Coronavirus COVID-19
Posted on 03/26/2020

Coronavirus COVID-19

UPDATE March 26, 2020:  In accordance with Governor Whitmir’s Executive Order #2020-21 (Stay Home/Stay Safe) issued on Monday, March 23, to combat the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, the City of Monroe refuse and recycling service provider, Waste Management, has announced temporary changes to their service delivery program. 

In light of issued recommendations that non-essential employees shelter in place and work from home when possible to promote social distancing, Waste Management has significantly reduced its “field” work force and is focusing on the performance of essential services only during this unprecedented emergency. 

In order for Waste Management to maintain its focus on municipal solid waste collection and disposal, and due to the reduced number of employees in the field, effective Monday, March 30, 2020, Waste Management is temporarily suspending the performance of the following services, which are non-essential during this period of emergency: 

  • Bulk pickup will be suspended beginning with the week of March 30, until further notice, but likely through at least the end of April.Bulk Collection includes, but is not limited to, furniture, carpet, mattresses, appliances, etc.
  • Yard waste pickup will not start as previously scheduled on April 6, but will be suspended until further notice, but likely through at least the end of April. Yard Waste Collection includes, but is not limited to, grass clippings, brush, tree limbs, etc.
  • Recycling collection will continue on schedule.However, due to a closure of a third-party regional recycling facility as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, recycling materials may be temporarily disposed in a landfill until the recycling facility reopens.If residents experience delays on any particular day, please leave refuse at the curb and it will be collected as soon as possible.

When the Declarations of Emergency and social distancing recommendations have been eased and Waste Management’s work force returns to pre-pandemic levels, these services will be restarted. Waste Management will provide the City notice when the service(s) will resume.  

Residents should monitor the City’s website ( City’s Facebook page, MyMonroe app push notifications, the City’s government channel: channel (18/Comcast or 190/Charter), and local media for updates.

UPDATE: March 24, 2020

In accordance with Governor Whitmir’s Executive Order #2020-21 (Stay Home/Stay Safe) issued on Monday, March 23, to combat the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, the City announces the following additional procedural changes: 

  • All City of Monroe facilities will remain closed through April 13, 2020. 
  • Essential critical and emergency City operations are not affected by the Governor’s Order and will remain in operation.  This includes Police, Fire, Water Plant, and Wastewater Plant operations. 
  • The May Election is scheduled to proceed with the Monroe Public School ballot question.  The Clerk-Treasurer’s Office is working with the Secretary of State and Bureau of Elections on further details.  Please continue to return absentee applications by mail or the City Hall Drop Box located in the parking lot adjacent to building. 
  • The demolition of the former La-Z-Boy headquarters and construction of Labor Park improvements have been postponed.  Neither of these construction projects meet the definition of "essential critical infrastructure" and therefore cannot proceed for the duration of the Governor's order. 
  • The City of Monroe Building Department will limit its permit and inspections to only emergency related items. Effective Wednesday, March 25th the Building Department will operate accordingly: 
  • New building permits applications will not be accepted until April 13, 2020.
  • Contractors with open permits requiring inspections shall schedule an appointment by contacting the Building Department by phone at 734-265-8910 or by e-mail at provide at least 48 hours advanced notice for inspection.
  • Trade permit applications for emergency repairs will be accepted on-line with payment on-line as well.This would include furnace replacements, plumbing, electrical, roof replacements, and similar emergency related repairs.
  • All trade permit applications shall be submitted by licensed contractors

UPDATE: March 17, 2020

At the Monday, March 16th meeting, City Council approved the appointment of City Manager Vincent Pastue as the Emergency Preparedness Coordinator to establish an Incident Command Structure and designate the necessary officers to execute the management of Emergency Operations.

The Declaration of the State of Emergency also requires a succession plan be developed for city government.  As such, in the event Mayor Robert E. Clark is unable to discharge the duties of the office of Mayor at any time during the duration of the State of Emergency, Councilmember John Iacoangeli was appointed to discharge the duties of the office of Mayor.

The following operational changes were also passed via resolution.  These are in addition to the measures announced by the City of Monroe: 

  • City Hall and all City facilities will remain closed to non-emergency employees and visitors through Tuesday, April 7, with a potential reopening of Wednesday, April 8.These publicly accessible facilities include: City Hall, Monroe Police Department lobby (emergencies only), Monroe Fire Department lobbies (emergencies only), Opportunity Center at the Arthur Lesow Community Center, Sawyer House, the Navarre and Dorsch branches of the Monroe County Library System, and the Battlefield Visitor Center (until further notice; grounds and parking areas remain open).  The opening, closing, and/or occupation of any of the above buildings will be determined at the discretion of the City Manager/Emergency Preparedness Coordinator
  • All online processing fees associated with online submission of payments in amounts of less than $1,000.00 from citizens or businesses to the City of Monroe will be eliminated and/or waived during the duration of the State of Emergency to the maximum extent possible. This includes, but is not limited to, water bills, recreation fees, and building department permits or applications. To the extent such fees are unable to be immediately waived due to software or vendor timeframes for implementation, such fees shall be refunded to the payor as soon as practicable.

  • All board and commission meetings through April 8 are cancelled.This includes the previously scheduled April 6, 2020, City Council work session and meeting.

  • Playscapes and playground equipment will be closed to public use; public parks will remain open.

Residents are encouraged to watch the Monday, March 16, City Council meeting for further information, including an additional statement from Mayor Clark.Council meetings are viewable on the City’s YouTube channel and also on the government channel, 18/Comcast or 190/Charter.

Official City Press Release: March 17, 2020

Full Resolution

UPDATE: March 15, 2020

On Sunday, March 15, at 6:00PM, Mayor Robert E. Clark signed a declaration of a State of Emergency in the City of Monroe. This declaration triggers the City’s internal organizational response as outlined and authorized in Chapter 52 of the City Code by creating the Office of Emergency Preparedness, activating the Emergency Operations Center, and the appointment of an Emergency Preparedness Coordinator to monitor developments and oversee the distribution of city resources as needed.

Mayor Clark: “Administration, with the support of City Council, has been working diligently over the past several days to prepare for the inevitable moment the Coronavirus outbreak reaches our community. With the confirmation of the first presumptive positive case of COVID-19 in Monroe County announced last evening, I am issuing this Declaration of Emergency to aid the City in battling this highly infectious disease. This will create a more nimble and flexible government that is capable of meeting the challenges our community may face as this pandemic evolves. These decisions are not taken lightly, and are made with the health and welfare of all members of our community as a top priority and responsibility.” 

City of Monroe administration has been working closely with the Monroe County Health Department (MCHD) and Monroe County Emergency Management Division (MCEMD) during this pandemic. Both the MCHD and the MCEMD are currently operating under the emergency declaration of Gov. Gretchen Whitmer, as commenced on March 10, 2020. 

Residents are encouraged to watch the City Council meeting from, Monday, March 16, at 7:30 PM for further information, including an additional statement from Mayor Clark. Council meetings are available on the City’s 
YouTube channel and also on the government channel, 18/Comcast or 190/Charter.

Official Press Release: March 15, 2020
Full Declaration of State of Emergency


UPDATE: March 14, 2020

In accordance with the recommendations provided by the U.S. government and the State of Michigan, the City of Monroe is modifying certain operations to mitigate risks of the COVID-19 virus. These are in addition to the measures announced by the City of Monroe on Friday, March 13th. 

Effective immediately: 

  • A moratorium is in effect for water utility shut offs through Monday, March 30th. Any services previously disconnected have been restored to ensure residents can take necessary preventative measures.
  • The City is in the process of suspending the service fee for online payments of utility and other bills until further notice. Residents are reminded on-time payments may be made online, via the drop box in the City Hall parking lot or the U.S. Postal Service. 
  • Water emergencies can be reported by calling 734.241.5947; wastewater related emergencies: 734.241.5926.
  • The rental inspection program is suspended until further notice.
  • The Mother-Son Bowling event scheduled for Sunday, March 22, is canceled.
  • The Recreation Department will still be processing league registrations received through the mail and drop box in the City Hall parking lot.
  • City parks will remain open to the public, but users are reminded to practice continued precautionary measures. Restrooms and water fountains will remain closed until further notice. Future programs will be assessed on a case-by-case basis and announcements will be made when appropriate. 
  • Special event applications will be assessed on a case-by-case basis.
  • There is no change in refuse and recycling collection schedule. 
  • Building permits and other applications can still be submitted online through the City’s website and will be reviewed and processed in a timely manner. Inspections will be evaluated on a case-by-case basis. 
  • Service requests can be submitted through the City’s website or MyMonroe mobile app. There may be a slight delay in processing requests due to modified City operations.
  • The Pension Board and Post-Retirement Health Care Board meeting scheduled for Wednesday, March 18 will proceed as scheduled.
  • Staff necessary for continuity of operations during this public health emergency will continue working in a modified manner during this time.

Please read the full press release below for a list of facilities affected and additional information:

Official City Press Release: March 14, 2020

UPDATE: March 13, 2020

Protecting the health and welfare of the residents and employees of the City of Monroe is the top priority of the City Council and City Administration. In order to do so, and out of an abundance of caution, all city facilities will close to the public beginning Friday, March 13 at Noon, through Tuesday, March 17th. During this time, City administration will develop a response and continuity plan, evaluate facilities, supplies, sanitation, social distancing measures, and essential services the City must provide to ensure the long-term and reliable delivery of service to residents.

Please read the full press release below for a list of facilities affected and additional information:

Official City Press Release: March 13, 2020

The City of Monroe administration team is closely monitoring this situation, and are currently reviewing City policy and procedures related to the pandemic response. We will continue to update our website and social media pages with information regarding impacts to the Monroe community as this situation evolves.

Information about this outbreak is changing rapidly. The latest information is available at and

Please refer to our dedicated page on the Coronavirus COVID-19 for additional information.

The Monroe County Health Department has set up a COVID-19 hotline.  Please call 734.243.8600, Monday through Friday, 8:30 AM to 4:30 PM, if you have questions or concerns regarding coronavirus.

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