Due to the recent spike in COVID cases in Bartholomew County and Indiana, and our push to do everything we can locally to help the situation, most city buildings will be closed to the public beginning Monday, November 16 – through Sunday, November 29.

We will revisit this decision based on what happens over the next two weeks as we go into December, as we review the level of community spread throughout the county.

City business will continue to be transacted; employees will continue to work and answer phones and emails, and will meet with members of the public by appointment only. Please call or email the specific department if you need to meet with a staff member.

We are also going to virtual meetings until December – which includes the November meetings for City Council, the Board of Works and Public Safety, City Utilities Board, Human Rights Commission, Redevelopment Commission and the Board of Zoning Appeals. The meetings will be live-streamed and available via WebEx.

This move is to protect employees’ health and safety, as well as for members of the public. The following details how each building will be affected:

  • City Hall and Police Office Building closed – appointment only;
  • Animal Care Building closed – appointment only;
  • Donner Center Building closed – appointment only;
  • Utilities Building closed – appointment only; Drive-through open;
  • Fire Stations – closed to public;
  • Hamilton Center – Open to those registered for scheduled activities. Visitors by appointment only. Call Hamilton Community Center and Ice Arena for service at (812) 376-2686.
  • Columbus Gymnastics Center — Open to those registered for scheduled activities. Visitors by appointment only. Call  Columbus Gymnastics Center for service at (812) 376-2545.
  • DPW Building – closed to the public;
  • Transit – buses will continue to run as normal;
  • Parks Open
  • Aviation offices closed – appointment only;

Mayor Lienhoop urges members of the public to take the recent surge of the virus seriously and follow the guidelines laid out by the CDC and State of Indiana. Masks, social distancing, good hygiene and avoiding crowds and groups is key to protecting the community’s health and economy.