City of Southfield offices and facilities closed to public November 19 until December 9


November 18, 2020

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All City of Southfield offices and facilities will be closed to the public beginning Thursday, November 19 until at least Wednesday, December 9 or further notice in accordance with the most recent state of Michigan public health order.

Since the beginning of the pandemic, the city of Southfield has implemented numerous new public safety protocols, procedures and social distancing barriers, including safe social distancing floor stickers installed throughout all public areas as well as floor tape directing foot traffic and interaction. Safety glass partitions have been installed in all public buildings throughout the Donald F. Fracassi Municipal Campus to reduce exposure and contact while providing a safer customer service interaction for both residents and city staff.

“The health, safety and welfare of the community is of the utmost importance,” added City Administrator Fred Zorn. “We have taken every measure available to help ensure the safety of both the public and staff, including more than $300,000 in facility upgrades and improvements designed to provide that level of protection. Moreover, every City department has prepared and activated Resumption of In-Person Service and Continuity of Operations Plans (COOPs) which have been integrated into the City’s overall COVID-19 Response and Operations Resumption Plan.”

As part of the new guidelines, all individuals are required to wear face masks and to self-screen for COVID-19 symptoms (fever, cough, shortness of breath) before entering any city office or facility. If anyone is symptomatic, they are prohibited from entering city buildings. Vented face masks are prohibited.

All essential public safety and public works services and departments will continue to function as normal. The City’s Emergency Operation Center (EOC) has been activated and City hall will continue operating during minimum core hours Monday - Thursday, 8 a.m. - 5 p.m. Non-essential city departments and staff will work remotely when and where possible. Residents will still be able to conduct most city business online and through City Hall’s main drop box 24/7 as well as via phone during the City Hall core hours. 

Building, Planning and Engineering Department Operations

The Building, Planning and Engineering Departments will remain fully operational during regular business via a self-service station located in the vestibule of the Public Services Building. Important information, permits and forms can all be accessed online and staff can assist callers by phone and through processing permits by mail. Payments can be made by dropping off checks in the vestibule drop box or by making credit card payments online or by phone. Processed permits will then be available for pick-up in the vestibule.

Field inspections and single-family rental inspections will continue as usual and will be monitored daily. Multi-family inspections of apartments will be suspended until further notice. For more information, contact the Building Department at (248) 796-4100, the Planning Department at (248) 796-4150, the Engineering Department at (248) 796-4810 or the Code Enforcement Department at (248) 796-4140.

City Council and Other Public Meetings

The Southfield City Council will continue to meet on scheduled Mondays via secure public teleconference.

Residents can listen to the council meetings live on City Cable 15 and through the City's website at https://bit.ly/Cable15. Residents may also call in at +1-415-655-0001 US Toll with a unique event access code posted for each meeting to make public comment. Meetings of the city council and city boards and commissions will continue to be conducted virtually as scheduled until further notice. The City Council agendas and meeting schedule are available on the city’s website at www.cityofsouthfield.com

Southfield Parks & Recreation Operations

All Parks & Recreation Department programs and special events are postponed or cancelled through December 10, including the Southfield Tree Lighting Ceremony scheduled for December 4. All P&R facilities, including the Southfield Sports Arena and Beech Woods Recreation Center, will be closed to the public until at least Wednesday, December 9 or further notice. The P&R Information Desk (248-796-4620) and the Beech Woods Recreation Center (248-796-4670) front desk will answer phones and accept registrations for virtual programs by phone only Monday through Thursday from 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. Online registration will remain available 24/7 at https://apm.activecommunities.com/southfieldparks/.

The TOSS (Transportation of Southfield Seniors) program will continue to take reservations and provide transportation for medical appointments and limited grocery trips. Appointments must be made at least 48 hours in advance and riders will receive a health screening call the day prior to their appointment between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. Masks are required for all riders and drivers and buses are cleaned after each rider. Call (248) 796-4658 with questions or to schedule an appointment.

All Southfield parks remain open from dawn to dusk; however, outdoor restrooms and water access at Beech Woods Park, Civic Center Park, Inglenook Park, Pebble Creek Park and the Mary Thompson House and Farm are closed for the season through May 1, 2021. Park visitors are reminded to continue to follow CDC’s safety guidelines by wearing masks, practicing social distancing of at least 6 feet from other individuals at all times and washing your hands following your visit.  For more information, continue to check www.cityofsouthfield.com or call Southfield Parks & Recreation at (248) 796-4620.

Southfield Public Library Operations

Patrons can access e-books and magazines, audiobooks, movies, music, children’s resources, and research tools and more 24/7 with their library card at www.southfieldlibrary.org. Contactless service will also continue at the drive-up window to pick up library materials Mondays and Wednesdays from 11 a.m. – 7 p.m. as well as Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays from 11 a.m. – 5 p.m. For more information, continue to visit www.southfieldlibrary.org, check in on social media or call Southfield Public Library at (248) 796-4200.