With COVID-19 prevalent in the news, I wish to provide some information on city activities and its services to the community.
The City of Enumclaw staff and departments have been regularly meeting to discuss the impact to each department and what that could mean for services. Emergency strategies are routinely discussed and information shared among agencies in the county such as the King County Emergency Operation Center, King County Council, Enumclaw Fire Department, CHI Franciscan, Enumclaw School District and others as the need arises.
Communication from the Centers for Disease Control, State of Washington Health Department, Public Health – Seattle & King County, King County Council, King County Fire Agencies, several King County cities that share best practices, as well as current status in their respective locations, all provide updated information on the coronavirus and precautions to take in your home and community. These suggestions include washing your hands frequently, avoid touching your face, avoid those persons that are ill, stay home if you are ill, cover your cough with a tissue and clean those items that are handled frequently (door knobs) with disinfectant that has at least 60 percent alcohol.
The City of Enumclaw has established response plans to ensure the continuity of essential city operations. This planning includes cross-training of employees who will support essential services in areas of their expertise, assuring supplies and other necessary items needed for city staff to use in their work duties are available when needed, andadvising employees to begin social distancing and follow the health tips described earlier in this article.
The city has temporarily closed the Senior Center, though those senior citizens who need meals can call the center to make arrangements for meal delivery or pick-up at 360-825-4741.
City Hall will be temporarily closed to the public starting Monday, March 16, which includes cancelling all city council and council commission meetings. Utility payments can be paid by phone by dialing 866-933-4010, by visiting our website at Online Billing (https://www.municipalonlinepayments.com/enumclawwa), or by dropping your payment in the back parking lot Drop Box. We have discontinued processing U.S. Passports; please visit the “Where To Apply For Your Passport” webpage (https://iafdb.travel.state.gov/ ) for more information on passports. Pet licenses can be renewed at King County License Your Pet (https://www.kingcounty.gov/depts/regional-animal-services/license-your-pet/purchase-renew-license.aspx). If you’re activating, closing out, or updated to utility accounts, please call 360-615-5605.
The Enumclaw Aquatic Center is to be open on a limited basis at this time, and lap swim and water walking will contiue. Swim lessons, water exercises, public swim and rentals have been suspended.
Recreation programs are cancelled during the school closure.
Ballpark activities are currently continuing as scheduled. However, this is an evolving situation and I ask you to check on our Parks Department Facebook page for notice of any cancellations.
We want to assure the community that city staff has prepared and continues to prepare to facilitate all functions that are required to keep the basic services of our city operational, while following state and county health guidelines. Your understanding during this period of dealing with COVID 19 is very much appreciated.