Posted on: March 19, 2020
COVID-19 RESOLUTION 83 March 19, 2020
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                         RESOLUTION NO 83 MARCH 19, 2020


Motion by: Councilman Dunn     
Seconded: Councilman Hartzell
Vote: Supervisor O’Connor-Aye      
Councilman Dunn-Aye
Councilman Hartzell-Aye                  
Councilman Warner-Aye
Councilwoman Young-Aye

 WHEREAS, on March 7, 2020, the Governor of the State of New York issued Executive Order Number 202, declaring a State disaster emergency for the entire State of New York due to both travel-related cases and community contact transmission of COVID-19 having been documented in New York State; and

WHEREAS, both travel-related cases and community contact transmission of COVID-19 have been documented in New York State and are expected to continue; and

WHEREAS, the Town Board of the Town of Malta must act responsibly and in the best interests of the residents of the Town of Malta;

WHEREAS, the Governor of the State of New York by virtue of the authority vested in him by section 29-a of article 2-B of the Executive Law to issue any directive during a disaster emergency necessary to cope with the disaster, the Governor issued the following directive for the period from the date of Executive Order through April 15, 2020:

Any local government or political subdivision shall, effective March 17, 2020, allow non-essential personnel as determined by the local government, to be able to work from home or take leave without charging accruals, except for those personnel essential to the locality’s response to the COVID-19 emergency. Such non-essential personnel shall total no less than fifty-percent (50%) of the total number of employees across the entire workforce of such local government or political subdivision;

NOW THEREFORE, the Town Board of the Town of Malta hereby authorizes the following measures to be implemented, until the directive in the work-from-home executive order expires on April 15, 2020 or on such other date as extended by the Governor:

    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):

    Town Clerk’s Office: 1 Staff
    Town Assessor’s/Receiver’s Office: 1 Staff
    Town Supervisor’s Office: 1 Staff
    Town Courts: 1 Staff
    Town Community Center: 1 Staff
    Building and Planning Department: 3-4 Staff (1-2 CEOs, 1 Fire Marshall/GF, Planner)
    Town Comptroller’s Office: 1 Staff

    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 10:00 am and 1:00 pm 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.

    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.

    The above measures shall take effect as quickly as administratively possible and no later than March 20, 2020.