KEYSER - The City of Keyser will be completely shutting down City Hall as of Monday, March 23, according to mayor Damon Tillman.

By Liz Beavers
lbeavers@newstribune.info
Tribune Managing Editor
KEYSER - The City of Keyser will be completely shutting down City Hall as of Monday, March 23, according to mayor Damon Tillman.
City administrator Amanda Brafford had originally announced the City Hall lobby would be closed to the public beginning this week, but Mayor Tillman told the News Tribune late Wednesday that he and the council had decided to shut it down completely and send employees home.
“I spoke with all the council members and we’re all in agreement,” he said, explaining that the decision was made for the safety of the city’s employees as well as the public.
“I care about all our employees and I want them to be safe,” he said. “I also don’t want us to be the reason one of our employees takes the virus home to their 80-year-old grandmother or something.”
Tillman said the water and wastewater treatment plants would remain operational with employees on duty, but the street and sewer department will be on call for emergencies.
“If someone has an emergency they can call (street and sewer supervisor) Jim Hannas or call City Hall and be directed to his number,” he said.
Those residents wishing to pay their water bill may mail it in or place it in the drop box.
Given the unusual circumstances, however, Tillman said there will be no late fees or penalties charged for the month of March.
“We don’t have to do that, but it’s the right thing to do,” he said.