FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
May 1, 2020
Winston Brooks, Public Information Officer, 455-2648
The City of Tullahoma Resumes Curbside Residential Recycling
and Re-Opens Some Facilities Beginning Monday, May 4th
City Administrator, Jennifer Moody, announced today that City facilities will begin re-opening on Monday, May 4, 2020.
“We want to take a very measured approach to opening City facilities while we follow guidance from Governor Lee’s Tennessee Pledge and the White House's, Opening Up America Again,” said Moody.
On Monday May 4, 2020 the list of buildings and services restored include:
Animal Adoptions at Tullahoma Animal Shelter, Tullahoma Airport Terminal Building, and Recycling Collection Services for residential and commercial customers.
More re-openings are expected in the weeks ahead, as city facilities make necessary adjustments to operate in compliance with guidelines issued to similar businesses. Citizens will notice modifications to workspaces, such as glass at counters and employees continuing to social distance. We ask that the public please maintain a minimum of 6 feet of social distance while in facilities and wear face coverings, including cloth or homemade masks. If you have a cough and fever, we ask that you stay home.
Citizens may join in watching the next City Board meeting scheduled for Monday, May 11, at 5:30 p.m. It should be the last electronic or virtual meeting of the Board, as city government meetings will resume in person beginning May 18, 2020. Most recently, the Tullahoma Board of Mayor and Aldermen conducted business by video conference and broadcast using Facebook Live, as well as broadcasting to Charter Ch. 193 and Lighttube Ch. 6.
We want to encourage citizens to call in or e-mail for assistance before visiting. Often, transactions can be completed by phone and/or e-mail. Please be advised of the following the City's current operations:
Public Works lobby is closed, please call 454-1768 for assistance. Drop-off services for brush and recycling is available. Residential curbside and commercial recycling collection will resume normal routes beginning on Monday, May 4, 2020. Public Works asks citizens to slowly catch up with curbside recycling and to not put all the recycling they may have been collecting on the curb the first week recycling resumes. This will allow crews to catch up with the demand over the next few weeks.
The fee for second carts is no longer suspended; beginning Monday, May 4th, additional cart fees will apply to carts delivered after May 4th. The City is currently out of stock and it may be several weeks before any new carts are received or delivered. Customers that are currently on a waiting list for additional carts are asked to consider whether they need to cancel their request for an additional cart now that normal services have resumed.
Please remember our animals looking for a new home. The Animal Shelter is open by appointment only, including for adoptions. Animal Control Officers are on call. Please call 454-9580 or email Animal Control Supervisor, Jeff Wilson, firstname.lastname@example.org , if you need assistance.
City Court will resume operations with the first court session scheduled for Tuesday, May 12, 2020. All citizens will be asked to wear face coverings and maintain social distancing inside the building. Additionally, staff will be taking temperatures and anyone with a reading greater than 100 degrees will not be allowed to enter.
Our lobby is anticipated to open soon, until then please call 455-2648 or email Rosemary Golden, email@example.com , City Recorder and we remain ready to assist you. We are currently completing the installation of glass service windows in our public lobby and intend to open once the project is complete. Thank you for your patience.
Tullahoma Parks and Recreation greenway and most passive, or open green areas in our parks remain open. At this time, community centers, restrooms in parks, pavilions and playgrounds remain closed. These areas contain many common surfaces that can be a source of contamination.
State parks and natural areas are currently open; however, they are concerned about overcrowding. Please use caution and consider leaving areas that are overcrowded or where social distancing practices are not being maintained.
The coronavirus pandemic is affecting small businesses in a variety of ways. From loss of business to remote work, things are changing fast during the COVID-19 outbreak and businesses are being forced to adapt. If you have a small business loan with the City, we understand the difficulties it has created for Tullahoma small business owners, and we want to remind you to contact the Finance Department if you need interim assistance with your loan payments.
If you have an emergency dial 911. The police department is fully staffed and operational.
The Police Department lobby is open. For accident reports, please call 455-0530, 455-2648 or email City Recorder, Rosemary Golden, at firstname.lastname@example.org, and you can request that a copy of your report be e-mailed or mailed to your address.
Please provide the following information:
Name; e-mail; mailing address (if you want mailed USPS); phone number, date and time of incident.
The fee for single copies of these reports is temporarily suspended.
If you have an emergency, dial 911. The fire department is fully staffed and operational.
The lobbies at Fire Hall 1 and 2 are closed.
The Fire Department ask that you please call before visiting. Please call Fire Hall 1 at 455-0936 or Fire Hall 2 at 455-0268 or email Fire Chief, Richard Shasteen email@example.com , if you need assistance.
The Planning and Codes offices remain closed to the public, but permitting services are available online. If you need assistance, please call 455-2282 or email the Director of Planning and Codes, Lee Lawson, firstname.lastname@example.org , if you need assistance.
Thank you Tullahoma residents and businesses for all you are doing to prevent the spread of this new disease and let’s continue to stay strong until this fight is over. Individuals can assist us in practicing everyday prevention measures, in compliance with the CDC recommendations for minimizing possible exposure to COVID-19:
- Wash hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If not available, use hand sanitizer.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose, or mouth with unwashed hands.
- Avoid contact with people who are sick.
- Stay home while you are sick and avoid close contact with others.
- Cover your mouth/nose with a tissue or sleeve when coughing or sneezing.
- Clean commonly touched surfaces regularly.
- Select a room in your house to utilize if you must self-quarantine and identify someone who can bring you supplies to avoid having to make trips.
- Stay informed on the latest updates.
For the most up-to-date information on COVID-19 in Tennessee, please visit: www.tn.gov/health/cedep/ncov.html