COVID-19 Updates

City Hall offices and buildings will remain closed to the public until further notice. Milton Activity Center and Community Building will remain closed, along with public bathrooms.  Our parks and Interurban Trail are open. Please respect social distancing guidelines and good hygiene when using.

Governor Inslee’s Stay Home, Stay Healthy order went into place on March 23rd and will remain in place through May 31st. Safe Start Washington begins June 1st. The Governor has released a phased approach to re-opening our State. We are currently in Phase 2. Additional information can be found on the Governor’s website.

Guideline and details for the reopening of businesses can be found on the Governor’s website.

Additionally,

  • City Hall, Milton Activity Center and Community Building will remain closed to the public until further notice. In an effort to keep employees healthy, we are operating with limited staff on site. We are also working remotely, so please allow extra time for response.
  • All boards and commission meetings have been cancelled until further notice.
  • Public bathrooms will remain closed until further notice.
  • All Fife School District ball fields, tracks and playgrounds remain closed until further notice.

Effective June 26, a statewide order requires individuals to wear a cloth face covering in public when you cannot stay six feet (or two meters) away from others. Starting July 7, under this proclamation, businesses may not serve any customer, services or goods, if they do not comply with the state wide face coverings. All people in Washington State must wear a face covering in any indoor or outdoor public area. Children under two should not wear a face covering. People unable to wear a face covering for medical reasons are not required to. The mask may be removed to eat, drink, or communicate with someone who is deaf or hard of hearing. Disregard of the order may result in a misdemeanor charge, punishable by a fine of up to $100 and/or up to 90 days in county jail.

Some people should not wear cloth face coverings:

  • Children under two years of age (age of 5 per coronavirus.wa.gov)
  • People who have disabilities that, prevent them from comfortably wearing or taking off face coverings, or prevent them from communicating while wearing face coverings
  • People who have respiratory conditions or breathing trouble
  • People who have been told by a medical, legal, or behavioral health professional not to wear face coverings

There are also situations when you can remove your face covering, such as when seated at a restaurant or when recreating alone. You do not need to wear a cloth face covering in your home when you are only with people in your household, or when you are alone in your car. You do not need to wear one when you are outdoors and people are far apart.

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


Utility Billing:  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-September.
  • We are allocating $50,000 in funding for a Utility Assistance Program. Please see below.

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 Assistance Program: Mayor Styron Sherrell, with the support of City Council, has allocated $50,000 of the CARES Act funding to assist with relief to residential utility customers. The assistance is a one-time grant of $300 that will be applied to your City of Milton utility bill and will not have to be paid back.

To qualify, you must:

  • Be a City of Milton residential utility customer within the city limits
  • Meet the household net income requirements
  • Have a meter that calculates the utility use for your household (as opposed to a shared meter for multiple units)
  • Must be negatively impacted by COVID-19

If you meet the criteria, here’s how to apply:

  • Review the policy and complete the application, Utility Assistance Program Policy and Application (revised 10/1/2020)
  • Submit application by email, mail or drop box no later than September 30, 2020 October 30, 2020. Limited funds are available and will be awarded on a first come, first served basis as determined by completed applications and proper documentation
  • Questions? Please call 253-922-8733 or utilities@cityofmilton.net

ACKNOWLEDGMENT OF FEDERAL FUNDS: “This project was supported by a grant awarded by US Department of the Treasury. Points of view in this document are those of the author and do not necessarily represent the official position or policies of the US Department of the Treasury. Grant funds are administered by the Local Government Coronavirus Relief Fund thru the Washington State Department of Commerce.”

 

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 murreysdisposal@wasteconnections.com

Having trouble paying your Puget Sound Energy bill? We compiled a list of useful information to help with assistance-July Update from PSE


Small Business Assistance Program: The City of Milton has created a Small Business Assistance Program to provide financial assistance to qualifying local small businesses that have been negatively affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. The purpose of the program is to help these businesses mitigate the economic impacts of COVID-19, lessen disruptions to workers, and maintain availability of local goods and services. The City is allocating $100,000 from the City’s portion of CARES Act funding to implement the Small Business Assistance Program available to eligible local small businesses. Please see our Small Business Assistance Program for complete details and application.

If you meet the criteria, here’s how to apply:

  • Review the policy and complete the application, Small Business Assistance Program. 
  • Submit application by email, mail or drop box no later than November 25, 2020. Limited funds are available and will be awarded on a first come, first served basis as determined by completed applications and proper documentation.
  • Questions? Please call 253-922-8733 or accountspayable@cityofmilton.net

ACKNOWLEDGMENT OF FEDERAL FUNDS: “This project was supported by a grant awarded by US Department of the Treasury. Points of view in this document are those of the author and do not necessarily represent the official position or policies of the US Department of the Treasury. Grant funds are administered by the Local Government Coronavirus Relief Fund thru the Washington State Department of Commerce.


Mayor’s Message:   “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


Senior Letter Writing Project
Milton Take Out Options
Archived Covid-19 Information-Updated 5.5.20
City of Milton Emergency Proclamation 2020

Need help during Covid-19? Here are some helpful links:
United Way-Pierce County
Comcast Offers Free WiFi
The Federal Small Business Administration offers Economic Injury Disaster Loans
Unemployed?-Washington State Employment Security

Covid-19 Information:
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
Non-Emergency: 844-821-8911
Emergency: 9-1-1