Declaration of emergency extended in Gloversville
GLOVERSVILLE — Mayor Vincent DeSantis on Monday signed an amendment to the declaration of emergency issued for the city earlier this month extending the order through April 30 amid the ongoing coronavirus outbreak.
DeSantis signed a declaration of emergency for the city on March 16 that was set to expire today. The amendment extending the declaration through April 30 was issued, it states, “due to the continued spread of COVID-19 through the state of New York and nation, and in a continued effort to protect the public at large as well as employees of the city of Gloversville.”
The extended declaration will continue all provisions included in the initial declaration closing City Hall to the public and all non-essential staff until further notice. Essential employees include members of the city Fire Department and Police Department, department heads, garbage collection and janitorial staff from the Department of Public Works and any other employees designated as essential by their respective department heads.
Most city departments are currently working from home or operating limited office hours to limit the possible spread of the coronavirus in keeping with an executive order issued by Gov. Andrew Cuomo requiring all non-essential employees to stay at home.
During the closure of City Hall the City Clerk’s Office is providing pick-up and drop-off service for requested forms and documents through a lockbox on the exterior of the building located near the parking lot. Anyone needing to complete city business in this manner is asked to first call the City Clerk’s Office during normal hours to ensure their transaction can be completed.
The DPW will continue to provide garbage collection on the normally scheduled collection days. However, scheduled bulk pick-ups have been suspended at this time. A limited number of DPW personnel will continue to address needed inspections and maintenance related to necessary city services, including the sewer system and emergency vehicles.
There will be no interruption of any emergency responses by DPW with all staff available in the event of an emergency related to city infrastructure or snow and ice removal.
Under the declaration of emergency issued by DeSantis all meetings of the Common Council for the duration of the order will be closed to the public in accordance with an executive order issued by Cuomo on March 13 suspending Article 7 of Public Officers Law allowing public bodies to meet and take actions authorized by law without allowing the public to physically be present.
The governor’s order also allows public bodies to meet remotely be conference call or similar service. Meetings conducted without the public present must be recorded and transcribed for public release.
Currently all scheduled meetings of any city boards or committees that are unable to be conducted by video or conference call will be postponed to be rescheduled for a later time.
Questions regarding city services can be directed to the City Clerk’s Office by email at email@example.com or by phone at (518) 773-4542.