If there’s anything I’ve learned over the past few weeks, it’s that we’re all in this together. The Coronavirus Pandemic is a truly unbelievable phenomenon. The world has never seen such a pandemic and we’ve all gone a little crazy. Wouldn’t you agree? But, as in other times of distress, we’re coming together (in spirit) and we’re going to get through it.
We want you to know that we’re taking every precaution we can think of to ensure the safety of our Shinnston community. Here are a few takeaways:
- All public meetings (City Council, Neighborhood Watch, Shinnston Development Authority, etc) will be performed via telephone until further notice. Connection details will be released with the agenda for each meeting.
- The council may elect to have an emergency or special meeting, as needed. If this is the case, an announcement will be made on this website, our social media accounts, in the media and via the text/call notification system.
- All city staff is considered essential. That being said, if an employee is experiencing any type of illness or symptoms, they are being asked to self-quarantine for a minimum of two weeks. Those employees that are able to work from are asked to do so.
- The city offices are closed to the public. You can pay your water bill via phone, internet or dropping a physical payment in the drop box. Due to staff shortages, we are asking that phone payments are made between the hours of 8am and 12pm.
- Because of the governor’s order and illnesses, we are currently operating under a smaller staff than usual. This may cause delayed responses to your inquiries. Please be patient with us. We’re doing our best to serve you promptly.
- All events through April 30 have been cancelled.
- May events have not been cancelled, yet. We are hopeful but will not hesitate to post cancellations in the event the situation does not improve. Again, your safety is our priority.
- We will continue to take reservations for the pool and pavilions (starting May 25th and May 1st, respectively) but reserve with caution. We will not know when we can open facilities until more time passes and we have more information.
Ultimately, we want to be as diligent as possible in putting safety first. Yesterday, Governor Justice announced the Stay at Home order. More details can be found here. We strongly encourage you to hunker down, leave only in case of emergency and make the safety of yourself, your family and others your highest priority. We know it isn’t easy (I’m already going a little stir-crazy), but it’s essential that we follow the guidance of our local, state and federal leaders in this time of crisis.
To make it a little easier, we are in the process of lining up some fun activities that will be broadcast through our social media channels. We’re still finalizing our partnerships and the calendar, but I think you’re going to like what we’ve got brewing.
Like I said, this is a crazy time in history but I know that we’re going to emerge from this situation even better than before. I can honestly say I’ve never seen so much innovation, resiliency and compassion from local businesses and community organizations. These lessons we’re learning and the time that we’re spending on building an even stronger infrastructure for our departments and teams (within the city and externally) are going to be long-lasting and will set us up for future successes.
Have faith, be steadfast in your commitment to stay home and try to make the most of this twilight zone. It might get worse before it gets better, but it will get better. After all, we’re all in this together and you can’t ask for much more than that.
As always, if you have any questions, please contact us. In case of emergency, dial 911.