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Posted on: March 18, 2020

EMERGENCY DECLARATION, STAFF AND BUILDING UPDATES

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EMERGENCY DECLARATION

As a proactive mitigation effort, the City of Cortez is coordinating with Montezuma County Public Health Department to ensure our staff and community members are protected against the spread of Coronavirus (COVID-19). At the crafting of this update, there is one confirmed positive case in Montezuma County.

Effective immediately, we ask that unless entirely necessary that citizens avoid public buildings and gatherings of more than 10 people. These efforts reduce close contact between people to reduce community transmission of the virus. Most of the city office’s have been closed and employees working from home when appropriate.

All essential functions will continue to operate including Administration, Public Safety (Police and 911-Dispatching), Water, Airport, and Trash.

City Hall will be closing on April 7th at 7:01 pm for an indefinite period of time. Utility bills can be paid online or placed in drop boxes at City Hall or City Market. We will be operating with as few employees in public buildings as possible while still performing essential services for our citizens.

The Public Recycling Drop-Off Center located at the City Service Center in the Industrial Park (110 West Progress Circle) was closed on Monday, March 23, 2020, due to potential surface Covid-19 (SARS-CoV-2) contamination. It is closed indefinitely.

Because of excess contamination and poor sorting habits at drop-off locations, and because materials are hand-sorted at the landfill, Montezuma County has stopped accepting recyclables from the City and is sending all collected recyclable materials to the landfill until further notice.

The Cortez Recreation Center and Cortez Public Library will remain closed until further notice.

Conquistador Golf Course, tennis courts, pickleball courts and all playgrounds and park shelters are closed until further notice.

These decisions were made based on information from the Montezuma County Public Health Department and the State of Colorado Department of Health and Environment.

Cortez parks are still open, however, we hope that the closures will encourage social distancing, please maintain 6 feet distance from other people.

The 2020 Cortez City Council election will proceed.

With the ability for residents to mail in their ballot or drop in the water drop box behind city hall without human interaction, the election is moving forward as scheduled.

Please make sure to sign the back of the return envelope and you may bring to a drop box in the lobby of City Hall or there are two alternatives:

· Drop your ballot in the water drop box on the west side of City Hall

· Mail you ballot back to City Hall, 123 Roger Smith Avenue, Cortez, CO 81321

Montezuma County Public Health Department strongly recommends using the drop box behind City Hall or the County Annex Building, not the lobby drop box inside City Hall. City staff recommends using hand sanitizer after opening the drop boxes as a precaution.

Your ballot must be received by 7 pm, April 7, 2020 in order to be counted.

Please abide by the Governor’s Stay at Home Order so that we can all keep each other safe in this difficult time.

Stay home, wash your hands often and hopefully Cortez can get through this quickly with as few citizens getting ill as possible, and come out stronger than ever!

Thank you for your cooperation.

Updated March 30, 2020. 

For updates or to reach a staff member please call 565-3402 to be directed or you can go to www.cityofcortez.com and find the phone number and email address of the employee you wish to contact.

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