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Chadron Council Approves Coronavirus Utility Disconnect Partial Moratorium

CHADRON – The Chadron City Council has approved a temporary, partial moratorium on disconnecting sewer and water service for customers affected by the coronavirus/COVID-19 and its impact on the community.

It applies to those whose income has been affected by such things as losing their job or seeing hours sharply reduced because the effect of the disease, quarantining, or caring for a family member or friend with COVID-19.

To receive an extension until after the coronavirus emergency declaration for the city ends, a customer simply needs to contact the city in writing and explain why and how their income has been affected.

Monday night’s council meeting itself was something of a hybrid because of the coronavirus rules. Bannan, Klein, and Mark Werner attended in person while Cheryl Welch and Keith Crofutt took part via Zoom teleconference.

The only technical problem was the inability to directly patch the audio from Welch and Crofutt into the system, so a microphone was placed over the speaker of a laptop and run into it that way.

Yanker and 5 department heads were also present in the council chambers along with KCSR/KBPY News. Members of the public who wanted to address the council were also given the opportunity to join via Zoom, but no one spoke. The regular online and cable feeds were also available.