Agency: City of Fort Meade
Date of Submittal: March 25, 2020
**This was courtesy of the City of Fort Meade website**
1. State of Emergency: The City of Fort Meade made a local state of emergency declaration on March 24, 2020, with adoption of Resolution # 20-05.
2. Office closures or changes in business hours:
The Fort Meade Community Center has cancelled all special events and rentals for at least the next 30 days. At this location, there is also a Senior Program run by the Mid Florida Community Action Agency that will be suspended on March 23rd for at least the next 14 days thereafter. This action will be re-evaluated as seniors are a vulnerable population. The Community Center closed on March 23, but employees still report to work as usual.
The Fort Meade Public Library has cancelled all special events and classes for the next 30 days. The Library closed on March 23, but employees still report to work as usual.
The Fort Meade Mobile Home Park Activity Center has cancelled all special events and rentals for at least the next 30 days. This facility is not open to the general public.
The Fort Meade Historical Museum has cancelled all special events and has closed the museum to the general public until April 6th.
City Hall, Building & Code Enforcement, and Public Works Compound have all been closed to the public on March 23. However, employees still report to work as usual. Utility Late fees and service disconnects have been suspended. SMART call automated system has been in effect for several days. It gives all registered users a personal phone call with service alerts. Two drop box locations are available for utility payment by check and money order, no cash. A drop box for building permits has also been set up. All vendors are now prohibited from entering the Office at the Public Works Compound.
The Fort Meade Fire Station is not open to the general public. The Fire Station operates in an on-call basis and responds to emergency calls for service. Thus, there will be no change in operation.
The Child Development Center on Broadway and the East Coast Migrant (Head Start) on Lanier have closed till at least April 15th. Both of these services operate in City owned buildings.
Parks stillremain open to the public; however, all rentals through the month of April have been cancelled at all locations.
Cemetery – We have 2 city cemeteries. Both are following limits on social distance and we have been in touch with local funeral homes.
3. Fire/Law Enforcement PPE status:
Figure out your daily burn rate on PPE (respirators, gloves, etc.) to find out your total supply. Five day or less supply is considered critical on required supplies/equipment for COVID-19. Before supplies reach critical level, contact Billy Abernathy with Polk County Emergency Management by phone at 863-298-7001.
Our Fire Chief Roc Eiland reports that the City of Fort Meade is still waiting on a back order of gloves, masks, and alcohol for sanitation purposes.
Law Enforcement is provided under contract with Polk County Sheriff Office.
4. Have any policies been enacted to cancel events and services?
See responses listed under Question #2 and below.
On the March 24, 2020, Commission meeting we adopted an emergency Ordinance #2020-07 that meets Governor Executive Order # 20-69. All future public meetings will be by telephonic and electronic means during this emergency.
5. General summary of protective actions (only a few sentences):
Employees are limiting social contact.
Submitted by: Danielle J. Judd, City Manager