City of Northglenn Declaration of Emergency and Facility Closures
Last update: 3/17/20 at 9:50 a.m.
The city is taking additional precautionary steps to mitigate the spread of COVID-19 (Coronavirus) in interest of community health. These steps include:
1. Mayor Meredith Leighty has issued an emergency declaration. This action is important for four key reasons: access to resources (funding), legal flexibility, protecting our most vulnerable populations, and to better contain the outbreak. The week of March 17, City Council will have a meeting to extend the emergency declaration to match the State of Colorado response.
This declaration follows the same type of action as the State and Adams County. Making this declaration is part of an emergency plan that facilitates federal support if needed, as well as access to public health services like testing and staff. In addition, this declaration allows us to work with surrounding agencies more easily, and eases restrictions on what are normally mandatory meetings per city regulations. This does NOT mean the city is in danger; it is simply that we are planning for response to COVID-19 and we want to ensure that we have access to all available resources if necessary.
2. City Manager Heather Geyer has closed all City of Northglenn facilities to the public until further notice. We will take measures in line with the State of Colorado, Tri-County Health Department, school districts and other neighboring agencies.
Facilities closed to the public include:
- City Hall
- Northglenn Recreation Center, Senior Center and Theatre
- Maintenance and Operations Facility
- Water Treatment Facility
- Wastewater Treatment Plant
- Municipal Court
All city events, activities and meetings are cancelled through April (approximately). The Northglenn Justice Center will have limited public access. Municipal Court is closed will take place but no other in-person court services during the two-week span . If you have questions about a specific city service, go to https://www.northglenn.org/city_of_northglenn_coronavirus_operations.php . Each department has phone and/or email contact options as well.
Essential services like public safety, water, wastewater, snow removal and trash/recycling pickup will not be affected and continue as usual. Employees will continue to work, answer phone calls and support city functions, remotely if possible. However, personal contact will be at minimal levels in order to do our part in mitigating the spread of COVID-19.
Northglenn is prepared. Our city’s Emergency Operations Center (EOC) is up and running and the city will continue to assess and adjust our response as needed. The city is taking the appropriate measures to maintain essential services for residents, while also following safety procedures for all staff members that will continue to work during this time.
We appreciate your patience and cooperation during as our community deals with COVID-19. We encourage all residents to continue to follow CDC and Tri-County Health guidelines. Additional information and the most updated city information is available at www.northglenn.org/prepared.