Coronavirus – Latest Updates from the City of Ridgefield

City Response to COVID-19

EMERGENCY DECLARATION AND PRESS RELEASE

City Facilities

City Hall, City offices at the RACC and the Police Department lobby are closed to the public, with limited access by appointment only. Online services will remain available and phones will be answered during normal business hours. Employees are being encouraged to work remotely when possible, provided it does not interfere with vital operations. 

City Services

City services will be modified as follows: 

  • All public events and park reservations through May 31st are cancelled. 
  • Public parks and trails remain open, providing public space to remain active while practicing social distancing. Play structures and sports courts are closed throughout City limits. Restrooms at City parks are also closed. 
  • To alleviate worry and maintain a standard of health in our community, the City will not assess late fees nor disconnect water service until further notice. You will continue to receive bills and past due reminders during this time. If you are having trouble paying your bill, please call us at (360) 887-3557 to make payment arrangements.
    • Utility payments can be made online, by phone (360)887-3557, by mail or by drop box in front of City Hall.

City Events

Here are how City Events have been affected by COVID-19:

  • April First Saturday, 4/4/20 – VIRTUAL event.
  • Spring Clean Up, 4/18/20 – POSTPONED TBD
  • May First Saturday, 5/2/20 – VIRTUAL event – find details here
  • Mayor’s Ball, 5/30/20 – Cancelled. Please join us for the Great Gatsby Gala in May 2021.
  • Big Paddle, RESCHEDULED to 8/1/20. Find information at RidgefieldBigPaddle.com
  • June First Saturday: Ridgefield Trails Day, 6/6/20. VIRTUAL event – Replacing Big Paddle on the first Saturday in June.

City Public Meetings

  • All non-essential meetings, including regular Parks Board and Planning Commission meetings, will be suspended. 
  • Essential City Council meetings will continue to occur but will be conducted via teleconference. City Council members will not be attending the meetings in person.

In the interest of the safety and welfare of the public, the community, and our employees and to limit the spread of the virus, Governor Inslee has ordered public meetings may not be conducted in person. Members of the public are invited to listen to City Council meetings via teleconference. Instructions to listen to City Council live will be provided HERE the day prior to the meeting. Written comments may be submitted to the City Clerk, Julie Ferriss, via email at julie.ferriss@ci.ridgefield.wa.us or be placed in the drop box in front of City Hall no later than 5:00PM on the day of the scheduled City Council meeting. Comments will be compiled and provided to the City Councilmembers and necessary City staff.

When possible, the City will attempt to postpone agenda items that may create more public interest and comment to a meeting when there will be a better forum for discussion.

As usual, a recording of all Council meetings will be made available on the City website the day after the meeting at https://ridgefieldwa.us/government/city-council-meeting-audio-files/

City Businesses

Due to statewide restrictions on business operations, the City is working with local businesses to understand those restrictions and communicate with residents about which businesses and services are still available. If you have questions about your business, please call (360) 887-3557.

Shop Local and Save!

The City of Ridgefield wants to help our local business community during these challenging times and we need your help. Save your local receipts and turn them in for a credit on your utility bill! Learn more here. 

Residents

  • Online Utility services are available 24 hours a day.
  • There will be no late fees assessed for water bills until further notice, and there will no water shutoff during this time frame. Please call (360) 887-3557 if you are having trouble paying your bill.
  • Start/Stop/Move Utility services may be completed by phone at (360) 887-3557.
  • All events and park reservations are cancelled through May 31. 
  • Public parks and trails remain open. Play structures and restrooms are closed. Follow social distancing protocols and do not recreate if you are feeling ill.
  • Find resources for assistance and activities in Community Resources.

Avoid Coronavirus Relief Payment Scams

If you receive letters, calls, emails, or other communications from individuals claiming to be from the IRS and offering coronavirus stimulus payments in exchange for personal financial information, an advance fee, or charge of any kind, including the purchase of gift cards, please do not respond. These are scams.

Homeowners Associations

  • The City of Ridgefield is urging Homeowners Associations to cancel all face-to-face meetings and conduct business via email, phones, and teleconferencing as much as possible.
  • ALL play structures, sports courts, and shared equipment in the Ridgefield City limits are ordered closed. This includes those privately owned by HOAs.

Builders and Developers

UPDATE (4/28/2020)
Building and Construction Order – 4/28/20
(If you are seeing an old version of the order at this link, please refresh the page with the document open)

Governor Inslee’s April 24, 2020 Addendum to Proclamation 20-25 (included in the 4/28/2020 Ridgefield Building and Construction Order as Appendix B) allows existing construction projects to restart subject to safety requirements. The agreed-upon safety requirements must be in place at job sites prior to work getting restarted.

For the purposes of the City’s Order, “existing construction projects” are defined as any project which has at least conducted initial site work, clearing, grading, and excavating prior to March 26, 2020.

Submittals, drop-offs, and pick-ups

The City is accepting all new submittals, drop-offs, and pick-ups.

Inspections

Site work, building construction, and inspections may proceed for existing construction projects.

LIMITATIONS

For single-family residential building permits, submittals are limited to five per builder per week. Email an electronic version of the building permit application materials to staff by 12pm on Monday to receive an invoice and schedule a hard-copy submittal by 12pm on Friday of the same week.

For single-family residential building permits, pick-ups are limited to five per builder per week.

There are no limitations on submittals, drop-offs, or pick-ups for other permits. 

Building inspections

Inspections are restricted to new construction and unoccupied structures that have been vacant for more than two weeks. Building inspectors must take proper actions to reduce the spread of disease in the field, including maintaining 6 feet of separation at all times, using disinfectant, and wearing masks and gloves. Workers on site must be following requirements from Governor’s April 24, 2020 Addendum to Proclamation 20-25 (included in the 4/28/2020 Ridgefield Building and Construction Order as Appendix B).

If, at any time, building inspectors arrive to inspect a site and these measures are not in effect, the building inspector will immediately stop the inspection and shut down all jobsite activity until it can be proven that these required measures are in effect.

PROCEDURES

See Appendix A of the 4/28/2020 Ridgefield Building and Construction Order.

Members of the public may not enter the Ridgefield Administrative and Civic Center (RACC, 510-B Pioneer St). Staff is available by phone and email during normal working hours. Scheduling appointments to submit, drop off, and pick up materials is at staff members’ discretion. Staff will continue processing applications which have already been submitted.

For building permits, schedule appointments with Dorothy Harrington, Dorothy.harrington@ci.ridgefield.wa.us, 360-857-5011.

For land use and engineering permits, schedule appointments with Cristy May, cristy.may@ci.ridgefield.wa.us, 360-857-5027.

Submittal procedures

Email staff an electronic version of the application materials (M 8am-12pm for single-family residential building permits, M-F 8am-12pm for other permits). Staff will process the application and send an invoice. Schedule hard copy submittal with staff and submit a hard copy of the application materials (and check, if paying by check) on the table outside of the RACC. Alert staff that the materials have been submitted, and staff will pick up the materials immediately.

Drop-off procedures

Schedule drop-off with staff (M-F 8am-12pm). Drop off materials on the table outside of the RACC. Alert staff that the materials have been dropped off, and staff will pick up the materials immediately. 

Pick-up procedures

Schedule pick-up with staff (M-F 8am-12pm). Alert staff when you are in the RACC parking lot. Staff will place the materials to be picked up on the table outside of the RACC. If paying by check, replace the materials with a check which staff will pick up immediately.

Businesses

Community Resources

Assistance:

Online Resources:

Activities

Fitness Activities

Indoor Activities

Outdoor Activities

Ridgefield Business Guide

We are working closely with local businesses, Ridgefield Main Street, and the Ridgefield Chamber of Commerce to accurately share how our businesses are adapting to the current emergency measures. 

Please note, this list will be updated often, but as we are in an ever-changing situation we cannot guarantee its accuracy. If you own a Ridgefield business and your information is missing or incorrect, please call 360-887-3557.

  • Restaurants, Bars, & Coffee
    • Birds and the Beans – Mon-Fri 8AM-Noon. Order sandwiches and salads ahead of time. Check their Facebook for details.
    • Country Cafe – 6370 Pioneer St. 6AM-9PM Monday-Saturday, Sunday 7AM-8PM. Delivery at www.mytown2go.com.  360-887-8201.
    • Delicious Dishes Catering – 220 Pioneer St. Offering pre-made meals and delivery. Date Night Special with Windy Hills Winery. Visit their Facebook page for details.
    • Fuel Bistro – 109 S 65th Ave, Ste 108. Delivery and pick-up available. 360-727-3759.
    • El Rancho Viejo – 122 S 3rd Ave. 11AM-8PM. Delivery at www.mytown2go.com. Curbside pick up call 360-887-2263. 
    • Hookum Brewing Co – Open Fri  and Sat for pick up orders only. Check their Facebook for ordering instructions.
    • Killabites – To go lunches and dinners available for pick up, must be ordered ahead. Pick up is at Birds & Beans. View menu and Contact via Facebook.
    • Lava Java – 2 South 56th Pl., Suite 102. M-F 7AM-3PM, Sat-Sun 8AM-2PM. To go and curbside pick-up available. Call 360-887-3980 to order ahead.
    • Papa Pete’s Pizza – 109 S 65th Ave. Delivery at www.mytown2go.com. Pick Up, 360-887-1818. 
    • Seasons Coffee – 115 N Main Ave. 7AM-2PM. Curbside pick-up only. 360-887-7260. 
    • Sportsman’s Public House – 121 N Main. Delivery at www.mytown2go.com. Curbside pick-up, 360-887-3141. Temporary menu available on their Facebook page. Sun-Thurs 12PM-6PM, Fri-Sat 12PM-7PM. 
    • Starliner – 320 Pioneer St. To-go available. 9AM-7PM Monday-Friday, 10AM-6PM Saturday-Sunday.
    • Teriyaki Thai – 109 S 65th Ave. Mon-Sun 10:30AM-8PM. Delivery at www.mytown2go.com.
    • Vinnie’s Pizza – 206 N Main. Monday 4PM-PM, Tues-Sat 11AM-8PM, closed Sunday. Delivery at www.mytown2go.com. Curbside pick-up also available, 360-887-7200.
    • 360 Burgers & Brew – 207 Pioneer St. 2PM-8PM Wednesday-Sunday. Delivery at www.mytown2go.com. Curbside pick-up also available, 360-309-6137.
  • Grocery & Supplies
    • Ridgefield Hardware – 104 N Main. 8AM-6PM Monday-Saturday, 10AM-4PM Sunday.
    • Ridgefield Pioneer Marketplace – 203 Pioneer St. 6AM-9PM Monday-Thursday, 6AM-10PM Friday-Saturday.
    • Rosauers Supermarkets – 101 S 47th Ave. Open modified hours: 7AM-10PM.
      • Special Senior & At-Risk Shopping: Tuesdays & Thursdays 7AM-9AM.
    • Starliner – 320 Pioneer St. 9AM-7PM Monday-Friday, 10AM-6PM Saturday-Sunday.
  • Other
    • Bob’s Automotive – 327 Pioneer St. 8AM-5PM Monday-Friday. 
    • Coach’s Cuts – 214 Pioneer St. Closed, per statewide emergency proclamation.
    • Coco’s – CLOSED.
    • Farmers Insurance – Jon Taylor – monitoring phones and email.
    • Fin & Feather – CLOSED.
    • Flynn Financial – meetings via teleconference only. Schedule here.
    • East Ridgefield Crossfit – 7509 S 5th St #121. Closed, per statewide emergency proclamation. 
    • Main Street Studio – 112 N Main Ave. Closed, per statewide emergency proclamation.
    • Myrtle’s Tea House & Herbery – Closed. Plan to re-open retail space mid June.
    • NW Self Storage -6300 SW 11th. Open regular hours, office doors locked. Please call ahead.
    • Rare Earth Decor – Curbside pick-up available. See their Facebook.
    • Ridgefield Floral – CLOSED. 
    • Ridgefield Mini-Storage – 7555 S Union Ridge Parkways. Open for business remotely.
    • Ridgefield Pack and Ship – Open regular hours.
    • Tailored Fitness – 208 Pioneer St. Closed, per statewide emergency proclamation. Check out the Facebook Live workouts on their Facebook.
  • Churches
    • Go Church – Online worship Sunday mornings at 10:30AM on Facebook page.

Public Health and COVID-19

While the City of Ridgefield is in close contact with the Washington State Department of Public Health and Clark County Public Health, the best resources for symptoms, outbreak updates, and how to protect yourself are public health agencies. These include:

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