The Midwest City City Council met Tuesday evening (March 24) in their third emergency meeting related to COVID-19 and passed another emergency ordinance. The ordinance, which is in effect until April 12, addresses operating hours and procedures for commercial enterprises.All bars and similar venues with on-premises food may serve only take out or delivery food or prepackaged alcohol authorized for sale under state law. Dine-in services for food products will no longer be allowed.All personal services, such as hair salons, gyms, theaters, massage parlors, tattoo parlors, and museums are ordered to be closed by 11:59 pm tonight to April 12 unless the time is reduced or extended by the city manager.All other business that remain open during the City’s State of Emergency must ensure that CDC recommendations on public distancing, of no less than six feet, are complied with through measures to distance customers in line, customers being served, and among employees providing these services.“The success of this ordinance will come from self-compliance on the part of the businesses and patrons,” said Police Chief Brandon Clabes. “We need businesses to help us by implementing the social distancing guidelines established by the CDC.”Residents who have questions about the ordinance can call 739-1297 or 739-1289 during normal business hours.
Residents who have experienced a hardship related to the coronavirus - either a loss of job or being quarantined - are encouraged to contact the appropriate City department. We are working with residents or utility customers who have been impacted by the virus.Following are the details related to the latest changes in City services or programs:Quarterly curbside collection of bulk items will be temporarily postponed for the next quarter (April – June) to allow the City to focus on trash collection services. With more people at home, the volume of waste has increased, which requires sanitation services to shift resources to continue to provide regular residential trash collection.Special bulk pick-ups are still being scheduled as staff levels permit. For more information, or to inquire about the fees, please contact the Public Works department at 739-1066 to schedule the pick-up.The temporary closing of the Senior Center has been extended to April 30.Community Center rentals are closed through the end of April.Spring softball is canceled.Parks:
Reno Swim and Slide pool pass sales are suspended until after April 30.Those with questions about COVID-19 are encouraged to visit the Oklahoma State Department of Health website at coronavirus.health.ok.gov.Previously listed changes in City operations/services:
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 email@example.com 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 will be closed during the month of April. Video options will be used for arraignments and warrants as needed. 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.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.