COVID-19

SAFE START

CITY OF ELLENSBURG

JULY 1, 2020

As Kittitas County enters into Phase 3 of the Safe Start Washington Plan, some city of Ellensburg facilities and programming will open to public access, while others will have modified in-person services or remain closed.

HERE’S WHAT THE CITY IS DOING:

STARTING JULY 1, 2020 

Here’s what the public can expect from city workers (*as per safety plans):

  • Wear face coverings*
  • Maintain 6 ft. physical distancing*
  • Wash hands regularly
  • Clean and disinfect surfaces
  • Allow no more than 50% capacity at our facilities

Customers are encouraged to access city services via the phone or online.

When visiting a city facility, customers must wear face coverings (per statewide mandate). Please adhere to 6-foot physical distancing. Stay home if you are not feeling well.

MANY CITY SERVICES ARE ACCESSIBLE ONLINE OR VIA THE PHONE. WE ENCOURAGE CUSTOMERS TO STAY SAFE AT HOME.

Note the following information about City of Ellensburg facilities and services:

CITY HALL

501 N. Anderson St., (509) 962-7204 or send an email

Customer Service Counter (Lobby)

July 1-July 15, 2020  The utility customer service counter accepts cash/check payments.

July 16-July 31, 2020 The utility customer service counter accepts cash/check payments, RPZ permit applications, and payment arrangements.

August 1, 2020  The utility customer service counter opens for all services.

Community Development

Give us a call, visit online or make an appointment with Community Development staff. Staff will be available for limited in-person meetings. Call (509) 962-7231.

Public Works and Utilities 

Our second-floor counters are open or give us a call at (509) 962-7230.

Administration

The city administrator’s office is serving customers at our first-floor counter or give us a call at (509) 962-7221.

ANIMAL SHELTER

1007 S. Industrial Way, (509) 962-7246.

Customers call and make an appointment to visit the shelter. Pet licensing is available online.

LIBRARY AND HAL HOLMES

209 N. Ruby St., (509) 962-7250

We are open with modified hours, and in-person browsing and check-in/check out only.

POLICE

Lobby, 100 N. Pearl, (509) 962-728

Public safety services continue to be fully operational. The lobby is open. Schedule an appointment for fingerprinting services.

POOL

815 E 6th Ave., (509) 962-7211

The Kittitas Valley Memorial Pool and Fitness Center is scheduled to reopen July 6, 2020 with modified hours and programming.

PARKS (open space and outdoor facilities)

The access road to Irene Rinehart Riverfront Park, outdoor park facilities, and two off-leash dog parks, one at Rotary Park and the second at Irene Rinehart Riverfront Park, are OPEN as of June 23, 2020.

STAN BASSETT YOUTH CENTER

406 E. Capitol, (509) 925-8604

Programming is scheduled to resume July 7, 2020.

WHICH FACILITIES REMAIN CLOSED:

Adult Activity Center, 506 S. Pine St. (509) 962-7242.  Find out about virtual programming  at https://ci.ellensburg.wa.us/823/Adult-Activity-Center

Ellensburg Racquet and Recreation Center (ERRC), 6061 Vantage Hwy.(509) 925-8636.

Here is the emergency contact list during the COVID-19 outbreak

SUSPENSION OF UTILITY BILL LATE FEES AND DISCONNECT FOR NON-PAYMENT

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 customerservice@ci.ellensburg.wa.us .

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 20-28.5, City Council and all City board/commission meetings will not be held in-person through at least July 1. 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.

ACTIVITIES AND PROGRAMMING

Energy Audits are suspended. Information about in-person activities and programming at Parks, Parks facilities, and the Library are available online. Ellensburg Public Library has modified programming and in-person services. Parks & Recreation parks (open spaces) are open with modifications, and most park facilities are opening in July. 

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.

THE CITY OF ELLENSBURG HAS 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.

WASHINGTON STATE

The State of Washington has established a clearinghouse to help connect people and information.

On June 23, 2020,  the Washington State Department of Health approved the variance for Kittitas County to move to Phase 3 of the Safe Start Washington Plan

On May 27, 2020, the Washington State Department of Health approved the variance for Kittitas County to move to Phase 2 of the Safe Start Washington Plan

On May 4, 2020, Governor Inslee unveiled the Safe Start Washington plan

On May 4, 2020, Governor Inslee extended the Stay Home, Stay Healthy order

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

On March 22, 2020, Governor Inslee requested a major disaster declaration for Washington State which was approved by the federal government.

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.

Much information is available about the COVID-19 pandemic. Two resources we refer to are Washington State’s Reopening Guidance for Businesses and Workers, and Kittitas County’s Individual/Family listing of resources for housing/rental assistance, food, unemployment and well-being.

Information about CARES Act funding from the Coronavirus Relief Fund appropriated by the US Congress and passed through the State of Washington to local jurisdictions is available on the WA Commerce website.