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Posted on: March 11, 2020

COVID-19 UPDATES

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Thank you for checking in on closures and updates regarding COVID-19. The City of Fife is in constant contact with regional public health officials and other community partners. We are working together to prioritize the health and safety of Fife residents. Here are some of the measures the City of Fife has taken in response to COVID-19. 

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STAY HOME, STAY HEALTHY ORDER

Read Gov. Jay Inslee’s Stay Home, Stay Healthy Order for Washington residents: https://covid19.wa.gov/. Except for buying essential supplies and food, please stay home. Grocery stores, restaurants with take-out/delivery, food delivery services and medical facilities are staying open to help keep you stocked with food and supplies and to keep you healthy. If you do venture out for food or essential supplies, please remember to keep a safe distance around you of at least six feet.

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MEETING CANCELLATIONS

The Fife City Council meeting for March 24, 2020 has been canceled. The Fife Parks Advisory Board meeting on April 1, 2020 also has been canceled. The Fife Planning Commission meeting for April 6, 2020 additionally has been canceled. 

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ALL CITY BUILDINGS CLOSED

SERVICE AVAILABLE REMOTELY FROM 10 A.M. - 3 P.M.


In an effort to take proactive measures to protect the health and safety of the Fife community, the City will be closed to the public and working remotely by phone or email. Please read on for more details and contact information. 

UTILITY BILL PAY:

The City of Fife offers online utility bill pay. Please click here for more information or click on this link https://fife.merchanttransact.com/Default.aspx.

For assistance with online or phone payments, please call 253-922-2489 and press 1 for utilities during current City Hall hours Monday - Friday 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Payment by check may be mailed or put into the utility drop box located in the City Hall parking lot. For information on COVID-19 related utility payment help, please scroll down. 

PERMITTING AND COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT

253-922-9625 or email comdev@cityoffife.org

PUBLIC WORKS

253-922-9315 or email publicworks@cityoffife.org

REMINDER: Please do your part to help protect our sewer- only flush the 3Ps - toilet paper, pee and poo! 

COMMUNITY CENTER

253-896-8671 or email parks@cityoffife.org

AQUATIC CENTER

253-896-8670 or email aquaticcenter@cityoffife.org

POLICE DEPARTMENT

253-922-6633

Full directory here: https://www.cityoffife.org/directory.aspx

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A LETTER FROM THE MAYOR 

Photo of Mayor Kim RoscoeToday, Tomorrow, Together.

There are a number of Fife residents that have been directly impacted by COVID-19 today.

The directive from Gov. Jay Inslee this week is clear. Stay home to prevent additional pressures on our hospitals and practice social distancing to keep new viral infections down. The need to practice more humanity will be essential in the coming days. We all need to band together as a community to get through this.

 This perilous time in our society has touched many of our neighbor’s very livelihoods. Secondary to the loss of life our greater community has experienced, businesses and jobs have been greatly impacted these last few weeks. That being said, we are immediately waiving penalties and shutoffs for utility bills for the next 60 days. We’re also offering hardship payment plans. If the choice before you is feeding your household or paying your utility bill today, take care of your family first and we will settle your bill in the coming months ahead. Contact us at 253-922-2489 and press 1 for utilities. 

All indications are that things will get more challenging in the days ahead. The City of Fife is committed to serving you in this trying time. Tomorrow will bring about new concerns, but we will adapt and persevere through those challenges. For now, working together to get through this and supporting one another will be our top priority. 

Be well Fife. 

Sincerely,

Kim Roscoe

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COVID-19:  HELP WITH UTILITY PAYMENTS

Utility bill reliefDuring this time of uncertainty and concern surrounding the novel coronavirus (COVID-19), the City of Fife would like to assure our customers that the community’s well-being is of highest priority to us.  We recognize this is a stressful time for many and we are taking the following steps to help our residential and business customers who might be worried about paying their utility bills:

We are temporarily suspending water shutoffs for nonpayment.

We are waiving late fees for utility bills up to 60 days.

We are working with customers to establish payment plans. Click here to apply for a hardship payment plan or contact Utility Billing Customer Service at 253-922-2489, option 1. Leave a message and your call will be returned.

We urge customers to do their best to continue paying their bills. The additional steps taken above do not relieve customers from paying their bills, but allows for spreading out payments over a longer period of time. If you are in need of utilities assistance, the community organization United Way may be able to connect you with programs in this area to assist in bridging the financial gap.  United Way may be reached by dialing the 2-1-1 Help Line.

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PARKS, RECREATION AND AQUATICS

For more information and details of closures and cancellations visit: cityoffife.org/covid19pra

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CRIMINAL JUSTICE CENTER

Police window closure

The Police Service window at the Fife Criminal Justice Center is temporarily closed.
• You are still able to reach an officer by using the call button on the blue box outside the exterior doors of the Criminal Justice Center. This will connect you to SS911 dispatch and they can send an officer to meet you outside.
• If you need to speak with Records, you can reach them at 253-922-6633, option 3. You can also request a copy of a police report by visiting www.cityoffife.org/311/Police-Records.
• If you are not reporting an emergency or a crime actively in-progress, the following crimes or occurrences - theft, vehicle prowl, vandalism or destruction of property and lost property - may be reported online by visiting https://www2.southsound911.org/onlinereporting/

PLEASE NOTE: Fingerprinting services and other non-essential services at the Fife Police Department are on hold during the closure. 

Court & jury Notice and window closure

In the interest of public health during the COVID-19 outbreak, Fife Municipal Court will reschedule all in-person out-of-custody court hearings set for March 16 - April 27. Further rescheduling of hearings will depend upon the extent of any forthcoming emergency order by the Supreme Court.  

The court window will be closed. Staff in the court clerk’s office will be available by telephone between the hours of 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. In the event anything changes, notice will be posted on the court’s website.

If you are set for an infraction hearing, including a photo enforcement hearing, you will need to submit a declaration by mail rather than appear in-person.  You can find a Declaration by Mail for Mitigation or Contested Hearing online under the Forms tab on the court’s website at https://www.cityoffife.org/192/Court-Forms-Information.  The Judge will review written motions received in the mail. 

Jury service for March & April jury terms has been canceled.

In addition to taking calls 10 a.m. - 3 p.m. Monday - Friday, the Court will continue taking payments received online and in the mail. 

Please call the court at 253-922-6635 between the hours of 10 a.m.- 3 p.m. for assistance.

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EMERGENCY PROCLAMATION

On March 12, City Manager Hyun Kim signed an Emergency Proclamation in response to COVID-19. Here is some background on what that means. This is a precautionary measure and should not be alarming to anyone. It allows the City Manager and designated staff members to amend established rules and procedures as needed to run the city. It’s one mechanism to help the city be more flexible and responsive to the needs of our city and its citizens during a quickly developing situation. It allows us to dispatch funds and mobilize employees as our needs change. It also allows us to coordinate with agencies to secure supplies we might need.  You can read the proclamation here.

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COMMUNITY INFORMATION

SCHOOL CLOSURE: 

Governor Jay Inslee on March 12 ordered K-12 public schools in King, Pierce and Snohomish counties closed from March 17 to April 27. Here is an important message from the Fife Public Schools regarding their plans for the closure

FREE PUBLIC WIFI

Looking for free public wifi? Xfinity is offering free wifi to everyone as part of its response to COVID-19. You don’t have to be a customer to access this service. It is open to everyone and there are wifi hot spots throughout the area. Find a hot spot close to you at www.xfinity.com/wifi. For detailed instructions, visit: https://corporate.comcast.com/covid-19 

FIFE HISTORY MUSEUM & DACCA BARN: 

The Fife Historical Society has postponed the Annual Membership Meeting and May lecture event, in response to public health agencies’ recommendations to avoid bringing groups of people together.

Reservations of the Dacca Barn for April & May are postponed until further notice.

The Fife History Museum is currently closed to the public. 

For questions or research requests, members of the public can contact the Historical Society at (253) 896-4710 or fifehistorymuseum1957@gmail.com.

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COVID-19: RELIABLE INFORMATION

You might have questions about the Novel Coronavirus Outbreak (COVID-19). Here are reliable sources to check for information.

The Washington State Department of Health has established a call center to address questions from the public. If you have questions about what is happening in Washington, how the virus is spread, and what to do if you have symptoms, please call 1-800-525-0127 and press #. Phone volumes might mean a bit of a wait on that hotline.

Here are more reliable resources:

The Tacoma-Pierce County Health Department maintains a great database of resources at this website and they also provide deep background information and facts about the virus -- https://www.tpchd.org/healthy-people/human-coronavirus

The Washington State Department of Health is maintaining up-to-date information on the virus here -- https://www.doh.wa.gov/emergencies/coronavirus

Pierce County offers the following advice for everyone:

• Increase handwashing and use of alcohol-based sanitizer
• Respiratory hygiene and cough etiquette – cover a cough or a sneeze
• Keep distance from others (more than six feet, if possible)
• Frequently clean and disinfect surfaces
• Remain home during a respiratory illness

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