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COTTONWOOD HEIGHTS CITY DECLARES EMERGENCY AMID COVID-19 PANDEMIC

Post Date:03/16/2020

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COTTONWOOD HEIGHTS CITY DECLARES EMERGENCY AMID COVID-19 PANDEMIC

All city functions to continue under limited operational hours at City Hall 

Cottonwood Heights officials today declared a state of emergency within the city in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, like other cities in Salt Lake County. In addition, the city has limited its operational hours to reduce possible exposure to employees and visitors alike and cancelled the City Council meeting which was scheduled for March 17th.

“Effective Tuesday (3/17) we will limit our operational hours here at City Hall,” said City Manager Tim Tingey.

“We will also issue a declaration of a state of local emergency that allows a municipality to access state and federal emergency funding and assistance, as well as authorize the invocation of rules and actions reasonably designed to protect the public health, safety and welfare, including ingress/egress restrictions, curfew, and other preventative or ameliorative actions,” he continued.

“While there currently are no plans to use all those powers (such as curfew), we feel this declaration is necessary to assure that the city is quickly able to do all it can to mitigate the potential impacts and spread of the coronavirus. The health and safety of our residents, employees, and patrons is paramount. We will continue to monitor this situation very closely and will reevaluate our decision as the situation evolves.”

In addition to the cancellation of the March 17th meeting, Mayor Mike Peterson and Tingey made the decision to reduce the frequency of City Council meetings to once a month and through virtual means until this situation is resolved.

“We will cease to hold public meetings in our city hall during this crisis,” added Mayor Peterson. “Teleconferencing will be the norm as we move into this stage, and we will provide more dates and details to the public as they become available.”

Effective 3/17, Cottonwood Heights City Hall hours will be the following:

  • Mondays: 8 a.m. to noon
  • Wednesdays: 2 p.m. to 5 p.m.
  • Fridays: 8 a.m. to 10 a.m.
  • CLOSED Tuesdays and Thursdays

All essential city functions will continue to operate, and city employees will be available. Patrons are encouraged to make appointments to meet at City Hall and use electronic and virtual means whenever possible. Police and Fire personnel will continue to be available 24 hours a day and will respond to all calls. Public Works staff will continue to respond to right-of-way emergencies immediately, and snow removal will continue under current city policies and procedures.

 

Cottonwood Heights Declaration 2020-01 - Declaration of Local Emergency by its City Manager, Tim Tingey

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