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For the first time in Louisville history, the mayor held a virtual town hall on Wednesday night.

The main topic of the evening was the coronavirus pandemic, and Mayor Ashley Stolzmann told those listening and watching about the city’s finances, the statewide safer-at-home order and what Louisville could look like this summer.

City staff will be looking at ways to hold events differently this year, including the Fourth of July celebration, Stolzmann said, adding moving forward will be a “tricky” proposition.

“People need to be able to feed their families,” she said. “We need to make sure we can come up with ways that produce positive health outcomes.”

City facilities will reopen using a phased approach, including Memory Square Pool, which could be closed until June, and the Louisville Recreation and Senior Center, which might not open until a later , Stolzmann said. A timeline was not specified for reopening the center.

If Boulder County does not issue an order for people to wear masks in public,  “Louisville is going to consider a special resolution to put this into place,” she said.

City Council could vote Tuesday on a mask requirement, she said.

“We need people to be washing their hands, wearing a face mask and social distancing,” Stolzmann said. “There’s a social contract here, we all need to do this to help each other.”

Stolzmann said she has seen a lot of residents wearing masks, but resident Betty Hauserman said she’s seen the opposite.

“People are not wearing masks, they’re not worried,”  Hauserman said. “Bikers are not concerned how close they are. I don’t know what to do.”

Stolzmann said people should be asking friends and neighbors in a friendly manner to continue to wear masks, wash their hands and stay socially distant from others.

The city has furloughed 218 employees due to the economic impact of the coronavirus pandemic, but in her address on Wednesday Stolzmann said the city’s general fund reserves are in good shape.

“We’re coming into this pandemic with a healthy reserve,” Stolzmann said. “We think this will likely continue to be challenging for (some) time. Our reserve could dip down.”

The virus has not impacted the 2020 concrete replacement project, which is scheduled to continue into August. The work includes new bike lanes, improvements to pedestrian crossings and refuges, curb ramps, medians and bus stops along Pine Street.

The meeting was recorded and can be viewed at bit.ly/3aX410Z.

Stolzmann will host a town hall once a quarter, the next one is scheduled for 6 p.m. July 29.

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