Coronavirus Response: NEW  COVID-19 Business Relief Grant program for City of Gunnison Businesses

CORONAVIRUS (COVID-19): NEW  COVID-19 Business Relief Grant program for City of Gunnison Businesses and Information regarding access to City of Gunnison buildings and facilities 

On April 28, 2020, the Gunnison City Council approved $250,000 for the COVID-19 Business Relief Grant program. This grant program provides immediate support for small entrepreneurs within the City of Gunnison. The intention of this program is to help keep small businesses in a position to get through this transition from our initial response to the virus to beginning to open for business with public health orders and measures in place. Grants are available on a first come, first serve basis. Application opens on Friday, May 1 at 1:00 p.m. For program details or to apply, visit GunnisonCO.gov/grants
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Due to the presence of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) in Gunnison County, the City of Gunnison has instituted restricted access to the municipal buildings and facilities. The purpose of restricting physical access is to help reduce the spread of COVID-19. This action is not taken lightly; however, the City thinks, based on the data we have and health recommendations from local and state officials, that it is the right step to assist with preserving the health and safety of Gunnison residents, community members, and City employees. 

Even though City facilities have restricted access and limited hours, please know that City employees are still working. We are committed to providing you with seamless and responsive essential services. 

Restricted access to municipal buildings and facilities. Please call prior to arriving at City Hall if you need assistance. 
City Hall, City Adminstration, 201 W. Virginia Avenue, 970.641.8080

Clerk's Department and City Manager:  970.641.8080
Community Development:  970.641.8090
Human Resources:  970.641.8248
Information Technology: 970.641.8179
Victims Advocate:  970.596.9277
For an emergency:  Call 911
The main City administration phone line is being monitored 8:00am-5:00pm, Monday-Friday.
A doorbell is installed on the north side of City Hall to accept deliveries between 10:00am-2:00pm.
Finance:  970.641.8070. 
The Finance Office at City Hall is NOT open to walk-in traffic. Most finance services can be handled over the phone such as inquiries about a current balance, bill questions, or learning how to pay online. For the rare individual who needs in-person service, they will be assisted through the drive-up window located in the alley between the Paper Clip and City Hall. Payments should be dropped off through the mail slot in the front door of City Hall (north side). There is also a payment box located on the fence in the alley between City Hall and the drive up access to Gunnison Bank and Trust. Visit the City's website at www.GunnisonCO.gov/UB to sign up for the free automatic payment plan. 

Information Technology: Be aware of increased telework vulnerabilities and cyber attacks. See the PSA from the Federal Bureau of Investigation with information on cyber security. 

City Council: Gunnison City Council continues to operate and hold their Regular Session meetings on the second and fourth Tuesday of each month. Regular Session meetings are being held remotely and public viewing and participation is encouraged. To access City Council meetings remotely, click on the Agenda link for the up-coming meeting to register. Agendas are posted a minimin of 24 hours in advance of the meeting.
City of Gunnison Local Emergency Declaration can be found here.

Public Works, 1100 W. Virigina Avenue, 970.641.8020
The Public Works facility is closed to the public. Please call 970.641.8020, if you need assistance.
Refuse and Recycling: Curbside recycling collection and special refuse collection pickups was suspended on Monday, March 16 until further notice due to COVID-19 health risks and exposure to employees. During this suspension, please take your recycling to the Gunnison County Recycling Center (195 Basin Park Drive) or place it in your garbage for your regularly scheduled collection. Do not stockpile recycling. The City Refuse team will continue to empty residential trashcans and commercial dumpsters with our hands-free refuse truck on your normally scheduled pickup day. We will not be doing any special refuse pick-ups which require employees to touch or handle items.

Electronic Recycling: Postponed until further notice.

Tree Dump: The Tree Dump is open to RESIDENTS ONLY.  Due to the COVID restrictions, we will only take yard rubbish, such as leaves, grass clippings, small limbs, etc.  We will not accept bricks, concrete or any other non-organic materials. The City is waiving the normal fees until further notice, but ask that you keep your loads to reasonable amount.  No large trailers or commercial haulers.

Gunny Gold (compost):
Available for free for residents in the Jorgensen Ice Rink parking. Residents may collect more than one five-gallon bucket at a time. No trailers for collection. Available while supply lasts.  Use best social distancing practices during collection. We need residents to collect Gunni Gold in town because of the ongoing construction at the Wastewater Treatment Plant.  The city has undertaken a $14 million dollar upgrade, and due to the construction, we have no space to accommodate local pickup.

Irrigation DitchesThe City of Gunnison turned on the City ditches the week of May 18th. Please be patient, it will take several days for the water to flow consistently throughout town.

Parks and Recreation, 200 East Spencer Avenue, 970.641.8060
Community Center and Ice Rink: The City of Gunnison Jorgenson Ice Rink, Gunnison Recreation Center, and Gunnison Senior Center are all closed until further notice.
Parks and Recreation programs are suspended until further notice. The Gunnison Parks and Recreation Department has CLOSED all playgrounds within City Parks. Gunnison County has ordered that no one is allowed to gather in groups of more than 10 people. Therefore, while you are enjoying other park amenities please be sure to practice social distancing and stay at least 6-10 feet away from others.
Gunnison Parks and Rec received approval to open  the pickleball and tennis courts. Please follow the posted USAPA and USTA recommendations for safe play at the courts.
Updates on facility closures and ideas for recreation are available at www.gunnisonrec.com 

Seniors:
Young at Heart will continue to provide meals to seniors on a pick-up or delivery basis on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays. This service is intended for seniors who are homebound, disabled, non-driving, or experiencing health issues. The delivery range extends to a 3.25 mile limit outside of the city limits, (similar range as the GHV senior bus service). Call 970-641-2701 before 9:00am, MWF, on the day you would like pick-up or have a delivery.
Delivery Assistance Hotline: Call (970) 641-7959 if you need groceries or prescriptions delivered to your home and are self-isolating, ill with COVID-19 symptoms, or quarantined.   If you are under 60, in good health and able to do your own shopping, please refrain from using this system to leave room for those who really need it. Deliveries by drivers trained to safely handle your order are available throughout the valley 5 days a week from 9:00 til 1:00, Monday-Friday.  If you need help placing orders and/or navigating City Market’s Click-List Program, our operators can assist you as well. Businesses participating in this program include City Market, Walmart (Pharmacy only), Gunnison Vitamin and Health Store, Clark’s Market (CB), Mountain Earth Whole Foods (CB) and (Safeway beginning April 6).

Police Department:
Continues to operate. For non-emergency calls: 970.641.8200.

Gunnison County's most recent Public Health Order took effect May 12, 2020. While Gunnison County is not the most relaxed in its restrictions, there is good alignment with the State and our neighboring counties. There are still 2.7 million of Colorado's 5.7 million residents under Stay-at-Home restrictions until May 8th.

This document was created on April 27, 2020 and is updated regularly. It shows how Gunnison County currently compares to some other areas around the Colorado.

https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1JciUBAM99jX5howrOAI0L8g9TssbEVeFgMWexmLqIIw/edit?usp=sharing
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lease reach out to us with any questions or concerns. 

Take care. Stay safe and healthy. Be well. 

Gunnison County Health and Human Services will be posting all updates both to their facebook page and on www.gunnisoncounty.org/covid19. We will try and share all information here as it becomes available, but please know the information we post will be coming from those sources.

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Gunnison County officials encourage people to reduce the risk of getting sick or spreading the virus by following these recommendations:
 

  • Stay at home if you are sick. 
  • Practice social distance. 
  • Wash hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. 
  • Cough and sneeze into your sleeve or tissue. 
  • Avoid touching your face. 
  • Try alternatives to shaking hands, like an elbow bump. 
  • Wear a facemask when in public. 

Gunnison County officials continue to encourage everyone NOT to go to the Gunnison Valley Hospital. If you have been experiencing symptoms (i.e. fever, cough, shortness of breath), please stay at home and self-isolate, or call the newly established Gunnison County Health Hotline: 970-641-7660 open 5-days a week, 8:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m., Monday-Friday to get screened and to receive more information. 

When to call 911 or go to the Emergency Department? If your shortness of breath becomes worse and you have difficulty breathing, call 911 or the Gunnison Valley Health Emergency Department at 970-641-1456 to let them know you will be arriving, if this is possible. 

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