COVID 19 - IMPORTANT NOTICE and Information 7/2 Update

From the Board of Selectmen July 2, 2020
Re: COVID-19
 
The Selectmen are lifting the shelter in place advisory: However, when out in public around other people, we advise everyone to wear a face mask and adhere to the social distancing and other guidelines outlined by the state of NH https://www.nh.gov/covid19/resources-guidance/ and CDC
 

To visitors from outside of New England and non-resident homeowners and residents returning from extended travels outside of New England

When you arrive in Town, you are advised to self-quarantine for 2 weeks. Please adhere to social distancing guidelines. This will go a long way towards protecting our most vulnerable residents.
 
As of July 2, the business of our town government will go on, but some of this work will continue to be completed remotely.
 
Restricted Buildings: (Restricted to essential personnel) DPW Building, Fire/Rescue and Police Station, Camp Morgan Lodge.
 
The Town Hall is open for Tax Collector and Town Clerk transactions:
Thursday 1:00 pm to 7:00 pm, Friday 9:00 to 3:00 pm and the last Saturday of the month from 9:00 to 12:00 pm.
1. To enter the building you must wear a mask.
 
Public Committee, Board, and Commission meetings:
Any essential town business can be conducted by phone or internet conference, the public will have access to all meetings via a public login and password, minutes will be recorded and posted as usual. If plans are made to adhere to social distancing guidelines and masks are worn by ALL attendees, the Secretary or Chair of the organization can request use of CML for a meeting.
 
Public Selectmen Meetings:
As of July 2, the Selectmen have resumed holding weekly public meetings every Thursday at 7 pm. The public is welcome to attend the meetings, face masks are required. If more that 3-4 members of the public attend, the meeting will be moved into one of the larger rooms at the Meeting House in order to adhere to social distancing guidelines. The Selectmen will continue to meet Thursday mornings between 9 am and Noon at the Town Hall. If State advisories change or our local situation changes re: COVID-19, the meeting format will adjust to meet any new guidelines or circumstances.
The Selectmen are in close contact with our town safety agencies; Emergency Management, Fire and Rescue, Police and Welfare, and will do our best to keep the public informed of any information relevant to community safety and access to public services. Call 603-495-3661 to contact the selectmen's office with any questions or concerns. Please leave us a message and one of us will get back to you if the line is tied up.
 
For Building Permits: Please download the permit from the town website and mail the completed permit to the Selectmen, or drop off at the Town Hall. Please call 495-3661 if you have any questions or need to make other arrangements for dropping off your permit. The Board will review your permit within 7 days and get back to by phone with any questions or concerns.
 
Shedd Free Library
Curbside pickup:
New Hours of Operation: Tuesday 10-2 / Thursday 1-5 / Saturday 10-1
Please go to the Town’s website at washingtonnh.org for additional information.
 
Washington Town Beach Advisory (Camp Morgan and East Washington)
Use of the beach is limited to accessing the lake for swimming.
Please adhere to social distancing guidelines and do not sit or play on the beaches.
 
Emergency Management: Cynthia Dressel, the Director of Washington’s Emergency Management Team is in contact with the state and federal agencies associated with the response to the COVID-19 emergency.
 
Fire and Rescue: The Washington Fire and Rescue Chief and Captain are in close contact with our associated hospitals and doing their best to stay on top of the latest protocols that are being updated daily regarding first responders assisting those in need of help during this crisis. For now, the Fire Station building has restricted access to only those who are active fire, rescue, and police personnel. As always in an emergency call 911, Non-emergencies fire/rescue 495-3133.
 
Police: The Washington Police are maintaining their usual full schedule of operations. Non-emergencies call 495-3294
 
The Recycling/Transfer Station will be opened at the usual hours, please remain in your vehicles until you can pull up to the compactor to dispose of your trash. As of Wed. June 24 Paper and cardboard will be accepted again at the recycling center, all other recycling will continue as usual. The attendant shed is restricted to employees only.
 
The Department of Public Works will continue to be fully operational, however, their building will be restricted to DPW personnel only. Please call Ed Thayer with any questions regarding the roads or the transfer station at 603-495-3641.
 
The Welfare Department is here to help! Please contact Monica Scanlan at 495-0262 if you are in need of welfare assistance. If you need assistance with groceries, please contact Sue Hofstetter at 495-0096 to schedule an appointment to visit the food pantry. The privacy of all welfare clients is guarded and respected so please let us know if you need help!
 
Again, as the situation evolves we expect changes and revisions to these measures. Please visit the Washington Website https://www.washingtonnh.org for the latest updates on services and restrictions due to the pandemic.
 
Please stay safe and reach out to us if you need help!
Washington Board of Selectmen