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We spoke with Mendon Town Supervisor John Moffitt to follow up on the State of Emergency just declared for the Town of Mendon. The good news is that there was no triggering event that precipitated the move. The better news is that it was an anticipatory action that may benefit the town and its businesses should relief funding be made available at the state or federal level. Much like any other natural disaster, before funding can be granted, the municipality must often declare a state of emergency.
Here’s the official response from the Town Hall:
SUPERVISOR JOHN MOFFITT ISSUES A STATE OF EMERGENCY FOR THE TOWN OF MENDON IN RESPONSE TO COVID-19
Supervisor John Moffitt today issued a State of Emergency in the Town of Mendon due to the COVID-19 outbreak. This procedural action will allow the Town to provide an all-encompassing response to any emergencies related to COVID-19.
“We have taken significant measures to keep our residents safe and help prevent the spread of COVID-19 in our community,” said Moffitt. “By declaring a State of Emergency in the Town of Mendon, we are able to utilize all of our resources, including equipment, facilities, and personnel to their fullest extent. We will continue to remain in contact with county, town, school, and village officials, and provide additional guidance as warranted.”
This announcement does not restrict travel in the Town of Mendon, but is intended to best protect our residents and businesses. The State of Emergency will remain in effect for 30-days unless extended.