The City of Monroe is canceling its summer events, including concerts; is not taking park reservations, and is closing skate parks.

The City of Monroe is canceling its summer programs, including concerts; is not taking park reservations, and is closing skate parks.

Those are among the changes the city council approved unanimously Monday night in response to the state’s “Stay Home, Stay Safe” order.

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According to COVID-19 Resolution No. 6:

— All City of Monroe facilities will remain closed through 11:59 p.m. May 18. Essential critical and emergency city operations, including police, fire, the water and wastewater plant, are not affected by Whitmer’s order and will remain in operation.

— All city park reservations have been canceled and no further reservations will be accepted through Aug. 30.

— All special events requiring city approval are canceled and no special event permit applications will be approved through Aug. 30.

— The city’s 2020 Summer Concert Series in St. Mary’s Park is canceled.

— City skate parks in Munson Park and at the former Monroe Multi-Sports Complex are closed.

— Council and/ or other public meetings of committees, commissions, etc., will continue to be held via remote or technological means pending the extension of the state order. This includes, but is not limited to, the meetings presently scheduled for May 18 (work session at 6 p.m. and regular city council meeting at 7:30).

Residents can participate in public meetings remotely. Virtual council meetings will be live streamed to the city’s YouTube channel, www.youtube.com/c/CityofMonroeMichigan, as well as Comcast Cable Communications Channel 18 and 915, and on Charter Communications Channel 190. Participation information, in addition to the upcoming schedule of meetings can be found on the home page of the city's website: www.monroemi.gov.

Additionally, Waste Management has announced that bulk item collection will begin again starting Monday.

Bulk items consist of large household items such as appliances, furniture, mattresses and other objects that are too large to fit in a garbage bin.

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.

Updated information can be found at the city's website, Facebook page, MyMonroe app push notifications, and the city's government channel (18/Comcast or 190/Charter).

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