The Town of Elizabethtown Mayor, Sylvia Campbell, issued a Declaration of a State of Emergency for the town to take effect on Tuesday, March 31, 2020, at 8 a.m. There is no curfew set for the Town of Elizabethtown at this time.
Mayor Campbell said, “We are so thankful for our fire department. They literally saved downtown. We are very grateful.”
The Town of Elizabethtown Council held a telephonic emergency meeting on Monday, March 30, at 3 p.m. The board discussed items to be addressed in the declaration and the Town’s operations during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Town of Elizabethtown Manager, Eddie Madden, asked for guidance on opening the Lock and Dam # 2, the Brown’s Creek Bike Park, and other parks in the area.
The town could leave the parks open and close the playground equipment and the bathrooms, council member, Howell Clark, suggested.
The board agreed and decided to leave the parks open, but all playgrounds’ equipment and restrooms will be closed.
In the State of Emergency for the town, all funerals are recommended to be held graveside with no more than twenty-five (25) persons in attendance. The declaration states, “Indoor memorial services should be conducted when the Governor of the State of North Carolina rescinds the statewide State of Emergency.”
Additional restrictions are given for overnight accommodations in the town’s State of Emergency Declaration. Similar to the Town of White Lake’s Declaration of State of Emergency, the Town of Elizabethtown has limited overnight accommodations to only be provided for essential public services as determined by the Town which includes, but is not limited to, “health care personnel, government employees, and emergency workers.”
The Mayor ordered all to adhere to the CDC guidelines on social distancing.
The declaration for the Town of Elizabethtown is to take effect on Tuesday, March 31, 2020, at 8 a.m. and remain in effect until modified or rescinded.
View the State of Emergency by clicking the link: Approved State of Emergency Declaration for the Town of Elizabethtown
In other business:
Madden reported effective Tuesday, March 31 all administrative staff is asked to work from home. All administrative or finance calls will be forwarded to Madden’s phone and he will direct the calls to the appropriate department.
Payroll and accounts payable will be processed as normal. Longevity pay will be paid out now instead of November.
The airport will be open for people who fly in to be able to use the restroom.
There will be a skeleton staff on duty during normal business hours. Madden, Jay Leatherman with Finance and Pat DeVane, Assistant Town Manager will available during regular operating hours.
Terri Dennison in Marketing will work normal hours at the Chamber office on Broad Street.
Elizabethtown Fire Department will work on a staggered shift with a member of management on duty at all times.
Elizabethtown-White Lake Area Chamber of Commerce will postpone the White Lake Water Festival to August.
Billing will go out as usual. Overnight dropbox and drive-through window will be open for payments.
The ABC store in Elizabethtown will remain open.
The Town Council decided to postpone the business on the board’s agenda for April’s regular scheduled meeting to the May meeting due to the COVID-19 outbreak. April’s meeting was canceled.