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City of Nampa

Posted on: March 16, 2020

City of Nampa Declares State Of Emergency, Additional Closures Announced

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Nampa Mayor Debbie Kling joined cities and counties across the Treasure Valley today in declaring a state of emergency in response to growing concerns related to COVID-19. Nampa City Council will be asked to ratify the emergency declaration at tonight’s meeting.

As stated in the joint press release sent earlier today, “The decision to approve disaster emergency declarations is not a result of a dire or immediate need for resources. It is being done now – ahead of any crisis – so communities can proactively pursue additional resources that might be needed to help prevent the community spread of COVID-19 in the weeks and months to come.”

Nampa City Hall will be closed to the public effective March 17, 2020; however, staff will be on site to respond to email and phone communication.

Building: Will close its public counter until April 1, 2020 but will be available to service clients by phone (208-468-5435) and email (buildingpermits@cityofnampa.us).

Hard copy permit submittals and pickups will still be available in the City Hall lobby. Please call ahead to coordinate the drop off and pick up of hard copy permits that are ready to submit or issue.

Processing of online residential, mechanical, plumbing and electrical permits will continue.

Same day service for residential and commercial final inspections will be suspended to give priority to critical path inspections. We will call you to schedule your final inspection.

Residential water heater and HVAC retrofit permits will continue but we will not schedule final inspections for these permits until after April 1, 2020. Please take photos and video of your installation to submit to our inspection staff.

All other inspection requests will be performed same day and staff will practice social distancing.

Clerk’s Office / Passports: Will be closed to the public and suspend passport service, but continue to process online permits and licenses (https://cityofnampa.us/143/City-Clerk). Staff is available to respond to phone (208-468-5426) and email (clerks@cityofnampa.us) communication. To ensure an online application was received, and to confirm any required payment, please call. The clerk’s office is still processing the following applications: alarm installers, alcohol (beer, wine and liquor),  amusement, catering, concessions, peddlers, private investigators, special event permit, and tree removal and pruning. The clerk’s office is also processing public records requests online.

Planning & Zoning: Will be accessible via phone (208-468-4430) and email (pzall@cityofnampa.us) and will continue to perform inspections as deemed necessary.

Utility Billing: Will close to the public March 17-31, but staff will continue to provide essential customer service during the closure. Live, person to person payments will not be processed, however billing staff will process payments via website, phone (208-468-5711) or drive-thru drop box located outside utility billing. Questions can be emailed to utility@cityofnampa.us. No accounts will be shut off due to lack of payment for the foreseeable future. Payment plans can be arranged for customers financially impacted by the coronavirus outbreak.

The Nampa Recreation Center will close to the public effective at 10:00 p.m. March 16, 2020. We hope to reopen April 1, 2020, but is subject to change based on the public health status. Nampa Parks & Recreation is also canceling or postponing all department programs, events, classes, camps, and activities. Nampa’s parks and pathways will remain accessible and social distancing recommended by public health agencies is encouraged.

The City of Nampa Golf Courses, including Ridgecrest Golf Club and Centennial Golf Course have announced the following updates:

  • The Centennial Senior Golf Association, held each Wednesday, will be suspended beginning March 18, 2020. Play is expected to commence April 8, but is subject to change.
  • Due to the outdoor nature and limited interaction of golf, Ridgecrest and Centennial Golf Courses will remain open for golf play with limited services.
  • The club houses will be closed except for tee time check ins and concession operations. Only prepackaged items and beverages will be available for takeout.
  • Extra sanitation precautions have been implemented including sanitizing the golf carts at every use, removing ball washing stations and drink coolers.

Dedicated Communication Channels:

The City of Nampa has also established the following communication channels to share information and updates with the public:

  • Email questions or concerns specific to COVID-19 in our community to nampaready@cityofnampa.us.
  • Listen to a recorded message and/or leave a voice message for city staff by calling (208) 565-5132. The message will be updated as quickly as possible.
  • A new website dedicated to information related to COVID-19 is available at cityofnampa.us/coronavirus.
  • The City of Nampa will continue to post updates primarily through our website, Nextdoor and Facebook, as well as Instagram and Twitter.

The safety and well-being of our residents, first responders, health care workers, employees, partners, performers, athletes and guests is a top priority. We will continue to follow recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and local authorities as the situation develops. We appreciate the community’s patience during this time.

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