ROSELAND, NJ — The Borough of Roseland has taken several steps to be proactive in protecting its employees and residents amid the rapidly changing news related to the spread of the novel coronavirus COVID-19.
In a message to residents on Sunday, the borough advised that there is currently a “continuity of operations plan” as well as a “continuity of government plan” in place in Roseland to ensure that essential services continue without any interruption during this time.
According to borough officials, Roseland’s first responders are properly equipped to perform their duties to respond to any emergency that could arise, while the Roseland Department of Public Works (DPW) will only be performing essential functions.
Additionally, all employees and individuals involved with local boards, committees, commissions and recreation programs have received a memo regarding any travel they might have.
“We are mandating that employees and first responders, and are highly requesting of our volunteers, to notify the Borough Administrator a week ahead of any travel that involves leaving the continental United States,” the borough said. “With that, the borough is specifying that anyone returning from such travel must follow protocols set by the Center for Disease Control—including any set requirements for self-quarantine.”
As a precautionary measure, all recreation programs and events have been postponed until March 30, 2020.
Disinfectant items are currently in stock and available at all borough buildings, and more products have been ordered so that the borough can continue to keep public areas clean.
For any residents needing to drop off paperwork but do not want to come inside the borough building at 140 Eagle Rock Avenue, there is now an outdoor mail slot located at the entrance that will be checked multiple times each week day and time-stamped upon receipt. Residents can also pay bills online.
Due to Gov. Phil Murphy’s recent restrictions on gatherings expected to attract large groups, the New Jersey Devils game that the borough was selling tickets for has been suspended until further notice, and the Roseland Senior Lunch scheduled for April 1 at Hanover Manor has been cancelled.
All other borough events and activities are still tentatively scheduled to continue as planned, but residents are urged to be on the lookout for updates and announcements through the borough’s newsletter, social media pages and emergency phone calls/messages.
This week’s borough council meeting will be held as scheduled on Tuesday at 7:30 p.m., although residents are encouraged to watch the meeting live on television (Channel 35 on Comcast, Channel 46 on Verizon) or on YouTube. Any residents looking to participate in the meeting but are hesitant to attend in person are encouraged to listen in for a phone number they will be able to call during the public comment section of Tuesday’s meeting.
Mayor James Spango will address the audience with directions for when and how to call, as the line can only receive one call at a time.
“We continue to assess and reassess different measures and initiatives to protect the health and safety of our residents and our employees,” the borough said on Sunday. “We appreciate your understanding, patience, and flexibility during this time.”