NEWS FROM THE SUPERVISOR:
As summer comes to an end and the season changes to fall, I thought it would be a good time to talk about what’s been happening in the Town:
The Town’s Summer Recreation Program was a huge success! We registered 141 campers this summer and Director Jeff Daley and Assistant Director Melanie Weber continued to expand and enhance the program. Popular additions included a mini spray park as well as a carnival-type dunk tank. Our campers were eager to return after a one-year postponement due to COVID-19.
A new addition this summer was our Summer Sports Camp that was offered for three consecutive weeks in the afternoon. This camp is for campers who are interested in sports. We offered three different sports: namely baseball, basketball, and soccer. Based on this year’s attendance, we will be offering the Summer Sports Camp again in 2022.
A new Pavilion was erected in Veterans Park. The Bloomfield Lions and Rotary Clubs worked together to raise funds to erect the Pavilion. The campaign exceeded its goal due to the overwhelming generosity of our Town’s citizens and businesses. Thank you! The Pavilion is available for reservations by contacting Town Clerk, Peggy Gochenaur. Our next project for Veterans Park is to build restrooms near the Pavilion.
Eagle Scout Hayden Naffziger gave a presentation to the East Bloomfield Town Board for his Eagle Scout Project and the Town Board unanimously approved his project to build two Little Free Libraries. Each Little Free Library will have a theme. Upon the completion of the libraries, they will be permanently situated in Boughton Park and Veterans Park. We are very excited to see the final project. Thank you, Hayden!
A recreation committee was formed this past year to work on the Town’s Recreation Master Plan. It has been 15 years since we updated the plan. Town Councilmember Kathy Conradt has been leading this effort, which included a community survey. The committee continues to work towards producing a relevant and contemporary plan. This plan will work together with the Town’s Comprehensive Plan that was completed in 2020.
As I have talked about in previous NEWS FROM THE SUPERVISOR, in 2018 a Water Feasibility Study was authorized by the East Bloomfield Town Board and a comprehensive study of constructing water districts throughout the Town was done by Chatfield Engineers, n/k/a MRB Group. Each property within the boundaries of the Town was studied and evaluated. The results of the study and report are available on our Town website. Since that study, the Town Board has received petitions from the residents on McCann Road and on Pond Road requesting water. The Town Board approved and authorized the Town’s Engineers, MRB Group, to create a map and cost analysis for each area. As the process began moving forward for the Pond Road area, it was recommended by MRB Group to expand the area to include Steele Road, a portion of Brace Road, Rice Road, and a portion of State Route 444. MRB Group is currently working with the Town Assessor to create a map and cost analysis for each of these areas. As soon as the information is available, a public informational meeting will be held.
It is so nice to see the wonderful changes in our Town and how the community works together. We at the Town believe that working together is the key to making our Town the best that it can be.
People have been asking what's been happening in the Town. I would like to provide you with some updated information. Hope you enjoy reading about town programs and projects.
The municipal team at East Bloomfield has initiated numerous programs and projects over the past five and one-half years. We have developed an effective committee system in which each board member along with the town supervisor and staff involve themselves in work sessions on a wide variety of topics and issues. Some of the work is temporary in which an item needs attention on a timely basis. Other items require more time and effort as well as research. When the task is completed, that information is shared with the entire board. It works very efficiently for our needs and board involvement and it allows us to complete multiple projects simultaneously. Such procedures increase our productivity in an age where the volume of information sent to local governments is daunting. In this manner, each committee is able to immerse themselves in a particular area of interest and expertise. Attached are the Committee Appointments with the responsibilities for each.
I have also attached the following information to hopefully give you an idea about what's been happening in the Town:
Attention East Bloomfield Community ~ Road line striping
The Roads will be stripped when the company that does the striping notifies the Town of their schedule. We have no control over such a schedule, other than we put in our request for the summer of 2021. Thank you for your patience.
On Monday November 23, 2020 at their public meeting, the Town Board voted to lock the front door of the Town Hall. This decision was made out of an abundance of caution due to the continual surge and spread of the Coronavirus. East Bloomfield is now shaded brown on the Ontario County Map for number of cases which means we have more than 30 positives cases plus all the related quarantines and isolations. Our county and town are moving in the wrong direction.
Locking the front door does not mean locked out of the town hall. We remain open for business to our community, but with restrictions and guidelines. We must communicate those to our citizenry when they call and when they arrive.
- The community should call for an appointment.
- If someone arrives without an appointment there should be a notice posted on front door to call.
- Access may be given to community who drive up or walk up depending on town hall hours and staff availability.
- All persons entering town hall are required to wear a mask or they will be refused entry. If they request a mask and one is available, and it is accepted then entry will be allowed.
- All persons entering the town hall be required to sign the attestation sheet declaring they are symptom free.
- All persons entering town hall will be required to maintain safe distance as marked on the floor.
- If there is a backup of people entering the town hall, persons may be instructed to wait in their car until they are called to come in.
- Town hall staff may move the appointment out of their office into the public area to maintain safe distance between parties.
A Message from your Town Supervisor:
“Be prepared, not scared.”
This is an unsettling time for our country and our community, as we are in a public health emergency due to the spread of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19). Your elected leaders and public health officials are working around the clock to slow the spread of the virus and provide care to those who need it. It is important to remember that we need to be prepared, not scared. Heed the advice of public health experts who agree that the most effective way to “flatten the curve,” or slow the spread of the virus, is to practice social distancing. Below is some helpful information regarding COVID-19:
How can you be infected?
- Coronavirus can spread from person to person through respiratory droplets produced when an infected person coughs or sneezes. Because these droplets can travel up to six feet, public health experts advise maintaining six feet of distance from others.
- The virus can also remain on a surface or object and enter the body through the mouth, nose, or eyes. This is why it is important to wash your hands before touching your face.
How long does it take to show symptoms after being infected?
- It takes 2 to 14 days to develop symptoms after exposure to the virus. The average is about 5 days.
What are the symptoms?
- Dry cough
- Shortness of breath
When should you seek testing?
- If you are exhibiting symptoms
- If you have been in close contact with someone who has tested positive for the coronavirus
- If you have recently traveled to one of the high-risk countries
Except in the case of an emergency, please call your healthcare provider before seeking treatment in person.
While it is normal to feel anxious, there are ways to take control of the situation and be prepared. I urge you to take the following precautions to keep yourself and our community safe.
- Wash your hands often and for at least 20 seconds
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth
- Avoid physical contacts like handshakes and hugs
- Stay home if you feel sick
- Avoid large crowds
- Abstain from unnecessary travel
What is the difference between “Safer at Home” and “social distancing”?
Safer at home is a stricter form of social distancing. There are some differences. Safer at home means:
- Stay home (stay unexposed and do not expose others)
- Only go out for essential services
- Stay six feet or more away from others
- Don’t gather in groups
It is important during this national emergency that we unite as a community, follow the advice of experts, and take responsibility for our actions to #SlowTheSpread of coronavirus. For more information, visit coronavirus.health.ny.gov or call the NYS Novel Coronavirus Hotline at 1-888-364-3065.
Should you or a loved one feel sick, call Telemedicine before going to a doctor, clinic, or hospital.
To deal with stress, increase activities that calm you: Meditating or praying. Exercising. Reading. Watching movies. Engaging in home hobbies. Talking to a friend or loved one on the phone or writing letters. Limit exposure to news, particularly if it distresses you. Remember, if you are anxious or stressed and need to talk to someone, you have access to counselors 24/7/365 at 800.252.4555. You also have thousands of resources on health, stress, anxiety, family matters, money matters, debt, and more by logging in to www.theEAP.com/TotalCare-EAP.
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