COVID Update April 13, 2020
April 13, 2020
Alma Community, In an effort to slow the spread of COVID-19, the City of Alma continues to follow recommendations of federal, state and county health officials while still providing vital City services. The best way to fight this virus as a community is to distance ourselves from others as best we can. Be mindful of social distancing and wash your hands frequently. Remember, our goal is to flatten the curve of the virus trajectory. If we all do our part, we have a better chance of reducing the potential harm to this community. Therefore, through April 30, the City is following Governor Whitmer’s “Stay Home, Stay Safe” Executive Order 2020-42, and is continuing its level of building closure and only providing critical services at this time. This includes: police, fire, water, wastewater and limited public works services. Many of our employees are currently working remotely from home. There may be a delay in their response. We appreciate your patience as staff will be monitoring emails and phone calls and will attempt to answer urgent inquiries.
Other City Departments and Responsibilities:
The city parks and trail systems remain open to the public at this time. It is important for our citizens to have the opportunity to get outside to exercise or relieve some stress. However, the park bathrooms will not be open at this time as it is impossible to ensure they are sanitized and cleaned. To that point, all city park playground equipment and pavilions are closed to the public.
Trash/Recycling/Large Item Pick Up
City trash pick-up is still taking place on normal days of the week through our solid waste contractor Republic Services. Recycling service has been suspended due to the Mt. Pleasant Recycling Center being shut down. Please bag all recycling along with your garbage until the recycling center comes back online. To be clear, all materials picked up at the curb during this time will be sent to the landfill. Republic has also temporarily suspended pick up service for large (bulk) items such as mattresses, large pieces of furniture and appliances.
Yard Waste Collection
The State of Michigan has stated that Solid waste, curbside trash and recycling are held to be essential service. Yard waste is not included (Michigan Municipal League, 3/25/2020). The City has suspended yard waste recycling pickup until April 30th .
The City of Alma will host its public meetings virtually as allowed by the Governor’s Stay at Home Executive Order. Citizens may watch these meetings live on the City of Alma’s You Tube Channel at https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCe94s6ZfrttTvG-kivGJneg/featured or via the Zoom application utilizing the telephone at 929-205-6099. When prompted please use the meeting #620756766 (When attending via phone, you can alert the meeting host if you would like to speak by pressing *9). Citizens desiring to make a public comment may also email their comments utilizing the City Contact page at https://myalma.org/contact-us.php Those comments will be read at the appropriate time of the meeting.
Alma Transit Center
The Alma Transit Center is currently providing non-emergency medical transportation that has been scheduled by dialysis, a physician’s office, or the hospital. Normal service has been suspended. Transit is available to pick up your groceries, prescriptions, or take out food. Call dispatch at 989-463-6016.
The City intends to continue providing critical services of water and wastewater. Importantly, The City will suspend service disconnections during the State of Emergency and waive new late payment charges through May 1, 2020.
City Hall is closed to the public however, we are requesting that you use one of the following options to make a payment:
• Use the drop box located on the West side of City Hall
• Go to myalma.org and look for the link Pay online at https://myalma.org/bill-pay-online.php (Note: During the State of Emergency the City of Alma has waived all credit card fees)
• Call the automated 800 number 1-844-940-2039
• U.S. Postal Service COVID-19 Resources
The City will continue to monitor this situation and be guided by information provided by the
Mid-Michigan District Health Department https://www.mmdhd.org/
State of Michigan https://www.michigan.gov/coronavirus,
Center for Disease Control & Prevention https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html.