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COVID-19 Response

City of Algona
COVID-19 Response & Resources

To help keep residents informed, we will regularly update this web page with the latest city news and available resources in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

CITY FACILITIES & SERVICES (last updated 7/7/20)
City Hall is now open to the public.  However, we are asking residents to take care of as much city business as possible by phone, email, or appointment if necessary.   The Welcome Center is also open.

City Council Meetings: City Council is still meeting the 1st and 3rd Monday of the month at 5:00 PM at City Hall.  The public is encouraged participate in the City Council meetings by calling 515-395-2300 and entering in Conference ID 73514.

Permits & Inspections: The City is still issuing building and right-of-way permits and conducting inspections. Contact City Hall if you have questions or need to schedule an appointment. See the Building/Inspections page for additional information.

Library: The Algona Public Library is offering curbside pickup on Monday-Friday from 11:00 am – 5:00 pm and on Tuesdays from 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm. In addition to books, the Library can print and hand out tax forms and other documents. Patrons who have access to a computer should submit requests by 3:00 PM at least one day in advance of pick up on the Library's webpage under " At A Distance – Curbside Pick Up" or call the Library at 295-5476.

Parks & Recreation:

  • Aquatic Center & Swim Lessons: At the end of June, the Aquatic Center moved to Phase II of reopening - 50 person capacity, 2 hour time slots, 6 ft. distancing between families or individuals. Patrons and staff will have their temperatures check before entering. We will continue to monitor and adjust operations accordingly.  Check the Parks & Recreation Department Facebook Page for the latest announcements.
  • Youth Baseball & Softball: The Emmetsburg league which the Algona usually participates in has cancelled their season. 
  • Playgrounds & Play Structures: All city playgrounds and play structures are open as of June 1.  The equipment is not being disinfected.
  • Skate Park: Central Park Skate Park is now open as of June 1.  The equipment is not being disinfected.
  • City Parks & Trails: Open spaces in parks and trails are open as usual.  Users should follow the Governor's order to not congregate in groups of more than 10 persons and should practice social distancing. Water service to drinking fountains and hydrants are turned off.  Park facilities are not being disinfected.
  • Park Shelters: Shelter reservations have been suspended until further notice. Restrooms are open, but drinking fountains remain closed.
  • Tennis Lessons: The youth tennis lessons program has been cancelled.
  • Special Needs Summer Program: This year's program has been cancelled.
  • Dog Park: Veteran's Park Dog Park is open.
  • Sand Volleyball: The city is not operating a league this summer, but the courts are open and available for public use. 

BUSINESS ASSISTANCE - GRANTS AND LOAN PROGRAMS

  • US Small Business Administration (SBA) –  Low Interest Disaster Loans
    •  The SBA provides low interest loans up to $2 million to business owners and homeowners to help sustain and recover from disasters.
  • Small Business Development Centers (SBDC) - Business Assistance and Loans
    • SBDC offers one-on-one counseling that can be done through online meetings or phone conference calls. SBDC can also assist the loan application process or other business issues that this crisis is causing including distribution, sales, buying, marketing, HR Issues and more.
  • Iowa Economic Development Authority - Business Tax Deferral Applications
    • Allows businesses of all sizes to apply to defer Sales, Use, & Withholding tax payments to the State of Iowa.
  • City of Algona - Emergency Loan Program
    • City program providing low-interest loans to businesses negatively impacted by a disaster or emergency
  • Kossuth County Community Foundation - COVID-19 Disaster Response Fund
    • For nonprofits that are providing basic needs services and organizations working with individuals and families in Kossuth County who have been disproportionately impacted by the public health and economic consequences of the pandemic.

BUSINESS GUIDANCE

INDIVIDUAL ASSISTANCE RESOURCES
 
  • Unemployment Insurance - Iowa Workforce Development 
    • If you have been laid off, required to stay at home due to illness or to care for someone, you may be eligible for unemployment benefits. Learn more and apply online at link above or call 866-239-0843.
  • Eviction and Foreclosure Prevention Program - Iowa Finance Authority
    • This State program provides short-term relief to income-eligible renters and homeowners who are at risk of eviction or foreclosure due to the economic impacts of COVID-19. Rental assistance for up to four months (this can include up to two months in arrears) beginning with April 1 rent payment, ($3,200 maximum). Mortgage assistance (may include up to two months in arrears) beginning with April 1 mortgage payment, ($3,000 maximum). Learn more at the link above or call the Iowa Housing Resource Hotline at 855-300-5885 or 515-348-8813.
  • Iowa Legal Aid
    •  If you are facing legal issues due to the COVID-19 pandemic (such as eviction or foreclosure, employment issues, being a victim of identity theft, trouble accessing courts, or other legal concerns) you can contact Iowa Legal Aid for free assistance. Call 1-800-332-0419 or visit www.iowalegalaid.org
  • Kossuth County Food Pantry
    • Call 515-341-0223 for hours. The Food Bank is located at 1426 E Commercial Street in Algona.
  • Kossuth County CARE Team
    • Provides assistance to families in need. Call their office 515-395-2273 or Linda Vaudt's cell phone at 515-341-0125. Located at 109 N Lantry Street in Algona

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