City of Ely Coronavirus Advisory & Cancellations

City of Ely Coronavirus Advisory & Cancellations

Posted on 03/17/2020

The City of Ely continues to monitor the outbreak of 2019 novel coronavirus, as it does with all situations that could result in emergency situations within the community. The City of Ely remains open for business as it continues to provide essential community services. However, we are practicing social distancing and would prefer if you would call or email rather than coming in to the buildings. A staff directory is available on our website.

VISIT www.ely.mn.us for updates

The following actions are being taken by the City effective Wednesday, March 18:

Building Closings
The following will close to the public and will remain closed effective March 18th, 2020 and until further notice. Essential staff will still report and provide services:
• Library
• Rec Center

Public Meetings
Future council/public meetings have the potential of being held electronically.
Further meeting instructions:
• Study session and EEDA meetings set for March 31st are cancelled.
• Boards, committees, and commissions are to only meet if necessary and have been canceled through April 1st

City Hall Services
City Hall will remain open until further notice. All City departments encourage citizens to contact the office via phone and email before coming in person. Please call 365-3224 or 1-855-884-1374 or email casey.velcheff@ely.mn.us (for passports, building rental, and all other inquires) for building permits call Doug Whitney at 612-598-4993 or email buildingofficial@ely.mn.us.

Utility Billing
The EUC requests that customers mail their payment utilize the drop boxes at Wells Fargo and the City/County facility or utilize our online option available from our website. www.ely.mn.us – Pay Your Utility Bill Online. During this emergency the EUC will pay the convenience fee to encourage customers to sign up for Payment Service Network. Note: Credit Card fees will be the responsibility of the Customer. If you have any utility questions please call 218-365-3224 or email eucbilling@ely.mn.us

Utility Meter Reading
In an effort to follow social distancing recommendations by the CDC we will be suspending in house meter reading. For those that do not have AMI Metering a door hanger will be left for you to self-read your meters. This reading can then be called into the billing office. If readings are not submitted we will estimate your usage and make appropriate adjustments when readings are submitted.

Library Curbside and Digital Services
The Ely Library will continue to be staffed and support our city library. Beginning Wednesday, March 18, the Ely Public Library will be closed to the public for an indefinite period due to the Covid-19 virus. Due dates of Ely Public Library items will be extended until after the library reopens.
The library staff will also be answering the phone from 9am until noon and 1 pm until 4 pm during the closure period. The library’s Wi-Fi will still be available in the parking lot as usual (the password is posted on the door). More updates on the library can be found at www.elylibrary.org

Police Department
The Ely Police Department will continue to be dispatched by 911. Fingerprinting and other in person services will be suspended until further notice. If you have a parking ticket please pay online at http://elymn.vciteplus.com/, mail payment or drop off in the green payment box right inside the main doors at city hall. Please call the non-emergency number of 218-226-5477 or email elypd@ely.mn.us if you have a non-emergency issue to report or other related business.

CDC Recommendations
At this time, the city recommends following everyday preventative actions as prescribed by the CDC, listed below:
» Avoid close contact with sick people.
» While sick, limit contact with others as much as possible.
» Stay home if you are sick.
» Cover your nose and mouth when you cough or sneeze. Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands; germs spread this way.
» Clean and disinfect surfaces and objects that may be contaminated with germs.
» Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand rub with at least 60% alcohol.

The CDC has a dedicated webpage, www.cdc.gov/ncovv , for information on 2019-nCoV and the City recommends using that resource to keep yourself knowledgeable about the facts surrounding the virus.

We also recommend that you visit www.cdc.org and www.health.state.mn.us for updates on federal and state government responses.

Ely Echo
March 21, 2020