The health and safety of our citizens is something that we at the City of Sparta take very seriously. As such, we are taking steps to mitigate the spread of COVID-19 in our community. In an effort to maintain transparency and keep the public informed, we have compiled this web page. This situation is rapidly evolving and we will provide updates as soon as we can. Click HERE for links to other useful websites.
Show-Me Strong Recovery Order:
On April 27th, the Director of the Department of Health and Senior Services of the State of Missouri issued guidelines for the reopening of the economy. You can view those guidelines HERE.
Stay at Home Order:
On March 26th, Mayor Jenni Davis issued a stay at home order within the City of Sparta that goes into effect at 12:01 AM, March 28th. This order closes all non-essential businesses and implores all citizens to only leave their homes if absolutely necessary. The official press release regarding this order can be read HERE.
On April 27th, Mayor Davis extended the order to May 3rd.
Christian County has created a list of commonly asked questions about stay at home orders. For guidance on which businesses are considered essential, click HERE. For information about what activities citizens are allowed to leave their home for, click HERE.
Declaration of Emergency:
On March 19th, Christian County presiding commissioner Ralph Phillips issued an order prohibiting all public gatherings of 10 or more people. Following suit, on March 20th, Mayor Jenni Davis also declared a state of emergency and is enacting measures in order to ensure the safety of our citizens. Read her official statement HERE.
- Effective immediately, there is an ordinance declaring it to be unlawful to organize or attend a public gathering of 10 or more people. For the purpose of this order, “public gathering” does not include the following:
- Funeral homes
- Daycare facilities
- Places of employment
- Grocery and retail stores
- Any activity a court of competent jurisdiction holds cannot constitutionally be closed in these specific circumstances
- Any gatherings where the organizer can demonstrate to the Mayor, City, County, and State health officials that sufficient mitigation plans for infectious disease are in place
- Any person who organizes a gathering of nine (9) people or less shall take appropriate action to minimize risk to the greatest extent possible by implementing and enforcing mitigation measures, including but not limited to, social distancing, limiting the time period of gatherings, frequent cleaning of all surfaces and posting of signs.
- Nothing in this order prohibits public food establishments from offering delivery, pickup, and drive-thru services.
- Any business may remain open to the public as long as they comply with the limit on 10 person gatherings and the social distancing requirements mentioned above.
- Utility payments are still being accepted online, and in our drop box. You can also pay by mailing a check or money order. If you would like a receipt, please include a self-addressed, stamped envelope or your email address for us to send it to you.
- Republic Services has altered their operating guidelines. You can find their official statement HERE.
Sparta Municipal Court:
- Payments are still being accepted in person, online, by phone (877-793-77144) and by mail.
- Our next court date on June 11th at 1:30 PM is still scheduled to take place in person, in the court room, at City Hall.
April Municipal Election:
- Governor Parson made an executive order postponing the April 7th election to June 2nd.
- The closing date to register to vote in this election remains March 11th.
- The deadline for filing as a write-in candidate for office remains March 27th at 5 p.m.
- The deadline to apply for an absentee ballot (Section 115.279, RSMo) shall be May 20th.
- In-person absentee ballots may be cast until 5 p.m. on June 1st.
- The deadline by which absentee ballots must be received by the election authority (Section 115.293.1, RSMo) shall be 7 p.m. on June 2nd.
- Military and overseas voters must request a ballot from an election authority by 5 p.m. on May 29th, and the deadline for local election authorities to make ballots available to such voters is April 18. Military and overseas ballots must be received by the election authority by June 5th.
- More information can be found on the Christian County Clerk’s website.
- The census station set up in City Hall is available for use, but the Census Bureau is recommending the 2020 Census survey be completed online at my2020census.gov. If you have any difficulties, residents are encouraged to call the Census Bureau directly at 844-330-2020.
- Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the World Health Organization are great sources for up to date, factual information.
- The Christian County Health Department and the Christian County Office of Emergency Management sites provide more localized information.
- You can also follow our Facebook page to receive updates.