Safe Start Phases
The City of Sumner is in Pierce County, which is now in Phase 2 of the Governor’s Safe Start program. Please check the Governor’s Safe Start Plan webpage as details change and adjust regularly.
Businesses & Office Settings
COVID Information & Links
Rumors and misinformation often spread faster than disease. Continue to seek your information directly from experts.
- Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
- Washington State Coronavirus Response
- Tacoma-Pierce County Health Department
- Washington State Department of Health
In addition, you may want to check with local partners about their information for services.
Hours & Facilities
- City Hall is closed to the public for in-person visits.
- We will be available by phone/email our full normal business hours of Monday-Friday 8 am – 5 pm.
- A lot of services are available online 24/7. Scroll down for a list of options.
- Parks and the Sumner Link Trail are open for fresh air, walks, and picnics with your immediate household. Playgrounds, courts, and Sk8 park remain closed as well as shelters for gathering.
- Municipal Court is closed. Click here for more details.
- Sumner Senior Center is closed but offering meals to go and phone assistance for resources. Click here for more information.
- Sumner Cemetery – call ahead at 253-299-5510 for any services or other questions you may have. Services are allowed with special rules in place for safety. Click here for more information.
- Metro Animal Services shelter is open for visits by appointment only, no drop-ins. Call 253-299-PETS to talk to our staff. Click here for more information.
- Rental of the baseball field at the Bill Heath Sports Complex is suspended until further notice.
- Ride-alongs, visits and fingerprinting services at the Police Department are cancelled until further notice.
Meetings & Events
The State has now allowed cities to hold meetings with full agendas. However, government buildings to not reopen to the public until Phase 3. The City of Sumner now holds Council meetings, study sessions and committee meetings as well as Commission meetings with virtual access. Check the calendar for the latest meeting schedule and information on how to join and participate in upcoming meetings.
The Governor’s Safe Start plan continues to limit gatherings through the various phases. For that reason, all summer events are cancelled including Music Off Main, Nights on Ryan, Rhubarb Days and Classy Chassis.
Utilities & Other Assistance
- For paying utility bills, the safest option is to pay online.
- If you have had or are going to have difficulty paying your utility bill, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org. We will set up a payment schedule to help you out. This is available to residents & businesses.
- If your ability to pay has been affected by coronavirus, you may qualify for assistance for rent, utilities, etc. through Sumner CARES.
- We have postponed shut-offs of utilities. We need everyone using water to wash their hands frequently!
- Puget Sound Energy (PSE) provides electric and gas. They do have programs for people struggling with payment. Click here for more information from them.
Garbage service is provided by Murrey’s Disposal. They have asked all customers to remember that any waste inside cans or outside should be secured in proper bags. Customers impacted by Covid-19 may set up payment arrangements. Contact Murrey’s to learn how at 253-414-0345 or email@example.com
- This will impact our businesses large and small. Click here for more resources specific to businesses.
- What CAN you do during these weeks? Click here for Sumner ideas.
- What about eating out? Most Sumner businesses offer take out, delivery or online ordering. Click here for the list.
Beyond the Borders Connector
Beginning on Thursday, April 2nd, the Sumner Route will operate on the regularly scheduled times on Monday, Wednesday and Friday only. If you should absolutely need to travel to essential services on Tuesdays or Thursdays, please call the Beyond the Borders scheduling line and a demand trip may be scheduled for you: Beyond the Borders 253-476-4657. Please continue to observe social distancing. Click here for information and details to sign up for service.
Evictions and Support
- Some Washington residents can apply now through the Department of Social and Health Services (DSHS) for emergency cash assistance to help meet their immediate needs. You can check the eligibility requirements and apply for DCAP online at WashingtonConnection.org and then call the Customer Service Contact Center at 877-501-2233 to complete the required interview. People can also call 877-501-2233 to complete the entire application process over the phone. Due to much higher than normal call volumes, people are asked to call before 11 a.m. and to keep in mind that the busiest call times are 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.
- The Governor has also expanded the eviction moratorium and added protections for commercial tenants. Click here to learn more. If a landlord is not following the moratorium, contact the State Attorney General’s Office. You can click here to use the Coronavirus Eviction Complaint form.
City Services from Home
City Hall is closed to in-person visits, but we’re all still working remotely. There are a lot of things you can take care of right from your phone or computer. Here are a few to get you started:
- Pay your Sumner utility bill.
- Report a non-emergency incident to Police.
- Apply for a job.
- License a pet.
- Request a public record.
- Fill out a permit form. Please keep in mind that we can’t issue permits for non-essential construction under the Governor’s Order. However, we are still reviewing and processing permits so that we’re ready to go as soon as this is over.
- Report a problem like a pot hole, missing street sign, etc.
- Find a court date.
- Pay a court fine.
- Review current public notices.
In addition, you can also
Sumner's Emergency Declaration
On March 11, Mayor Pugh declared this an emergency situation for Sumner. This is a proactive step, not to limit our service, but in order to extend as much as possible our ability to provide needed and valued services through what are very unusual times and situations. This emergency declaration is an administrative tool that gives the City flexibility in our normal processes and finances in order to best respond to this ever-changing situation. It also allows us to adjust our business practices to best protect our staff and you. It does NOT mean there’s a dire emergency situation in Sumner.