Mayor Barnett Declares State of Emergency in Rochester Hills

As we collectively address the pandemic facing our local community, state and country, the City of Rochester Hills is working to minimize the public’s and our employees’ exposure to the coronavirus. Effective immediately, Mayor Bryan K. Barnett has issued a State of Emergency in the City of Rochester Hills.

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Mayor Barnett Declares State of Emergency in Rochester Hills

This State of Emergency will allow the Mayor to make immediate decisions in the interest of the City’s health, safety and welfare. In light of the pandemic, Rochester Hills is implementing the following measures to mitigate the challenges of COVID-19:

  • The City will modify the hours our buildings are open to the public for the remainder of the month of March to Monday-Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m., beginning Monday, March 16, 2020. This includes Rochester Hills City Hall and the Rochester Hills Fire Station.
  • The Rochester Hills Public Services Building will be closed to the public.
  • Oakland County Sheriff’s Office deputies, the Rochester Hills Fire Department and Rochester Hills Department of Public Services will continue to respond to calls. In the event of an emergency, continue to call 9-1-1.
  • The Clerk’s Office is suspending Passport Application Acceptance Services and Solicitation Licenses for 30 days, starting March 16 through April 15. All birth and death records can be applied for online at
  • Rochester Hills residents are encouraged to use the City’s website payment portal option for making payments and reporting concerns at
  • City staff will continue to work throughout the State of Emergency and can be reached via phone and email. City Hall can be reached at 248-656-4664 or

City Council meetings will continue as scheduled. As always, residents will be able to view our City Council meetings online at or via RHTV. The City’s Commissions & Boards meetings will also continue as scheduled. In addition, we’re evaluating all City events, particularly those that exceed the State of Michigan’s 250 person guidance for event size. News about the City’s meetings and events will be available on

Please visit for more information, including a description of the symptoms of the virus and preventative measures residents can take to limit their exposure. The site also includes links to helpful county, state and federal resources. The coronavirus pandemic presents unprecedented challenges. We will continue to keep residents informed and will stay engaged in partnership with local, state and national leaders.

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  1. Darlene Jones says

    Have concerns about the RH WATER department working on water pipes in my subdivision during this COVID19 crisis. I’m concerned about the water being shut off, especially when I need use of my toilet, shower, drinking water, etc
    What if I get sick and can’t flush my toilet?
    My infested bodily fluids (vomit and feces) will remain in the toilet for how many hours? How will I wash my hands? What if I soil myself? How would I take a shower?
    I might NOT even have any more soap left due to hoarding.
    Did any one in the RH WATER DEPARTMENT ever think of this situation??
    I live in Glidewell Auburn Livernois Crooks Bagley area. This would a VERY POOR DECISION to work on city water pipes DURING this health crisis.
    PLEASE CANCEL THIS PROJECT until the crisis over!!

    • Get a grip Darlene… its a very poor decision to be a keyboard warrior, the majority of us want the project completed.

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