COVID-19 INFO

Inver Grove Heights is working closely with our public health partners at Dakota County & the Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) and following their recommendations. The MDH COVID-19 hotline is open Monday - Friday, 7 a.m. - 7 p.m. at 651-201-3920. 

Gov. Walz Extends Stay at Home Order to May 4

Updated on April 8

Governor Walz announced this afternoon that Minnesota’s Stay at Order is extended until May 4. The good news is that our sacrifices and efforts are making a difference in flattening the curve in Minnesota -- so far.

So, for a few more weeks, let’s keep it up, dig deep, and continue to do what we can to support our hospitals and medical professionals while they build surge capacity, support our police, fire departments and first responders, who continue to protect and serve us every day and — together — save lives.

Scroll down this page for City-specific updates

A message of thanks from Mayor George Tourville - April 3


Watch this important update from Police Chief Melissa Chiodo on Minnesota’s Stay at Home order

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Summary of the City’s Response to COVID-19 - Cancellations, Closures & Services

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March 27

Here is a handy chart that summarizes any changes we’ve made in response to COVID-19, including closures and cancellations. We realize these changes impact our residents, and we thank you for your patience. Essential City services remain the same. Police and Fire Departments are still responding to all calls, and City staff are also providing daily service. We are here to help!

VMCC Closed Until May 1; Classes and Programs Cancelled until June 1

Update: March 27

Upon careful consideration of the challenges that COVID-19 is presenting, we have decided the best and safest course of action is to cancel all spring recreation programs until June 1. In accordance with guidance from the Minnesota Department of Health, the VMCC will remain closed until May 1.

We are hopeful that our operations can return to normal this summer. If you or someone in your family has registered for a spring Parks and Recreation program, such as Egg Hunts, Kids Sports Night, Learn to Skate, soccer or lacrosse clinics, or swim lessons, please check your email for a message on how to transfer current registrations to one of our summer programs. If you have not received any communication about your registration, please contact us by April 3 at 651-450-2585.

For more information click here.

Thank you for your continued support during this challenging time.  We look forward to welcoming you back to the VMCC as soon as possible. Please take care!

Update on Comprehensive Park, Recreation, Trail, and Facility Public Outreach Meetings due to COVID-19

March 25, 2020

Inver Grove Heights Residents,

On Tuesday, March 17th the Inver Grove Heights City Council confirmed a Declaration of a local State of Emergency for the City of Inver Grove Heights effective until Friday, April 17, 2020. Our Emergency Operations declaration indicates that we will be closed for 30 days or until such time as the local State Emergency Order is lifted, or the City Council decides otherwise. Therefore, City Hall, the VMCC, Inver Wood Golf Course and all other public facilities will be closed to the public through Friday, April 17, 2020. City staff will continue to provide essential city services such as police, fire, water and sewer utilities.

The COVID-19 situation is changing daily, and we are acting as quickly as possible to support the needs of our community. We will be postponing our Comprehensive Park, Recreation, Trail, and Facility public outreach meetings until the COVID-19 situation has been resolved. Please look for more information to follow.

If you have any questions, please contact me at ecarlson@invergroveheights.org or call me at 651-450-2587.

Sincerely,

Eric Carlson, Parks & Recreation Director


City of Inver Grove Heights Declares State of Emergency in response to COVID-19

City Hall and Veterans Memorial Community Center closed to the public through April 17; Essential city services will still be provided

To our Inver Grove Heights community,

COVID-19 has changed the landscape for all Minnesotans, and we as a city have been carefully considering what is best for our community and our staff and their families at this time. 

In response to the latest decision by the Governor, which closed schools across the State, Mayor George Tourville has made a Declaration of a State of Emergency for the City of Inver Grove Heights. This enables the city to put into motion our Emergency Management Plan as we navigate this quickly evolving situation while continuing to protect and serve our residents.

Out of an abundance of caution and care for our staff and community, and in alignment with the recommendations of the Minnesota Department of Health (MDH), we will be closing City Hall offices to the public for 30 days, from Wednesday, March 18 through Friday, April 17.  Please note that this closure applies to City Hall, Police Department, Fire Department, Public Works Facility and the Veterans Memorial Community Center (VMCC), which includes all facilities (The Grove Aquatic & Fitness Center, Senior Center, Ice Arenas/Turf and Gymnasium), as well as Inver Wood Golf Course.

We want to assure our residents that this closure to the public will not affect essential city services, such as Police Department and Fire Department responses, and city water and sewer services. 

Essential City Services

This closure to the public will not affect essential city services, such as Police Department and Fire Department responses, and city water and sewer services. City Staff will be available via phone at 651-450-2500 or by email to help with service requests.

Public Safety

If you need police, fire or emergency medical services response--emergency or non-emergency--dial 911. For general public safety inquiries, contact the IGH Police Department at 651-450-2525.

Utilities

Residents who want to pay their utility bills should use the online portal: www.municipalonlinepayments.com/invergroveheightsmn

Residential Building Inspections

Building inspections that take place inside a residence have been suspended until further notice. Inspections on residential permits for exterior improvements such as roofs, siding and decks will continue through April 17 but are subject to change.

Commercial Inspections

Commercial inspections will continue for unoccupied structures and spaces (new buildings and tenant remodels) through April 17 but are subject to change.

Permitting Process

Permits that do not require a plan review (i.e. furnace, water heater, AC, water softener) can be secured and paid for through the Inver Grove Heights online portal: https://cv.invergroveheights.org/cityviewportal

Inspection staff are available by phone at 651-450-2550 for consultations during this time, or via e-mail at permits@invergroveheights.org

Parks & Recreation

The closure impacts all Parks & Recreation programming, which are canceled for the duration of the 30-day closure to the public. Participants will be contacted by Parks & Recreation staff within the next week regarding membership, rental and registrations for programs that are taking place during this period.

We will also keep the Inver Wood Golf Course CLOSED until further notice.

If the weather permits and the golf course and/or driving range can be safely made available for play, after the 30 day city closure period announced yesterday, we will evaluate this option and communicate this information.

Parks and Trails remain Open during city closures

Many of us are staying home and avoiding crowds these days. Getting out into nature and exercising can help us relax and feel better during stressful times. Currently, Inver Grove Heights parks and trails remain open. If you choose to visit our local parks and trails, the National Recreation and Parks Association offers a few recommendations on observing social distancing in parks and on trails:

  • Follow CDC’s guidance on personal hygiene prior to heading to trails — wash hands, carry hand sanitizer, do not use trails if you have symptoms, cover your mouth and nose when coughing or sneezing, etc.
  • Observe at all times the CDC’s minimum recommended social distancing of six feet from other people. Practice it and know what it looks like. Keep it as you walk, bike or hike.
  • Warn other trail users of your presence and as you pass to allow proper distance and step off trails to allow others to pass, keeping minimum recommended distances at all times. Signal your presence with your voice, bell or horn.
  • In Inver Grove Heights park users will find public restrooms closed — be prepared before you leave and time outings so that you are not dependent on public restrooms.
  • Bring water or drinks — public drinking fountains should not be used, even if operable.
  • Bring a suitable trash bag. Leave no trash, take everything out to protect park workers.
  • You are discouraged from using playgrounds and playground equipment, as we have posted signs indicating their closure.

This guidance is current today (3/20/20), and staff continues to monitor CDC guidance and local, state and federal updates daily. For more information please click on the link below:

www.invergroveheights.org/parks


COVID-19 Updates

We also want to assure you that, as news about COVID-19 and impacts to our city change, we will continue to provide you with accurate information as quickly as possible via this COVID-19 web page and our social media pages.

All city staff members share a deep commitment to Inver Grove Heights and the residents they serve. If you have any questions regarding city services, please contact us at 651-450-2500

If you have any questions regarding COVID-19, please contact the MDH COVID-19 Hotline, open 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. every day, at 651-201-3920.

We are all in this together. Remember, the best ways to keep you and your family safe:

  • Wash your hands frequently
  • Avoid touching your face
  • Stay home whenever possible, and especially if you’re sick

Take care.

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Police Department Update 3-18-20: Firearms Permits during emergency closures 

COVID-19 is beginning to impact all of us. This week, our Mayor declared a State of Emergency locally. Out of an abundance of caution and a commitment to protect the health of our officers, staff and community, we have closed City Hall, our Police Department and our Fire Department to the public for 30 days, through Friday, April 17. 

Since this emergency closure was declared, however, we have received questions from residents regarding the processing and approval of Minnesota Uniform Firearm Application Permits to Purchase during this time. In order to comply with state law and meet the needs of our residents, our PD is adapting its closure plans.

Steps We Are Taking 

  1. Any current Permits to Purchase that are complete and approved will be mailed to applicants by the end of this week.
  2. For all new Permits to Purchase, our PD office will open to the public on Mondays beginning March 23, from 8 a.m. to noon only, in order to process these requests. Applicants can apply in person and should enter City Hall at the PD entrance on the righthand side of the building. 
  3. If new Permits to Purchase are approved, they will be ready for pick up in person at our PD office the following Monday from 8 a.m. to noon.

Questions

If you are an applicant who has questions, please call the IGH PD at 651-450-2525. Thank you for your patience as we continue to serve and protect our community during this challenging time.  

www.invergroveheights.org/17/Police

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City of Inver Grove Heights Emergency Meeting Notice

In accordance with the Minnesota Open Meeting Law, notice is hereby given of an emergency meeting of the Inver Grove Heights City Council:

  • Date: Tuesday, March 17, 2020
  • Time: 6 p.m.
  • Location: City of Inver Grove Heights Mayors Conference Room, 8150 Barbara Avenue, Inver Grove Heights, MN 55077
  • Note: We are advising against the public participating in-person. Anyone wishing to monitor the meeting from a remote location should contact the city. The meeting will not be televised.

Purpose

Briefing on COVID-19 response in light of Minnesota Governor Executive Order 2020-01; consent to mayor’s declaration of emergency and consideration of resolution extending emergency declaration for additional time; consideration of adoption of emergency ordinance amending Title 1, Chapter 6, Article A, City Personnel Policy; and consideration of further actions.

Councilmembers

One or more Councilmembers may participate by conference call or other electronic means pursuant to Minn. Stat. § 13D.021.

Questions about this meeting may be directed to City Clerk, Rebecca Kiernan, at 651-450-2513.

All details are in the Emergency Meeting Notice.

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Update to Permit Process

As part of our response to the spread of COVID-19, we have implemented the following changes to our building permit and inspection process. 

Residential Building Inspections 

Building inspections that take place inside a residence have been suspended until further notice. This includes water heaters, furnaces and interior work. We will continue inspections on residential permits for exterior improvements such as roofs, siding and decks. This will continue through April 17 and is subject to change.

Commercial Inspections

Commercial inspections will continue for unoccupied structures and spaces (new building and tenant remodels). This will be in effect through April 17 and is subject to change.

Permits that require access into an occupied home will not be scheduled for an inspection until further notice. 

Permitting Process

Permits that do not require a plan review (i.e. furnace, water heater, AC, water softener) can be secured and paid for through the Inver Grove Heights online portal.

Permits for lower lever finishes and remodels that require a plan review should be submitted through email at permits@invergroveheights.org.

Inspection staff is available by phone at 651-450-2550 for consultations during this time, or via e-mail at permits@invergroveheights.org.

www.invergroveheights.org/56/Building-LicensesPermits-Inspections

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March 13, 2020

An important message to our community about COVID-19 (Coronavirus)

News about COVID-19 is evolving rapidly. Earlier today, Governor Walz declared a peacetime state of emergency in Minnesota and the Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) made recommendations about strategies that we as a City should begin implementing to slow down the spread of COVID-19 in our community. As of now and until further notice, City Hall and its services will remain open during regular business hours. However, based on the recommendations of the MDH, and out of an abundance of caution and care for our staff and community, the City of Inver Grove Heights is taking the following precautions:

  • Our Parks & Recreation Department will postpone all planned activities at the Veterans Memorial Community Center (VMCC) this weekend: March 13, March 14 and March 15. 
  • Beginning Sunday night at 8 p.m. we will close the VMCC and cancel, reschedule or postpone all Parks & Recreation events, classes and programs through April 3. VMCC closure will include the Senior Center.
  • Our Fire Department stations will close to the public until further notice.
  • The City of IGH will postpone the Town Hall meeting scheduled for Monday, March 23 and all other Town Hall meetings, until a future date.
  • The City of IGH will cancel all Parks & Recreation Commission, Environmental Commission and Housing Committee meetings remaining in March. 

What you can do 

The Center for Disease Control (www.cdc.gov) is a good resource for accurate information about COVID-19, including symptoms and travel advice. The CDC recommends taking the following precautions to help keep you and your loved ones healthy:

  • Cover coughs and sneezes with your elbow or a tissue.
  • Wash your hands frequently, with plenty of soap and warm water, for at least 20 seconds.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth unless you’ve washed your hands first.
  • If you’re sick, stay home and limit your contact with others.

If you need further information on COVID-19, or have questions about symptoms or testing, call the Minnesota Department of Health COVID-19 Hotline: (651) 201-3920

We will continue to update you

The health of our community is our top priority, and we will continue to take guidance from the MDH to help keep our community safe. Check the Inver Grove Heights City Facebook page for periodic updates, or visit our City’s COVID-19 web page at www.invergroveheights.org/COVID-19.

Take care.

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City of Inver Grove Heights Closing Veterans Memorial Community Center

Earlier today, the Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) made recommendations about strategies we should start using as a community to slow down the spread of COVID‐19. These include cancelling or postponing gatherings of more than 250 people, cancelling or postponing gatherings of less 250 that would put people within six feet of one another, and cancelling or postponing gatherings of any groups vulnerable to COVID‐19, like seniors.

Based on these recommendations and out of an abundance of caution and care for our staff and community, we are closing the Veterans Memorial Community Center (VMCC) beginning 8 p.m. Sunday, March 15 through 10 p.m. Friday, April 3.

  • The Grove Aquatic and Fitness Center
  • Senior Center
  • Ice Arenas/Turf
  • National Guard Gymnasium

All Parks and Recreation programs, classes and events will be cancelled, rescheduled or postponed during this time. Staff will be available by email and phone between the hours of 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. Monday to Friday at 651-450‐2480 or 651-450‐2585 if you need to reach them.

The VMCC will be open this weekend, until Sunday night. Rentals for turf and community rooms will take place as scheduled. Open Swim, Skate, Gym and Pickleball will take place as usual. However, for the added safety of our community, we are postponing the following events:

  • Kids Sports Night: Friday, March 13 from 6:30-8 p.m.
  • Let’s Try Lacrosse: Saturday, March 14 from 9-10:30 a.m.
  • Baseball Coaches Clinic: Saturday, March 14 from 9 a.m.-Noon
  • Aquatics Open House: Scheduled for Saturday, March 14 from 10 a.m.-Noon
  • Fitness Classes: ALL

If you were signed up for a program with IGH Parks & Recreation, you will be contacted by Parks and Recreation staff within the next week regarding your membership, rental and registrations for programs that are taking place during this period of closure. Details on new program dates and times will be posted on Facebook and the City’s website and emailed to registered participants at a later date. COVID‐19 news is quickly evolving. Please allow us time to coordinate and communicate accurate information to you.

The City of Inver Grove Heights Parks and Recreation views safety along with customer service as top priority. The well-being of our program participants, employees and the community we serve is very important to us. Thank you for your continued support.

Thank you for your patience and understanding.

For questions or concerns regarding COVID-19, please call the MDH COVID-19 Hotline at 651-201-3920.

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City of Inver Grove Heights Closing Fire Stations to the public

The City of Inver Grove Heights views the safety of our staff and community as a top priority. Out of an abundance of caution and care for our staff and community and due to the quickly evolving situation around COVID-19 the City will be closing our Fire Stations to the public until further notice.

Thank you for your patience and understanding.

For questions or concerns regarding COVID-19, please call the MDH COVID-19 Hotline at 651-201-3920.

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City of Inver Grove Heights postpones Recreational Programs for this weekend (March 13-14)

The City of Inver Grove Heights views safety along with customer service as a top priority. The well-being of our community, employees and program participants we serve is very important to us.

As the impact of the COVID-19 (Coronavirus) continues to evolve and the City is evaluating the situation, we are taking proactive steps regarding postponing Parks and Recreation recreational programs this coming weekend, March 13-14.

Based on the Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) recommendations around limiting large group gatherings, we will be postponing the following city-sponsored activities scheduled for this weekend:

  • Kids Sports Night: Friday, March 13 from 6:30-8 p.m.
  • Let’s Try Lacrosse: Saturday, March 14 from 9-10:30 a.m.
  • Baseball Coaches Clinic: Saturday, March 14 from 9 a.m.-Noon
  • Aquatics Open House: Scheduled for Saturday, March 14 from 10 a.m.-Noon
  • All Fitness Classes held at the Veterans Memorial Community Center beginning at 5 pm tonight

Details on new program dates and times will be posted on Facebook and the City’s website and emailed to registered participants at a later time.

Thank you for your patience and understanding.

For questions or concerns regarding COVID-19, please call the MDH COVID-19 Hotline at (651) 201-3920.

Take care.

https://www.invergroveheights.org/CivicAlerts.aspx?AID=1013