COVID-19 Information

We will list on this page in reverse-chronological order all important alerts and information regarding COVID-19 or Coronavirus in the City of Clare. Note that while all updates and notices during the pandemic will be archived on this page, more recent notices (nearer the top) may replace previous notices on this page as the situation evolves. When this happens, we will place a disclaimer on the previous, replaced notice indicating as such.

This page was last updated at 7:41 pm on May 15, 2020.

 

May 15:
CITY OF CLARE OFFICES REMAIN CLOSED TO THE PUBLIC EFFECTIVE
MARCH 18th THROUGH MAY 28th.

FOR ALL EMERGENCIES CALL 911

Police and Fire personnel remain on duty
with appropriate protective procedures in place.

Water Department and Public Works personnel
continue to provide essential services.

Utility Payments can be made by Credit or Debit Card
on the City’s website at: www.cityofclare.org
You can also place your check payment in the
Drop Box located outside of City Hall.

City staff are continuing to work modified hours, at various locations and in ways to protect the health of everyone.  Voicemail and email messages will continue to be responded to as timely as possible.

 

May 9:

Waste Management
Bulk Pickup to Resume
The week of May 11, 2020

Waste Management – and especially its hard-working front-line employees – are working around the clock to ensure that we can continue to serve our customers and communities safely and with the least disruption reasonably possible in the face of the many challenges created by the COVID-19 virus, the resulting Declarations of Emergency, and the many health and safety orders and guidelines to which all responsible citizens are attempting to comply. As Waste Management works earnestly to continue to provide collection and processing services to our communities, the health and safety of our employees, customers and communities are our highest priority.

We are pleased to inform you that bulk item collection will begin again the week of Monday, May 11, 2020.  Due to anticipated heavy volumes during the week some bulk stops may not be picked up on the regular service day.  Waste Management crews will work to recover the material as quickly thereafter as possible based on crew availability.

Finally, no one can reliably predict the length of this emergency event, when potential service disruptions may occur, including another suspension of bulk collection and other services, or how long they may last. Waste Management will continue to provide prompt notice of our operational capabilities and changes as they occur. We appreciate your understanding and cooperation in these challenging times.

 

 

April 27:

Please note that this notice has been supplemented
With another message from the City regarding
 office closures issued on May 15, 2020.


CITY OF CLARE OFFICES REMAIN CLOSED TO THE PUBLIC EFFECTIVE
MARCH 18th THROUGH MAY 15th.

FOR ALL EMERGENCIES CALL 911

Police and Fire personnel remain on duty
with appropriate protective procedures in place.

Water Department and Public Works personnel
continue to provide essential services.

Utility Payments can be made by Credit or Debit Card
on the City’s website at: www.cityofclare.org
You can also place your check payment in the
Drop Box located outside of City Hall.

City staff are continuing to work modified hours, at various locations and in ways to protect the health of everyone.  Voicemail and email messages will continue to be responded to as timely as possible.

 

April 24:

NOTICE TO ALL CLARE COUNTY RESIDENTS - FOOD DISTRIBUTION MAY 2

May 2 Drive Thru Food Distribution at the Clare County Fairgrounds: This event is for Clare County residents only. Vehicle line up starts at 10:00 a.m. One person/household per vehicle allowed. Registration for one additional household will be allowed if you bring a copy of the other person’s identification and a written note giving you permission to pick up food. For the safety of patrons and volunteers, attendees must remain in their vehicles at all times. Registration information will be collected while attendees are in their vehicles. Patrons should make sure to have space available in their trunks/hatchbacks for at least two boxes of food and bags of produce. Boxes of food will be placed in trunks/hatchback doors by a volunteer. Restrooms will not be available. Be prepared for an extended wait in your vehicle. Listen to local radio stations 92.1 WTWS, 95.3 WCFX, and 106.5 WKKM, and or call 2-1-1 for the latest updates.

 

April 21:

NOTICE TO ALL CLARE RESIDENTS - YARD WASTE COLLECTION

The City’s residential waste service provider, Waste Management (WM), has notified us that they will begin picking up yard waste starting on Thursday, April 23, 2020.

Waste Management will not however pick up large, bulk items (carpet, furniture, appliances, mattresses, etc.) until further notice.  We ask for your cooperation and understanding and that you do not place large, bulk items curbside for pickup. We will inform you when WM has lifted these temporary restrictions for bulk items and when the services will resume.

If you have questions or concerns related to this notice please contact:

Mary Warner at 989-424-4071 or mwarner@cityofclare.org or Luke Potter at 989-329-5092 or lpotter@cityofclare.org

 

April 10:

Please note that this notice has been supplemented
With another message from the City regarding
 office closures issued on April 27, 2020.

CITY OF CLARE OFFICES ARE CLOSED TO THE PUBLIC EFFECTIVE
MARCH 18th THROUGH APRIL 30th.

FOR ALL EMERGENCIES CALL 911.

Police and Fire personnel remain on duty with appropriate protective procedures in place.

Water Department and Public Works personnel continue to provide essential services.

Utility Payments can be made by Credit or Debit Card on the City’s website.
You can also place your check payment in theDrop Box located outside of City Hall.

City staff are continuing to work modified hours, at various locations and in ways to protect the health of everyone.  Voicemail and email messages will continue to be responded to as timely as possible.

April 5:

Cherry Grove Cemetery
Spring Clean-up Delayed

In compliance with Governor Whitmer’s Executive Order 2020-20 which limits business activity to those professions that are essential to protecting human life and safety to reduce the spread of the COVID-19 coronavirus the annual spring cleanup of the Cherry Grove Cemetery will be delayed.

 

April 5:

Included below is a copy of the burning ban issued by the State of Michigan.  Like all things this is subject to interpretation. My interpretation is that you can have a recreational fire in your fire safe pit or ring, that typically measure 2’-3’ in diameter.  This DOES NOT mean a 4’-6’ or larger area for the burning of leaves , brush, or yard waste.  Also, you must stay present with your fire at all times and also thoroughly and complete put it out when done!  Please also be considerate of your neighbors who may have medical conditions that could become irritated from the smoke.

As my favorite SUPER HERO would say, ONLY YOU CAN PREVENT FOREST FIRES!!!

James Chapman
Clare Fire Chief

Burn permits suspended across Michigan due to COVID-19
Contact: Paul Rogers, 616-260-8406
Agency: Natural Resources
In response to the "Stay Home, Stay Safe" Executive Order to reduce the effects of the COVID-19 virus, permits for open burning will be suspended across the state. Gov. Gretchen Whitmer issued the order Monday, aimed at further protecting public health and safety.
“We need to make sure our emergency response resources are available where they are needed at this time,” said Dan Laux, fire supervisor for the DNR Forest Resources Division. “Less open burning means less potential for escaped fires, and that means staff can deal with other, more critical needs.”

Because firefighters often work closely together on scene and when traveling to and from incident locations, the suspension of burn permits also will help protect first responders and fire fighters from infection by the novel coronavirus.

“It’s out of an abundance of caution that we want to support the statewide effort to fight COVID-19,” Laux said. “Suspending burn permits in much of the state means fewer people will be burning debris – the No. 1 cause of wildfires in Michigan.”

State Fire Marshal Kevin Sehlmeyer agreed, adding: “This preventative approach to limiting wildland fires is important so that first responders can continue making medical calls during this health crisis.”

Open burning in some parts of the state may still be allowed in areas where the ground is still snow-covered. Burn permits in the southern Lower Peninsula are issued by local fire departments and governmental offices. In the northern Lower Peninsula and the Upper Peninsula, permits are issued through the DNR’s website Michigan.gov/BurnPermit. Residents are encouraged to frequently check the website to see when restrictions are lifted.

Information around this outbreak is changing rapidly. The latest information is available at Michigan.gov/Coronavirus and CDC.gov/Coronavirus.
https://www.michigan.gov/dnr/0,4570,7-350-79137_79770_98458-523125--,00.html

 

 

March 31:

NOTICE TO ALL CLARE RESIDENTS

Please note that this notice has been supplemented
With another message from the City regarding
 Yard Waste collection issued on April 21, 2020

Due to Waste Management’s temporary cessation of yard waste service pick-up for residential customers in the City of Clare as a result of the Coronavirus pandemic, the City will provide this service to our residents until such time that Waste Management (WM) can resumes the service. City DPW crews will provide this service once weekly commencing on Thursday, Apr 2, 2020 beginning at 7a.m. and possibly if needed continuing on Friday.  Please place all yard waste items in approved containers curbside as you would normally. 
The City will NOT pick up large items (appliances, carpet, furniture, etc.).  This service is temporarily curtailed as previously noticed.
The City thanks you for your continued cooperation and understanding during these very unique and challenging times that we are all enduring.     

 

 

NOTICE for CITY OF CLARE RESIDENTS
RESIDENTIAL WASTE SERVICES

Please note that this notice has been supplemented
With another message from the City regarding
 Yard Waste collection issued on March 30, 2020

The City’s residential waste service provider, Waste Management (WM), has notified us they will be providing restricted and limited services effective April 1, 2020 due to resource constraints resulting from COVID-19.  Commencing with the City’s scheduled waste pick-up on April 2nd, WM will not pick up large, bulk items (carpet, furniture, appliances, mattresses, etc.).  WM has also advised us that at this time they are not able to support spring clean-up efforts and that we should anticipate yard waste collection will not commence on April 15th as scheduled.

We ask for your cooperation and understanding and ask that you not place large items curbside commencing on April 1st.  Additionally, do not place yard waste at the curb until you receive notice it is OK to do so.  We will inform you when Waste Management has lifted these temporary restrictions and when the services will resume. 

We reiterate that until we provide you notice to do so, please DO NOT place those items curbside as they will not be picked up, and you will be required to remove these items from the curb if you place them there.  Kindly contact all Mary Warner at 989.424-4071, mwarner@cityofclare.org or Luke Potter, 989.329-5092, lpotter@cityofclare.org if you have questions or concerns related to this notice.