The Midwest City City Council met this morning in their second emergency meeting related to COVID-19. The Council passed an ordinance pertaining to food establishments. The ordinance, which is in effect until April 12, mandated that all bars and similar venues without on-premises food be closed at noon today.All bars and similar venues with on-premises food may serve take-out or delivery food, or pre-packaged alcohol authorized for sale under state law. They must otherwise remain closed to everyone but their employees.Dine in services for food products are now limited to every other table in the establishment with only up to six seated at each table. Each table serving food products should be six feet apart to preserve the recommended public distancing guidelines issued by the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Dine-in, carry-out, and delivery services are allowed to continue operating under the State of Emergency declared on March 16, unless state or federal guidelines indicate otherwise.The City of Midwest City also closed their City buildings to the public with the exception of the locations that have walk up windows, which are in the police department, municipal court and the community center.“These are unprecedented times. We are constantly monitoring the CDC guidelines and recommendations of health officials in order to make the best and most appropriate decisions for our residents, our employees and businesses,” said City Manager Tim Lyon.“We encourage any resident who is experiencing a virus-related hardship such as loss of job or quarantine to contact us.” Lyon said. “We will be working with residents or utility customers who have been impacted by the virus.”Below are the details regarding impacts to other City services or programs:Animal Welfare Services – Adoptions are now by appointment only. The public is being asked to allow an animal welfare officer to come to their home to pick up strays rather than coming into the shelter. The microchip event scheduled for March 28 has been canceled.City Council – Meetings will take place as scheduled. Those attending the meetings are encouraged to maintain the recommended six feet of social distance inside the council chambers. The City Council meetings are streamed live on the City’s YouTube Channel and on Cox Channel 20 for those who prefer to watch from home.Community Center – The Community Center continues to issue full refunds for any canceled events for which the facility has been reserved.Community Development – Offices are closed to the public. This impacts services related to building permits and inspections, zoning and planning commission, trades licensing, engineering, storm shelters, and geographic information systems mapping. Most services can be handled online or by phone by calling 739-1211 or 739-1210.Compost Facility - The facility remains open during normal hours.Economic Development – The Economic Development section of the City’s website at midwestcityok.org has a listing of resources for businesses that have been impacted by COVID-19.
Finance Department - Code enforcement payments and retiree health insurance payments can be mailed (100 N. Midwest Blvd, Midwest City OK 73110) or placed in the Utility Customer Service payment dropbox. Please make sure to note on the payment what type of payment is being made.Fire Department – All fire stations are closed to the public. Public tours and visits to the fire stations have been temporarily suspended.Household Hazardous Waste Drop-off – HHW drop offs are not being accepted until further notice.Human Resources – The Human Resources office encourages job applicants to send their applications by email to firstname.lastname@example.org or fax to (405) 739-1230. For more information, call 739-1232 or 739-1234.Jail – All visits to inmates have been stopped with the exception of the inmate’s attorney.John Conrad Golf Course and Hidden Creek Golf Course – Both golf courses are open but have implemented new clubhouse procedures until further notice. All customers are asked to enter and exit the clubhouse in a timely manner to avoid unnecessary contact with others. The pavilion is open for small group gathering but the clubhouse is not. Coffee, water fountains and water jugs are not available until further notice. The Elks Lodge Youth Skills Challenge scheduled for April 25 has been canceled.Municipal Court – Court cases are being heard as scheduled, with the exception of the March environmental court which has been postponed until April. A rotation in and out of the court is being utilized to maintain social distancing guidelines. Fines can be paid online at paymidwestcityok.org or by phone at 800-444-1187.Neighborhood Association – Meetings remain suspended until further notice.Planning Commission – Meetings will take place as scheduled.Police Department – Fingerprinting by citizen request has been suspended.Public Safety – The police and fire departments are responding to calls, utilizing the appropriate safety measures while interacting with the public.Senior Center – The Senior Center remains closed. Midwest City seniors who are regular participants in the Oklahoma County Senior Nutrition Program can contact 949-2709 to schedule pick up of the weekly meals.Utility Customer Service – The lobby is closed to the public. Utility payments can be made by using the dropbox, drive-thru window, online payment services or by calling customer service at 739-1252 or 739-1254. Residential or commercial services can be established by completing the new service form that is available online and faxing it to 405-869-8613 or emailing it to email@example.com.Business licenses and temporary sign permits can be completed online.Garage sale permits can be completed online and once payment is received, the permits and signs can be picked up by the front doors at City Hall.VITA Tax Preparation – VITA services in Midwest City are suspended for the remainder of the tax season. The IRS has announced tax payment deadlines have been extended until July 15. The IRS has information on their website regarding where to Free File with free tax-preparation and filing software. For more information, visit irs.gov/filing/free-file-do-your-federal-taxes-for-free.
Water Treatment Plant - The plant is operating as normal and the tap water is safe to drink. We have been receiving questions about this and want to make sure our residents know that our water is safe.
Wastewater Treatment Plant - The plant is operating as normal. Due to the increased use of sanitizing wipes and other wipes, the plant is seeing more wipes being flushed. Please note that even if wipes say they are flushable, they are not. Only toilet paper should be flushed. All other products (wipes, facial tissues, feminine hygiene products, cotton swabs, cigarette stubs, etc.) should be wrapped and placed in your trash and not in the toilet. This will help prevent messy and costly sewer back-ups in residents’ homes.Welcome Center – The Welcome Center remains closed until further notice.Residents are encouraged to visit the Oklahoma State Health Department’s website at https://coronavirus.health.ok.gov/ for updates or to call the Oklahoma City County Health Department’s hotline at 877-215-8336 from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. weekdays and 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturdays. The hotline has Spanish interpretation available.###