COVID-19

City of Delta Junction mayor JW Musgrove sent out an email on Friday outlining the city services that are being affected by the recent increase of positive coronavirs tests.

Local City facilities that are not currently available include the the Liewer-Olmstead Ice Arena, the community center, senior lounge, and City Hall conference rooms. Other services within City Hall are also not available such as notary service and copies, but are available at other local businesses such as Smiling Moose.

City administrator Mary Leith commented in a phone interview that the indoor ice arena is closed in response to the recent COVID-19 suggestions by Governor Mike Dunleavy. Leith did say that the outdoor rink will remain open although the warming shack too will be closed for public use.

When asked why the outdoor rink will remain open while the indoor rink is closed, Leith said, “We do not have a way to control the outdoor rink. If we did, we would have that closed also.”

Todd Zachgo from the Delta-Greely Skating Association (DGSA) tried to workout a plan with the city to allow the indoor arena to remain open. Zachgo suggested that they could perhaps reduce areas of congregation by keeping the concessions facility and the bathrooms locked.

Leith did say that it is the mayor’s decision to keep the whole facility shut down.

The DGSA Facebook page placed a notice to all of the skating association families regarding the closure of the ice rink. The notice suggested that all interested families show up for the council meeting tonight. The notice also said that the skating association already has a mitigation plan, contact tracing, mask mandate and the blessings of Alaska State Hockey Association to continue hockey.

The meeting starts at 5 p.m. at City Hall, but comments can be made by calling into the meeting at (877) 309-2073 and entering the access code 534 908 669. A GoTo meeting is also available at www.gotomeeting.com/join/534908669.

The meeting will also be broadcast over KDHS radio station.

The city plans to have the facilities closed for a minimum of 30 days.

The city park remains open.

Tim Holoday manages advertising for TriDelta, Inc. publisher of the Seward Journal and Delta Wind newspapers and covers general news topics. He can be reached at news@deltawindonline.com.