City of Talent Oregon / News

COVID-19 Official City Press Release

March 16, 2020

Contact:
Sandra Spelliscy, City Manager

541.535.1566
 
CITY OF TALENT ANNOUNCES OPERATIONAL CHANGES TO ADDRESS
COVID-19 PUBLIC HEALTH EMERGENCY
 
The City of Talent announced today that it will immediately close all city facilities to anyone other than city employees until further notice. It will also be cancelling all meetings of city commissions and committees through April 3. The March 18 City Council meeting is currently scheduled to take place via remote access, and additional information regarding public participation for that meeting will be posted as it is available on the city website.
 
“The health and safety of our community and our employees is our paramount concern,” said City Manager Sandra Spelliscy. “We are all aware that the top priority now in dealing with COVID-19 is to slow community transmission to protect vulnerable populations and to not overwhelm our healthcare facilities and providers. We will be monitoring the situation closely and following the advice of public health professionals at the local, state and federal level regarding any additional modifications to city operations.”
 
The closure of city facilities affects City Hall, Town Hall, Community Center, Police Department, Public Works, and public restrooms except those located at Lynn Newbry Park. City staff will be contacting groups with planned activities at those sites to inform them of the cancellation and to process refunds.
 
The Food and Friends senior lunches will be discontinued until further notice, but Food and Friends volunteers will be available outside the Community Center on Tuesday, March 17, during lunch hours to distribute packaged and frozen meals to any seniors who come to the Community Center.
 
In addition, the Talent Food Bank will continue to operate on Thursdays at its regular time, but staff will be handing out food to participants through the rear basement door at Town Hall. Access to the main portion of the Town Hall building will not be available to Food Bank participants.
 
Payments on utility bills and other city payments should be made online, through the U.S. mail, or by being placed in the drop box outside City Hall Monday through Friday. The drop box is monitored regularly, so payments made by check or in cash are accepted. Questions regarding establishing new water service should be directed to city staff by calling 541.535.1566 during regular business hours. Frequently used city forms are available online or can be picked up in person at a kiosk located immediately to the left of the front entrance to City Hall.
 
Utility bills are due and payable as received, but until further notice, the city will be waiving late fees and will be relaxing its water shut off policy.
 
Talent residents should monitor the city website for updates to city operations. City staff will be working regular business hours until further notice and any questions about city operations should be directed to the following departments.
 
City Hall:  541.535.1566
Police Department: 541.535.1253
Community Development: 541.535.7401
Public Works: 541.535.3828