Town of Malta response during COVID-19 outbreak

MALTA, N.Y. — The Town of Malta opted for the time being to have a presence in most of its offices during the coronavirus outbreak.

In a unanimous vote, Town of Malta Supervisor Supervisor Darren O’Connor and members of the town council issued a resolution of measures in response to the fluid COVID-19 threat that offers more details.


“I didn’t think it was necessary to bring everything to a grinding halt,” said O’Connor, adding that “Although we re-evaluate the situation on a daily basis, I felt if the Town Board is pitching in and communicating with me, we can get through this.” 

O’Connor stated that the Town is operating by appointments and that all departments will take steps, as possible under the circumstances presented, to maintain separation among employees and residents to avoid potential transmission of the virus during the outbreak.

That resolution, No. 83, was posted on the Town of Malta website (attached to this article online) states that because of the Executive Order New York Governor Cuomo issued on March 7 declaring a State disaster emergency for New York due to travel-related cases and community contact transmission of COVID-19 having been documented in the state that are expected to continue, the Town Board of Malta must act responsibly and in the best interests of the residents of the Town of Malta by applying Cuomo’s directive in Malta.

As a result, all Town Offices will remain operational to serve residents, however the on-site workforce will be substantially reduced through the use of at-home work to the maximum extent possible. Anticipated staffing for the offices is as follows, but can be modified as circumstances warrant:

• One staff member will be on duty in the offices of Town Clerk, Town Assessor’s/Receiver’s Office, Town Supervisor’s Office, Town Courts, Town Community Center, and Town Comptroller’s Office, and three to four, including 1-2 CEOs, and 1 Fire Marshall/GF, Planner in the Building and Planning Departments.

• The Highway Department is authorized to adjust schedules to protect employees, such as moving to divide the employees into two groups, with each group working twelve hour shifts for three days per week. The Highway Department Clerical staff will work from home.

• Town Community Center will be open between the hours of 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. for the purposes of distribution of food.

• Court Offices will remain closed to the public as per the Judicial Court order.

• The Town Hall is available to the public by appointment only (with appropriate phone numbers to be posted in the main vestibule).

• Parks and Recreation programs are cancelled until and including May 31, 2020, subject to reinstatement in the event community spread of COVID-19 is under control before that date.

At this time, the Planning Board Meeting scheduled for March 24 will be held while adhering to social distancing directives.

Meanwhile, the GLOBALFOUNDRIES-Town of Malta Foundation announced a grant has been presented for up to $50,000 to the Town of Malta to help local individuals and families affected by the coronavirus (COVID-19). The Town of Malta will initially purchase 250 gift cards from local grocery stores in the amount of $100 each, and an additional 250 gift cards when needed.

The Town of Malta will distribute the grocery store gift cards to Malta individuals, families and seniors in need beginning March 23 at the Malta Town Hall, 2540 Route 9, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., Monday through Friday. The grocery store gift cards will allow local residents to buy food and personal items for themselves and their families during this time of crisis.

The GLOBALFOUNDRIES-Town of Malta Foundation annually provides grants to local organizations and will continue to award grants during its annual grant cycle. The Foundation awards grants for projects that are creative, innovative, and inclusive in their scope and opportunities that will provide the maximum amount of benefit to the local Malta community.

Information on the 2020 grant application process will be available on the Foundation web site in August 2020 at https://sites.google.com/site/gfmaltafoundationorg/home

Story by Francine D. Grinnell fgrinnell@medianewsgroup.com 

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