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Posted on: March 13, 2020

[ARCHIVED] Update from the City of Rifle to our Citizens Regarding the Local Impact of COVID-19

COVID-19 no.3

The City of Rifle would like to keep our citizens up to date with local information to help keep you safe and provide you with details regarding City activities and events. The City is following all guidelines dictated by Garfield County and the Garfield County Health Department. The City of Rifle will continue to be available and working for you throughout the duration of this event. However, some activities, events and services have been canceled or modified.  Please see below.

  • City building - All City of Rifle building are closed to the public until further notice. Although face to face interactions are not possible at this time, staff is available to assist you by phone or email.  Please contact the department that you are trying to reach directly.  www.rifleco.org/directory
  • Ute Theater - All events at the Ute Theater have been temporarily suspended.  Please check their website or Facebook for updates. utetheater.com  or  fb.com/NewUteEventsCenter/
  • Ski Bus to Sunlight - The ski bus to Sunlight has been canceled for the remainder of the year.
  • City Recreation Activities - All-City organized recreation activities have been temporarily suspended.
  • Spring Cleanup - The Annual Rifle Spring Cleanup has also been postponed this year. No new date has been chosen at this time, but that information will be posted as soon as it’s available.
  • Municipal Court - Rifle Municipal Court has canceled court for the April 1st docket.  The Court will be contacting you regarding your case.
  • Utilities & Court Payments Options - Payment drop boxes are available for both court payments and utilities. The boxes for utility payments or other finance department payments are located outside of City Hall near the alley to the north of the building. There is an additional box inside City Hall right next to the finance office door. Payments may also be made online at https://www.rifleco.org/138/Utility-Billing. Although there is not an online option for payments to Rifle Municipal Court, payments can be made by credit card by calling the court at 970-665-6420. The court also has a drop box located right next to the main entrance of the Justice Center, 201 East 18th Street.
  • Seniors Center & Meal Program - Due to the fact that seniors have been identified as a particularly vulnerable population, all senior activities and events have been canceled. The Rifle Senior Center will remain open for individuals who wish to play cards or shoot pool. The Garfield County Senior Meal Program is now offering meals at the following locations as a takeout option.  Seniors can pick up their lunch at the meal site where their reservations were made.  Reservations must be made for all pickup sites by noon the previous day by calling 970-665-6549.  The senior meal program is for seniors 60 years and older.



RifleTuesday, Thursday, Friday12:00 - 12:30 pickup
New CastleMonday12:00 - 12:30 pickup
SiltWednesday12:00 - 12:30 pickup
ParachuteWednesday12:00 - 12:30 pickup


Other Helpful Infomation From your City:

  • The State has launched a new website found here, https://covid19.colorado.gov/.
  • As a reminder, all City Parks remain open for public use. The City would simply like to remind people to practice the current health department recommendations of avoiding gathering in large groups, washing your hands and maintaining social distancing. 
  • The City of Rifle Information Technology Department would also like to pass on tips to keep in mind while using your computers during this unusual time. There are numerous scams relating to COVID-19 involving malware, hoaxes and fraud which are designed to play upon your sense of urgency in obtaining answers. Follow the same computer safety procedures that you were practicing prior to this situation. Do not click on unknown or questionable sites. The official sites for Garfield County, the State of Colorado and the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) are safe, reliable sources of information. The City of Rifle website (rifleco.org) and social media pages will be continually updated with the latest links. 
  • As you may be aware, Governor Jared Polis has ordered bars and restaurants closed. These businesses still have the option of doing delivery and takeout orders. This is a very difficult situation for small businesses and their employees. The City would like to encourage our citizens to support these businesses by utilizing these services when available. Let’s help our neighbors through this difficult time. You can always take your carryout order to the park and have a picnic!
  • The water and wastewater treatment plants are fully functioning and will remain fully operational even if some City offices need to be closed or staff size reduced. There is no need to stock up on bottled water. It is important to note, however, that we are starting to see flushable wipes at the wastewater plant.  Even though they say flushable, they are not sewer-plant friendly.  If this continues or increases, it may cause problems. Please dispose of all wipes in the trash, not the toilet.

For more information, please refer to these credible sources:

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For updated information on all City matters, please go to our website, www.rifleco.org or our Facebook and Twitter pages.

Media Contact: Kathy Pototsky, 970-319-8288 

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