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Governor’s Executive Order

Executive Order 1463

Executive Order 1466 (1)

RECREATION UPDATE: In regards to Mississippi Governor Tate Reeves’ Executive Order #1466, as of now our Mississippi boat ramps will remain open to the public. Two people will be allowed per boat on the water. If you have more than two people in your boat you may be issued a citation. Groups of people congregating at sand bars, boat ramps, or fishing areas may be issued citations. Social distancing of six feet minimum will be enforced to maintain safety for recreators. If an area is experiencing congestion, consider staying in your car or leaving to avoid being issued a citation and avoid the risk of exposure. Local curfews apply to our recreation areas and will be enforced as well. These extreme measures are being put in place to first and foremost keep people safe, secondly they are being put in place to keep fishing available for public enjoyment. We want these two things to be available as long as possible, so PLEASE comply! #TennTomTime #MobileDistrict #USACE #SAD #COVID19

Governor Reeves:

Today, at 5:00 PM, our shelter-in-place order begins. That means you must stay at home except for essential travel or individual outdoor activity. You can go to the grocery store. You can go to the bank. You can get what you need to get by any day. You can go for a walk or a drive.

You can’t gather with groups unless it is truly essential, because that’s how the virus spreads. Don’t be around strangers or even friends that you’re not already in constant contact with like family or roommates. That is what we are trying to avoid.

I know this won’t be easy. I also know that we can do it. We’re Mississippi, and we can rally together to slow this virus down. We’re not afraid of hard moments—we step up. You’re protecting your parent, spouse, friend, neighbor, and more by doing so. You’re protecting yourself—this thing is bad.

Previous generations were called to world wars. We were called to stay home for a time. I miss church. I miss sports. I miss friends. I know you do to. It’s not fun, but it’s the right tool at the right time to protect us from our enemy.

Be smart. Use sense. Stay home. Stay safe. God bless.

There’s a lot of very big issues out there right now: lives are on the line based on what we all do to slow the spread of COVID-19. This may seem like a small thing given the serious nature of the times, but we’ve gotten a massive amount of questions and calls on this issue so I want to share some thoughts.

Fishing is a very safe socially distant activity. It is totally allowed during our shelter-in-place order. If there’s a pond, creek, or private lake near you where you can safely drop a line while staying away from other anglers I strongly encourage you to do so.

We had to close our major lakes, reservoirs, and beaches because large crowds were gathering all over the place—on docks, banks, and in bait shops. I’m asking state officials to work on an enforcement plan that might allow us to open those up for solo fishermen in some way, but those agents are stretched very thin right now. If we can find a way to do it, we will.

Stay at home except for essential travel, with one exception: you are totally welcome to go out in nature on your own. Take a walk. Ride a bike. Run your dogs. Go for a drive then back home. Watch the sunset. Practice free throws. Fish or shoot skeet. I wish I had the time to do so right now, and absolutely would.

It’s not easy to stay at home for two weeks. I know that. This is a safe way to protect your own mental health while protecting the health of your neighbors. God bless.

City of Amory Statement Regarding Covid-19

City of Amory Covid Order 03 31 2020

Amory Covid Statement

 

 

THE CITY OF AMORY, MISSISSIPPI

Statement on facilities, activities, and functions.

 

We take the continued safety and wellbeing of our citizens, visitors, and employees

very seriously and feel that the following actions are the best way to

continue protecting all citizens, visitors, and employees as we continue to

offer services to the City of Amory. – Mayor and Board of Aldermen of the City of Amory

 

If you are sick, stay home. Use the self-quarantine methods recommended by the CDC and MS Department of Health. Make arrangements to pay via mail, phone, or online as listed below per department.

 

If you feel you must visit one of our locations, please abide by the following rules:

  • Cover coughs and sneezes – We realize not every sickness is contagious as the pollen begins to fall. Please continue to cover your coughs and sneezes with a disposable tissue.
  • Wash your hands and use sanitizer. We have it provided in multiple places.

 

 

If you feel that you or someone you know has been exposed to COVID-19, please call the MS Department of Health at 1-877-978-6453 or visit http://healthy.ms.com/covid-19 for information.

 

 

City of Amory City Hall

  • City Hall is closed to the public but will continue business as usual for all aspects excluding the following exemptions:
    • All Rental Inspections have been discontinued until further notice.
    • All Fire and Building Inspections that are yearly and biannual will be discontinued for existing businesses until further notice.
    • All Building Inspections for new facilities (empty, not open to the public, and with limited use/visitation) will be assessed based on the discretion of the Building Inspector and Fire Chief. They will monitor the advice and instructions issued by the State of Mississippi and adhere to these decisions.
    • There will be instructions for those visiting City Hall posted at the entrances and online.
    • Amory Municipal Court will post signs on the exterior of the Monroe County Government Complex and Amory City Hall in regards to upcoming court dates as well as issue statements on social media.
    • REMEMBER – you may make a payment for services via telephone with use of a credit card.

Call 662-256-5635 or 662-256-5721

Options:         

Mayor’s Office —————–    2 Court Clerk ———————    3   Street  —————————    4

Building ————————-    5  Planning / Zoning/Permits — 6  Code Enforcement ———–    7

City Clerk ———————–    8 (Business Licenses, voting, elections, payroll, human resources, tax questions, accounts payable, accounts receivable, IT, public records, ordinances, etc.)

City of Amory Utilities

  • To limit exposure, we ask that utilities clients pay their billing in the following ways:
    • Call 1-844-200-2036
    • Visit commercialpayments.com/amory
    • Use the drop box located at the front of the building (indicate name on account, address of service, and account number if possible).
    • Call 256-5633 after 2 hours to verify receipt of payment.
    • Via USPS PO Box 266, Amory, MS 38821
    • The City of Amory Utilities lobby is closed but we will continue services as normal with limited to no changes in our services, operations, disconnections, connections, etc.
    • Call 662-256-5633 for questions. Use the online portal for information and for forms: http://www.cityofamoryms.com/departments/utilities-department/

 

 

City of Amory Fire Department

  • The front doors of the Fire Stations will be locked and limited to essential personnel only.
  • To enter you must call the station:
    • #1 662-256-8383 #2 662-256-6326
    • Limited entry and exposure will protect our first responders so that they may in turn protect you.

 City of Amory Police Department

  • The lobby of the Amory Police Department will be open for those in need. No entrance past the front lobby will be allowed for non-essential persons.
  • Fingerprinting services will be suspended until further notice.
  • Please note that reports will be taken via telephone or through lobby contact only to protect our first responders and limit their exposure so that they may continue to provide essential services to our citizens, visitors, and employees.

Parks and Recreation Department

  • All sports, games, practices, tournaments, and sanctioned activities will be postponed at this time. We will follow MHSAA guidance on sports, games, practices, and tournaments. Please pay close attention to our social media and MHSAA guidance which will indicate when we will play and practice.
  • Young at Heart Program – suspended until further notice.
  • Fishing Rodeo (April 18) – postponed until further notice. We will follow the guidance of MDWFP for this sponsored event.
  • Tournament Games – There will be no tournament games on City of Amory fields at this time and until further notice.
  • Rental of Facilities – we are suspending rental of our public facilities (community centers, Frisco Park Pavilion, and National Guard Old Armory) at this time. If you have already rented and paid, please expect a call from the City Clerk to discuss options and full refunds.
  • Outdoor Facilities – our outdoor facilities are closed to the public. Please use your best judgement in visiting our parks, walking tracks, playgrounds, Northeast Mississippi Nature & Interpretive Trail, McAlpine Lake, outdoor exercise facilities, etc.
  • Frisco Park Splash Pad – The interactive fountain is currently turned off to encourage social distancing per guidelines of the CDC.

City of Amory Municipal Library

  • The City of Amory Municipal Library will be closed to the public at this time and until further notice.

City of Amory Regional Museum

  • The Amory Regional Museum is closed to the public at this time.

 

ATTENTION – READ BEFORE VISITING CITY HALL

To better protect our citizens, visitors, and employees we ask that you abide by the following rules:

If you are sick, stay home.

  • You may pay your fees, fines, and amounts due by calling:

Call 662-256-5635 or 662-256-5721

  • Via mail- PO Drawer 457, Amory, MS 38821 (name, address, account number, any identifying information needed to post correctly).
  • We can perform the majority of all privilege license requirements via electronic form.
  • Try to handle as many questions and as much business as you can via phone, our online site, or via email: cityofamoryms.com
  • Remember that those with compromised immune systems and older adults are at very high risk for all transferable diseases. Please respect our employees and citizens by limiting their risk.

 

 

  • Cover coughs and sneezes – We realize not every sickness is contagious as the pollen begins to fall. Please continue to cover your coughs and sneezes with a disposable tissue.
  • Wash your hands and use sanitizer. We have it provided in multiple places.

 

If you feel that you or someone you know has been exposed to COVID-19, please call the MS Department of Health at 1-877-978-6453 or visit http://healthy.ms.com/covid-19 for information.

ATTENTION – READ BEFORE VISITING UTILITIES OFFICE

To better protect our citizens, visitors, and employees we ask that you abide by the following rules:

If you are sick, stay home.

 

  • Use our payment drop box located at the front of the building. If you do not have exact change, please know that overpayment will be applied to your account and be used as credit on future billing. Please indicate name on account, address of service, and account number if you have it.

Call 2565633 to verify receipt of your drop box payment within 2 hours after dropping payment.

  • Try to handle as many questions and as much business as you can via phone, our online site, or via email: http://www.cityofamoryms.com/departments/utilities-department/
  • All applications for utilities services are available online.
  • Remember that those with compromised immune systems and older adults are at very high risk for all transferable diseases. Please respect our employees and citizens by limiting their risk.

 

  • Cover coughs and sneezes – We realize not every sickness is contagious as the pollen begins to fall. Please continue to cover your coughs and sneezes with a disposable tissue.
  • Wash your hands and use sanitizer. We have it provided in multiple places.

 

If you feel that you or someone you know has been exposed to COVID-19, please call the MS Department of Health at 1-877-978-6453 or visit http://healthy.ms.com/covid-19 for information.

 

 

 

Have you received your Census 2020 packet as of yet? Please don’t throw it away! This packet takes just a minute to fill out and can mean grants, funding, and more for your city and school district! The majority of grants applied for by the City of Amory are based on census data. The more counted residents that send back data the higher our number of population grows. When you get your packet, go to my2020census.gov to complete it or fill it out and send it back in the prepaid envelope. If you need help or know someone who does, please send them to the City Clerk’s office in Amory. We will be glad to allow computer/tablet access online for the form to be filled out. Keep an eye open for locations such as the Amory Municipal Library where you can access the website and receive assistance! Click these two pdf informational packets to learn more!

KC-Factbook-2020

Census 2020 Fact Sheets

 

 

1723 and 1724 signed ordinances

If you have questions regarding creating a business or adding to an existing business as associated with ordinances 1723 (beer) and 1724 (alcohol), please call the City Clerk’s office at 662-256-5721 (Option 8).

Here are some FAQ that may help?

 

https://www.dor.ms.gov/Business/Pages/Beer.aspx

https://www.dor.ms.gov/ABC/Pages/default.aspx

Can I apply for my beer or alcohol license for the City of Amory with ABC/TAP yet?

The City of Amory has submitted all required paperwork to ABC (alcohol) and TAP/DOR (beer).

We are showing on the Alcohol Map for ABC but are not yet showing on the Beer/Light Wine map for TAP/DOR.  

February 1, 2020 is the date that DOR will allow business owners to apply for a beer license.

February 7, 2020 is the date the ordinances for the City of Amory are enforceable. You may contact these agencies to begin your paperwork to apply.

The first recommended action is to contact the City Clerk’s office (662-256-5721 option 8) or Planning and Zoning to verify that you can disburse, serve, transport, etc in the location in which you are planning to. You must be zoned properly within the City of Amory to disburse and serve alcohol and beer/light wine. Each zoning requirement is different based on what you are preparing to do and there are a great many rules and regulations to follow.

What’s the difference between beer and alcoholic beverages?

Although beer contains alcohol, it is not considered an “alcoholic beverage” in Mississippi’s local option laws and is regulated differently from distilled spirits and wine.

In Mississippi, beer is a malt-based beverage that has no more than 8% alcohol by weight. Beer that has alcohol content greater than 8% by weight is not legal in Mississippi. Products that are wine-based and the alcohol content is less than 5% by weight are regulated like beer. These are called light wine products and are seen in the market typically as wine coolers. Beer and light wine cannot be sold in package stores. Likewise, alcoholic beverages cannot be sold in convenience or grocery stores.

An alcoholic beverage is either a distilled spirit or a wine product that contains more than 5% alcohol by weight. Products that are spirit-based (liquor) and that are less than 5% by weight are not legal in Mississippi. Alcoholic beverages are most often identified as items you may purchase in package stores. ​

Where do I get a permit to sell beer and alcoholic beverages?

​There are separate permits for beer and alcoholic beverages both issued through the Department of Revenue. A beer permit may be applied for through TAP. A beer permit allows a retailer to sell beer and light wine at his licensed premises. For beer and light wine, this permit can be for on-premises or off-premise sales. A municipality or county (depending on where the retailer is located) may issue a local beer permit. You should contact your local government authorities for information.

The permit to sell alcoholic beverages is issued by the Alcoholic Beverage Control (permit information) office of the Department of Revenue. The authority to issue permits to sell alcoholic beverages is solely within the authority of the Department of Revenue; there is no provision in law for a municipality or county to issue a permit for the sale of alcoholic beverages.​

Can a private party be held in a business after hours in which liquor is served?

State Law: ​A private party may be held on licensed premises after closing to the public; but, absolutely no alcoholic beverages may be served, sold, possessed or consumed on the premises except during the legal hours for operation regardless of whether the premises are open to the public or being used for a private party.​

Can a city require that a business obtain a city privilege license before selling beer/light wine?

Yes. State statutes authorize municipalities to require that businesses obtain a municipal beer permit before being able to sell beer/light wine within the city limits. Each permittee must obtain a state issued MDOR beer/light wine permit also before it is legal to sell beer/light wine.

How long does it take to issue a permit?

Each beer permit application is assigned to a tax analyst for review. It generally takes 5-7 business days for completely process an application once all applicable information is entered. Beer and light wine are applied for at www.dor.ms.gov.

Alcohol takes 4-6 weeks to process an application for ABC. Enforcement agents conduct background investigations and make sure that all applicants  and locations meet all requirements of the Local Option Laws. 

Can a city limit the areas in which beer / light wine is sold?

Yes. Cities are authorized by law to control many aspects including hours and areas. Please see Ordinances 1723 and 1724.

Can someone own more than one liquor store if the stores are in different cities?

No. No one may own more than an interest in one liquor store in this State regardless of location.

Is there a limit to liquor stores to be allowed in one city?

No. The number of permits issued by the commission shall not be restricted or limited based on population basis. The commission may refuse to issue a permit because of the undesirability of the proposed location.

Attention Citizens:

If your home or property has been damaged by flood, fire, tornado, or other disaster, don’t let unscrupulous individuals take advantage of you during this vulnerable time.

Please follow this basic advice before you hire a contractor or sign any documents for repairs:

  • Don’t rush into repairs no matter how badly they are needed.
  • Be cautious of door-to-door offers of repair services and flyers or business cards that are left on your doorstep.
  • Get at least 3 quotes. Always ask for and verify sources for each.
  • Get a written contract that states all tasks to be performed. all associated costs, and the payment schedule.
  • Don’t let the payments get ahead of the work.
  • Keep records of payments and receipts. Never pay cash.
  • Hire a licensed contractor. For a list of licensed and bonded City of Amory plumbers and electricians contact the City Clerk’s office at 662-256-5721 (Option 8).

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For the most up to date information:

 Please follow the City of Amory and Amory Police Department on Facebook and Twitter for the most up to date Breaking News! 

www.facebook.com/AmoryMississippi/

www.facebook.com/amorypd/

 

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Beginning April 4, 2016 Monroe County will be delivering new cans to our residential customers.  Please pay attention to the information sheets attached to each can. This information will have your pick up day on it.  The can distribution will take approximately one month to complete.  If you do not have a can, but the street next to you does, please be patient. The process will take approximately one month to complete for garbage pickup to begin. We ask that you be patient as we transition from City of Amory garbage pick up to Monroe County operated garbage pick up.

Please click this link for a press release from Monroe County:

Press Release Regarding City of Amory Residential Garbage

As mentioned in the above press release, should you require an extra can there are two options available to you:

1- Contact Monroe County and for an extra fee per month, you will be provided with a can.

2- You may purchase your own additional rolling can and place it alongside the Monroe County provided can. Please remember that due to the type of machine picking up the trash, the can must be a rolling can of similar quality. Monroe County will not be responsible for damage to self-purchased garbage containers.

 

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 The Monroe County Chamber of Commerce puts out a Monday Moments Newsletter! Click HERE

 

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What can you do to be prepared and what you should do during a natural disaster…

MEMA offers helpful tips and ideas on their website for all natural disaster situations.

Visit the following page: http://www.msema.org/be-prepared/floods/

Click the link on whatever disaster you want to prepare for on the far right side!

Helpful tips and ideas for kids are available, too!

Flash-Flood-Information

 

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The Frisco Park Splashpad is open!

 

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The Frisco Park Splashpad is currently closed for the season!

 

 

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 Employment

 

Visit our Employment page for job applications and job opportunities:

 

 

 

 City of Amory Employment Opportunities

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