In accordance with an order from the Spokane Regional Health Department, Millwood Park play structures of have been closed effective immediately.
To view the March 20, 2020 press release regarding the closure of play structures click here.
A letter to the citizens from Mayor Freeman
March 23, 2020
To Our Citizens: The COVID-19 pandemic is a public health emergency of proportion and seriousness not seen since the Spanish Influenza pandemic of 1918. The manner and rapidity of our response will determine the severity and duration of the crisis for us as a City, a State, and a Nation. The City of Millwood is currently implementing and participating in a local response to the emergency. I want to share with you Millwood’s current efforts and give a clear direction for how we will proceed in the future. On March 16, 2020 I issued an Emergency Proclamation for the City of Millwood, consistent with other local jurisdictions in Spokane County. This proclamation declared a state of emergency for the City, allowing the utilization of emergency powers granted under chapter 38.52 RCW, including but not limited to RCW 38.52.070. The City is authorized to exercise the powers considering the needs of this emergency without regard to timeconsuming procedures and formalities prescribed by law (excepting Constitutional requirements). The City Council adopted the proclamation at a special meeting held on March 17, 2020. This proclamation will allow the City to rapidly obtain necessary goods and services and implement policies and procedures critical to addressing this threat. The primary responsibility of the City during this event is to ensure that our essential public services continue to function without disruption. This means that water, sewer, and roads work exactly as our citizens normally expect. It also means that the City works with our electric, natural gas, communication, and solid-waste franchisees to maintain their operations without interruption. To that end, I have designated that essential Public Works staff follow all Public Health requirements for social distancing and personal safety. Public Works staff will be minimizing their contact with the public to minimize their possibility of contracting COVID-19. Further, during this event, we have closed the City Hall to the public. City Hall is still open and staffed during this time; staff is available via telephone or electronic communication to answer questions and provide aid. The intent of closure is to minimize the potential for infection of City staff and to support the need for social distancing. Public access to meetings of the City Council will be maintained; meetings of other city committees (Planning, Historic Preservation, etc.) are postponed. Currently, Millwood is complying with all issued Governor’s Proclamations and Local Health Officer Orders as related to COVID-19; the City will comply with all such future Proclamations and Orders. These affect daily activities and actions for residents and commercial establishments. We ask and expect our residents and businesses to comply. These Proclamations and Orders are intended to protect the health and safety of all our citizens; I ask that they be taken seriously and followed as closely as circumstances allow. The City is actively participating in the Spokane County response to COVID-19. Millwood is in daily contact with the County Department of Emergency Management (DEM); all jurisdictions in the County are participants in the COVID-19 response. The intent is to provide a uniform and consistent response to this crisis throughout the County and our region. Millwood provides input to state and local elected officials and Public Health and Public Safety officials regarding our situation on a daily, if not more frequent, basis. We intend to work collaboratively with all other jurisdictions in directing our response to the outbreak. The DEM is currently providing information at their website (https://www.spokanecounty.org/4572/COVID-19), via television and print press releases, and through other internet-based social media (Facebook, Twitter, YouTube). As the coronavirus outbreak is a Public Health emergency, the Spokane Regional Health District (SRHD) and our Local Health Officer, Dr. Bob Lutz, are the lead agency and official for our response. As the Small Cities representative to the SRHD Board of Health, I have personally participated in SRHD meetings over the past several weeks and have the utmost confidence in Dr. Lutz and the SRHD staff; they have the scientific knowledge and expertise to bring us as a City and region through this crisis. The City urges our citizens to use the SRHD (https://srhd.org/news/2020/learn-more-about-coronavirus-disease-2019-covid-19) as a resource for information and guidance during the COVID-19 outbreak. Some citizens may be concerned from a public safety perspective, particularly considering recent news stories and their personal observations related to hoarding of food and supplies. I am in daily communication with Sheriff Ozzie Knezovich and/or Undersheriff Dale Ellis of the Spokane County Sheriff’s Office. Law enforcement services to the city are not diminished during this crisis; the Sheriff’s Office is currently and will continue respond to public safety incidents as normal. Our greatest asset for ensuring public safety is our citizens. We ask that our citizens avoid panic, exercise restraint, refrain from spreading rumors or “fake news”, and most importantly, look out for our neighbors and each other. The City understands that this crisis will cause economic impacts to our residents and businesses. Should you encounter difficulties making utility payments or face housing insecurity through an inability to pay rent, please contact City Hall. The city will endeavor to help you, either through direct assistance or by connecting you with the proper governmental resources or community partners. The COVID-19 pandemic is a rapidly evolving situation; the City’s response could necessarily change at a moment’s notice. Millwood will do our utmost to keep our citizens informed, but we urge people to rely on their regional governmental sources (DEM and SRHD) for up-to-the-minute information. The City Hall is staffed regular hours, so for questions or concerns regarding City actions, please call 509-924-0960 or e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org. I urge you all to be good neighbors, good citizens, and good people during this crisis.
Kevin M. Freeman
Mayor of Millwood, WA
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