Martin City Hall, Library, Gateway Center Limit Access

MARTIN, Tenn. (March 15, 2020) In light of recent events and following the lead of
federal and state leadership, the City of Martin is limiting public access to Martin City Hall, the CE
Weldon Public Library and the Martin Gateway Center (Senior Adult Center) effective March 16
– March 29, 2020.
Martin City officials request residents who need access to Martin City Hall to utilize the drive-through window service and the drop box located at the drive-through window. Martin City Hall
employees are working and encouraging residents to contact staff via telephone (731.587.3126) or
email (info@cityofmartin.net).
While public access is limited, city hall does not foresee any disruption in services afforded to Martin
residents. Public meetings, scheduled during this time, are postponed until the April
agenda.
During the closure, the library staff is conducting a planned audit of inventory, as the staff
prepares to move to the new Martin Public Library next year.
Library staff will be working, if there is a need, you may call during regular working hours, M—F,
9:30am—5:30pm.
The library continues to provide digital services, such as e-books and e-audiobooks, online
magazines and newspapers, the city said.
The library is  extending loan periods; it is not necessary patrons return materials until
March 30, 2020; however, there is a book drop located on the east side of the library building, or one
may call the library to renew materials.
Library Director Roberta Peacock apologized for any inconvenience this may cause the general
public. “We do realize that libraries are community centers and provide essential services,” she
stated.
The Martin Gateway Center is closed March 16 – March 29, 2020.  Gateway Director Deb
Edwards said during the closure, Meals on Wheels program will continue as normal. Mrs.
Edwards stated, “The Gateway staff plans to ramp up their telephone reassurance calls during this
time.” She also encouraged everyone to take care of themselves and to follow the advice from state
and federal health officials.
Contact: Brad Thompson
Email: bthompson@cityofmartin.net
Phone: 731.225.1107
During this time and with the uncertainty of the spreading of COVID-19, the City of Martin
encourages all residents to heed extra precaution and to follow the advice and recommendations of
the Center of Disease Control (www.cdc.gov). The City of Martin is taking concerns regarding the
spreading of this virus very seriously and continues to receive briefings from state and federal health
officials.
Mayor Brundige stated, “Safety of our residents is always my top priority. Being proactive instead of
reactive is of utmost importance.”

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