Mayor’s Message: Coronavirus COVID-19

 

Mayor’s  Message – English(PDF)

Mayor’s Message – Spanish(PDF)

March 18, 2020

Good afternoon Wasco residents,

The City Of Wasco continues to Monitor the ongoing COVID- 19 pandemic. The situation is very fluid and presents many challenges to our city, our residents, city schools, churches and businesses. We’re actively staying informed and communicating with our partners at Kern County Public Health, neighboring cities as well as State and Federal agencies.

All citizens and visitors to the city of Wasco are encouraged to actively stay engaged in monitoring the ongoing issue, use good hygiene, and begin, if you haven’t done so already, to reasonably prepare for potential impacts.

Currently, the City Of Wasco has no confirmed cases of the novel Corona virus (Covid-19).

After careful consideration, In order to ensure the safety of Wasco residents and our employees during the state of emergency declared by Governor Newsom, City officials have taken proactive measures to ensure crucial city services, such Water, Waste Water, and Trash will continue to be operational through our Local Emergency Declaration.

All our public service counters, including City Hall, will be closed to the public but residents may call any of our departments to help resolve your concerns. Although we are attempting to reduce the impact to our residents, we know there will be some unforeseen issues that may arise. We ask for your help, patience and cooperation to work through these issues. You can contact city staff at 661-758-7214 or visit our website for detailed information.

It is imperative to the success of our city that all residents participate and become part of the solution. We all live in Wasco for a reason. Most of us have known each other our entire lives and have raised generations of families here. Our lives are undeniably intertwined; we sit next to each other during Sunday Service, we cheer together on Friday nights.

I wanted to take a few minutes to share some of the highlights of the service and operational changes that may impact residents. Please be mindful that these changes may be modified as a more information becomes available.

Beginning today, March 18 until further notice, all City offices will be closed to the public.  All critical services such as water, trash pick-up and wastewater will continue as normal. 

Limited administrative functions are still being offered in the Finance, Community Development, Public Works and City Hall offices.  You may continue to call the City’s main line at 661-758-7214 and select the department you wish to speak with.

All utility bills normally due on March 20th will now be due on Monday, March 30, 2020, if you need to make payment arrangements please call our office at 661-758-7230

If you need to pay your utility bill, please plan to mail your payment to the address listed on your bill, or make your payment on-line through our website.  You can also drop a payment off utilizing the dropbox outside the Finance office during normal business hours in the form of a personal check, money order or cashiers check. Please do not send in any cash payments at this time.

For the protection of the public, as well as the city employees, our Dial-a-ride service will be suspended effective Wednesday, March 18th, 2020 until further notice

The planning department customer service desk will be closed to the public. Planning staff will be available for questions and consultations via phone and email. You may contact a department at 661-758-7206

Animal Control will not be accepting animal surrenders at this time. Additionally, animal adoptions will be placed on hold. Owners and animal rescues will still be able to pick up animals from the shelter by appointment only.

Toilet paper is a hot commodity right now so you might be tempted to use alternatives like tissues, paper towels or baby wipes.  Please do not flush these items down your toilet.  These products do not break down like toilet paper and can cause sanitary sewer backups.

We encourage everyone to follow the protective measures recommended by the Kern County Public Health Department including frequent hand washing, sanitizing frequently touched surfaces, and social distancing.

This is a dynamic situation and things are changing rapidly.  These are the necessary measures the City is taking to protect the health and safety of our residents and employees. There may be additional changes in the days and weeks to come.  We are committed to keeping you informed and will provide regular updates on our City website.

Finally, We live here because we believe in each other, and because we believe that in our small town, we will look after one another. Now is the time to take care of “thy neighbor”.  Check in on each other and support each other. Together, we will make it through.

Thank you and stay safe and healthy Wasco!