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Mayor Barsa's Letter 5/27/2020


May 27, 2020

 

Dear Residents,

The new total of positive cases is 83. There have been no new fatalities. I understand people want to be with their extended family and friends during these beautiful weekends, but please remember that social distancing and wearing a mask are two very important steps in stopping the spread of this virus. We can still have fun and socialize but let’s be smart about it. We are not only protecting ourselves; we are protecting the people around us. Face coverings do not need to be surgical masks. As per the County Health Department, face coverings can be any cloth barrier that cover the nose and mouth. By wearing a face covering you are helping to stop the community spread.

Just yesterday I received notification from the County Health Department that testing for the vulnerable population has increased. This not only includes the residents of nursing homes and rehab/assisted living facilities but their staff as well. Even though the facilities we have in town are privately run, I have been in contact with the administrations. I am here to help them in anyway that I can. If there is any pertinent new information, I will pass it along to our residents.

The last day to pay your taxes before being assessed a late fee is Monday June 1, 2020. All late payments will have interest calculated back to May 1, 2020. You can pay your taxes through the mail, online by accessing our borough website or by using the drop box located in the lobby of borough hall. If you have any questions please contact Lori Gonzalez at 201-767-7200 ext. 4014 or Lgonzalez@norwoodboro.org.

Our annual shredding event will be this Saturday, May 30th, from 9am-1pm at the DPW building. All are welcome to bring confidential documents to be safely shredded. We ask that each person limit their shredding to a maximum of 4 bags/boxes. Please adhere to all social distancing guidelines.

I would like to recognize another group of first responders, our Department of Public Works. We are extremely fortunate to have a DPW that is among one of the best in the area. Led by Director Robert Tracy, our DPW crew consistently keeps our parks, fields, and roadways looking beautiful. Without hesitation, they go into extreme weather conditions to keep us safe. Thank you for keeping us safe and our town clean.

Sincerely,

James P. Barsa

Mayor