This is the body of an email I have provided to our elected officials to inform them of our actions to date in response to the coronavirus. Since most of you who read my blog are residents with a vested interest in our community, and deserve to be provided with the latest information, I thought I would share the exact communication I have provided to our Mayor and Council. Please know this is not an exhaustive report and I continue to update and converse with our elected officials on actions taken or to take.
Mayor and Council:
(Pardon any grammatical errors….I have had quite a day and I do want to get this information out to you as soon as possible….so I am just getting it out without much editing).
I wanted to give you all a status report on the Township’s efforts in response to the coronavirus health crisis. First, be informed that we are proceeding to error on the side of caution at this time. Based upon the information that we have, the crisis is real and its spreading in the U.S. and in N.J. As a result, we are formulating plans on a 2 week cycle (and this may shorten if necessary) as more information becomes available. Our Health Officer and our Emergency Management Coordinator are in constant contact with County, State and Federal health officials obtaining the latest information and reacting accordingly.
I met with our Department heads this morning to establish a response plan to implement immediately with regard to Township operations. My concern, as the Municipal Manager, is to ensure the safety of each and every employee and establish protocol to protect them as they serve our community. I am concerned equally with the residents who participate in the programs we provide both to our elderly residents and our youth.
The most vulnerable group of residents with regard to this virus are those 60 years and older. As a result, we have planned the following for our Senior Center (which we will keep open for the time being):
The Municipal Building:
The Municipal Court:
Our Public Works staff have been advised of the importance of keeping vehicles clean (disinfected) and the work areas clean. They have also been informed that if they are not feeling well to error on the side of caution and not come into work.
Employees will not be required to attend or participate in any public/community events for next couple of weeks. I have today informed our Health Department, Recreation Department and our Public Works Department that they are not authorized to attend the Green Fest scheduled for Rider University this weekend. It is my understanding from Rider that this event may be rescheduled but I have not received any confirmation regarding this.
The above is not all inclusive of the steps we are taking, but it should give you a good sense of what we have been planning. As we receive additional information from the CDC and other health officials, other action may be taken.
We do have the community meeting tomorrow tonight regarding the Brunswick Pike Streetscape. Will take the opportunity to provide educational materials on the virus to the residents who attend.
Planning Board, Zoning Board and Council Meetings will not be cancelled at this time.
It is important that our actions reflect an acknowledgment that there is a serious public health crisis occurring, but we also do not want to go overboard with our response. That simply is not justified at this time. This may change, however, in a matter of a day or week. We will keep on top of this.
Any questions, don’t hesitate to contact me.
Carol and Jack: Please jump in and provide any information that you think I may have missed.
Kevin P. Nerwinski, Esq.
Municipal Manager/QPA – Township of Lawrence
2207 Lawrence Road
PO Box 6006
Lawrenceville, NJ 08648
Direct – 609.844.7005
Fax – 609.895.1668
NOTE: I am not authorized to practice law on behalf of the Township of Lawrence. Communications with me are not protected by the attorney-client privilege.