COVID-19 continues to be top of mind, and we have been actively monitoring updates from the CDC, State of Illinois, and the Richland County Health Office to help us manage through this rapidly evolving situation.

This LINK is to the Governor's Executive Order 2020-10, filed on March 20, 2020.  This details essential and non-essential businesses, and mandates that playgrounds are closed until April 7, 2020.  As a precautionary measure, public restroom facilities in City parks will also be closed.

The following has been put in place in response to the COVID-19 outbreak:
  • The Olney City Hall will be closed to the public through 4/7/2020.  City staff will continue to report to work and will be available by phone or e-mail to assist the public.  Various pieces of information and contact information can be found on this website.  This closure will likely extend until April 30th
  • For those residents that need to pay a bill, you can do so in the following ways only:
    1.  The "Make a Payment" icon on this website
    2.  Placing your payment into the dropbox to the left of the front door of City Hall
    3.  At local banks with a check
    4.  Via regular mail
    5.  Via online bill pay through your banking website
  • The City of Olney will waive March's non-payment disconnections, and will waive April's late fees for those customers that have difficulty making payments via these temporary arrangements
  • All current events planned for the Community Building and other park facilities will be cancelled through 4/30/2020
  • All public safety personnel will operate normal shifts and will provide normal 24-hour coverage
  • Public Works departments will continue to operate as normal
  • Trash pick up will collect on normal route days, however Republic Services has suspended bulk pick up service, effective immediately.  This suspension is to protect the health and safety of their drivers so that regular trash service may continue
  • The Brush Dump will be open regular hours
  • City of Olney playgrounds are closed through 4/7/20 per Executive Order 2020-10
  • City of Olney boat stickers & daily boat tag sales to individuals living OUTSIDE of Richland County are suspended until further notice.  This is in effort to help support the mandates from Executive Order 2020-10 which limit non-essential travel
  • Liquor license renewal payments for the 2020/2021 year are extended 60 days from the date that licensed bars/restaurants/gaming parlors/private clubs may re-open for regular business
Also, the City of Olney, in conjunction with the Olney Little League, will be cancelling all baseball practices through at least April 6th, and all games and tournaments will be cancelled at least through May 11th.

The decision was made in a joint effort to protect the citizens of Olney and its youth.  This action was taken because of the COVID-19 outbreak, and the uncertainty as to how long these current conditions might take place.

The City and Olney Little League Board will be re-evaluating this situation as to whether a longer period of cancellations will be needed.