DETROIT, MI- Wayne County Executive Warren C. Evans, in coordination with other County elected officials, announced that non-essential county employees will remain on paid furlough in alignment with Governor Gretchen Whitmer's "Stay at Home" Order. The furlough, like the order, remains in effect through 11:59 p.m. on April 13.
"Extending the paid furlough will help relieve the mental and financial stress on our employees during these difficult and unprecedented times," Evans said. "Employees essential to combatting COVID-19 will continue to report. Other employees who are able to work from home are doing so to keep County operations running as smoothly as possible."
The County originally put non-essential employees on a two-week paid furlough starting Monday, March 16 through Sunday, March 29. This extraordinary social distancing effort was taken to slow the spread of coronavirus and protect the health and safety of employees and residents.
"We are going to continue to put people first and do our part with social distancing measures that help residents adhere to the Governor's 'Stay at Home' order," Evans said. "As we all work together to get through this crisis, I want to thank the first-responders and County employees who continue to serve the public."
Employees critical to services impacting public health and safety and essential government functions will still report to work, as determined by their supervisor or the elected official overseeing their office. The County reserves the right to recall employees during the furlough and Governor's order to perform or maintain essential functions as needed. Policies will be adjusted or implemented as the situation evolves in advance of April 13.
The county has about 3,500 full-time employees, including sheriff's deputies in jails and public health professionals responding to the ongoing Coronavirus pandemic.
Parks Open for Walking and Biking, Restricted Access to Prevent Gathering
Parks will remain open to the public for walking and biking, but specialized areas such as playscapes and basketball courts will be closed to help residents adhere to the Governor's order. The County is placing signage in high-traffic areas of the parks to encourage residents to avoid gathering and promote social distancing.
Specialized areas that will be closed include:
- Nankin Recreation Area
- Merriman play structure
- Hines Park dog park
- Parr basketball court
- Warrendale play structure and basketball court
- Bell Creek play structure and basketball court
- Newburgh play structure
- Northville play structure
- Waterford Bend play structure
- Elizabeth Park Marina, play area and skate park
The Nankin Mills Interpretive Center and Parks administration office will remain closed. All county events during the furlough have been canceled, including Marshmallow Drop which was set for April 10. All parks events scheduled through April 30 will be re-evaluated as the situation unfolds. (See list below)
COVID-19 Resources for Residents
Wayne County is providing educational materials targeting the most vulnerable residents, including seniors. Materials are available at WayneCounty.com.
Residents seeking additional information can call the County's Coronaviraus info line at 734.287.7870 during business hours or 2-1-1, which is available 24 hours a day.
Meals on Wheels Service Shifts to Weekly Bulk Delivery
Meals On Wheels service will continue for home delivered meal participants, including liquid nutrition and halal meal program participants. To maintain social distancing and safety of our volunteers, meal delivery service will transfer from daily meal delivery to a once-a-week service starting Monday, March 30.
The home meal delivery will consist of a five-day supply of frozen meals delivered on Mondays, including March 30, April 6 and 13th. Monthly liquid nutrition program delivery took place on March 20 and will occur again on April 7 via a drive-up distribution format for registered participants.
Only essential staff will be onsite to coordinate the prepared meals distribution process to delivery drivers that serve 34 cities in Wayne County.
County Commission Meetings Available Via Zoom/Call-In:
The Wayne County Commission will hold full board meetings on Thursday, March 26 and Thursday, April 2.
You can join the meetings by visiting https://zoom.us/j/8599664354 or by dialing any one of the following numbers: 312.626.6799, 253.215.8782, 669.900.6833, 646.876.9923, 408.638.0968, 301.715.8592 or 346.248.7799. The meeting identification number is: 859 966 4354. A participant identification number is not required, press # when instructed.
Committee meetings the week of March 23 are cancelled.
Prosecutor's Office COVID-19 Measures to Protect Public Health
The Wayne County Prosecutor's Office is committed to our constitutionally mandated functions. As a result, the Wayne County Prosecutor's Office (WCPO) will have personnel appear in court by remote video access whenever possible in keeping with the directive of the Third Circuit Court.
Beginning today through April 1, 2020, all criminal preliminary exams will be adjourned in 36th District Court only. Bond motions will be conducted by phone. WCPO will not have personnel in the 36th District Court Criminal Division out of an abundance of caution to prevent the spread of the COVID-19 virus. 36th District Court will be working on creating a remote video access system for court appearances. We will appear by remote video as much as possible while continuing to work with other district courts' directives. All scheduled court dates will be limited exclusively to incarcerated defendants.
These latest measures are being undertaken to protect the WCPO staff, the public, defense attorneys and members of law enforcement. We will not allow members of the public, attorneys or members of law enforcement into our offices until further notice. Members of the public who are complainants or witnesses in a case with an incarcerated defendant will be given instructions regarding court dates by the prosecutor handling their case. Members of the public with questions should call 313.224.5777.
Members of law enforcement will continue to submit all warrant requests electronically to limit contact while allowing our staff to perform our warrant functions. Attorneys will submit all pleadings electronically and have contact with WCPO staff via teleconferencing, email or telephone. These procedures are the most responsible way to proceed at this time.
Probate Court Accepting Emergency Filings and Conducting Emergency Hearings
The Wayne County Probate Court will only accept emergency filings and will only conduct emergency hearings effective through Friday, April 10. All hearings originally scheduled during this time will be adjourned, except for the mental health docket on Monday, Wednesday and Friday of each week.The Court will notify parties of new hearings dates when the Court reopens. For more information, please visit http://wcpc.us/.
Third Judicial Circuit of Michigan Remains Open for Essential Operations Only
During the Wayne County furlough period the Third Judicial Circuit of Michigan will remain open to conduct essential operations in all divisions of the Court. Civil and Business Court, Criminal, and Juvenile Division essential operations of the Court will be conducted remotely. Attorneys and parties will not appear at the courthouse to conduct business. The Court will continue to handle all emergency matters. Please refer to the Court's website for Family/Domestic Division essential operations and directions to access emergency matters.
No trials will be conducted in the Third Judicial Circuit of Michigan during the time of the furlough. Please refer to https://www.3rdcc.org/
Sheriff Office's Functions Continue, On-site Visits Suspended, Attorneys to be Screened
With few exceptions, the operations of the Wayne County Sheriff's Office will not be affected during this emergency. Essential public safety functions shall continue to be performed, including operations of the jails. On-site visits with inmates by family, friends, and religious representatives have been suspended. However, inmates are still allowed to use their commissary accounts to make phone calls and engage in video visitations. In addition, each inmate is being provided with the ability to have two (2) free five minute video visits per week - through April 13.
Attorney visits remain in effect; however, attorneys are subject to having to answer health screening questions and having their temperatures taken prior to be admitted to the jails. Attorneys deemed to be a risk to the health, safety and welfare of the inmates and/or jail staff will not be allowed to enter the jails for a visit. Individuals will still be able to post bond for incarcerated inmates. The bond process occurs 24 hours per day, every day of the week. Persons desiring to post bond will be subject to successfully completing a healthscreening, as identified above, in order to gain access to a jail lobby for the purpose of posting a bond.
Those seeking to deposit monies in an inmate's commissary account will not be allowed access into the jails. They may still deposit monies using an on-line service and/or a telephone service. Persons seeking to use these services are instructed to go to SheriffConnect.com to access the operating instructions for both systems.
Note: Due to the potential health risks associated with close personal contact, the process of fingerprinting Concealed Pistol License applicants and those seeking to renew their permits will be suspended through Monday, April 13.
Treasurer's Office Encourages Online Payments
In accordance with Executive Order 2020-21, the Wayne County Treasurer's Office will be closed to the public through April 13. During the closure, we will have minimum on-site essential staff to process property tax payments and payment plans. Other essential employees are being encouraged to work remotely in order to respond to questions via email and to otherwise assist Wayne County taxpayers and local communities until the health crisis subsides.
Taxpayers are strongly encouraged to make tax payments on-line (https://pta.waynecounty.com/), or by mail, phone or mobile app in order to avoid additional interest and penalties.
Clerk's Office Closed to Public, See Website for Details and Limited Services
The Wayne County Clerk's Office will remain closed to the public. Please see the website for detailed information: www.waynecounty.com/elected/clerk/home.aspx .
Funeral home services will have limited public hours for funeral home directors only from 11 a.m. - 2 p.m. (Monday-Friday). Death certificates can be filed and obtained only by a funeral home representative. Location: 400 Monroe Street, Suite 605, Detroit, MI 48226.
The 10-day marriage license return deadline is suspended until after the office reopens. Returning via USPS is an option by sending to: Wayne County Clerk's Office, Coleman A. Young Municipal Center, 2 Woodward Ave., Suite 201, Detroit, MI 48226, Attention: Marriage Dept.
CPL renewals are available online at: www.michigan.gov/msp (Click the concealed pistol information link.)
Any further questions can be directed to: 313.405.6784 or 313.213.5282 via phone or text.
- March 26: State of the County Address
- April 4: Household Hazardous Waste Collection Event, Second Ebenezer Church, 14601 Dequindre in Detroit
Suspended Wayne County Parks Events:
Possible rescheduling will be considered on a case by case basis.
- April 4: Spring Bird/Frog Hike; Green Your Garden (Crosswinds Marsh)
- April 7: Home School, Animal Architects Levels I, II (Crosswinds Marsh)
- April 10: Wayne County Parks Marshmallow Drop (Nankin Mills & Elizabeth Park)
- April 16: Earth Day festivities (Nankin Mills)
- April 25: Happy Little 5K/Run for the Trees Virtual Race; Trail Trekkers: Boy Scouts: Paws on the Path Adventure (Crosswinds Marsh); Brownies: Hiker (Nankin Mills)
- April 29: Girl Scouts: Hiker (Crosswinds Marsh)