COVID-19 (Coronavirus)


City of Fort Meade COVID-19 Update

Effective April 6, 2020 A Message from Citrus Connection

Contact Citrus Connection 1-855-POLK-BUSS or see website and Facebook page for all updates, information, routes an schedules at  www.ridecitrus.com  

                      City of Fort Meade

Situation Report as of April 2, 2020 5:00 PM

State of Emergency: The City of Fort Meade made a local state of emergency declaration on March 24, 2020, with adoption of Resolution # 20-05.  That declaration is still in effect.

With the passage of Executive Order # 20-91 by our Governor that encourages citizens to “Shelter in Place” effective Midnight April 2nd, all City Offices, Parks, Community Center, Library, and Historical Museum will remain closed to the public until May 1st.  The Fort Meade Fire Station will remain operational.  Only Essential Personnel will report to work on abbreviated schedules.  All phone calls for service will be answered by City Personnel.

Utility payments may be made at one of our two (2) Drop Box locations either by check or money order, no cash.  One drop box is on Langford Street and another at the front of City Hall on West Broadway.  All late fees have been waived until further notice.  All service disconnections have been suspended until further notice. 

Applications for Building permits and new utility service will be accepted by electronic means c/o City Clerk, Melissa Cannon mcannon@cityoffortmeade.com

The City Commission will continue to hold its April 14th Commission meeting by electronic means.  City Hall will not be open to the public.

Republic will continue to service all residents with twice per week trash pick-ups, and once per week recycling, yard waste, and bulk.  The April 11th, Citywide Clean Up will continue as planned.  Residents must leave eligible items at the curb.

Bus Route 25 is under the purview of Citrus Connection, so visit their website https://ridecitrus.com for any service updates. 

Executive Order 20-91 (Essential Services and Activities During COVID-19 Emergency)

For a list of essential services, click here www.floridadisaster.org

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Effective 12:00 PM, Monday March 30, 2020 ALL City Parks and Community Center will be closed until further notice.


Fort Meade Historical Society announces closure of museum until further notice.


Effective 2:00 PM, March 26, 2020 Peace River Park will be closed until further notice


 

Agency: City of Fort Meade
Date of Submittal: March 25, 2020

1.  State of Emergency: The City of Fort Meade made a local state of emergency declaration on March 24, 2020, with adoption of Resolution # 20-05.

2.  Office closures or changes in business hours: 

The Fort Meade Community Center has cancelled all special events and rentals for at least the next 30 days.  At this location, there is also a Senior Program run by the Mid Florida Community Action Agency that will be suspended on March 23rd for at least the next 14 days thereafter.  This action will be re-evaluated as seniors are a vulnerable population.  The Community Center closed on March 23, but employees still report to work as usual.

The Fort Meade Public Library has cancelled all special events and classes for the next 30 days.  The Library closed on March 23, but employees still report to work as usual. 

The Fort Meade Mobile Home Park Activity Center has cancelled all special events and rentals for at least the next 30 days.  This facility is not open to the general public.  

The Fort Meade Historical Museum has cancelled all special events and has closed the museum to the general public until April 6th.  

City Hall, Building & Code Enforcement, and Public Works Compound have all been closed to the public on March 23.  However, employees still report to work as usual.  Utility Late fees and service disconnects have been suspended.  SMART call automated system has been in effect for several days.  It gives all registered users a personal phone call with service alerts.  Two drop box locations are available for utility payment by check and money order, no cash.  A drop box for building permits has also been set up.  All vendors are now prohibited from entering the Office at the Public Works Compound. 

The Fort Meade Fire Station is not open to the general public.  The Fire Station operates in an on-call basis and responds to emergency calls for service.  Thus, there will be no change in operation.

The Child Development Center on Broadway and the East Coast Migrant (Head Start) on Lanier have closed till at least April 15th.  Both of these services operate in City owned buildings.

Parks stillremain open to the public; however, all rentals through the month of April have been cancelled at all locations.

Cemetery – We have 2 city cemeteries.  Both are following limits on social distance and we have been in touch with local funeral homes. 

3.  Fire/Law Enforcement PPE status:

Figure out your daily burn rate on PPE (respirators, gloves, etc.) to find out your total supply.  Five day or less supply is considered critical on required supplies/equipment for COVID-19. Before supplies reach critical level, contact Billy Abernathy with Polk County Emergency Management by phone at 863-298-7001.

Our Fire Chief Roc Eiland reports that the City of Fort Meade is still waiting on a back order of gloves, masks, and alcohol for sanitation purposes. 

Law Enforcement is provided under contract with Polk County Sheriff Office.

 4.  Have any policies been enacted to cancel events and services?

            See responses listed under Question #2 and below.

On the March 24, 2020, Commission meeting we adopted an emergency Ordinance #2020-07 that meets Governor Executive Order # 20-69.  All future public meetings will be by telephonic and electronic means during this emergency.

5.  General summary of protective actions (only a few sentences):

Employees are limiting social contact. 

Submitted by:  Danielle J. Judd, City Manager


Issued March 22, 2020 (3:00 PM)

The City of Fort Meade is doing everything it can to protect the health and safety of our residents and our employees from the spread of the COVID-19 virus. 

Effective Monday, March 23, 2020 at 8:00 am, all City of Fort Meade Facilities will be closed to public walk-in transactions until further notice. 

The City of Fort Meade will remain available for business to customers by phone or email. 

Customers may use the drop boxes located at the entrance to City Hall at 8 W. Broadway St., and across from the Post Office at 21 N. Seminole Ave. for payments or applications for new utility services and cemetery plots. Building and Code Enforcement will have a black mailbox located at the entrance of 20 Langford St. for permit applications and Code Enforcement services.  All payments should be check or money order, no cash.

All special events and parks and recreation rentals have been suspended until further notice.

Residential garbage services will continue as scheduled.


Agency: City of Fort Meade
Date of Submittal: March 18, 2020

The City of Fort Meade Management team is regularly monitoring the evolving health concerns in response to COVID-19 (Coronavirus) and taking the proactive measures necessary to help protect the health and well-being of our city. Following the guidance of the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) for social distancing, the City of Fort Meade  has provided the following Municipal Situation Report:

Primary Municipal Point of Contact
Name: Danielle J. Judd
Email: djudd@cityoffortmeade.com
Cell Number: 863-226-8474
Office Number: 863-285-1173 

Secondary Municipal Point of Contact
Name: Jackie Cannon
Email: jcannon@cityoffortmeade.com
Cell Number: 863-226-8476
Office Number: 863-285-1119

 1.  State of Emergency: The City of Fort Meade will make a declaration at its next Commission meeting, March 24.

 2.  Office closures or changes in business hours: 

 Impacts as of today and for next 30 days are for these locations:  Community Center, Public Library, Mobile Home Park Activity Center

 The Fort Meade Community Center has cancelled all special events and rentals for at least the next 30 days.  At this location, there is also a Senior Program run by the Mid Florida Community Action Agency that will be suspended on March 23rd for at least the next 14 days thereafter.  This action will be re-evaluated as seniors are a vulnerable population.  The Community Center still remains as an open facility.  It does not have 50 or more visitors on a daily basis.

 The Fort Meade Public Library has cancelled all special events and classes for the next 30 days.  We will close this site to the public as of Monday March 23rd as it exceeds 50 visitors on a daily basis.  Employees will still report to work as usual.  The trial pilot program for Saturday operating hours will be discontinued immediately.

 The Fort Meade Mobile Home Park Activity Center has cancelled all special events and rentals for at least the next 30 days.  This facility is not open to the general public.  Thus, there is no change in operating hours.  No City employees work within the Activity Center. 

 The Fort Meade Historical Museum has cancelled all special events and has closed the museum to the general public until April 6th.  

 Agency: City of Fort Meade
Date of Submittal: March 18, 2020

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 City Hall, Building & Code Enforcement, and Public Works Compound will continue with their normal operating hours and services at this point.  City Hall services and utilities will continue to operate as usual.  We do offer a drop box on the exterior of City Hall (8 Broadway) and a mail box (Langford Ave) where customers may leave payments.

 The Fort Meade Fire Station is not open to the general public.  The Fire Station operates in an on-call basis and responds to emergency calls for service.  Thus, there will be no change in operation.

 The Child Development Center on Broadway and the East Coast Migrant (Head Start) on S. Lanier have closed till at least March 30th.  Both of these services operate in City owned buildings.

Parks remain open to the public.

3.  Fire/Law Enforcement PPE status:

Figure out your daily burn rate on PPE (respirators, gloves, etc.) to find out your total supply.  Five day or less supply is considered critical on required supplies/equipment for COVID-19. Before supplies reach critical level, contact Billy Abernathy with Polk County Emergency Management by phone at 863-298-7001.

Our Fire Chief Roc Eiland reports that the City of Fort Meade is still waiting on a back order of gloves, masks, and alcohol for sanitation purposes. 

Law Enforcement is provided under contract with Polk County Sheriff Office.

4.  Have any policies been enacted to cancel events and services?

            See responses listed under Question #2 and below.

The Moonlight Music Festival set for Friday, April 3rd, in Patterson Park has been suspended.  A date for a potential rescheduling will be handled by the Fort Meade Chamber of Commerce.

The March 26th Department of Economic Opportunity (DEO) Project meeting in Fort Meade with various state and regional representatives has been postponed till late April.  It would require travel by State Officials.

Fort Meade City Manager and Elected Officials will participate in a weekly Florida League of Cities update call each Tuesday beginning March 17th at 8 PM EST until further notice.

5.  General summary of protective actions (only a few sentences):

Employees are limiting social contact.  Fort Meade has received the March 17th Polk County BOCC notice that CAT B has been declared as of March 13, 2020.

Submitted by:  Danielle J. Judd, City Manager

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