March 27, 2020 - In an effort to slow the spread of COVID-19 while continuing essential services for local residents, the city of Romulus has issued an update regarding city services and preventative measures.
“City officials have worked around the clock to ensure we are doing all we can to slow the spread of COVID-19 while continuing to provide tremendous customer service to our residents,” Mayor LeRoy Burcroff said. “The health and wellness of our residents is our number one priority, and we remain committed to providing the resources needed during this critical time.”
Updates on city services include:
- “Stay Home,” Stay Safe”—due to the Governor’s Executive Order, issued on Monday, all city buildings are closed to the public, except for the police department. Residents are encouraged to visit the city’s website with questions. If additional assistance is needed, residents can feel free to call any one of the city departments.
- Spring Clean-Up update—curbside yard waste and bulk pick-up will be put on hold beginning April 1, 2020 until further notice. Questions can be answered by calling Waste Management, Inc at 866-797-9018 or Romulus DPW at 734-942-7579.
- Water access—two weeks ago, the city’s water billing department discontinued account shut offs, and will do so until further notice to ensure residents have access to water services during the COVID-19 pandemic. If residents are without water and would like service reconnected, they can contact 734-942-7560 during regular business hours. Please note: customers are still expected to pay for water used during this time.
Previous actions taken by the city of Romulus have included assessing risks and changes in operation based on the growing pandemic; the cancelation of public events and group classes; the closure of the Romulus Public Library, Romulus Athletic Center and Senior Center; participation by city officials in planning discussions with state and local officials, school district and ministerial alliance; planning and implementation of Emergency Declaration and National Incident Management System; development of a Unified Command Structure; utilization of telecommunication for City Council meetings; and implementation of HR policies to safeguard employees.
“During this trying time, we are immensely grateful for our essential workers—police and fire, emergency medical professionals, grocery store and pharmacy employees, mail carriers, truck drivers and airport staff,” said Mayor Burcroff. “I know I speak for the entire community when I say we are keeping these workers, their health and the health of their family and loved ones in our thoughts and prayers. My heart goes out to those who have been impacted by the virus, as well as their friends and families. We are Romulus strong, and we will get through this is together. We will continue to do all we can to support the health and safety of all of our residents.”
To support local small businesses, the city has compiled a list of restaurants still open for carry-out. The list can be found here. For further updates on the city’s actions during the COVID-19 pandemic, please visit romulusgov.com/coronavirus or visit the city’s Facebook page.
On Monday, March 16, 2020 Mayor LeRoy D. Burcroff has officially declared a State of Emergency in the City of Romulus in an effort to slow the spread of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19). Due to the City’s unique location with multiple forms of transportation and transient populations, declaring a State of Emergency allows the city access to additional funding and resources to respond to its increased risk to the virus.
The city encourages all residents to continue to follow the preventative measures that have been shared by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). COVID-19 symptoms include fever, dry cough and shortness of breath. Residents with questions regarding COVID-19 are encouraged to contact the State of Michigan’s coronavirus hotline at 888-535-6136. If residents experience any symptoms, they are highly encouraged to contact a physician for counsel on treatment options and to stay home to protect others.
“The health and safety of our residents and visitors is our primary focus,” said Mayor LeRoy Burcroff. “We will continue monitoring developments and work swiftly in partnership with local, state and federal health and government officials to do all we can to protect our residents at this time. Our collective public health depends on the actions of each individual resident—I ask that we all do our part to prevent the spread of this virus.”
City municipal buildings will remain open by appointment only, and residents can continue to access city services at www.romulusgov.com and by phone at 734-942-7500 during regular office hours. However, non-essential city buildings will be closed to the public beginning Tuesday, March 17th at noon, including the Romulus City Hall, Department of Public Works Building and the Animal Shelter. The Romulus Senior Center will be closed to the public, but will continue providing services to older residents, including Meals on Wheels and commodities/focus hope distribution by appointment only. All public events and activities will be postponed or cancelled until further notice.
Romulus Public Library declared their closure beginning March 16th and the Romulus Athletic Center also closed on Monday in accordance with Governor Whitmer’s Executive Order 2020-9.
“We are committed to continuing to provide exemplary service to our residents during this time of uncertainty,” said Mayor Burcroff. “We must all support each other to find solutions and work together.”