Coronavirus (COVID-19) Eighth Update

Wednesday, March 18, 2020
Dear Guilderland residents:
 
Given the marked reduction in calls and emails for Town services, the community’s appreciation of this dynamic health emergency, and new health guidelines and Executive Orders, effective as of 4:30pm today, all Town buildings are closed until further notice.  There will be only a handful of Town employees at Town Hall so your best method of obtaining Town services is by email or on the Town’s website.  Your phone calls may not be answered and there may be a delay in responding to voicemails.  Please note that we will do our best under the circumstances to answer your questions and concerns.  
 
I cannot over emphasize that there is no change in staffing for responses to emergencies, including Police, EMS, and ambulances.  Water, Sewer and Highway Departments will respond to emergency calls.  You will see Highway employees in your neighborhood, picking up lawn bags and winter debris.  The Parks Department is readying the Western Turnpike Golf Course, parks, open space, and trails for your “social distancing” enjoyment.  Building and Fire inspectors are performing tasks that allow approved home and commercial construction. These departments are working staggered schedules with a reduced number of employees.    
 
Please understand and do not call, for example, if your lawn bags are not picked up as promptly as during normal times.  And please understand that, with more residents now home during weekdays and nicer weather soon arriving, that there will likely be far more lawn bags waiting for pickup.  Please be patient and you can help your community by keeping lawn bags and debris off the street and clear of stormwater drains.      
 
The Transfer Station remains open, and will have regular hours, including this evening and Saturday.  You may find that, given recommended health guidelines, services may be modified, and that employees may, as required by health guidelines, have added protection, like masks and gloves, for your and their protection.  Household Hazardous Waste Day scheduled for Saturday, April 11th remains on the Town’s calendar but please be aware that this service depends upon the availability of NYS DEC certified contractors.      
 
In its daily update today, the Albany County Department of Health (DOH) reported that there are 41 confirmed positive cases of COVID-19 in the County, with 126 persons under mandatory quarantine and 441 persons under precautionary quarantine.  The County DOH does not provide details on confirmed cases or quarantines in a particular municipality. 
 
Thank you again for staying calm.   
 
Sincerely,
 
Peter G. Barber
Town Supervisor