COVID-19 (Coronavirus)

CITY OF FORT MEADE

SITUATION REPORT

May 28, 2020 @ 5 PM

 1State of Emergency: The City of Fort Meade is still under a Local State of Emergency that was declared on March 24.  The State of Florida is still under a State of Emergency that was declared by the governor and it is in effect until July 7th, unless it is extended.

 2.  City Services and Operations: 

The Fort Meade Community Center remains closed to the public.  All special events and rentals have been suspended through the month of June.  The center is undergoing an extensive building renovation and construction should be completed in June.

However, the Playground and Basketball Court areas will open to the public on Wednesday, June 3.  Restrooms will not be available to the public as they are located inside the Center. 

The Fort Meade Public Library opened to the public on May 26, 2020, following CDC social distancing guidelines.  The restrooms will remain closed to the public.

The Fort Meade Mobile Home Park (MHP) Activity Center remains closed to the public.  All special events and rentals have been suspended through the month of June.    

The Fort Meade Historical Museum has opened to the public on May 26, 2020.  The Historical Society establishes its operating hours.  

City Hall, Building & Code Enforcement, and Public Works Compound have been open to the public since May 11th, following CDC social distancing guidelines.  The restrooms at those locations remain closed to the public.

We do offer a drop box on the exterior of City Hall (8 Broadway) and a mail box (Langford Ave) where customers may leave utility payments.  On line utility payments may also be accepted through our website via Point N Pay.

Building permits will still be accepted.

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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. 

The Child Development Center on Broadway establishes its own operating hours and opened to the public on May 20.

The East Coast Migrant (Head Start) on Lanier & SE 6th Street remains closed until further notice and establishes its own operating hours. 

3.  City Parks:

City Parks followed a graduated schedule that began on Monday, May 4th subject to CDC social distancing guidelines. 

As restrictions are eased and construction projects completed in City parks, announcements and updates will be made in a timely fashion.

wPlayground areas and these Amenities will open to the public on Wednesday, June 3 at 8 AM:

Community Center Playground and Basketball Courts

Heritage Park Playground

Lanier Park Playground

Morrison Park Playground

                The City will not be monitoring the sites for CDC social distancing guidelines and/or cleaning playground equipment on a daily basis.

                Restrooms at any of these sites will remain closed to the public.

Monument Park Has been open with no restrictions since Monday, May 4 at 8 AM.

Trails located within these two (2) City Parks have been open to the public since Monday, May 4 at 8 AM.

Peace River ParkTrail access via Mt. Pisgah entrance only has been open since Monday, May 4.  Motorized vehicles are not permitted.  Walking and bicycling are permitted on this portion of the trail.

Site Restoration for roadway improvements have been completed by Duke Power at the US 98 entrance to Peace River Park.

The City will complete its portion of roadway improvements at the US 98 entrance to Peace River Park during the month of June. 

The playground at Peace River Park will remain closed until repairs can be completed which should occur in early June.

Once all of these items are completed, Peace River Park and Playground will be open to the public. 

The City will not be monitoring the site for CDC social distancing guidelines and/or cleaning playground equipment on a daily basis.

Restrooms will remain closed to the public.

All special events and rentals have been suspended for the month of June at Peace River Park.

Patterson ParkTrail access via American Legion portion only.  Site construction will be underway for the Overlook, Fishing Pier, Trail, and Picnic Pavilion Areas through June.  Until that time, the American Legion portion of the trail and parking lot picnicking areas are the only portion that have been open to the public since Monday, May 4.

Restrooms will remain closed to the public.  All special events and rentals have been suspended for the month of June at Patterson Park.  The City will not be monitoring the site for CDC social distancing guidelines and/or cleaning equipment on a daily basis.

City Commission meetings will continue via ZOOM for the month of June and are open to the public.   The call-in information is released the Friday before a meeting with all necessary details.  The next Commission meetings are June 9th and 23rd.




City of Fort Meade COVID-19 Update
 

CITY OF FORT MEADE
SITUATION REPORT
MAY 8, 2020 @ 5 PM 

1.  State of Emergency: The City of Fort Meade is still under a Local State of Emergency.  Although some locations still remain closed, personnel are reporting to work as assigned and available to respond to requests for service.

2.  City Services and Operations:
The Fort Meade Community Center remains closed to the public.  All special events and rentals have been suspended through the month of May.  The center is undergoing an extensive building renovation and construction should be completed in late May.

The Fort Meade Public Library has cancelled all special events and classes through the month of May.  The Library remains closed to the public.  Plans will be announced within the next few weeks for its operating plans and transition to walk in patrons. 

The Fort Meade Mobile Home Park (MHP) Activity Center remains closed to the public and has cancelled all special events and rentals through the month of May.    

The Fort Meade Historical Museum is still closed to the general public until further notice.  The Historical Society establishes its operating hours.  

City Hall, Building & Code Enforcement

These areas will be open to the public on Monday, May 11, at 8 AM but will mandate social distancing guidelines be strictly adhered.  We will still offer a drop box on the exterior of City Hall (8 Broadway) and a mail box (Langford Ave) where customers may leave payments.  On line payments may also be accepted through our website via Point N Pay. The City will not disconnect service or assess late fees through the month of May. 

Building permits will still be accepted at the Building Department in the black mail box on Langford Avenue and in person.

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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 establishes its own operating hours and is not subject to updates released by the City of Fort Meade.

The East Coast Migrant (Head Start) on Lanier remains closed until further notice and is not subject to updates released by the City of Fort Meade. 

3.  City Parks:
City Parks will follow a graduated schedule that has been in effect since Monday, May 4 at 8 AM as outlined below until further notice and are subject to social distancing guidelines established by the CDC. 

As restrictions are eased and construction projects completed in City parks, announcements will be made in a timely fashion.

wPlayground areas and these Parks to remain closed until further notice:

Community Center Playground and Basketball Courts

Heritage Park

Lanier Park

Morrison

Peace River Park

Monument Park will remain open with no restrictions.

Trails located within these two (2) City Parks will follow this schedule effective

Monday, May 4 at 8 AM, until further notice.

Peace River ParkTrail access via Mt. Pisgah entrance only.  Site Restoration for roadway improvements will be underway at the US 98 entrance and likely will be completed in mid May.  Until that time, the trail is open to the public via Mt. Pisgah and does not allow motorized vehicles.  Walking and bicycling are permitted.  This is the only portion of Peace River Park that has been opened since May 4.

Patterson ParkTrail access via American Legion portion only.  Site construction will be underway for the Overlook, Fishing Pier, Trail, and Picnic Pavilion Areas and will likely be completed later in May.  Until that time, the American Legion portion of the trail and parking lot picnicking areas are the only portion that have been open since May 4.

City Commission meetings will continue via ZOOM for the month of May and are open to the public.   The call-in information is released the Friday before a meeting with all necessary details.  The next Commission meeting is May 12th.

Submitted by:  Danielle J. Judd, City Manager


 

CITY OF FORT MEADE
SITUATION REPORT
APRIL 30, 2020 @ 5 PM 

1.  State of Emergency: The City of Fort Meade is still under a Local State of Emergency.  Although some locations still remain closed, personnel are reporting to work as assigned and available to respond to requests for service. 

2.  City Services and Operations: 
The Fort Meade Community Center remains closed to the public.  All special events and rentals have been suspended through the month of May.  The center is undergoing an extensive building renovation and construction should be completed in late May.

The Fort Meade Public Library has cancelled all special events and classes through the month of May.  The Library remains closed to the public.  Plans will be announced within the next few weeks for its operating plans and transition to walk in patrons. 

The Fort Meade Mobile Home Park (MHP) Activity Center remains closed to the public and has cancelled all special events and rentals through the month of May.    

The Fort Meade Historical Museum is still closed to the general public until further notice.  The Historical Society establishes its operating hours.  

City Hall, Building & Code Enforcement, and Public Works Compound will still be closed to the general public.  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.  On line payments may also be accepted through our website via Point N Pay. The City will not disconnect service or assess late fees through the month of May. 

Building permits will still be accepted.

The City has tentatively planned to open City Hall to the public on Monday, May 11 at 8 AM following social distancing guidelines.

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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 establishes its own operating hours and is not subject to updates released by the City of Fort Meade.

The East Coast Migrant (Head Start) on Lanier remains closed until further notice and is not subject to updates released by the City of Fort Meade.  

3.  City Parks:
City Parks will follow a graduated schedule effective Monday, May 4 at 8 AM as outlined below and are subject to social distancing guidelines established by the CDC. 

As restrictions are eased and construction projects completed in City parks, announcements will be made in a timely fashion.

wPlayground areas and these Parks to remain closed until further notice:

Community Center Playground and Basketball Courts

Heritage Park

Lanier Park

Morrison

Peace River Park

Monument Park will be open with no restrictions on Monday, May 4 at 8 AM.

Trails located within these two (2) City Parks will follow this schedule effective

Monday, May 4 at 8 AM.

Peace River ParkTrail access via Mt. Pisgah entrance only.  Site Restoration for roadway improvements will be underway at the US 98 entrance and likely will be completed in mid May.  Until that time, the trail is open to the public via Mt. Pisgah and does not allow motorized vehicles.  Walking and bicycling are permitted.  This is the only portion of Peace River Park that will be open on May 4.

Patterson ParkTrail access via American Legion portion only.  Site construction will be underway for the Overlook, Fishing Pier, Trail, and Picnic Pavilion Areas and will likely be completed later in May.  Until that time, the American Legion portion of the trail and parking lot picnicking areas are the only portion that will be open on May 4.

City Commission meetings will continue via ZOOM for the month of May and are open to the public.   The call-in information is released the Friday before a meeting with all necessary details.  The next Commission meeting is May 12th.

Submitted by:  Danielle J. Judd, City Manager



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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