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City of Petaluma Announces Reduced Services

Posted on March 16, 2020


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March 16, 2020

As we navigate the ever-changing landscape of COVID-19, and in response to the recent directives from the Governor, the City of Petaluma is shifting to an “essential services only” operations model beginning Tuesday, March 17, and continuing through April 6, 2020.

Under this model, the City will focus on delivering “mission-essential services,” i.e., those related to functions that directly impact the life safety of the public and/or City staff; and those related to statutes, laws, executive orders, or directives that charge the organization with mandatory responsibilities.

All public-facing City facilities (including City Hall and the Petaluma Community Center) will be closed to the public beginning at the close of business on March 16 through April 6.

Contact information and service availability for City departments can be found at the end of this news post.

The decision to adopt an “essential services only” model of operation follows the guidance announced by Governor Newsom on Sunday, March 15—with the ultimate goal to reduce transmission of the Coronavirus within the community, especially among staff and members of the public who would otherwise be interacting in-person.

“We take our responsibilities as a full-service City very seriously. Right now, that means prioritizing the services that are essential to the health and safety of our staff and community—such as responding to emergency calls, keeping our water and wastewater facilities operating, and maintaining our State and Federal obligations,” explains Peggy Flynn, City Manager.

“As Federal, State, and County guidance changes, we will continue to adjust to the situation. Please know that despite operating under this model, City staff are working to ensure continuity of City services as much as we can under these limiting circumstances. We ask that during this time, when in-person interaction is limited, please do what Petalumans do best and continue to check in on your neighbors in other ways such as by phone or email.”

City first responders are on the job prioritizing the health and safety of the community. To help limit the spread of coronavirus, we encourage the public to utilize our online police reporting services at https://cityofpetaluma.org/departments/police-department/ or call the 24/7 police non-emergency line at (707) 778-4372. In the event of an emergency, dial 9-1-1 for assistance.

If your report or emergency requires in-person police or fire response, please know that under certain circumstances and to comply with social distancing recommendations, our staff may request you exit your residence during the interaction. We appreciate your cooperation and understanding as we care for the community under the current conditions.

The City of Petaluma is working hard to keep our community safe and informed during these uncertain times. Thank you for your continued support.

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List of Services Available
March 17 – April 6

Planning
Email: petalumaplanning@cityofpetaluma.org
Tel: 707-778-4470
– General Inquiries by phone or email
– Entitlement submittal by email or in person by appointment.
– Over-the-counter permits in person by appointment.
– Processing applications that have already been accepted

Building
Email: cdd@cityofpetaluma.org
Tel: 707-778-4301
– General Inquiries by phone or email
– May accept applications by appointment
– Processing applications that have already been accepted

City Clerk
Email: cityclerk@cityofpetaluma.org
Tel: 707-778-4360
– Respond to inquiries and public records requests
– If you would like to serve the City with a subpoena, summons, or complaint, please email the City Clerk’s Office at CityClerk@cityofpetaluma.org to coordinate service of process.

Finance
Email: financeemail@cityofpetaluma.org
Tel: 707-778-4352

– Accept business license applications online

Utility Billing
Email:utilitybilling@cityofpetaluma.org
Tel: 707-778-4350

– Accept utility payments online only

City Manager
Email: citymgr@cityofpetaluma.org
Tel: 707-778-4345
–  Oversee all essential city services
– Respond to inquiries
– Public information

Human Resources / Risk Management
Email: humanresources@cityofpetaluma.org
Tel: 707-778-4534
– Responding to inquiries
– Respond to claims (Risk Management)

Economic Development & Open Government
Email: Econdev@cityofpetaluma.org
Tel: 707-778-4484
– Providing support to impacted businesses
– Responding to inquiries

City Attorney
Email: cityattorney@cityofpetaluma.org
Tel: 707-778-4362

Public Works & Utilities
Email: publicworks@cityofpetaluma.org
Tel: 707-778-4303
– Deliver water
– Collect and treat wastewater
– Address traffic and road safety repairs
– Customer help desk

Encroachment Permits
Email: encroachmentpermits@cityofpetaluma.org
Tel: 707-778-4303 ext 6 or 707-529-1633
– General Inquiries by phone or e-mail
– May accept applications by appointment
– Processing applications that have already been accepted

Transit
Email: transit@cityofpetaluma.org
Tel: 707-778-4460
– Transit routes operating on regular schedules
– Paratransit operating
– Transit customer support available by phone or email
– See transit website for additional information.

Fire Prevention
Email: firemarshal@cityofpetaluma.org
Tel: 707-778-4389
– General Inquiries by phone or email
– May accept applications by appointment
– Processing applications that have already been accepted
– Conduct mandatory inspections
– Respond to health and safety concerns
– Construction inspections

Police
Emergency: 911
Non-emergency number: (707) 778-4373
Voicemail directory: 707-778-4372

– Life and health safety response will be prioritized
– Lobby closed to public, except in emergency situations
– Face-to-face contact will be limited to emergency situations
– Crimes against people will be priority
– Use phone/online reporting tools when possible

Fire
Emergency: 911
Non-emergency Dispatch Center: 707-568-5992
Fire Administration: 707-778-4390

– Life and health safety response will be prioritized
– Fire Stations closed to public
– Limited administrative response during normal operating hours 8am-5pm

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