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ELOY — Mayor Joel Belloc and the Eloy City Council have had a busy week in deciding what actions to take in response to the coronavirus pandemic.

“Your elected officials are taking measured and appropriate actions to mitigate the dangers of this new virus that had not previously affected humans,” City Manager Harvey Krauss said in a press release. “Its newness and the many sources of information have created a high level of uncertainty about how to deal with COVID-19.”

City officials have been in frequent contact with the Pinal County Emergency Operations Center and other officials for the most up-to-date information and directives to be able to guide Eloy residents.

“We are very disappointed that the onslaught of COVID-19 has forced us to take these dramatic steps that have caused major disruption to our way of life in Eloy,” Krauss said. “It is out of a profound sense of protection to you, our citizens, to keep you sage and healthy that we believe our actions are justified at this time. City officials are vigilantly monitoring this situation hourly and trust that you will not only take the precautions seriously, but also reach out to extend courtesies and acts of kindness to your fellow citizens. We are all in this together and Eloy will be stronger as a community for it.”

On Tuesday the council held a special meeting and adopted specific policies that focused on the workplace, employee exposure, personal preparedness, communication protocol and the process for activating an emergency operations plan.

The following day Belloc signed a proclamation declaring the existence of a city State of Emergency, anticipating that COVID-19 would greatly increase in the near future.

With the proclamation, the city adopted the recommendations from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention for protocols for social distancing, dealing with symptoms of the virus and providing the public with practical personal hygiene advice.

Although the city’s proclamation did close city facilities to the public, staff and officials are committed to serving the residents with essential city services on a daily basis, officials say.

City Hall is closed to the public until further notice; however, city utility payments can still be dropped off in the box on the east side of the building.

Citizens can also set up online payments or pay with a credit card over the phone. Residents need to call 520-464-3401 for all payments or any questions about utility billing.

For other city services such has cemetery arrangements, notary public or general questions on governmental service, call 520-466-9201. Candidates looking to file for a city office need to make an appointment with the city clerk. For information on building permits and building inspections call 520-466-2578.

The Police Department is still maintaining a normal business schedule and officers are taking appropriate measures to protect themselves and the public from exposure to the virus as well as other health risks. Officers are prepared to provide emergency services to the community and will continue to protect and serve the citizens of Eloy.

Although the Public Works office is closed, sanitation services and water, wastewater and streets services will also operate on a normal business schedule. This also includes the landfill operations. All questions can be directed to the Public Works office at 520-466-3082 or the department’s page on the city’s website.

Additional information on changes to city services can be found on the city’s Facebook page or the city’s website.

The Eloy Municipal Court will also maintain normal business hours but is offering limited services.

Status review hearings and orders to show cause hearings that were previously set are being continued for approximately 60 days and notices are being mailed to all parties.

Civil traffic court dates are also being continued for approximately 60 days to appear or complete defensive driving school, if eligible.

Criminal arraignments will continue as scheduled on Thursdays. The court will also continue to accept payments, which can also be mailed to the court with a cashier’s check or money order. Payments can also be made online at www.azcourtpay.com.

For questions regarding schedule changes or court appearances, contact the Eloy Municipal Court at 520-466-3913.

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