HOLTVILLE — The City of Holtville has been working steadily to comply with the State of California and Imperial County Public Health Departments' orders to restrict activities that may exacerbate the spread of COVID-19, according to a Holtville press release.
Although the governor's declaration of March 19, requires all Californians to stay home and "shelter in place," municipal employees are specifically exempted in the order. The City of Holtville will continue to provide essential services such as police, fire, water, and wastewater treatment with emergency contingency plans in place. Non-essential city functions are being modified with a focus on workplace safety and potential for COVID-10 spread, per the release.
With local, state, and federal guidance, the report said the City is implementing social distancing measures across all non-essential services. Significant service level changes have been identified and the City has implemented temporary suspension of organized activities at all city buildings and park facilities. The City’s COVID-19 Emergency Plan is posted at www.Holtville.ca.gov and will be periodically updated.
The Holtville City Council declared a local emergency Monday, March 23, via a telephonic City Council meeting. In addition, the City's Emergency Operations Center has been activated and opened to coordinate local response to the emergency.
For non-emergency matters, Holtville residents are urged to conduct city business by phone or via email. For utility bill payments, use the Utility department’s drop box on the north side of city hall for checks or money orders. Cash will not be accepted until further notice. A new payment option is now being offered via PayPal, using the email address mail@Holtville.ca.gov. Be advised that a $5 service fee will be added for each payment using the PayPal option.
"In discussions with City Council and staff, we are hopeful that this crisis is mitigated by the measures being put in place. In exercising great caution, we have decided to minimize staff interaction with the public as much as is feasible, while working to create as many options as we can to continue ease of access," City Manager Nick Wells said in the release. "We are still here to help, but please call in for service!"