Public notice is notice to the public or persons affected by actions proposed or amended by the City Council. Public notices are published in the Ritzville Journal Newspaper.
All Government agencies or legislative bodies are required to make public notices in certain rule making proceedings. The purpose of issuing a public notice is to allow members of the public to make their opinion on proposals before making a bill to a rule.
Utility Bills Error
If you received a utility bill that does not make sense, check the date on the bill. Bills for March 2019 (not March 2020) went out to customers due to a glitch in the transfer file. The good news is the amount will typically be the same each year due to estimating bills at this time. Please go ahead and pay the estimated amount of $148.18, if you are a residential customer and no changes occurred in the last year.
The glitch does not affect the utility accounts as it was just in the transfer file. If you receive a bill for another address or the bill has an old name on it, this is due to the transfer file pulling March 2019 information.
Due to the COVID-19 outbreak, the city is operating under an essential services model with limited number of staff to answer calls. City Hall is closed to the public, but payments can be made through the mail, over the phone, or placed in the drop box. We apologize for the error and appreciate your patience during this time.
If you have any questions, please call City Hall at 659-1930 or email email@example.com.
CITY PARKS AND GOLF COURSE CLOSED
The city golf course and parks are closed until further notice by order of the Governor of Washington and Mayor of the City of Ritzville due to the COVID-19 virus.
The parks include the city park and little league field located on Division, the skate park on Columbia Street and the baseball field on Low Street. The City Police will be monitoring the parks and educating the public on the dangers of spreading the virus.
“It is very challenging to close large open spaces and we are asking all citizens to adhere to the closures for your health and the health of others. We understand these are frustrating times with everything being closed, but we will get through this together,” said Mayor Gary Cook.
City of Ritzville Services During Local Emergency
If you are a City of Ritzville utility customer, we will not charge a late fee for past due utility bills or disconnect your service for non-payment until further notice.
The next city bill will continue to be the winter estimate of at least $148.18 as meter readings will not start until April.
The City continues to operate business via phone at 659-1930 and internet at firstname.lastname@example.org. Utility payments can be mailed, placed in the drive-up drop box located adjacent to City Hall or city staff can take your credit card payment over the phone. Public Works crews and Police Officers continue to provide services with no disruptions in service during this time. The regularly scheduled Council meeting that would have occurred this evening has been cancelled to continue to protect our community at this time.
We thank all of you for responding to this emergency by helping fellow community members and following the guidelines provided by the Washington State Department of Health.
CITY OF RITZVILLE PROCLAIMS EMERGENCY AMID COVID-19 IMPACT
RITZVILLE, WA- Ritzville Mayor Gary Cook has declared a local emergency proclamation for the City of Ritzville, effective March 13, 2020. The emergency proclamation facilitates potential future assistance related to COVID-19 as well as access to regional and State resources. This declaration is a means to ensure all necessary resources will be available if needed.
The Adams County Health department has advised that in order to preserve public health and safety, City Hall will be closed to the public until further notice. The City will continue to operate business via phone. Utility payments can be mailed, placed in the drive up drop box located adjacent to City Hall or city staff can take your credit card payment over the phone. Public Works crews and Police Officers will continue to provide services with no disruptions in service during this time.
Mayor Cook urges Ritzville residents to continue to support our local businesses. This support is critical to maintaining our local economy.
LOW WATER PRESSURE THROUGH MAY
The City of Ritzville residents and businesses may experience low water pressure as work has begun on the Standpipe tank located at the Golf Course. The standpipe tank is being rehabbed for general maintenance and the project is slated to be completed by May 1st, dependent upon weather conditions. The work will continue for the exterior in July.
CITY OF RITZVILLE
REQUEST FOR QUALIFICATIONS
FOR CODE ENFORCEMENT OFFICER
The City of Ritzville is seeking a qualified individual to provide Code Enforcement Officer services. The Officer shall be paid for his/her services in the sum of thirty dollars per hour, up to three hundred dollars per month, for each month during the term of the one-year contract.
The Officer shall devote his/her time and attention to the performance of duties as Code Enforcement Officer being responsible for observing code violations in the City and reporting them to City Hall. The Officer will follow up on permits, document nuisance properties, and shall communicate the city’s codes to the community and contact residents and/or contractors to inquire about projects they are undertaking.
An individual will be considered for selection based on review by a city selection committee and the following qualifications:
Approach-Explain approach to addressing nuisance property issues and communicating those issues to City Hall and resident and/or contractors.
Capability and Experience-Describe experience with code enforcement or enforcing rules and policies.
Qualifications-Provide professional background and qualifications relevant to code enforcement.
Schedule and Time Management-Include a schedule of availability that will fulfill the contract.
For more information download the contract or contact the Clerk-Treasurer’s office in person at City Hall, 216 E Main Avenue, Ritzville, Washington 99169, or phone (509) 659-1930.