Napanee reinstates COVID-19 state of emergency
The Town of Greater Napanee has moved to reinstate its municipal state of emergency just over a month after lifting it.
Mayor Marg Isbester made the announcement in a news release after Council voted to restore the measure that was lifted on Sept. 10, which made it the first municipality in the area to do so as it remained under provincial public health orders.
The municipal emergency allows the Mayor and Chief Administrative Officer to make decisions and issue orders for public safety without council approval.
Isbester said the decision was made as the second wave of COVID-19 settles across the province and ahead of the upcoming flu season.
"The Town’s largest threat currently is limiting Town staff and resources due to contact of not just COVID-19, but the combination of flu and other seasonal aliments," Isbester said in a statement.
"The risk of staff being ill could draw us short to meet minimum maintenance standards in areas such as public works, facilities, emergency services and utilities. Not being able to meet those standards can put the municipality in a position of negligent liability; liability that could tie up human and monetary resources for years."
The town reminds the public to continue to abide by health and safety precautions issued by Kingston, Frontenac, Lennox and Addington Public Health.