Town Council resolution allows town to operate amid coronavirus pandemic

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MONROE, Conn. — On the heels of the closings of Monroe’s public schools to limit the spread of the coronavirus, the Town Council held an emergency meeting Friday to pass a resolution granting the first selectman authority to execute, amend and terminate any town contracts that may be necessary and in response to the global pandemic.

First Selectman Ken Kellogg said the meeting was held at his request.

“This allows the town to act swiftly as necessary and prudent to ensure the continued effective and efficient operation of town affairs and operations,” Kellogg said.

The town’s Emergency Management Team continues to meet regularly in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

“The disruption of many activities, along with the uncertainty of the situation, can be stressful and increase anxiety,” Kellogg said in an update released Friday. “Please remember that the actions we are all takings will help to slow the spread of illness.”

Though there are currently no definitive cases of COVID-19 in Monroe, state officials advise the public to assume community transmission is occurring in Fairfield County. Based upon this guidance, the governor’s executive order, and the current situation in Monroe:

  • Social and recreational events and gatherings of 250 people or more anywhere in the state are prohibited, except for spiritual or worship services, as per the governor’s executive order.
  • As announced by Acting Superintendent of Schools Joseph Kobza, Monroe schools are closed next week, along with all school activities. A decision regarding the following week will be communicated by Wednesday. The Governor’s executive order modifies the state law regarding the 180-day school year requirement.
  • Starting Monday, March 16, all programs, events, and social gatherings at the Edith Wheeler Memorial Library, Senior Center, and Parks and Recreation programs, will be postponed or cancelled until further notice.
  • At this time, the Senior Center will remain open to provide routine assistance services.
  • The Food Pantry will remain open by appointment only.
  • Town Hall will remain open for routine services, however town officials strongly encourage residents to contact town departments by phone prior to coming to Town Hall, to determine if assistance can be provided by phone, email, or the town website.

Town boards and commissions may continue to conduct meetings.

“We are implementing increased capabilities to facilitate remote participation, including the public,” Kellogg said. “Board and commission chairs may choose to cancel any meetings that are nonessential, based upon the criticality and time sensitivity of agenda items.”

The first selectman reminds residents to visit MonroeCT.org/COVID-19 for the latest information and updates on the coronavirus situation. The page also has links to official information.

Residents and business owners with further questions or concerns may contact the Monroe Health Department at 203-452-2818, or call the State of Connecticut’s COVID-19 Hotline by calling Infoline at 211 or texting “CTCOVID” to 898211.

“I thank our entire Monroe community for working together during these difficult times,” Kellogg said.

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