Mayor's Reopening Message 4 May 2020Back to Top
As you know, Gov. Little and his team have determined that it is time to begin restarting the state’s economy by allowing some types of businesses and organizations begin resuming operations under certain conditions. I want to give you an update on how the City of Mountain Home will address these issues.
First, I want to acknowledge that I realize everyone wants to get back to our old normal as soon as possible. My wife Kim and I are with you. We understand how important it is for our economy to get businesses’ doors open and to get unemployed or furloughed workers back in the saddle.
However, I also want to add a word of caution to that. It’s equally important for all of us as individuals to continue to observe social distancing and personal hygiene guidelines as we show our support, and it’s critical that those businesses opening their doors are doing everything they can to protect their employees and their clients. Not only is it important for those in the room at any given time, it is important to all those businesses and organizations waiting their turn to open.
If we see a spike in severe cases because we’re not taking proper precautions, our local economy, businesses, and workers may suffer even more. Such a spike could delay the implementation of one of the governor’s four planned stages, or even result in taking a step backward from one stage to a previous stage. So please, everyone, continue to think and act with caution and consideration for yourselves, for your relatives and neighbors, and for your town. We must approach this opportunity carefully and responsibly to ensure we are able to continue moving steadily forward together.
During Monday’s Special City Council Meeting we heard testimony from three of our community’s healthcare experts. After listening to their statements and asking additional questions, the Council voted to support and adopt the governor’s 4-stage plan for reopening the economy. We are currently in stage one. What this means is that retailers, churches, daycares, and youth clubs may resume operations provided they are able to adhere to guidelines provided by the state. We should still be avoiding all unnecessary travel, staying at least 6 feet from people who don’t live with us, and avoiding large gatherings. We hope to see residents being able to enjoy restaurant dining rooms, gyms and salon services in just a couple of weeks if all goes well.
In the meantime, I am also encouraging everyone to extend your kindness and understanding to your fellow residents and businesses. Many of us have differing opinions about the best way to navigate the path forward, and while I have always encouraged healthy public discourse, I also think it Is important that we address our differences in the most civil and thoughtful manner possible. One of the best descriptions I’ve heard of this crisis recently is that “We are all in the same storm, but we are not all in the same boat.” What this means to me is that everyone has their own unique set of circumstances and must make the best decisions they can with the knowledge and tools they have available to them. The decisions you make might not be the ones I would make for myself or my family, but it might still very well be the best decision for you and yours.
Finally, I want to reiterate our commitment to help in any way we can. If you need food, email us at email@example.com. Even if you have already received groceries through this program, you can get more. We have a healthy stockpile of frozen and non-perishable grocery items waiting. Your neighbors and friends have been generous in their donations, and many have pledged to keep on helping as long as they are able.
Stay safe and stay #MountainHomeStrong,
Mayor Rich Sykes
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Mayor Sykes addresses Gov. Little's statewide stay-home orderBack to Top
Col. Goodman COVID-19 Update 30 March 2020Back to Top
City Services UpdatesBack to Top
To help minimize the risk of COVID-19 (coronavirus), the City is taking precautionary measures. We will continue to monitor this situation and will share updates if and when they are received.
The health and well‐being of the Citizens and Employees of the City of Mountain Home are very important and we recommend following the guidelines being sent forward by the Center for Disease Control (CDC) and the Idaho Central Health District. We are also monitoring the newly created Idaho Coronavirus website at https://coronavirus.idaho.gov/
Based on the facts and information we have currently, we recommend everyone follow the protocols and best practices set forth by the CDC. www.cdc.gov
The following information regarding city services and amenities will be updated as the situation develops:
Governor Brad Little issued a statewide stay-home order and signed an extreme emergency declaration March 25, 2020 (see Related News Links below). In compliance with this order, all City of Mountain Home buildings and offices are closed to the public through April 15. Governor Little and public health officials will determine later whether there may be a need to extend the order beyond the current 21-day mandate. At this time all non-essential City personnel have been released to work remotely. Essential City services, including fire, police, water and wastewater services, will continue without interruption. Residents may still call City Hall at (208) 587-2104 between the hours of 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. for information or other assistance.
We encourage customers who normally pay their water bill in person to take advantage of the opportunity to pay online on the city website, call in your payment here at City Hall, use the drop box outside City Hall, or pay by mailing your check to:
City of Mountain Home
P.O. Box 10
160 South 3rd East
Mountain Home, ID 83647
City Council meetings will continue on the normal schedule of the second and fourth Monday of each month at 6 p.m. While residents may participate in person, we want to encourage citizens to make comments or statements in advance by using the drop box outside City Hall, email to firstname.lastname@example.org, or mail to City Hall. All input received via these methods will still be taken into the same consideration as any in-person statement. Anyone can view City Council meetings from the safety of your home on Facebook Live at https://www.facebook.com/mountainhomecityhall/
The public utilities in the City will run as normal. Our water and wastewater operators are committed to making sure that services are not disrupted in this time of general public concern. The citizens of Mountain Home can be reassured that they will have safe, clean water to drink and use and that it will continue to be treated at our wastewater facility.
The Water Department currently has had five (5) wells in operation during the winter months. Three (3) of those wells have generators in case of power failures to keep the supply of water to the city. The City also has over five million (5,000,000) gallons of storage capacity. As the weather continues to get nicer, the City’s other four (4) wells will be brought online to supply water for consumption and irrigation during the spring and summer.
The Wastewater Department is asking citizens not to flush anything other than toilet paper, because anything else can get caught in your wastewater service and back up into you home. The operators monitor flows in the wastewater mains to ensure it gets to the headworks for treatment.
The Street Department will continue operations as normal. The street sweepers will continue normal routes and road maintenance will continue as planned.
Development Services will continue to operate on our normal schedule (M-F, 8 a.m.-5 p.m.).
Inspections can be scheduled by phone by calling (208) 580-2091.
All permit applications are available online at https://www.mountain-home.us/development-services-department/#resources. Applications can be printed, filled out, scanned and emailed to Brenda Ellis at email@example.com.
The Economic Development Office is working closely with government and local economic development agencies and resources to provide assistance to business owners.
Additional information is expected soon from the Small Business Association about available disaster assistance in response to economic impacts of coronavirus. We will provide updates on the city website, social media pages and via our business list.
The Economic Development Office has created a COVID-19 Business Toolkit with resources and suggestions on how to remain resilient and agile during the coming weeks.
We are also working to reschedule in-person small business training opportunities and provide this training online during the social distancing period.
Mountain Home Police Department
Due to the fact that the Mountain Home School District has suspended school and school activities, effective March 17, 2020, the School Resource Officers will be transferred to a patrol shift.
Uniformed Patrol Officers will be assigned to close patrol local retail establishments immediately preceding and following opening times as well as, in some cases, closing times to increase presence and deter criminal activity.
The Mountain Home Police Department will be accepting telephone reports from those members of the public that prefer not to have personal contact with the officers. A non-emergency police report hotline is being established with a voice mailbox that will be monitored by patrol supervisors. Details on the telephone number and extension should be available March 17, 2020.
Mountain Home Fire Department
Mountain Home Fire Department will limit in-person training or meetings to those essential for safe and effective operations.
We encourage those seeking burn permits to complete the process online. Required permit forms and instructions can be found on the fire department’s page of the City website.
General precautions will include frequent cleaning and disinfecting of often-touched surfaces in the department, maintaining the recommended six-foot distance when interacting with people, and recommending that any firefighter or staff member experiencing any illness remain at home.
Individual firefighter precautions will include:
- Disinfecting SCBA masks after every use
- Use of respiratory masks whenever necessary
- Regular cleaning/decontamination of all personal protective equipment (PPE)
- Limiting the number of firefighters entering any area that may be infected
Mountain Home Public Library
The library will be closed March 16, 2020, through April 6. Library staff will begin offering the following services March 23, 2020;
- Curbside pickup (limited to books, audio and videos)
- Patrons can request up to five (5) items online, via telephone or email
- Staff will pull the items and check them out to the patron
- Staff will notify the patron when the items are ready for pickup
- Get a library card over the phone
- Patrons may receive a temporary 60-day library card over the phone or pre-register via the website https://mhlibrary.org/
- Participants will need to visit the library upon re-opening to validate identity and proof of residency
- General account/Reference/Digital resource assistance
- Patrons may call in between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m. for assistance
Parks and Recreation
Recreation: Recreation will be postponing or canceling all programming and activities until the week of March 30th. At that time we will review the situation to determine if further extension is needed.
- Spring Soccer league is postponed until the week of March 30th (No refunds will be issued at this time).
- 2020 Spring Break is canceled (Refunds will be issued).
- Discovery is postponed until the week of March 30th (No refunds will be issued at this time).
- To help minimize the risk of COVID-19 (coronavirus), we are taking precautionary measures by cancelling all programming and activities in the Recreation Activity Center until the week of May 4, 2020. Anyone entering this building without permission by City officials or St. Lukes staff will be issued a trespassing order. We will continue to montor this situation and will share updates if and when they are received.
- Staff have stepped up cleaning and sanitizing at all facilities.
- We encourage all citizens to avoid any unnecessary touch points (e.g., benches, picnic tables, and playgrounds).
- We are actively monitoring the situation with city partners and adjust our efforts as required.
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