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Notices

Cancellation of Household Hazardous Waste Day

The Town has received notification from RSC 8 that due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, ECO 360 has made the difficult decision to cancel Household Hazardous Waste Day that was scheduled for May 9th at the Transfer Station. This cancellation was necessary to promote social distancing and help protect their staff and the public.

Community Advisory – COVID-19 Update #16 – Wednesday, April 15th, 2020

The Town’s EOC Group met today at 1:45 PM local time on a virtual online platform.


ACTIVATION STATUS:


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 assemble at the Town’s Emergency Operations Centre. These meetings will continue on Monday, Wednesday and Friday’s for the foreseeable future.
Next teleconference with the District Medical Officer of Health has been scheduled for Wednesday, April 22nd, 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 secured the necessary supply of PPE for use in Town vehicles and use by Town staff. The town is currently awaiting a locally sourced delivery of non-medical masks for use by Town staff. The Town expects to receive a half shipment later this week.
  • The EOC Group reviewed with each department any operational issues experienced during our essential service operation. Now in day twenty-nine (29) of our operational changes, no new changes have been implemented as a result of this meeting.
  • Public access to the Town’s Tennis Courts, Basketball Court and Skate park, playgrounds, Bark Park and facilities remain locked from use. There is no change in status in this mitigation measure. The Town appreciates everyone’s patience with this necessary measure.

The Town will continue to request Town residents respect the direction and closure necessary under this provincial Emergency for the safety of everyone.

  • Parks signage has been placed at all entrances to the Town’s Trial system and The Town has undertaken regular patrols on the trails system located within the municipal boundaries of the Town of Sussex. Further discussion with the group related to providing orderly access to the Town’s trail system was undertaken today. No additional measures are deemed necessary at this time.
  • As of today’s date Wednesday April 15th, 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.

Tuesday April 14th, 2020 Update Report #14 – 5:30 AM – RIVER LEVEL ALARM.

ACTIVATION STATUS:
The EOC status changed to Level 3 Status – Full Activation, at 3:30 am local time.

The following is a timeline of the activation of the Town Emergency Operations Centre on a virtual online platform.

  • 1:48 AM: SCADA alarm auto sent to members of Emergency Operations Control Group.
  • 2:17 AM: Emergency Measures Coordinator contacts CAO Hatcher to review the remote river gauge readings.
  • 2:25 AM: Virtual meeting started with Emergency Measures Coordinator Rick Horton, CAO Scott Hatcher, Fire Chief Bill Wanamaker, Community Services Director Jason Thorne, Director of Public Works Kris Butcher, Superintendent of Works Michel Grant, and Assistant Clerk, Tara Olesen.
  • 3:30 AM: The EOC status changed to Level 3 Status by consensus of the Emergency Control Group – Full Activation.
  • 3:30 AM: Sentinel Alert went out to all Emergency Contacts and Public Contacts regarding rising water levels and Fire Department procedures during COVID 19 event.

Social media news feeds updated with a text copy of the Town’s Sentinel Alert.

  • 3:54 AM: EMC Horton reports water levels at Burton Park, and Tim Horton’s parking lot is beginning to flood.
  • It is believed the river crested at approximately 4:20 AM at a level of 18.70 meters. Ongoing monitoring over the next several hours will be undertaken.
  • 5:49 AM Call in of additional works staff to address issues related to Wastewater Pumping Stations, clearing of catch basin causing drainage issues, and monitoring of events at the direction of the Town’s Emergency Operations Centre.

Next EOC meeting is scheduled for 1:00 PM local time Wednesday April 15th, 2020 immediately following the teleconference with the District Medical Officer of Health, Dr. Barker. It is our intent, unless otherwise warranted, to provide the next update report Wednesday April 15th, 2020 at 3:30 PM.

Advisory to Residents of the Town of Sussex Regarding the Potential for Flooding – Tuesday April 14, 2020 3:43 am.

Residents in low lying areas should be advised that there has been a significant rise in river levels nearing flood stage. Due to the Covid 19 situation, the Fire Department will not be going door to door. If the situation warrants, fire trucks will be visible in your neighborhood, please reach out to them if you require assistance keeping in mind the need for social distancing.

The Town of Sussex Emergency Operations Center has been activated to Level 3 – Full Activation.

Please take all necessary steps to secure your home and belongings and have ready any medications and essentials you require in the event that you are asked to evacuate.

You may also want to arrange for care of your pets should you have to leave your home.

Please monitor local media and weather forecasts for further details.

Advisory to Residents of the Town of Sussex Regarding the Potential for Flooding.

The Town’s Emergency Operations Control Group is anticipating a rise in river levels in the area overnight tonight and into tomorrow due to the heavy rain forecast. The Town of Sussex Works Department and Emergency Measures Coordinator are continuing to monitor the situation. Please take all necessary steps to secure your home and property.

Some steps to prepare for flooding include:
• Be prepared to be self-sufficient for at least 72 hours (visit www.getprepared.gc.ca for suggestions for your 72 hour kit)
• Turn off basement furnaces and the outside gas valve.
• Evacuate house pets to a safe, pet friendly area.
• Move furniture, electrical appliances and other belongings to floors above ground level.
• Remove toxic substances such as pesticides and insecticides from the flood area to prevent pollution.
• If possible, remove toilet bowls and plug basement sewer drains and toilet connections with a wooden stopper.
• Listen to your local radio stations or TV networks to stay informed.
• Gather important belongings, prescriptions, emergency items, radios, and a change of clothes and put in a easily portable bag in case of an evacuation
• Ensure that your cell-phone is charged.
• Contact family members and advise them about where you will be if evacuated.
• Shut off main power breaker or lower levels if at all possible.
• Secure loose outdoor items and furniture.
• Relocate vehicles, snow blowers and other equipment that may be damaged by water

Community Advisory: COVID 19 Update #13- April 13, 2020

The Town’s EOC Group met today at 10:00 AM local time on a virtual online platform.

ACTIVATION STATUS:
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.

Next teleconference with the District Medical Officer of Health has been scheduled for Wednesday, April 15th, 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:

FLOOD RISK PRE-PLANNING:
The Town’s Emergency Control Group reviewed operational preparedness for the anticipated Monday – Tuesday weather event. The Group is monitoring the anticipation of heavier rain forecast, +/- 40 mm in total.

The forecast appears there will be a period of significant intensity that will occur between 6:00 PM local time this evening stretching into the 3:00 AM time frame of Tuesday April 14th, 2020, if the forecast materializes.

Our preplanning will undertake the following in preparation:

  1. The Works Department is beginning the preplanning that will engage 4 outside workers beginning around midnight for catch basin control and to address immediate issues should they arise.
  2. The Emergency Control Group has reviewed river data available as of today’s date to assess if there are issues related to spring melt of upriver snow cover. Continuous monitoring will be ongoing over the next several hours by the Town’s Emergency Control Group.
  3. The Sussex Fire Department has met over the weekend to review and discuss changes in notice protocol given the circumstances. The following measures have been implemented:
    a. The volunteer call out will be conducted in small crews, strategically located in remote vehicle locations to minimize the need to congregate at the Sussex Fire Station.
    b. There will be no door to door notifications should this step become necessary. The Department will take remote localized broadcast of notifications using onboard apparatus loud speakers to notify residents that there is a need to consider any measures necessary to protect their property and belongings from water damage.
    c. A request has been sent to the New Brunswick Fire Marshall’s office for PPE needs anticipated over the next couple of weeks.
  4. EMO Coordinator Horton will undertake regular river patrols during the evening hours to assess the needs of this weather event. If in the event conditions worsen, an immediate call will be to engage or call in additional staff as needed.

COVID-19 ACTION ITEMS:

  • The Town has secured the necessary supply of PPE for use in Town vehicles and use by Town staff.
  • The EOC Group reviewed with each department any operational issues experienced during our essential service operation. Now in day twenty-seven (27) of our operational changes, no new changes have been implemented as a result of this meeting.
  • Public access to the Town’s Tennis Courts, Basketball Court and Skate park, playgrounds, Bark Park and facilities remain locked from use. There is no change in status in this mitigation measure. The Town appreciates everyone’s patience with this necessary measure.

The Town will continue to request Town residents respect the direction and closure necessary under this provincial Emergency for the safety of everyone.

  • Parks signage has been placed at all entrances to the Town’s Trial system and The Town has undertaken regular patrols on the trails system located within the municipal boundaries of the Town of Sussex.
  • As of today’s date Monday April 13th, 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.

Enjoy responsible physical activity, stay spaced, stay safe and always stay healthy as we all work through this provincial emergency.

Next EOC meeting is scheduled for 1:00 PM local time Wednesday April 15th, 2020 immediately following the teleconference with the District Medical Officer of Health, Dr. Barker. It is our intent, unless otherwise warranted, to provide the next update report Wednesday April 15th, 2020 at 3:30 PM.

Community Advisory: COVID 19 Update #12- April 8, 2020

The Town’s EOC Group met today at 1:45 PM local time on a virtual online platform.

ACTIVATION STATUS:
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.

There will be no virtual meeting schedule for this Friday April 10th, 2020 in light of the Good Friday, Easter weekend, unless the situation warrants.

Next teleconference with the District Medical Officer of Health has been scheduled for Wednesday, April 15th, 2020 at 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:

Teleconference with Dr. Barker, the following issues and recommendations were discussed:

  • Priority testing with those exhibiting symptoms.
  • Rural Test sites at Health Centres, again discussed with Dr. Barker.
  • Dr. Barker encourages separate work clothes and clothes from home with each set washed daily for essential workers involved in public contact.

OTHER ACTION ITEMS – ISSUES:

  • The Town has secured the necessary supply of PPE for use in Town vehicles and use by Town staff.
  • The Town will begin to source locally fabricated non-medical masks for use by Town staff.
  • The Town has received communication from NBEMO that enforcement actions have been carried out with businesses operating within Sussex that should have been closed given the emergency declaration by the Province of New Brunswick. Voluntary compliance was believed to have been achieved to date.
  • The EOC Group reviewed with each department any operational issues experienced during our essential service operation. Now in day twenty-two (22) of our operational changes, no new changes have been implemented as a result of this meeting.
  • The EOC Group has decided to delay the Town’s plans of unidirectional flushing normally scheduled for the month of May. This process will be undertaken in September 2020.
  • Public access to the Town’s Tennis Courts, Basketball Court and Skate park, playgrounds, Bark Park and facilities remain locked from use. There is no change in status in this mitigation measure. The Town appreciates everyone’s patience with this necessary measure.

The Town will continue to request Town residents respect the direction and closure necessary under this provincial Emergency for the safety of everyone.

  • On Saturday April 04, 2020 the Province of New Brunswick, Department of Local Government notified New Brunswick Municipalities that if trails or parks were to remain open that appropriate signage is now required on these facilities to advise residents using the facilities the need of the social distancing requirements that are in place. In addition, municipalities are to establish regular patrols of the facilities to monitor the requirements of the signage are maintained by the users of these facilities. Signage has been placed at all entrances to the Town’s Trial system and The Town has begun regular patrols on the trails system.
  • As of today’s date Wednesday April 8th, 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.

Enjoy responsible physical activity, stay spaced, stay safe and always stay healthy as we all work through this provincial emergency.

  • The EOC Group is has completed the process of setting up a virtual meeting platform for Sussex Town Council. The platform tested as expected, and this group has used that platform for today’s emergency control group virtual meeting.
  • The Emergency Control Group has reviewed river data available as of today’s date to assess if there are issues related to spring melt of upriver snow cover. Continuous monitoring will be ongoing over the next several weeks by the Town’s Emergency Control Group. There are no issues worth noting on spring melt.

Next EOC meeting is scheduled for 10:00 AM local time Monday April 13th, 2020. It is our intent, unless otherwise warranted, to provide the next update report Monday April 13th, 2020 at 3:30 PM.

Update on the Sussex Trail System

  • On Saturday April 04, 2020 the Province of New Brunswick, Department of Local Government notified New Brunswick Municipalities that if trails or parks were to remain open that appropriate signage is now required on these facilities to advise residents using the facilities the need of the social distancing. The Town has placed signage in accordance with these requirements. We have also begun regular patrols to assist our residents needs to maintain appropriate distancing.
  • As of today’s date Tuesday April 07th, 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.
  • Enjoy responsible physical activity, stay spaced, stay safe and always stay healthy as we all work through this.

Community Advisory: COVID 19 Update #11- April 6, 2020

The Town’s EOC Group met today at 10:00 AM local time on a virtual online platform.

ACTIVATION STATUS:
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.

Next teleconference with the District Medical Officer of Health has been scheduled for Wednesday, April 8th, 2020 scheduled for 1:15 PM. Immediately following this teleconference the Town’s EOC group will conduct a situational update meeting using a virtual online platform.

ACTION ITEMS – ISSUES ADDRESSED AT TODAY’S MEETING:

  • The Town has secured the necessary supply of disposable seat covers, and necessary PPE for use in Town vehicles and use by Town staff.
  • The Town has received communication from NBEMO that enforcement actions have been carried out with businesses operating within Sussex that should have been closed given the emergency declaration by the Province of New Brunswick. Voluntary compliance has been achieved to date.
  • The EOC Group reviewed with each department any operational issues experienced during our essential service operation. Now in day twenty (20) of our operational changes, no new changes have been implemented as a result of this meeting.
  • Public access to the Town’s Tennis Courts, Basketball Court and Skate park, playgrounds, Bark Park and facilities remain locked from use. There is no change in status in this mitigation measure. The Town appreciates everyone’s patience with this necessary measure.

The Town will continue to request Town residents respect the direction and closure necessary under this provincial Emergency for the safety of everyone.

  • On Saturday April 4, 2020 the Province of New Brunswick, Department of Local Government notified New Brunswick Municipalities that if trails or parks were to remain open that appropriate signage is now required on these facilities to advise residents using the facilities the need of the social distancing requirements that are in place. In addition, municipalities are to establish regular patrols of the facilities to monitor the requirements of the signage are maintained by the users of these facilities. On today’s date the Town will place signage at all entrances to the Town’s trail system and will begin to maintain regular patrols on the trails system.
  • As of today’s date Monday April 6th, 2020; the Town continues to 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 EOC Group is has completed the process of setting up a virtual meeting platform for Sussex Town Council. The platform tested as expected, and this group has used that platform for today’s emergency control group virtual meeting.
  • The Emergency Control Group has reviewed river data available as of today’s date to assess if there are issues related to spring melt of snow cover. Continuous monitoring will be ongoing over the next several weeks by the Town’s Emergency Control Group.

Next EOC meeting is scheduled for 1:00 PM local time Wednesday April 8th, 2020 immediately following the teleconference with the District Medical Officer of Health, Dr. Barker. It is our intent, unless otherwise warranted, to provide the next update report Wednesday April 8th, 2020 at 3:30 PM.

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