City employees working at home
Updated: Apr 9, 2020
Due to the governor's stay-at-home order, City of Merced employees began working remotely today. Operations of police, fire, refuse, sewer or water are not affected.
Gov. Gavin Newsom issued an executive order Thursday evening ordering Californians to stay at home unless they are performing essential functions. People can still conduct essential business such as get groceries, go to medical appointments or check on elderly relatives. Taking pets to vet appointments, going to an essential job and engaging in outdoor activities while maintaining social distance are also permitted.
The City of Merced already planned to have employees work remotely starting at 5 p.m. today. Public access to City buildings was cut off after Tuesday.
"All of these actions are to prevent the spread of the coronavirus," said City Manager Steve Carrigan. "We have heard the forecasts, and we want to do our part."
City business will continue, Carrigan said, with a core staff in City buildings and others working remotely in order to practice social distancing.
The City declared a local emergency Friday, March 13, due to the spread of the coronavirus.
A number of City board and commission meetings have been cancelled. City-sponsored activities have been cancelled or postponed.
The air carrier for the Merced Regional Airport, Boutique Airlines, has suspended operations. The airport is only open to general aviation users with planes at the facility.
Parks are open from 6 a.m. to 9 p.m. to encourage people to get exercise and fresh air, but users are cautioned to maintain social distance. Park restrooms are closed, as are other park facilities.
With the closure of City Hall, people can't pay utility bills or make other payments in person.
Customers can make payments:
By using the automated phone system at 209-388-7289
Paying online at www.cityofmerced.org
Using the drop box outside City Hall (check, cashier's check or money order, no cash, please)
Mailing payments (check, cashier's check or money order, no cash, please)
Questions about utility bills can be emailed to email@example.com or people can phone 209-385-6841.
The City will not be charging people late fees and no new water services will be shut off if people cannot make their payments during this emergency. However, they still will be ultimately responsible for the payment of all bills.