Our Renton Weekly

Our Renton Weekly
Posted on 03/12/2020
Mindi Mattson, emergency management coordinator

Our Renton Weekly contains news and information about city events, activities, and initiatives. It is emailed to subscribers every week.

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Our Renton Weekly for March 12, 2020

Photo of the cover of the Mayor's Newsletter for March 12, 2020The City of Renton is proactively responding to COVID-19

Last Friday, Mayor Armondo Pavone issued a Proclamation of Local Emergency providing for support measures used to protect public health, safety and welfare within our community. This proclamation provides the mayor with maximum flexibility in responding to this health event.

One of the impacts of the virus is the closure of some of our city facilities and cancellation of city events and meetings through March 31. The Renton Community Center, Renton Senior Activity Center, Renton History Museum, North Highlands Neighborhood Center and Highlands Neighborhood Center are all closed. The STREAM Team after school program continues to meet at the Highlands Neighborhood Center.  The Senior Center’s lunch program has transitioned to sack lunches, available on a drive through basis.

The City Council will meet via teleconference on March 16 at 7 p.m. The council will also meet on March 23 and be off on March 30.

This public health emergency is rapidly evolving. You can find current information from Public Health - Seattle & King County and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Photo of Renton's 2020 Census Logo2020 Census

Invitations to partake in the 2020 Federal Census will begin showing up in mailboxes this week! A completed form ensures everyone in your household is counted which is important as the census determines allocation of federal funding to support housing, education, transportation, health care, and other programs and infrastructure in Renton. Please don’t delay and take your census online now.

Photo of personal care drive logoPersonal Care Drive

Communities In School Renton-Tukwila is in the midst of their annual personal care drive. You can help local students by donating hygiene supplies, including shampoo, conditioner, toothpaste, toothbrushes and more. Donations may be dropped off at a variety of locations in Renton. Learn more about the care drive and how you can help.

Photo of Washington Gov. Jay InsleeGov. Inslee Announces Program Expansion for Those Impacted by COVID-19

Gov. Jay Inslee announced state programs will expand to cover Washingtonians impacted by COVID-19.

Employees can be eligible to receive unemployment benefits if they need to miss work due to illness or quarantine, while employers will be relieved of benefit charges if the business is shut down as a result of sick employees. The state is also providing leniency for unemployment deadlines and mandatory appointments for workers, and will also waive penalties for businesses who file taxes late, pay late or do not respond to information requests in a time manor as a result to coronavirus.


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