City Hall is back open, this includes in-person public meetings. The MAC is set to resume activities in mid-July 2021.
On March 11, 2021, the State of Washington announced Healthy Washington – Roadmap to Recovery plan will be transitioning from a regional approach to a county-by-county evaluation process. The City of Milton is in Phase 3 from May 18th-June 30th. Inslee's recent announcement does not mean that Washington’s state of emergency will lift on June 30. It also does not guarantee a full reopening if the state’s COVID-19 data changes. If the statewide ICU capacity reaches 90% at any point, activities will be rolled back again. Guideline and details for the reopening of businesses can be found on the Governor’s website.
Masked are required for unvaccinated or partially vaccinated guests entering the City Hall offices and Council Chambers. Fully vaccinated is defined as two weeks after you have received the second dose in a two-dose series (Pfizer-BioNTech or Moderna) or two weeks after they have received a single-dose vaccine (Johnson and Johnson (J&J)/Janssen). For those not vaccinated, please wear a mask and maintain physical distancing. We also ask that you self-screen prior to visiting City Hall. Should you have any signs of Covid-19, please stay home.
City Council Meetings during Covid-19:
The Milton City Council has resumed in-person meetings. To stay in compliance with OPMA Proclamation 20-28.15, we are offering the meeting to be heard through Zoom. Zoom information can be found on the calendar or agenda bill for the meeting you wish to attend. To stay in compliance with DOH, L&I and the State of Washington, the following guidelines must be followed when attending an in-person meeting:
- Masked are required for unvaccinated or partially vaccinated visitors to the Council Chambers. This is an honor system and we aren’t checking vaccination cards of Council or those attending. Fully vaccinated is defined as two weeks after you have received the second dose in a two-dose series (Pfizer-BioNTech or Moderna) or two weeks after they have received a single-dose vaccine (Johnson and Johnson (J&J)/Janssen).
- We ask that you self-screen prior to attending Council. Should you have any signs of Covid-19, please stay home.
- We have installed air purifiers in the Council Chambers.
- The chairs in the audience are socially distanced to stay in compliance with Covid-19 requirements. This allows for 9 seats in the audience.
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 and electric shutoffs for nonpayment.
- We are waiving late fees for utility bills for March 2020-July 2021.
- We allocated $50,000 in funding for a Utility Assistance Program in 2020.
Our Mayor has authorized an Emergency Policy and Procedure for collecting utility bills during Covid-19. We will be working with our customers to establish payment plans. Please return our Utility Customer Payment Agreement or contact Utility Billing Customer Service via email or by calling 253-922-8733.
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.
Utility and Rental Relief:
- Having trouble paying your garbage bill? Customers impacted by Covid-19 may set up payment arrangements. Contact Murrey’s to learn how at 253-414-0345 or email.
- Having trouble paying your Puget Sound Energy bill? We compiled a list of useful information to help with assistance-July Update from PSE
- Pierce County is now offering rental and utility assistance for tenants (within Pierce County) impacted by Covid-19. Details and application can be found online or by calling 2-1-1.
Mask & Face Coverings:
May 18, 2021-Inslee announced that Washington will fully adopt masking guidance issued by the CDC earlier today. He stressed that this guidance is for fully vaccinated people, meaning people who are two weeks removed from their second shot of Pfizer or Moderna or the one-shot Johnson & Johnson vaccine. The state will update our guidance documents (working with the Department of Health and Labor & Industries) to reflect this as soon as possible. Businesses retain the right to require customers wear masks.
The guidance does not apply to health care settings like hospitals, long-term care, or doctor’s offices; correctional facilities, homeless shelters, or schools. And the federal order requiring masks on public transportation remains in place.
Additional information and helpful links:
Guidance on Cloth Face Coverings from the Washington State Department of Health
Washington State Coronavirus Response-Face Masks or Cloth Face Coverings
Article June 23rd-Inslee Announces Statewide Mask Mandate
“The Milton community is one of compassion, strength and determination; we will get through this together. I ask that you follow Stay Home, Stay Healthy. Please limit your contact to those within your household and only leave when pursuing essential activities and/or to exercise. Please remember to follow social distancing guidelines when leaving your home. It will take each and everyone one of us following these guidelines to get through this.
Covid-19 has affected many of our neighbors financially. To help aid in relief, I have authorized the suspension of water and electric shutoffs for nonpayment. There will be no late fees in March through June, as well as payment options for those who fall behind in payments.
I will continue to work with the Governor’s Office, Health Department, our State and Federal Representatives, as well as local leaders to navigate through Covid-19. The City of Milton is committed to serving you during this time and we will continue to adapt as necessary. Your health and safety is always a top priority.
This is a time for compassion. Have compassion and patience for our overworked healthcare providers, grocery store employees, truck drivers, delivery drivers, public works employees, law enforcement and fire department. Continue to check on your neighbors and our elderly population. Consider taking part in our Senior Letter Writing Project. In the words of Mr. Rogers, “When I was a boy and I would see scary things in the news, my mother would say to me, look for the helpers”. Milton is full of helpers and I know as a community we will take care of each other.” ~Mayor Styron Sherrell
Need help during Covid-19? Here are some helpful links:
United Way-Pierce County
Comcast Offers Free WiFi
Unemployed?-Washington State Employment Security
Center for Disease Control
Pierce County Health Department
Washington State Department of Health
Washington State Covid-19 Response
Mayor’s Office & Public Record Request: 253-517-2705
Payment/Billing Questions: 253-922-8733
Water, Storm, Streets & Electric: 253-579-4731 or 253-255-8854
Planning & Building: 253-922-8738 or 253-345-9892