FLEMINGTON, NJ - As of noon Monday, all Flemington Borough offices and buildings are closed to the public, according to a Facebook message from Mayor Betsy Driver.
This will include 38 Park Avenue, the water garage on Hopewell Avenue, the road garage behind 8 Main Street, the Flemington Free Library, Samuel Fleming House and DIY at 90 Main. Only municipal staff will be permitted to enter the buildings during regular business hours.
"In these uncertain times when the news changes seemingly by the hour, we must take extraordinary steps to keep everyone in our community safe," Driver said in the message. "This includes borough employees, residents, business owners and other stakeholders."
"As part of our coordinated response to the coronavirus outbreak, we have some changes coming to borough operations," she added. "These changes will be in effect for the foreseeable future."
Any forms necessary for day-to-day business online can be found at www.historicflemington.com. Completed forms can be left in the drop box at the entrance facing Court Street.
Anyone with questions can reach out to firstname.lastname@example.org for assistance.
In addition, Driver said, water and sewer bills can be paid online. Taxes are not due until May 1, she said, but anyone wishing to pay now can do that online for an extra fee that is paid to the provider operating the server.
Driver said the borough is encouraging everyone to make use of the drop box or mail correspondence and payments to Flemington Borough Hall, 38 Park Avenue, Flemington, NJ 08822.
Anyone with questions should call borough hall at 908-782-8840. Borough employees and staff are also available via email at this time.
Driver said buildings that have staff in them are being cleaned daily to minimize the risk of disease spreading. Buildings that are closed, she said, will be fully sanitized prior to being re-opened when it is deemed safe to do so.
At this time, all planning board, land use board and other committee and board meetings are canceled until further notice.
Driver said there will be a special council meeting March 18 at 4:30 p.m. in borough hall to pass a number of resolutions that will allow for the continuity of borough operations and government. Any comments or questions on agenda items only should be submitted by 3 p.m. via email to email@example.com, and comments should be limited to 450 words.
Driver said the borough Department of Public Works will be working with a reduced number of employees for the foreseeable future to ensure a continuation of essential public works services. Anyone working on their homes should paper bag up all brush, and any brush unable to be bagged should be held back until the DPW returns to full staffing.
Trash will be picked up, but residents are asked to place curbside trash into plastic garbage bags rather than in totes.
The police department will remain open to report crimes and conduct other emergency business. Residents are asked to use the doorbell or outside telephone to summon an officer to open the door if no one is staffing the front desk.
Residents are asked to sign up for Swift911 service to receive the latest updates from the borough staff and any emergency notifications. Text Swift911 to 99538, or visit the website here to register for alerts.
"Please remember, the health and well-being of you, our residents and neighbors, business owners and stakeholders is paramount to us," Driver said in the statement. "We all need to think clearly, sensibly and with thoughtfulness for our neighbors and friends. Please pay attention to the trusted sources of science-based information such as the Hunterdon County Department of Health, the New Jersey Department of Health, the Centers for Disease Control and the World Health Organization. It's important that we respond to changing circumstances in a calm and measured manner."