This Week at City Hall - City Prepares for Holiday Closures
12/20/2011
City prepares for holiday closures of administrative offices
 
City of Fresno offices other than those providing essential services to the public will be closed from Monday, Dec. 26, through Monday, Jan. 2, to accommodate employee furloughs.  The City will return to normal operation on Tuesday, Jan. 3, 2012.
 
The City will continue to provide police, fire, parks, and residential sanitation services during the office closure period.  The City’s airports and transit system also will continue to operate.
 
Holiday schedules may apply to certain services on Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, New  Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day.  For urgent matters during the City of Fresno’s office closure period, call 621-CITY (2489).
 
Here is the office closure schedule:
 
Airports: Normal operations at airport terminals.  Administrative offices closed Monday, Dec. 26, and Monday, Jan. 2, 2012.  Normal operations at administrative offices otherwise.
 
City Clerk’s Office:  Closed Monday, Dec. 26, through Monday, Jan. 2, 2012.
 
City Hall Administration/Council Offices:  Closed Monday, Dec. 26, through Monday, Jan. 2, 2012.
 
Fire Department:  Administrative offices closed Dec. 26, through Monday, Jan. 2, 2012.
Normal operations otherwise.
 
Fresno Area Express:
  • Administrative office closed Monday, Dec. 26, through Monday, Jan. 2, 2012.
     
  • Manchester Transit Center office closed Monday, Dec. 26; open regular hours Tuesday, Dec. 27, through Friday, Dec. 30; closed Monday, Jan. 2, 2012.
     
  • Municipal Service Center Building A office closed Monday, Dec. 26; open Tuesday, Dec. 27, through Friday, Dec. 30, from 8 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.; closed Monday, Jan. 2, 2012.
Normal bus operations other than:
  • Christmas Eve – FAX and Handy Ride on weekend schedule.
     
  • Christmas Day – No service on FAX or Handy Ride.
     
  • Monday, Dec. 26 – FAX and Handy Ride on weekend schedule.
     
  • New Year’s Day – Fax and Handy Ride on weekend schedule.
     
  • Monday, Jan. 2 – FAX and Handy Ride on weekend schedule.
PARCS:  Administrative offices closed Monday, Dec. 26, through Monday, Jan. 2, 2012.
Parks and neighborhood centers will open furlough week at 1 p.m.; closing times vary between 7 p.m. and 9 p.m.  The Ted C. Wills office will be closed.
Note: The Fresno Boys and Girls Club at El Dorado Park will be closed a half day on Friday, Dec. 23, and all day on Monday, Dec. 26, Tuesday, Dec. 27, and Monday, Jan. 2.
 
Parking Division:  Normal operations for parking lots and meters.  Office closed for citation payments Monday, Dec. 26, through Monday, Jan. 2, 2012.
 
Personnel and Finance departments:  Offices closed Monday, Dec. 26, through Monday, Jan. 2, 2012.
 
Police Department:  Downtown public counter closed Monday, Dec. 26, and Monday, Jan. 2, 2012.  Business Office closed from Monday, Dec. 26 through Monday, Jan. 2, 2012.  Normal operations otherwise.
 
Public Utilities Department:  Offices closed Monday, Dec. 26, through Monday, Jan. 2, 2012.
 
Public Works Department:  Offices closed Monday, Dec. 26, through Monday, Jan. 2, 2012.
 
Purchasing Department:  Offices closed Monday, Dec. 26, through Monday, Jan. 2, 2012.
 
Residential Solid Waste
:  Normal collection schedule.  Administrative offices closed Monday, Dec. 26, through Monday, Jan. 2, 2012.

Utility Payments Offices and payment counters closed Monday, Dec. 26, through Jan. 2, 2012.  Online transactions are available at www.fresno.gov/ubc.
 
Make your plans for the next Local Bites at Santa Fe Basque
 
The first Local Bites of the new year will be held at Santa Fe Basque, 3110 N. Maroa, on Wednesday, Jan. 11, at 6 p.m.
 
The Local Bites initiative is a “dine local” campaign developed in partnership with the foodies over at Taste Fresno to encourage Fresno residents to support locally owned restaurants.

Please feel free to join Mayor Swearengin at the dinner – or plan to eat at a locally owned restaurant at least once a month to help our local economy. If you’re planning to join Mayor Swearengin, just remember – when it comes to the bill, you’re on your own!
 
All of the dates and additional information on the Local Bite Night schedule is posted on the Taste Fresno website at www.TasteFresno.com/localbites. For a great list of locally owned restaurants, see the City of Fresno’s Local Business Directory or go to www.FresnoLocalBiz.com..  
 
‘Go Green and Clean’ taking holiday break
 
There will be no “Go Green and Clean” park beautification program events on Saturday, Dec. 24, and Saturday, Dec. 31, because of the holidays.  The program will resume on Saturday, Jan. 7, 2012.  Check “This Week at City Hall” on Jan. 3 for the location.
 
This Week’s Meetings
 
Here are other city-related meetings in the next two weeks:
  • Planning Commission meeting, City Council chambers, Wednesday, Dec. 21, 6-10 p.m.
Follow Mayor Swearengin, City of Fresno on Twitter
 
For up-to-date information on happenings related to the City of Fresno, follow Mayor Swearengin on Twitter @MayorSwearengin or the City of Fresno @CityofFresno.