As Americans face an unprecedented health emergency, organizations of all sizes have made changes to the methods by which they conduct business. In order to protect both residents and staff from the spread of Covid-19, on March 16th, Mayor Troy declared a state of emergency. Originally, the Borough attempted to conduct its operations as normal to the greatest extent possible while concurrently limiting face-to-face interactions. Based upon Governor Wolf's decision to temporarily shutter all non-life-sustaining businesses, the Borough has made additional alterations. Please review the following:
- The municipal building is officially closed to visitors. Administrative employees will be available via phone or email during standard business hours.
- The Police Department is fully staffed, and officers will respond promptly to all emergency calls. However, to reduce the possibility of infection for all parties, officers will attempt to keep adequate distance from members of the public.
- Non-emergency calls will be screened by the shift supervisor. If possible, all contact between the officer and the requesting party will take place over the phone. Residents can also file a non-emergency report electronically via the Crimewatch link from the homepage.
- The police clerical desk will not be staffed. Requests for police reports or to speak with a specific officer regarding an incident must be conducted via the phone. Accident reports can be acquired online through CrashDocs.
- The Public Works Department will be reporting for duty on a reduced schedule. Some maintenance work has been suspended, but laborers will be completing regular and thorough cleanings of the Police Department. All employees are on standby. The Director will assign workers to respond to pressing citizen requests (such as backups in sewer main lines or fallen trees blocking a roadway), and streets will be plowed if we experience a late season snowstorm.
- Clerical staff will respond to sewage billing inquiries. Brentwood Bank has thus far been able to facilitate the continued collection of payments. The Borough has issued a moritorium on the use of water service termination notices until further notice.
- Contracted vendor Waste Management will remove refuse and recyclables in accordance with the established schedule. However, the company is restricting its operations. Bulk items, such as furnishings and appliances, and yard waste are not presently being collected.
- The issuance of permits, the inspection of properties, and the enforcement of code violation notices has been suspended.
- Brentwood Park has been closed to visitors, and all organized recreational activities have been cancelled.
At its March 23rd meeting, Brentwood Borough Council adopted a resolution that extends the state of emergency for 30 days. Thank you for your patience and understanding. We're all in this together!