The past few weeks have been difficult for all of us in light of the COVID-19 outbreak. Washington State and the Federal government are implementing processes and actions daily that may impact us here in Ellensburg.
HERE’S WHAT THE CITY IS DOING:
We have declared a local state of emergency. This declaration allows more flexibility and authorization for the City Manager to take action to help protect the health and safety of the community.
TEMPORARY FACILITY CLOSURES
We have closed the following facilities to public access.
City Hall, 501 N. Anderson St., (509) 962-7204 or send an email
Building and Planning / Community Development Department information is available online at https://ci.ellensburg.wa.us/839/Community-Development. NOTE: Governor Inslee and the Kittitas County Public Health Department have determined construction personal should stay at home.
Public Works and Utilities (PWU) main phone (509) 962-7230 | firstname.lastname@example.org or PWU webpage at https://ci.ellensburg.wa.us/1020/Public-Works-Utilities
Adult Activity Center, 506 S. Pine St. (509) 962-7242. Find information on Adult Activity Center webpage: https://ci.ellensburg.wa.us/823/Adult-Activity-Center
Animal Control, 1007 S. Industrial Way (509) 962-7246. Limited phone/email available to serve customers or online at https://ci.ellensburg.wa.us/781/Animal-Control-Division
Ellensburg Public Library and Hal Holmes Community Center, 209 N. Ruby St. (509) 962-7250. Find information on the library webpage: https://ci.ellensburg.wa.us/144/Library or Hal Holmes Community Center at https://ci.ellensburg.wa.us/145/Hal-Holmes-Community-Center
Ellensburg Racquet and Recreation Center (ERRC), 6061 Vantage Hwy.(509) 925-8636. Find information on the ERRC webpage: https://ci.ellensburg.wa.us/826/Racquet-Recreation-Center
Stan Bassett Youth Center (SBYC), 406 E. Capitol (509) 925-8604. Find information on the SBYC webpage: https://ci.ellensburg.wa.us/830/Stan-Bassett-Youth-Center
Kittitas Valley Memorial Pool and Fitness Center, 815 E 6th Ave (509) 962-7211. Find information on the pool webpage: https://ci.ellensburg.wa.us/831/Memorial-Pool-Fitness-Center
The two off-leash dog parks, one at Rotary Park and the second at Irene Rinehart Riverfront Park, are also closed due to kennel cough.
Here is the emergency contact list during the COVID-19 outbreak
TEMPORARY UTILITY BILL RELIEF
The city is available to work out payment plans for utility bills, is temporarily not charging late fees nor disconnecting service for non-payment. Give us a call weekdays between 8 AM and 5 PM at (509) 962-7201 option 3 or email us at email@example.com .
CITY COUNCIL MEETINGS
City Council will continue to meet the 1st and 3rd Monday of each month. These meetings are livestreamed on ECTV and recorded for viewing at a later date.
Per Governor Inslee’s Amending Proclamation 20-05, City Council and all City board/commission meetings will not be held in-person through at least April 23. In addition, the Proclamation limits those meetings to taking action only on issues to address necessary and routine business, and business that is in response to the COVID-19 outbreak. Information about how the public can attend these meetings remotely will be noted on the council meeting agenda or council calendar, as well as on the City website and through social media.
CITY BOARDS AND COMMISSION MEETINGS
Should a board or commission convene for business, the public will have the option to participate virtually. How to view or call into the meeting will be made available via the calendar.
ELLENSBURG PUBLIC LIBRARY
Many patron services continue to be available online. Read this letter from Library Director, Josephine Camarillo.
PARKS AND RECREATION
While parks facilities are closed, most outdoor parks remain open. Read this letter from Parks and Recreation Director, Brad Case.
ACTIVITIES AND PROGRAMMING
Energy Audits are suspended as are in-person activities and programming offered by Parks and Recreation and the Library.
The city of Ellensburg has suspended enforcement of the carryout bag ordinance at the request of the Northwest Grocery Association, their members, and the workers employed by their members. This action contributes to our continued efforts to minimize situations that could lead to contact with the coronavirus. The enforcement suspension starts March 23, 2020, until future notice.
MYTH BUSTING #1: Are the City of Ellensburg roads closed? Is traffic being diverted away from Ellensburg? This is a myth. A rumor. While Ellensburg residents are practicing social distancing, the city is not closed to all vehicular traffic into and out of the city.
The State of Washington has established a clearinghouse of information to help connect people and information.
On April 6, 2020, Governor Inslee extended the Statewide K-12 School Closure order
On April 2, 2020, Governor Inslee extended the Stay Home, Stay Healthy order
On March 23, 2020, Governor Inslee mandated Stay Home, Stay Healthy
This is an unprecedented time for our community and for the world. Let’s support one another, be kind, take time to listen and help.