CITY OF ELLENSBURG
HERE’S WHAT THE CITY IS DOING:
UPDATED MAY 24, 2021
Effective immediately, City employees and customers who are fully vaccinated for COVID-19 will not be required to wear a face covering in most City facilities, although they may continue to wear one if they choose to. Note: These changes do not apply to the Ellensburg Public Library or Hal Holmes Community Center staff or customers, Central Transit, and some recreation programs (including the Adult Activity Center and the Stan Bassett Youth Center) as they were exempted in the Proclamation or given other guidance.
These updates are in response to the Governor’s new requirements issued in Proclamation 20-25.13 on May 21, 2021.
Customers who are not fully vaccinated will continue to be required to wear a face covering and maintain six feet of physical distance when in a City facility. Face coverings are available at the entrance to each City facility.
MANY CITY SERVICES ARE ACCESSIBLE ONLINE OR VIA THE PHONE. WE ENCOURAGE CUSTOMERS TO STAY HOME IF YOU ARE NOT FEELING WELL.
Note the following information about City of Ellensburg facilities and services:
501 N. Anderson St., (509) 962-7204 or send an email
Customer Service Counter (Lobby)
The utility customer service counter is open for all services.
Give us a call, visit online or make an appointment with Community Development staff. Staff will be available for limited in-person meetings. Call (509) 962-7231.
Public Works and Utilities
Our second-floor counters are open or give us a call at (509) 962-7230.
The city administrator’s office is serving customers at our first-floor counter or give us a call at (509) 962-7221.
1007 S. Industrial Way, (509) 962-7246.
Customers call and make an appointment to visit the shelter. Pet licensing is available online.
ELLENSBURG RACQUET AND RECREATION CENTER (ERRC)
Open with modified hours and services. 6061 Vantage Hwy.(509) 925-8636.
LIBRARY AND HAL HOLMES
209 N. Ruby St., (509) 962-7250
We are open with modified hours, and in-person browsing and check-in/check out only.
Lobby, 100 N. Pearl, (509) 962-728
Public safety services continue to be fully operational. The lobby is open. Schedule an appointment for fingerprinting services.
815 E 6th Ave., (509) 962-7211
The Kittitas Valley Memorial Pool and Fitness Center is open with modified hours and programming.
PARKS (open space and outdoor facilities)
Irene Rinehart Riverfront Park is open. Other outdoor park facilities and the off-leash dog parks are OPEN.
STAN BASSETT YOUTH CENTER
406 E. Capitol, (509) 925-8604
Youth programming is operational. The Youth Center has updated its After School program to mirror the school district's change to a hybrid schedule.
The Ellensburg Youth Center will be open for an After School program Monday through Friday. Youth in 3rd to 8th grade will receive homework help and also participate in fun-filled arts and crafts activities, STEM activities, active games, and more!
ADULT ACTIVITY CENTER
Adult Activity Center, 506 S. Pine St. (509) 962-7242. Open with modified hours and programming, call to reserve your spot. Find out about virtual programming at https://ci.ellensburg.wa.us/823/Adult-Activity-Center
Here is the emergency contact list during the COVID-19 outbreak
SUSPENSION OF UTILITY BILL LATE FEES AND DISCONNECT FOR NON-PAYMENT
The city is available to work out payment plans for utility bills, is temporarily not charging late fees nor disconnecting service for non-payment. Give us a call weekdays between 8 AM and 5 PM at (509) 962-7201 option 3 or email us at email@example.com .
The city has initiated a Utility Customer Support Program to support low-income and vulnerable households.
CITY COUNCIL MEETINGS
City Council will continue to meet the 1st and 3rd Monday of each month. These meetings are livestreamed on ECTV and recorded for viewing at a later date.
Per Governor Inslee’s Amending Proclamation 20-28.9, City Council and all City board/commission meetings will not be held in-person as noticed in the Governor's proclamation. In addition, the Proclamation limits those meetings to taking action only on issues to address necessary and routine business, and business that is in response to the COVID-19 outbreak. Information about how the public can attend these meetings remotely will be noted on the council meeting agenda or council calendar, as well as on the City website and through social media.
CITY BOARDS AND COMMISSION MEETINGS
Should a board or commission convene for business, the public will have the option to participate virtually. How to view or call into the meeting will be made available via the calendar.
ACTIVITIES AND PROGRAMMING
Energy Audits are suspended. Information about in-person activities and programming at Parks, Parks facilities, and the Library are available online. Ellensburg Public Library has modified programming and in-person services. Parks & Recreation parks (open spaces) are open with modifications.
The City of Ellensburg has suspended enforcement of the carryout bag ordinance at the request of the Northwest Grocery Association, their members, and the workers employed by their members. This action contributes to our continued efforts to minimize situations that could lead to contact with the coronavirus. The enforcement suspension starts March 23, 2020, until future notice.
THE CITY OF ELLENSBURG HAS declared a local state of emergency. This declaration allows more flexibility and authorization for the City Manager to take action to help protect the health and safety of the community.
The State of Washington has established a clearinghouse to help connect people and information.
On November 15, 2020, Governor Inslee updated the Safe Start Washington plan
On June 23, 2020, the Washington State Department of Health approved the variance for Kittitas County to move to Phase 3 of the Safe Start Washington Plan
On May 27, 2020, the Washington State Department of Health approved the variance for Kittitas County to move to Phase 2 of the Safe Start Washington Plan
On May 4, 2020, Governor Inslee unveiled the Safe Start Washington plan
On May 4, 2020, Governor Inslee extended the Stay Home, Stay Healthy order
On April 6, 2020, Governor Inslee extended the Statewide K-12 School Closure order
On April 2, 2020, Governor Inslee extended the Stay Home, Stay Healthy order
On March 23, 2020, Governor Inslee mandated Stay Home, Stay Healthy
On March 22, 2020, Governor Inslee requested a major disaster declaration for Washington State which was approved by the federal government.
On May 21, 2021 Governor Inslee issued Proclamation 20-25.13 on May 21, 2021 with changes to masking requirements for fully vaccinated individuals.
This is an unprecedented time for our community and for the world. Let’s support one another, be kind, take time to listen and help.
Much information is available about the COVID-19 pandemic. Two resources we refer to are Washington State’s Reopening Guidance for Businesses and Workers, and Kittitas County’s Individual/Family listing of resources for housing/rental assistance, food, unemployment and well-being.
Information about CARES Act funding from the Coronavirus Relief Fund appropriated by the US Congress and passed through the State of Washington to local jurisdictions is available on the WA Commerce website.