Originally broadcast 04/16/2020
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Dan Culhane, President and CEO of the Ames Chamber of Commerce, reports that most restaurants in Ames continue to do business via take-outs and delivery. He encourages patrons to tip well to help servers cope with lowered business volume and tip income and support our local eating establishments. No indications have occurred that any local restaurants are planning to close.
Tess Cody, Executive Director of ACCESS (Assault Care Center Extending Shelter and Support) discusses help for those experiencing sexual assault and domestic violence during the Covid-19 crisis. ACCESS services are available, the shelter is open, and remote online counseling services are available.
24/7 Hotline for sexual abuse: 800-203-3488
24/7 Hotline for domestic abuse or violence: 855-983-4641
Bill Schmitt Supervisor for the Ames Resource recovery Plant reports that the walk-in service is closed and alterations to the plant's operations during Covid-19 crisis. As of the first of April, the City's Food Waste Diversion Program has waived any feeds and is allowing people to drop off their food waste into an outside dumpster at 110 Center Ave - North side of the building,(rolling bin with orange cover). There is also a bin for recycling glass. Other sites for dropping off glass are at HyVee gas station and Fairway parking lot (soon). Please hold on to hazardous materials at home. They are currently not being accepted by the Resource Recovery Plant until after the Covid-19 crisis. No-charge waste Day has been postponed due to the crisis. Check the web site for announcements. Also he requests that residents cut down on waste and think about saving objects to sell at Rummage Rampage. And to not thrown away batteries; drop them off at the Recovery Plant. Best Buy also has a drop off for batteries.
According to Susan Gwiasda, Ames Public Relations Office, there is still concern about people in the area not practicing to social distancing to help flatten the disease's curve in our area. The rule is: 1) groups of people with less than 10 people 2) distance of 6 feet or more between people. The City of Ames accepts and follows up on reports of failure to comply. To file a complaint call 515-239-5670 or email firstname.lastname@example.org .
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