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Tuesday, March 17, 2020

Hanover Delegates Authority To CAO For Coronavirus Crisis

Hanover | by Robyn Garvey  

This will allow town to have quick decisions made when necessary.

In an effort to be fluid in its emergency response to the Covid-19 crisis, Hanover Council has taken action that will allow important decisions to be made expediently to protect the safety and well being of staff and community.

Hanover Town Council has delegated authority to CAO Brian Tocheri in relation to the COVID 19 crisis.

This allows Tocheri to make quick decisions and carry out necessary actions in relation to COVID-19 in terms of operations, programs, services and facilities as needed.

This is meant to expediate Hanover’s response to Covid-19.

As part of this response plan as of today (March 17th)  the Town of Hanover has closed its Civic Centre  to the public until further notice.

The situation continues to be assessed daily and other decisions will be made as necessary.

Tocheri and staff have been working tirelessly over the last week in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

This includes activating the Municipal Emergency Control Group, meeting regularly with the Hanover Hospital and health care providers and establishing a page on its website dedicated to information regarding COVID-19.

The Town is also preparing to implement Business Continuity Plans in the event that COVID-19 escalates.

In the meantime, staff attendance is being closing monitored, two staff members and one councillor have self isolating following international travel.

Critical operations will continue such as:
Fire and Medical Responses, 
Water & Wastewater Services, 
Snow Clearing, 
Garbage Collection, 
Burials, 
Building Inspections, 
Priority By-Law Enforcement and Essential Financial and Front Counter Customer Service

Several measures have been implemented already including: the closure of the P&H Centre (pool, arena, walking track), the Library, the Civic Theatre and all meetings at Civic Centre.

Possible Next Steps may include cancelling Council Meetings or finding an alternative method of holding the meetings.  .

Also being considered is self isolating senior and critical staff and elected officials.
Hanover will also be tracking the financial cost associated with this COVID-19 crisis.

Mayor Sue Paterson says these are extraordinary times and says Hanover is taking every precaution to protect staff and residents.

Paterson urges residents to do the same by practice social distancing and to take every precaution needed to protect themselves during this time.
 

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