Emergency Proclamation


April 2, 2020, and will run until further notice.

Whereas, COVID-19 poses a serious threat to the public health and safety of the City of Tripoli, Iowa, as outlined by the Center for Disease Control (CDC); and

Whereas, the Iowa Department of Public Health (IDPH) has now determined that community spread of COVID-19 has occurred in the State of Iowa; and

Whereas, the CDC has recommended that persons do not congregate in gatherings of over ten (10) persons to attempt to mitigate the spread of COVID-19 in the general public; and

Whereas, the Hon. Governor Kim Reynolds has recommended that all school districts within the State of Iowa close for four (4) weeks to help mitigate the spread of the COVID-19 within the State; and

Whereas, the Hon. Governor Kim Reynolds ordered the closure of restaurants (excluding drive up and take-out services), bars, gyms, theaters; and

Whereas, the Superintendent of the Tripoli Community School District has heretofore closed Tripoli Community Schools for an indefinite period, expected to be at least four (4) weeks from March 16, 2020; and

Whereas, Section 372.14(2) of the Code of Iowa (2019) grants the Mayor powers to declare an emergency and govern through proclamation to protect the health and safety of the citizens of Tripoli.

Now, Therefore, I, Brendt Bernard, the duly elected Mayor of the City of Tripoli, Iowa do hereby proclaim the following:

  1. That a state of emergency or public danger exists within the City of Tripoli because of the threat of the spread of the COVID-19 virus.
  2. That pursuant to CDC recommendations, gatherings of ten (10) or more people are strongly discouraged until further notice.
  3. That based upon the advice of the CDC and other public health agencies, the Welcome Center will be closed to the public until further notice and all scheduled events through the end of April have been canceled.
  4. Beginning on April 2, 2020 (date), all city buildings will be closed to public access until further notice.  This includes City Hall, the Fire Station, Police Department, Public Works Department, etc.  City staff will continue to work regular hours.  Residents may do business with the city via telephone by calling 319-882-4801, via email by using or by utilizing the payment options on our website and the drop box located outside of city hall.
  5. As a result of the coronavirus pandemic, we recognize that some of our customers are in a position where they are unable to work.  As a result, the City of Tripoli is discontinuing delinquent water service shut-offs for the next 30 days, due to non-payment, to ensure citizens can practice recommended personal hygiene measures to prevent the spread of the virus. Delinquent notices and Red Door Tags will still be processed as normal but will be for informational purposes only during the 30-day grace period.
  6. City council meetings will be discontinued for public attendance until further notice.  There will be a conference line and live video stream set up for the public that wishes to attend the council meeting may do so. A resolution for this action will be forthcoming at the April 6, 2020 regularly scheduled council meeting.
  7. The public library will be closed
  8. The swimming pool will be closed.
  9. That this Emergency Proclamation may be modified and/or superseded by future proclamation of the Office of the Mayor of Tripoli as future events warrant.
  10. That any violation of any proclamation of the Office of the Mayor of the City of Tripoli, Iowa, shall be enforceable by the Tripoli Police Department and any violation of the same shall be a violation of Section 372.14(2) of the Code of Iowa (2019) and punishable as a simple misdemeanor.

Dated this 2 day of April, 2020

By:  Brendt Bernard, Mayor

Attest:  Ellen Kalkbrenner, City Clerk

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