There are no known cases of Coronavirus in Kingsburg as of 4/1/2020.
On Tuesday, March 31, 2020 Governor Gavin Newsom today issued an executive order banning the enforcement of eviction orders for renters affected by COVID-19 through May 31, 2020. The order prohibits landlords from evicting tenants for nonpayment of rent and prohibits enforcement of evictions by law enforcement or courts. It also requires tenants to declare in writing, no more than seven days after the rent comes due, that the tenant cannot pay all or part of their rent due to COVID-19.
The tenant would be required to retain documentation but not required to submit it to the landlord in advance. And the tenant would remain obligated to repay full rent in “a timely manner” and could still face eviction after the enforcement moratorium is lifted. The order takes effect immediately, and provides immediate relief to tenants for whom rent is due on April 1st.
- On March 19, 2020, Governor Newsom enacted a statewide shelter in place order. All Kingsburg residents and businesses are expected to comply with the order. The order outlines essential infrastructure workers.
The City has an adopted emergency operations plan that provides specific guidelines for cases of emergency. The health and safety of our residents and employees is of utmost concern. While there have been no confirmed cases of COVID-19 in our facilities or community, it is important to act now in order to slow the spread of this virus.
Experts predict that at some point, all communities will experience positive cases of COVID-19.
In addition to State mandates and recommendations from public health officials, the City and local agencies that provide services in Kingsburg have taken the following actions:
KINGSBURG CLOSES NON-ESSENTIAL FACILITIES
On March 16, 2020, the City of Kingsburg closed all non-essential facilities to the public. This decision was based upon recommendations from the CDC regarding social distancing relative to COVID-19 (Coronavirus).
Mayor Roman has provided video updates.
City Hall will be closed to the public until further notice. City employees will continue reporting to work to process utility payments and conduct regular duties.
City officials are participating with partners at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health and the Bloomberg Harvard City Leadership Initiative as part of the Coronavirus Local Response Initiative.
City officials are working closely with the Small Business Administration to help coordinate efforts to assist Kingsburg businesses facing hardship due to the virus.
- Restaurants can no longer offer dine-in services. They are allowed to offer take-out, delivery or curbside options.
City Council Meetings:
Meetings are currently being held via teleconference until further notice. Check back for future City Council Meetings and other City of Kingsburg public meeting announcements or contact City Clerk Abigail Palsgaard at email@example.com or 559-897-5821 for more information.
The Senior Center has been closed due to the pandemic. This includes all activities and our congregate meal program. Thanks to generous donations from the community, Senior Center staff has been able to continue to provide a free lunch to our seniors via a new and temporary delivery program. If you or someone you know is a Kingsburg resident 65 years old or above and want to participate in the Senior Center’s home delivery lunch program, please contact the Senior Center at 559-897-3013 Monday-Friday from 8:00AM-11:00AM. This program will be discontinued once the Fresno-Madera Area Agency on Aging (FMAAA) implements a home bound meal program.
Kingsburg Community Assistance Program & Services (KCAPS) is also providing pick-up or home delivery of groceries to our at-risk populations.
Remember to check on your neighbors most in need and consider donating food or money to KCAPS. KCAPS can be reached directly at 559-897-7961.
Police and Fire Services:
The Kingsburg Police Department and Kingsburg Fire Department will continue to operate at full staffing levels.
Both agencies have suspended all community education programs and services until further notice including Live Scans, Ride Alongs, Station Tours, Car Seat Clinic (postponed until May), and New Fire Inspection requests are delayed.
Water Department & Trash Collection
There will be no interruptions to City water service. We continue to monitor and test our potable water supply. It is important to note that COVID-19 is transmitted person to person, not through water, according to the CDC.
Trash, recycling, and green waste collection will also continue as scheduled.
All water shut offs and collection service stoppages related to the failure to make payment are suspended until further notice.
Parks and Recreation:
- Park playground areas, pavilions and restrooms will be closed to the public until further notice.
- After School Recreation and Community Service programs have been suspended until further notice. This includes programming at the Crandell Swim Complex.
- We are no longer accepting new park reservations until further notice.
- The Chamber of Commerce has cancelled the Annual Car Show.
- Make a one-time payment or set-up monthly auto-payments online.
- Check: You may mail or drop a check off at City Hall.
- Over the Phone: You may also make payment via credit or debit card over the phone. Please call 559-897-5821 between 8am – 5pm, Monday – Friday to make payment.
*Check your account balance online anytime, or dial 559-897-5821 between 8am – 5pm, Monday – Friday.
*No late payments will be incurred for checks received after 3/19. As part of the City’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic, we are suspending all water shutoffs related to failure to make payment until further notice.
Building & Planning Permits
We will continue to process building and planning permits.
Contact Planning Secretary Mary Colby at 559-897-6550 or by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org. All applications can be submitted via email and payments will be taken via check or through credit/debit card over the phone. Staff will remain available to answer questions.
We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause. The health and safety of our residents and employees are of the utmost concern.
There have been no suspected or confirmed cases of COVID-19 in our facilities. This action is being taken to allow for social distancing, which follows the guidelines of the Fresno County Department of Public Health and CDC.
Kingsburg Elementary Charter School District and Kingsburg High School, as well as several neighboring school districts have closed schools beginning Monday, March 16, 2020 through April 13, 2020. If conditions allow, schools will resume on April 14, 2020. All school activities are also canceled through April 13, 2020.
Breakfast and lunch will continue to be provided to anyone under 18 years of age from March 16, 2020 through April 3, 2020. Meals will be available for pick-up at the Lincoln School Cafeteria (1900 Mariposa Street) from 11:00am to 1:00pm, Monday-Friday.
Kingsburg High School is also offering meals from 12:00-12:45pm each day at the snack bar window.
Selma-Kingsburg-Fowler County Sanitation District
The District is currently operating and continuing to provide services, while taking all possible measures to protect their employees, customers, and the public. Hygiene and cleaning standards have been increased for equipment, vehicles and work spaces.
Mid Valley Disposal
There will be no interruptions to trash, recycling or green waste pick-up services. The Spring Clean Up is currently scheduled from Monday, April 27, 2020 to Saturday, May 9, 2020.
Fresno County Resources
- The Fresno County Public Library, Kingsburg Branch will be closed on Wednesday, March 18, 2020 until further notice.
- Fresno County Rural Transit Agency will continue regular operations except for college only routes (for example: Kingsburg to/from Reedley College).
- Fresno County Department of Public Health COVID-19 updates and resources for Fresno County residents.
- Fresno County Economic Development Corporation: Information regarding Federal, State and local resources for businesses impacted by COVID-19.
State of California Resources
The Governor released a new one-stop website for COVID-19 resources. This is a substantial source of information including unemployment and paid sick leave, along with small business assistance (information specifically to be added about this tomorrow on the website). These specific items may be of interest to you on the website:
Talking with Kids
As we encourage the public to think through how they can prepare, don’t forget that can include talking to your kids! Check out this comic and 3-minute listen to help talk about coronavirus with your kids and arm them with tips so they can help slow the spread of viruses too:
Find the most up-to-date information
- Centers for Disease Control & Prevention
- World Health Organization
- California Department of Public Health (CDPH)