UPDATE – 3/17/20 4PM
CITY OF PLATTSBURGH UPDATES ON COVID-19 RESPONSE
The City of Plattsburgh remains in a State of Emergency issued by Mayor Colin Read effective Monday, March 16th at 8am. Here are some valuable updates:
Effective immediately, the City will be reducing the overall work force by 50% to limit as much personal contact, as possible, as instructed by Governor Cuomo. During this time, services including police, fire, water and sewer operation and waste collection will continue. However, the public is asked to remain patient with some services including brush collection, pot hole filling, mail order items and permit requests.
An emergency task force including members from administrative, safety, infrastructure and planning units has been created by the Mayor in order to prepare for all challenges moving forward. This task force is working directly from City Hall in order to streamline solutions in real time.
Some City Hall in-person visits to departments have changed. The City Clerk’s office will only be accepting appointments effective Wednesday, March 18th at 8am. Please reach out to 518-563-7702 or email at parrotteS@cityofplattsburgh-ny.gov to schedule appointments.
The Finance Department is urging the public to use online bill pay on the City Homepage – www.cityofplattsburgh.com. Please follow the “HOW DO I” button on the top of the site to utilize this function. To continue to pay in person, please use the social distancing method of 6+ feet away from the next person in line. Persons that have symptoms of Covid-19 or other health symptoms are asked to remain home and contact their local physician.
Regular council and committee meetings are expected to continue with remote access capability and public input.
Many City facilities that utilized mass gatherings remain closed including the City Recreation Center, Crete Civic Center, and Public Library. The Governor’s orders also mandated all bars to close and restaurants to use take-out and delivery services.
The emergency task force established by Mayor Read will evaluate the Covid-19 situation locally and, with regard to any executive orders issued by the Governor’s office. Please check the City’s website frequently for updates and changes to policy.
The Mayor has issued the following statement for local businesses and taxpayers:
“The Coronavirus pandemic has already taken a terrible toll on our city’s residents and small businesses. In these challenging times, we remain concerned about the viability of our businesses and the important role they play in the community and your neighborhoods. I need your ideas. I am going to ask the Common Council to figure out ways to streamline regulations to ensure government is less burdensome at this critical time. If you have any ideas, please contact me and I will do my best to bring those ideas to the Common Council.”
“Some ideas that come to mind once we begin the recovery phase is to increase the availability of free parking, relax rules that make it difficult for shop owners to display your wares in your window or on the sidewalks, or provide access to more short term convenience parking near your establishments. Please let me know if you have any additional ideas. Now is the time for government to get out of the way as you try to preserve your businesses and neighborhoods.”
“Meanwhile, I’ll continue to work to lessen the burden of local government on your lives as we try to ensure we do whatever we can to allow our residents to recover from what will likely be an ordeal measured in many months rather than in days or weeks.“