Keeping Our Community Informed.
Information around COVID-19 is rapidly changing on a daily basis. Out of caution, not panic, the City of Zeeland feels it is appropriate to implement recommended mitigation efforts. City Administration is working closely with other local agencies on appropriate mitigation efforts and following the guidance of the Ottawa County Health Department, Ottawa County Emergency Management Office, Michigan Department of Health and Human Services and the Center for Disease Control and Prevention. To that end, Governor Whitmer has issued several Executive Orders to mitigate the spread of COVID-19 that can be found here https://www.michigan.gov/coronavirus/0,9753,7-406-98178_98455-521682--,00.html. Of particular note is Executive Order 2020-21 deemed as the Stay Home, Stay Safe, Save Lives order. In conjunction with Governor Whitmer’s Executive Orders, the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services continues to offer guidance on community mitigation strategies – find here www.michigan.gov/coronavirus. The Ottawa County Health Department supports the use of these strategies – please refer to the following link. www.miOttawa.org/miHealth
Specific guidance for City Operations through April 13, 2020 (unless noted differently below) or as further modified by the City.
1. Cancel/postpone all public gathering events (i.e., downtown, parks, city facilities) of any number of people unless specifically exempted in Executive Order 2020-21.
2. Close city playgrounds and public restrooms.
3. Close the Zeeland Board of Public Works customer service counter to walk-in traffic. Customer service staff will maintain an on-site presence during published business hours to accept phone calls, maintain the payment drop box, and perform utility billing processing.
4. Close Zeeland City Hall to walk-in traffic. Customer service staff will maintain an on-site presence during published business hours to accept phone calls, maintain the payment drop box, and perform permit request. Individual appointments can be made, subject to Covid19 pre-screening, but customers are strongly encouraged to conduct business via phone, email, on-line, drop-box payment, in order to limit person-to-person contact.
5. Close the Howard Miller Library/Community Center.
6. Cancel/postpone all Howard Miller Library programming through April 30, 2020.
7. Limit in-person city operations to critical infrastructure workers and workers necessary to conduct minimum basic operations necessary to enable transactions that support the work of critical infrastructure workers as defined in Executive Order 2020-21 and/or U.S. Department of Homeland Security Cyber Security & Infrastructure Agency (CISA) guidance through April 13, 2020 or as further extended by Governor Whitmer’s Executive Order 2020-21. City operations considered critical infrastructure workers and/or workers necessary to conduct minimum basic operations include:
a. Law enforcement, public safety and first responders
i. Chief of Police and Police Officers
ii. Fire/Rescue Chief and Fire/Rescue Paid-on call members
iii. Admin. Assistants to Support Public Safety Operations
i. Electric System Operators
ii. Electric Line Workers
iii. Meter Reader
vii. Maintenance Workers
viii. Division Managers
c. Water and Wastewater
iii. Electrical/Utility Specialist
iv. Senior Operator/Laboratory Tech
v. Clean Water Plant Superintendent
vi. Water Utility Operations Manager
d. Public works employees needed to maintain streets, maintain safe and sanitary parks, maintain sewer lines, trash pick-up and removal, fleet maintenance, traffic signal maintenance, location of buried utilities, etc.
i. Equipment Operators – Streets/Parks/Cemetery
ii. Park/Cemetery Maintenance
iv. Asst. Supervisor Streets/Parks/Cemetery/Motor Pool
v. Public Works Operations Superintendent
e. Manage and oversee elections
i. City Clerk/Personnel Assistant
ii. Admin. Assistant to City Clerk/Personnel Assistant
f. Operations necessary to enable transactions that support utility customers and the work of critical infrastructure workers such as payroll and employee benefits, ensure continuity of building functions, facilitate others to work remotely, communications and information technology, and personnel who support Mission Essential Functions
ii. Head Custodian
iv. Deputy Treasurer/Accountant
vi. Customer Service Representatives
vii. Marketing Director
viii. Library/Community Center Director
ix. Facilities Maintenance Supervisor
x. Community Development Director/Assessor
xi. Admin. Assistant to the Community Development Director/Assessor
xii. Assistant City Manager/Finance Director
xiii. City Manager
xiv. Admin. Assistant to City Manager
xv. Utilities Manager/General Manager
xvi. Mayor and City Councilmembers
xvii. City Attorney
8. City Departments will implement their department specific COVID19 response plans to ensure the continued delivery of essential city services including the support of work from home if feasible.
9. Adhere to the City’s Pandemic Illness Response Plan (attached).
10. Mitigate travel to workshops/conferences/trainings unless approved by city manager/BPW General Manager (or their designee).
11. Unless required by the Open Meetings Act, conduct meetings via phone or online whenever possible.
FOR MORE INFORMATION:
|Tim Klunder, City Manager|
|Andy Boatright, BPW General Manager|
|Ross Tibbets, Zeeland Fire/Rescue Chief|