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Posted on: May 27, 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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PHASED REOPENING 

Pierce County currently is in Phase 1 of reopening businesses and the greater economy, but Pierce County officials have started the application process to enter Phase 2 of reopening. The phased approach to reopening will occur over the next several weeks. For a full accounting of reopening information statewide, please visit this resource.  For updates on the Tacoma-Pierce County Health Department’s guidelines and current application status, please visit this resource. For information from Pierce County, please visit this resource

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MEETING CANCELLATIONS

The regularly scheduled Parks Advisory Board meeting on Wednesday, June 3, 2020 has been canceled.

FIFE CITY COUNCIL MEETINGS 

In keeping with Gov. Jay Inslee’s directive regarding public meetings, Fife City Council will conduct remote city council meetings. The public is invited to observe the meeting via WebEx streaming at: https://cityoffife.webex.com/cityoffife/onstage/g.php?MTID=e3c9fed9392a21f644f3ae833ad850c57. To listen via phone, call 1-408-418-9388. Event number/access code: 969 258 403. The meeting will be conducted remotely with no in-person meeting. City Hall and all Fife city buildings are closed to the public, in keeping with current health recommendations for curbing the spread of COVID-19. Citizens who would like to submit comments in advance of the meeting may do so by emailing the comments to the City Clerk’s office at cityclerk@cityoffife.org or sending via postal mail at 5411 23rd Street E, Fife, WA 98424. Note: Please check back here for updated details on how to listen to the meetings as the instructions could change.

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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, City Hall is closed to the public. Employees are 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 click here

PERMITTING AND COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT

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

Permits in the City of Fife just got a whole lot easier! Check out the new online permitting features at cityoffife.org/onlinepermits

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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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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POLICE DEPARTMENT

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.

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MUNICIPAL COURT

The Fife Municipal Court reopened to the public on Tuesday, May 26, 2020 at 8:30 a.m.  Masks are not required, but are suggested.  Please note the security guard at the front door will be pre-screening everyone with the questions listed below.  If you have any of these symptoms, please do not report to the Court.  Instead, call the main number at 253-922-6635 extension 0 to get assistance. The phones will be open from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. 

  • Do you have a fever or chills?
  • Do you have a persistent cough?
  • Do you have shortness of breath?
  • Have you had close contact with someone who has COVID-19 within the past 14 days?

Per the Tacoma Pierce County Health Department, limiting the number of people allowed into the courthouse will make it easier to social distance.  Therefore, through July, infraction hearings will be decided by mail only.  This includes photo enforcement hearings.  You will need to submit a declaration by mail rather than appear in person.  After the Judge reviews your declaration, a written response will be mailed to you.  Make sure the court has your current address.  If you prefer to appear in person, you can call the court and request a continuance until in-person infraction hearings resume in August.

Declaration by mail for Mitigation Hearing:   Click here

Declaration by mail for Contested Hearing:    Click here

Jury service for May, June and July has been canceled.

To keep patrons and employees safe, social distancing practices will be in place.

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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 April 6 ordered all K-12 public and private schools in the state of Washington to remain closed for the remainder of the school year.  

FREE PUBLIC WIFI

Here is a neat Wifi access finder website: https://www.commerce.wa.gov/building-infrastructure/washington-state-drive-in-wifi-hotspots-location-finder/ 

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 

BUSINESS HELP

If you’re a small business looking for help and resources, please contact the Fife, Milton and Edgewood Chamber of Commerce. Here is the chamber’s helpful resource page for the phased reopening of local businesses. The Pierce County Economic Development Board is another helpful agency. 

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 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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City of Fife Parks, Recreation and Aquatic Facebook page

Fife Police Department Facebook page

City of Fife Twitter account

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