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Hazel Park closes city departments until April

Select services will continue online and via drop box

By: Andy Kozlowski | Madison - Park News | Published March 19, 2020

HAZEL PARK — Hazel Park City Hall and all of its departments are closed until April 1 due to the coronavirus pandemic. However, while their windows are closed to the public, these same departments will still be receiving calls and emails from the public as necessary.

“The situation is fluid, however, and can change at any time,” City Manager Ed Klobucher said last week.

The city’s Water Department is also postponing all shutoffs for the moment, but residents will still be responsible for any water they use during this time. No cash payments will be accepted at this time for water bills, and water bills are to be paid either online, by check or by money order. These can be placed in a drop-off box outside the doors of City Hall, 111 E. Nine Mile Road.

If a resident has their water turned off, they are asked to contact the Water Department by calling (248) 546-4076 to get it turned back on.

At the Building Department, all inspections are postponed. If a resident or a business owner needs a permit processed, they can still put in the drop-off box at City Hall.

While the Police and Fire departments continue their operations keeping the public safe, certain functions — such as parking enforcement — will be suspended during this time.

The Department of Public Works is on lockdown, but the department will still field calls or emails from anyone with concerns.

The Hazel Park 43rd District Court remains open to the public for the foreseeable future, but is currently working on shifting its dockets and schedule to accommodate new guidelines coming from the county, state and federal levels.

The Viking Ice Arena is closed, and at press time most operations at the Community Center were closed as well, including pilates classes, Tai Chi Society classes and Rosebud Ballet classes. The city’s basketball league has canceled the remainder of the season due to the cancellation of activities at the school districts where the league plays in Hazel Park, Ferndale and Oak Park.

Hazel Park City Councilman Mike McFall said the city is doing its part to try and contain the spread of the virus. He called upon residents to support each other.

“We’re working to protect our residents from exposure while continuing to provide important city services,” McFall said. “We must also continue supporting our independent small businesses whenever and however possible. One easy way everyone can help is by ordering takeout from Kozy Lounge, House of Shamrocks, or one of our many other great restaurants. Supporting our businesses is critical to our community because they provide employment to our neighbors.

“The citizens of Hazel Park are very resilient and resourceful,” he added. “We’ve always had to be. Whenever we have a neighbor in need, our residents always step up and work together to help. Neighbors are looking out for each other, checking in with our homebound residents and seniors, making sure they have the things they need during this time.”