The Town’s EOC Group met today at 1:45 PM local time on a virtual online platform.
The EOC remains at a Level 1 Status –Enhanced Monitoring, unchanged.
The Town’s EOC Group will continue with a schedule of regular meetings, and will now utilize a virtual platform to minimize close contact during the meetings, unless conditions warrant assembling at the Town’s Emergency Operations Centre. These meetings will continue on Monday, Wednesday and Friday’s for the foreseeable future and will be reported internally. Beginning the week of May 04th, 2020 our public updates will be provided on Wednesday’s only unless other developments warrant additional advisories.
Next teleconference with the District Medical Officer of Health has been scheduled for Wednesday, May 13th, 2020 for 1:15 PM. Immediately following this teleconference the Town’s EOC group will again conduct a situational update meeting using a virtual online platform.
ACTION ITEMS – ISSUES ADDRESSED AT TODAY’S MEETING:
- The Town has published the most recent guidance in the recovery Phase 1 reduction in restrictions announced on Friday April 24th, 2020 by the Province of New Brunswick. Specific details on Town owned Facilities are listed below. The most important message needs to be communicated is this is not business as usual, and, to that end the “Guidance Document of General Public Health Measures During Covid-19 Recovery” dated April 24, 2020 developed by the Office of the Chief Medical Officer of Health is attached to this update and to provide more detailed information. Further updates by the Province of New Brunswick will be posted at www.gnb.ca/coronavirus.
- It is believed a revision of the guidance document will be issued as early as May 07th, 2020. The Town will provide the updated document upon receipt on our web presence feeds.
- Public access to the Town’s Tennis Courts, Basketball Court, Ball fields, Skate park, Playground Play Structures, Bark Park and each of their facilities remain locked from use. There is no immediate planning to change this status as a mitigation measure under the Phase 1 of the Government Recovery Plan. The Town appreciates everyone’s patience with this necessary measure.
- Public access to Town Hall, The Sussex Fire Station, Sussex Works Garage, Sussex Regional Library, Jubilee Hall, and 8th Hussars Sports Centre remain restricted. There is no immediate plans to change this status as a mitigation measure under Phase 1 of the Government Recovery Plan. While the facilities are occupied by staff to maintain critical and essential infrastructure throughout the Town contact with The town can be accessed by telephone at our main telephone line (506) 432-4540 during regular business hours and 24/7 though the Town’s answering service at the same telephone number. Our focus of maintaining the operations of the Town’s water, wastewater and transportation systems remain our priority. The Town appreciates everyone’s patience with this necessary measure.
The Town will continue to request Town residents respect the direction and the above noted closures necessary under this provincial Emergency for the safety of everyone.
- Town Parks and trails have had signage placed at all entrances to the Town’s Trial system, and Parks. The Town has and will continue to undertake regular patrols on our trails system located within the municipal boundaries of the Town of Sussex as required by the Provincial emergency directive to maintain public safety.
- As of today’s date Wednesday May 06th, 2020; the Town continues encourage individuals and families to take time to exercise and be outdoors, but please do so responsibly. Our trails will remain open for use as we believe that they are a great resource for remaining physically and mentally well. The Town advises that if residents do choose to use our trails that they be mindful of maintaining appropriate distances between yourselves and others and also keeping control of your pets. Please observe the Town’s leash requirements and do not let pets run free for the safety of your fellow trail users.
The Town encourages responsible physical activity, and advise the public to stay spaced, stay safe and always stay healthy as we all work through this provincial emergency.
The Town’s Trail system experienced damage late Friday early Saturday May 02nd, 2020. The RCMP have been notified and continue to investigate. This development is disheartening given the need and public use of the Town’s outdoor trail system during the pandemic.
- The Town will continue to conduct its committee meetings on our virtual online platform for our meeting schedule the week of May 11th, 2020 with planning of its second Council meeting streamed live online on a virtual feed beginning at 7:00 PM local time on Tuesday May 19th, 2020 due to the holiday. The Town will provide the online link to this meeting at a date closer to the scheduled meeting. The live stream will also be linked through the Town’s website. www.sussex.ca.
- A teleconference meeting of the Town of Sussex Planning Advisory Committee will take place on Wednesday May 13th, 2020 beginning at 4:30 PM local time.
- The EOC Group reviewed with each department any operational issues experienced during our essential service operation. Now in day fifty (50) of our operational changes.
- The Town has begun utilizing two work crews during normal business hours to begin the seasonal street sweeping of Town Streets. Other task that can be achieved using physical distancing are being actively assessed and set to ramp up beginning on May 04th, 2020. Preplanning is underway this week to bring the staffing up to full complement once the operational plan is complete.
- Works department will begin the process of spring cleanup of the Leonard’s Gate site as well as finalizing the planning for the May 26th and 27th dates for the Town’s spring clean-up pickup.
- The EOC Group is beginning the discussion on how and when to engage the Town’s normal compliment of summer students who assist the Town with parks maintenance. The group has completed a request under the Canada Summer Student Program and will now await a response prior to planning to make a formal recommendation to Sussex Council on Tuesday, May 12th, 2020.
- The Town continues to assess the Phase 1 New Brunswick Recovery Plan and will provide more specific detail when available. At the Province’s news conference held on May 04th, 2020 it would appear a further reduction in restrictions are expected this week. The provincial news conferences will now only be conducted Monday, Wednesday and Friday each week unless the situation warrants otherwise.
Next EOC meeting is scheduled for 10:00 AM local time Friday May 08th, 2020. It is our intent, unless otherwise warranted, to provide the next Corporate update report Friday May 08th, 2020 at 3:30 PM, and our next public update report Wednesday May 13th, 2020 at 3:30 PM.