting date and time as possible.
Each department may have their own individual policies and procedures based on the needs and functions of the department that will go into effect. The community is encouraged to call (701) 433-5300 and ask to speak to the specific department to check their operational policies.
Contracted cleaning crews will thoroughly clean and disinfect all areas of any building in use.