DENVILLE, NJ -- With the use of live-streaming, Mayor Thomas Andes and the Denville Township Council conducted their regular meeting on April 7. The mayor took the opportunity to address the current status of the district during the COVID-19 crisis.

Andes stated that he and his office have remained in daily contact with federal, state and county officials as well as the leadership at Saint Clare’s Hospital, the Denville Board of Education and Downtown Denville Business Improvement District. Their main focus has been safety and economic stability.

“On March 18, our [Office of Emergency Management] Director Wesley Sharples and I declared a state of emergency as did the state of New Jersey and Morris County. This was done to put the township in the best position to receive maximum reimbursements. It also formalized the closing of all our buildings and facilities to the public.”

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Andes also stated that links to information on federal state and private grants can be found on the township's website

The mayor reminded everyone that "the pandemic still has not hit the plateau."

He stated, "It is estimated to be two weeks away. I cannot stress enough the need for taking all precautions. God willing this chapter in our nation’s history will end soon.”

In other news, the township council proclaimed the week of April 19 – 25 as the 2020 National Library Week.

“Today’s libraries are less about what they have on the shelves and more about what they can do with and for their communities,” said Andes.

“Libraries have long served as trusted and treasured institutions where people of all ages, interests and backgrounds can come together and learn alongside one another. Libraries of all types are at the heart of their cities, towns, schools and campuses... Libraries and librarians work to create an equitable society by providing free access to accurate information to all people. Libraries are a resource for all members of the community regardless of race, ethnicity, creed, ability, sexual orientation, gender identity or socio-economic status, by offering services and educational programming that transform lives and strengthen communities.”


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