March 21, 2020
A message from Bill Alvey, Mayor, City of Pontiac 

We are facing unprecedented times. Our city government is working behind the scenes to help and support the citizens and local business owners during these trying times. Please visit our website  for information on the following:
• Facility closures and other important information 
• School closures 
• Business resources 
• Information on COVID-19, including links to local, state, and federal sites 
• An up-to-date restaurant guide of openings, contact information, and more.
 
We also send e-newsletters to our citizens and have recently launched an e-newsletter campaign for business, restaurant, and bar owners to help push relevant information as we receive it. If you would like to be added to either of these lists, please send an email and ask to be added.

It is times like these that make us realize what a truly great community we live in! I would first like to send a thank you to our first responders, health care professionals, and medical personnel who are working tirelessly to keep our community safe and healthy. Next, I would like to thank our retail stores and their employees who have worked to keep the shelves stocked with essentials that our community needs. To our restaurant owners and employees who are working through these extenuating circumstances, thank you. I want each and everyone of you who is still working to provide vital services to our citizens to know that all of your hard work has not gone unnoticed and is greatly appreciated. Thank you. And finally, I would like to thank our citizens for heeding the calls to stay home and socially distance to help mitigate the spread of this virus, especially when feeling sick. Keep checking on your neighbors. Keep supporting your local businesses, either by shopping there (physically if needed or able, or online), ordering take out or delivery, or buying a gift card to use at a later time.

The citizens of Pontiac have proved their resilience over adversity many times in the past and I believe that we will do that yet again.

If there is anything we can do to assist you at this time, please call city hall at 815-844-3396 or email us and we will help find or direct you toward the information you are looking for.

We are all in this together!
Updates on Garbage Pick Up

REPUBLIC SERVICES WILL STILL BE ON THEIR NORMAL SCHEDULE
  • Effective immediately, there will be some changes in the residential trash services due to the public health emergency caused by coronavirus-19 outbreak. 
  • All trash bags must be bagged and placed in a Republic cart. 
  • Republic will not service any trash outside of the containers as we are trying to limit exposure to our drivers during this time. Additionally, in order to best protect and limit the exposure to our employees, the bulky item program pick-up at curbside will be suspended until further notice. 
  • These measures are effective in all communities that Republic Services provides trash service. 
What you can do:

  • Now is a great time to sign up for automatic payment for your sewer and garbage bill. The bills are always due on or after the 15th of each month. Please print the form on the City of Pontiac website and return to City Hall along with a voided check. If you have any questions please call 815-844-5740.

  • Support local businesses! Here are a few easy steps that we all can take over the next few weeks to get through COVID-19 together.
  • Comment on or Share local businesses' social media. It will help extend their reach.
  • If delivery/pick-up or online shopping options are available, please order up! An up-to-date list of restaurants and their delivery/pick up options can be found on our website here.
  • If you have the financial capability, tip generously.
  • Contact the business directly if you have a question about delivery zones or available items. Many are more than willing to accommodate.
  • Share how you're supporting the local businesses! Tag the business when you get your delivery order or online purchase.
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