March 23- Update- to prepare for impacts and to reduce risk of losing our labor force to illness or isolation, DPW had split into 2 crews and staggered work days. This in addition to thawing conditions of back roads, will likely result in delays to work crews clearing snow During the morning of 3/24. We appreciate your patience. If you experience an emergency situation DPW will coordinate with emergency services to respond. We anticipate warming and snow will melt through the day.
March 22 Update from the office of the Town Manager:
Management staff and department heads continue to meet daily via video chat to review State and Federal announcements and discuss any operational changes that may need to be implemented. Police and Fire Departments have secured protective personal equipment (PPE) supplies and developed policies to ensure safety of the public we serve and the security of the departments. Public Works crews continue to operate and are practicing social separation as well as recommended cleaning practices.
To ensure continued operations of the Municipal Offices and operations and to reduce risk of exposure of the general public the Town will immediately implement the following operational changes until April 20, 2020. Adjustments and changes to policy may need to be revised as the situation evolves.
It is important to understand that the Town will remain operational and will be taking all measures to ensure Emergency Response is available when called upon and Town Infrastructure remain functioning. We encourage residents and businesses to conduct business over the phone and by email whenever possible to reduce the risk of exposure. There is a drop box outside of the Town Clerk’s office located at 51 Depot Square which will be checked business days.
The following public meetings will be postponed:
The Select Board Meetings will be conducted using video and/or phone conferencing and Agenda items will be reduced to essential functions only. The Secretary of State is reviewing requirements for public meeting participation and we will ensure that we remain compliant with those laws. Currently the meeting will be open to the public and all attendees will be required to maintian 6' of separation from other attendees and shall wash their hands upon entering the building.
Access to Town Offices:
We strongly encourage all business to be conducted via phone, email or mail. All Town offices will currently remain open for business. by appointment only.
Town Clerk/Treasurer’s Office will be closed to walk in traffic starting on March 19th. Our office will remain open from 8:00 am – 4:30 pm to process mail and responded to peoples request. Please call to make an appointment if you need to come into the office, appointments will be accepted based on emergent need. You can also reach us by email, telephone or fax. Payments can be put in the drop box and we will process them as they come in. We can fax or email tax bills to tax preparers as needed. Please call if you need a birth, death certificate or land records information. Dog license due date has been pushed out to May 1. Again, please mail, email or fax us new rabies certificates. We can send dog licenses through the mail.
The Town Manager’s office including the Zoning office will be open regular hours by phone or email, and available in person by appointment only.
Effective March 20 the Welcome Center buiding will be closed to the public. The building will be opened to host the 03/23 Select Board meeting but will remain close following that until further notice.
Department of Public Works, Police, Fire and Dispatch offices are open by phone or email, and available in person by appointment only.
Code Compliance and Reappraisal Inspections:
The Code Compliance Office will suspend all scheduled proactive housing unit inspections until further notice. Health and Emergency related work will be conducted on a case by case basis.
The Town’s reappraisal contractor will be suspending all interior inspections. They will continue to follow up with work to conduct exterior inspections and assessment of completed permit work which can be completed without entering a building.
General COVID-19 Information
The Town will post updates to our website under the Announcements section as the situation evolves. There is also information available from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC ) at the following link: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-nCoV/index.html as well as at the Vermont Department of Health: https://www.healthvermont.gov/response/infectious-disease/2019-novel-coronavirus
The primary recommendations include washing your hands and your work spaces and stay home if you are sick.
From Vermont Leagues of Cities and Towns:
Due to the increasing number of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) cases reported throughout the world, including the United States, municipalities are understandably concerned about their ability to maintain governmental services and response capabilities if the virus should affect their workforce. To keep Americans apprised of the most up-to-date information, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) have published a website and several shareable information sheets that provide guidance and resources for individuals and organizations.
CDC Coronavirus (COVID-19) Home https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html
Business Guidance and Resourcs Coronavirus Co-vid-19 Business Response
Coronavirus Printable Fact Sheets: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/communication/index.html
2019 Consumer Confidence Report
This report is a snapshot of the water quality the St. Johnsbury Water Filtration Plant and Public Works Dept. produced and delivered in 2018. Included are the details about where your water comes from, what it contains, and how it compares to Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and state standards. We are committed to providing you with this information because informed customers are our best allies. Click here to view or download the 2019 Water System Consumer Confidence Report.