Cities in Grant County are making adjustments as the number of reported cases of the new coronavirus grow in Oregon.

The city of John Day is now requesting people to use the dropbox in front of the office for payments and avoid coming into the office. City hall will also only be open for scheduled appointments, according to Julie Larson, the John Day senior accounting clerk.

People can also use the John Day city website to make payments and access other services. The city will update their Facebook page with any additional changes. Call 541-575-0028 to schedule an appointment. There are no scheduled cancellations at this time. Prairie City has also closed their city hall to walk-in traffic. The city is requesting customers use the payment box, according to Bob Shive, the DeWitt Museum director. For cash payments, there will be somebody in the office to collect the payment and then hand the receipt to the customer outside.

The city has put time into wiping down city hall, the doors and providing hand sanitizer for the people in the building. No meetings are scheduled to be canceled at the moment. Call 541-820-3605 for more information or questions.

While the hours of business at Monument City Hall remain the same due to little traffic in the office, City Manager Dorothy Jordan said the St. Patrick’s Day dinner and the EMS dinner in April have been canceled. There are no other meetings scheduled to be canceled.

The Long Creek City Hall business hours will also remain the same due to minimal traffic in the building. City Recorder Marsie Watson said no meetings have been canceled.

Seneca’s office hours will continue as normal, and city hall will remain open. City Manager Raamin Burrell said, if customers do not feel comfortable with making a payment in city hall, customers can use the dropbox instead. While one social event has been postponed, there are no plans to cancel the next city council meeting, thanks to minimal traffic in the building.

Dayville City Hall will also be open during normal business hours, but the door will be locked. Having the door locked will give Dayville City Recorder Ruthie Moore, who has a cold, enough time to respond to customers and give them an option to come into the office or talk outside of the office. Customers can also use the dropbox for payments.

Dayville is considering canceling their next city council meeting due to council members having colds, but no decision has been made at the moment. The cities of Canyon City and Mt. Vernon have not canceled any upcoming meetings. Canyon City plans to have their city council meeting this week. Due to minimal traffic, office hours and access to city hall remains the same.


Rudy Diaz is a reporter for the Blue Mountain Eagle. Contact him at or 541-575-0710.

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