UPDATE: All City Facilities Closed to the Public. Clackamas County Closings also announced.

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As of March 17, 2020:
City of Wilsonville MEDIA RELEASE

For Immediate Release
March 17, 2020

CONTACT:     Bill Evans, Communications and Marketing Manager
503-570-1502; evans@ci.wilsonville.or.us 

Effective Tonight, All City Facilities Now Closed to Public
City staff to use virtual means to host non-critical meetings

WILSONVILLE, Ore. — The City of Wilsonville, continuing to adopt the social distancing recommendations of the CDC, the Oregon Heath Authority and Clackamas County Public Health, is closing access to all public facilities, effective this evening.

The decision closes public access to City Hall, SMART Transit offices and the Police/Public Works building. The City had previously put into effect public closures at the Wilsonville Community Center, the Wilsonville Public Library and the Parks & Recreation Administration Building.

“The situation is fluid, and we’re continuing to prioritize the health and safety of our employees and community members,” City Manager Bryan Cosgrove said. “When weighing the inconvenience of this decision against the need to urgently do our part to flatten the curve and slow transmission of COVID-19, closing our doors is the responsible choice.”

Despite the public closures, all City buildings remain staffed to conduct virtual business with the community. The City seeks to limit the disruption of services as much as possible, and is encouraging people to call or email to conduct business during typical operating hours, 8 am-5 pm each weekday.

The City Manager is asking staff to conduct all non-critical meetings virtually, using teleconference or videoconference software. Critical meetings may be scheduled by appointment.

All announced closures at City facilities are in effect until April 8, or longer should social distancing measures remain necessary. With the next meeting of the City Council scheduled for Apr. 6, the City will open the building and/or provide an alternative means for members of the public to contribute testimony.

State of Emergency Declaration Adopted

At the March 16 meeting of City Council, the Council unanimously ratified a resolution declaring a local state of emergency. Mayor Tim Knapp authorized the City Manager to declare the state of emergency on March 13.

The state of emergency declaration, effective until May 5, provides the City’s Emergency Management staff with latitude to coordinate an effective response. The action allows staff  to redirect funding for emergency use as needed, implement mutual aid agreements with other public agencies, suspending standard procurement procedures and make operational adjustments in the interest of public welfare.

Additionally, the designation aides the City’s efforts when requesting assistance and/or reimbursement for expenditures related to COVID-19 response.

Watch the meeting on YouTube

City Directory

A directory of commonly-used City phone numbers is provided for community members seeking telephone assistance during the closure of public facilities:

City Hall, Community Development: 503-682-4960
City Hall, Municipal Court: 503-570-1563
City Hall, Utility Billing: 503-570-1610
City Hall, Other: 503-682-1011
Community Center: 682-3727
Library: 503-682-2744
Parks & Recreation: 503-783-7529
Police: 503-682-8211 (non-emergency)
Public Works: 503-682-4090
SMART: 503-682-7790

The City is strongly encouraging every member of the Wilsonville community to adopt all social distancing and hygiene recommendations shared by the City and public health agencies. Taking these measures seriously slows the transmission of COVID-19 so the public health system can maintain the capacity to help those critically ill.

For more information on COVID-19 symptoms, prevention and when to seek care, visit coronavirus.gov.  For more on the City’s response to this public health issue, click here.

March 15, 2020 — The Wilsonville Library is open today, 1-6 pm. Effective Monday, Mar. 16, and through at least April 8, the Library is closing its doors to the public.

During the public closure, the following library services remain available:

  • The download of ebooks and e-audiobooks from Library2go
  • The download of ebooks and e-audiobooks from Cloud Library
  • The availability to explore a huge library of online resources, including language learning, reference materials, magazine articles, and more.
  • Consultations with library staff by phone or email for assistance with online resources, research, book recommendations and other queries. Call 503-682-2744 or email reference@wilsonvillelibrary.org during normal operating hours
    • Monday-Thursday: 10 am-8 pm
    • Friday-Saturday: 10 am-6 pm
    • Sunday: 1-6 pm

Also, patrons with checked-out items or holds should note the following:

  • All LINCC items are due back April 25th or later
  • During closure, items may be kept or dropped in book return
  • All unavailable holds will be suspended during the closure
  • Pick-up-by dates for all available holds (that are ready for pickup on the shelves) will be extended one week after re-opening

Additionally, the Library Foundation’s scheduled Apr. 2 screening of “The Library that Dolly Built” at Wilsonville Regal has been canceled.

City Council to Meet on Monday

The next regular meeting of the City Council is taking place as scheduled, on Monday, 7 pm, at City Hall. Social distancing modifications are in place, including reduced seating capacity and a video-conferencing option for Councilors to participate. The 5 pm work session is being moved to Council Chambers.  Public testimony may be emailed to recorder@ci.wilsonville.or.us.

Municipal Court Canceled

As an additional precautionary measure, in-person Municipal Court proceedings have been halted through April 10, canceling Tuesday evening court dates on March 17 and April 7.

The court will be contacting people scheduled to appear to reschedule appearances at a later date.

Court office is staffed; people may contact court offices (503-570-1563) to check the availability of paying a citation by phone or online. Some may qualify for fine reduction and/or payment plan.

SMART Providing Full Slate of Transit Services

South Metro Area Regional Transit (SMART) is continuing to operate without a scheduled reduction in services at this time to support transit-dependent members of the Wilsonville community.

At the end of each day, buses are cleaned and mopped, and interior touch points (hand rails, armrests, driver controls) are disinfected with a hospital-grade disinfectant that is also “fogged” throughout interior.

SMART is following the Oregon Health Authority’s guidelines on social distancing, and recommending that people stay three feet apart when possible. Because this may be challenging in practice, people in “high risk” categories are cautioned to postpone non-critical travel. Passengers who possess flu-like symptoms should avoid riding SMART.

For a comprehensive summary of actions the City has taken to stem the spread of COVID-19 and steps you can take to assist the global effort to protect the virus from overwhelming health care systems, click here.

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City of Wilsonville MEDIA RELEASE

For Immediate Release

March 16, 2020

CONTACT:     Bill Evans, Communications and Marketing Manager
503-570-1502; evans@ci.wilsonville.or.us

Parks & Rec. Closing Admin. Building, Altering Garden Sign-Ups
City Hall, Parks, Outdoor Restrooms Remain Open to Public

WILSONVILLE, Ore. — The Parks & Recreation Administrative Building is being closed to the public, effective Tuesday morning.  While not typically used for programs, the facility hosts occasional group meetings and receives frequent walk-in traffic from people visiting nearby Town Center Park.

All public facility closures announced by the City – at the Park & Rec. Admin Building, the Wilsonville Community Center, and the Wilsonville Library – remain in effect until April 8, or longer at the recommendation of public health officials.

City Hall remains open to the public, 8 am to 5 am each weekday. Customers are highly encouraged to conduct business by phone or online for their own protection and that of City staff.

Parks remain open, as do the outdoor public restrooms at Town Center Park and Murase Plaza. City staff would like to keep these public amenities in service for residents in need, and are asking people to be considerate of restroom amenities. Town Center Park restrooms are open 6 am-8 pm; Murase Plaza restrooms are open 5 am-10 pm.

To accommodate social distancing, in-person sign-up for the Memorial Park Community Garden is not taking place on Apr. 2 as scheduled. Instead, the Parks staff will initiate telephone renewals to identify gardeners who intend to keep their plot. Afterward, on Apr. 30 at 8 am, new users and those seeking a different plot may sign up online on a first-come, first-served basis. Details to be provided at a later date.

Confirmed March City Meeting/Event Cancellations

Mar. 17 – Municipal Court

Mar. 19 – Tourism & Promotion Committee Meeting

Mar. 23 – DRB Panel B meeting

Mar. 24 – Metro Community Enhancement Committee meeting

Mar. 25 – Library Board meeting

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Bill Evans
Communications and Marketing Manager

City of Wilsonville



Find out more about Clackamas County Closings:  Click here.

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