|As difficult as stay at home orders have been for the community, it has proved necessary to limit the spread of COVID-19.|
|When you go outdoors or out in public, remember to keep six-feet distance from those not in your household. It’s also important to follow all hygiene guidelines and use a cloth face mask if available. Reducing physical contact is the first line of defense for containing an infectious disease because COVID-19 spreads when people cough, sneeze, or touch surfaces on which the virus resides. Every time you come into contact with another household, you increase your risk of either being exposed to or exposing others to the virus.|
|Appreciate Essential Workers.|
|We want to recognize the diverse group of essential workers serving the community during this public health emergency. Special thanks to healthcare staff, school teachers, grocery and drug store employees, sanitation, utilities and public works employees, law enforcement and emergency personnel, agriculture and restaurant workers, transportation and delivery services, and sanitation, utilities and public works employees. You are essential to the functioning of our community.|
|Thanks to the community for staying home to keep essential workers safe.|
|Support the Local Economy.|
|Communities around the world are placing public health over economic health during this pandemic. Many local businesses are rising to the challenges with new models of operations. The City urges support of your favorite local merchants. Remember to practice all hygiene and physical distancing guidelines when going out for your essential needs.|
|Retail and Services. The Hood River County Chamber has developed a list of local Retail stores and Services. Use this link to add your business info to the list.|
|Food and Drink Establishments. Appreciation goes to Hood River Pedicab and Taxi for this long list of local Food and Drink resources offering takeout or delivery.|
|Here’s how you can do business with the City of Hood River.If you have other needs, please call or email the department you wish to contact.|
|The City continues to serve our community while doing its part to protect the health and safety of essential workers and residents.All City offices, except for the Police Department have been closed to the public since March 17th, while maintaining all operations and services.Please contact the City of Hood River by phone, email, or live chat at cityofhoodriver.gov.Although we have some staff at work in City buildings keeping physical distances, for optimum safety, many continue to work remotely.We are especially mindful of maintaining all essential services to the Hood River community including Police, Fire & EMS, Water, Sewer, WasteWater, and Public Works. Essential services are our highest priority.City Council is currently meeting remotely and the public is encouraged to attend remotely. City meeting details, including agendas and participation instructions are posted on the City’s Meeting page.|
Though the public works office is closed to the public, work carries on while following all hygiene and physical distancing guidelines. Regular maintenance, repairs, and planning for capital improvement projects continues. Priority is given to responding to urgent calls, while non-urgent issues will be addressed as time permits.
The Police department staff continues to work around-the-clock to answer emergency and non-emergency calls. The Police station front lobby is still open to address customer service requests. Currently, the Police department is still not offering fingerprinting due to the necessity to social distance.
Crews continue to be available and respond to both fire and medical emergencies, taking calls 24/7 while practicing appropriate precautions to ensure the safety of both firefighters and citizens during this pandemic. Even though we’ve had some moisture in April, overall it has been a dry spring which could lead to an early start of the fire season. Safety and prevention are key.
Building in the community continues, and the building department’s customers, applicants, and residents are encouraged to use email, phone, or the city’s website to conduct business during office hours. Staff has been updating and innovating processes, and can take permit applications, and in some cases other documents, by email. When hard copies are required, they can be submitted by mail. It’s also possible to pay fees or schedule inspections. Please visit here for more info.
The planning department is processing land use applications, building permits, and other development related projects. Customers, applicants and residents are encouraged to connect with staff by email or phone (541-387-5210). A number of automated functions are also available on our website, which has a live chat feature. The planning department is initiating the City’s Transportation System Plan (TSP)update, drafting potential amendments to various housing codes, updates for historic structures, and a collaboration with Portland State University to plan for bicycle and pedestrian activity on Cascade Avenue and the Historic Columbia River Highway.
|As a community, we are all responsible for the well-being and security of others.|