CORONAVIRUS (COVID-19) PREPAREDNESS PLAN

 

The health and safety of the entire community is of utmost importance to us all. To that end, the Board of Trustees held a Special Meeting Friday to develop preparedness plans related to the COVID-19 crisis.  The plan includes certain prudent and precautionary measures designed to protect not only the employees of the Village, but all residents with the minimal amount of disruption to Village services. At this time, we expect the impact of the COVID-19 on the operations of certain essential Village and related services to be as stated below. As the situation is evolving, please understand our plan may be adjusted.

VILLAGE OFFICE:

  • Some interruption of services is expected.
  • The Village office will remain operating in a “business as usual” fashion for the time being.
  • Where possible, we prefer the public to conduct the Village business without an in-person visit.
  • Critical employees have remote working capabilities.  If activated we will inform the public.

We request the following:

  1. Please limit your visits to the Village Hall.
  2. PleaseDO NOT come to the Village Office or the Lodge if you are feeling ill. Please instead call 845.351.4745 for the Village Office.
  3. We are all responding to a fast changing and fluid situation so please check the Village website for meeting notice cancellations.

 VILLAGE MEETINGS: 

  • Some interruption of services is expected.
  • The Board of Trustees currently plans to continue to hold meetings in the Village Office, and meetings are open to the public. However, the public should heed the advice of medical professionals regarding “social distancing” and public gatherings. To help residents still participate in Village meetings without being exposed to others, the Board is looking into a live video stream or a free conference call-in number.
  • The Board of Trustees is discussing meeting protocols with the BZA, BAR, and PB Chairs and, once finalized, will be reported to the public.
  • We are all responding to a fast changing and fluid situation so please check the Village website for meeting notice cancellations.
  • The Board of Trustees is also pursuing an operations plan for the Justice Court and, once finalized, will be reported to the public.

DPW: POTABLE WATER & SEWER PLANT

  • No interruption of service is expected.
  • Backup plans to keep these critical services running is being pursued.

GARBAGE COLLECTION SERVICES:

  • No interruption of service is expected.

 POLICE DEPARTMENT:

  • No interruption of service is expected.
  • To minimize exposure to COVID 19, the Chief has banned (effective immediately) Village police officers from responding to non-life-threatening medical calls in the Town and Village where flu-like symptoms or respiratory distress is the issue.
  • The Chief and officers are working under the Orange County Office of Emergency Management and the Orange County Health Department protocol for responding to COVID 19 related inquiries.
  • The Chief is pursuing arrangements with a neighboring municipality to provide coverage in the event the Village’s police ranks are depleted due to COVID 19 infection or quarantine.
  • [Optional] – Senior citizens and high-risk residents may register their address with the Police.
  • In case of emergency call 9-1-1.

 FIRE DEPARTMENT: 

  • No interruption of service is expected.
  • The Tuxedo Joint Fire District (comprised of the Tuxedo Park Fire Department, Sterling Forest Fire Department, and Eagle Valley Fire Department) has long-standing safety and personnel deployment protocols for its volunteers and equipment.
  • Recent events have caused a heightened awareness and greater vigilance in complying with these protocols and recently augmented COVID-19 protocols. Coordination follows a strict chain of command through the Chiefs and Officers in conjunction with the County.
  • The Fire Department routinely relies on a very formal network of cascading assistance through a formal Mutual Aid system established with surrounding fire departments located in both NY and NJ. This system includes West Point, whose skilled cadets are also available to assist the Fire Department with additional workforce and equipment when needed as they have done in the past.

AMBULANCE CORPS:

  • No interruption of service is expected.
  • Strict protocols are in place to address responding to suspected cases of COVID 19.
  • The Volunteer Ambulance Corp. enjoys a very formal network of cascading assistance through a formal Mutual Aid system.

We urge you to stay informed and follow the recommendations of health professionals. Up to date information can be accessed at the websites of the:

CDC- (https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html),
New York State Department of Health – (https://www.health.ny.gov/diseases/communicable/coronavirus/),
Orange County – (https://www.orangecountygov.com/).

Thank you for your cooperation.
Board of Trustees

UPDATED 3/16/2020 – Added new information about the Fire Department.

Download .PDF. Preparedness Plan UPDATED – 3.16.2020 FIRE DEPT.

 

 

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